Rajkumari – Profile

Posted July 25, 2010 7:19 pm by BollywoodSinging Stars


Solo Song List | 1931 – 1940 | 1941 – 1950 | 1951 – Onwards |



Rajkumari began her career as a singer on All India Radio, way back in 1934. HMV contacted her for an album in Gujarati. Initially she started working as an actress in Hindi films. Her first major role was in Balwant Bhatt’s Nai Duniya (1934) produced under the banner of Prakash Pictures. She played important roles in many films produced by Prakash Pictures including Bombay Mail (1935). Bombay ke Sethani (1935), Azad Veer (1936), and Snehlata (1936). In these films, she was paired opposite Jayant – father of famous villain Amjad Khan.

Later she switched to playback singing and sang for many leading composers including Anil Biswas, O.P Nayyar, Gyan Dutt, Shyam Sunder, S.D. Burman, Naushad and Roshan. she remained a particular favorite with Roshan, who used her voice in Bawre Nain (1950), Anhonee (1952), Raag Rang (1952) and Naubahar (1952). Her famous songs include Ghabra ke and Ek teer chala from Mahal (1949), Nazroun mein samane sai from Hyderabad ki Nazneen (1952), Kajrari matwali from Nau Bahar (1952), Mere roothe huwe chanda from Bawre Nain (1950). She also sang with K.L. Saigal in Bhakt Surdas (1942) and Noor Jehan in Naukar (1943). The last song she sang was a bhajan for Gulzar’s Kitaab (1977) composed by R.D. Burman. One of her last public performances was in 1996, when she received the Aashirwad Navratna Award. She also appeared in the popular music-based programme Sa Re Ga Ma – Ummer Siddique

    • 6 years ago  

      Vidur Sury

      Totally different Sir. Rajkumari Ji here (surname Banaraswali/Dubey) was first a singing heroine (1930s) and then top 1940s’ playback singer (who sang in films till 1977). Shukla Ji was a mother – kind of actress and hardly sang 5 songs in her career. She appeared in a lot of 1940s’ films in elderly roles (eg. Panghat – 1943, Rattan – 1944 and Gaon Ki Gori/Village Girl – 1945).

      • 6 years ago  

        Arunkumar Deshmukh

        Vidur ji,
        Thank you for the clarification of the point which was haunting me for quite some time.

        • 6 years ago  

          Vidur Sury

          You are most welcome Sir, always glad to help.

  1. 4 years ago  

    Shalin Bhatt

    Something of confusion is the singer I have seen credited as Rajkumari (Calcutta/Kolkata). Who is she? BOTH Rajkumaris sang for the film Gorakh Aya (1938), at least one song each.

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