Singer-composer Bhupinder Singh, whose moody and melancholic voice gave depth and soul to some of the finest ghazals and nazms in the Hindi films of 1970s and 1980s, passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Monday evening. He was 82.
“He was suffering from several health complications, including urinary issues since some time,” his grieving wife Mitali told IANS.
Further details including funeral arrangements of the 82-year old singer, are awaited.
The Amritsar-born singer’s deep and distinctive renditions were the perfect-fit for Gulzar’s sensitive poetry: ‘Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi’ (Mausam), ‘Ek akela iss sheher mein’ (Gharaonda), to name just two tracks. His best-known songs were composed by Madan Mohan, Jaidev, Khayyam and RD Burman.
“He was a singer with an original, smoky voice. He was the favorite singer of RD Burman and Gulzar,” ghazal singer Anoop Jalota said in a message. Bhupinder also composed non-filmi ghazals, bhajans and geets. Medieval poet Kabir’s ‘Moko kahan dhoonde re bande’ and ‘Aahat si koi aaye’ are two of his finest compositions.
Singh is remembered for his memorable songs in films like ‘Mausam’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’, ‘Ahista Ahista’, ‘Dooriyan’, ‘Haqeeqat’, and many more.
Some of his famed songs are ‘Hoke Majboor Mujhe, Usne Bulaya Hoga’, (with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, and Manna Dey), ‘Dil Dhoondhta Hai’, ‘Duki Pe Duki Ho Ya Satte Pe Satta’, (multiple singers), and many more.