Bhupinder Singh, a veteran ghazal singer died on Monday because of suspected colon cancer and complications due to COVID-19. The news was confirmed by his wife, Mitali Singh. According to her, the singer was admitted to the hospital eight to ten days ago due to a urine infection, where he tested positive for COVID-19. He was suffering from ailments for the last six months and died at 7:45 pm on July 18.
The singer was cremated at the Oshiwara crematorium ground on Tuesday at 12:30 am in Mumbai.
Bhupinder Singh’s Career
With a five-decade-long career, Singh was best known for his songs like ‘Do Diwane Sheher Mein’, ‘Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Pyaar’, ‘Naam Gum Jayega’, ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’, ‘Duniya Choothe Yaar Na Choote’, and many more. From working with the biggest singers like RD Burman, Mohammed Rafi, Madan Mohan, and Lata Mangeshkar to Gulzar, Asha Bhosle, and Bappi Lahri, he contributed a lot to the Indian music industry.
Bhupinder started his career as a singer and a musician in the All India Radio, Delhi, and Doordarshan. Madan Mohan discovered his talent in one of the parties of All India Radio and called him to Mumbai. He debuted in Bollywood in 1964, where he sang the track composed by Mohan, ‘Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bulaya Hoga’ from the film Haqeeqat, directed by Chetan Anand. Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood, and Manna Dey were also a part of this project.
His first solo song was ‘Rut Jawan Jawan Raat Mehrbaan’ which he got two years later. The track was a part of the film, Aakhri Raat.
Singh got married to singer Mitali, after which the duo collaborated and produced many albums. Not only was Bhupinder Singh a playback singer, but he also was the guitarist on some of the popular songs like ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Chura Liya Hai’, ‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba’ and ‘Chingari Koi Bhadke’, and a lot more.
Celebrities Expressed Their Greif
The Prime Minister took to Twitter to express his grief on the demise of Bhupinder Singh.
Ajay Devgan also posted a story on his Instagram by sharing a picture of the singer and sharing his condolences.
Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani expressed his grief on a Twitter post.
Shekhar Suman added a few lines from Singh’s song.
Harshdeep Kaur called his demise a huge loss to the industry.
Ankur Tiwari also retweeted a post and shared his condolences.
Sources: Ndtv.com, Indianexpress.com, Indiatoday.in