senior singer Bupind SinghThe beautiful voice for many Bollywood songs and ghazals died on Monday at Criticare Hospital in Mumbai. He is 82 years old.
From the classic “Dil Dhoonta Hai” in 1975’s Mausam, to the more upbeat “Hothon Pe Aisi Baat” in Jewel Thief, Bhupinder has shown his vocal range on a number of hits. Besides singing back, Bhupinder is also credited as the guitarist in numerous Hindi films, including Dev Anand film Hare Rama Hare Krishna’s “Dum Maaro Dum” and Yaadon Ki Baaraat’s “Chura Liya Hai”.
Here are some of his favorite numbers.
Huzoor Is Kadar Bhi Na Itra ke Chaliye
In the 1983 film Masoom, this sweetly melancholic, albeit frivolous song stars Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. The song was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and brought to life by Bhupinder Singh’s powerful vocals.
This Sachin Dev Burman track is an upbeat song by two music superstars Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupinder Singh. Their magical voices come together perfectly to create a sensational and uplifting track.
Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Asmaan
Shot on Mithun Chakraborty and Zarina Wahab, this is a romantic ballad perfectly performed by Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupinder Singh. The music was composed by RD Burman, and the lyrics were composed by renowned songwriter Gulzar.
Kabhi Kisi Ko Muqammal Jahaan Nahi Milta
This lovely track by Nida Fazli features Bhupinder Singh with Khayyam. The sentimental lyrics lamenting the realities of life complement Bhupinder Singh’s melancholy vocals.
Deartown Tower Sea
Composed by Madan Mohan and penned by Gulzar, “Dil Dhoondta Hai” in 1975’s Mausam brings out the sad, almost sad side of Bhupinder Singh’s voice again.
Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder Singh started his musical training at an early age thanks to his music teacher father. While he went on to achieve great success in his chosen field, Bhupinder is said to have neither music nor the instrument he had to learn as a child. In his early years, Bhupinder was associated with All India Radio and Doordarshan. Besides singing, he is also a skilled violinist and guitarist.
Bupind got his first big break in 1962 when the famous composer Madan Mohan heard him perform at a dinner in Delhi. Apart from his Bollywood career, Bupind is also known for his lovely ghazals. His first LP was released in 1968.
Bhupinder Singh temporarily stopped singing after marrying Bangladeshi singer Mitali Mukherjee. The couple collaborated on several live shows and ghazals.
Bhupinder is survived by his wife Mitali Singh and their son Nihal Singh, who is also a singer.