Rai Chand Boral was born in 1903 at Calcutta. His father Lal Chand Boral was a classical musician (expert of Dhurpad). He had three sons and Rai Chand was the youngest. Musicians from Gawalior and Rampur were invited for lessons. These include Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Masit Khan – tabla player, Ustad Hafeez Ali Khan – sarod player. Raichand learnt “Sath Sangat” on tabla and attended music conferences at Luckhnow, Allahabad and Banares. Rai Chand joined the Indian Broadcasting Co. in the year of its inception, 1927. Later (1931) he shifted to the New Theatres Ltd. in the silent era for supporting the stage with live music. He dissolved the Ghazal style of singing from the Northern India into 19th century Bengali tunes with string instrument medium.
His famous films were Puran Bhagat, Chandidas, Dhoop Chhaon, Manzil, Anath Ashram, Vidyapati, President, Abhaagan, Jawani ki Reet, Sapera, Haar Jeet, Lagan, Saugand, Wapas and Wasiat Nama. Anjangarh (1948) was his last famous film with New Theatres. He is known for introducing play-back singing for the first time in the Hindi feature film Dhoop Chhaaon (1935). The song 'Main Khush Hona Chahun Ho Na Paaun..' had an all women chorus led by Parul Ghosh with Suprova Sarkar and Harimati picturised in a dance sequence. Other playback singers of New Theatre
were Radha Rani, Ila Gosh, Dhananjay Bhattacharya.
He is correctly complemented by late Anil Biswas
as the father of Indian Cinema Music. He had directed music of 150 films including Hindi and Benagli films. His music compositions for the film “Vidayapati” are considered to be the best of any time in Indian Cinema. He has depicted a scene of storm through music “Doley Hirde Ki Nayia..” sung by Kanan Devi
He came to Bombay in the year 1935. After coming to Bombay (1953) he composed music for Dard-e-Dil with Lata's songs. Music for some basic records was also composed by him. He received National Award “Sagar Sangam” in 1958 and “Sangeet Natak Akedemi Award” in 1978. Dada Sahib Phalke Award was received by him in 1978 at the age of 75. He passed away in 1981.