Pushpa Hans
Born30 November 1917
Fazilka, Punjab, British India
Died9 December 2011(2011-12-09) (aged 94)
Playback singer
Known forHindi and Punjabi songs and films
SpouseHans Raj Chopra
Parent(s)Ratan Lal Kapoor
Janak Rani Kapoor
AwardsPadma Shri
Punjabi Bhushan Award
Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award

Pushpa Hans Kapoor (1917–2011) was an Indian playback singer and actor of the Hindi and Punjabi film industries in the 1940s and 1950s. She was known for her songs in the 1950 Hindi film, Sheesh Mahal and her acting in the 1949 film Apna Desh.[1] She was a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian award of the Padma Shri.[2]


Hans was born on 30 November 1917 at Fazilka in Punjab of the British India to Ratan Lal Kapoor, a lawyer and Janak Rani Kapoor.[2] Her schooling was at the local school in Fazilka, after which she studied classical music at Patwardhan Gharana of Lahore from where she graduated in music. She started her career at the Lahore station of the All India Radio and subsequently entered film industry as a playback singer. Later, she also acted in many Hindu films, notably in Apna Desh, a 1949 Hindi film directed by renowned filmmaker, V. Shantaram.[3]

The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honor of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to cinema.[4] She received two more awards the same year, Punjabi Bhushan Award and Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award.[1]

Pushpa Hans, who was married to Hans Raj Chopra, a colonel in the Indian Army, died on 9 December 2011.[1]

Selected songs

Punjabi Songs

Hindi Songs

Awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ a b c "RIP Padamshree Pushpa Hans". United Love Punjab. 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Pushpa Hans Passes Away". Punjabi Portal. 10 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Apna Desh". Complete Index to World Film. 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.