S.N. Tripathi was a singer, music director, screenwriter, actor and filmmaker in Bollywood.
Born into a Brahmin family in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, he got his training in classical music from V.N. Bhatkhande's Morris College of Music, Lucknow and lessons in light and folk music from Maina Devi, Lucknow.
His career in the film industry began as a violinist with Bombay Talkies in 1935. He debuted as a singer with “Ae Ri Daiya Lachak Lachak Chalo” (“Jeevan Naiya”, 1936) and also started assisting music director Saraswati Devi. His first film as an independent music director was "Chandan" (1941) but it was “Panghat” (1943) that got him recognition.
Even as his acting career took off, he created some memorable songs in “Uttara Abhimanyu” (1946), “Ratna Manjari” (1955), “Janam Janam Ke Phere” (1957), “Kavi Kalidas” (1959), “Rani Roopmati” (1959), “Laal Quila” (1960) and “Sangeet Samrat Tansen” (1962).
S.N. Tripathi is also known for mentoring another popular music director, Chitragupt. The versatile artist passed away on March 28, 1988 in Mumbai.