Mumbai: Legendary singer Mubarak Begum passed away at her residence in Mumbai last night after a prolonged illness. She was 80.
“Mubarak Begum is no more with us. She passed away today (Monday) 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. She had started her career with light music recitals in All India Radio. Her career as a playback singer began in 1949 with the film 'Aaiye'.
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 1 lakh for treatment of the ailing singer.
Her last rites will take place Wednesday morning, family said.