Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Bollywood pays tribute to Shamshad Begum

Bollywood mourns the demise of singing legend Shamshad Begum, who was the voice behind some of the most famous songs in Hindi films.


Bollywood pays tribute to Shamshad Begum (© AP)

Mumbai: Hindi film fraternity mourned the demise of legendary singer Shamshad Begum, calling her death the end of an era in Hindi cinema music.

Begum died Tuesday night at her Powai residence in presence of her daughter Usha Ratra and son-in-law Yog Ratra.

Begum, who ruled playback singing in the '40s and 50s, was the voice behind evergreen hits like "Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishaana", "Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon", "Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar" and "Kajra Mohabbat Wala".

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar started her playback singing when Begum was at the peak of her career. Mangeshkar, who sang many duets with Begum like "Darna Mohabbat Karle" from 1949 film 'Andaz', "Pyar Ke Jahan Ki" from 1949 film 'Patanga' and "Bachpan Ke Din" 1951's 'Deedar', said she was saddened to hear about her death.

"Aaj subha mujhe pata chala ki mashhoor playback singer shamshad begumji humare beech nahi rahi, ye sunke mujhe bohot dukh hua, maine unke saath kafi filmo mein gaane gaaye, wo bohot acchhi hasmukh aur sidhi saadhi shakhsiyat thi, main unko shraddhanjali arpit karti hun," Mangeshkar tweeted.

("I got to know about the demise of famous singer Shamshad Begumji today. I felt very sad as I sang with her in many films. She was a lively and simple person.)

Reacting to her death, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said, "The golden voice of Shamshad Begum, playback singer of great eminence in some of the most historic film songs... Now silent...RIP.

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