On the occasion 101 birthday centenary of legendary music composer Chitragupta, a chowk at Khar Danda was unveiled by Javed Akhtar – renowned writer and Ashish Shelar Mumbai BJP chief. Late Chitragupta’s son’s music director Anand Chitragupta and Milind Chitragupta, popularly known as Anand Milind was also present. Everyone must have heard “Chal Ud Ja Re Panchi” and “Chali Chali Re Patang” songs, they were composed by legendary Chitragupta.
Javed Akhtar and Ashish Shelar lit the traditional lamp to mark an auspicious beginning. The celebration started with a floral tribute to all the revered guests! This was followed by all the guests sharing their experiences and fond memories of the magic maker.
Chitragupta’s glorious career spanning 40 years – from 1946 to 1988. During his long career he composed for 144 films. Chitragupta was the only Hindi film music composer of numerous forgotten gems.
It maybe noted that his son’s Anand and Milind are also following his father’s footsteps, one of their song “Papa Kehte hain bada naam karega” is on the tounge of every music lovers.
Eminent personalities such as Sharad Ughade- Assistant Municipal Commissioner, H-West Ward, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Jatin- Lalit, Pankuj Parasher, Suresh Wadkar, Mukesh Rishi, Sameer (Lyricist), Faissal Khan(actor), Brij Kishore (actor), Arun Bakshi (actor/singer), Kunal Ganjawala – Bollywood Singer; Abhijeet Bhattacharya – Bollywood Singer; Raju Singh- Film and TV background score composer; BJP’s Alka Kelkar- Deputy Mayor, Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma and Sudesh Bhosle along with others graced this momentous occasion.
Son of late Chitragupta Anand Chitragupta and Milind Chitragupta said “It is an honour like no other. Our father has given numerous gems in the golden era of music and is revered by fans and the industry alike to this day. First time in History of Chowks, the notations are of our song “Papa Kehte hain” which is a tribute by us to our father, Chitragupta. We are proud as his children to be able to give him back in whatever little way we can. He lived the best years of his life at 14th road, Khar composing all the gems and we lived the best of our career there too. To have a Chowk named after him is a moment of great pride for all his fans and family alike. We want to thank all the forces who helped us helm this little effort. It will be a day etched in our memories and history, forever.Our Dad Chitragupta ji composed music for 200 films. His songs like “Chal Ud Ja Re Panchi” and “Chali Chali Re Patang” are a treat to listen to”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist