Gyan Dutt

Gyan Dutt

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Gyan Dutt was one of the prominent musicians in the first era of Indian talkies. He was active in the era of 1940s, and has done a few compositions in the early 1950s. He has also done playback singing for a few songs and worked with all great singers of his time such as Rajkumari, Talat Mahmood, K L Saigal, Khursheed, Geeta Dutt, P G Krishnaveni etc. He was associated with Hindi film music and some of his noted movies include - Bhakt Surdas, Nadi Kinaare, Nurse, Kanchan, Secretary, Musafir, Beti, Sajani, Chingari, Dhiraj, Chanda Ki Chandani, Dilruba, Ghayal, Thokar, Aap Ki Marzi, Gul-E-Bakavali etc.  


Gyan Dutt was born in Bangalore. He is of Bengali origin. He started his music journey with 'Ranjit Movietone' in 1937. In between 1937 and 1943 he wrote lyrics for around 25 films. 'Toofani Toli' (1937) was his debut work. 'Man Ki Baat Hai' and 'Rani Aao Sunaon Man Nagari Ki' of the movie became popular. 'Ban Ki Chidiya' (1938) and 'Billi - The Cat' (1938) are among his early works. He worked closely with Timir Baran, and also developed friendship with Bulo.C.Rani, who rendered his voice for a few songs written by Gyan. He along with Bulo.C.Rani and Khemchand Prakash formed the major pillars of Ranjit Movietone in the early 1940s.


'Maiya Soona Mandir Tera' of Aduri Kahani (1939) sung by Durga Khote is one of his soothing number. He established as a music composer through 'Nadi Kinare' (1939). The movie includes the popular tracks - 'Aaram Kahan Dil Ko Pada' and 'Mere Man Ki Beena Baja' rendered by Kantilal (and Sitara Devi). As a lyricist Dilruba (1950) is one of his notable works, which include six solo songs sung by legendary singer Geeta Dutt. He was active in the music scene till mid 1960s.

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