New Delhi: Veteran music composer Anandji’s daughter Rita Valambia breathed her last on Friday (October 8) after reportedly suffering a heart attack. She was 62.
Anandji Vir Shah also has a son. His brother and music partner Kalyanji died in August 2020.
Anandji Virji Shah was born to a Kutchi businessman in 1933. His family migrated from Kutch to Bombay to start a provision store. His younger brother and sister-in-law are the husband and wife duo Babla & Kanchan. The two brothers began to learn music from a music teacher. One of their four grandparents was a folk musician of some eminence.
They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Bombay) in the Marathi and Gujarati areas.
Together with his brother, he formed the Kalyanji-Anandji duo, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for 1974 released ‘Kora Kagaz’. He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).