Tributes to the great Kersi Lord — percussionist, accordionist and Master music arranger of Hindi film music world — on his 2nd death anniversary today.

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Kersi Lord, the master arranger and instrumentalist, worked with every composer of note from the 1940s to the ’90s. He is credited with having introduced the synthesizer and glockenspiel to Indian film music. He was a skilful drummer and accordion player who embellished the compositions of Naushad, Madan Mohan, S D Burman, R D Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji and Usha Khanna among others. Kersi Lord gave Hindi cinema the bulk of its memorable tunes during a career spanning 50 years.

The essential Kersi Lord playlist:

Roop Tera Mastan (Aradhana, 1969) — accordion
Rut Jawan (Aakhri Khat, 1966) — accordion
Mera Pyar Bhi Tu Hai (Saathi, 1968) — arranger
Shalimar Opening Theme (Shalimar, 1978) — composer, arranger, conductor
Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho (Hanste Zakhm, 1973) — arranger
Dharmatma Sad Theme (Dharmatma, 1975) — composer, arranger, conductor
Kya Jaane (Toote Khilone, 1978) — vibraphone
Aane Kya Tune Kahi (Pyaasa, 1964) — Chinese temple blocks
Duniya Mein Logon Ko (Apan Desh, 1974) — electric organ
Main Zindagi Ka Saath (Hum Dono, 1965) — glockenspiel
Aaye Haaye Dilruba + dance competition (Dr. Vidya, 1962) — accordion + bongo
Pyar Mein Dil Pe (Mahaan, 1983) — synthesizer
Title Music (36 Chowringhee Lane, 1981) — conductor
Dil Lena Khel Hai (Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai, 1981) — synthesizer.

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