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Mohammad Hussain Farooqui

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui

Late Mr. Mohammed Farooqui was born on 17th August 1915 in the city of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan in a religious family of mohalla peerzadgan. He got his basic education in the city under the guidance of his father Haji Muniruddin. During his childhood he displayed talent in singing.

In his youth Farooqui Sahib actively participated the music; he had been always attracted to the world of music. During his schooling he performed as a singer in varied stage programmes in Rajasthan. However, his religious Haji father was against such activities. When Mohammed Farooqui completed his education, his father had visions of his son becoming a teacher, but his destination was a film studio.

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui (An Under-Appreciated Singing Talent of India)

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui (An Under-Appreciated Singing Talent of India)

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui (A Forgotten Voice of Indian Music)

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui (A Forgotten Voice of Indian Music)

At last in 1945 Farooqui Sahib came to Bombay to try his luck in the Hindi Film industry as a singer with a reference letter for the famous music director Khemchand Prakash. The only person who knew him in Bombay was Mr. Azad Farooqui, with whom Farooqui Sahib stayed for some time in old Khar. After he had struggled for a year, Khemchand Prakash asked Mr. Farooqui to see him at his house. When Farooqui Sahib went there, the legendary singer K L Saigal was also present. Khemchand Prakash introduced him to Saigal who asked Mr. Farooqui to sing a song. He sang the famous lori by Saigal, ‘soja raj kumari soja’. After hearing this Saigal Sahib was very impressed and remarked, ”There is something new in his voice”. This was enough for Mr. Farooqui to get a contract with Ranjeet Movietone on a monthly salary.

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui: Image of Record Mitti Ke Khilaune (1948)~Iss Khaak Ke Putle Ko

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui: Image of Record Mitti Ke Khilaune (1948)~Iss Khaak Ke Putle Ko

After some time he got his first film as a co-singer, but Farooqui Sahib met with real success in 1947. It was a golden year for his music career. In this year his films ‘Chheen le azadi’, ‘Duniyan ek sarai’, ‘Lakhon mein ek’ and ‘Pehli pehchan’ were released. All of his songs were well-received. In particular, the song ‘kamzoron ki naheen hai duniyan’ from the film ‘Chheen le azadi’ was popular with the freedom fighters who soon achieved the goal of an independent nation.

Another song which endeared Farooqui Sahib to both the intellectuals and working class was ‘ek musafir aye baba ek musafir jaye’ from the film ‘duniyan ek sarai’. In 1948 bhajans of the film ‘Jai hanuman’ and ‘is khak ke putle ko’ from the film ‘Mitti ke khilone’, were appreciated by the public. His last two films ‘Bhool bhulaiyan 1949′ and ‘Alakh niranjan 1950′ were also popular. Mr. Farooqui was among one of the singers who became successful without any formal musical training from a guru.

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui's Residence

Mohammad Hussain Farooqui's Residence

It was the end of the 1950. Farooqui’s father became seriously ill and sent a message to him to come home immediately. After all his successful films, Farooqui Sahib had to leave Bombay and thereafter never went back to sing another song.

Rest of his life was spent as a mission to help the poor section of the society with the light of education.

On 8th February 1990 Mohammed Farooqui left for heavenly abode at the age of 75 years, leaving behind family and friends to grieve for the loss of a talented personalty.

After his passing away one of his friends paid tributes like this,

Khabar kya thee mohammed aap hamein tanha chhorh jayenge,
Dil-e-rahber ko ghamgeen aur purnam banayenge,
Ab na subaha ayegee is shaam ke baad,
Bas hum to sirf aapke geet gungunayenge

The name of Mohammed Farooqui will figure on the list of many underappreciated talents for their contribution to Hindi cinema.

Filmography

Chheen le azadi (1947)
Duniyan ek sarai (1947)
Lakhon mein ek (1947)
Pehli pehchan (1947)
Piya ghar aja (1947) Acting only
Neel kamal (1947) Acting only
Bichhde balam (1948)
Jai hanuman (1948)
Mitti ke khilone (1948)
Pardesi mehman (1948)
Bhool bhulaiyan (1949)
Alakh niranjan (1950)


Source of all of the above information and photos have been supplied by his son, Tasleem Farooqui (email: tasleemfarooqui@yahoo.com)

Courtesy: Dr Surjit Singh

Radhika Chopra, Dr

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Radhika Chopra, Dr

Born and brought up in Jammu, Radhika started learning music from Pt. J.R. Sharma, at the tender age of six. She started performing on stage and for All India Radio, Jammu, at a very young age. Although, she excelled in academics, she wanted to pursue music and wanted to be a professional singer. After graduating from Govt. College for Women, Jammu, she was encouraged by the then Governor of the state Shri Jagmohan and so she came to Delhi and joined the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, Delhi University for M.A in Hindustani Music. She topped the University and got a gold medal. She did her M.Phil. followed by Ph.D. from the faculty itself. For Ph.D, she chose the topic related to the semi-classical forms. Only the theoretical part of the topic did not satisfy her. She wanted to know the practical part of it also that was when she started learning Thumri, Dadra from the most eminent Guru, Padmashree Smt. Shanti Hiranand, and renowned disciple of Begum Akhtar.

Radhika Chopra, Dr

Radhika Chopra, Dr

It is not very often that one comes across a voice like Radhika’s – A voice with soul and emotion. With her meticulous selection and flawless rendition, she instantly establishes a rapport with the listeners. Radhika is blessed with extraordinary mellifluous voice which with years of training has been honed to perfection. Besides being gifted with a rich and sonorous voice, she is well groomed and it reflects in her performances. Her flawless rendition of Ghazal, Geet, semi-classical compositions is sure to enthrall the audience. The strength of her performance is not only in the fact that she can render the most complex of compositions with remarkably effortless ease but more because even the simplest of her renditions has the ability to touch the heart strings of the audience.

Radhika Chopra (Great Ghazal Singer)

Radhika Chopra (Great Ghazal Singer)

Radhika Chopra

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She is an “A” Grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan. Radhika has travelled allover the World for stage concerts and has won several awards. Effortlessness, spontaneity and natural ease are the hallmarks of Radhika’s performances. Radhika Chopra is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for performances abroad. Consequently, in 2004 she performed to an over flowing audience accommodated on the stage at the Nehru Centre, London. The Ghazal program was very well received and as a result she performed extensively for private gatherings all over England including one at the Pakistan Community Centre, London. During the K. L. Saigal Centenary Year 2004-5, Radhika made a special effort to give several soulful performances of Saigal’s famous songs to bring back a lot of nostalgia for the listeners in India and abroad.

In December 2004, the Ministry of Culture released a coffee table book on Saigal followed by a concert by Radhika at the India International Centre, New Delhi. In May 2004, Radhika gave a soulful concert of bhajans to an overflowing hall of listeners at the Teenmurti Auditorium on the occasion of Jawaharlal Nehru’s 40th Death Anniversary. The concert was attended and appreciated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several other dignitaries. In 2005, she received the “Rajiv Gandhi Ekta Samman” for her outstanding contribution and achievements in the field of music. She performed in ICCR’s Second Thumri Festival and on the opening night of the Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad Ghazal Festival 2006 and also performed in Karachi, and Islamabad, Pakistan 2006.

She was chosen to sing Ghazals of the Mughal Era at the launch of William Dalrymphe’s book The Last Mughal in Delhi and Jaipur in 2006-07. Had a very successful trip to the Gulf countries sponsored by ICCR.