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He was so good at his trade, his voice resonated with emotions, raw emotions that would hold one spellbound like the ancient mariner weaving a tale that must be told, and after then, that impact of that story would remain for a lifetime. Such was the golden voice of the Legendary Master, like a magician he would hold one fixated whils't he weaves his enchanting spell with accuracy at the beholders, who can only be dumbstruck with awe, such emotions and sadness would truly soothes the listeners and create that impact to last a lifetime. The man that was endowed with that "bardaan" was Mukesh Chand Mathur, known as Mukesh. .

In focusing our lens on this genious, we shall compile 100 of his songs, songs that are still popular, songs that has left an impact that we can relate to, songs that if you were to pass by a rumshop, you would see many a troubled souls taking solace in the tunes of Mukesh, wether it be a "Dost Dost Na Raha" or "O Mere Hamrahi"

In reminising on Mukesh, will we pull articles from the internet, we will features songs from different sites, we will pull lyrics from where we could obtain same, translations will be done by friends with credit given at the end of each song. Comments will be entertained.

Beforehand I would definately express our "Thank You" to the many providers of articles of which will be used. As usual our project will not be a profitable or monetary venture, but a venture to give satisfaction to the many fans of Mukesh.

Ray, you can use the ending of each song that we will be offering to do some advertisment, you can work it out with Amral. A brother helping another brother Wink

Did I forget anything? oh, Lynn,Saeed, DaFreak/Riya, will be looking for assistance from you guys.


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Originally posted by joan:
We know very little of his personal life. He was such a reclusive man. Can you tell us about his wife and children. I can't remember his son's name who used to re-sing his songs, what became of him? Does he still sing for Bollywood?

He had a couple of sons not only Nitin but one or two others, he also had a daughter, we will explore as we go along.

Many years ago, at a singing competition in India for Rafi and Mukesh, the organizers called Rafi first, thinking he would win. Rafi went up, performed his finest songs, and got lots of wonderful praises, garlands and awards. Then Mukesh went and did his numbers. The crowd went ballistic for Mukesh and he got double of everything that Rafi got.

Not many would know that Mukesh Chand Mathur, the singer who later came to be known as Mukesh wanted to be a film actor. He even acted in a few films but thankfully for Hindi film music lovers he got over his acting bug and decided to concentrate on his singing career and what a career it turned out to be. For 22 years he lulled his listeners with his voice and gave them songs that most of them will remember for the rest of their lives.


Mukesh Chandra Mathur was born on 22nd July 1923, in a small middle class family in Delhi. He was interested in acting and singing right from childhood and was a great fan of Kundan Lal Saigal. In spite of the fact that he only studied till the 10th standard he was able to obtain a good job as an assistant surveyor in the department of public works, where he worked for seven months.

However fate had other plans for him. While in Delhi Mukesh had recorded some non-film songs secretly. Then, Mukesh was bitten by the Bombay bug like scores of other young people before and after him. He arrived in Bombay with the hope of becoming a movie star. He stayed with his relative the famous actor Motilal.

Enters films with great hopes of becoming an actor but becomes a singer instead:
With Motilal's help, Mukesh got a role as an actor in the film Years later, he was to act again in Raj Kapoor's Aah in 1953. His debut as a singer however came in the film Nirdosh with the song ˜Dil hi buja hua ho to.' Then followed a duet with singer Kusum for the film Us Paar the song was ˜Jara boli ri ho.' He later went on to sing the song ˜Badariya baras gayi us paar' with Khursheed in the film Murti. By this time he had established a small place for himself in the hearts of his audience.

Then came an important milestone in his life. The year was 1945 and Anil Biswas asked him to record the song ˜Dil jalta hai to jalne de' for the film Pehli Nazar. That song brought a still relatively unknown Mukesh to the altar of public fame. A legend was born and in the coming decades his golden voice would be heard in songs from Aag Anokhi Adaand, Mela across the entire nation.


Then came an important milestone in his life. The year was 1945 and Anil Biswas asked him to record the song ˜Dil jalta hai to jalne de' for the film Pehli Nazar. That song brought a still relatively unknown Mukesh to the altar of public fame. A legend was born and in the coming decades his golden voice would be heard in songs from Aag Anokhi Adaand, Mela across the entire nation.

