Today marks music director Laxmikant’s 21st death anniversary

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Today marks music director Laxmikant’s 21st death anniversary but the extraordinary legacy created by him and Pyarelal in more than 600 films in over four decades continues to ride a wave of popularity.

Synergy was one of the key elements of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal partnership. With their telepathic understanding of rhythm, melody, tempo, and style, the two composers created a new template for Hindi film music that set them apart from peers like Shankar-Jaikishan, R D Burman and O P Nayyar. It was their frequent adaptation of popular tracks to Indian tastes that made them a popular choice for many fans.

From Dosti (1964) to Karz (1980) and Mr.India (1987), the two created soundtracks that have become sonic signatures of the age. With seven Filmfare awards for Best Music Director, Laxmikant-Pyarelal remains a landmark pairing in Hindi film music.

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