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Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum

  • Birth Date: 14 Apr 1919
  • Birth Place: Amritsar

Artist Information

Even after six decades after she began singing she is remembered for her immortal voice and unforgettable songs...

Shamshad Begum, the nasal voiced legendary classical and playback singer of yesteryears was born in Amritsar. Making her debut on radio in Lahore in 1937, the Amritsar-born singer captivated the hearts of listeners with the enchanting depth of her voice. The then AIR Lahore helped her in entering the world of movies as frequent broadcasting of her songs induced music directors to use her voice for film songs. Shamshad Begum also recorded naats and devotional songs for a couple of gramophone recording companies which where then located in the Bakshi Market of Anarkali, Lahore.

Lahore-based composer Ghulam Haider used her voice skillfully in some of his earlier films, mostly in Punjabi. When he shifted to Bombay in 1944, Shamshad Begum went with him as a member of his team. In 1944, when Mehboob Khan launched his historical venture, Humayun, Master Ghulam

Most of her songs were memorable hits. Even the one rendered in 1960s for Kismat, after her retirement: "Kajra mohabbatwala ankhiyon mein aisa dala" composed by O.P. Nayyar, proved a superhit. Her duet with Kishore Kumar, Meri neendon main tum, meri khwabon mein tum from Naya Andaz (composed by O. P. Nayyar), similarly, remains almost a touchstone of melodious romance.

Shamshadóreputed to be a stunningly beautiful woman in her youth - performed live, both on stage and the All India Radio (AIR) through her musical group The Crown Imperial Theatrical Company of Performing Arts, set up in Delhi. Her crystal clear voice caught the attention of sarang maestro Ustad Hussain Baksh-wale Saheb, who took her as his disciple.

Shamshad went to Mumbai in the late 1930s to try her fortune. She was immediately grabbed by master music directors like Naushad Ali, Ram Ganguly, S D Burman, O P Nayyar and Khemchand Prakash. Throughout her film singing career, she remained a particular favorite with Naushad and Nayyar who used her voice not only to its fullest range but to the maximum extent possible. Shamshad became a national rage between the 1940s and mid-1960s rendering songs in her nasal voice which helped her carve her independent niche in the world of music.Her songs like O, Lagi Lagi (Aaan) Dhadkar Mera Dil (Babul), Teri Mehfil Main Kismat Azma kar Hum Bhi Dekhange (Mughal-E-Azam),

Similarly, she gave superhits for Nayyar like Kabhi Aar, Kabhi Paar (Aar Paar), Poochh Mera Kya Naam Re, Nadi Kinare Gaon Re (CID). Among other notable numbers she rendered were Saiyan Dilmain Aana Re, Aake Chhup Na Jana Re (Bahaar - S D Burman), Ai Dil Na Mujhe Yaad Dila (Saawan Aaya - Khemchand Prakash) and Kaahe Koyal Shor Machaye (Aaag - Ram Ganguly).

Most Popular songs sung by Shamshad Begum
   
Ek Do Teen Awara Play Add to current playlist
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Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re C.i.d. Play Add to current playlist
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Door Koi Gaaye Baiju Bawra Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Aar Paar Play Add to current playlist
Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena Deedar Play Add to current playlist
Dukh Bhare Din Beete Re Bhaiya Mother India Play Add to current playlist
Kajra Mohabbat Wala Kismet Play Add to current playlist
Sharmaaye Kaahe Baazi Play Add to current playlist
Duniya Badal Gayi Babul Play Add to current playlist
Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Mughal-e-azam Play Add to current playlist
Kisi Ke Dil Men Rahna Tha Babul Play Add to current playlist
Aaj Suhani Raat Re Naya Andaz Play Add to current playlist
Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar Mughal-e-azam Play Add to current playlist
Maar Gayo Re Nadiya Ke Paar Play Add to current playlist
Idhar Dekho Mera Dil.... Jaali Note Play Add to current playlist
Chhod Babul Ka Ghar Babul Play Add to current playlist
Kunwaron Ka Bhi Duniya Mein Mastana Play Add to current playlist
Do Char Din Pyar Se Nadiya Ke Paar Play Add to current playlist
Chaman Mein Rah Ke Virana Deedar Play Add to current playlist
Meri Neendon Mein Tum Naya Andaz Play Add to current playlist
O Janewale Taqdeer Play Add to current playlist
Nach More Angna Mein Munna Pyara.. Mastana Play Add to current playlist
Dhadke Mera Dil Babul Play Add to current playlist
Jo Tum Karo Main Kar Sakta Hoon Ada Play Add to current playlist
Meri Neendon Mein Tum (revival) Naya Andaz Play Add to current playlist
O Madam Do Se Hum Ho Gaye Ek Ashiana Play Add to current playlist
O Piya Piya Hum Aur Tum Nau Jawan Play Add to current playlist
Tumhi Se Pyar Tumhi Se Qarar Naya Andaz Play Add to current playlist
Chana Jor Garam Babu Main Laya Naya Andaz Play Add to current playlist
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Na Socha Tha Yeh Babul Play Add to current playlist
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Kunwaron Ka Bhi Duniya Mein Mastana Play Add to current playlist
Aag Lagi Tanman Mein Aan Play Add to current playlist
O Gaadiwale Mother India Play Add to current playlist
Dil Gaya To Gaya Shama Play Add to current playlist
Khelo Rang Humare Sang Aaj Aan Play Add to current playlist
Mere Banne Ki Baat Na Poochho Gharana Play Add to current playlist
Pi Ke Ghar Aaj Pyari Dulhaniya Chali Mother India Play Add to current playlist
Holi Aayi Re Kanhai Mother India Play Add to current playlist
Gao Tarane Man Ke Ji Aan Play Add to current playlist
Na Bol Pee Pee More Angana Dulari Play Add to current playlist
Kahe Koyal Shor Machaye Re Aag Play Add to current playlist
Ek Do Teen Awaara Play Add to current playlist
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