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An era of Playback Singing, Mahendra Kapoor was born

An era of Playback Singing, Mahendra Kapoor was born

Mahendra Kapoor was born on 9 January1934 in Amritsar, Punjab. He was very fond of Mohammad Rafi’s songs in his teenage. From childhood he was inspired by the famous playback singer Mohammad Rafi of that period and started learning classical music from renowned classical singers like Pandit Hassanlal, Pandit Jagannath Bua, Ustad Niaz Ahmad Khan, Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan and Pandit Tulsidas Sharma. . His family has his wife, actor Rohan Kapoor and three daughters.

Some facts about Mahendra Kapoor

Mahendra Kapoor  stared his musical journey with singing”Adha hai chandrama, raat aadhi” from Navrang in the music direction of C. Ramachandra.

Mahendra Kapoor voice resembles with Muhammad Rafi so much that it was tough to identify the who is singing. But they are differentiated by style of singing.

There was a folk touch in his style that’s why his songs full of patriotism are close to the heart of peoples.

The song ‘Mere desh ki dharti’ from movie ‘Upkar’ was a popular song which raises patriotism in the heart of Indians and they feel pride of being Indian.

The patriotic songs sungs by him was so popular that it seems the songs are written for him particularly.

He also sung romantic songs and songs of different moods. He made a special place for him in the period of singers like Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar.

No one can forget the title song of B R Chopra’s television serial “Mahabharatha”. And many more devotional songs are sung by Mahendra.

Mahendra sang a large number of superhit song for the music director Ravi.

He was most preferred singer in BR Chopra production house.

Mahendra sang for the Marathi movies of Dada Kodke, besides Hindi movies.

Some superhit songs sung by Mahendra Kapoor

Tum agar sath dene ka vada karo from Hamraz

Neele gagan ke tale dharti ka pyar pale from Hamraz

Na moonh chhipa ke jiyo na sar jhuka ke jiyo from Hamraz

Mare desh ki dharti from Upkar

Hai preet jahan ki reet sada from Poorab aur Pashchim

Chalo ek baar phir se ajnabi ban jaye hum dono from  Gumrah

Kisi patthar ki moorat ko from Hamraz

Atha Shri Mahabharat katha from Television serial Mahabharatha.

Awards and Honors received by Mahendra Kapoor

Year

Award

Song

Film

1963

Filmfare Award

Chalo ek baar fir se

Gumrah

1967

Filmfare Award

Neele gagan ke tale

Hamraz

1967

Mia Tansen Award

Tum Nacho ras barse

Sati Nari

1968

National Award

Mere Desh Ki Dharti

Upkar

1972

Padma Shree

Government of India

 

1974

Filmfare Award

Nahi Nahi bas aur nahin

Roti Kapada aur Makan

2000

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bollywood Music Awards New York

 

2002

Lata Mangeshkar Award

Madhya Pradesh State Award

 

2008

Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award

Phalke Golden Voice Singer

 

2008

Lifetime Achievement Award

Maharashtra State Award

 

 

This versatile voice was never heard after 27 September 2008. On 27 September 2008, Mahendra Kapoor got a major Heart Attack which led him to death. He ended his musical journey forever but his voice will always remain with us.

Related Question:-

Q.1 Who sung the title song of tv serial Mahabharatha?
A. Kumar Sanu
B. Mahendra Kapoor
C. Manhar Udhas
D. Mohammad Azeez
Answer...
Ans: Mahendra Kapoor
Q.2 Which honor was given to Mahendra Kapoor by Indian Government in 1972?
A. PadmaBhushan
B. Bharat Ratna
C. PadmaShree
D. PadmaVibhushan
Answer...
Ans: PadmaShree

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