Young Geeta Roy, migrated from Faridpur in East Bengal to Mumbai (Bombay in those days). She was just 16 year old when veteran composer Pandit Hanuman Prasad spotted the magic in her voice. Geeta practicing her “Riaaz” is seen here.
No other female playback singer would have achieved the heights of popularity which Geeta Roy did in the first three years of her career. After making debut in 1946, in the next coming three years she sang close to one hundred songs per year. Here we see young Geeta performing for a group of composers, lyricists, musicians and others. Her father is seated behind her.
A melodious and talented singer with grace, beauty and charm! No wonder she was popular among her fans.
Meena Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Roy (from Left to right) were good friends in those days.
Geeta Roy and young struggling director met on the sets of Baazi (1951) and fell in love. Later Guru Dutt made Baaz (1953) in association with actress Geeta Bali. Here we see Geeta Bali and Geeta Roy on the set of Baaz.
She was very popular and ruled the female playback singing from 1947 till 1949. Even in the early fifties she was one among the top three singers. Here is a sketch of her made by none other than the famous artist R K Laxman!
Dev Anand was a close friend of Guru Dutt who is seen in this pic with Johny Walker, Guru Dutt and Geeta Dutt.
The occasion seem to be some kind of “pooja” being performed on buying a new car! On the left side we have actor Rashid Khan and Geeta Bali (leaning on the car). On the right side we see playback singer Mohammed Rafi (who sang for Guru Dutt in most of his films), Guru Dutt and Geeta sitting down. What a lovely pic with smiles all over!
Geeta Dutt , lyricist Bharat Vyas and Kishore Kumar recording for a song.
Geeta Dutt during a recording in London at BBC radio station, indicating her popularity!
Geeta sang some amazing songs for Geeta Bali and Shyama, even before they acted in Guru Dutt’s films. Here is a pic of Shyama , Guru Dutt and Geeta Dutt.
Geeta rehearsing a song with her brother composer Mukul Roy.
Geeta Dutt singing in some musical concert.
Composer O P Nayyar gave Geeta some of her most popular and melodious songs. Here we see Mohd Rafi and Geeta Dutt with him during the recording of one of such songs. Incidentally, among her duets, Geeta sang maximum (more than 160) songs with the one and only one Mohd Rafi.
Composer duo Shankar Jaikishen did not work much with Geeta Dutt for some unknown reasons. Here is a rare pic of Geeta singing for them for a Raj Kapoor film along with RK himself and Lata Mangeshkar. The song “Hum bhi hai, tum bhi ho” is a group song with Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey and chorus for the film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960).
Geeta Dutt reading a magazine dedicated to music!
A singer, a proud mother and a good cook too! Geeta Dutt in her kitchen in a rare photo!
Geeta Dutt posing for a cassette cover, what a grace and poise this lady has. Wow!
Geeta Dutt and Mohd Rafi during recording of duet “Hum aap ki aankhon mein” from Pyaasa (1957).
A rare pic of the mentor S D Burman with his protege Geeta and her husband Guru Dutt, taken at the premier of the film Kaagaz Ke Phool.
Geeta Dutt and Mohd Rafi in London staying at a family’s place. The smile on her face is so radiant!
Geeta Dutt with co-singer Talat Mahmood, the photo taken in a car.
Geeta Dutt Guru Dutt with their pet and daughter Neena.
Geeta Dutt seeing photo of Guru Dutt after his untimely death in 1964.
Geeta Dutt with Neena.
Geeta Dutt acting in Bengali film Badhu Baran with Pradeep Kumar and Raakhi.
Movie Mughal K Asif, Meena Kumari and Geeta Dutt in the year 1969. The party was hosted by Asif when he re-started the shooting of his film “Love and God”. This film had Guru Dutt as the leading star earlier. After his death, Sanjeev Kumar was chosen to play the role. Young Sanjeev Kumar is also seen in the pic.
Tarun and Arun remembering their mother after she left us in the year 1972.
Most of the photos used in this blog are collected from various resources on the internet including those from the book “Geeta Dutt: The Skylark” with permission from the author Haimanti Bannerji. We sincerely thank all the contributors, specially our friend Shashank Chickermane for these wonderful and rare photos of Geeta ji.