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Immediately after the film ‘Mangu’, Suman sang 5 songs under the baton of composer ‘Nashaad’ for the film ‘Darwaza’ (1954), which was produced by Ismat Chugtai and directed by Shahid Lateef. Since ‘Darwaza’ released first, it is generally believed to be Suman Kalyanpur’s first Hindi film. In the same year (1954), Suman sang the film version of O.P.Nayyar’s hit ensemble song ‘Mohabbat Kar Lo Ji Bhar Lo Aji Kisne Roka Hai’ with Rafi and Geeta Dutt for the film ‘Aar Paar’. According to Suman, She had a couple of solo lines to sing and her services were used, more, as a chorus singer in this song. This proved to be the only song she ever sang for O.P.Nayyar.
Suman married a Mumbai based businessman Ramanand Kalyanpur in the year 1958 and thus, became Suman Kalyanpur from Suman Hemadi. Suman was at the peak of her career in the 1960s. She sang for almost all the ace composers of the time. Her voice and style of singing was so close to Lata Mangeshkar’s that whenever there was a rift between Lata and her composers or co-singers, Suman Kalyanpur was the one who benefitted from it. Her songs with Rafi recorded during that period especially proved to be big hits.
|with madan mohan & rafi|
With the arrival of a new generation of composers and singers in the 1970s, Suman Kalyanpur’s assignments gradually dwindled. The ensemble song ‘Rang Jama Ke Jayenge’ for the 1981 release ‘Naseeb’ proved to be her last released song. According to Suman, “the songs which I recorded after ‘Naseeb’ either remained unreleased or were released with another voice as my part had been dubbed by some other singer. I sang a solo and one duet with Mohammed Aziz in the Govinda starrer film ‘Love 86’. But when the film and its music released, the songs had Kavita Krishnamurthy singing them in my place. The same thing happened in Ketan Desai’s film ‘Alla-rakha’ with Anu Malik as the composer”.