Mahendra Kapoor

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Mahendra Kapoor (9 January 1934 – 27 September 2008) was an Indian playback singer. In a career spanning five decades, his repertoire extended to 25000 songs in various regional languages, including popular songs such as 'Chalo ek baar phir se Ajnabi ban jayen hum dono' (Gumrah), and 'Neele gagan ke tale' (Hamraaz). His name however became most closely associated with patriotic songs including 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti' in Manoj Kumar's film Upkaar. In 1972, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. He is perhaps most notable for lending his voice to actor Manoj Kumar in most of his film, mainly in patriotic genre of music.