The period of music in the Films of the Subcontinent started with
the Industry itself. From the first talking movie "Alam Ara"
(1932) until today, almost all films were made with a number of
songs as part of film's story and script. During 1940s, 1950s and
1960s the Film Music achieved a unique climax in melodious quality
with excellent poetry at its base that even today it has not lost
its true value and influence. Time brought new changes but the eternal
existence of that melody is still felt that was the Queen of the
have been a part of every film, somehow getting into the script
as part of story itself. Songs were recorded in situations of expression
of love, hate, comedy, tragedy, patriotism, religious devotion,
and festivities. There have been large treasures of memorable songs
that are among the music lovers' permanent collections. Songs in
Bollywood movies - the combined products of the talents of lyricists,
music directors/composers, and singers - often determine the extent
of success of individual Indian movies; as such, playback singers
are an important part of the Indian film industry. Most of the playback
singers are initially trained in classical music, though they later
often expand their range.
here are a few of the best-known and most prolific playback singers
in India of yesteryears (in Alphabetical Order), who not only gave
the world unforgettable melodies using the talent of their voices
but also achieved a special place in history as well as the hearts
of music lovers.