Legendary Marathi music composer Datta Davjekar passes away

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Mumbai, Sep 20 (UNI) Legendary music composer Datta Davjekar, who gave melody queen Lata Mangeshkar her first break in playback singing, passed away here late last night.

He was 90.

Family sources said Davjekar died of heart attack at his Andheri residence late last night.

The funeral took place at the Oshiwara crematorium this morning and was attended by family, friends and admirers.

Condoling the death of Mr Davjekar, Lata Mangeshkar recollected that the late music composer had given her the first opportunity in playback singing in his movie ''Aap Ki Seva Mein''. ''Just like his music, he was a sweet human being,'' Mangeshkar said.

Davjekar developed interest in music at an early age, playing tabla and harmonium. Later, he was invited by the famous star Shanta Apte to perform in her shows. Datta performed at places as far off as Allahabad and Lahore.

He also assisted composers C Ramachandra and Chitragupta for a while. Mr Davjekar was a well known name in Marathi cinema since early 40s. He worked with all big names of Marathi cinema like Raja Paranjape, Gajanan Jagirdar, Master Vinayak, Dinkar Patil, Datta Dharmadhikari, Rajdutt and Raja Thakur.

His famous films include ''Rangalyaa Raatri Ashyaa'', ''Paathlaag'', ''Pahu Re Kitni Vaat'', ''Thoraataanchi Kamlaa'', ''Padchaaya'', ''Chimanrao Gundyabhao'', ''Pedgaonche Shahane'', 'Juna Te Sona'', ''Sant Vahate Krishna Mai'', ''Sukhaachi Sawali'', ''Viasakh Vanwaa'', ''Yashoda'' and his last film release to date was ''Pahaate Punyechi (1992)''.

He also composed music for ''Maazhe Baal (1943)'', which was his first film with Lata Mangeshkar and later scored the Hindi film ''Aap Ki Seva Mein (1947)'' in which he introduced Lata to Hindi films with the song ''Paa Laagoo Kar Jori Re''. Datta did two more Hindi films, Vasant Joglekar's ''Aap Ki Adalat'' and Premnath's English-Hindi bilingual, ''Prisoner of Golconda'', in which he introduced Sudha Malhotra.

His non-film song ''Sainik Ho Tumchyaa Saathi'' was a superhit and its sales proceeds went to the Armed Forces. Datta Davjekar also composed music for twelve plays including ''Thank You Mr Glad'' for which he learnt German music. In a career spanning more than six decades, he scored music for nearly 60 films.

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