Birth: 09-01-1934, Amritsar, Punjab

Mahendra Kapoor was an Indian playback singer. In a career spanning five decades, his repertoire extended to 2500 songs in various regional languages, including memorable hits like 'Chalo ek baar phir se Ajnabi ban jayen hum dono', ‘Neele gagan ke taale’, and in various language, but he became synonymous with patriotic songs, with 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti', in Manoj Kumar’s film Upkaar. In 1972, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

 

Mahendra Kapoor was born in Amritsar, but soon moved to Mumbai. At an early age he was inspired by singer Mohammed Rafi but soon he started learning classical music under many well known classical singers like Pt.Hussanlal, Pt. Jagannath Bua, Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan, Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan, Pt.Tulsidaas Sharma. He created a style of his own and won the Metro Murphy All-India singing competition, which led to his debut as a playback singer in V. Shantaram's Navrang in 1958, singing Aadha Hai Chandrama Raat Aadhi, under the musical direction of C. Ramchandra.

 

Mahendra Kapoor is well known as The Vibrant Voice of India. Just like Pavarotti, Mahendra too had a very large vocal range with a beautiful vocal timber. He was the first Indian Playback Singer to record music in English.

 

Mahendra Kapoor also got a chance to sing a duet with his idol and guru Mohammed Rafi. The song was Kaisi Haseen Aaj Baharon Ki Raat from the 1967 film Aadmi.

 

He has sung in almost every language in India, and has sung and covered almost every variety of songs such as Patriotic, Romantic, Bhajans, Qawwalis, Naats, and, the TV Serial Mahabharat title song has been the umpteenth feather in his already crowned cap. He sang the highest number of songs in Gujrati, Punjabi and Marathi movies.

 

On September 27, 2008, he died following a cardiac failure, he is survived by his wife, three daughters and Actor / Singer son Rohan Kapoor alias Ruhan Kapoor.