Anil Biswas biography

Anil Biswas

Film score, Composer

1914 – 2003


Who was Anil Biswas?

Anil Krishna Biswas was an Indian film music composer from 1935 to 1965, who apart from being one of pioneers of playback singing, is also credited for the first Indian orchestra of twelve pieces and introducing orchestral music and full-blooded choral effects, into Indian cinema. A master in western symphonic music was known for the Indian classical or folk elements, especially Baul and Bhatiyali in his music. Out of his over 90 films, most memorable were, Roti, Kismet, Anokha Pyaar, Taraana, Waaris, Pardesi and Char Dil Char Rahen.

He was also the pioneer in using the counter melody in film scores, employing technique of western music, ‘cantala’, where one line overlaps the other in contra-melody, recitative prose songs as in Roti, besides he was the first one to start extensively using the Ragmala. Another important element that he introduced was western orchestration, using indigenous instruments both in the songs as well as in their melodic interludes, a trend that soon caught on and paved way for the musicals of Indian cinema today.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.


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Jul 7, 1914
Also known as
  • Biswas, Anil
  • Anil Krishna Biswas
  • India
May 31, 2003
New Delhi

on July 23, 2013

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