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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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