Naam Gum Jayega…Chehra yeh badal jayega…Meri awaaz hi pehchaan hai…The iconic song that was immortalised by Lata Mangeshkar, as if it was written only from her and it echoed from every corner of the world when she passed away in February this year. But there was one more voice that made this song as legendary as it is, and that voice is also no more.
Bhupinder Singh’s velvety voice fell silent forever, today, when he breathed his last at 7.45 pm at Criticare hospital in Andheri West in Mumbai. He was 82 years old.
His wife Mitali Singh confirmed the news of his death to the press trust of India. She said he had a colon ailment for which he had been hospitalised about 10 days back. The investigations and treatment was on for his health issues but he got COVID 19 at the same time which further compromised his immunity and his condition worsened.
Complications got out of hand and he had to put on a ventilator this morning and he got a massive cardiac arrest in the evening, which finally took his life away.
Bhupinder Singh is nothing short of a legend and is known for evergreen songs like Dil Dhoondta Hai, Naam Gum Jaayega, Ek Akela Is Shaher Mein, Beeti Na Beetai Raina, Huzoor Is Kadar bhi na Itra ke Chaliye, Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar Aaj Bhi Hai, Baadalon Se Kaat Kaat Ke among many others.
Born in Amritsar, Punjab in pre-independence India in 1940, Bhupinder Singh started his career with All India Radio and was also associated with the Delhi Doordarshan Center.
In 1962, music composer Madan Mohan heard him play the guitar at a party and called him to Mumbai. Madan Mohan offered him the song “Hoke Majboor” in the film Haqeeqat, which he sang with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey. Khayyam then gave him his first solo song “Rut Jawan Jawan” in the film Aakhri Khat. His heavy bass voice gave him an edge over the others and he slowly started tasting success. Soon, he was considered as one of the top Ghazal singers in India. He performed in numerous shows in India and abroad. Bhupinder Singh has also released several independent music albums.
He was fondly known as Bhupi and he dabbled in acting as well.
Bhupinder Singh is survived by Bangladeshi singer wife Mitali and son Nihal Singh. Together, the couple performed at ghazal and live performances.
His funeral will be held tomorrow in Andheri west.
We wish him a peaceful onward journey and his friends, family and fans strength to overcome his loss. Leave your thoughts and prayers in the comments below.
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