April 2009

As they say, true talent can not be suppressed for long. Sooner or later success is bound to come your way. Famous music composer Salil Chowdhury recognized talent of Hemant Kumar and teamed up with him and churned out one hit after another in Bengali film industry. They gave rise to a new form of music that was known as Kvya-geeti. This form had ballad at its core but they refrained from limiting this form to romantic songs. Soon Hemant Kumar started getting multiple offers from bollywood and that was the beginning of his fruitful association with Hindi film industry.


He sang numerous wonderful songs in movies like Anarkali, Baat Ek Raat Ki, Jaal, Anupama, Nagin, Khamoshi and Bees Saal Baad etc. All his songs proved to be major hits. He also formed a glorious association with famous actor Dev Anand and together they gave several melodious hits. He showed another side of his huge talent when he started composing music as well. Equally adept at composing and singing, he received his first Filmfare award for Best Music Director in 1955 for movie Nagin.


He gave several hits in Bengali music as well. He is said to be one of the best exponents of rabindrasangeet. He gave innumerable hits in both Hindi as well as Bengali film industry. He composed music for more than 50 Hindi movies and 150 Bengali movies. A truly talented singer, he sang more than 2000 songs. Hemant Kumar also experimented with film direction. His contribution to the film music will always be remembered and cherished.


Tune into ‘Naino se keh do tum, nishaana chuk na jaye’, ‘Yeh raat ye chaandni phir kahan, Sun ja dil ki daastaan’ and did you realize your heart skip a beat? So who sang these wonderfully melodious songs and many others of similar ilk? Well, it’s none other than legendary singer Hemant Kumar. No doubt, he was a singer par excellence. Hemant Kumar was a proud owner of a deep voice and mellifluous voice. His arrival in the Hindi music industry added quality and class to the rich tradition of Hindi film music. He was adept at enthralling the music lovers with his lilting voice and mesmerizing style of singing.


His actual name was Hemanta Mukherjee. Born on the 16th of June 1920 in Varanasi, right from his childhood Hemant Kumar was deeply interested in the magical world of music. His first public appearance took place at an early age of 13 when he sang his first song on the All India Radio (AIR). Soon, a company as prestigious as HMV recognized his talent and released his first gramophone disc. But it took him some time to make a firm entry into the elite music circle of Hindi film music. Despite the release of his disc he had to wait for few years he was finally able to establish his name. He sang his first Hindi song ‘Kitna dukh bhulaya tumne’ in 1940. But his struggle to get a foothold in the bollywood continued.

kumar_sanu_011Most of the music lovers in their 20s and 30s have grown on the staple diet of melodious songs sung by Kumar Sanu. Throughout the 90s, he kept giving us one hit after another. His popularity knew no bounds. Kumar Sanu was born on 23rdSeptember 1957 and his actual name was Kedarnath Bhattacharjee. He was from a family of musicians. His father Pashupati Bhattacharjee earned several accolades as a classical singer and composer. Kumar Sanu was the taught the basics of music by his father who had recognized his talent at an early age. After completing his graduation from Calcutta University he started to give public performance.


Kumar Sanu was a die hard fan of legendary singer Kishore Kumar and that’s why his style of singing was very much on the line of Kishore Kumar. It was never a smooth journey for him in the initial stage. He struggled a lot and finally got a chance to sing in the movie ‘Aandhiyan’. Thereafter he kept getting small opportunities in few movies but his real break came with blockbuster ‘Aashiqui’. The songs of Aashiqui proved to be mega hits and Kumar Sanu had finally managed to establish himself. This movie also earned him his first Filmfare award for Best Playback Singing. He followed success with films like Saajan, Deewana, Baajigar, Sadak, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi, 1942: A Love Story and many more. He won Filmfare award for consecutive five years. He also holds the world record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day and that number is an astonishing 28. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with throat cancer and that forced him to cut down on his singing. However he is still active in other fields of entertainment.