Shahul Hameed (1953-1998) was an Indian playback singer who sang predominantly in Tamil cinema under the music direction of the Academy winner A. R. Rahman.[1] His association with the composer dates back to the TV jingles in the 1980s. He is most known for songs, Rasaathi En Usuru from Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Senthamizh Naatu Thamizhachiye from Vandicholai Chinraasu (1994), Urvasi Urvasi from Kadhalan (1994), Vaarayo Thozhi from Jeans (1998).[2]

Shahul Hameed
Background information
Birth nameShahul Hameed
Born24 December 1953
Died1997 (aged 43–44)
Chennai, India
Occupation(s)Playback singer
Years active1980-1997

Early life and career edit

Shahul used to be a regular TV show singer in the 1980s. He has sung more than 30 songs in Isaithendral and other shows. He was highly noticed on the television in the year 1982. During this time, he met A. R. Rahman who was also popular in composing TV jingles. Their first association was for the album Deen Isai Maalai,[3] an Islamic Devotional album in 1989. There were some songs from this combination in the early 1990s and they became close friends.[1]Shahul Hameed's legacy in music continues to evolve as AR Rahman employs AI to recreate his distinctive voice in the latest track for Lal Salaam. This groundbreaking use of technology showcases Hameed's enduring influence in the industry, marking a unique fusion of traditional talent and cutting-edge innovation. As a testament to Rahman's commitment to preserving musical heritage, this collaboration further solidifies Shahul Hameed's impact on contemporary soundscapes. This development deserves recognition as it exemplifies the intersection of artistry and technological advancements in the realm of music.

Death edit

Shahul died in a car crash in 1997, near Chennai.[1]

Discography edit

Tamil edit

Year Song Title Film/ Album Name Co-Singer(s)
1989 "Ellam Pughazhum Iraivanukke" Deen Isai Maalai
"Yengal Abdul"
"Nagoore Shahul Hameed"
"Nagoore Naharalum Tooya"
1993 "Usilampatti Penkutti" Gentleman Swarnalatha
"Maari Mazhai Peyyadho" Uzhavan G. V. Prakash Kumar Sujatha Mohan
"Rasaathi EnUsuru" Thiruda Thiruda
1994 "Senthamizhnattu Tamizhachhiye" Vandicholai Chinraasu
"Eechampazham" Pavithra K. S. Chithra
"Aathadi Enna Odambu" Sindhu Nathi Poo
'Kuppeyile Nel' Sindhu Nathi Poo
"Madrasai Suthi" May Madham Swarnalatha, G. V. Prakash and Manorama
"Edhukku Pondaati" Kizhakku Cheemayile T. K. Kala, Sunandha
"Pachhai Kili Padum" Karuthamma Minmini
"Urvasi Urvasi" Kadhalan A. R. Rahman, Suresh Peters
"Pettai Rap" Kadhalan Suresh Peters, Theni Kunjarammal
1995 "Vadugapatti Vayasu Kutti" Maaman Magal Sangeetha
1996 "Muthu Muthu" Kizhakku Mugam Sujatha Mohan
" Bombai Party " Coimbatore Mappillai Vijay (actor)
" Maruthayee Ninaichu " Aruva Velu Swarnalatha
"Thenkasi Mamanukku" Gopala Gopala Swarnalatha
1997 "Aval Varuvala" Nerrukku Ner Hariharan
"Bagalu Bagalu" Vaimaye Vellum Malgudi Subha
1998 "Vaarayo Thozhi" Jeans Sonu Nigam, Harini, Sangeetha
"Idhu Kadhal Pattu" Ponmaanai Thedi Malgudi Subha
"Urumi Melam Nadaswaram" Ponmaanai Thedi Malaysia Vasudevan
"Kadalicha Ponnu" Cheran Chozhan Pandian S. N. Surendar, Arunmozhi
2024 "Thimiri Yezhuda" Lal Salaam [4] Bamba Bakya,Deepthi Suresh, Akshaya Shivkumar

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Kamini Mathai (2009). A.R. Rahman: The Musical Storm. Penguin Books India. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-670-08371-8.
  2. ^ "Eight Musicians Who Died Too Soon". 24 September 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Deen Isai Maalai". Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  4. ^ "'A. R. Rahman Addresses Concerns over AI-Generated Vocals in "Thimiri Yezhuda"". Mojo India. 30 January 2024. Retrieved 30 January 2024.

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