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Hindi Singer Shamshad Begum Dead at 94

24 April 2013 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Throaty-voiced thrush Shamshad Begum, one of Bollywood’s earliest singers, died on April 23 in Mumbai, India. She was 94 and had been ailing for some time.

Before Lata Mangeshkar put her stamp on India’s film industry as the prima singer who provided the voice for many Hindi film actresses, Begum’s distinctive notes were behind such hits as “Mere piya gaye Rangoon” in “Patanga” (1949) and “Leke pehla pehla pyar” from “C.I.D.” (1956).

“I am saddened to hear of the death of Shamshad Begum. I have sung with her in several films and she had a pleasant and simple personality,” Mangeshkar tweeted.

Born in Lahore, Punjab, Begum grew up singing at weddings and social events, and was discovered in primary school at age 10. Despite family objections, Begum signed a deal at age 12 with the Xenophone Recording Co. for the princely sum of 15 rupees per song and 5,000 rupees when she finished the contract. »

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