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Ravindra Jain (28 February 1944 - 9 October 2015) was an Indian music composer, lyricist, playback singer. He started his career in the early 1970s, composing for hit movies such as Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976) and Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978). He composed music for a lot of films and TV shows based on Hindu epics, including Ramanand Sagar"s Ramayan (1987). He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India in 2015 for his contribution to arts.
Ravindra Jain was born blind on 28 February 1944 to Pandit Indramani Jain and Kiran Jain as the third child of seven brothers and one sister. He belongs to the Jain community. His father was a Sanskrit pandit; his mother was a homemaker. His father recognised his talent and sent him to a school to study music. He had his basic training in music under stalwarts like G.L. Jain, Janardhan Sharma and Nathu Ram. At a young age, he started singing bhajans at temples.
Jain is married to Divya Jain, with whom he has a son. He died in Mumbai on 9 October 2015 because of multiple organ failure.
His works include Saudagar, Chor Machaye Shor, Chitchor, Geet Gaata Chal, Fakira, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, Paheli, Do Jasoos, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Insaf Ka Tarazu, Nadiya Ke Paar, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Heena. He extensively used Yesudas and Hemlata for singing his songs. He composed many religious albums in different Indian languages, including Bengali and Malayalam. He composed music for several television series. His music for Ramanand Sagar"s Ramayana became iconic. Some of his most popular works on TV are Shri Krishna, Alif Laila, Jai Ganga Maiya, Jai Mahalaxmi, Shree Brahma Vishnu Mahesh, Sai Baba, Jai Maa Durga, Jai Hanuman and Maha Kavya Mahabharat.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India in 2015 for his contribution to arts. He received the Filmfare Best Music Director award for his work in Ram Teri Ganga Maili in 1985.. Ravindra Jain won many other awards for his contribution to Indian music.
Legacy : His funeral was attended by numeroush celebrities. Prime minister Modi said: "He will be remembered for his versatile music and fighting spirit."