|Birth name||Suman Hemmady|
|Genres||Indian classical music, playback singing|
Suman Kalyanpur's first film song was a duet with Talat Mahmood in Darwaza (1954). Talat Mahmood heard Kalyanpur singing in a musical concert and was highly impressed by her singing. A rank newcomer, her career hit the big league when Talat agreed to sing the duet with her, making the film industry sit up and take notice of her.
She sang for the movie, Mangu (1954), Koi Pukare Dheere Se Tujhe. Kalyanpur provided playback singing for Miyan Bibi Razi (1960), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962), Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Dil Hi To Hai (1963), Shagoon (1964), Jahan Ara (1964), Sanjh Aur Sawera (1964), Noor Jahan (1967), Saathi (1968) and Pakeezah (1971). She sang for composers Shankar Jaikishan, Roshan, Madan Mohan, S. D. Burman, Hemant Kumar, Chitragupta, Naushad, S. N. Tripathi, Ghulam Mohammed, Kalyanji Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal singing the most songs for the first two in the list. She has sung over 740 movie and non-movie songs.
Suman’s first song in Marathi was the super-hit "Bhaatuklichaa khel maandila" for Vasant Prabhu, for the film Pasant Aahe Mulgi. After that she never looked back for over 20 years. Putra Vhawa Aisaa, Ekti, Manini and Annapoorna were but a few of her memorable films. But even outside films, her hits are legion and include over 50 timeless gems of Marathi films, bhavgeet and bhaktigeet.
Kalyanpur's popular songs
- "Na Tum Hamen Jano" (Baat Ek Raat Ki)
- "Chhodo, Chhodo Mori Baiyann" (Miya Biwi Razi)
- "Dil Gham Se Jal Raha" (Shama)
- "Yun Hi Dil Ne Chaha Tha" (Dil Hi To Hai)
- "Bujha Diye Hain" (Shagoon)
- "Mere Sang Ga" (Janwar)
- "Mere Mehboob Na Ja" (Noor Mahal)
- "Tum Agar Aa Sako To"' & "Zindagi Doob Gai Dard Ke Toofano Mein" (Ek Sal Pehle)
- "Zindagi imtehan leti hai " (film Naseeb)
- "Jo Ham Pe Guzarti Hai" (Mohabbat Isko Kehten Hain)
- "Sharabi Sharabi Yeh Sawan Ka Mausam" (Noor Jehan)
- "Behena Ne Bhai Ki Kalai Main" (Resham Ki Dori), for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award in 1975.
- "Aajkal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche" from Brahmachari, which was one of her most famous songs, is usually thought to be sung by Lata Mangeshkar but it was in fact sung by her. (The confusion results from the fact that the quality of her voice is similar to Lata Mangeshkar's at times).
- "Aansoo ki ek boond hoon main" from Ek Paheli (1971) shot on Tanuja & Feroze Khan is a compelling number. Both the versions are beautifully sung.
Kalyanpur sang with Lata Mangeshkar the duet "Kabhi Aaj, Kabhi Kal, Kabhi Parson" under the direction of composer Hemant Kumar. She recorded some popular duets with male singers Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, and Hemant Kumar. Some of her memorable duets with Rafi are "Parbaton Ke Pedon Par Shaam Ka Basera He", "Ajahuna Aye Balama", "Tumane Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aye", "Bad Muddat Ke Yeh Ghadi Ayee", "Mujhhe Yeh Bhool Na", "Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya", "Tujhko Dilbari Ki Kasam" and "Chand Takata Hai Idhar". With Manna Dey, she sang the popular duet "Na Jane Kahan Ham The" under the music direction of Dattaram. With Mukesh she has sung many popular duets like `Yeh Kisne geet chheda', "Akhiyon ka noor hai tu", "Mera Pyar bhi tu hai", "Dil ne phir yaad Kiya", "Shama se koi Kehde" etc.
Kalyanpur also recorded some memorable songs with a classical base, including "Manamohan Man Mein Ho Tumhi", "Mere Sang Gā Gunguna" and "Gir Gayi Re More Mathe Ki Bindiya". She received three times the prestigious "Sur Sringar Samsad" award for the best classical song in a Hindi movie.
Songs in other languages
Her recordings include devotional songs, ghazals and thumris.
In Marathi, Kalyanpur recorded for composers Sudhir Phadke, Dashrath Pujari, Kamlakar Bhagwat and Ashok Patki.
Well-known Marathi songs
- "Rimjhhim Jharati Shrāwan Dhara"
- "Shabda Shabda Japun Thhewa"
- "Re Kshanichya Sangateene Mi Ashi Bharawale"
- "Keshava Madhava Tuzya Namat Re Godawa"
- "Omkar Pradhan Roop Ganeshache"
- "Jethe Sagara Dharanee Milate"
- "Bhaktichya Phulancha Goad To Suwas"
- "Navika Re Vara Vahe Re"
- "Ketakichya Banee Tethe Nachala Ga Mor"
- "Yaa Laadkya Mulino".
- "Samadhi Gheun jayee dnyandev".
- "Mrudul Karani Chhedit Tara ".
Recently in Jan 2010 she has been awarded with prestigious Lata Mangeshkar Award by Government of Maharashtra.
- Suman Kalyanpur at the Internet Movie Database
- Suman Kalyanpur: voice of sweetness
- Portrait at Kamat's Potpourri
- Career Woman