Noted Bollywood playback singer Mubarak Begum, well-known for songs like Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi and Woh na aayenge palat kar, has been hospitalised after complaining of weakness and stomach ache.
Begum, 76, was admitted to a hospital in suburban Andheri on May 3, a family member said on Thursday. Doctors have said there is a small hole in her heart, the member said.
Begum, who sang the evergreen song Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi from the 1961 movie Hamari Yaad Aayegi, has not been keeping well for the last few years.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, she worked with the best music directors in the film industry, collaborating with SD Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam for movies that starred screen legends like Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar.
Now, she lives in a one-bedroom house in the Mumbai suburb of Jogeshwari. Her health deteriorated after the demise of her daughter in 2015.
Her son who used to freelance as a driver and his wife live in the same house.
Watch Mubarak Begum’s rendition from Hamari Yaad Aayegi here:
Mubarak Begum was born in Rajasthan. She moved to Mumbai when she was 10-year-old. Among her favourite memories is singing Woh na aayenge palat kar from Devdas which released in 1955 starring Dilip Kumar and Vaijayantimala.
Watch Woh Na Aayenge Palat Kar sung by Mubarak Begum from Devdas here:
Meanwhile Maharashtra government has assured all necessary help to noted Bollywood playback singer. “On instructions from Cultural Affairs minister Vinod Tawde, a senior official from the department met Begum at the hospital and spoke to the doctors,” said an aide of the minister.
The minister has assured all financial and medical support to the family, he said.