Kalyanji Virji Shah is mostly known as Kalyanji from Kalyanji-Anandji duo. Kalyanji was born on June 30, 1928, to Virji Shah. Virji Shah was a businessman in Kutch, Gujrat. Later, to start a provision store he moved to Mumbai. He has a brother
Anandji Virji Shah
, they both are very famous Indian musicians. Kalyanji-Anandji has won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for the film Kora Kagaz.
Kalyanji had also received the civilian award Padma Shri in 1992. Kalyanji and Anandji had learned music from a music teacher. Although, the music teacher wasn't professionally a musician but was working to compensate his bills. Kalyanji got his breakthrough with the movie Naagin and theme titled Been Music. Even Kalyanji's son
is a music director. He along with Anandji has worked for over 250 movies as music composers.
They, together, have also nurtured new talents like
, Sadha Sargam,
to name a few. Kalyanji Virji Shah died on August 24, 2000.