Bollywood playback singer Shamshad Begum dies at 94

One of the first playback singers of Bollywood Shamshad Begum died at the age of 94. The legendary singer landed her voice in hit numbers like Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar and Kajra Mohabbat Wala. Shamshad Begum died at her residence in Mumbai. She was not keeping well for past few days and was admitted to hospital.

"She was not keeping well for past few months and was admitted to the hospital. She passed away last night. The funeral was a solemn affair with a few friends present," Shamshad Begum's daughter Usha told.

Born in Amritsar, Punjab, Shamshad Begum was a big fan of K.L Sehgal and she loved watching movies and had watched ‘Devdas’ 14 times. She made her singing debut on Peshawar radio in Lahore and won the heart of the listeners with her enchanting voice.

Between the 1940s and the late 1950s, she ruled the Hindi film industry. Her hit tracks include Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana, Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re, Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re, Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar and Chod Babul Ka Ghar and many more.

After the death of her husband Ganpat Lal Batto in 1955, she has been living with her daughter Usha Ratra and son-in-law in Mumbai.