His idol was KL Saigal, he wanted to sing like KL with the same perfection, the very first song that he recorded :˜Dil jalta hai to jalne de' for the film Pehli Nazar, was greatly thaught to be Saigal's. The song was such a hit.
With that song, a new era was dawning. The greatness in Mukesh was not imitating Saigal, but to be his own singer. Master of his own fate,

The Song that started Mukesh career as a singer.

Din Jalta Hain tu jalne de:

Movie Name: Pehli Nazar
Singer: Mukesh
Music Director: Anil Biswas
Lyrics: Aah Sitapuri

Dil Jalataa Hai To Jalane De
Aa.Nsuu Na Bahaa Fariyaad Na Kar
Dil Jalataa Hai To Jalane De

Tu Paradaa Nashii.N Ka Aashiq Hai
Yuu.N Naam\-E\-Vafaa Barabaad Na Kar
Dil Jalataa Hai To Jalane De

Maasuum Najar Ke Tiir Chalaa
Bismil Ko Bismil Aur Banaa
Ab Sharm\-O\-Hayaa Ke Parade Me.N
Yuu.N Chhup Chhup Ke Bedaad Na Kar
Dil Jalataa Hai To Jalane De

Ham Aas Lagaaye Baithe Hai.N
Tum Vadaa Karake Bhuul Gaye
Ya Suurat Aake Dikhaa Jaao
Ya Kaha Do Hamako Yaad Na Kar
Dil Jalataa Hai, Dil Jalataa Hai, Dil Jalataa Hai ..

This certainly sound like the great Saigal.


Originally posted by joan:
Wow, really powerful.

Can you please play a song for Mrs. Ram, a dear lady who passed away last night in Florida, originally from Enterprise. Her children, Sayjie, Peter, David, Julie, and son-in-law, Flattie are PPP activists. Many thanks.

For the departed souls, there is always a Mukesh rendition to reflect the situation;

Mrs Ram you are gone, but not forgotten:

Chal Akeyla:...........Sambandh

Thanks DF

[QUOTE]Originally posted by DaFreak:

Mukesh was born on July 22, 1923 in a conservative, middle –class kaisth family in Delhi, India.

The two year period (1941-42) happened to be decisive in his life.

Eighteen year old Mukesh was doing his matriculation and his sister was being wedded.

In his sister's wedding ceremony, young Mukesh had sung a renowned song of those times, which had been originally recorded in Saigal's voice.

The story goes that couple of big wigs of the Indian film industry were amongst the invitees and they were sitting with the audience.

Those two movie-makers were so touched by this budding singer that the very next day they knocked the door of Mukesh and made an unsuccessful attempt to convince his father that Mukesh is a highly talented youth and that he could make a great name in the film world.

The father was a very reserved person and the only name he had ever heard about the filmdom was that of Saigal, so he replied that after my son passes his matriculation, I will find him a clerical job and that will be it.

The film- makers were disappointed by the answer, but came again and insisted that the father should allow his son to try his luck.

Eventually, Mukesh was granted permission by his father and he was offered a role in film "Nirdosh" which proved to be a flop and Mukesh was out on the street looking for a job.

For three years, he tried different things.

He worked as a stockbroker, then he became a dry fruit seller.

Then in 1945, he recorded a song in late Mazhar Khan's movie "Pehli Nazar": "Dil jalta hai" which was an instant hit.

"His master's voice" cashed in on this song, because the public purchased the gramophone records, thinking that Saigal was the singer.

Hence, for nearly two years, Saigal's name was stamped on Mukesh's voice.

The second song which Mukesh had rendered was a duet with Hamida Banu: "Ja perwanay ja, kaheen shama jal rahi hai" (Rajputani)

In those days,Mukesh was receiving training in Ranjeet studio and one day "Papa jee" (Prithvi Raj) accompanied with his son,Raj Kapoor, met the decision makersat Ranjeet and requested that since Raj is interested in movie business, so he should obtain the know-how and that Raj should begin his career as a "Quli"(porter).

At that time, the assistant director had to work as hard as a porter, hence the name.

As an assistant director, Raj also did the role of an actor in Sharma jee's film "Neel kanwal".

