Noted music composer, Laxman of Raam Laxman fame passed away in the early hours of May 22, 2021, in Nagpur, India. He was 78. He died due to a heart attack. Vijay Patil better known as Raam Laxman, was an Indian composer, pianist, musician and accordionist.
His death brought back memories of the great chartbusters composed by him in the 80s like Maine Pyaar Kiya and Patthar ke Phool.
His evergreen chartbusters:
- Gunche lage hain kehne (Film: Taraana)
- Kabootar Ja Ja Ja (Film: Maine Pyaar Kiya)
- Didi tera devar diwana (Film: Hum Aapke Hain Kaun)
- Kabhi to Chaliya lagta hai (Film: Patthar ke Phool)
- Sun beliya (Film: 100 days)
He was most famous for his work with Rajshri Productions of Hindi films. He composed music for their hit films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Proficient in the piano and accordion, he started his career in an orchestra. He got his first Hindi film offer, “Agent Vinod” (1977), with another musician Ram and took on the name Laxman. Ram passed away soon after signing the film, but Vijay Patil continued using the Raam Laxman moniker as a mark of respect to his departed colleague. As a duo, Ram – Laxman had created many hit songs in Marathi films as well.
Raam Laxman composed music for many Rajshri Production movies. He delivered the biggest hit of his career and of that year with “Maine Pyar Kiya” (1989) with chartbusters like “Dil Deewana”, “Kabootar Ja Ja Ja” and “Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali”, which became very popular and won him his first, and only, Filmfare Award.
Raam Laxman followed up “Maine Pyar Kiya” with two other successes in Rajshri films – “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun” (1994) and “Hum Saath Saath Hain” (2000).
His music was based on the basics of the orchestra and took the legacy of Laxmikant – Pyaarelal forward. Melody, even in foot-tapping numbers was a special feature of their music. The use of traditional Indian Instruments along with a typical orchestra, set up made their songs popular.Born and brought up in Nagpur, he came to Mumbai to become a music composer with his friend Surender Raam Kadam, Patil made a team that was given the sobriquet “Raam Laxman.”
Even after the death of Raam (Kadam), soon after the pair bagged their first film “Agent Vinod” Laxman (Vijay Patil) continued to provide music to more than 75 films in Hindi, Marathi and Bhojpuri as Raam Laxman. Rajshri Films music in Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain bagged them several awards.
Rich tribute has been paid by Industry’s music doyen – Lata Mangeshkar Ji.