Suman Kalyanpur is an Indian singer. She was born on January 28, 1937 in Dhaka, British India. In 1943, her family moved to Mumbai, where she received her musical training. She is married to Ramanand S. Kalyanpur. 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.
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.
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. Suman Kalyanpur's popular songs are here goes, which were always branded Lataji's name on them by mistake by music fans. 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 almost similar to Lata Mangeshkar's at times.
"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)
"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.