Zohrabai Ambalewali

Also credited as: Zohra Jaan, Zohrabai, Zohra Bai, Zohra
Singer, Actor
Born: 1918
Death: Feb 21, 1990
 

Zohrabai Ambalewali was a one of the prominent singers in the Hindi film industry in the 1940s, along with Rajkumari and Amirbai Karnataki, till the phenomenon called Lata Mangeshkar hit the industry.

She was born in 1918 as Zohrabai Khatoon, in a family of musicians. She began her career at the young age of 13 with HMV. She became known as Ambalewali because her hometown was Ambala in Punjab.

She made her debut singing for Anil Biswas for the film “Gramophone Singer” (1938). Her big break came in 1944 with the release of “Rattan” when the song “Ankhiyan Milake” became a blockbuster. “Rattan” was significant in that it marked the arrival of both Zohrabai and the film’s music director, Naushad. With the onset of playback singing, Zohrabai caught a luck break as music directors could now look beyond actor/singers and now wanted singers who were proficient. Despite a substantial body of work, Zohrabai got typecast in upbeat, fast tempo songs and remained underutilized.

With the onset of Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Roy, and perhaps because of the perceived limitations of her singing, her career tapered off in the 1950s . After a four year break following 1953, she sang her last song “Mere Dard-E-Jigar Ki Har Dhadkan” (“Nausherwan-E-Adil”) in 1957. However, till she died in 1990, she continued to sing at her daughter, kathak dancer Roshan Kumari’s concerts.

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Balam Ji Ye Kya Jadoo Daara Balam Ji Ye Kya Jadoo Daara
 
Album: Aina
Singer: Zohrabai, Gop
Music Director: Gulshan Sufi, Fateh Ali Khan
Lyricist: Pandit Phani
Genre: Filmi
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Bhaarat Mata Ki Beti Bhaarat Mata Ki Beti
  • Album: Aina
    Singer: Zohrabai
    Music Director: Gulshan Sufi, Fateh Ali Khan
    Lyricist: Pandit Phani
    Genre: Filmi
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    Gareebon Ke Daata Gareebon Ke Wali Gareebon Ke Daata Gareebon Ke Wali
       
    Album: Andho Ki Duniya
    Singer: Asha Bhosle, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Hafiz Khan Mastana
    Music Director: Vasant Desai
    Genre: Filmi, Sufi/Qawwali
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    Is Ishq Ke Daman Mein Hai Phoolon Ka Khazana Is Ishq Ke Daman Mein Hai Phoolon Ka Khazana
     
    Album: Andho Ki Duniya
    Singer: Shailesh Mukherjee, Zohrabai Ambalewali
    Music Director: Vasant Desai
    Lyricist: Behzad Lakhnavi
    Genre: Filmi
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    Koyal Kyon Shor Machaye Preetam Koyal Kyon Shor Machaye Preetam
       
    Album: Andho Ki Duniya
    Singer: Zohrabai Ambalewali
    Music Director: Vasant Desai
    Lyricist: Khumar Barabankvi
    Genre: Filmi
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    Ankhiyan Mila Ke Ankhiyan Mila Ke
  • Album: Rattan
    Singer: Zohrabai
    Music Director: Naushad Ali
    Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
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    Kisne Churaya Mera Dil Kisne Churaya Mera Dil
       
    Album: Kavita
    Singer: Zohrabai
    Music Director: Shankar Rao Vyas
    Lyricist: Ramesh Gupta
    Genre: Filmi, Ghazal
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    Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (Chhun Chhun Ghungharwa Baaje) Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (Chhun Chhun Ghungharwa Baaje)
  • Album: Mahal
    Singer: Zohrabai, Rajkumari
    Music Director: Khemchand Prakash
    Lyricist: Nakhshab Jarchvi
    Genre: Filmi
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    Bhaarat Mata Ki Beti Bhaarat Mata Ki Beti
  • Album: Aina
    Singer: Zohrabai
    Music Director: Gulshan Sufi, Fateh Ali Khan
    Lyricist: Pandit Phani
    Genre: Filmi
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    Udan Khatole Pe Ud Jaaoon Udan Khatole Pe Ud Jaaoon
  • Album: Anmol Ghadi
    Singer: Zohrabai, Shamshad Begum
    Music Director: Naushad Ali
    Lyricist: Tanveer Naqvi
    Genre: Filmi
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