Yaa dil ki suno

Today is Hemant Kumar’s birthday. I still remember my early school days when cable was not there in many houses and Vividh Bharati from AIR still dominated. There used to be one voice which had its own identity.The voice was so unique that one could identify the singer from the song itself. It had a strange attraction as if it just pulled all the attention of the singer. It was Hemant Kumar, a singer who would create emotions from his voice.

Be it the loneliness of “Tum Pukar Lo” from Khamoshi or the “Yeh raat yeh chaandni” from Jaal or awareness of “Yaa dil ki suno” from Anupama, each song had so much emotion that one would feel it even without seeing the movie. The first hindi song of his that got engraved in my mind was “Beqaraar karke hame”. This song is so immortal that it is used even today in an advertisement. Not only as a singer but also as a music director. No one can forget his work in Khamoshi, Anupama, Bees Saal Baad. Being a bengali I had the fortune of listening to his works in Bengali as well. My grandfather used to have an amazing collection of Hemant Kumar songs in a Gramaphone disk. Today Hemant Kumar is no more but his works will keep him immortal. His works were so unique that hardly any singer in reality shows ever attempts them. As for me, I can sing endlessly “Ei poth jodi na shesh hoye”…

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