Tribute to Veteran Singer Bhupinder Singh

Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit

Veteran singer Bhupinder Singh’s demise has been yet another loss for the music fraternity. He was  known for songs like ‘Naam Gum Jayega’, ‘Hothon Pe Aisi Baat’,Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal Jahan Nahi Milta among others. He moved millions to tears and cathartic pain with his booming voice and an indefinable interpretation of the words he sung. In his career of four decades, he has sung with legendary artists including Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Talat Mahmood and more. With his gifted voice he gave us many memorable songs.He sang several Hindi film hits while pursuing his passion – the ghazal. His voice brought joy to millions and had a uniqueness. Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder has ruled the hearts of fans with songs from many films like ‘Mausam’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’, ‘Ahista Ahista’, ‘Duriyan’, ‘Hakikat’. He delivered hits like ‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’ and ‘Pyar Hume Kis Mod Pai’ Interested in playing different instruments from a young age, there was never a doubt that he would take music as a career. He got his first solo track two years later with “Rut Jawan Jawan Raat Meharbaan” in the Khayyam composed feature film “Aakhri Khat”. He won numerous awards but he was elated only when the Sangeet Natak Akademi conferred him its award in the ‘sugam sangeet’  category. Not only were his ghazals soothing and relaxing, but also easy to understand. He lived an extended satisfying life on this planet of music.

He started his career in Delhi in All India Radio and Doordarshan, till the music composer Madan Mohan brought him to Mumbai and gave him his first break in the film, Haqeeqat (1964), made on the 1962 Sino-India war, where Singh sang with Manna Dey, Rafi and Talat Mahmood in ‘Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne He bonded with Burman and the pair produced ‘Dum Maro Dum…’, ‘Wadiyan Mera Daman…’, ‘ChuraLiya Hai…’, ‘Chingari Koi Bhadke…’, ‘Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho’. …’ sang such songs.  The songs sung by him have left a different impression on the hearts of music lovers. Besides his deep, serene voice, what endeared him to listeners was his ability to move with innovative orchestration.

Bhupinder’s death has virtually left a void in the music world. There’s a golden lineage of songs that he has left behind. So it is easy to remember the much-loved singer with his soulful tracks. Yes,  it is very difficult to forget them and it is not possible  to fill his place but he  will be remembered by his soulful songs forever.

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