Ranjit Gazmer is an Indian film director and musician, best known for his Nepali language film work. He has had a long relationship with music director R.D. Burman as an artist. He comes from a family of gold merchants in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Gazmer studied at the Art Academy of Music in Darjeeling. The people of his time were Gopal Yonzon, Karma Yonzon, Sharan Pradhan, Aruna Lama, and Jitendra Bardewa, all of whom continued to be artists. He was part of a music group called 'Sangam Club' and was the drummer of 'The Hillians,’ the first western band founded in Darjeeling. In 1966, he and his friends moved to Birgunj, Nepal, along with Anuradha Koirala (then Anuradha Gurung), who had an English-speaking private school.
Gazmer joined George Banks, the father of Louis Banks, and sang in his band.
, a close aide to Burmans, invited Gazmer to join him in Mumbai. After the first play in which he composed a song, he was asked to attend a recording of it at the Film Center, Tardeo. The song was 'Kanchi Re Kanchi Re,’ inspired by Gazmer's music, 'Kancha Re Kancha'. Ranjit arranged for
to sing his first Nepali film song in 1982. He was in Mumbai and recorded the songs in local studios. Ranjit Gazmer, also known as Kancha, was born on October 3 in 1941, in Darjeeling into a prominent family of gold merchants. Gazmer trained under Amber Gurung at the Art Academy of Music. He was also a drummer at the Georgia Banks.
He also worked briefly at an English-speaking private school, the Royal Nepal Academy, while there. At the time, Manohari Singh, Burman's closest colleague and member of his team, visited the school and the two rekindle old friendships from his HMV recording days in Calcutta. Gazmer was instructed by Manohar's brother to carry his medal and sit on it. Gazmer entertained them with one of his old songs he sang about. He was then called to the recording studio the next day, and when he arrived, he was surprised to find his song Kancha re Kancha re as the selected song to be produced by
in the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971). He made a recording, after the recording, Burman named him Kancha, after which he lived for several years. It was the first time madal sound had been used in Hindi film music. Generally, it was Burman who used the sound in his songs and Gazmer was not praised for playing the instrument in all of these songs.
This was the beginning of their long-term relationship. Gazmer has been a major part of Burmese music and has been a major player in those days. Nearly three decades into the long organization, Gazmer has raised the standards for Burman-based teams from the B to the Special Group. The last place was held for the musical points of the film 1942: A (1994).