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(1930 - 1972)

Acclaimed as the one singer who was feared by Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt held a rare mellifluous tone in her voice that could fuel passion and all kinds of emotions into whatever song she sung. This rare ability also enabled her to swap from traditional songs to Western-styled tunes without skipping a beat. Geeta was one singer who could sing for the moll and then for the doll the next moment, effortlessly. When Lata Mangeshkar arrived as the new queen of melody, it was this fluid quality in Geeta's voice that kept her up in the playback industry. If it hadn't been for her tragic relationship with the great director Guru Dutt, Geeta's genius would have shone on unclouded her entire life.

From 1947 to 1949, Geeta was the queen of playback songs, moving from strength to strength. She was initially called on to sing religious songs and sad songs, but on the release of Baazi (1951), a crime thriller which featured jazz-based songs, a newer, more sensual side was revealed in her voice, which instantly made her more popular. She went from traditional songs to Western-beat tunes with such flexibility that she became much demanded by all music directors who had to compose completely opposite songs for a film. When 'Lata Mangeshkar' rose as the new queen of Bollywood music, Geeta and Shamshad Begum the only two singers who were still called upon for songs.

Her most famous and celebrated work in Hindi Film songs is with the veteran composers Sachin Dev Burman, O. P. Nayyar and Hemant Kumar. She also sang for other equally famous and talented composers like Chitragupt, Bulo C Rani, Hansraj Behl, Husnlal-Bhagatram, Madan Mohan
Her famous work is with the following music directors
S. D. Burman O. P. Nayyar        Hemant Kumar
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