|Birth name||Kalyanji Virji Shah|
|Also known as||Kalyanji|
|Born||(1928-06-30)30 June 1928|
Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat
|Died||24 August 2000(2000-08-24) (aged 72)|
Kalyanji Virji Shah (30 June 1928 – 24 August 2000) was the Kalyanji of the Kalyanji-Anandji duo. He and his brother Anandji Virji Shah have been famous Indian film musicians, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for Kora Kagaz. He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).
Kalyanji was born to Virji Shah, a Kutchi businessman in Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat, who migrated from Kutch to Mumbai to start a Kirana (provision store). His younger brother and his wife are the husband and wife duo Babla & Kanchan.
He and his brothers began to learn music from a music teacher, who actually knew no music but taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. One of their four grand parents was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Mumbai) amidst Marathi and Gujarati environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity.
Kalyanji's breakthrough was with the theme entitled Been music from the film Nagin (1954).
Kalyanji Veerji Shah Filmography (before joining Anandji Veerji Shah as Kalyanji–Anandji)
Samrat Chandragupt (1958)
Post Box No.999 (1958)
Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane (1959)
Ghar Ghar Ki Baat (1959)
Oh Tera Kya Kehna (1959)
Delhi Junction (1960)
Kalyanji's son, Viju Shah, is also a music director.
Recipients of Padma Shri in Art