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Vanraj Bhatia Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 18, 2019

Short Biography

Vanraj Bhatia was born on 31-05-1927 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India. He is an Indian Composer, Musician & Music Director who is known for his work in Bollywood film industry.

Other Name: Vanraj
Other Professions: Musician Music Director
Appearance: Bollywood

Vanraj Bhatia Complete Bio & Career

Vanraj Bhatia is an Indian music composer, who is best known for providing music for most of Shyam Benegal's films, and for his private albums with Music Today. Although he gave good music to many art movies, he stayed away from mainstream commercial movies, barring exceptions like Amitabh Bachchan starrer Ajooba. One of his latest compositions is that of an Opera based on Mahabharat called Agni Varsha.
In 1960, he started his career as Reader in Musicology in charge of Western Music, at the Faculty of Music Delhi University, where he stayed until 1965. Meanwhile, in 1959, he created his first advertising jingle for Shakti Silk Sarees. From that point on he became one of the pioneering ad jingle makers in India, and also one of the most successful, later moving to Mumbai and working for the advertising industry. In all he has created over 7000 scores for advertising jingles, corporate and business films. His first film as a music composer was Ankur (1974), and he soon became a regular composer for Shyam Benegal and other art film makers of the time.[4] His most noted works in this period are Manthan (1976), Bhumika (1977), Junoon (1978), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Trikal (1985) and Mandi (1983) and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983). He has also created music for Indian theatre productions such as "Tughlak" and "Andha Yug". In the following decade, his work was heard constantly on Indian television with the title scores for TV series like Khandaan, Yatra, Lifeline, Discovery of India, Wagle Ki Duniya, and the made-for-TV film Tamas (1987), for which he received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1988. In the 1990s, he worked in many commercial Hindi films as well as providing background scores for many other films, working on over 40 films during his career. His most noted works were for Shyam Benegal's film Sardari Begum in 1996 and for Vijay Singh's international film Jaya Ganga. In 2012, the first act of his opera Agni Varsha was premiered in Queens, New York.

Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 2012 Arts

Vanraj Bhatia Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born in a Hindu family in Mumbai. He remained unmarried throughout his life.

Life's Important Dates Of Vanraj Bhatia

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College Elphinstone College, Mumbai
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Unmarried
Debut First Film as Music Composer - Ankur (1974)
Best Movies 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Ajooba (1991), Droh Kaal (1994), and Char Adhyay (1997) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Blue
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actor Aamir Khan
Favorite Singer Kishore Kumar
Favorite Place Mumbai

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Vanraj Bhatia

  • He is the composer of the famous Liril soap jingle "La...".
  • He was declared insolvent in 2019 and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan came in his support.

Vanraj Bhatia Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

95 years, 9months, 26 days old age Vanraj Bhatia will turn 96 on 31 May, 2023. Only 2 months, 1 days, 20 hours,32 minutes has left for his next birthday.

Birthdays Celebrated on Each Day of Week

Vanraj Bhatia has celebrated the total number of 96 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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