First Woman Music Director in Indian Film
Jaddan Bai, mother of famous actress Nargis, was the first woman music director in Indian film industry. Jaddan Bai made a film Talash-e-Haq in the year 1935 and composed the music for it herself. In the same year Saraswati Devi scored the music for Mumbai Talkies' Jawaani Ki Diwani.
Jaddan Bai was a struggling artiste in Calcutta. It was the legendary singer K.L. Saigal who noticed her talent and encouraged her. So, from a gramophone singer, Jaddan Bai became an actress, music director and film producer.
The movies in which Jaddan Bai worked are:
1. Raja Gopichand (1933)
2. Insaan Ya Shaitan (1933)
3. Prem Pariksha (1934)
4. Talash-e-Haq (1935)
5. Madam Fashion (1936)
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