Khemchand Prakash

Singer, Music Director, Actor
Born: Dec 12, 1907
Death: Aug 10, 1950
 

Khemchand Prakash had a brief, decade-spanning career as a Hindi film music director in the 1940s. He was born in Sujangarh, Rajasthan in a musical family - his father, Pandit Govardhan Prasad was a court musician and also his guru. After serving as a musician and singer in various royal courts, Bollywood came calling and in 1935, he joined New Theatres, Calcutta as an assistant to composer Timir Baran and even tried his hand at acting.

In 1939, he found his true calling, when he move to Bombay and turned music director for the film "Meri Aankhen". "Tansen" (1943) was a major milestone in his career. It is one of the earliest Hindi films that made authentic use of Hindustani classical music. The hit music of "Tansen" made him one of the leading music directors of that time.

While he composed many beautiful songs in his short career, he is perhaps remembered more for the legacy he left than those songs themselves. It was Khemchand Prakash who took Naushad under his wings as an assistant and helped launch what would become a very successful career as a music director. He is also credited as the composer who tried and tested singers like Khursheed, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and made them the successful playback singers they went on to become. Of special mention is the blockbuster hit "Aaayega Aanewala" ("Mahal", 1949) that marked the beginning of Lata Mangeshkar's domination in Hindi film music.

Sadly, Khemachand Prakash did not live much longer to taste and build upon the success of the music of "Mahal". He passed away on August 10, 1950 leaving us to imagine what else he could have accomplished had he lived longer.

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Lo Kha Lo Madam Khaana Lo Kha Lo Madam Khaana
 
Album: Street Singer
Singer: Khemchand Prakash, Miss Rekha
Music Director: R.C. Boral
Lyricist: Arzoo Lucknawi
Genre: Filmi
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Aaayega Aayega Aaayega Aayega Aane Wala Aayega Aaayega Aayega Aaayega Aayega Aane Wala Aayega
Album: Mahal
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
Lyricist: Nakhshab Jarchvi
Genre: Filmi
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Mushkil Hai Bahut Mushkil Chaahat Ka Bhula Dena Mushkil Hai Bahut Mushkil Chaahat Ka Bhula Dena
 
Album: Mahal
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
Lyricist: Nakhshab Jarchvi
Genre: Filmi
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Baag Laga Doon Sajni Baag Laga Doon Sajni
Album: Tansen
Singer: K.L. Saigal
Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
Lyricist: Pandit Indra
Genre: Hindustani
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Sapt Suran Teen Graam Gao Sab Gunijan Sapt Suran Teen Graam Gao Sab Gunijan
Album: Tansen
Singer: K.L. Saigal
Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
Genre: Sugam, Hindustani
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Diya Jalao Jagmag Jagmag (Din Suna Suraj Bin) Diya Jalao Jagmag Jagmag (Din Suna Suraj Bin)
Album: Tansen
Singer: K.L. Saigal
Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
Lyricist: Pandit Indra
Genre: Sugam, Hindustani
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