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Biography

  • Born

    2 July 1954 (age 64)

  • Born In

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Mohammed Aziz (Syed Mohammed Aziz-un-Nabi, Ashoknagar, West Bengal, India, 2 July 1954 - 27 November, 2018) was an Indian playback singer in the Bollywood, Bengali and Odia film industries. His duets with leading female singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy have been very popular during most of 1980s and early 1990s.

His nickname was Munna. Being an ardent lover of music and Mohammed Rafi, he started singing from childhood. Aziz made his film debut in a Bengali language film Jyoti. He came to Mumbai in 1984, with references from a producer's relative. His first Hindi film was Ambar (1984).
Aziz started out his musical career as a singer in the restaurant Ghalib in Kolkata. He got a break when the music director Anu Malik got him to sing the song Mard Taangewala for the movie Mard, starring Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. People thought it was a Shabbir Kumar's song and the song became a hit and Aziz became a popular singer, and was patronised by leading music directors including Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Rahul Dev Burman, Naushad, O. P. Nayyar, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Raamlaxman, Ravindra Jain, Usha Khanna, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Anu Malik, Damodar Raao, Anand Raj Anand and Aadesh Shrivastava.

Aziz worked in the Odia film industry and has sung several Odia bhajans, private albums, and Odia film songs since 1985. Some of his Odia bhajans (Lord Jagannath's Bhajans) are famous. He has performed stage shows in India and abroad, and has been nominated twice for best male playback singer award. Mohd. Aziz was very close to Laxmikant Pyarelal; After Laxmi-Pyare, his career went down and other music directors took to other singers such as Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan.
He is one of the rare singers who can sing at the 7th note (saatwan sur) - example being his song, "Saare Shikawe Gile Bhulaa Ke Kaho". Laxmi-Pyare recognized his potential very early and repeated him in a lot of their movies.

He has done playback singing for famous actors such as Amitabh Bachchcan, Govinda, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun chakraborty and several others. In Bollywood, his duets with leading female singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy have been immensely popular, the latter two in particular. His collaboration with the musical genius duo Laxmikant Pyarelal has been most successful to the extent that he was considered an heir of Mohammad Rafi at his peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

This versatile singer has sung almost twenty thousand songs in different Indian languages. He has recorded hundreds of devotional Bhajans and Sufi songs as well.

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