Suman Kalyanpur

World Music Singer

Suman Kalyanpur was born in Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh on January 28th, 1937 and is the World Music Singer. At the age of 87, Suman Kalyanpur biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 28, 1937
Place of Birth
Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh
87 years old
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Actor, Composer, Singer
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Suman Kalyanpur Life

Suman Kalyanpur (born Suman Hemmady; 28 January 1937) is an Indian playback singer.

One of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.

Many people believe that she could not reach the stature and position which her talent really warranted, in spite of having all the mandatory characteristics required to make a mark in the field of playback singing like great knowledge of classical music, a melodious voice and a wide range. Her voice was often mistaken to be that of Lata Mangeshkar.

Suman Kalyanpur's career started in 1954 and was very popular singer in the 1960s and 1970s.

She recorded songs for movies in several languages besides Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Bengali, Oriya and Punjabi.

She is considered among the popular singers of her prime time and golden era of Hindi film music, along with Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle, Hemant Kumar, Talat Mahmood, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor and Shamshad Begum.

She has sung a total of 857 Hindi songs.

Personal life

Suman Kalyanpur was born as Suman Hemmadi on 28 January 1937 in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh). Suman Kalyanpur's father Shankar Rao Hemadi hailed from a Saraswat Brahmin family belonging to Mangalore. Hemmadi is a village in Kundapur Taluk of Udupi District, Karnataka. He served on a top post in the Central Bank of India and was posted to Dhaka for a very long period. Apart from father and mother Seeta Hemmadi, there were 5 daughters and one son in the family with Suman being the eldest among her siblings. In 1943, her family moved to Mumbai, where she received her musical training.

Suman had always been interested in painting and music. After completing schooling from Mumbai’s famed St. Columba High School, she got admission in the prestigious Sir J. J. School of Arts for further studies in painting. Simultaneously, she started learning classical vocal from Pune's Prabhat Films' music director and a close family friend, Pandit Keshav Rao Bhole. According to Suman, initially singing was just hobby to her but gradually her interest in music increased and she started learning it professionally from Ustad Khan, Abdul Rehman Khan and Guruji Master Navrang. Suman's younger sister Shyama Hemmady was also a singer.

Suman Hemmady married a Mumbai-based businessman Ramanand Kalyanpur in the 1958 and thus, became Suman Kalyanpur from Suman Hemmady. He accompanied her for every recording session after her marriage. She has a daughter named Charul Agni who is settled in the United States after marriage. Her grand daughter Aaishanni Agny returned to India and opened an NGO in Mumbai in her grand mother's name.


Suman Kalyanpur Career


"Everybody at home had a inclination toward arts and music, but public performances were strictly prohibited," Suman says. However, I could not say "no" to an invitation to perform for the All India Radio in 1952. This was my first public performance after being offered the opportunity to sing for the Marathi film Shukrachi Chandni, which was released in 1953. Sheikh Mukhtar's composer, Mohammed Shafi, was making the film Mangu at the time, at that time. Sheikh Mukhtar was so impressed with my 'Shukrachi Chandni'' songs that he invited me to perform 3 songs for the film 'Mandni'. However, O. P. Nayyar replaced Mohammed Shafi, leaving only one of my three songs intact, and only "Koi Pukare Se Tujhe" was retained in the film due to some unknown reasons. I went to Hindi cinema with the 1954 film "Manger."

Suman performed 5 songs under the baton of composer Naushad for the film Darwaza (1954), which was produced by Ismat Chugtai and directed by Shahid Lateef, right away, immediately following the film ""Man" (1954). Since ''Darwaza'' was first published, it is generally believed to be Suman Kalyanpur's first Hindi film. Suman appeared in the film version of O.P. Nayyar's hit ensemble song "Mohabbat Kar Lo Bi Bhar Lo Aji Bhar Lo Bhar Lo Aji Roka Hai" with Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt in the film Aar Paar in 1954. Suman had a few solo lines to perform, and her services were used more as a chorus singer in this collection. This was the only song she had performed for O. P. Nayyar.

Suman Kalyanpur's first film song was a duet with Talat Mahmood in Darwaza (1954). Talat Mahmood was thrilled by her singing at a musical festival and was astonished by her appearance. Talat decided to perform the duet with her, making the film industry sit up and take note of her.

Mani Pukare Se Tujhe (1954), she appeared in Mani Pukare Dheere Se Tujhe (1954). Miyanpur sangback for Baat Ek Raat Ki (1961), Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Shagoon (1964), Sanjh Aur Savera (1964), and Pakeezah (1971). Shankar Jaikishan, Roshan, Madan Mohan, S. D. Burman, N Datta, Naushad, S. N. Tripathi, Ghulam Mohammed, Kalyanji Anandji, and Laxmikant–Pyarelal performed the majority songs for the first two songs on the list. She has performed over 740 movie and non-movie songs. In the 1960s, she performed over 140 duets with Rafi.

The super hit "Bhaatuklich Maandila" for Vasant Prabhu's film Pasant Aahe Mulgi was Suman's first song in Marathi. She hasn't looked back for more than 20 years after that. Putra Vhawa's memorable films included Ekti, Manini, and Annapoorna. However, her hits, as well as films, are legion, and they include more than 50 timeless gems of Marathi films, bhavgeet, and bhaktigeet.

Under the direction of composer Hemant Kumar, Kalyanpur performed the duet "Kabhi Aaj, Kabhi Kal, Kabhi Parson." She sang of Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, and Hemant Kumar. "Aajhe Ker Ka Charche," "Bad Ki Charche," "Mahuna Aye," "Tumse Aye," "Pahuna Ghadi Yah Hai Aye," "Rahen Phir Yah Ghadi Aye," "Bad Kiya," "Mujh Haye," "Bahuna Aye," "Bath Jh Ghadi Aye Manna Dey performed the well-known duet "Na Jane Kahan Ham The" under Dattaram's musical direction. She has performed several famous duets including "Yeh Kisne Chheda," "Akhiyon hai tu", "Mera Pyar Bhi Phir Kiya," "Mera Pya Kehde," "Mera Phir Kiya," "Shama Se Koi Kehde," etc., with Mukesh.

"Man Man Mein Ho Tumhi," "Mere Sang Guna," and "Gir Gayi Re More Mathe Ki Bindiya" were among Kalyanpur's most popular songs with a classical base.

Suman Kalyanpur's voice was very similar to singer Lata Mangeshkar's. Many of her songs are indistinguishable from Lata's style, because she sang with a similarity to Lata. Kalyanpur was worried about the similarity of her voice to Lata's. "I was very influenced by her," she had once said. I used to sing her songs in college. Meri aawaaz nazuk patli thi (My voice was fragile and thin).

What could I do?

Also when Radio Ceylon recited the songs, the names were never revealed. And yes, even the records sometimes gave the wrong name. Isn't that confusing?" The period between 1950s and 1960s India film music was referred to as the golden age of Hindi film music, when female playback singing was dominated by Lata and Asha Bhosle.

The song was performed by Kalyanpur when Lata was not available for recording or if the producers were unable to afford her rate of Rs 100 per song. Lata had refused to perform with Rafi due to royal rights, although Kalyanpur's Rafi had not performed these songs. During this period, she appeared over 140 duets with Rafi.