Request for building a memorial for Mukesh is put to Delhi govt.

Mumbai, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Mukesh, Bollywood’s well-known playback singer of Hindi films, gained great fame because of his unique voice and the style of singing. To this day, he is fondly remembered all over India because of his songs along with other famous playback singers of Hindi cinema, namely Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey. His full name was Mukesh Chand Mathur. During his career as a playback singer, Mukesh won several awards and was nominated for many as well. He died in 1976 of heart attack in the USA (in Detroit) at the age of 53 years.

In spite of Mukesh’s outstanding achievements and fame, to this day Delhi government has not bothered to honor him in his city of Delhi where he was born and brought up and later settled down. The government of Delhi has not taken any initiative to set up any memorial honouring his name or named even a road on his name 35 years on after his death. Today, this is the woe of several of those who love him, precisely ‘Jan Gayak Mukesh Manch’, They want the Delhi government to erect a memorial to Mukesh in Delhi.

In contrast to the Delhi government, the government of Maharashtra has erected a bust in brass of the late singer; it is placed at the crossing of Warden Road  and Napean Sea Road. This information is revealed by Amar Singh Kohli who is a member of the organization. Just a few days back, the ‘Jan Gayak Mukesh Manch’ held a music function and paid honoring tribute to Mukesh.

Amar Singh told Lt. Governor of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna, urging him to install a worthy memorial of Mukesh. He also suggested him the locations for the same; either of the two locations could be chosen, the one where he spent his childhood, at ‘Chakki Wala Makan’ which is in Old Delhi or in 24 Daryagunj where he settled down finally, with his family.

In his singing career spanning 35 years, Mukesh has about 1,100 Hindi songs to his credit. He came to Mumbai (then Bombay) in the year 1940 as a young lad of 17 years. He entered the Hindi Film Industry in 1941 where he acted in his debut film ‘Nirdosh’ in the leading role against Nalini Jaywant. In the movie itself, he sang his 1st song, ‘Dil bujha to fasle bahar kya’ under Askhok Ghosh, the then musical director. He soon became popular as a playback singer because of the song, ‘Dil jalta hai to jalne de’ in the film, Pehli Nazar (1945) which was composed by Anil Biswas. The last song that he sang just hours before he left for US in 1976 was ‘Chanchal sheetal nirmal komal’ which he sang for the film, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundram’, a Raj Kapoor production.

Thereafter, Mukesh left with Lata Mangeshkar for a musical program in Detroit where he died of a heart attack. When Raj Kapoor heard of his death in Detroit, he wept bitterly, saying that he (Raj Kapoor) had lost his voice.