Mukesh Chand Mathur (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976), better known mononymously as Mukesh or Mukesh Ji, was an Indian playback singer of Hindi movies. Along with Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar, he was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era. Amongst the numerous nominations and awards he won, his song “Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai” from film Rajnigandha (1973) won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. Mukesh is also popular as being the voice of legendary actor Raj Kapoor.
Mukesh’s voice was first noticed by Motilal, a distant relative, when he sang at his sister’s wedding. Motilal took him to Mumbai and arranged for singing lessons by Pandit Jagannath Prasad. During this period Mukesh was offered a role as an actor-singer in a Hindi film, Nirdosh (1941). His first song was “Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To” as an actor-singer for Nirdosh. He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar with music composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics written by Aah Sitapuri. The first song that he sang for a Hindi film was “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”.
He got filmfare award for so many songs like:
- Sab Kuch Seekha Humne
- Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein
- Sabse Bada Naadan
- Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki
Happy birthday Mukesh jee.