Why Google India dedicated its doodle to Indian singer Mukesh?

Bollywood celebrates the 93th birth anniversary of the man with golden voice


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July 25, 2016

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Mukesh Chand Mathur, popularly known as Mukesh

It is the 93rd birth anniversary of the Indian legendary Bollywood Hindi movie singer Mukesh who died in 1976. His unique style of singing has earned him the title a man with golden voice and Google India honoured this legend by a doodle on its home page.

It is Kabali, that is crazing all over South India. Some companies have even declared a holiday on the occasion of Superstar Rajnikanth’s latest movie release, so that their employees could watch a show on the very first day.

Thousands of kilometers from there, in North India, on the occasion of the 93rd birth anniversary of a long deceased legendary singer, fans are remembering one of Bollywood’s golden voices, Mukesh Chand Mathur, popularly known as Mukesh.

For this celebration, Google India had even dedicated its doodle to this legendry Indian singer-star, who interpreted more than 1300 songs in his career.

Mukesh started his work with music director Naushad Ali, who gave him the songs for Andaz (1949) staring the industries best actors of that time Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor. Eventually Mukesh came with his own compositions and with time achieved the highest place in Bollywood cinema industry.

An avalanche of prestigious prizes

In 1973, Mukesh won his first National Film Award for his song Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai from the film Rajnigandha, with famous actors such as Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha and Dinesh Thakur. Than, he won four Filmfare Awards in 1976; amongst which the most notable was for his song Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, the title track from Kabhie Kabhie, directed by Yash Chopra, with Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor in lead roles.

The very talented and versatile singer was born on July 22, 1923 in New Delhi. After making his way to Bollywood, the first song he interpreted and acted for was Dil Hi Bujha Ho To for the hindi movie Nirdosh, in 1941.

As a playback singer, he got his break in 1945 with film Pehli Nazar and his first song for a Hindi movie was Dil Jalta Hai To Jalnay De.

Mukesh is considered as one of the most accredited singers in India and he never looked back once he had a place among the legendary movie singers, being the voice of all the major stars of the time, such as Dilip Kumar or Raj Kapoor. His songs, classical in nature, are still remembered and listened by Indians nowadays.

“I like the unique voice of Mukesh and I have been listening to his songs since my childhood. I find that a golden era of Bollywood. The lyrics and the melodies, with their deep roots and connections to ancient poetry, touch me the most. They are everlasting in the sense that they never age and still inspire contemporary singers,” says Masha, 38, a Kashmiri businessman and an all time fan of Mukesh.

Mukesh succumbed to a heart attack on August 27, 1976 in Detroit, USA, where he had gone perform in a concert.

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