Roshan, or better known as Roshanlal Nagrath was born on July 14, 1917, in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India. He was a famous music director. Roshan started learning music at a very young age and later got admitted in Marris College, now known as Bhatkhande College of Music, Lucknow. He studied music under the guidance of Principal of College, Pt. S. N. Ratanjankar. Roshan is the grandfather of the famous actor Hrithik Roshan.
Roshan’s family consisted of his wife, two daughters and two sons. Because of his rigorous training, he was hired as a staff artist in the program of AIR Delhi. After this, Roshan headed to Mumbai in 1948, to search for work as music director. He was able to get work as an assistant of music composer,
Khawaja Khurshid Anwar
in film “Singaar.” In his struggling days, he met
, who offered him to compose music for his film “Neki Aur Badi.” He got famous when he composed music for the film “Baawre Nain.” Roshan got so popular in 1950 that he started working with
, and Mukesh. He even gave some new-comers their first breaks as lyricists in the industry.
Roshan, along with
, gave the fabulous music of the movie “Devar.” He continued to climb the ladder of success and gave many hit songs for movies like Barsaat Ki Raat, Aarti, Taj Mahal, Chitralekha, Anokhi Raat, and Mamta. For the movie Taj Mahal, he received the Filmfare Best Music Director Award in 1963. Roshan’s field of specialization is Qawwali. He gave many hit Qawwali also. As he grew old, his health started to deteriorate. After some medical tests, doctors concluded that Roshan was suffering from chronic heart trouble and because of a heart attack he died on 16 November 1967 in Mumbai, Maharashtra at the age of 50.