|Date of Birth
||1st February 1949
|Place of Birth
Anwar Hussain, known more by his first name "Anwar", is a playback singer who rose to prominence in the Hindi playback industry because of the uncanny resemblance of his voice with that of singer Mohammed Rafi.
Anwar was born in Mumbai in 1949; his father was an accomplished harmonium player and an assistant music director to the famed Ghulam Haider. He was classically trained by Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan, incidentally same musical academy that produced the legendary playback singer Mahendra Kapoor. Anwar started singing Mohammad Rafi songs at various concerts. It was during one of those musical shows that Anwar was spotted by the music director Kamal Rajasthani, who gave him a chance to sing for his film Mere Gharib Nawaz. The song was Kasme Hum Apni Jaan Ki. Mohammad Rafi personally acclaimed and congratulated Anwar. Very few people know that Anwar is step brother of Arshad Warsi and noted actress of its time Asha Sachdev.
In 1977, comedian Mehmood and music director Rajesh Roshan hired Anwar to sing for Film Janta Hawaldar, the songs Teri Aankhon Ki Chahat, and Humse Ka Bhool Hui, were picturised on famous actor Rajesh Khanna. Both the film and song were super hit; hence Anwar started getting work and recognition.
Music Director Kamal Rajasthani relates that during the recording sessions of song Kasme Hum Apno Jaan Ki, Mohammed Rafi was so impressed that he described Anwar as the one singer who could take his place after him.
Anwar sang duets alongside the majestic playback singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle to Alka Yagnik, under music directors Khayyam, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji to Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik and present Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen. In a career span stretching over thirty years, Anwar sang a variety of songs including filmi songs, classical songs and contemporary ghazals, bhajans, qawwali, and Sufi songs.
When the remix revolution started making inroads into the bollywood music industry, Anwar got bored of the music being churned out and took a break from playback singing and settled in the United States of America, concentrating on live stage performances. However, he later returned to Mumbai.
In 2004 Anwar composed an album called "Meri Aashiqui Se Pehle" broadcasted on popular RKB show of Sahara Channel. All the songs in the album were mesmerising so much so that one would sense the magic of Mohammad Rafi and appreciate Anwar's talent.
Presently Anwar is busy performing live concerts, cutting albums and occasionally when suitable playback singing. In 2006, Anwar recorded a Sufi song for music director Dilip Sameer Sen in film Kabhi Pyar kiya. His latest release album is Tohfa. He sung "Yun Zaher Zindagi Ka Piye Ja Raha Hoon Main.." is a classic and let you remember Rafi. This song has real touch of Anwar.