The legendary Play back singer of Bollywood, Mubarak Begum Shaikh is no more. The 80-year old, Begum has passed away on July 19 2016 at her residence in the northern Mumbai suburb Jogeshwari, after a prolonged ill health. She is residing in the same place with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter for several years. A family member stated that, “Mubarak Begum is no more with us. She passed away today at 9:30pm at her residence in Jogeshwari. She was unwell since quite some time.”
Mubarak begum was born in 1936 in Sujangarh in Rajasthan, brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and later moved to Mumbai when she was 10. In the year 1949, at the age of 13 the singer was introduced by a music composer Nashad, as a playback singer in the movie Aiye. Mubarak was popular for her singing Bollywood songs, ghazals and duets in late 1950’s.
Mubarak’s favorite memories were singing “Woh na aayenge palat kar” from Devdas and evergreen track ‘Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi’ from the 1961 film “Hamari Yaad Aayegi.” The legendary singers’ last song was “Saanwariya Teri Yaad Mein,” for the film “Ramu To Diwana Hai,” in the year 1980. “O Mere Humrahi” and “Hum Haal-e-dil Sunaenge” are some of her other well-known songs. Begum who worked with the top music directors of the Bollywood in between 1950-60’s, sang for movies that starred Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar.
Begum’s health was bad for quite long time, after her daughter’s death in September 2015. According to few reports, she was struggling to pay her medical bills. Few other reports say that the ailing singer was sanctioned Rs. 1 lakh for treatment in the year 2011.
“She breathed her last around 10 p.m. on Monday night at her Jogeshwari home. She had been ailing and hospitalized frequently since over a year with various health problems,” Zarina Shaikh, her daughter-in-law said. And her funeral will be held at the Oshiwara Muslim Kabrastan, north-west Mumbai suburbs.