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Amirbai Karnataki

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Amirbai Karnataki

Amirbai Karnataki (ca 1906 – March 3, 1965) was a famous actress/singer and playback singer of the early Hindi cinema and was famous as Kannada Kokila. Mahatma Gandhi was an ardent fan of her song Vaishnav Jan To.

Amirbai Karnataki was born in Bilgi village, District of Bijapur in Karnataka into a middle class family. Of all of her five sisters, Amirbai and her elder sister, Gauharbai, earned fame and fortune. Amirbai completed her matriculation and went to Bombay at the age of fifteen.

A representative from HMV was so impressed by her singing talent that he made her sing a Qawwali, which became very popular. Her elder sister, Gauherbai, was an actress and helped Amirbai get a role in the film Vishnu Bhakti in 1934.

Initially, Amirbai sang songs in films, but they failed to attain the success she desired. In 1943, with the release of Bombay Talkies’ Kismet (1943 film) (1943), she achieved popularity: the songs of Kismet became a rage and Amirbai became famous. The man behind the success was the composer Anil Biswas. She was initially known as a singing star, but at the decline of her career she became a playback singer. She reached her peak by 1947.

At this time Lata Mangeshkar became a rising star, so once again Amirbai switched over to acting. In her later years she mostly played character roles. Amirbai also composed music for Wahab Pictures’ Shehnaaz (1948). In the same year she almost left Hindi Cinema forGujarati and Marwari films.

Born Bijapur, India
Died March 3, 1965
India
Genres Playback singing
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1935–1961

She was married Badri Kaanchwala, the editor of Paras.

She had a paralytic attack in 1965, died just four days later and was buried in her hometown. A cinema still runs in the name of ‘Amir Talkies’ in the city of Bijapur by her family.

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Amirbai Karnataki (Collection 1)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Amirbai Karnataki (Collection 1)

Amirbai Karnataki (1906 – March 3, 1965) was a famous actress/singer and playback singer of the early Hindi cinema and was famous as Kannada Kokila. Mahatma Gandhi was an ardent fan of her song Vaishnav Jan To.

Amirbai Karnataki

Amirbai Karnataki

Amirbai Karnataki was born in Bilgi village, District of Bijapur in Karnataka into a middle class family. Of all of her five sisters, Amirbai and her elder sister, Gauharbai, earned fame and fortune. Amirbai completed her matriculation and went to Bombay at the age of fifteen.In an interview with All India Radio, she acknowledged that she had brother named Raj Mohamed Kuntoji who was a police officer in Belgaum District but she had not seen him for many years because he did not approve of her singing and acting in movies. She said that they are descendents of Kalawant tradition of musicians from Rajasthan.

A representative from HMV was so impressed by her singing talent that he made her sing a Qawwali, which became very popular. Her elder sister, Gauherbai, was an actress and helped Amirbai get a role in the film Vishnu Bhakti in 1934.

Initially, Amirbai sang songs in films, but they failed to attain the success she desired. In 1943, with the release of Bombay Talkies’ Kismet (1943 film) (1943), she achieved popularity: the songs of Kismet became a rage and Amirbai became famous. The man behind the success was the composer Anil Biswas. She was initially known as a singing star, but at the decline of her career she became a playback singer. She reached her peak by 1947.

At this time Lata Mangeshkar became a rising star, so once again Amirbai switched over to acting. In her later years she mostly played character roles. Amirbai also composed music for Wahab Pictures’ Shehnaaz (1948). In the same year she almost left Hindi Cinema for Gujarati and Marwari films.

In 1930s, she was associated with, and probably married to, Himalaywala; some sources claim he was abusive to her. Later, she married Badri Kaanchwala, the editor of Paras.

She had a paralytic attack in 1965, died just four days later and was buried in her hometown.

  1. Boy Friend (1961) …. Mrs. Rajni Singh
    Dark Street (1961)
  2. Bedard Zamana Kya Jane (1959) …. Ashok’s Bhabhi
    Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957) (as Amir Karnataki) …. Nandu’s Mother
    Mr. X (1957)
    Subah Ka Tara (1954)
    Mashooka (1953)
    Deewana (1952)
    Bedardi (1951)
    Lav Kush (1951)
  3. Sipahiya (1949)
    Vidya (1948)
    Haqdar (1946)
    Bharat Milap (1942) …. Ketaki Pal
    … aka Bharat Bhet (India: Marathi title)
    … aka The Meeting of Bharat
    Narsi Bhagat (1940)
  4. Yasmin (1935) …. Zubeida
    … aka Bewafa Ashq (India: Hindi title)