Music composer Laxman of the Raam-Laxman duo passed away in Nagpur last night. The 79-year-old composer had composed for Sooraj Barjatya films including ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. His real name was Vijay Patil.
It is learnt that he had taken both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine but post that developed weakness. The senior musician had been unwell for the past few days. He finally passed away at 1 am last night.
Raam-Laxman worked with an orchestra band. They were discovered by Dada Kondke during the late ’70s. Such was their association with Barjatyas that Rajshri Productions had a special sitting room for them. They were Lata Mangeshkar’s favourite composers, too. They had their fair share of fame but did not really become a household brand like Laxmikant Pyarelal or other composers of their time. Laxman’s composition also earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.
Mujhe abhi pata chala ki bahut guni aur lokpriya sangeetkar Ram Laxman ji (Vijay Patil) ji ka swargwas hua. Ye sunk… https://t.co/jwjgwagV5y
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) 1621660864000
Lata Mangeshkar took to her Twitter handle to pay tribute. She tweeted, “Mujhe abhi pata chala ki bahut guni aur lokpriya sangeetkar Ram Laxman ji (Vijay Patil) ji ka swargwas hua. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Wo bahut acche insaan the.Maine unke kai gaane gaaye jo bahut lokpriya hue. Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun.”
In 1976, Raam (Laxman’s his partner Surendra) died immediately after signing the film Agent Vinod. Laxman continued to retain Raam’s name in Marathi as well as Hindi films.
In Marathi, they composed music for ‘Tumcha Aamcha Jamla’, ‘Ram Ram Gangaram’, ‘Bot Lavil Tithe Gudgudlya’, ‘Aali Angaavar’, ‘Aapli Mansa’, ‘Hich Khari Daulat’, ‘Deedh Shahane’, ‘Lake Chaaalli Sasarla’, ‘Devta’ among others.
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