Ram Kadam is an Indian Lavani composer who predominantly worked in the Marathi film industry from the 1940s to the 1990s. Born in Miraj of the Sangli district, he mostly composed Lavani music for Marathi films. “Lavani'' is a folk music form popular in Maharashtra. Kadam was one of the leading music composers in the Marathi Film Industry. More than 200 songs were composed by him in his lifetime. Vijay Kadam, his elder son, is also a music composer. Initially, he played the ‘clarinet’ for a band in Miraj, Southern Maharashtra. A noted classical singer, “Abdul Karim Khan,” the doyen of “Kirana Gharana” at Miraj, taught him classical music. “Patthe Bapurao,” a noted Tamasha singer, gave lessons of Lavani- style folk singing to Kadam.
As a theater artist, he composed for Production houses like “Katha Akelchya Kandyach” and “Nartaki.” Initially, he worked as an office boy at “Prabhat Films” in Pune, Maharashtra. The “Prabhat Films” was co-founded by “V. Shantaram,” assistant of
. Continuously working for nine years with the association, his first independent project was “Meeth Bhakar (1949),” directed by “
.” Some famous films he contributed to include “Sangte Aika,” released in 1959, and “Gavgund,” released in 1951, directed by
“Painjan,” directed by Ajay Sarpotdar, released in 1995, was his last film as a music composer. “Chitra Mauli” was his own production house. In 1985, he produced and directed his first film “Gad Jejuri Jejuri,” with a well-known cast starring
and Jaymala Kale in lead roles. Unfortunately, it never got commercially released in theatres. Madhu Potdar also wrote his biography “Chhinni Hatodyacha Ghaav.” Some of his well-known compositions include “Kela Ishara Jata Jata (1965), Ek Mati Anek Nati (1968), Songadya (1971), Pinjra (1972), and Bijli (1986).” Kela Ishara Jata Jata, released in 1965, was his co-production with Tamasha Film, directed by Anant Mane. He also composed music for several plays like “Katha Aklechya Kandyachi” and “Nartaki."