Kalyanji Virji Shah
(June 30, 1928 - 24 August 2000) was Kalyanji
duo. He and his brother, Anandji Virji Shah
have been famous Indian film musicians, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
, for Kora Kagaz
Birth and early life
Kalyanji was born to Virji Shah, a Kutchi
businessman in Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat, who migrated from Kutch to Mumbai
to start a Kirana
He and his brothers began to learn music from a music teacher, who actually knew no music, who taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. One of their four grand parents, was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum
(a district in Mumbai) amidst Marathi
environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity.
The brothers were known for their humility and easy-to-approach nature. They also were well known for their love songs and poetry readings. Kalyanji's son Viju Shah
is also a famous music director.