Legendary playback singer, Mubarak Begum passed away today (July 19) at her residence in suburban Jogeshwari, Mumbai, after a prolonged illness. She was 80. During her career spanning from 1950s to 70s, she treated Hindi film buffs with melodious songs and ghazals.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, Begum worked with the best music directors in the film industry– S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam– on movies that starred screen legends like Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar.
Mubarak Begum’s golden voice carried both sensuality and pain. She was used repeatedly for mujra numbers, which meant she was rarely used as the playback singer for leading actresses. The singer herself alleged rgar she lost out because of political machinations and conspiracies in the film industry. In certain cases, after she had recorded songs, they were set aside and somebody new sang them again.
But that didn’t deter her horde of fans.
Mubarak Begum made her debut in Aiye (1949) where she had the solo track ‘Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai Aaja Aaja‘.
In her other track ‘Aao Chale Sakhi Wahan,’ which was from the same film, she sang with Lata Mageshkar.
She charmed her audience again in Bimal Roy’s Devdas, where she sang ‘Woh Na Aayenge Palat Kar’. The music was composed by SD Burman.
Roy used her voice once again in Madhumati (1958), where she sang ‘Hum Haal E Dil Sunaenge’ for music composer Salil Choudhury.
‘Kabhi Tanhaiyon Mein Hamari Yaad Aayegi’, the title song of Hamari Yaad Aayegi, still remains one of her iconic tracks.
‘Neend Ud Jaaye Teri’, ‘Mujh ko Apne Gale Lagalo’ and ‘Humein Dum Daike’ with Asha Bhosle are among her other known songs.
‘Saanwariya Teri Yaad Mein’ from 1980 comedy ‘Ramu To Diwana Hai’ was one of her last tracks.
(With PTI inputs)