|Born||December 5, 1919|
|Died||November 4, 1991 (aged 71)|
|Genres||Sri Lankan music|
|Years active||1934 – 1991|
Mohideen Baig (1919–1991) was a popular Sri Lankan musician. He was a Muslim who moved to Sri Lanka from Salem in Tamil Nadu, India. Baig's son, Ishak is also a singer but not so popular in Sri Lanka like his father was. Baig has dueted with H. R. Jothipala, G.S.B. Rani Perera, Latha Walpola, Sujatha Attanayake and Jamuna Rani among others. He was also the only Sri Lankan to duet with Lata Mangeshkar.
Even though he was not a Buddhist, Baig sang a lot of Buddhism theme songs. Because of his ethnic and linguistic background, he was considered as one of the influential multicultural/"multi-religious" figures in the Sri Lankan art history.
Life and career
Baig was born in Tamil Nadu, India and migrated to Sri Lanka in 1932. Baig recorded his first song 'Karuna Muhude Namu Gileela' as a duet with K. K. Rajaluckshmi in 1934. He debuted as a playback singer in 1947 in the second Sinhalese film Ashokamala.
Baig achieved fame singing songs like "Buddhang Saranang," "Maya," "Girihel Mudune," "Adara Nadiya Gala," "Pem Mal Mala," "Wella Simbina Rella," "Anna Sudo," "Thaniwai Upanne," and "Loke Sihinayak Wageya." In 1956 S.W.R.D. Bandaranayake gave him a "distinguished citizenship." Baig's popularity led to appearances at distinguished events like the first Independence Day Ceremony and the 1974 Non-Aligned Summit.
Baig won the Kalashoori Award in 1983 and 1987.
- Hindustan Times. "Lanka Govt honours South Indian playback singer". Hindustan Times. Retrieved November 13, 2006.
- Sunday Observer. "Glittering and memorable musical show". Sunday Observer. Retrieved November 13, 2006.
- "Baig family begs for justice". Daily Mirror. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-13.