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Shamshad’s golden voice goes silent

Shamshad’s golden voice goes silent
Legendary singer Shamshad Begum, one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry and the voice behind superhit songs like ‘Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon’, ‘Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar’ and ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’, died at her Mumbai residence. She was 94. Condoling the death of the celebrated vocalist, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said the industry had lost its ‘golden voice’, while Lata Mangeshkar remembered her as a ‘nice and happy soul.’

‘The golden voice of Shamshad Begum, playback singer of great eminence in some of the most historic film songs... now silent... RIP,’ Big B tweeted. Nightingale of Indian film music Lata Mangeshkar aired her sentiments in the following words on the social media platform, ‘This morning I came to know that Shamshad Begumji is no more and I was very sad after hearing the news of her demise. I had worked with her in several films. She was a very nice, cheerful and simple human being. I pay my tribute to her.’ ‘She was not keeping well for past few months and was admitted to the hospital. She passed away on Tuesday night. The funeral was a solemn affair with a few friends present,’ Begum’s daughter Usha told the media on Wednesday.

Born on 14 April, 1919 in Amritsar, Begum made her debut on Peshawar Radio in Lahore on 16 December, 1947, captivating the hearts of her listeners with her enchanting voice.

The singer has been living with her daughter Usha Ratra and son-in-law in Mumbai, ever since her husband Ganpat Lal Batto died in 1955.

Her other hit tracks include ‘Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana’, ‘Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re’, ‘Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re’, ‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar’ and ‘Chod Babul Ka Ghar’.
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