Geeta Dutt – the legendary singer of bollywood.
Geeta Dutt was one of the legendary singers of bollywood films and she made a significant contribution in both hindi films songs and Bengali film songs. She married Guru Dutt and is associated with the legendary director and actor in the performance in his films.
Her notable songs sung in Guru Dutt’s films include “waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam” in the film Kagaz ka Phool, picturised on Wahida Rehman, “na jayo saiya” in Saheb bibi aur ghulam, picturised on Meena Kumari, etc. Besides she was even elegant in singing kirtans and folk songs including “jane kya tune kaha” from the film Pyasa, composed by SD Burman, which was the hindi versions of his own song “mono dilona badhu”.
She was sublime in her huge of number of Bengali songs picturised on Suchitra Sen including “tumi je amar” from Ajoy Kar’s film Harano Sur, “ogo sundoro” from the film Indrani, opposite Uttamkumar. She had sung for tunes composed by Salil Chowdhury also when he was in IPTA including songs like “tomay dekhechi”.
Geeta Dutt made significant contribution in songs composed by OP Nayyar, as her style of singing matched his style of composition very well. The notable songs include “mera naam chinchin chu”, songs in the film Mr Mrs 55, picturised on Madhubala, etc.
After the death of Guru Dutt, she reduced her number of playbacks, but again made a comeback with the songs “meri jaan, tujhe jya na kahun”, “mera dil jo mera hota”, picturised on Tanuja from the film Anubhav, which was an offbeat film directed by Basu Bhattacharya where Sanjeev Kumar made a notable contribution.
She had also sung in films of Raj Kapoor, including songs like “bolo shawaiwai”, from the film Jagte Raho, in 1956. Actually she was elegant in the contributions of Salil Choudhury, OP Nayyar, SD Burman, Hemant Kumar, etc., who had used her soft style of singing and aggressive style too. After Lata and Asha, she is the most respectable female singer who had graced bollywood films. Her songs should be restored and preserved for the new generation to know the art of traditional singing.