Ranjit Gazmer

Ranjit Gazmer (Nepali: रन्जित गजमेर) is a Nepalese film music director and a musician, who is noted for his work in Nepali films. He had a long association with music director R.D. Burman as a musician.

Ranjit Gazmer
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Background information
Birth nameRanjit Gazmer
Also known asKancha
Born3 October 1941
Darjeeling, India
Occupation(s)Music director, musician
InstrumentsMadal, Vibraphone, Violin, Tabla, Drum, Mandolin, Harmonium
Years active1970-present
LabelsHMV Records
Associated actsR.D. Burman, Manohari Singh, Kersi Lord, Bhanu Gupta, S.D. Burman, Asha Bhosle, Maruti, Hari Prasad

Early lifeEdit

Ranjit Gazmer is from a gold merchant Nepali family of Darjeeling, India.

Gazmer was a student of Amber Gurung at his Art Academy of Music in Darjeeling.[1] His contemporaries were Gopal Yonzon, Karma Yonzon, Sharan Pradhan, Aruna Lama and Jitendra Bardewa, all of whom went on to be musicians. He was a part of a musical group called 'Sangam Club' and was also a drummer for 'The Hillians', the first-ever western band formed in Darjeeling. In 1966, he moved to Birgunj, Nepal with his friends, which included Anuradha Koirala (then Anuradha Gurung), managing an English-medium private school. In 1967, Gazmer moved to Kathmandu with his friends and became a studio musician at Radio Nepal. Later, he moved to Mumbai (then Bombay) to pursue his music career there with R.D. Burman.


Initial worksEdit

Gazmer joined George Banks, father of Louis Banks and was performing in his Band. When the Royal Nepal Academy was opened by King Mahendra, Ramsaran Darnal, who worked in the Academy called up Gazmer and gave him a job.

Manohari Singh, a close aid of the Burmans, invited Gazmer to join him in Mumbai. Gazmer arrived in Mumbai on 25 December 1971. Singh then introduced him to R.D. Burman. After initial introduction where he played a tune composed by himself, he was asked to be present in a recording at Film Centre, Tardeo. When Gazmer reached there, he was surprised and happy to see that the tune which he had played in front of Burman when being introduced was being recorded. The song was 'Kanchi Re Kanchi Re', which had been inspired from Gazmer's composition 'Kancha Re Kancha'. After the recording, Burman told him, "This is your song. And from today, you shall be called 'Kancha'". Since then, he was a sitting member of Burman's team as a percussionist until Burman's death in 1994.[2]


Gazmer worked under R.D. Burman in Mumbai, playing madal in several Hindi film songs. In 1982, Ranjit arranged for Asha Bhosle to sing her first Nepali film song. Since then he has composed music for several Nepali films such as Samjhana, Kusume Rumal, Lahure, Saino, and Darpan Chaya. He is based in Mumbai and records songs in the studios there.


As a music directorEdit

Year Film Notes
1981 Bansuri
1983 Samjhana
1985 Kusume Rumal
1985 Basudev
1987 Saino
1989 Lahure
1991 Chino
1991 Trishna
1992 Dui Thopa Aanshu
1993 Koseli
1994 Dakshina
1996 Deuta
2001 Darpan Chaya
2002 Lahana
2007 Dui Kinara


  1. ^ "Nepali Madal Man in Mumbai". The Telegraph. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Ranjit Gazmer: My mother's favourite son!". Darjeeling Times. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2012.

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