7 Vintage Songs which Hemant Kumar rendered for the other composers

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The owner of the soft but rich baritone which easily transfers the lyrics of the song to tuneful fervour, Hemant Kumar, was born on 16th June 1920, in Varanasi. The singer – composer having the best of both the worlds yet carried his head firmly on his shoulders. Simple, genuine and generous. His soft baritone almost caresses your eardrums while his tunes make you create a perfect ambience around you. Being in a field where self interest and egotism outweighs and limits art, Hemant Kumar was the helpful angel. He never went out to seek attention or popularity. He was God’s own voice, selected by Him. Being a very good composer himself, Hemant Kumar, always obliged singing for other composers and lending his voice to them. Never imposing his voice on the lyrics, he added charm to the songs.

A quick glance of the songs Hemant Kumar sang for the other composers.

1. Jaal (1952) – The luring baritone of Hemant Kumar won over the heart of the audience. Under the baton of another genius S D Burman, the song hasn’t lost its charm!!!

2. Anarkali (1953) – The classic based on the eternal love story of Anarkali and Prince Salim. Hemant Kumar sang in this film for C. Ramchandra. A classical based song, taking on the challenge of singing with Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar came out with the best results.

3. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955) – The delicate, low pitched duet with Lata Mangeshkar, composed by Vasant Desai. Hemant Kumar brings out that fragile effect along with Lata Mangehkar.


4. Satta Bazar (1959) – The sadness in romance, the wounds of heartbreak brought alive in this Kalyanji – Anandji composition by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar again!!


5. Kabuliwala (1961) – Hemant Kumar’s soft voice on your ears, echoing in your heart. The song is sure to give you goosebumps. You almost ripple along with the waves. Salil Chowdhury enhances the range in Hemant Kumar’s voice.

6. Door Gagan ki Chhaon Mein (1964) – Crooning under the melancholic tunes set by Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar’s mellow voice motivates you to overcome difficulties in life. It almost nudges you softly towards your goal.

7. Mamta (1966) – The ethereal Roshan song, with minimalistic music. You hardly hear any instruments once Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar start singing it. Despite the variation in their voices, the singers are so in tune with each other, they sound divine!!

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  1. something2blog

    December 1, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    You forgot the Door Ka Raahi Title song and his last song Aaaj mere pyaar aaja for RD Burman in Heeralal Pannalal

    • Deepa

      December 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks but the article mentions vintage songs, hence post 70s not included.

      • something2blog

        December 4, 2016 at 2:07 am

        Fair enough – vintage is in the eyes of the beholder I guess!

        Today even the 1970’s will be considered vintage, methinks!

        Nevertheless – good collection.

  2. something2blog

    December 1, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Yet another Shivji Bihaney chaley from Munimji for SDB.

    • Deepa

      December 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      One song from combination of SDB-Hemant Kumar is already there, had to include rest of the music directors too!!

  3. Ajay Bannai

    December 12, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I think you should add “Insaaf Ki Dagar pe” from Gunga Jamuna. Music is by Naushad. Also “Aaya Toofan” from “Baadbaan” – Music by Timir Baran.

    • Deepa

      December 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Both lovely songs. I’ll definitely add those 🙂

  4. something2blog

    February 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Main Gareebon ka dil hoon watan ki zubaan from Aabe-Hayaa with music by Sardar Malik – father of Annu Malik – one of the few better songs.

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