Thus Mukesh and Raj became very close friends and Raj depended so much on his friend that he never took any decision without consulting Mukesh.

One day, Raj took Mukesh to a far off place in his old ford car and told him that he intends to make a movie "Aag".

Mukesh was all praise for the script in general and Raj's enthusiasm in particular.

However, "Aag" was a failure according to the high standards of the golden era of the Indian movies.

Those were real testing times for both of them.

Moreover, people around them were making fun of "Aag".So much so that one film distributor said: "Mr. Raj, since you have made "Aag", so you should better make a theatre of your own, so that your theatre should burn and not ours."

However, "Aag's" failure was a blessing in disguise, according to Mukesh: "Aag" failed but Raj passed.

What happened was that an entrepreneur of high repute, Mr. V.Puri came forward and convinced Raj to gather an excellent team of dedicated and skilled personnel.

Thus, Raj selected luminaries like Alauddin, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, Ramanand Sagar, Shankar Jaikishan,Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, which resulted in numerous super hits like "Barsaat", "Awara", "Shri 420", "Sangam" "Mera naam jokar", "Jis desh mein ganga behti hai," "Boot polish", "Anari", "Aah", etc.

During his thirty five year association with singing, Mukesh had recorded 15,000 songs.

Perhaps, there is only one song which was composed by Mukesh: "Koi dil mein hai" (Anoorak).

Likewise, there is only one song which was picturized on Mukesh: "Choti see ye zindagani re"(Aah).

Apart from being a great singer, Mukesh was also a very great human being.

He was an embodiment of humility, sincerity and simplicity, who never compromised his values.

He had cast an incredibly long shadow.

In all his interviews and public appearances, he had applauded the accomplishments of his colleagues, and had always maintained that all the hit movies and songs had been possible because of the hard work of his co-workers.

He never took credit for the success of movies.

That was, indeed, the zenith of humanity.

Further, Mukesh never had an attitude in his life.

On the contrary, he always prayed for the well-being of even those folks who had hurt his feelings: "Sada khush rahay tu, jafa karnay walay, dua kar rahay hain, dua karnay walay."

Mukesh had experienced a brief period of bad times in 1959 and he had to sing a jingle for a cigarette company for survival.

Interestingly enough, in the same year, i.e., 1959, Mukesh also won the film award for the best singer: "Such hai duniya walo ke hum hain anari"(Anari).

"Awara hoon"(Awara) took his fame to Russia.

Besides, a circus team from Russia had also played a key role in "Mera naam jokar".

Basically, Mukesh was an extremely cool-minded person, he usually spoke simple words, used to wear plain clothes.

When the interviewers insisted upon the vital role of his songs in the movies this is what he had to say to them: "Well, I am indebted to the film makers who have chosen me as a singer"

The following lyrics will always remind us of Mukesh:

"Na hati hai, na ghora hai, wahan paidal he jana hai"

"Jo chala gaya,usay bhool ja"

"Hum chore chalay hain mehfil ko"

"Chup gaye ho, tau mujhe yaad bhi Aaya na karo"

"Rothi huwe taqdeer ko ab kaisay mana oon, toota huwa sitar hai ab kaisay baja oon"

"Apni qismat he kutch aisee thi keh dil toot gaya"

"Tu nay dekha na hoga ye sama,Kaisay jata hai dum tau dekh lay"

"Marnay ki khabar aye jaan-e-jigar,mil ja ye kabhi tau muth rona"

"Hamay zindagi say bohut pyar tha:Alwida,alwida, alwida"

Moreover, is it ever going to be possible for us to forget Mukesh's super hits like:

"Ruk ja o janay wali ruk ja"(Kanhaiya)

"Aa laut kay A ja meray meeth"(Rani roop mati)

"Bhooli huwe yado"(Sunjoak)

"Mujh ko is raat ki"(Dil bhi tera, hum bhi teray)

"wo teray pyar ka gham"(My love)

"Sub pyar ki baatain kartay hain"(Matlabi duniya)

"Hum nay apna sub kutch khoya"(Sarasvati chandar)

"Chandan sa badan"(Sarasvati chandar)

His two sons: Nitin and Manhar took keen interest in music and recorded a few songs, while his youngest son, Maheesh, showed no inclination towards singing.

