Singer Shamshad Begum is dead

Renowned playback singer Shamshad Begum, who gave voice to classics like "Mere piya gaye rangoon" and "Kabhi aar kabhi paar", has died here, family sources said Wednesday. She was 94.

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Singer Shamshad Begum

Renowned playback singer Shamshad Begum, who gave voice to classics like "Mere piya gaye rangoon" and "Kabhi aar kabhi paar", has died here, family sources said Wednesday. She was 94.

Shamshad Begum, who had been ailing for the past few months, died Tuesday evening. A widow since 1955, she lived with her daughter Usha Ratra.

The funeral ceremonies were conducted Tuesday night at a small, private affair with a few friends and admirers in Andheri east.

Amongst the first woman playback singers in the Hindi film industry, Shamshad Begum was born in April 14, 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab. Interested in singing from a young age, she got her first break with Peshawar Radio, Lahore, in December 1947.

Later, her voice with a nasal tinge became a hit and she sang for top heroines of the era, leaving behind a rich legacy of her soulful tunes.

Some of her famous songs include "Kajra mohabbat wala", "Leke pehla pehla pyar", "Kahinpe nigahen, kahinpe nishaana", "Chhod babul ka ghar", "Saiyan dilme Aana re" and "Teri mehfil me kismat ajmaa kar hum bhi dekhenge".

She was a favourite of music directors like Naushad Ali and O.P. Nayyar.

Besides Hindi, Shamshad Begum also sang in Punjabi, Bengali and other Indian languages.


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  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 2:57amsamicute

    shamshad begum 's soul rest in peace

  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 2:39amNikhi.

    Even today, people sing her songs, and she will always be remembered.

    May Shamshad Begumji's soul rest in peace, and may her dear ones fins the strength to cope with such a loss.

  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 2:13am-Nymphadora-

    Samshad Begum had her own unique style of singing-which will always be remembered
    RIP

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    HMian
  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 2:01amMs.S.K.

    RIP. all your songs are evergreen and you will be remembered with fondness.
    Only regret I have is bollywood did not give you the recognition you deserved. (i.e. yester years singers, actors & actresses not seen/invited at any awards functions)

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    HMian
  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 1:51am-ElmoFuj-

    I dont listen to too many songs but i loved these

    RIP!

    P.S the title lf this article shows no respect at all. So disrespectful.

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    HMian
  • Posted on: 24 April 2013 at 1:11amKreyaArshiLover

    RIP her, i dont like many old sons but these which she sang is some of mine favorit

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