Hazarasingh started out in the Indian film studio
orchestra as early as 1941, and had played on the original
version of “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu.” On many
of his records, he is listed as “S. Hazra Singh”.
Apparently there was a popular comedian in India named “Hazara
Singh”, and he changed it to prevent confusion. He
didn’t release his first solo album until 1966, and
only released two more before he passed away in 1971.
with most popular music, other artists sometimes recorded
cover versions of these songs. Of these musicians, a small
number specialized in instrumental arrangements and created
what could be called the elevator music of India. While
there were a few who used the harmonium or ‘mouth
organ’, the most popular instrument used in these
“instrumental favorites” was the steel guitar.