Composer born in Patiala, Punjab. Employed by AIR, Jullundur.
Debut scoring the background music for Kaneez. First
break as composer for Pancholi films (Aasmaan). Scored
very popular music for many 50s films such as early Guru Dutt (Baaz,
Aar Paar, Mr and Mrs '55) and Kishore Kumar films
(P.L.Santoshi's Cham Chama Cham and Kardar's Baap Re
Baap). Late 50s films include Tumsa Nahin Dekha,
the film in which Shammi Kapoor changed into his Presley image,
and Howrah Bridge, with the most famous song, Mera
naam Chin Chin Choo.
Also scored the biggest film in Shammi Kapoor's 'Yahoo' image,
Kashmir Ki Kali. A characteristic scene of his b&w
films is a cabaret dancer performing - often to a Rhumba rhythm -
in front of the Boss in a night club (Twelve O' Clock, Aar Paar).
Introduced several Punjabi rhythms, esp. from the Bhangra folk
dances, into Hindi films as well as producing 'light' popular
music with rock overtones for Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle's early
hits. Returned to score a Telugu film, Neerajanam, after
a decade out of work.