Madan Mohan: The King of Soulful Ghazals
Madan Mohan never won a Filmfare award or any other major honour, and when a National Award was announced for best music for film ‘Dastak,’ he couldn’t believe it, writes Sharad Dutt .
I would always remain indebted to my friend, philosopher and guide, Ustad Mahmud Mirza, the internationally acclaimed sitarist. For, he brought Madan Mohan into my orbit and introduced me to the nuances of his music, and later to the composer in person. Immaculately dressed, with the physique of a sportsman, and so courteous in his demeanour, in the first meeting you couldn't have imagined that here was a man who created such scintillating and haunting melodies. Amongst the musical instruments, sitar was closest to his heart. He had even invited Ustad Vilayat Khan to play for his film Madhosh. Ustad Rais Khan also played for his numerous compositions and so did Mahmud Mirza Saab work with him on a film during his short stint in Bombay (Mumbai).