Naushad Ali was a Indian music director and composer who wa ... Read More
Naushad Ali was a Indian music director and composer who was active in the Hindi film industry, also known as Bollywood, from the 1940s to the 1990s. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential music directors in the history of Hindi cinema, and was known for his ability to blend traditional Indian music with Western influences. Naushad was born in 1919 in Lucknow, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India). He began his career as a musician and composer in the 1930s, and made his debut as a film composer in the 1940s with the film "Prem Nagar". Over the course of his career, he composed music for more than 100 Hindi films and worked with many of the most famous actors and actresses of the time, including Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, and Madhubala. Some of Naushad's most famous and memorable works include the songs from the films "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960) and "Mother India" (1957). He was also known for his innovative use of classical Indian instruments in film music, and for his collaborations with some of the greatest poets and lyricists of the time, including Shakeel Badayuni and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Naushad received many awards and accolades throughout his career, including the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, and the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honors. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 87.