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Native name
जयदेव वर्मा
Jaidev Verma

(1918-08-03)3 August 1918
Died6 January 1987(1987-01-06) (aged 68)
Years active1933–1987
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Music Direction
Reshma Aur Shera (1972)
Gaman (1979)
Ankahee (1985)

Jaidev (Hindi: जयदेव वर्मा; 3 August 1918[1][2] – 6 January 1987; born Jaidev Verma) was a music composer in Hindi films, most known for his work in films: Hum Dono (1961), Reshma Aur Shera (1972), Prem Parbat (1973) and Gharonda (1977).

He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, three times for Reshma Aur Shera (1972), Gaman (1979) and Ankahee (1985).

JAIDEV- Best 20 songs:

1. Abhin a jaao chhod kar (Hum Dono) 2. Maye zindagi ka saath nibhaata chala gaya (Hum Dono) 3. Allah tero naam (Hum Dono) 4. Raat bhi hai kuchh bheegi bheegi (Mujhe Jeene Do) 5. Ab koi Gulshan na ujde (Mujhe Jeene Do) 6. Ek meethi si chuvan (Reshma Aur Shera) 7. Tu chanda maye chandni (Reshma Aur Shera) 8. Ye wohi geet hai (Maan Jaiye) 9. Badra chhaye re (Maan Jaiye) 10. Ye dil aur unki nigaahon ke saaye (Prem Parvat) 11. Jaise suraj ki garmi se (Parinay) 12. Maata Saraswati sharda (Alaap) 13. Koi gaata maye so jaata (Alaap) 14. Chand akela jaaye re (Alaap) 15. Ek akela is shaher me (Gharonda) 16. Tumhe ho na ho mujhko to (Gharonda) 17. Tumhe dekhti hoon (Tumhare Liye) 18. Zindagi mere ghar aana (Dooriyan) 19. Aap ki yaad aati rahi (Gaman) 20. Seene me jalan (Gaman)

Early life

Jaidev was born in Nairobi and brought up in Ludhiana, India. In 1933, when he was 15 years old, he ran away to Bombay to become a film star. There, he acted in eight films as a child star for the Wadia Film Company. He was initiated into music at a young age in Ludhiana by Prof. Barkat Rai. Later, when he made it Bombay, he learnt music from Krishnarao Jaokar and Janardan Jaokar.

Unfortunately, he had to leave his film career abruptly and return to Ludhiana, due to his father’s blindness, which thrust the sole responsibility of his family on his young shoulders.

After his father died, Jaidev took the responsibility of looking after his sister, Ved Kumari and later got her married to Sat-Paul Varma. After that in 1943, he left for Lucknow to study under the tutelage of music maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.


Jaidev was the first music director to bag 3 National Award. Ali Akbar Khan took Jaidev as his music assistant, in 1951, when he composed music for Navketan Films's Aandhiyan (1952) and 'Hum Safar'. From film 'Taxi Driver' on, he became assistant to music composer, S. D. Burman.

His big break as a full-fledged music director came with Chetan Anand's film, Joru Ka Bhai, followed by Chetan Anand's next Anjali, both of these films became very popular.

Though it was with the film Navketan's Hum Dono (1961) that Jaidev true came into the limelight, with classic songs like, "Allah Tero Naam", "Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar", "Main Zindagi Ka Saath" and "Kabhi khud pe Kabhi Halat pe". His other big success came with Sunil Dutt star, Mujhe Jeene Do (1963).

Though many of Jaidev's films failed at the box office, many of them, such as Alap, Kinare Kinare and Ankahee, are remembered for his imaginative musical scores. He had a unique capability to mix traditional and folk music into Hindi film situations, giving him a unique advantage to other music directors of his times.

He also known for his non-film album of the couplets of Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan's classic work Madhushala set to music and sung by singer Manna Dey.

He is one of the favourite composers of Lata Mangeshkar besides Salil Chowdhury and Madan Mohan. He also composed music for Nepali film Maitighar .

Jaidev never married, though he remained close to his sister's family, who later settled in the United Kingdom. He died on 6 January 1987, at the age of 68. His last work was for the television series Ramayan.


  • Joru Ka Bhai [1955]
  • Samudri Daaku [1956
  • Anjali [1957].
  • Hum Dono [1961]
  • Kinare Kinare [1963]
  • Mujhe Jeene Do [1963]
  • Maitighar (Nepali film) [1966]
  • Hamare Gham Se Mat Khelo [1967]
  • Jiyo Aur Jeene Do [1969]
  • Sapna [1969]
  • Aashadh Ka Ek Din [1971]
  • Do Boond Pani [1971]
  • Ek Thi Reeta [1971]
  • Reshma Aur Shera [1971]
  • Sampoorn Dev Darshan 1971]
  • Bharat Darshan 1972]
  • Bhaavna [1972]
  • Maan Jaiye [1972]
  • Prem Parvat [1973]
  • Aalingan [1974]
  • Parinay [1974]
  • Ek Hans Ka Joda [1975]
  • Faasla [1976]
  • Aandolan [1977]
  • Alaap [1977]
  • Gharonda [1977]
  • Tumhare Liye [1978]
  • Dooriyaan [1979]
  • Gaman [1979]
  • Solvan Saawan [1979]
  • Aai Teri Yaad [1980]
  • Ek Gunaah Aur Sahi [1980]
  • Wohi Baat [1981]
  • Raam Nagri 1982]
  • Ek Naya Itihaas [1983]
  • Ankahee [1984]
  • Zumbish [1986]
  • Trikon Ka Chautha Kon [1986]
  • Amarjyoti [198?]
  • Aazadi Pachchis Baras Ki [1972]
  • Shadi Kar Lo [197?]
  • Aatish [1979]

Other credits

As actor



  1. ^ Ranade, A.D. (2006). Hindi Film Song: Music Beyond Boundaries (in Indonesian). Promilla & Company Publishers. p. 295. ISBN 978-81-85002-64-4. Retrieved 28 August 2018. ... Jaidev (b. 3-8-1918) (Debut film 1955) Jaidev was born in Nairobi where his father was working as a stationmaster.
  2. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. 1987. p. 34. Retrieved 28 August 2018. ... The choice of Jaidev for the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar, instituted by the government of Madhya Pradesh, ... The son of a high railway official in Africa, he was born in Nairobi on August 3, 1918.
  3. ^ 32nd National Film Awards (PDF) Directorate of Film Festivals.
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