Not Kajra Mohabbat Wala exactly but the ripe age snatched away the first legendry female singer Padam Bhusan Shamshad Begum from us. She was not keeping well for past few months and was admitted to the hospital. She passed away last night. Shamshad Begum was born on April 14, 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab. She made her debut on Peshawar Radio in Lahore on December 16, 1947, captivating the hearts of her listeners with her enchanting voice. This bold and boisterous singer was introduced to film industry by maestro Ghulam Haider in 40’s. It was he who with the music of “Ek kali nazon ki pali” and similar songs changed the style of Indian music. Before Ghulam Haider, film music was dominated by classic and heavy music and often not very much in touch with ordinary masses. It was obsessed with Bengali and Marathi classic music. He brought the freshness of folk songs and his free-wheeling music was supported by the effervescent voice of Shamshad Begum. Sawan ke nazaare hain, laut gayi paapan andhiyaari, Ek kali naazon ki pali, Diwali phir aa gayi sajni were the few songs that conferred super stardom to Shamshad.
As last as on 14th April 2011, someone thought it fit to recall Shamshad Begum and she was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan and recognised her melodious contribution to the field of Hindi film music. Better late than never.
She was the most dominating singer in the 1940s and was still singing till 1981. Think of Moughl-e-Azam and “Teri mehfil men qismet azam kar hum bhee dekhen ge, gharee bahr ko tere nazdeek aakar hum bhee dekhen ge” and really feel like going neat the singer. She had a unique style of singing and she was admired by millions of music lovers all over the world. In the earlier days of her struggle she was competing with singers like Noor Jehan, Khursheed and Suraiyya who also were extremely popular that time. With the induction LataMmangeshkar’s more natural and family-like innocence , old style of singing began to eclipse.
Her uncle used to take care of musical career. She was close to Talat Mehmood and helped him in the earlier days of his carrier. She never loved the social gathering and rarely attended.
Legendary singer Shamshad Begum, one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry and voice behind hit songs like Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar and Kajra Mohabbat Wala. She was 94. Shamshad Begum’s 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.