Remembering A Master

City-based musicians share fond memories of late music arranger and composer, Anil Mohile

Music arranger and composer Anil Mohile, who passed away on February 1 at his residence in Mumbai at the age of 71, is best remembered for his collaborations with singers Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar in many of their on-stage performances. Mohile is also fondly remembered by the Pune's music fraternity as a disciplined doyen of multiple strands of musical composition.

"Anil ji has been one of the finest music arrangers of the industry. He made music sound so easy," said Salil Kulkarni, music composer and singer. Kulkarni's association with Mohile dates back to the singer's college days when he would visit the Worli studio where Mohile would be recording most of the time. "When in the city he would frequent my performances and getting appreciation from him made me feel on cloud nine. He praised me after my performance for Ayushyabar Bolu Kahi, where I used only a tabla and harmonium to perform. He said it was the purest way to present a composition," added Kulkarni, who feels that Mohile was among those few musicians who understood every kind of music. "From pure classical to jazz and blues, Anil ji had expertise in every genre."

Mohile had a long abiding connection with the Hindi film industry and arranged music for films like Don, Dhumdhadaka and Dhadake Baj to name a few.

Mohile's disciple Neha Rajpal remembers him as a person who "never thought twice before giving breaks to new comers." She says, "He was my guru in live music. He taught me how to sing in a studio." Rajpal's first Marathi song, which was a Diwali special number for the film Manus , was recorded under Mohile. She had met him two days before his demise at a city event. "He blessed me after I sang his favourite Lata Mangeshkar song, Yeh dil tum bin lagta nahin," Rajpal added. Apart from the music, she learned strict discipline from Mohile. "He was very particular about timings."

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