Bhupinder Singh
Bhupinder SinghIANS (File photo)

Veteran singer Bhupinder Singh passes away in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 18, 2022

Veteran playback singer Bhupinder Singh, who sang scores of Bollywood numbers in his heavy bass voice, passed away here on Monday evening, his wife and singer Mitali Singh said.

He was suffering from colon ailment and had a cardiac arrest.

"He was suffering from several health complications, including urinary issues since some time," his grieving wife Mitali told IANS.

He was 82. He is survived by his wife Mitali and son Nihal Singh who is also a musician.

Singh is remembered for his memorable songs in films like "Mausam", "Satte Pe Satta", "Ahista Ahista", "Dooriyan", "Haqeeqat", and many more.

Some of his famed songs are "Hoke Majboor Mujhe, Usne Bulaya Hoga", (with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, and Manna Dey), "Dil Dhoondhta Hai", "Duki Pe Duki Ho Ya Satte Pe Satta," (multiple singers), and many more.

There was a time he hated music and instruments -- thanks to the fact that his father, Prof Natha Singh, a trained vocalist and his early music teacher, was extremely strict.

But Bhupinder went on to produce along with his wife and Bangladeshi singer Mitali Mukherjee, several memorable songs including "Dil dhoondhta hai", "Do diwane shahr mein", "Naam gum jayega", "Karoge yaad to", "Meethe bol bole", "Kabhi kisi ko mukammal", "Kisi nazar ko tera intezaar aaj bhi", and "Ek akela is shehr mein".

Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder performed on All India Radio quite early in his career and was attached to the Delhi Doordarshan Centre. Soon, he started learning violin and guitar.

He was invited to Mumbai by music director Madan Mohan, who gave him a break with "Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bulaya Hoga" in war film "Haqeeqat", where Bhupinder had to contend with the likes of Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, and Manna Dey.

Boasting of a unique voice, the singer was given a solo by Khayyam in the film "Aakhri Khat".

Instrumental in introducing bass, drums and guitar to ghazals, the singer strarted releasing private albums with his wife. Gulzar wrote the lyrics for his third LP- "Woh Jo Shair Tha".


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