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Mahendra Kapoor (January 9, 1934, Amritsar, Punjab, India - September 27, 2008, Mumbai, India) was an Indian playback singer.

In a career spanning five decades, his repertoire extended to 25,000 songs in various regional languages, including memorable hits like ‘Chalo ek baar phir se Ajnabi ban jayen hum dono’ (Gumrah), ‘Neele gagan ke taale’ (Hamraaz), and in various language, but he became synonymous with patriotic songs, with Mere Desh Ki Dharthi', in Manoj Kumar’s film Upkaar.

Early life

Mahendra Kapoor was born in Amritsar, but soon moved to Mumbai. At an early age he was inspired by singer Mohammed Rafi but soon he started learning classical music under many well known classical singers like Pt.Hussanlal, Pt. Jagannath Bua, Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan, Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan, Pt.Tulsidaas Sharma. He created a style of his own and won the Metro Murphy All-India singing competition, which led to his debut as a playback singer in V. Shantaram’s Navrang in 1958, singing Aadha Hai Chandrama Raat Aadhi, under the musical direction of C. Ramchandra.

He sang many hit songs of yesteryears, and the most notable ones being those for B.R. Chopra's Films (Dhool Ka Phool, Gumrah, Waqt, Hamraaz, Dhund etc.) and for Legendary Actor/Director Manoj Kumar (Upkaar, Purab Aur Paschim etc.)

Mahendra Kapoor is well known as The Vibrant Voice of India. Just like Pavarotti, Mahendra too had a very large vocal range with a beautiful vocal timber. He was the first Indian Playback Singer to record music in English. He sang 'Oh Saly please Help me..' & 'I am Feeling Blue" both which were an amazing feat for an Indian singer to do. He was asked by the famous "Boney M" group to sing their songs in Hindi with Mussarat from Pakistan & they recorded the EverHit Pop Album M-3.

He has sung in almost every language in India, and has sung & covered almost every verity of songs such as Patriotic, Romantic, Bhajans, Qawwalis, Naats, & the TV Serial “MAHABHARAT” title song has been the umpteenth feather in his already crowned cap. He sang the highest number of songs in Gujrati, Punjabi & Marathi movies. In Marathi he was very popular for being the voice of Dada Kondke in all his movies. In spite of being associated with Dada Kondke's colloquial style his singing for Marathi movies was not limited to Dada Kondke's movies only. His son Rohan Kapoor is an actor/Singer. He Acted in a few films in the 1980s such as Yash Chopra's Faasle (1985) and Love 86 (1986), Prakash Mehra's Imandaar and later did stage shows along with his father & is a well trained singer. He cut several Albums in India & UK.

All around the world Mahendra Kapoor is idolised by millions of his fans as The Voice Of Their Nation, India. On September 27, 2008, he died following a cardiac failure, he is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

Notable songs

Hindi
Neele Gagan Ke Tale - Hamraaz (1967)
Chalo Ek Baar - Gumrah (1963)
Kisi Pathar Ki Moorat Se - Hamraaz (1967)
Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale - Kismat (1968)
Mere Desh Ki Dharti - Upkar (1967)
Iktara Bole - Yaadgar (1970)
Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin - Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)
Bharat Ka Rahnewala Hoon - Purab Aur Paschim (1970)
Fakira Chal Chala Chal - Fakira (1975)
Badal Jaye Agar Mali - Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966)
Mera Pyar Woh Hai - Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1965)
Tum Agar Saat Dene Ka Wada Karo - Hamraaz (1967)
Ab ke Baras - Kranti (1981)
Tere Pyaar Ka Aasra - Dhool Ka Phool (1959)

Marathi
Ti Yete Aneeka Jate..Yetana kadhi kalya aneete
He Chincheche zad dise maj chinar vrukshapari
Ratris khel chale ya gudh chandanyacha, sampel na kadhihi ha khel savalyancha

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