Mangesh Desai was a giant in the world of sound recording and mixing, who recorded and mixed most of the top Bollywood films of his time, besides those in local languages from across the country. The New York Times rated him among the top 10 sound mixing engineers of the world. Producers queued up at his door waiting for his mixing dates. His oeuvre included the classics of Satyajit Ray and Shyam Benegal to Manmohan Desai’s commercial films. Besides being a gifted technician, Mangesh Desai was also a freedom fighter who fought British colonial rule.