She enriched Punjabi and Hindi music

Nirupama Dutt’s tribute to Surinder Kaur (Spectrum, June 25) was touching. Though the singer of the soil is primarily known for enriching the Punjabi folk music, her contribution to Hindi film music is equally momentous.

When S. Mukherjee refused to let the new comer Lata Mangeshkar do the playback in Shaheed for Kamini Kaushal saying that her voice was too thin and shrill, Ghulam Haider summoned Surinder Kaur to sing Badnaam na ho jaye mohabat ka fasana, Ujda umeedon ka chaman ab hum kahan aur tum kahan, Aana hai to aa jao gar ab bhee na aaogey hum tumko na payengey tum humko na paogey.

The popularity of Shaheed numbers took Surinder Kaur to dizzy heights and she overshadowed Zohrabai Ambalawali, Ameerbai Karnataki, Raj Kumari, Noor Jahan, Shamshaad Begum, etc who ruled the roost at that time. Her scintillating and tentalising voice struck a chord with music lovers when she sang Ab jiyen batao kis ke liye and Akhiyan milake ankhiyan roen din ratiyan in films Sanwariya and Nadiya Ke Paar under the baton of maestro C. Ramchandra.

Her duets Keh do hamen na beqrar kare who jise mera dil pyar karey with Mohammed Rafi, Tera kisi se pyar thha ab woh zamana bhool ja with Mukesh and Haye chanvey ki khatya ae dil la ke.. with Talat Mahmood in films Sabak, Dada and Punjabi film Mutiyar respectively bring a nostalgic lump to the throat even now.


M. L. Dhawan, Chandigarh


Surinder Kaur was the dean of Punjabi singers. She called music her soulmate. She never sang any plebeian song gratifying the ignoble tastes.

Because of her soft, dulcet voice she enjoyed the honorific epithet of "Bulbul-e-Punjab". Whenever I hear a song sung by her I croon the verse: Us ghairat-e-naaheed kee har taan hai Deepak/ Sho’la sa lapak jaaey hai aavaaz to dekho (ghairat-e-naaheed: One exciting the envy of the songstress of heaven).

Once in Moscow, though unacquainted with the Punjabi language, top Russian leaders heard her songs with rapturous and enthusiastic applause. Humility was the hallmark of her personality. She took pride in being a Punjabi and sang for Punjab. But for the coveted award of Padma Shri, she was the nominee of Haryana.

Immediately after the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Chacha Islah-ud-din declared on Radio Pakistan that if India wanted to resolve the Kashmir issue it should give Surinder Kaur to Pakistan in lieu of the whole of Kashmir. Could there be a better expression of compliment for the singing legend?



In Surinder Kaur’s death, Punjab has lost its most versatile female music voice. She will be ever remembered as a paradigm of pure melody and decent singing. The niche carved by her in the Punjabi music world is peerless. Her felicity of style is yet to be surpassed by any other Punjabi lady singer.

She could sing romantic, sad, light and folk songs with equal ease and charismatic charm. She performed on the stage with such feminine dignity and grace that we miserably miss this in most of today’s younger singers.

Whatever Surinder Kaur chose to sing was highly aesthetic, tenderly poetic and distinctly native; topical and universal at the same time. She won the hearts of the listeners just by her honeyed voice which abounded in lilt and cadence, pang and longing.

Often, she preferred to sing from the stage sitting in a chair. Yet people swung and swayed, clapped and danced as she sang. On the sheer strength of her voice quality, she regaled the audience and garnered their thunderous applause and admiration. She was simply subtle and subtly simple. May the legacy of the Nightingale flourish!

C.L. ARORA, Ferozpore city


Surinder Kaur and her sister Parkash Kaur sang most immortal songs of Punjab in the Forties. She also song playback songs in 1947-48 for two Hindi films Shaheed and Pyar Ki Jeet starring Suriya. In the hit film Pyar Ki Jeet (1948), she sang Kitne door ho hazoor, kaise mulakat ho? (How far you are, now how could we meet?).

Surinder Kaur is no more, but her melodious songs would echo our ears forever. Her memory is fresh and it will remain so far all time to come. For the melody Surinder Kaur struck was truly timeless and immortal. May her soul rest in peace! n

SURINDER SINGH GIANI, Dialpura (Patiala)

Investment in the stock market

This refers to Maneesh Chhibber’s article “Taking stock after the crash” (Spectrum, June 18). The recent euphoric rise in sensex from 7000 in June 2005 to 12600 in May 2006 has attracted the attention of every Indian citizen. It occurred because of some compelling reasons like strong corporate performance, good GDP numbers and above all the money poured in by FIIs like never before.

A larger number of new investors put their hard-earned money in the bull-run street to multiply their finances. But on account of lack of knowledge to sense the right time to pull money from the stock market, they were left poorer ultimately. Creation of money in stock market is not everybody’s cup of tea. Sufficient acquaintance with the fundamental facts of economy, particularly companies, is an important tool to make a decision about investment in the stock market.

Further, one should perform financial analysis of a company on the basis of information revealed in the company’s annual and other published reports/ statements.

Prof ANAND BANSAL, Damdama Sahib



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