Sudha Malhotra

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Sudha Malhotra
Born (1936-11-30) 30 November 1936 (age 78)
New Delhi
Genres Playback
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor
Years active 1954–1982

Sudha Malhotra (born 30 November 1936) is an Indian playback singer. She also acted in some Bollywood films and as a play singer worked in popular Bollywood movies in the 1950s and 60s, like Arzoo, Dhool Ka Phool, Ab Dilli Door Nahin, Girl Friend, Barsat Ki Raat, Didi, Kala Pani, Prem Rog, Dekh Kabira Roya. She was last heard in Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog (1982) in the song Yeh Pyar tha ya kuch aur tha.[1] Apart from Hindi songs Sudha sang many popular Marathi songs (Bhavgeet) with Arun Date.

She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2013.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sudha Malhotra was born in New Delhi and grew up in Lahore, Bhopal and Firozpur. She did her graduation in music from Agra University.[3]


Sudha Malhotra was discovered as a child artiste by Ghulam Haider (a prominent music director of the 1940s). She debuted in the movie Arzoo.[1] She retired from film industry in 1960, following her marriage with businessman Giridhar Motwani (whose family owned the Chicago Radio Mike Company). She recorded for a few albums in the following years, including for Jagjit Singh's In a Mood of Love. She also sang for Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog in 1982.

Some of her popular Marathi songs are (Bhavgeet) - Shukratara Mandwara, Haat Tuza Haataat, Divas Tujhe he Fulayche all duets with Arun Date. She has sung 264 songs in 155 films.[4]



  1. ^ a b Notes from the past The Tribune, October 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Sudha Malhotra
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