Music Director Vanraj Bhatia Dies At 93


Mumbai: Veteran music director and National Award winner Vanraj Bhatia died due to age-related ailments at his residence in South Mumbai today.

Musician, filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar took to Twitter to express his grief. He tweeted: “RIP #VanrajBhatia .. apart from the many other brilliant musical works he created, I vividly remember the theme of ‘Tamas’ that started with a shriek so filled with anguish, it could send a chill up anyone’s spine and break anyone’s heart.”



Vanraj Bhatia was born in Mumbai and studied at Royal Academy of Music London and Paris Conservatory. Bhatia started off as a composer of advertising jingles. He has composed music for almost 7000 jingles. Vanraj Bhatia is best known for composing music for films directed by Shyam Benegal. He has composed the background scores for many films and opening titles for many popular television shows.

Bhatia won India’s National Film Award for best music for Govind Nihalani’s television film “Tamas” (1988). He also had a flourishing career in composing for television serials including “Khandaan” (1985), “Yatra” (1986), “Bharat Ek Khoj” (1988) and “Wagle Ki Duniya” (1988).

He continued working intermittently in the 1990s and 2000s and his last film credit was “Dhaad” (2018).

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