Remembering Playback Singer Mukesh…


Mukesh Chand Mathur  better known mononymously as Mukesh, was an Indian playback singer of Hindi movies. Along with Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar, he was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era. Google is today celebrating the 93rd birth anniversary of legendary Indian playback singer Mukesh by dedicating a doodle on its homepage. The doodle honors the singer by depicting a scene from his famous Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, the title song of film Kabhie Kabhie (1976), which featured then superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi. 

Born on July 22, 1923, Mukesh aka Mukesh Chand Mathur was one of the most popular singers in his era along with the likes of Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. His talent was first spotted by Motilal who arranged singing lessons by Pandit Jagannath Prasad. Motilal also gave Mukesh his first opportunity as playback singer in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar.

Even though Mukesh sang over 1,300 songs, it is still less than his contemporaries, as he was said to focus on quality than quantity. Some of his popular songs are Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai from Rajnigandha (1974), and Sab Kuch Seekha Humne in Anari(1959), Sabse Bada Naadan Wahi Hai in Pehchaan (1970), Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki inBeimaan (1972) and Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, the title song of film Kabhie Kabhie(1976).

For the song Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai, he received the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. While he was known for being voice of another legendary actor Raj Kapoor, he mostly worked with Kalyanji Anandji music directors. Mukesh and KA duo delivered some of the biggest hits.

Mukesh died of a heart attack on August 27 1976 in the US. His grandson Neil Nitin Mukesh has already joined the Hindi film industry and has worked in various films. In spite of his unique pitch and voice, Mukesh will be remembered as one of the best playback singers in the Indian film industry.

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