Mukesh a famous Bollywood playback singer . Who popularly active in the late 1940’s to the early 1970’s. He, work along with Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi, which are considered to be the three major male playback singers of this period. Although he was known as a playback singer. But he worked in other capacities such as actor, music director, and producer.
Mukesh Actual name was Mukesh Chandra Mathur . He was born on the 22nd of July 1923, near at Delhi. His parents named Lala Zorawar Chand Mathur and Chand Rani .His father was an engineer by profession. He was the sixth child of his family where 10 children are there.
He was completely mesmerised by the songs of K.L. Saigal. He used to spend a lot of time imitating him.After he finished his 10th standard, Mukesh got a job working for the Delhi Dept. of Public Works. But the fact was that while he was working , but he was completely interested in Arts .
Once Mukesh was singing at his sister’s wedding, a distant relative of his named Motilal, heard him and was very impressed. I n those days Motilal was a successful actor in Bombay . Mukesh went to Bombay and stayed with Motilal. He stayed with him and took singing lessons under Pandit Jagannath Prasad, because in those days, being a competent singer was a requisite for being an actor. He was determined to make it in the film business.
He managed to secure a role in the film Nirdosh (1941). In this role, he acted and sang for himself. The first song to make his impact in the public . It was Anil Biswas’ Dil Jalta Hai to Jalne De from the movie “Pehli Nazar” (1945).
Mukesh not only sung song also he was acted in a number of films . As His Professional life his personal life was also very interesting. Mukesh developed an amorous relationship with an 18 year old girl named Saral Trivedi Raichand. This was an illicit affair, for the girl’s family was very much against the match. She was the daughter of a wealthy Gujarathi Brahman, while he was “unsettled”. He did not own his own home. He was engaged in the “disreputable” film business, and had an irregular and unreliable source of income. But in 1946 they eloped. Naturally there was much gossip about this. And many of people were rampant predictions that this marriage would fail. However the marriage lasted until Mukesh’s death in 1976. In the 30 years of their marriage, they had 5 children.
The 1950s was an interesting decade for Mukesh. The decade began with the birth of his son Nitin on June 27th, 1950. The decade ended on a high note . When in 1960 he wins his first Filmfare award; this is for his work in the film “Anari” (1959).
His last song recorded was Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal from “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” in June 1976. Recording of this song he left for a musical tour of the US.
The concert tour of the USA in 1976 with Lata Mangeshkar would be his last. This was just shortly after he celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary. Nobody knew it that time, Mukesh’s 8th performance of the tour in Philadelphia would be his last performance. After they arrived in Detroit for what would be his 9th program, he died of a sudden heart attack on 27th August, 1976. He was 53 years old. His body was send back to India and he was cremated at the Banganga Crematorium in South Bombay on August 30, 1976.
After his death, his reputation remains unabated. There have been numerous remixes, and repackaging of his earlier material. He even won his fourth Filmfare award posthumously for his work in the film “Kabhi Kabhi” (1976).