Born: February 14, 1935
Died: October 16, 2016
Birth Place: Mumbai
The ace musician, composer & arranger, Kersi Lord, had music in his genes, being the son of the illustrious percussionist, Cawas Lord. He has been proficient, pioneering and artful… be it in learning, mastering of, and introducing of new instruments to film industry, inventing tones and techniques or in the masterful command on melodic (accordion, electronic organ, synthesiser) and percussion (drums, mallet instruments, castanets, Chinese temple blocks etc.).
He made an early beginning by playing for recordings in Hindi films at the age of fourteen, which firmed up the young boy’s inquisitiveness in rhythm and its intricacies. In his pursuit for innovation, Kersi Lord subsequently introduced the ‘glockenspiel’ for the famous musical ‘lighter’ effect in the song ‘main zindagi ka saath nibhaata chalaa gayaa’… Hum Dono (1961).
Highly motivated by Jazz and other international genres of music, Kersi Lord has played a variety of synthesizers and organs for the entire film industry. He was very close to R D Burman for whom he was constantly experimenting and creating new sounds. His landmark accordion passages songs like ‘roop tera mastaana’…. Aradhana (1970), ‘o meri sharmilee’ – Sharmilee (1971), has reset new standards of artistry. His first film as an arranger was Saathi (1968) (music director – Naushad), bore the classy stamp of his unique skill & grasp. It later manifested in that magnificent gem, ‘tum jo mil gaye ho’ in the movie Hanste Zakham (1973) for Madan Mohan.
This amiable artist has contributed in the making of thousands of film songs for every composer of the Golden Era of the 50-s, 60-s & 70-s. Besides this, he has created background scores to his credit for nearly five decades in the film industry.