He left his studies of 11th standard and jumped in the fray of freedom movement. He used to distribute pamphlets around on after secretly cyclostyling them in the fields. Then later on 8th of January 1943, he joined Indian Air Force, then Royal Air Force and in his first posting went to Lahore. He was then just an eighteen old year young man and one of the first few young men to join the air wing of the military from the city of Rohtak. One peculiar fad or custom, of those days, in that part of the country among the young men was, that they used to add ‘Singh’ to their names; probably showing their sodality with the Fire Brand icon of Bhagat Singh. Jagphul Kaushik became J. P. Singh in the air force in the technical area. As a pensioner, he still has his official papers in the name of J.P. Singh, in the Air Force.
The remotest of his postings found this harmonium to be with him even in the front-line Air Force stations. During his posting in Karachi, he happened to see violin in the Karachi Club and he learnt to play all by himself by constantly practicing it. Singing and playing the instruments in the social functions in the Air Force was part of his life, those days, but music was just a hobby. It never crossed his mind to adopt it as a profession. To commercialise his music in the film industry came to his mind only when his colleagues and friends prodded and encouraged him.Among such colleagues was one Mr. K.P.S.Tondon, who also used to present him with books he used to procure from the renowned Indian Classical Music foundation of Hathras. This colleague, Mr. Tandon very soon left the Air Force and went back to his home town, Dehradoon. Kaushik ji is very eager to meet him and family members even today as he is sure that even if Mr. Tandon may have heard or read about him, he would not have placed him as the same person whom he had encouraged in the Air Force as he knew him as J P Singh and not as J.P.Kaushik.
After more than four years in the tutelage of Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, Kaushik ji was posted to Taambram in Madras, which as per Kaushik ji, was the golden period of a posting because it was during this period that he met the greats in the south, in the field of Music and Dance like, the Kathakali masters Guru Gopinath and Thangamanee, Classical singer Shri Subramanyam Aiyyar, Bharat Natyam danseuse Bala Saraswati and Ustaad Ameer Khan, originally from Kalanaur, Mewat.
After recording Manmohan Krishna told Kaushik Sahab that he has to sing these Nazms in the forth coming film of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas titled “Shehar Aur Sapna.” Abbas sahib also liked the tunes of the Nazms immensely and asked Kaushik ji to shoulder the responsibility of composing music for the entire film, despite the fact that once when Kaushik ji had met Abbas Sahab and asked for work, Abbas Sahab had told Mr Kaushik, very emphatically that Mr. Anil Biswas was the permanent Music Director of his banner and it would not be possible for him to replace his old colleague. Anil Biswas, then had by then not only given music for Abbas Sahib’s previous films like Munna, Rahee, Pardesi, and Chaar Dil Chaar Raahen but had also recorded two songs for the current under production Film ‘Shehar Aur Sapna’, which were later removed from the film.
Abbas planned and made a film for children titled “Hamara Ghar” in 1964 in which Music Director J.P.Kaushik composed four songs. A new singer Vijaya Mazumdaar sang “Sare Jahaan Se Achha”, “Chale Hawaa Puwaaee”, “Raja Ji Pachhataayenge” and Mahendra Kapoor “Tujhko Apnee Duniyaan Aap Bananee Hai.” A special show of this film was organized for the then President Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan with all the child artists and technicians of the film which was also attended by the then Vice President Dr. Zakir Hussain. This film also had Sunil Kaushik, son of Mr J.P.Kaushik and present-day noted actress Neelima Azeem’s brother, Pasha Azeem, grandson of Abbas Sahab, playing major roles as child artists.
|phalke academy award|
|with his son satish kaushik|
|at MIRA ROAD (20.12.2013)|
He says, “I was always very fond of exercise and wrestling. During his service with Air Force he learnt swimming. The secret of my fitness has been, balanced food habits, living without any vices, exercise and swimming. I am still active in music composing. Some time back I recorded two songs for a Haryanvi film, “Kunbaa.” Whatever little, I have achieved in my life, if I have to give credit to, then it would be Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, my colleague of Air Force Shri K.P.S.Tondon and Khawaja Ahmad Abbas, who always supported me and of course my late wife, who supported me all through my struggle time in Mumbai, with my four sons.”
J.P.Kaushik ji died in Mumbai on 14.03.2017 at the age of 93.
‘ऐ रात ज़रा आहिस्ता ग़ुज़र’ - जे.पी.कौशिक
जे.पी.कौशिक जी का निधन मुम्बई में 14 मार्च 2017 को 93 साल की उम्र में हुआ|
आभार : बहुमूल्य मार्गदर्शन और सहायता के लिए हम श्री हरमंदिर सिंह ‘हमराज़’, श्री हरीश रघुवंशी और श्री एस.एम.एम.औसजा के आभारी हैं।