Hemant Kumar: A Matchless Mellifluous Voice
Hemant da completed several glorious years in the music industry and worked with ace composers like Anil Biswas, SD Burman, and Salil Choudhary, singing numerous songs making them eternal numbers, writes Sharad Dutt.
India's nightingale and melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was often asked to comment on her contemporary male singers. Invariably, she paid ultimate tribute to singer-composer Hemant Kumar in these words, "Listening to Hemant da, I feel as though a sadhu sitting in a temple is singing a bhajan." A fabulous singer and iconic composer, a multi-talented Hemant da reigned supreme in Calcutta and Bombay dominating the musical scene in the 1950s and 60s.