Nirmala Devi was born on 7 June 1927, in the city of Banares, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Vasdev Prashad Singh, was a jeweller and owned a prosperous business in the city. Her mother, Kusum Devi, was a traditional housewife.
A gifted singer from a young age, she accompanied her father to Bombay, at the age of 15 to record her first album with the premier music company of that time, His Master’s Voice (HMV). While in the city the pair attended a party, where they were introduced to the then popular actor Aroon. Nirmala and Aroon married later in that year, 1942, and went on to have six children, including Indian film star/actor Govinda and film director Kirti Kumar.
Nirmala Devi died on 15 June 1996, at the age of 69, in Mumbai.
Play Back Singer
Credited as Nirmala
- Savera (1942)
Credited as Nirmala Devi
- Bawarchi (1972) - performer: "Kahhey Kanha Karat Barjori"
Main Lead - credited as Nirmala
Genre - Hindustani Classical - Music Label - HMV (His Master's Voice Ltd, now known as SAREGAMA, India)
- Banaa Banaa Ke Tamanaa & Gham Ki Nishani (Ghazal)
- Jaadu Bhare Tore Nainava Ram & Mori Baali Umar Beeti Jaye (Thumri)
- Saavan Beetaa Jaye (Thumri) (With Ms Laxmi Shankar, contemporary singer)
- Weekend Pleasure (Thumri)
- Thumriyan by Nirmala Devi (Thumri)
- Laakhon Ke Bol Sahe (Thumri)
- Ghazals by Nirmala Devi (Ghazal)
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