Popular devotional and Bollywood celeb playback-singer Narendra Chanchal , 80, is no more with us, having succumbed to age-related illness.
But his high-pitched haunting voice will continue to enthrall, entertain and yes spiritually motivate the masses.
The gifted-singer Narendra, was discovered by the music-savvy showman Raj Kapoor
The gifted-singer Narendra, was discovered by the music-savvy showman Raj Kapoor who then gave him his debut-break as playback singer in ‘Bobby’( music Laxmikant-Pyarelal) with the soul-stirring romantic yet philosophical sad song Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo .
For this riveting song in 1973 super-hit film Bobby, Narendra won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award.
The modest Chanchal who had also made a mark in the world of devotional songs had earned honorary citizenship of the US state of Georgia.
Interestingly the Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo song as well as his next playback title-song Main Benaam Ho Gaya ( Benaam) composed by R D Burman were both picturised on him ( Narendra Chanchal) on-screen.
Which in turn made him immensely popular with the audiences. In later years Narendra also sang hit playback songs like Baki Kuchh Bacha To Mahangayi Maar Gayi”( Roti Kapda Aur Makaan) and devotional tracks such as Tu Ne Mujhe Bulaya (Aasha), Chalo Bulawa Aaya Hain (Avtaar).
when most playback singers were content to sing routine romantic playful songs, Chanchal stood out for his effortless ability to sing high-pitched heart-rending songs
In an era, when most playback singers were content to sing routine romantic playful songs, Chanchal stood out for his effortless ability to sing high-pitched heart-rending songs.
With his exceptional vibrant voice Chanchal carved out his own identity with the amazing ability to cruise into the soul of the song, and make it unique.
The social drama movie Avtaar ( 1983) starring Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi merited terrific repeat-value at the box-office riding on the sound-waves of the charismatic vocals of Chanchal.
His powerful rendition of the devotional, “Chalo bulawa aaya hai” allured hundreds of cine-goers to movie theatres.
“when I met him in the past that “Narinder’s soulful voice makes all his songs immortal” Pyarelal Sharma
Iconic Bollywood composer Pyarelal Sharma ( of ‘Laxmi-Pyare’ fame) had said when I met him in the past that “Narinder’s soulful voice makes all his songs immortal”.
With his philanthropic nature the talented singer started the Narendra Chanchal School for Non-Formal Education for the deprived before coming up with Ekta Mission to provide an opportunity to the poor, and founding Mamta ka Mandir for senior citizens to spend their last years getting respect and care.
Reacting to the onset of the corona pandemic, last year in March 2020, a video clip of popular bhajan singer Narendra singing at a Holi event in Paharganj, New Delhi, had gone viral.
The ‘corona’ bhajan goes, “Dengue vi aaya, Khabre ki-ki ho na? Kitho aaya corona? Maiyya Ji, Kitho aaya corona?”