Famous Bollywood singer Mahendra Kapoor was born on January 9, 1934 in Amritsar, India. He later moved to Mumbai in order to start his career as a playback singer in bollywood industry. He was highly inspired by veteran late Mohammad Rafi. Mahendra Kapoor also won the All India Singing Competition. He sang for many films but most if his hit songs were from the B. R. Chopra’s films.
He sang many beautiful songs for the movies like Waqt, Hamraaz etc. Veteran bollywood actor Manoj Kumar or popularly known as Bharat Kumar sis many films with Mahendra Kapoor in the form of Upkaar, Purab Aur Paschim etc.In the year1968, he won the National Film Best Male Playback Singer Award for ‘ Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti’ song in the film Upkaar. He was also awarded the Padmashri Award by the Governament of India
A movie singer who dominated the industry during what is considered the Golden Age of Hindi musical cinema, Mahendra Kapoor enjoyed a career that spanned five decades. Kapoor sang and recorded the songs that actors would later mime to, and at the height of his popularity his fame matched that of the big-name movie stars whom he made sound so good.
Kapoor got his break as what is still widely known in South Asia as a "playback singer", after moving to Mumbai and winning a national youth singing contest. Inspired by the talents of industry legends such as Mohammed Rafi, his victory in the contest won him work in the director Raja Nawathe's 1958 film Sohni Mahiwal. The following year, he secured his major breakthrough when he came to the attention of the composer and musical director Ramchandra Chitalkar, who hired him to perform in the movie Navrang.
It is said that Kapoor had a repertoire of more than 25,000 songs. Moreover, he was not restricted only to Hindi and could perform in a number of regional Indian languages. Indeed, within the world of Marathi language movies, he was known as the man who always sang for Dada Kondke, one of that industry's biggest names.
Despite his versatility, however, it will be within the world of Bollywood that Kapoor will be best remembered. He was famous in particular for his singing in the films of the legendary director B.R. Chopra, including the movies Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Dhund (1973). Many of his best-known and most popular performances were on patriotic numbers.
Though he received a number of awards, including the Padma Shri which he was given by the Government of India in recognition of his contribution to the arts, some of his fans and relatives believed that he was not sufficiently recognised or appreciated by a newer generation of Bollywood directors and composers. After 1980, Kapoor had been singing largely in regional movies, mainly in the Punjabi, Bhojpuri and Marathi languages
One of the singer's children was Rohan Kapoor, an actor who appeared in several movies during the 1980s. He told mourners at the cremation that his father had always retained an interest in the industry, even after he left the big time. "He had always kept in touch with the latest happenings in the film industry and appreciated the improvement of the music quality of Bollywood movies of late," he said.
Even after settling into partial retirement, Kapoor went on recording music, and he and his son continued to perform live shows both in India and overseas. Kapoor had wished to open a music school to help budding singers and musicians, such as he once had been, but was prevented by ill health. Recently he had undergone kidney dialysis, and he died from a heart attack in his sleep.
Some of his hit bollywood songs
1. Tum agar saath dene ka waada kro main yunhi mast nagme sunata rahoon - Humraaz
2. Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti mere desh ki dharti - Upkaar
3. Hai preet jahan ki reet sada main geet wahan ke gaata hoon bharat ka rehne waala hoon bharat ki baat sunata hoon - Purab Aur Paschim
4. Chalo ek baar phir se ajnabi ban jaayein hum dono - Gumrah
5. Tere pyaar ka aasra chahta hoon wafa kar raha hoon wafa chahta hoon
6. Naa munh chuppa ke jiyo aur naa sar jhuka ke jiyo gamon ka daur bhi aaye to muskura ke jiyo - Humraaz