February 24, 2021, was noted musician Talat Mahmood's 97th birth anniversary. He was seventeen when his first song was broadcast on All India Radio, Kolkata. He sang, Sab din ek samaan nahin tha, bun jaoon ga kya se kya main, Iska to kuch dhyan nahin tha. He was popular for his velvety voice.
Talat Mahmood was the only singer away from Bengal who could sing Bengali songs with equal finesse. Being a Hindi singer of repute, his Bengali songs were very popular. He captivated listeners with the song, Ondho rate Jodi ghum bhenge jai, mone pore priyo, chand hoye robo akkasherr gaye, batayon khuley diyo. In 1948, his song, Tumi sundar jodi nahi hoy, tai bolo kiba jay ase, priar ki roop sei jaane, je kohono bhalobase, became popular.
In 1960, he came to the then East Pakistan to sing a string of Bengali songs for the film, "Rajdhanir Bookey". He is known for the endearing love song, Tomakey legeche ato je bhalo chand bujhi taa jaane, composed by Robin Ghosh and written by K G Mustafa.
Talat Mahmood was born to Manzoor Mahmood in Lucknow. He passed away on May 9, 1998.