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Ramesh Iyer – A Tribute

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Ace guitarist Ramesh Iyer passed away yesterday leaving the music industry sad and shocked. Yet another talented musician from the Burman camp has passed on to another world. Musicians like him taking leave from this world is a hint that the Sun is slowly setting on the horizon of Hindi film music with digital music sadly taking over. In times as these, it is a delight to recall the golden era when music was an art and not technology, music was about people/artists and not gadgets. When talented composers depended upon their musicians to bring the magical effect in a song. When music was about authentic instruments such as sitar, flute, tabla, violin, trumpet, sarangi, drums, accordions, harmonium, guitar etc. Amongst all these instruments, guitar happens to be the most popular one. We have had guitarists like Bhupinder Singh, Charanjit Singh, Tony Vaz, Gorakh Sharma, Bhanu Gupta. Another talented player to join this list is Ramesh Iyer who slowly but surely became an integral part of Pancham’s music team. Born on 23rd March 1951, in Ahmedabad, Ramesh Iyer came from a music background. His family parents, grandparents were involved with traditional Carnatic music. He was deeply involved with music since childhood. He had no formal training in any musical instrument including guitar. From performing at college events to performing at musical events he climbed the ladder to reach the music team of none other than R.D. Burman. An Electrical Engineer by qualification became an ace and passionate guitarist making music his profession. He worked with R.D.Burman for more than a decade. Apart from Pancham, Ramesh Iyer also worked with composers like Kalyanji Anand ji, Usha Khanna, Ravindra Jain, Bappi Lahiri etc. He has also composed some ad jingles, songs for tv serials and regional albums.

Enlisting some of the songs where Ramesh Iyer has played a mixed bag of Acoustic/Electric/12 string Guitars –
1. Golmaal (1979) – Pancham

2. Shaan (1980) – Pancham

3. Sagar (1985) – Pancham

4. Kalakar (1984) – Kalyan ji Anand ji

5. Silsila (1981) – Shiv-Hari

6. Kabhie Kabhie (1976) – Khayyam

7. Sadma (1983) – Illayaraja

8. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) – Anand Milind

9. Khiladi (1992) – Jatin Lalit

10. Baazigar (1993) – Anu Malik

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