Saturday, June 25, 2011

A voice like no other

Hemonto Kumar Mukhopadhyay sung Hindi film songs with the name Hemant Kumar. And while, he is possibly the greatest Bengali singer of all time (debatable - given the huge array of Bengali singing talent over the years), he did not sing many songs in Hindi. It was after all, the era of Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore.

Nevertheless, he did sing some absolutely wonderful songs, here is a sample of five of the best.

Jaane Woh Kaise Log The (Pyaasa, 1957)

Hai Apna Dil To Awara (Solva Saal, 1958)

Beqarar Karke Hume Yun Naa Jaaiye (Bees Saal Baad, 1962)

No Tum Hume Jaano (Baat Ek Raat Kee, 1962)

Tum Pukar Lo (Khamoshi, 1969)

To be honest, if I had a choice to pick anyone's voice before being born, I would pick his.

PS: Got into the Hemonto mood today, thanks to a song posted by a friend today.

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