Monday, December 2, 2013

AMIRBAI KARNATAKI, DURGA KHOTE AND BEGUM AKHTAR

AMIRBAI KARNATAKI

Amirbai Karnataki was an actress/singer and playback singer of early Hindi Cinema who later worked in Gujarati and Marwari Films.
She was born in 1906 in Bilji town of Bijapur District in Karnataka.
After matriculation she went to Bombay where her sister Gauherbai was already working as an actress in Bollywood films.
She helped Amirbai to get a role in the film 'Vishnu Bhakti' in 1934.She acted in many films and also sang songs as a playback singer for films afterwards.Her film Kismat(1943) earned her much popularity and appreciation.
In 1948 she composed music for a film 'Shehnaaz'.She later left Hindi films and worked in Gujarati films.
She died in 1965.

DURGA KHOTE

Durga Khote (Jan 14, 195-Sept 22, 1991) was one of the first woman from respected families to join films as an actress and thus helped to break the social barrier.
In a millennium issue of 'India Today' in 2000 she was one among the 100 people who shaped India.
Durga Khote
She also ranks among top  10 actresses  as 'Mother roles' in Hindi Cinema.
Her highly appreciated films are 'Mughal-eAzam,Bharat Milap,Chamon Ki Dasi,Mirza Ghalib,Bobby,Bidaai'.
She received 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' in 1983 for her contributions to Indian Cinema.
She acted in about 200  films in Hindi and Marathi during a span of 50 years.

BEGUM AKHTAR

Begum Akhtar  was an actress/singer of Hindi cinema during the 30's.
She left film field and concentrated only as a singer of  Ghazals and Classical
 songs later. She was called by the title 'Ghazal Queen'.
Begum Akhtar was born on Oct.7, 1914 at Faziabad District in Uttar Pradesh.
She acted and sang songs for films like 'Nala Damayanti'  and 'Ek Din Ka Badshah' in 1933.
Because of her good looks and acting/singing talents she got chances in several films of that period.Meanwhile she was concentrating on music concerts also.
She acted in a movie directed by Satyajit Ray 'Jal Saghar' in 1958.

She received Padma Shri in 1968
Sangaeeta Natak Academy Award in 1972
Padma Bhushan(Posthumously) in 1975 
from Government of India.
She died on Oct 30, 1974.

Some of her films are

Nala Damayanti 33
Ek Din Ka Badshah 33
Mumtaz Begum 34
Jawani Ka Nasha 35
Ameena 34
RoopKumari 34
Naseeb Ka Chakkar 36
Anaar Bala 40
Roti 42
Jal Saghar 1958






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