Indian singer Shamshad Begum's songs had lives of their own

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NEW DELHI -- Legendary Indian singer Shamshad Begum has died. She was 94.

The singer had been unwell for some time, her daughter Usha Ratra told the Press Trust of India news agency Wednesday. She died late Tuesday in Mumbai. No independent confirmation was immediately possible.

Ms. Begum's funeral, held Wednesday, was attended by family and a few friends, Ratra told PTI. The singer had lived with her daughter and son-in-law since her husband's death in the 1950s.

Ms. Begum began her singing career on radio in 1947, and her pure voice touched the hearts of many listeners. She became one of the Indian movie industry's first playback singers, with well-known actresses lip-syncing to her songs. The industry's best-known music directors vied to get her to sing for them.

Her songs from the 1950s to the early 1970s are still popular and continue to be remixed by music directors today.

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