It was a Baisakhi live performance in April 1973 in Mumbai the place Narendra Chanchal, then a younger singer from Namak Mandi in Amritsar, sang a famed 17th-century kaafi (Sufi poem) — Ni important kamli haan — by Baba Bulleshah. He had come throughout the poem in a newspaper that the neighbourhood halvai had used to wrap his meals.
What Chanchal didn’t know in the course of the efficiency was that filmmaker Raj Kapoor sat within the viewers, enraptured by his shrill, high-pitched voice and crisp diction. After a fast backstage assembly and a decent embrace, Chanchal discovered himself in a recording studio three days later, crooning for composer duo Laxmikant Pyarelal.
The tune ‘Beshak mandir masjid todo’, picturised on Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor within the blockbuster hit Bobby (1973), not solely tugged on the heartstrings of those that watched the 2 lovers in distress, it additionally received Chanchal a Filmfare Award for Best Singer. This occurred regardless of there being no dearth of fascinating songs in Bobby.
But what made Chanchal, a jagran and marriage ceremony singer from Amritsar, a family identify was a tune from the movie Avtaar a decade later. ‘Chalo bulawa aaya hai’ – a typical ‘maata ki bhent’ – stays one of the standard devotional items to return out of the movie trade.
Chanchal, the devotional singer who introduced the sound of jagrans into the mainstream, died in Delhi’s Apollo Hospital on Friday. He was 80.
According to Chanchal’s colleague and playback singer Anuradha Paudwal, it was the depth of his voice and the emotional high quality that made him particular. “There is no one who can compete with him in singing devotional ‘maata ki bhent’. The genre remains synonymous with him. I looked up to him if I was to record one. We also performed together in many devotional gatherings. His popularity was something else,” she advised The Indian Express.
Chanchal was born in Amritsar as Narinder Kharbanda and was one amongst eight brothers and sisters. Since music was taboo at home, he would sing movie songs and bhajans as a toddler amongst his mates and ladies within the neighbourhood. He would then return home – invariably to offended mother and father.
A college trainer gave him the identify Chanchal, which went on to stay to him by means of life.
He dropped out of faculty after 10th grade and labored at a dry cleaner’s store for a couple of days. Since there was no radio or gramophone at home, Chanchal, who would crave music, would go to a close-by store and sit there for hours listening to Mohammad Rafi and Manna Dey songs. He would memorise the songs and current them on the subsequent accessible alternative.
Appreciation adopted quickly from mates and his father’s mates, who began giving him slightly cash to sing for them. Soon Chanchal was made a part of a neighborhood music group, and he began performing in native weddings and jagrans to make a living. His group grew to become well-known within the metropolis and was chosen by the I&B Ministry to entertain Army jawans on the India-Pakistan and India-China borders. It was on account of his recognition within the Army circuit that the invite for the Mumbai live performance landed with him. After Bobby, he sang ‘Main benaam ho gaya’ for R D Burman in Benaam (1974), adopted by ‘Tune mujhe bulaaya’ — a duet along with his idol Mohammad Rafi in Aasha (1980). There have been additionally songs in Gujarati, Bengali and Marathi in addition to Punjabi.
But Chanchal’s profession and success have been a lot past movies. He moved to Delhi and have become one of the well-known and costly jaagran singers within the nation, travelling the world to sing at jagrans.
In his later years, Chanchal additionally based many non-profit organisations, together with Ekta Mission and Narendra Chanchal Institute for Non Formal Education.