Durlabhdas Odhavji Bhansali (1925-2020): A prolific sound engineer

Wo ek bhale insaan the.hamare bahut acche sambandh the. Durlabhdas Odhavji Bhansali is survived by his two daughters and a son, who lives in the US. Minoo Katrak ji,jinhe hum Minoo baba kehete the unke wo assistant the. He remained with the studio till 1994 when it stopped recording. He joined the industry in the 1940s, and joined Famous studio as an assistant to the late Minoo Katrak. Films, Guru Dutt Films, Dev Anand’s Navketan and the Barjatyas’s Rajshri Production, did bulk of their recording at the Famous Studio. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Minoo baba ke retirement ke baad Bhansali ji cheif recordist bane. Wo bahut acche recordist the. One of Bollywood’s veteran sound engineers at Mumbai’s Famous Studio, he was among the last who would place the music directly on celluloid. Bhagwan unki aatma ko shanti de. He would recall it in every interview, says Bhansali’s daughter Helen, who never left her father till the end came, on Monday, at the age of 95. His repertoire including gems like “Gaye jaa geet milan ke” of Mela in 1948, to “Sun Saiba Sun” from Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili, which was also among the last songs he recorded. Durlabhdas Odhavji Bhansali always talked about how huge temple bells were brought inside the studio to record the Satyam Shivam Sundaram title track in 1978. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. “He continued to stay in touch with his field by freelancing and would mostly work for the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai”, says Helen. — Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) May 4, 2020
Top production houses then, such as Raj Kapoor’s R.K. Durlabhdas Odhavji Bhansali, popularly called ‘Baba’ in the industry and ‘Bhai’ at home, worked with composers like O P Nayar, Shankar Jaikishan, Madan Mohan, Kalyanji Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Bhansali would have been a pilot or a naval officer but for his father who was a booking clerk at a cinema hall. Bhansali, mourned by greats like Lata Mangeshkar who took to Twitter to pay homage, died in his hometown Jamnagar, where he had moved from Mumbai some six years ago. Hamari Industry ke bahut mashhoor sound recordist D O Bhansali ji ka aaj nidhan hua ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Unhone mere kai film songs record kiye. In 2017, Bhansali was awarded Life Time Achievement Award for excellence in Recording Art by the Indian Recording Arts Awards (IRAA). By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

Updated: May 6, 2020 8:50:30 pm

Durlabhdas Odhavji Bhansali (2nd from left) with the late Raj Kapoor. She recalls their family being close to the Kapoors and going to Bollywood parties when they lived in Mumbai. He was only delighted when his son chose films instead. He was also among the few, from his time, who made music by weaving in sounds from five microphones using single track analog recording. In fact, most of RK Studio’s film music would be recorded by Bhansali, says Helen. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd