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Bollywood legends honoured

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on December 15, 2007


Three Indian singers who transformed the world of filmi music – or music from Bollywood movies – will be honoured Sun Dec 23 at Massey Theatre.

The three, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, were leading Bollywood “playback” singers in the 1950s to 1970s.
Bollywood “playback” refers to singers who record songs on movie soundtracks which are then lip-synced by the films’ actors. Perhaps one of the best-known “playback” singers known to Western audiences would be Marni Nixon, who provided the singing chops for stars like Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn. Nowhere else, however, has “playback” been a springboard to success like it has been in India.
Rafi, who some say is one of India’s most prolific performers, made it into the big times singing filmi songs from the movie Baiju Bawra. A favourite with composers, the singer quickly went on to win numerous awards, and sang himself into the hearts of his countrymen.
Towards the latter part of his career, Kishore Kumar overtook Rafi as “playback” singer in demand.
Kumar would go on to hold the record for most number of Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer.
Along with these two singers, Mukesh also made a huge name for himself singing filmi songs.
All three men died in the late 70s and early 80s.
In Vancouver a number of singers including Bankin Pathak and Kamlesh Awasthi will pay tribute to the three legends as part of Kal Ki Yaadein: a Tribute to Legends.
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