Salil Chowdhury (Composer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Salil Chowdhury

Salil Chowdhury; 19 November 1925 – 5 September 1995 was an Indian songwriter, music director, lyricist, writer and poet, who predominantly composed for Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam films. He went on to compose music for films in 13 languages. This includes over 75 Hindi films, 41 Bengali films, around 27 Malayalam films, and a few Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Oriya and Assamese films. His musical ability was widely recognised and acknowledged in the Indian film industry. He was an accomplished composer and arranger who was proficient in several musical instruments, including flute, the piano, and the esraj. He was also widely acclaimed and admired for his inspirational and original poetry in Bengali. The first Bengali film for which Chowdhury composed music was Paribortan, released in 1949. Mahabharati, released in 1994, was the last of the 41 Bengali films where he rendered his music. He is affectionately called Salilda by his admirers.

Born: November 19, 1925, Gazipur, South 24 Parganas, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: September 05, 1995, Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Genres: Bengali, folk, film base, western classical fusion, Indian classical fusion
Occupation(s): Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Poet, Lyricist, Story-writer
Instruments: harmonium, piano, flute, esraj, guitar
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About Salil Chowdhury

Composer for Bengali, Hindi, and Malayalam films like “Madhumati,” for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. He composed for more than 75 Hindi films, more than 40 Bengali films, and 26 Malayalam films.

Before Fame

He was an early member of the Indian Peoples Theater Association, a wing of the Communist Party of India.


He was also a talented poet whose poetry gained a huge following of its own all over India.

Family Life

His father exposed him to Western Classical music through his large music collection. His daughter was singer Antara Chowdhury.


He and Rajesh Roshan both won Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director.

Information related to Salil Chowdhury

  • Indian People’s Theatre Association people
  • Bangabasi College alumni
  • Musicians from Kolkata
  • Hindi film score composers
  • Kannada film score composers
  • Malayalam film score composers
  • Bengali musicians
  • 20th-century Indian composers
  • Indian male composers
  • Filmfare Awards winners
  • Recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

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