Google honours legendary singer Mukesh with a doodle on 93rd birth anniversary

Internet giant Google honoured the legendary playback singer Mukesh with a beautiful doodle on his 93rd birth anniversary on Friday. 

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Jul 22, 2016, 07:04 AM IST
Google honours legendary singer Mukesh with a doodle on 93rd birth anniversary

New Delhi: Internet giant Google honoured the legendary playback singer Mukesh with a beautiful doodle on his 93rd birth anniversary on Friday. 

Mukesh Chand Mathur, better known as 'Mukesh', first shot to fame as the singing voice of actor, Raj Kapoor in the smash hit Andaz (1949), a Hindi film about a tragic love triangle.

Born in Delhi on July 22, 1923, Mukesh's talent was first discovered by Motilal, an actor and distant relative, when he sang at his sister’s wedding. 

The talent that earned him the nickname “The Man with the Golden Voice” took time to develop.

Early on, he studied with classical musician Pandit Jagannath Prasad, and for years emulated his idol, singer KL Saigal. Working with music director Naushad Ali, who gave him the songs for Andaz, he eventually came into his own.

In 1974, Mukesh won the National Film Award in India for Best Male Playback singer for his song "Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai" from the film Rajnigandha. 

He followed that up with wins in 1976 at the Filmfare Awards for four songs, most notably "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein,” the title track of the film Kabhie Kabhie.

Some of the popular melodies of the older times were sung by the singer. 

The”Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye” or “Awaara Hoon” are some of the popular songs sung by Mukesh. 

”Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To” for Nirdosh was his first song in which he also acted. He got his break as a playback singer in the film Pehli Nazar which was composed by Anil Biswas. The first song that he sang for a Hindi film was “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”. 

Mukesh had lent his voice for many of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor’s ongs. He has sung a total of around 1,300 songs. 

He died in United States where he had been to perform in a concert. He had left the concert mid-way following which he passed away the same day. The concert was completed by veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar.