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Hemant Kumar

With his deep but passionate voice and melodic sensibility, Hemant Kumar (born Hemanta Kumar Mukherjee) helped steer the evolution of post-World War II Indian music. Well-known for his interpretations of Rabindranath Tagore's songs, Kumar was equally influential as a composer. In addition to scoring more than 150 Bengali films and 50 Hindi films, Kumar wrote an estimated 2,000 songs.

Appearing on Indian radio for the first time in 1933, Kumar recorded his debut disc, "Janite Jadi Go Tumi" b/w "Balo Go Balo More," six years later. Despite his obvious talent, Kumar gave little thought to a career in music. Instead, he enrolled in a four-year course at the Engineering College of Jaduvpar Polytechnic and dreamed of becoming a writer. In 1937, Dash magazine published one of Kumar's stories.

The impact of Kumar's voice could not be denied, however. Although he was turned down by the Senola and Megaphone Record labels, he was signed by Columbia and introduced to their staff trainer, Sailesh Dattagupta. Although he had previously begun studying classical Hindustani music with Ustad Faiyaz Khan, his lessons ended prematurely with Khan's untimely death.

Kumar's recordings for Columbia attracted critical acclaim. Following the release of his second single, he purchased his first harmonium. After his next single, he left school to devote his attention to music.

Commercial success was much slower. For several years, Kumar sought a way to break into film playback. His chance came when he was chosen to be the playback singer in the hit film Nimai Sonyas. In 1944, he composed the entire score for Heman Gupta's film, Abhijatri. He resumed his work for Gupta in 1951 with the film Anandamath. He subsequently relocated to Bombay and took a staff composer position with S. Mukherjee's Filmistan Studios. Although he attempted to break into film direction with his own Geetanjali productions, his best work was done for other directors.

Beginning in 1948, Kumar worked with lyricist/composer Salil Chowdhury to develop a new kind of music, Kavya-geeti, translated as "ballad but not necessarily romantic." Kumar reached his apex in 1955 when he received a Filmfare award as Best Music Director for the film Nagin. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 60 Years Of Bollywood

Disc 1

1. Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon

2. Kahe Koyal Shor Machaye Re

3. Jiya Beqarar Hai

5. Awaara Hoon

6. Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni

8. Babuji Dheere Chalna

9. Mera Joota Hai Japani

12. Hai Apna Dil To Aawara

13. Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka

14. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya

Disc 2

3. Bol Radha Bol

6. Sawan Ka Mahina

7. Dil Wil Pyar Wyar

8. Mere Sapnon Ki Rani

9. Bindiya Chamke Gi

Disc 3

6. Phir Chiddi Raat

8. Jahan Mil Jayen Chaar Yaar

9. Sun Sahiba Sun

12. Katra Katra

13. Mere Hathon Men Nau Nau Churiyan

15. Kabhi Main Kahoon

Disc 4

13. Bheegey Hont

14. Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye

16. Maula Mere Maula

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Track List: Anubhav / Aavishkar / Phir Vhi / Yeh Nazdeeki

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Track List: Bollywood Classics: Swinging 60's

Disc 1

1. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya

2. Barsaat Ki Raat

4. Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha

6. Tujhko Mera Pyar Pukare

9. Yeh Mera Prem Patra

11. Gaata Rahe Mera Dil

13. Sawan Ka Mahina

15. Mere Sapnon Ki Rani

Disc 2

1. Dum Dum Diga Diga

4. Naina Lad Jaihen

12. Jhumka Gira Re

13. Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara

Disc 3

2. Matwali Naar Thumak Thumak

7. Mere Mehboob

9. Yeh Nain Dare Dare

11. Ae Phoolon Ki Rani

12. Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera

15. Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo

17. Roop Tera Mastana

Disc 4

2. Husnwale Tera Jawab Nahin

9. Are Yaar Meri Tum Bhi

15. Badan Pe Sitare

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Track List: History Of Indian Film Music

