Monday, April 14, 2014

Shamshad Begum, The Legendary Singer

Shamshad Begum

Born: April 14, 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab, British India (now Amritsar, Punjab, India)
Died: April 23, 2013 (age 94) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shamshad Begum was an Indian singer who was one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry. She had a distinctive voice and was a versatile artist, singing over 6,000 songs in Hindi and the Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi languages and of them 1287 songs were Hindi film songs.[3] She worked with maestros including Naushad Ali, S. D. Burman, C. Ramchandra and O. P. Nayyar. Her songs from the 1940s to the early 1970s remain popular and continue to be remixed.

Spouse: Ganpat Lal Batto (m. 1934–1955)
Parents: Miya Hussain Baksh
Children: Usha Ratra