Mubarak Begum

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I sang ‘Kabhi tanhayiyon mein yoon, hamari yaad aayegi…’ At the recording, Kidar Sharma sat with his eyes closed till the song was done, and then got up and gave me some money. When I hesitated, Snehal Bhatkar told me, ‘Take it. Whoever he gives money to makes a name.’ The film was ‘Hamari Yaad Aayegi’, with Tanuja.”
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Fact File

Real Name – Mubarak Begum Sheikh

Profession – Singer

Active Years – 1940s – 1980s

Nationality – Indian

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity – Rajasthani

Date of Birth – 1936 (Sujangarh, Rajasthan, India)

Date of Death – 18th July, 2016 (Jogeshwari, Maharashtra, India)

Debut FilmAaiye (1949)

Last FilmGanga maang rahi balidan (1981)

Profile

Legendary singer Mubarak Begum, best known for crooning the title track of 1961 romantic-drama Hamari Yaad Aayegi, passed away after prolonged illness on Monday July 18th, 2016 at her residence in suburban Jogeshwari. She was 80.

“Mubarak Begum is no more with us. She passed away at 9.30 pm at her residence in Jogeshwari. She was unwell from quite sometime,” a family member told PTI. Begum, who gave scores of Hindi film songs and ghazals, mainly between the 1950s and 60s, had not been keeping well for the last few years.

She made her Bollywood singing debut with 1949 film Aiye in which she had a solo track, Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai Aaja Aaja, and Aao Chale Sakhi Wahan with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, Begum worked with some of the best music directors in the film industry — S. D. Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam— on movies that starred screen legends like Meena Kumari, Vyjayanthimala and Tanuja.

She sang Woh Na Aayenge Palat Kar in Bimal Roy’s Devdas with music by S.D. 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 Tanuja-starrer Hamari Yaad Aayegi, remains one of Begum’s most remembered 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.

In 2011, the Maharashtra government had sanctioned financial aid of one lakh for treatment of the singer.

Her last rites were performed on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.

Statistics

Number of Duets with Co-Singers
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Asha Bhosle = 12

Mohd Rafi = 9

Shamshad begum = 7

Talat Mahmood = 7

Suman Kalyanpur = 5

Lata Mangeshkar = 4

Ahmed Rushdi (Pakistani Singer) = 2

Geeta Dutt = 2

Mukesh = 1