Kersi Lord (1935-2016) - Master music arranger passed away

Oct 18, 2016, 10:24 IST | The Hitlist Team

Kersi Lord, who gave Hindi filmdom several memorable notes over a five-decade career, passed away on Sunday in Mumbai at the age of 81. He was suffering from age-related illnesses and had been hospitalised for a week

Kersi Lord. Pic/Satej Shinde
Kersi Lord. Pic/Satej Shinde

Kersi Lord, who gave Hindi filmdom several memorable notes over a five-decade career, passed away on Sunday in Mumbai at the age of 81. He was suffering from age-related illnesses and had been hospitalised for a week.

His funeral at the Parsi Crematorium in Worli was attended by colleagues and friends from the music industry. He is survived by daughters Jasmin, Perizad and Zarine.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner was a second generation musician in Bollywood. His father, Cawas Lord, was a master arranger and percussionist. Kersi introduced the bongo and congo to the movie business, but his most significant contribution was arguably the glockenspiel, which was used for the Main Zindagi Ka Saath track from Hum Dono (1961).

Kersi's daughter Jasmine, in her blog, states that he often bunked school to play for Naushad and SD Burman and soon became adept at many instruments, from Latin American percussion to the accordion to electronica. He is also credited for bringing the Moog synthesiser to Hindi film music.

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