Ravindra Jain was an Indian lyricist and music director. He was born on 28th February 1944 in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and died on 9th October 2015 in Mumbai. Despite being blind from birth, played the harmonium and composed many pieces and inspired many people. Ravindra was the third child of a Sanskrit and Ayurvedic scholar named Pandit Indramani Jain and Kiran Jain. He had six brothers and a sister. He married Divya Jain with whom they had a son named Aayushman Jain. He died in a hospital due to multiple organ failure. Since a very young age, Ravindra started singing devotional songs and hymns at Jain temples. His parents then decided to send him to learn music under Pandit Janardhan Sharma, Pandit Nathu Ram and Pandit G. L. Jain.
In 1960, Jain went to Kolkata to compose music for films. In 1970, Jain went to Mumbai to begin his Bollywood career with the movie Balidaan in 1971. Since then Ravindra has composed music for Bollywood movies like Saudagar, Chor Machaye Shor,
Geet Gata Chal, Chitchor, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye and many others. He has also composed music for Malayalam films like Sujatha, Aakashantinte Niram and Sukham Sukhakaram; For Haryanvi films like Kunba and Mhaare Peehar Saasra; Punjabi ones like Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu; Gujarati movies like Shri Krishna Sharnam Mamah and Gomti Ni Shakhe; Bhojpuri, Telugu, Oriya and Rajasthani movies. Not only this, he has also composed music for television series like Ramayan,
Luv Kush, Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyan,
Alif Laila and many others.
Ravindra created some private albums like Om Namo Shivay for Asha Bhonsle, Guru Vandana, Sehaj Dhara with Hemlata and Timeless Mahatma. In 2014 Jain released his last album Sampoorna Ramayana. In 2016, after his death,
Anup Jalota released his last recordings under the title Chahe Ram Bhajo, Chahe Shyam Bhajo. The Government of India honoured Ravindra with the Padma Shri Award in 2015. Ravindra won the Filmfare Award under the Best Music Director category for Ram Teri Ganga Meli in 1985. He was nominated for the Filmfare Awards twice under the Best Music Director category for Chitchor in 1976 and Ankhiyon Ke Jharonkhon Se in 1978. He was also nominated twice for the Filmfare Awards under the Best Lyricist category for Ankhiyon Ke Jharonkhon Se from Ankhiyon Ke Jharonkhon Se on 1978 and for Main Hoon Khushrang from Henna in 1991. Romesh Bhandari, the former Governor of Uttar Pradesh, awarded Ravindra the Sahitya Award for his Urdu poetry collection Ujaalon Ka Silsila on 6th June 1997.