Legends : Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum is one of the first singers of Indian film industry. She was born on 14th April, 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab. According to music director O P Nayyar, her voice was crisp and crystal clear like a temple bell. She was a premier singer in 1950s and 1960s. Shamshad Begum was one of the two female singers who survived strongly after the entry of the Mangeshkar sisters. Geeta Dutt was the other one.

Shamshad Begum started her singing career by singing for Peshawar Radio. Later she also started working for Lahore Radio in 1937. She was part of a musical group ‘The Crown Imperial Theatrical Company of Performing Arts’, which was formed in Delhi. Along with this group she performed in stage shows and also for All India Radio (AIR). Her radio work helped her to enter into the film industry. AIR Lahore used to broadcast her songs repeatedly, which caught music directors’ attention and lured them to use her voice in films.

In 1944, she moved to Bombay along with composer Ghulam Haider as a part of his team. Shamshad Begum lent her voice for Ghulam Haider in director Mehboob Khan’s historical venture Humayun in 1944. At that time another singer Amirbai Karnataki was the topmost female singer in Industry. But with the entry of Shamshad Begum the scenario changed. Many music directors were rushing to sign her for their films. She soon became the lead singer for music directors like O P Nayyar, C Ramchandra and S D Burman.

Shamshad Begum – Na Bol Pee Pee More Angana (Dulari 1949) :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re (Bahar 1951) :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar (Aar Paar 1954) :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon (Patanga 1949) :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Kajra Mohabbat Wala (Kismet 1968) :  Download

Shamshad Begum was graciously beautiful woman in her youth. Her crystal toned, nasal voice created history from 1940s to mid 1960s. In 1998 there came a rumor that India’s famous singer Shamshad Begum had died (only this Shamshad Begum happened to be actress Naseem Banu’s mother and Saira Banu’s grandmother, and a classical music singer). The legendary singer of Hindi film industry, Shamshad Begum is still with us today living at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai in Bombay. She was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009.

P.S : The male voice in Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon is of Chitalkar and in Kajra Mohabbat Wala the other female voice is that of Asha Bhonsle.

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Moorti (1945)

Moorti (Hindi: मूर्ती) is a 1945 Hindi film starring Khursheed, Motilal, Padma Banerjee, Yashwant Dube, Kamal Jamindar, Kaneez, Tara Bai etc. The film was produced by Ranjit Movietone and directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi. Music was directed by the famous music composer Bulo C Rani. The film is remembered for the songs sung by Khursheed. It was also the first film where playback singer Mukesh got noticed.

Khursheed – Ambuva Pe Koyal Bole :  Download

Khursheed – Dil Jalake Bujhali Jawani :  Download

Khursheed – Itna Bhi Na Woh Samjhake Gaye :  Download

Khursheed – Mera Chand Salona :  Download

Khursheed, Mukesh, Hameeda B – Badariya Baras Gayi Us Paar :  Download

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Anokhi Ada (1948)

Anokhi Ada (Hindi: अनोखी अदा) is a 1948 Hindi movie produced and directed by the legendary Mehboob Khan. Music was directed by another legend, Hindi film music maestro, Naushad. The film starred Surendra, Naseem Banu, Zeb Qureshi, Murad, Cuckoo, etc.

Surendra is a rich man’s son who leaves his father’s home to live as a vagabond. He encounters the heroine who is very poor and has nothing to eat. He gives her some rotis. Police mistake him for a thief, brings him to the police station where he is bailed out by his father’s Munshi. Meanwhile the heroine’s brother comes under a car and dies. She being bankrupt, leaves the house. They meet again in a train and fall in love. But the train falls off the track and suffers an accident. The heroine loses her memory and in a lost state of mind walks out of the hospital into a professor’s house nearby. He takes pity on her and allows her to live in his house. He begins liking her and knows of her from the doctor who attended her in the hospital. They plan to get married but Surendra who is a former student of professor finds her and appeals to the professor to let her go and let them marry. The professor agrees but the heroine still doesn’t remember him. In the end her memory comes back and they get married.

Shamshad Begum – Aaj Kahan Ja Ke :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Nazar Mil Gayee :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Mukesh – Bhool Gaye Kyon Deke Sahara :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Surendra – Kyun Unhen Dil Diya :  Download

Surendra – Bade Bhole Bhale :  Download

Surendra – Jale Na Kyon Parwana :  Download

Mukesh – Bhoolne Wale Yaad Na Aa :  Download

Uma Devi – Dil Ko Laga Ke Ham Ne :  Download

Uma Devi – Kahe Jiya Dole :  Download

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Dushman (1939)

Dushman (Hindi: दुश्मन) is a 1939 Hindi film starring K L Saigal, Leela Desai, Najmul, Prithviraj Kapoor, Nimmo, Devbala and Manorama. The film was directed by Nitin Bose and produced by New Theatres. Music direction was by Pankaj Mullick. The film is remembered for some of the most beautiful songs sung by K L Saigal. Not much is available as far as the storyline of the film goes, so I am skipping it this time. Just to remind you, the film may have more songs, but I am posting only those that are available with me.

K L Saigal – Karoon Kya Aas Niraas Bhayi :  Download

K L Saigal – Preet Mein Hai Jeevan Jhoko :  Download

K L Saigal – Pyari Pyari Soorato :  Download

K L Saigal – Sitam The Zulm The :  Download

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Vidyapati (1937)

Vidyapati (Hindi: विद्यापति) is a 1937 Hindi film directed by Debaki Bose. It starred Pahadi Sanyal and Kanan Devi in lead roles. Other actors were Prithviraj Kapoor, Chhaya Devi, K C Dey, Kidar Sharma and Leela Desai. Music was composed and directed by R C Boral.

Kanan Devi and K C Dey in Vidyapati (1937) :

The film is about Mithila’s King Shiv Singh’s (Prithviraj Kapoor) love for his wife while chronicling the influence of the pacifist court poet Vidyapati (Pahadi Sanyal). Invited to the royal court by the king, Vidyapati arrives with his faithful follower Anuradha (Kanan Devi). Queen Laxmi (Chhaya Devi) falls in love with the poet, much to the distress of the king. The king falls ill and starts neglecting his royal duties until Anuradha persuades him that true love does not need reciprocation. The queen, equally distressed by her divided loyalties, contemplates suicide, encouraged by the prime minister who is worried by the nefarious impact of Vidyapati’s poetry on the king.

Pahadi Sanyal – Darshan Huye Tihare Sajan :  Download

Pahadi Sanyal – Ek Bans Ki Thi Patli Si Nali :  Download

K C Dey – Gokul Se Gaye Girdhari :  Download

K C Dey – Panghat Pe Kanhaiya Aata Hai :  Download

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