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... Anandji Virji Kutchh

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Story of Life

Kalyanji and Anandji were born to Virji Shah on 2 March 1933. Their father was a Kutchi businessman who had migrated from Kutch to Mumbai to start a Kirana. The two brothers began to learn music from a music teacher -who actually knew no music- and taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. One of their four grandparents was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Mumbai) amidst Marathi and Gujarati environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity. The brothers are known for their humility and easy-to-approach nature. They also are well known for their love songs and poetry readings.

Famous for

Anandji Virji Shah is an Indian musician. Together with his brother he formed the Kalyanji-Anandji duo, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for Kora Kagaz. He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).

Achievement

Though Anandji wished to become an actor, he realised his height would act as a hindarance. But his love for films, helped him gain knowledge about direction, editing, and the behind – the screen technicalities.

He along with his brother Kalyanji, started playing for small musical shows,in and around Mumbai. Kalyanji got the opportunity to play the ‘BEEN’in the film “NAGIN” which had music by Shri Hemant Kumar, a well known Music Director. The instrument used to play the ‘BEEN’ was called CLAVALION. The brothers are known for their humility and easy-to-approach nature. They also are well known for their love songs and poetry readings. In April 2007 through May 2007, Anandji Virji Shah visited the Tampa Bay Area for the Jain society’s revival concert. It was hosted by Kuleen.