MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA NOVEMBER 10 , 2012 00.35 A.M.
When ” Alam Ara ” , the first Indian talkie , hit the screen in 1931 , an era started , which could easily be called the era of singing stars . All the actors sang their own songs on the screen . Well known female stars of that era were no exception . From Devika Rani to Leela Chitnis and from Kanan Devi to lesser known starlets, every heroine worth the name sang their own songs .
Then came the era of Noor Jahan and Suraiya . Both were immensely popular stars and huge singers of their generation . Their songs and their films are still popular . Their retirement from the films finally brought an end to the glorious era of singing stars . Salma Agha , another singing star , came in ” Nikah ” [ 1982 ] but it was an exception . Singing stars era had ended much earlier .
After the end of singing stars era , playback singing in films became popular . Rajkumari Dubey could be called the first female playback singer . She started her singing career in 1940 . Her songs with Mukesh in ” Bawre Nain “[ 1950 ] are still famous and they are memorable . Modern day movie goer are familiar with her song from ” Pakeeza “[ 1972 ] . It is ….. najaria ki mari mari more saiyan …….
Another playback singer from that era was Shamshad Begum . She rose to prominence with ” Khazanchi ” [ 1941 ] and ” Khandaan ” [ 1942 ] . Her career suffered major set back with the advent and subsequent supremacy of Lata Mangeshkar andAsha Bhosle . Amirbai Karnataki was another famous playback singer from that era .
Then began an era which is known as Lata Mangeshkar Era . She , along with her younger sibling Asha Bhosle , dominated the playback scene of Hindi films like a colossus for almost 5 decades .
During their era many singers came and went into oblivion . Geeta Dutt , Suman Kalyanpur , Kamal Barot , Sudha Malhotra , Mubarak Begum and Sharda came and eclipsed quickly without leaving a mark .
In 70s , while Lata Mangeshkar was still reigning supreme , again a new crop of female playback singers emerged . Alka Yagnik , Sadhana Sargam , Kavita Krishnamurty andAnuradha Paudwal came , gave some memorable hits and faded into oblivion . Lata Mangeshkar still ruled and gave memorable hits like ; Yash Chopra directed ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .
Now a new crop of playback singers are hovering on the horizon . Shreya Ghoshal has become numero Uno like Lata Mangeshkar and Sunidhi Chauhan has almost taken Asha Bhosle’s place . But there are other female playback singers also . They are fast emerging on the scene .
ADITI SINGH SHARMA : With chart – busters like ; ” Aali Re …. ” & ” Dilli , Dilli …… ” in ” No One Killed Jessica “ and ” Chhoomantar ….. ” in ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan “ , she became a singer to watch in future .
ALYSSA MENDONSA : Daughter of Loy Mendonsa of Shankar – Ahsan – Loy fame , she sang ” Uff Teri Ada ……. ” in ” Karthik Calling Karthik “ and immensely popular ” Khwabon Ke Parindey ….. ” in ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara “ .
ANUSHKA MANCHANDA : She sang re-mix version of ” Dum Maro Dum …… ” with a rare conviction and forced everyone to take notice of her talent .
HARSHDEEP KAUR : With ” Katiya Karoon ….. ” of ” Rockstar “ and ” Jugni ………….. ” of ” Cocktail “ , she hit big and is surely on her way to the top .
MAHALAXMI IYER : She hit the bull’s-eye with ” Ae Ajnabee ……….. ” in ” Dil Se ” , ” Sadka Kiya ………… ” in ” I Hate Luv Storys “ and hugely popular Punjabi numbers like ; ” Laung Da Lashkara ……. ” & ” Rola Pe Gaya …….. ” in ” Patiala House ” .
NEHA BHASIN : ” Kuchh Khas Hai …….. ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Dhunki Dhunki ……. ” in ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan “ brought her on the top .
SHIPLA RAO : In a hit number like : ” Khuda Jane …………… ” of ” Bachna Ae Haseenon “ , she found her moorings .
SHRUTI PATHAK : With ” Marjaawan …………… ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Payaliya ………… ” in ” Dev D “ , she arrived and made her presence felt .
SHWETA PANDIT : She made her debut in Yash Raj Films ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . From ” Mohabbatein “ to ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” [ 2011 ] , she had sung several hits in Hindi . She regularly performs with A. R. Rehman‘s stage shows also . She is extremely popular singer in Telugu films also .
In a way she is my student . Though she never took admission in my Acting Institute and didn’t come to my regular batch . But still she come to my institute whenever she is free and participates in the improvisation classes of my institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .
I am happy for her and wish her greater success . I am sure in years to come she will be top playback singer of India .
I am happy that I have at least one student in playback singing field also .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
Filed under: Acting Training | Tagged: 1st Female Playback Singer of Hindi Films, 1st Female Singer of Hindi Films, A. R. Rehman, Achhut Kanya, Acting Institute, Acting Trainer, Acting Training, Aditi Singh Sharma, Alam Ara, Alka Yagnik, Alyssa Mendonsa, Amirbai Karnataki, Anushka Manchanda, Asha Bhosle, Ashok Kumar, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Bawre Nain, Bollywood, Cocktail, Dev D, Devika Rani, Diction Trainer, Dil Se, Fashion, Film, First Indian Talkie, Geeta Dutt, Harshdeep Kaur, Hindi, Hindi Teacher, I Hate Luv Storys, India, Kamal Barot, Kamal Nayan Chaturvedi, Kanan Devi, Karthik Calling Karthik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Khandaan, Khazanchi, Lata Mangeshkar, Leela Chitnis, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Mohabbatein, Mubarak Begum, Mukesh, MUMBAI - MAHARASHTRA - INDIA, Neha Bhasin, Nikaah, No One Killed Jessica, Noor Jahan, Pakeeza, Patiala House, Playback Singers, Playback Singers of Hindi Films, Rajkumari Dubey, Rockstar, Sadhana Sargam, Salma Agha, Shamshad Begum, Shankar - Ahsan - Loy, Sharda, Shilpa Rao, Shreya Ghoshal, Shruti Pathak, Shweta Pandit, Singing Stars of Hindi Films, Sudha Malhotra, Suman Kalyanpur, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suraiya, VEER ZAARA, Vidur, Vidur Chaturvedi, Vidur on Twitter, Vidur's Blog, Vidur's Kreating Charakters, Vidur's Students, Yash Chopra, Yash Raj Films, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara | Leave a Comment »