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.

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