Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy birthday to Talat Mehmood.

Happy birthday to Talat Mehmood.

The listeners of bollywood music wish happy birthday to legendary singer Talat Mehmood on 24th February, 2011. He was a leading performer in bollywood films during the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Along with Rafi, Mukesh and other leading singers of bollywood Talat Mehmood sang notable songs in the films of leading stars of bollywood. He rendered his voice for most of the actors of the bollywood during the 40s and 50s including Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan, and others. His landmark songs included “dil-e-nadan tujhe hua kya hai” composed by Ghulam Mohammad and picturised on Bharat Bhushan, in the film Mirza Ghalib, “koi nahi mera” composed by Shankar Jaikishan and picturised on Dilip Kumar in the film Daag. He sang landmark songs for Dilip Kumar also in the films Footpath, Devdas, etc. All the leading composers of bollywood films of that age namely Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, Roshan Lal Nagrath, Madanmohan, OP Nayyar, Salil Choudhury and others used him in different films.

His other landmark songs included “phir wohi sham” composed by Madanmohan and picturised on Bharat Bhushan in the film Jahan-ara. Talat Mehmood acted in a number of films and also showed his acting talent in those films. He had been mainly associated with ghazals and soft romantic songs. His vibrating technique in rendition had charmed many listeners of the golden age.

Talat Mehmood had a number of basic discs in Bengali as well. His landmark songs included “chander eto alo” and “alote chayate” composed by Robin Chatterjee, “duti paakhi duti teere” composed by Kamal Dasgupta, etc. The sweetness of his voice was well appreciated by the Bengali listeners as well. His songs and films should be preserved and restored.

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