“Dil Dhoondta Hai Phir Wohi Fursat Ke Raat Din”: Singer Bhupinder Singh passes away

India: Acclaimed singer Bhupinder Singh passed away at 7:45 pm on Monday in Criticare hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. He was 82.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Bhupinder’s wife Mitali said, “He passed away on Monday and the funeral will be held mostly on Tuesday. He had a colon ailment.’’

Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of Criticare Asia hospital, said, “Bhupinderji was admitted ten days back to our hospital. He had an infection. We had strong suspicion that he had Colon ailment and we were doing investigations. In the same time, he got Covid-19. His condition worsened on Monday morning and we had to put him on a ventilator. He got a cardiac arrest and passed away at 7:45 pm.’’

Bhupinder Singh is known for songs like Dil Dhoondta Hai, Naam Gum Jaayega, Ek Akela Is Shaher Mein, Beeti Na Beetai Raina, Huzoor Is Kadar bhi na Itra ke Chaliye, Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar Aaj Bhi Hai, Baadalon Se Kaat Kaat Ke among others.

Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder started his career with All India Radio and was also associated with the Delhi Doordarshan Center. In 1962, music composer Madan Mohan heard him play the guitar at a party and called him to Mumbai.

Madan offered him the song “Hoke Majboor” in the film Haqeeqat, which he crooned with Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey. Khayyam then gave him the solo song “Rut Jawan Jawan” in the film Aakhri Khat. His heavy bass voice gave him an edge and he slowly started climbing the success ladder. Bhupinder later released several independent music albums.

Bhupinder Singh is survived by wife Mitali and son Nihal Singh.