It might never had occurred to Mukesh that his voice will leave so much pathos in its wake that it will fill our eyes with tears whenever we will listen to "Jitna jee chahay pukaro, phir nahi Aa ain gay hum"(Yahudi)

It seems that God did heard his prayer and called him back: "Teri duniya mein dil lagta nahi,wapas bula lay"(Banwaray nein)

Prominent interviewer, Raza Ali Abidi,(BBC's urdu transmission) had questioned Mukesh about his favorite song and Mukesh had sung these lyrics: "Koi jab tumhara hriday taur dey".

In another interview to Ameen Sayani, (Radio Sri lanka),Mukesh had said that "Mera naam jokar"and "Dosth, dosth na raha" (Sangam) had become his real life story: First, Shailendra died, then Shankar Jaikishan and then Mukesh, too.

"Mukesh went up to receive shanti for which he himself had said: "Dharti ko Aakash pukaray"(Mela)

Today, millions of his fans find solace in his voice

Mukesh Chand Mathur: A great name, a grand era and an integral part of the golden age of the Indian music died of an heart attack on August 27, (Friday evening) 1976, at the age of 53 in Detroit, U.S.A.: "Jhoomti chali hawa, yaad Aa gaya koi, bujhti, bujhti Aag ko phir jala gaya koi"

Mukesh had said: "My message is love, as far as it could reach."
Movie Name: Yahudi (1958)
Singer: Mukesh
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra
Year: 1958

(1) YE MERAA DIWANA PAN.........................YAHUDI 1951

Dil Se Tujhako Bedilii Hai, Mujhako Hai Dil Kaa Guruur
You are disheartened by your heart, but it is my heart's pride
Tuu Ye Maane Ke Na Maane, Log Maane ge Zuruur
whether you consider it or not, people absulutely will

(Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai, Yaa Muhabbat Kaa Suruur)2
You can call it my madness, or the delight of love
Tuu Na Pahachaane To Hai Ye, Terii Nazaro.N Kaa Qusuur
If you can't recognize / realize this, blame it on your eyesight
Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai...
This is my madness

(Dil Ko Terii Hii Tamannaa, Dil Ko Hai Tujhase Hii Pyaar)2
My heart only wishes / longs for you, and my heart is loving only you
Chaahe Tuu Aae Na Aae, Ham Kare.Nge I.Ntazaar
Whether you come or not, I will be waiting for you

(Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai, Yaa Muhabbat Kaa Suruur)
You can call it my madness, or the delight of love
Tuu Na Pahachaane To Hai Ye, Terii Nazaro.N Kaa Qusuur
If you can't recognize / realize this, blame it on your eyesight
Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai...
This is my madness

(Aise Viiraane Me.N Ik Din, Ghut Ke Mar Jaae.Nge Ham)2
Such desolation / solitude in this heart, I will suffocate and die,
Jitanaa Jii Chaahe Pukaaro, Phir Nahii.N Aae.Nge Ham
How much you would call out to me then, I would never return again

Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai, Yaa Muhabbat Kaa Suruur
You can call it my madness, or the delight of love
Tuu Na Pahachaane To Hai Ye, Terii Nazaro.N Kaa Qusuur
If you can't recognize / realize this, blame it on your eyesight
Ye Meraa Diivaanaapan Hai...
This is my madness

Trans: Nosyira

Originally posted by joan:
. I can't remember his son's name who used to re-sing his songs, what became of him? Does he still sing for Bollywood?

he sang a lovely tribute with Lata in GY at national park in 1980 from kranti..Zindagi ki na toote gaye'

here r the songs of Nitin

Aaina (1993)
Chandni (1989)
Dard-E-Dil (1983)
Dariya Dil (1988)
Do Jhoot (1975)
Jai Hind (1999)
Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989)
Jeena Teri Gali Mein
Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (2000)
Kala Bazaar (1989)
Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Khud Garz (1987)
King Uncle (1993)
Kishen Kanhaiya (1990)
Kranti (1981)
Noorie (1979)
Ram Lakhan
Santosh (1989)
Sawaal (1982)
Tezaab (1988)
Woh Jo Hasina (1983)
Yaara Dil Dara (1991)
Yalgaar (1992)