Mukesh


Mukesh is best known for his melodramatic and melancholic voice. He was just too good at songs of this genre. His speciality was the perfect tone and diction he used while singing the songs. His clarity of voice and emotions also added that extra appealing factor to his songs. He is the best singer when it comes to singing sad songs. He had this inherent pain in his voice which was inimitable. He was a darling of top music composers of that time. His professional as well as personal conduct made him a favourite in the film industry. His songs were a delicate mix of hidden anguish as well as joy and compassion. He was greatly adored by masses as well. Mukesh’s cadence, pronunciation and inflexion made him a legend among legends. Who can forget songs like, Chaand si mehbooba, Dost dost na raha, Chandan sa badan and many others.

 

His singing career took a final turn from movies Mela (1948) and Andaaz (1949). That period saw him giving unforgettable songs like; Jhoom Jhoom ke Naacho Aaj, Hum Aaj Kahin Dil Kho Baithe, Tu Kahe Agar, Toote Na Dil Toote Na etc. thereafter he never turned back. That was also the time, he first sang for Raj Kapoor for his movie Aag. It was year 1948 and since then both established a ‘made for each other’ combination. The pain in Mukesh’s voice ably complemented the vulnerability often portrayed onscreen by Raj Kapoor. This pair continued with each other till 1975. Together they gave us magical hits like, (1951), Shri 420 (1955), Parvarish (1958), Anari (1959), Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970) and Kabhi Kabhi (1976).

 

Mukesh breathed his last while on a concert tour to Detroit, U.S because of a massive heart attack. It was a great loss for movie industry as well as the nation. A true legend, Mukesh will always be remembered as an icon in playback singing.

 

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Mukesh was one of the India’s most famous singers. He was also nicknamed as The Man with the Golden Voice because of his unique voice and singing style. He was very popular amongst India’s renowned music composers and his association with Raj Kapoor is a part of Indian filmdom’s folklore. Mukesh was born as Zoraver Chand Mathur in Delhi on July 22nd, 1923. He was a part of bollywood’s famous trinity along with legends like Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. His life story begins with getting a job in Delhi Department of Public Works. Mukesh left studies after the 10th standard.  His fondness for music grew with the passage of time and he started experimenting with voice recordings. In the meantime he also started to hone his unique singing ability. Mostly he is known for his melodramatic renditions.

 

Renowned actor of Indian film industry Motilal first identified the singer in Mukesh. Motilal was a distant relative of Mukesh. Mukesh was performing at the wedding of his sister and was instantly recognized by Motilal. Luckily, for Mukesh and us music lovers, he saw the hidden talent of the boy Mukesh and took him to Mumbai. Once he arrived in the dream city, Mukesh started taking formal trainings in music to purify his voice. During this phase, he also managed to act in a Hindi movie named Nirdosh (1941). Though, movie did not perform well at the box office yet he managed to make his mark in the playback singing. His first break as a playback singer was in the movie Pehli Nazar (1945). Call it luck or coincidence, that song was picturized on Motilal.