Mukesh Chand Mathur
Born: 22 July 1923
Died: 27 August 1976
- He better known mononymously as Mukesh, was an Indian playback singer.
- He is considered to be one of the most popular and acclaimed playback singers of the Hindi film industry.
- Amongst the numerous nominations and awards he won, his song “Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai” from the film Rajnigandha (1973) won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
- He was also popular as being the voice of actors Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Feroz Khan, Sunil Dutt and Dilip Kumar.
- He was a favourite of renowned Indian spin-bowler Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.
- When the sound of his song drifted to the pitch, Chandrasekhar’s acknowledgement of the tribute would bring a roar from the crowd.
- Sunil Gavaskar wrote that sometimes he hummed a Mukesh tune on the field to inspire Chandra.
- His passion affected team-mates Kirmani, Gundappa Viswanath, and even some journalists.
- He started his career as an actor-singer in the film Nirdosh in 1941, with Nalini Jaywant as his heroine.
- His second film was Adab Arz in 1943.
- He played a guest role in Raj Kapoor’s film Aah in 1953.
- He acted as a hero in the film Mashooka in 1953, opposite Suraiya and in the film Anurag (1956) (he was also the co-producer and composer in the film), opposite Usha Kiran and Mridula Rani.
- He also produced a film Malhar (1951) with hero Arjun & heroine Shammi with Darling Films.
- Google commemorated Mukesh on his 93rd birthday anniversary in 2016.
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July 22, 2019