Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a prolonged illness. She was 80. Begum, who gave scores of Hindi film songs and ghazals, mainly between 1950s and 70s, was not keeping well for the last few years. She is known for her singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood, mainly during the mentioned period.
Mubarak Begum was born in Sujangarh, Rajasthan and moved to Mumbai when she was 10-year-old. She had started her career with light music recitals in All India Radio (AIR). She made her Bollywood singing debut with 1949 film Aiye in which she had a solo track, Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai Aaja Aaja, and Aao Chale Sakhi Wahan with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.
She had worked with the best music directors in the film industry, collaborating with Shankar Jaikishan, S D Burman and Khayyam.
She is best known for the evergreen song “Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi” from the movie Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961). “Hum Haal-e-dil Sunaenge” and “O Mere Humrahi” are some of her other best known songs.
Over the years, Mubarak Begum was beset with financial difficulties and her family had to appeal for monetary help to take care of her medical bills. In 2011, the Maharashtra state government even sanctioned a financial aid of Rs one lakh for treatment of the ailing singer.
Indian singing legend, Lata Mangeshkar mourned her death and tweeted, "Bahut dukh ki baat hai ki hamare samay ki gaayika Mubarak Begum ji hamare bich nahi rahi. Main unko shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. (It's very sad news that Mubarak Begumji, a singer from our era, is no more. I pay my homage to her)".