November 2009

Kishore Kumar

By |November 8th, 2009|

A multi-faceted genius, Kishore Kumar was a producer, director, lyricist, singer, music director, and actor. However, it is as a playback singer that he is best remembered. Kishore Kumar’s untrained yet deep and melodious voice lent itself to songs of varied genres — from […]

Hemant Kumar

By |November 8th, 2009|

The renowned Bengali-Hindi film composer and singer Hemant Kumar Mukherjee is remembered to this day for some of the most melodious songs in the cinema of both languages. Born in Banaras, Hemant Kumar left school to become a professional singer. He learnt music under […]

Geeta Dutt

By |November 8th, 2009|

A versatile playback singer who could breathe life into her songs, Geeta Dutt was known for the freshness and charm of her voice. Born Geeta Roy, she moved to Bombay with her parents at the age of 12. Even though she lacked formal training […]

Asha Bhosle

By |November 8th, 2009|

Gifted with a voice that possesses extraordinary range and versatility, Asha Bhosle has to her credit over 10,000 songs in 14 languages. Together with her legendary sister Lata Mangeshkar, Bhosle has dominated the Indian film singing for more than five decades. Born in Satara, […]

Amirbai Karnataki (1906-1965)

By |November 8th, 2009|

Amirbai Karnataki (born around 1906, died March 3, 1965) was a famous actress/singer and playback singer of the yesteryears and was famous as Kannada Kokila. Mahatma Gandhi was an ardent fan of her song Vaishnav Jaan.

Amirbai Karnataki was born in Bilgi village, District of […]

October 2009

Mohammed Rafi (1924-80)

By |October 10th, 2009|

One of the most versatile playback singers of Hindi cinema, Mohammed Rafi had a rich and trained voice laced with a purity that was moving. Rafi was born in Kotla Sultan Singh village and trained under musicians Khan Abdul Waheed […]