One of Bollywood’s most acclaimed playback singers, Mukesh Chand Mathur was born on July 22, 1923.
He was discovered by Motilal, an actor and distant relative, when he sang at his sister’s wedding.
Mukesh first rose to fame as the singing voice of actor, Raj Kapoor in Andaz in 1949. His talent earned him the nickname “The Man with the Golden Voice”.
In 1974, Mukesh won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback singer for his song “Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai” from the film Rajnigandha. He followed that up with wins in 1976 at the Filmfare Awards for four songs, most notably “Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein,” the title track of the film Kabhie Kabhie and the inspiration for today’s Doodle.
The doodle shows Mukesh on the right smiling and holding a microphone. The background has a beautiful graphic from the song “Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein”.
Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, US, where he had gone to perform in a concert.