One of Bollywood's legendary playback singers, Mukesh Chand Mathur was born on July 22, 1923 in Delhi. His singing talent was discovered by a relative when Mukesh sang at his sister's wedding.
Raj Kapoor discovered this talented singer and he first rose to fame with his movie Andaz in 1949 in which he sang songs like Hum aaj kahi dil ko kho baither andTu kahe agar.
Mukesh created his own singing style with the help of music director Naushad Ali, who helped Mukesh to come out of his Saigal style and create his own style. He delivered many Hits for Naushad in films like:Anokhi Ada(1948)Mela(1948),Andaz (1949).
In 1974, Mukesh received National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai" from Rajnigandha (1974), and Filmfare Awards for the songs "Sab Kuch Seekha Humne" in the movie Anari (1959), "Sabse Bada Naadan Wahi Hai" in Pehchaan (1970), "Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki" in Beimaan (1972) and "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein", the title song of film Kabhie Kabhie (1976).
Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, US, where he had gone to perform in a concert. That morning, he got up early and went to take a shower. He came out panting and complaining of chest pains.
The Google Doodle celebrates his birth anniversary today. It shows the smiling face of the singer on the right with a beautiful graphic from the movie Kabhie Kabhie in the background.