Hemant Kumar

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HEMANT KUMAR

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Hemant Kumar, born as Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, was a renowned Indian music composer, singer, and film producer. He was born on June 16, 1920, in Varanasi, India. Hemant Kumar was known for his soulful and melodious voice, which captured the essence of Indian classical music and made him one of the most popular playback singers of his time. He sang in Bengali and Hind as well as other Languages_Marathi Gujarati Odia Assamese Tamil Punjabi Bhojpuri Konkani Sanskrit and  Urdu. He was an artist of Bengali and Hindi film music, Rabindra Sangeet and many other genres. He was the recipient of two National Awards for Best Male Playback Singe and was popularly known as the “voice of God”.

Hemant Kumar began his music career in Kolkata, where he worked as a singer for All India Radio. He started composing music for films in 1947, and his breakthrough came with the film “Anand Math” in 1952. Hemant Kumar was known for his unique style of music, which was a blend of Indian classical music and Western music. He was one of the pioneers of the Indian music industry who introduced a new style of music that was different from the traditional music that was popular at the time.

Hemanta’s first film song was in the Bengali film Rajkumarer Nirbbasan released in 1940 which was scored by S.D Burman .

This was followed by Nimai Sanyas in 1941, in which music was scored by Hariprasanna Das. Hemanta’s first compositions for himself were the Bengali non-film songs “Katha Kayonako Shudhu Shono” and “Amar Biraha Akashe Priya” in 1943. The lyrics were by Amiya Bagchi.

His first Hindi film songs were in Meenakshi in 1942. followed by Irada in 1944, with music composed by Amar Nath.

Hemant Kumar’s music was not only popular in India but also in other countries. He collaborated with some of the most renowned music composers of his time, such as Salil Chowdhury, Ravi Shankar, and SD Burman. Some of his most popular songs include “Tum Pukar Lo” from the film “Khamoshi,” “Na Tum Hamein Jano” from “Baat Ek Raat Ki,” and “Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni” from “Jaal.”

Award achived
  • 1956 : Flimfare Best Music Director Award Nagin
  • 1971 : National ilm Award for Best Male Playback Singer : Nimantran
  • 1962 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Swaralipi”: Won
  • 1963 : BFJA Best Music Director Award (Hindi): “Bees Saal Baad”:Won
  • 1964 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Palatak”: Won
  • 1967 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Monihar”: Won
  • 1968 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Balika Badhu”:Won
  • 1970 :  Padma Shri (Refused)
  • 1972 : BFJA Best Male Playback Singer Award: Dhannyee Meye: Won
  • 1975 : BFJA Best Male Playback Singer Award: Phuleswari: Won
  • 1975 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Phuleawari”: Won
  • 1976 : BFJA Best Male Playback Singer Award: Priya Bandhobi: Won
  • 1986: National Film Award for Best Male Play Back Singer : Lalan Fakir
  • 1986  :Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Creative and experimental music.
  • 1986 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Bhalobasa Bhalobasa”:Won[13]
  • 1987: Padma Bhushan (Refused)
  • 1987 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Pathbhola”: Won[14]
  • 1988 : BFJA Best Music Director Award: “Aagoman”: Won
  • 1985 : Honorary D.Litt. by Visva-Bharati University
  • 1986 : Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
  • 1988 : Honorary D.Litt. by The University of Calcutta
  • 1989 : Michael Madhusudan Award
  • 2012 : Bangladesh
  • 1971 : The US government honored Hemanta by conferring him with the citizenship of Baltimore, Maryland; the first-ever singer of India to get USA citizenship.

Popular Songs of Hemant Kumar :

Hemant Kumar had a long and illustrious career in the Indian music industry, during which he composed and sang several popular songs that continue to be loved by people across generations. Some of his most famous songs include:

  1. Tum Pukar Lo: This song from the movie “Khamoshi” is one of Hemant Kumar’s most popular songs. It won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1965.
  2. Ya Dil Ki Suno: This song from the movie “Anupama” is another Hemant Kumar classic that is still loved by music lovers.
  3. Na Tum Hamein Jano: This song from the movie “Baat Ek Raat Ki” is yet another iconic Hemant Kumar song that continues to be popular.
  4. Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni: This song from the movie “Jaal” is a classic romantic number that is still played at parties and weddings.
  5. Beqarar Karke Humein: This song from the movie “Bees Saal Baad” is one of Hemant Kumar’s most soulful songs and is loved by people even today.
  1. Neele Gagan Ke Tale: This song from the movie “Humraaz” is a beautiful and romantic song that is still played at weddings and other events.
  2. Jaane Woh Kaise Log The: This song from the movie “Pyaasa” is a hauntingly beautiful song that Hemant Kumar sang for his friend and collaborator, the legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt.
  3. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho: This song from the movie “Hanste Zakhm” is a soulful and melodious song that is loved by music lovers of all ages.
  4. Yaad Kiya Dil Ne: This song from the movie “Patita” is a timeless classic that has been covered by several artists over the years.
  5. Teri Bindiya Re: This song from the movie “Abhimaan” is a beautiful and romantic duet that Hemant Kumar sang with Lata Mangeshkar.

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