These are some of the greatest singers Bollywood has seen since its time of inception.
Mohammed Rafi, whose voice brought to life hundreds of melodies, was born in a village Kotla Sultan Singh near Amritsar long before India attained its independence. But music training beckoned him to Lahore where he cut his musical teeth under the hawk-like eye of Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan. He made his singing debut in the Punjabi film Gul baloch by rendering a duet with Zeenat Begum...
“ Chaudhvin ka chaand ho, Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan, Aaj mausam bada, Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra, and many more hits. ” - ibnemuhajir
A singer in a class of his own, Mukesh was ranked, along with Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, as one of the greatest male playback singers in Bollywood history. However, his position was unique - while Rafi was perfection incarnate and Kumar was the astonishing yodeller, Mukesh was that man in a bar who would pour you a drink and would sing you a song for friendships' sake...
“ Kya khoob lagti ho, Chaand si mehbooba ho meri, Aansu bhari hain, Hum aaj kahin dil, and others. ” - ibnemuhajir
“ Yeh hawa yeh raat, humse aaya na gaya, tasveer banata hoon, and many more. ” - ibnemuhajir
“ Na to caravan ki talash, laga chunri mein, ae meri zohra jabeen, and many more. ” - ibnemuhajir
One of the greatest playback singers in Bollywood history, Asha Bhosle has recorded over 10,000 songs for over 800 movies. Although every class (ghazals, pop, etc) of song was within her vocal range, her specialty was in sensual songs or Western-styled songs--she had an uncanny knack for making every actress for whom she sung...
“ All umrao jaan songs. ” - ibnemuhajir
Abhas Kumar Ganguly was born in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh. His dad's name was Kunjilal, a lawyer by profession, and his mom's name was Gouri Devi, who came from a wealthy family. Kishore was the youngest in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok Kumar
, Sati, & Anoop Kumar (I). Sati was married to Sashadhar Mukherjee...
Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore on September 28, 1929, and became, quite simply, the most popular playback singer in Bollywood's history. She has sung for over 50 years for actresses from Nargis
to Preity Zinta
, as well as having recorded albums of all kinds (ghazals, pop, etc). Until the 1991 edition...
Geeta Dutt was born in Faridpur District in East Bengal in 1930. Music Director Hanuman Prasad gave her chance to sing two lines in the film Bhakt Prahlad (1946). Her major assignment came the following year, 1947, with Do Bhai. From 1947-1949 Geeta Duttt was number playback singer in Mumbai. Initially Geeta was a singer well known for bhajans and weepy...