Died: January 18, 2012
Birth Place: Majorda
The name does ring a loud bell, doesn't it? Yes, it is actually a real name and belonged to a great musician: Anthony Gonsalves
As the story goes, music director Pyarelal, from the famous duo Laxmikant - Pyarelal found his teacher's name aptly fitting a new tune made from words 'My name is'. You may call that a discovery by chance or dub it as a pupil's sincere tribute. However, in reality, when he lived, Violinist and Arranger Anthony Gonsalves remained indifferent to that kind of fame and seldom bothered to know if such a song or movie existed. His retired journey was spent in a 700-year-old house in the beautiful, sleepy Goan village of Majorda.
One of the first music Arrangers in the Hindi film industry, Anthony 'Prabhu' Gonsalves had a great hand in changing the listening and music making tastes of post partition India. He infused light and modern arrangement style that well contrasted and blended with melody centric film songs of the 40s and 50s. He also played the Violin in many memorable songs of that period.
Anthony Gonsalves contribution has been the innovative decoration of Hind film music without making its lose its Indianness. The novel blend led to highly popularizing the emerging genre of 'Talkie’ film music. Whether it was for Anil Biswas, Naushad, N Dutta or S D Burman, the artistic creativity remained consistent, though largely undocumented.
Anthony Gonsalves’ name will remain etched as one of the pioneer arrangers to have given a new lease of life to Hindi Film Music post Indian Independence.