Ravi, Indian film composer Ravi Shankar Sharma, who was known by his first name while writing music for over 100 films, died of a heart attack in a Mumbai, India, hospital on March 7, 2012. He was 86. Sharma was born in Delhi, India, on March 3, 1926. He taught himself to play various classical instruments in his youth and worked as a professional singer in Bombay in the early 1950s. He began his career in films as a backing singer for 1952’s Anand Math. He was soon working as an assistant to composer Hemant Kumar on Hindi and Malayalam films.

He composed the song ”Darshan do Ghanashyam” for the 1957 film Narsi Bhagat, which was later featured in the 2008 Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire. He had several major hits with his songs from the 1960 film ”Chaudhvin ka Chand”. Ravi’s numerous film credits include ”Ek-Saal” (1957), Mehndi (1958), Ghar Sansar (1958), Dilli Ka Thug (1958), Nai Raahen (1959), Nazrana (1961), Gharana (1961), Tower House (1961), Rakhi (1962), China Town (1962), Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963), Pyar Ka Bandhan (1963), Gumrah (1963), Gehra Daag (1963), Bharosa (1963), Aaj Aur Kal (1963), Khandan (1965), Bahu Beti (1965), Waqt (1965), Do Badan (1966), Phool Aur Patthar (1966), Dus Lakh (1966), Nai Roshni (1967), Hamraaz (1967), Do Kaloyaan (1968), Ankhen (1968), Naag Panchami (1972), Dhund (1973), Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (1975), Amaanat (1977), and Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977).

He largely retired in the 1970s, but returned to work in cinema under the name Bombay Ravi with 1980’s Nikaah. His later film credits include Aaj Ki Awaz (1984), Tawaif (1985), The Brave Heart Will Take the Bridge (1995), Five Star Hospital (1997), Ek Alag Mausam (2003), and Mayookham (2005).

1. Dil Ki Kahani

2. Sharmaa Ke Ye Kyun Sab Pardaanashin

3. Bedardi Mere Saiyan

4. Balam Se Milan Hoga

5. Badle Badle Mere Sarkar

6. Mera Yaar Bana Hai Dulha

7. Yeh Luckhnow ki Sar-Zameen

8. Mili Khak Mein Mohabbat

9. Ye Jhuke Jhuke Naina

10. Woh Dil Kahaan Se Laaun Teri Yaad Jo Bhulaade

11. Kaahe Itna Guman

12. Dhadka O Dil Dhadka

13. Chaudhvin Ka Chaand Ho

14. Itni Jaldi Na Karo

15. Bacha Le Ae Maula Ae Ram

16. Neele Parbaton Ki Dhara

17. Ijaazat Ho Toh

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