Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum (born April 14, 1919) is an Indian singer who was one of the first playback singers in the film industry. Shamshad Begum was born in Amritsar, Punjab. She was a big fan of K.L. Saigal and watched Devdas 14 times. She earned 15 rupees per song and was awarded 5000 on the completion of the contract on jenaphone.

She started her radio career on Peshawar Radio and did work in Lahore, Delhi etc. She made her debut on radio in Lahore on December 16, 1937 captivating the hearts of listeners with the enchanting depth of her voice.

Shamshad was very much conscious of her not so beautiful face and she never posed for any picture and not many people saw her pictures anywhere. Until the end of 1970s, nobody knew her face but everybody could recognise her melodious voice as it was used by the great maestros like Naushad Ali and O.P.Nayar. Even today her songs from 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s make you stand still to listen to them.

Music Department:

1. Teri Meri Ik Jindri (1975) (playback singer)
2. Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong (1971) (playback singer)
3. Heer Raanjha (1970/I) (playback singer) (uncredited)
4. Heer Raanjha (1970/II) (playback singer)
5. Moojrim (1970) (playback singer)
6. Raaton Ka Raja (1970) (playback singer)
7. Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969) (playback singer)
8. Kismat (1968) (playback singer)
9. Upkar (1967) (playback singer)
10. Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965) (playback singer)
11. Bluff Master (1963) (playback singer)
12. Pyaar Ka Saagar (1961) (playback singer)
13. Shakuntala (1961) (playback singer)
14. Mughal-E-Azam (1960) (playback singer)
15. Bewaqoof (1960) (playback singer)
16. Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) (playback singer)
17. Do Lachhiyan (1960) (playback singer)
18. Jaali Note (1960) (playback singer) (uncredited)
19. Love in Simla (1960) (playback singer)
20. Bhangra (1959) (playback singer)
21. 12 O’Clock (1958) (playback singer)
22. Chaubees Ghante (1958) (playback singer)
23. Dulhan (1958) (playback singer)
24. Howrah Bridge (1958) (playback singer)
25. Malik (1958) (playback singer)
26. Mother India (1957) (playback singer) (uncredited)
27. Mirza Sahiban (1957) (playback singer)
28. Qaidi (1957) (playback singer)
29. C.I.D. (1956) (playback singer) (as Shamshad)
30. Era Bator Sur (1956) (playback singer)
31. Naya Andaz (1956) (playback singer)
32. Baradari (1955) (playback singer)
33. Mr. & Mrs. ’55 (1955) (playback singer) (uncredited)
34. Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1954) (playback singer)
35. Mangu (1954) (playback singer)
36. Mirza Ghalib (1954) (playback singer)
37. Koday Shah (1953) (playback singer)
38. Rail Ka Dibba (1953) (playback singer)
39. Aan (1952) (playback singer)
40. Amber (1952) (playback singer) (as Shamshad)
41. Anjaam (1952) (playback singer)
42. Baiju Bawra (1952) (playback singer)
43. Bewafa (1952) (playback singer)
44. Adaa (1951) (playback singer)
45. Afsana (1951) (playback singer)
46. Awaara (1951) (playback singer) (as Shamshad)
47. Baazi (1951) (playback singer)
48. Bahar (1951) (playback singer)
49. Bedardi (1951) (playback singer)
50. Deedar (1951) (playback singer) (uncredited)
51. Hamari Shaan (1951) (playback singer)
52. Jadoo (1951) (playback singer)
53. Kashmir (1951) (playback singer)
54. Maya Machhindra (1951) (playback singer)
55. Naujawan (1951) (playback singer)
56. Pyar Ki Baaten (1951) (playback singer)
57. Rajput (1951) (playback singer)
58. Saiyan (1951) (playback singer)
59. Aahuti (1950) (playback singer)
60. Babul (1950) (playback singer) (uncredited)
61. Jogan (1950) (playback singer)
62. Nirala (1950) (playback singer) (uncredited)
63. Nishana (1950) (playback singer)
64. Pardes (1950) (playback singer)
65. Posti (1950) (playback singer)
66. Andaz (1949) (playback singer)
67. Chandni Raat (1949) (playback singer)
68. Dulari (1949) (playback singer)
69. Paras (1949) (playback singer)
70. Patanga (1949) (playback singer)
71. Shabnam (1949) (playback singer)
72. Singaar (1949) (playback singer)
73. Sipahiya (1949) (playback singer)
74. Sunehre Din (1949) (playback singer)
75. Aag (1948) (playback singer)
76. Ghar Ki Izzat (1948) (playback singer)
77. Mela (1948) (playback singer) (uncredited)
78. Siraj (1948) (playback singer) (as Sham Shad)
79. Dard (1947) (playback singer)
80. Shehnai (1947) (playback singer)
81. Anmol Ghadi (1946) (playback singer)
82. Shahjahan (1946) (playback singer)
83. Khazanchi (1941) (playback singer)
84. Indramalati (1939) (playback singer)
85. Joymati (1935) (playback singer) (as Shamshad)
Soundtrack:
1. Heer Raanjha (1970/I) (performer: “Nache Ang Ve”)
2. Raaton Ka Raja (1970) (performer: “Pyaar Kiya Toh Durna Kyaah”)
3. Bluff Master (1963) (performer: “Oh Chali Chali Kaisi Hawa Ye Chali”)
4. Gharana (1961) (performer: “Mere Banne Ki Baat Na Poochho”)
5. Mughal-E-Azam (1960) (performer: “Teri Mehfil Mein Qismat Aazmakar”)
6. 12 O’Clock (1958) (performer: “Saiyan Teri Ankhiyon”)
7. Naya Daur (1957) (performer: “Reshmi salwar kurta jaali ka”)
8. C.I.D. (1956) (performer: “Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar”, “Kahin Pe Nigaahen Kahin Pe Nishaana”, “Bhooj Mera Kya Naam Re”)
9. Toofan Aur Deeya (1956) (performer: “Ankhen Mean Ankhen Daal Ke”, “Dil Tumne Liya”)
10. Aar-Paar (1954) (performer: “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Laaga Teer-e-nazar”)
11. Mirza Ghalib (1954) (performer: “Chali Pee Ke Nagar”)
12. Baiju Bawra (1952) (performer: “Door koi gaae dhun ye sunaae”)
13. Baazi (1951) (performer: “Sharmaaye Kaahe Gabraaye Kaahe”)
14. Deedar (1951) (performer: “Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena”, “Nazar Na Phero Hamse”, “Chaman Mein Rahke Veerana”)
15. Saiyan (1951) (performer: “Meri Jaan Mohabbat Karo Chupke Chupke”)
16. Babul (1950) (performer: “Na Socha Tha Yeh”, “Milte Hi Ankhen”, “Chhode Babul Ka Ghar”, “Duniya Badal Gayi”, “Dhadke Mera Dil”, “Jadoo Bhare Nainon Mein”, “Kisi Se Dil Mein”)
17. Andaz (1949) (performer: “Dar Na Mohabbat Karle”)
18. Namoona (1949) (performer: “Jiya More Dole”, “Tam tam se jhanko”)
19. Mela (1948) (performer: “Dharti Ko Aakash Pukare”, “Main Bhanwara Too Hai Phool”, “Aayi Sawan Rut”, “Gham Ka

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