Remembering playback singer Meena Kapoor on her 1st death anniversary.

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Meena Kapoor was a notable playback singer in Hindi Films and sang mainly during the 1940s and 1950s. Born to actor Bikram Kapoor, a known name of the ’30s, and related to P. C. Barua (director of K. L. Saigal’s Devdas), Meena was no stranger to films.

Meena Kapoor was discovered by composer Ninu Mujumdar in the 40s who thought she was an outstanding singer. Therefore, Meena blossomed into a singing prodigy and gave playback at the age of 11. Though Meena Kapoor’s first recorded song was for composer Ninu Mujumdar, her first released track was for the film Aath Din (1946), whose music was given by SD Burman.

In the next year, she crooned a memorable track “Aana Meri Jaan Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday” in Shehnai. The song was composed by C Ramchandra. Meena Kapoor met Anil Biswas while recording songs for Anokha Pyar in 1948. The two tied the knot in 1959.

Meena Kapoor sang more than 100 songs in her short career. Some of her other popular songs include Ae dil meri wafa mein (Anokha Pyar, 1948), Kuch aur zamana kehta hai (Chhoti Chhoti Baatein, 1965), and Bheegi bheegi raat aayi (Mehmaan, 1953).

In this photo, She (M) is with Geeta Dutt (R) and Lata Mangeshkar (L)

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