Today’s Google doodle celebrates this golden-voiced son of India. The doodle has been created by noted illustrator Vidhya Nagarajan. Google is marking this anniversary with a doodle of the late maestro’s 114th birth anniversary.
Saigal, blessed with a sonorous voice and a unique song style, was Bollywood’s first legitimate ‘superstar’. He was an actor-singer, appeared in 36 films made in three languages, and sang 185 songs in his 15-plus-year career.
I was introduced to the KL Saigal’s songs by my school friend Shabbir Batliwalla. Being used to hearing Rafi Saab and Kishore Da, initially, I could not relate to this great singer’s voice but eventually came to like his singing. His song “Jab dil he toot gaya… is evergreen!