By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
Were it not for Shamshad Begum, the element of naughtiness and the urge to tease by a female would not perhaps had created such an impact. In her passing away Hindi cinema or rather the world of singing, has lost one of its original songs. For the uninitiated and those belonging to the present generation who just freaked out on the song- 'katiyan karoon' from ROCKSTAR it needs to be reminded that the same song was sung with more zing more than 50 years ago by Shamshad Begum for the film PIND DI KUDI which was released in 1963. In the same way hers was also the voice that told to the world the importance of 'Bareily ka jhumka' when she sung
Though she gave up singing quite a long time ago, the songs that she sung still continue to enthrall the fans across generations. Among her songs which still continue to enthrall the fans include- 'Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar, Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, Kajra Mohabbat Wala, Kabhi aar kabhi paar laga teere nazar, Milte he aankhein dil hua deewana kissi ka, ye hawa ye rangeen kinara'- with Kishore Kumar. The single factor that perhaps contributed to her enormous popularity was that the music directors allowed her to experiment with the voice, without interjecting it with layouts of musical instruments, and this may not have been intentional but it allowed her voice to blossom.
For a generation that cannot think about its existence without a mobile it would be interesting to know that hers was perhaps the first voice who got an opportunity to eulogize the importance of this magical invention as she did in the song-'mere piya gaye Rangoon waha se kiya hai telephoon'. Shamshad Begum also is credited for giving the voice over for first qawali that was sung by a female and it was in a 1945 film ZEENAT and subsequently her voice underlined the command in executing flawless rendition of qawali as she did in BARSAAT KI RAAT.
She was among those singers who may have sung lesser number of songs, but whenever she sang a song it hit a bull's eye. At a time when Hindi cinema is celebrating its 100th year, the sense of loss that it is experiencing in losing the legends associated with making this journey an eponymous one would indeed be painful, but the pain would be mitigated to an extent by the sheer fact that the likes of Shamshad Begum nurtured and facilitated growth of cinema in their own inimitable way through her vocal prowess. It was just a matter of few days before 100 years celebration would have begun and for the first female singer of Hindi cinema it indeed would have a great achievement were she to be alive. May be in her passing away, the celebrations commemorating 100 years of Hindi cinema would pay a tribute to her voice and that would be the ultimate tribute to her memory. Her song -'chod babul ka ghar mohe pee ke nagar aaj jaana pada' indeed is a fitting tribute to her memory as she has left the world of music to go to the creator to sing in their court.