Saraswati Dewi was born on 1921 in Parsi family bearing the name of Khurshid Mankesha Minocher-Homji. She studied Hindustani classical music from a young age under Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande. She later joined Morris College, now rechristened as Bhatkhande Deemed Music University in Lucknow. In the 1920s, she started her career in singing at the newly established All India Radio in Mumbai. She and her sister Manek Homji hosted a popular program known as the ‘Homji Sisters’ Orchestra’. Saraswati Devi met Himanshu Rai, the producer and founder of Bombay Talkies during a music concert in Lucknow. He invited her to move to Bombay and join him as a music director. Saraswati Devi began her career as a music director in Bombay Talkies in 1935, with the movie Jawani Ki Hawa. She had to train actors and actresses in singing since playback did not exist then. She herself was responsible for introducing playback singing in Mumbai by singing a song for her sister Chandraprabha. In 1936, she composed music for the film Janmabhoomi, featuring one of the first nationalist songs of Hindi cinema – Jai Jai Janani Janmabhoomi. The song’s chorus later became the signature tune for BBC’s Indian News Service. By 1949, Saraswati Devi had worked on more than twenty movies. Her music was heavily influenced by her classical background. She composed and recorded ghazals with Habib Wali Muhammed for HMV music label, now known as Saregama. Her last composition was for the 1961 movie Babasa Ri Ladli. She died in 1980 at the age of 68. (Sourced from Web) Shall we now listen to her music? From the movie Jhoola (1941). This song was later adopted in Padosan (1968) From the movie Jeevan Naiya-(1936) sung by Ashok Kumar This song was later adopted by Kishore Kumar in Jhumroo (1961) From the movie Jhoola (1941). Leela Chinis was the star with Ashok Kumar as hero. From the movie Achhut Kanya starring Devika and Ashok Kumar From Janmabhoomi (1936) starring Ashok Kumar and devika Rani Ashok Kumar was really the Monarch those days!