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Geeta Dutt

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Geeta Dutt (Bengali: গীতা দত্ত) (November 23, 1930 – July 20, 1972) was an Indian playback singer, considered one of the best to have hit the Indian film world.

Geeta Dutt was born into a rich zamindaar’s family as Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri in Faridpur, East Bengal in 1930. In 1942, her parents shifted to a Dadar apartment in Bombay when she was twelve. Over there in their modest flat at Dadar, composer/music director Hanuman Prasad, overheard her singing casually and agreed to impart her training in singing. He launched her in a chorus song in Bhakht Prahlad (1946), where she sang only two lines. But her rendering of those two lines stood out and astonished everybody in the recording studio. Her major assignment was in the following year with Do Bhai. The music of that film clicked in a big way and Geeta became a top playback singer.

1947 - 1949 saw Geeta as the number one playback singer in the Bombay film industry as she moved from strength to strength. Only two playback singers managed to survive Lata’s onslaught in the 1950s. They were Shamshad Begum and Geeta Roy. Though relegated to the second spot, Geeta managed to hold her own against Lata for more than a decade, and she and Lata became the premier female playback singers of the 1950s.

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  • Dogasm

    I hate that she came to a bad end -- sick and unappreciated. She was a genius and Leftwing too, as far as I can tell from the photo I uploaded of her with a magazine with Paul Robeson on the cover. I think she was the best singer who ever recorded from India.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    Geet a haircut, heepie...

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • motorpussy

    hi, u have nice musci . i wish u nice day

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
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    18 Aug 2009 Reply
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    17 Jul 2009 Reply
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    hi, u have nice musci . i wish u nice day

    16 Apr 2009 Reply