Mukesh Chand

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Mukesh Chand : biography

22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976

Nominated

Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
1960 "Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai" Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai Shankar Jakishan Shailendra
1964 "Dost Dost Na Raha" Sangam Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra
1967 "Sawan Ka Mahina" Milan Laxmikant-Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
1970 "Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar" Pehchan Shankar Jakishan Neeraj
1972 "Ek Pyar Ka Nagma" Shor Laxmikant-Pyarelal Santosh Anand
1975 "Main Na Bhoolunga" Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Laxmikant-Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
1976 "Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar" Kabhie Kabhie Khayyam Sahir Ludhianvi
1977 "Suhani Chandni Raten" Mukti Rahul Dev Burman Anand Bakshi
1978 "Chanchal Sheetal" Satyam Shivam Sundaram Laxmikant-Pyarelal Anand Bakshi

Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards

Winner

  • 1967 – Best Male Playback Singer for Teesri Kasam
  • 1968 – Best Male Playback Singer for Milan
  • 1970 – Best Male Playback Singer for Saraswatichandra

Personal life

Mukesh married Saral Trivedi Raichand alias Bachhiben in a temple in Kandiwali in 1946, at the residence of R. D. Mathur. Saral was the daughter of a Gujarati Brahmin millionaire. With no proper house, an erratic income and what was then considered in India a supposedly "immoral" profession, Mukesh and Saral were forced to elope. Everyone made dire predictions of unhappy days and divorce, but both weathered the lean days and celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary on 22 July 1976, four days before his departure for the U.S.A. on 27 July 1976. The couple had five children – Rita, Nitin, Nalini (d. 1978), Mohnish (Taboo – nickname) and Namrata (Amrita). He is the grandfather of actor Neil Nitin Mukesh.

Early life

Mukesh was born in Ludhiana to Zorawar Chand Mathur, an engineer, and Chand Rani. He was the sixth in a family of ten children. The music teacher who came home to teach Mukesh’s sister, Sundar Pyari, found a pupil in Mukesh who would listen from the adjoining room. Mukesh left school after the 10th grade and worked briefly for the Department of Public Works. He experimented with voice recordings during his employment in Delhi and gradually developed his singing abilities.