Google doodle celebrates one of Bollywood’s most acclaimed playback singers Mukesh’s 93rd birthday on Friday. The doodle features a smiling face of Mukesh with a microphone in one hand, inspired from him his hit song ‘Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein’ from the movie Kabhie Kabhie.
Mukesh Chand Mathur was born on July 22, 1923 in Delhi. His singing talent was discovered by a distant relative when Mukesh sand at his sister’s wedding. Mukesh first to fame as the singing voice of actor, Raj Kapoor in Andaz in 1949. His talent earned him the nickname “The Man with the Golden Voice”.
Google wrote in his remembrance, “Decades before single-name stars Madonna and Prince became superstars, there was the mononymous Mukesh, one of Bollywood’s most acclaimed playback singers.”
In 1974, Mukesh won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback singer for his song Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai from the film Rajnigandha. Following that he won big at the Filmfare Awards for four songs, most notably Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein, the title track of the film Kabhie Kabhie.
Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, US, where he had gone to perform in a concert.