Legendary Singer Mubarak Begum died after prolonged illness at her residence in suburban Jogeshwari (Mumbai) late on Monday. She was 80.
“Mubarak Begum is no more with us. She passed away today at 9:30pm at her residence in Jogeshwari. She was unwell since quite some time,” a family member said.
Mubarak Begum was born in Rajasthan. She moved to Mumbai when she was 10-year-old. Among her favourite memories is singing “Woh na aayenge palat kar” from Devdas which released in 1955 starring Dilip Kumar and Vaijayantimala.
She is remembered for singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood, mainly during the 1950s-1970s. Begum, who sang the evergreen song “Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi” from the 1961 movie “Hamari Yaad Aayegi”, has not been keeping well for the last few years.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, Begum worked with the best music directors in the film industry, collaborating with S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam for movies that starred screen legends like Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar. “O Mere Humrahi” and “Hum Haal-e-dil Sunaenge” are some of her other known songs.
In 2011, the Maharashtra government had sanctioned a financial aid of Rs one lakh for treatment of the ailing singer.
Her last rites will take place Wednesday morning, family sources said.