Google’s doodle today paid tribute to Mukesh, one of Bollywood’s most famous playback singers, on his 93rd birth anniversary. The doodle, which shows Mukesh holding a microphone, is inspired from Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhi. Kabhi Kabhi, the title track of Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhee starrer movie, is one of the very famous songs by the late singer. Mukesh was known to be the “voice of Raj Kapoor”, and with songs like “Jeena yahan marna yahan” and “dost dost na raha”, his melodious voice is etched in our hearts forever. Mukesh is famous for his songs from Andaz (1949), Awara, Barsaat, Shree 420, Anari, Chhalia, Mera Naam Joker, among other Raj Kapoor movies.
Mukesh Chand Mathur was born on July 22, 1923. His voice was discovered by Motital, a distant relative and a former Bollywood character actor, when he (Mukesh) sang at his sister’s wedding. Motilal then brought Mukesh to Mumbai. Mukesh took training under Pandit Jagannath Prasad. He bagged a singer-actor’s role in “Nirdosh” in 1941. Mukesh gave his first playback for Motital in the film “Pehli Nazar”, and his first Hindi song was “Dil jalta hai to jalne de”.
Celebrating his birth anniversary, Google India tweeted, “On the homepage today, we celebrate the award winning voice that also won hearts. #CelebratingMukesh #GoogleDoodle.” The search giant’s Twitter handle has even put out a poll asking people to choose between four Mukesh songs that define their weekend.
The weekend is here! Tell us which of these songs defines your weekend plans perfectly? #CelebratingMukesh
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) July 22, 2016
His song ‘Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai’ from the film ‘Rajnigandha,’ won Mukesh his first National Film Award in 1974. Mukesh passed away following a massive heart attack while on a concert tour in Detroit, US, on August 27, 1976, aged just 53.