Ajay-Atul is the music alias of music directors-composers Atul Gogavale and Ajay Gogavale siblings. Ajay and Atul Gogavale are Indian music composers and directors. Ajay Atul is their professional name appears on the covers of their music CDs and DVDs. In 2008, Ajay-Atul won the Best Music Direction award at the 56th National Film Awards by the Government of India for contributing music to the Marathi film Jogwa.
Atul Gogavle & Ajay Gogavale are the sons of Mr. Ashok Gogavale who works in Revenue Department Alandi in Pune. Both were born in Pune and brought up in several villages in western Maharashtra, including Rajgurunagar, Junnar, Shirur, as his father had transferable job. Atul was born on 11 September 1974 and Ajay, his younger brother was born on 21 August 1976 in Pune.
During childhood they were not much attracted towards studies. But instead interest in music was developed during school days. During Class Ten prelim Atul did drawings in Mathematics paper. Musical experiments started during this age. During NCC Competition Ajay played different composition than precomposed one, but they won the prize for experimented one & this instance inspired them for there music potential. They had sung “Powada" in one occasion where Shivsena supremo Bal Thackeray & Marathi Comedy Actor, Producer Dada Kondke was the Chief Guests. They were honored by "Shreefal" - Coconut & Garland by them & they kept that garland with them for many days. This was the most inspiring moment of their life.
They came from zero musical background. Although they were not supported by their family directly for music, they were never denied any assistance. As their family could not afford the instruments for their musical endeavours, they started their musical ventures through their school, temples, local bands etc. Although they did not get direct training through this they learn a lot through these ventures. As they couldn't afford any instruments they would befriend the people who owned instruments like Harmonium, Mrudung, Dhol etc. Later during college they started working with local bands as arrangers. Their father brought them a Keyboard after persuasion by their mother. This proved to be one of their greatest gifts. He said "You have not been given any toys during childhood, now this is your toy.!!". This inspired them & they started experimenting. Later on they came to Mumbai & started working on International Non-Filmy Music Album "Vishwavinayaka". This proved to be a big break for them & paved for them a way into Indian (mostly Marathi) Music industry. There they worked for lots of commercial jingles, ballets & Advertisements for strengthening their profiles.
Man Udhaan Varyaache, Malharavaari, Kombdi Palali are some of their notable compositions. Ajay-Atul composed songs and background score for the Marathi film Natarang. Their composition for Natarang was influenced by traditional Marathi folk music forms like Laavani, Phaṭakā and Tamashaa. They recently gave music to Hindi film Singham starring Ajay Devgn and directed by Rohit Shetty and Agneepath produced by Karan Johar