Shamshad Begum was one of the first female playback singers of the Indian film industry, which has turned 100 this year. At 94, she was six yeas younger than Indian cinema - perhaps the oldest living member of filmdom.
It's time to revisit her song "Katiya Karoon", which not only gives a peak into the era when she mesmerised many with her voice, but also displays her versatility.
A peppy dance number, the folk number was picturised on actress Nishi in the 1963 black and white Punjabi movie "Pind Di Kurhi", which was directed by Baldev R. Jhingan.
Dressed in a knee length skirt and kurti, Nishi danced carefree in the song, which had typical fun loving folk music, not to miss the Punjabi flavour in it.
Composed by Hansraj Behl, its beats were fast and Nishi's 'thumkas' make it an interesting watch even today.
The recent "Katiya karoon" had a similar 'mukhra' but a different 'antara'. Sung by Harshdeep Kaur and Sapna Awasthi, it is basically a love song where the girl talks about her feelings for her lover.
In the 1940s and 1950s Shamshad Begum created a benchmark by singing hits like "Kabhi aar kabhi paar", "Saiyan dil mein aana re" and "Mere piya gaye Rangoon". Her voice a had a slight nasal tinge.