Ajay Gogavale is a prominent Indian music composer and director. He was born on August 21, 1976, in Pune to Ashok Gogavale. He grew up in different villages because of his father’s job. Ajay is the brother of
who is also a popular music composer and director. They collaborated in several hit films and their duo was known as Ajay-Atul. In his childhood, Ajay was not interested in academics. He is more focused on music and so, he and his brother joined the NCC competition. They won and made this as their inspiration to pursue their passion. They don’t have a musical background and they could not even afford to buy a musical instrument. The two started their ventures in school, local bands, temples, etc. and befriend those who owned instruments since they cannot afford to buy for themselves. During college, Ajay and his brother started working as arrangers for local bands.
Their mother insisted to buy them a keyboard, so their father bought them one. Later on, they went to Mumbai and started working in a non-film music album entitled Vishwa Vinayaka. This album tops the international charts and became their biggest breakthrough. It has paved their way to venture in the Indian music industry. The two started working on commercial jingles, advertisements, ballets, etc. They went on to compose for private albums, plays, and films. Some of their notable compositions are Man Udhan Varyache, Malharavari, and Kombi Palali. In 2009, their compositions for the award-winning Marathi film Jogwa has earned Ajay the Best Music Direction Award at the 56th
National Film Awards
. They also penned the songs and background score for the 2010 Marathi film Natarang that bagged him more awards in 2010.
Ajay-Atul also worked on Ajay Devgn’s 2011 action masala film, Singham. Ajay and his brother also contributed to Aamir Khan’s 2014 satirical comedy-drama film, PK. In 2016, the duo also penned and scored the music for Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat, the only Marathi film that grossed over 100 crores. In the same year, they co-produced and scored the background music for Girish Kulkarni’s Marathi film, Jaundya Na Balasaheb. Aside from working on films, the two have also worked for television serials and soaps including Star Plus’ historical series, Mahabharat in 2013. Some of their popular compositions are Chikni Chameli, Zingaat, Apsara Aali, Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin, and a lot more. This 2018, Ajay and his brother are currently working on the soundtrack and background score of the upcoming films Thugs of Hindostan, Zero, and Mauli.