The Indian nightingale- melodious Shamshad Begum passes away at her Powai residence. In her last moments she was accompanied by her daughter Usha Ratra and son-in-law Yog Ratra.
The film fraternity offered condolences at the sad demise of the legendary and most melodious singer of Indian cinema-Shamshad Begum.
Begum’s death is indeed an end of music in Hindi Cinema.
She ruled the 40’s and 50’s with her enchanting and captivating voice. She gave evergreen hit songs such as ‘Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar’, ‘Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishaana’, Piya Gaye Rangoon and and ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’.
Lata Mangeshkar started her career when Shamshad Begum was at the pinnacle of her singing career.
Lataji sang with the legendary Shamshad Begum in duets like ‘Darna Mohabbat Karle from 1949 film ‘Andaz’, ‘Pyar Ke Jahan Ki from 1949 film ‘Patanga’ and ‘Bachpan Ke Din’ 1951’s ‘Deedar’. Lataji was heart broken to hear about the death of Begum.
She 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.”
Amitabh Bachchan reacted to the sad news by saying, “The golden voice of Shamshad Begum, playback singer of great eminence in some of the most historic film songs… now silent…RIP.”
The hit music composer Bappi Lahiri said, “She was one of the most senior singers and had a unique style of singing. Her ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’ was a super-duper hit and we still listen to that song. I am a big fan of her and wanted her to sing for ‘Paanch Qaidi’ but it did not happen somehow because she was in Delhi that time. I deeply regret her death.”
Raju Bharatan the film historian and a close friend of Begum’s family stated that Shamshadji was very popular and the first choice of the composers of her times.
Bharatan mentioned, “She and Noorjahaan were discovered by Ustad Ghulam Haider. He brought her to Mumbai. She sang extensively for Naushad and for C Ramchandra. She was a favourite of all the composers because she had a great personality and sense of humour. She had great stamina and was the number one playback singer before Lata Mangeshkar came. Her peak was from 1945 to 1955.”
The ace director Madhur Bhandarkar said on twitter, “Shamshad Begum can truly be caledl the Indian nightingale. She’ll be immortal because of her songs. RIP.”
The singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan said that her voice was melodious and will always be remembered.
While talking about Shamshad Begum, Mahadevan said, “I had the big fortune of talking to her over phone four years ago. She blessed me for my work. I live with that moment. We will always remember her through her songs.”
Oneworldnews pays heartfelt tribute to the nightingale of Indian Cinema- Shamshad Begum-a true legend.