Legendary Bollywood singer Shamshad Begum passes away

The veteran playback singer of songs such as Leke pehla pehla pyaar and Mere piya gaye Rangoon dies at 94

Legendary Bollywood playback singer Shamshad Begum passed away in Mumbai due to old age-related illnesses. She was 94. She sang for movies like Mughal-E-Azam, Mother India, CID, Babul and Kismat, among others. The singer is best remembered for songs such as Mere piya gaye Rangoon, Leke pehla pehla pyar, Saiyan dil mein aana re, Meri jaan… Sunday ke Sunday, Kabhi aar kabhi paar, Kahin pe nigahen kahin pe nishana and Kajra mohabbatwala to name a few.

Shamshad Begum was born in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 14, 1919. She first sang for Peshawar Radio in Lahore, Pakistan. She came to Mumbai (then Bombay) with composer Ghulam Haider with whom she had worked in Lahore. In Hindi cinema, she went on to work with acclaimed music directors like OP Nayyar, C Ramachandra, SD Burman and Naushad. She also sang with Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mehmood.

In 2009, Begum was honoured with the Indian government’s Padma Bhushan award. She also received the OP Nayyar Award for contribution to Hindi film music in the same year.

The singer was married to Ganpat Lal Batto who passed away in 1955. She leaves behind her daughter Usha Ratra.

Rest in peace, Shamshad Begum.