Not many of the young generation know this man, but yes he is a pioneer in bringing out the classical element in Indian music. Naushad Ali has been in the field of comporsing since 1937. He passed away a few years ago in 2006. Comparing to few composers, Naushad Ali has worked only on less than a hundred movies but it is amazing to note that a quarter of his movies have reached golden and silver jubilees too.
Naushad's entry into the film industry was with PremNagar which released in the year 1940.This Padma Bhushan Awardee was known for his talent as he was one person who could easily work with Western instruments, including the clarinet, the mandolin, and the accordion. Even in the era, where technology had not developed at all, Naushad with his master skills could incorporate Western musical idioms in his compositions, and compose for Western-style orchestras.
Have you heard the song 'Ae Mohabbat Zindabad' from the movie Mughal E Azam? Umraojaan is another movie which can be called his masterpiece. This movie showcases the beautiful song 'Dil cheez kya hai', with Rekha dancing to the tunes and mesmerizing all of us. His other well structured songs include "aa more saiyyaan jiya kalpaaye" which appeared in the movie 'Kanoon'. Thanks to Naushad's compositions, we got the best of Mohammad Rafi too. Some classic numbers from this duo include 'Aaj galiyon mein teri parwaana', 'Mujhe Duniya walo' etc.
'Ganga Jamuna' another famous movie which released in the year 1961 witnesses composition by Naushad. The song 'Do hanson ka joda' was sung beautifully by Lata Mangeshkar.Naushad being a story writer, he also contributed story lines for Palki which released during the year 1967 and Teri Payal Meri geet which released in the year 1989.
Naushad Ali is definitely one of the yesteryear stalwart and is irreplaceable. Bollywood surely misses his compositions.