Disc 1

4. Piya Milan Ko Jana [From Kapal Kundala]

14. Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De [From Pehli Nazar]

17. Aayega Aanewala [From Mahal]

19. Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya [From Do Bhai]

20. Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon [From Dard]

22. Jiya Beqarar Hai [From Barsaat]

Disc 2

5. Mera Qarar Leja [From Ashiana]

6. Babuji Dheere Chalna [From Aar Paar]

8. Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Rahi [From Munimji]

11. Sur Na Saje [From Basant Bahar]

14. Ankhon Mein Kya Ji? [From Nau Do Gyarah]

15. Jane Kya Tune Kahi [From Pyaasa]

16. Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka [From Chalti Ka Nam Gaadi]

Disc 3

1. Awara Hoon [From Awaara]

3. Yeh Raat Yeh Chand [From Jaal]

4. Jaag Dard-E-Ishq Jaag [From Anarkali]

5. Man Dole Mera Tan Dole [From Nagin]

10. Nagari Nagari Dware Dware [From Mother India]

13. Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahin [From Paying Guest]

14. Sari Sari Raat Teri Yaad Sataye [From Aji Bas Shukriya]

15. Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu [From Howrah Bridge]

17. Piya Piya Na Lage Mora Jiya [From Phagun]

18. Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam [From Kaagaz Ke Phool]

Disc 4

1. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya [From Mughal-E-Azam]

4. Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra [From Chhote Nawab]

8. Tujhko Mera Pyar Pukare [From Gumrah]

13. Jhoomka Gira Re [From Mera Saaya]

15. Mere Samnewali Khidki Mein [From Padosan]

Disc 5

1. Mera Naam Raju [From Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai]

7. Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha [From Anpadh]

8. O Jogi Jab Se Tu Aaya Mere Dwar [From Bandini]

10. Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil [From Bees Saal Baad]

12. Chand Si Mehbooba Ho Meri [From Himalay Ki God Mein]

16. Kasmen Wade Pyar Wafa [From Upkar]

17. Bindiya Chamke Gi [From Do Raaste]

18. Roop Tera Mastana [From Aradhana]

Disc 6

1. Achha To Hum Chalte Hain [From Aan Milo Sajna]

2. Maine Tere Liye [From Anand]

3. Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan [From Mera Naam Joker]

4. Chingari Koi Bhadke [From Amar Prem]

5. Inhin Logon Ne [From Pakeezah]

6. Bahon Mein Chale Aao [From Anamika]

7. Chabi Kho Jaye [From Bobby]

9. Haye Haye Yeh Majboori [From Roti Kapada Aur Makaan]

13. Do Deewane Shaher Mein [From Gharaonda]

14. Khaike Paan Banaras Wala [From Don]

Disc 7

1. Pyar Diwana Hota Hai [From Kati Patang]

3. Musafir Hoon Yaro [From Parichay]

6. Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka [From Abhimaan]

8. Yari Hai Imaan Mera [From Zanjeer]

9. Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya [From Aandhi]

11. Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon [From Mehbooba]

14. O Saathi Re [From Muqaddar Ka Sikandar]

Disc 8

4. Dil Cheez Kya Hai [From Umrao Jaan]

12. Mera Kuchh Samaan [From Ijaazat]

Disc 9

1. Jooma Chumma De De [From Hum]

5. Pehla Nasha [From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar]

9. Tujhe Dekha To [From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge]

11. Dil To Pagal Hai [From Dil To Pagal Hai]

13. Hum Yahan [From Zakhm]

14. Pyar Ko Ho Jane Do [From Dushman]

Disc 10

8. Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye [From Kalyug]

9. Bheegey Hont [From Murder]

11. Maula Mere Maula [From Anwar]

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Hemant Kumar's voice has the most unique quality - it's like gooey yummy chocolate, like the softest of soft silks
, like a caressing breeze on a balmy day, I just love him
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Great voice Hemant Kumar. Always loved his voice. He has a very different style of singing compared to all those great singers of that era.

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