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Archive for the ‘Suman Kalyanpur NFS’ Category

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After these three NFS included in this blog I am continuing this series of songs from the album ‘Varsha Ritu’.

S N Song Singer
1. Naach Re Mayura Manna Dey
2. Ghiri Ghataayen Lata Mangeshkar
3. Beet Jaat Barakha Ritu Lakshmi Shankar

Suman Kalyanpur (nee Suman Hemmady) remains one of the best-loved voices of Hindi and Marathi songs — almost more than 20 years after she stopped singing full-time.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a new contributor to this blog.

An exceptionally private person, Suman Kalyanpur hardly gives an interview to anyone. What you read about her is generally surmised from little known facts and rumors. She is also a very simple and unassuming person. She very well knew that her voice uncanningly sounded exactly like Lata’s and as such she was called in as a substitute when Lata was either abroad or unwell or had fallen out with a singer or a composer, as was often the case, from time to time. She was considered as poor man’s (producers’) Lata. Not being appreciated for her real talent, which was exceptionally brilliant, her grudge was apparent and she hardly went out to beg for singing assignments to any composers.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

January 28th is the birth day of playback singer Suman Kalyanpur. She is a living example of how the career of a talented singer can be marred by a close resemblance of the voice of the numero uno singer in the field, in her case Lata Mangeshkar. Naturally, film industry preferred the reigning queen rather than giving enough opportunity to Suman Kalyanpur to prove her worth. She was mostly used as a substitute for Lata Mangeshkar when the latter was not available for recording the songs. Alternatively, she would get the singing assignments in low budget films. In the circumstances, I thought that she would have utilised her spare time in recording many NFSs. I find that even in respect of NFSs, Suman Kalyanpur is lagging in numbers in comparison to other top playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh etc. Was she really interested in pursuing playback singing career ? She is known to be a very private and low profile person. Only those who were close to her could get to know her mind. It took Ameen Sayani more than 40 years to persuade her to give an interview for a radio programme. Subsequently, she has given a couple of interviews through which we have come across some more information about her singing career.
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