It is with deep regret and remorse that we inform our readers that legendary singer Mahendra Kapoor (74), passed away due to a cardiac failure on Saturday, 27th September 2008 at his residence in Mumbai. His son, Rohan, tells IANS that Mr. Kapoor had not been in good health for a while.
Kapoor’s dream was to sing for Bollywood movies and he rose to fame in the late 50s after having won a singing contest. He made a name for himself with his performance in a popular song in the 1959 movie, Dhool Ka Phool directed by Yash Chopra.
We all may not know him by name but most of us have heard the very popular song ‘Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle’ picturised on Manoj Kumar in Upkar. His other remarkable performances include songs in Humraaz, Waqt, Gumrah, Purab Aur Paschim, Kranti and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan.
He was a proud winner of Filmfare awards for his singing of ‘Chalo Ek Baar’ in Gumrah and ‘Neele Gagan Ke’ in Humraaz.
The film industry bid him goodbye at his funeral at Santa Cruz crematorium.