Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Almost Superstars: Mahendra Kapoor



So dominant have the voices of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi been in Bollywood playback singing that you could be forgiven for believing that these three recorded every film song recorded in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  But in fact, the vocal field is much more diverse, including such names as Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Pradip, Talat Mehmood and Bhupinder. Sadly, the conservative risk-averse mentality of most composers, producers and directors meant that these voices were never given the exposure they deserved.
Mahendra Kapoor, the focus of tonight’s post, is one of those underappreciated voices of Indian cinema.
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