Veteran singer Bhupinder Singh, who sang ‘Dil Dhundta Hai’, dies at the age of 82

His wife Mitali Singh told that he was admitted to the hospital for the last nine days and died of a heart attack late this evening.

She also said that she died at a hospital in Mumbai due to suspected colon cancer and complications related to COVID-19.

“He was admitted to the hospital eight to ten days back as he had some urinary infection. After being tested, he tested positive for COVID-19. He passed away at around 7.45 pm due to suspected colon cancer And he got COVID- 19,” said Mithali Singh who is also a famous singer PTI,

The couple has a son. In his five-decade-long career, the Amritsar-born singer has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Mohammad Rafi, RD Burman, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Bappi Lahiri.

Singh was known for songs like ‘Duniya chhute yaar na chhute’ (“Dharma Kanta”), ‘Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Aasam’ (“Star”), which he sang with late legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Dil Finds” (“Mausam”), ‘Naam Gam Jayega’ (“Edge”), Do Deewane City Mein (Gharaunda). The husband-wife duo have also sung many popular songs.

His career is working as a singer and composer at All India Radio, Delhi. On being spotted by musician Madan Mohan during one of the All India Radio parties, he was called to Mumbai.

Her Bollywood singing debut was with the 1964 Chetan Anand directorial “Haqeeqat”, where she sang the Mohan-composed track “Hok Majboor Mujhe Usche Bula Hoga” with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood and Manna Dey.

Bhupinder Singh got his first solo track two years later in the feature film “Aakhri Khat” composed by Khayyam with “Rut Jawan Jawan Raat Meherbaan”.

He moved away from active playback singing in the 1980s after marrying singer Mithali. The two collaborated regularly and produced private albums.

Apart from playback singing, Bhupinder Singh was also the guitarist on several popular tracks, including “Dum Maro Dum”, “Chura Liya Hai”, “Chingari Koi Bhadke” and “Mehbooba O Mehbooba”.

Several Bollywood celebs and singers took to Twitter to mourn the singer’s demise.

Singer and composer Vishal Dadlani wrote, “In memory #BhupinderSingh ji. With a voice from a gentleman’s time. Sad poetry that he should follow Lataji, as he did so beautifully in the song #Naamgam Jayega composed by #RDBurman and penned by Gulzarsab. His voice is the identity, and we will remember him.”

Singer Mohit Chauhan said that the industry will never have another Bhupendra Singh. He wrote in a tweet, “Devastated. I loved this man to bits. What a singer! what a voice! What a master guitar player!! The Hindi film music industry will never have another #BhupinderSingh RIP Maestro. Play riffs there, though!”

Singer Harshdeep Kaur wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news… Rest in peace Bhupinder ji. A huge loss to the world of music.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also expressed grief over the demise of the famous singer and said his voice is revered by millions of music lovers. “With the passing away of Bhupinder Singh, we have lost an artist whose voice was revered by the audience,” Shinde said in his condolence message. “His voice made many ghazals immortal and unforgettable. His songs will resonate in the minds of the people and the audience,” the CM said.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday condoled the death of veteran singer Bhupinder Singh and said his contribution in the field of music will always be remembered.

The Deputy Chief Minister wrote on Twitter, “Sad to hear about the passing away of veteran playback singer Bhupinder Singh ji. With his talented voice he gave us many memorable songs. His contribution in the field of music will always be remembered. I am his family, friends. And deepest condolences to the fans.”

After learning about the unfortunate news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the singer’s demise.

PM Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the demise of Bhupinder Singh ji, who gave memorable songs for decades. His creations affected many. My condolences to his family and fans in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.”

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the singer.

“Sad to hear about the passing of legendary singer Bhupinder Singh. His royal voice has mesmerized us over the years and his legacy will live on forever through his immortal music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Om Shanti,” Nadda tweeted.

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