Zohrabai Ambalewali

Also credited as: Zohra Bai, Zohrabai, Zohra Jaan, 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.

Awards


 
  • No award information available.

Discography


Film


 

Singer

Apna Rasool Ek Hai Apna Rasool Ek Hai
   
Album: Dagabaaz Aashiq
Singer: Zohra
Music Director: Ferozshah M. Mistri
Genre:
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
Ari Ari Duniya Tu Poor Dagha Hai Ari Ari Duniya Tu Poor Dagha Hai
   
Album: Dagabaaz Aashiq
Singer: Zohra
Music Director: Ferozshah M. Mistri
Genre:
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
O Pyare More Saiyan Dulare More Saiyan O Pyare More Saiyan Dulare More Saiyan
   
Album: Dagabaaz Aashiq
Singer: Zohra, Prithviraj
Music Director: Ferozshah M. Mistri
Genre:
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
Dekh Aa Kar Haal Apne Kusht-E-Bedaad Ka Dekh Aa Kar Haal Apne Kusht-E-Bedaad Ka
   
Album: Dagabaaz Aashiq
Singer: Zohra
Music Director: Ferozshah M. Mistri
Genre:
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
 Parvar Tu Sun Hamari Parvar Tu Sun Hamari
   
Album: Dagabaaz Aashiq
Singer: Zohra
Music Director: Ferozshah M. Mistri
Genre:
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 



 

Most Popular Songs

Ankhiyan Mila Ke Ankhiyan Mila Ke
Album: Rattan
Singer: Zohrabai
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
Genre: Filmi
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
Aayi Diwali Aayi Diwali Aayi Diwali Aayi Diwali
Album: Rattan
Singer: Zohrabai
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
Genre: Filmi
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
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
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
Rumjhum Barse Badarva (Piya Ghar Aaja) Rumjhum Barse Badarva (Piya Ghar Aaja)
Album: Rattan
Singer: Zohrabai
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
Genre: Filmi
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 
Sawan Ke Baadalon Sawan Ke Baadalon
Album: Rattan
Singer: Zohrabai, Karan Diwan
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Lyricist: Deena Nath Madhok
Genre: Filmi
Overall Rating:
My Rating:
Album Category: Hindi, Film
 



Filmography


Actor


Shakuntala

Shalimar
     
 
Feedback