Legendary singer Bhupinder Singh passed away on Monday, 18 July, at Criticare hospital in Mumbai’s Andheri, as per reports. He was 82.
Veteran playback singer Bhupinder Singh, who sang scores of Bollywood numbers in his heavy bass voice, passed away in Mumbai on Monday evening, his wife and singer Mitali Singh said. “He was suffering from several health complications, including urinary issues for some time,” his grieving wife Mitali told news agencies.
Bhupinder Singh is known for songs like ‘Naam Gum Jayega’, ‘Hothon Pe Aisi Baat’, and ‘Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal Jahan Nahi Milta’, to name a few. He has also been credited as a guitarist in a number of Bollywood songs.
Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder started learning music from his father. He started his career with All India Radio and was also associated with the Delhi Doordarshan Center. In 1962, music composer Madan Mohan heard him play the guitar at a party and called him to Mumbai. Bhupinder Singh is survived by his wife Mitali and son Nihal Singh. Further details including funeral arrangements of the 82-year-old singer are awaited.
He was born on 6 February 1940 to Prof Natha Singhji, a trained vocalist and his early music teacher. His father was a strict teacher, and Bhupinder hated music and its instruments at one stage. In the mid-1980s, Bhupinder married the Bangladeshi singer Mitali Mukherjee and moved away from playback singing. Mitali Mukherjee is also a singer. Together, they performed at ghazal and live performances. They have a son named Nihal Singh who is also a musician.
Some of his famed songs are “Hoke Majboor Mujhe, Usne Bulaya Hoga”, (with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, and Manna Dey), “Dil Dhoondhta Hai”, “Duki Pe Duki Ho Ya Satte Pe Satta,” (multiple singers), and many more.