Born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on August 4, 1929, Kishore Kumar with his profound voice, exuberant energy and childlike zing went on to become an inspiration for millions of Indians. The legendary singer enthralled music lovers with his melodious voice and remained most active from 1949 till his death 1987.
Kishore Kumar Had No Formal Training in Music
Today we celebrate the legacy of Kishore Kumar and his immortal songs. However, this numero uno singer never had any formal training in music. Still, he picked up piano and played it very well. What’s more, in his career he showed proficiency in several musical styles.
He Started as a Chorus Singer for Bombay Talkies
At a very young age, Kishore Kumar became a chorus singer for Bombay Talkies. At 17, he got his first film “Shikari” and soon Khemchand Prakash hired him to sing a song in his film “Ziddi”. Then there came a moment when SD Burman who could sense Kishore Kumar’s singing talents. He persuaded him to develop his own style. Soon Kishore Kumar started using unusual techniques including yodeling.
Not Just a Playback Singer
The life of Kishore Kumar is exemplary because the legend was not only a playback singer but also a lyricist, a music director and an actor. What’s more, he was known for his comic roles in films and film direction. The last film in which he acted was 1980’s Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin.
He Was Also Pulled in Politics During Emergency, But He Declined
In 1970 during emergency, Kishore Kumar openly criticized Indira Gandhi. What’s more when Sanjay Gandhi asked him to sing for a Congress rally, and he refused, his songs were banned by All India Radio and Doordarshan. This boycott was a major setback to Kishore Kumar yet he remained determined on his stand.
Here let us celebrate the Brilliance of Kishore Kumar on His Birth Anniversary by his melodious and evergreen songs:
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
This 1973 song from Blackmail is still a love anthem
Tum Aa Gaye Ho
This song is a duet with Lata Mangeshkar from 1975 film Aandhi. It is picturized on Sanjeev Kumar. The music is composed by RD Burman
Gaata Rahe Mera Dil
Dev Anand on screen and playback singing by Kishore Kumar, this song is one of the classics in the history of Indian Cinema
Jaane Kaise Kab Kahan
Picturized on Amitabh Bachchan and Smita in the 1982 film Shakti, this song is widely popular even till today
Raat Kali Ek Khwaab
No matter how many songs come and go, Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mai Aayi still remains everybody’s favorite song from “Ra”. It is still popular among the players so what if it was released in 1971.
Aanewala Pal Jaanewala Hai from Golmaal is one of the songs for which Kishore da was famous for – melodious, soothing and meangingful!
Zindai Ek Safar Hai Suhana
None of Kishore Kumar Song List can ever be complete with this song from the movie Andaz. No wonder it has the yoodling effect – Kishore da’s signature style. He was also awarded Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
O Saathi Re
This famous song from 1980s Muqaddar Ka Sikandar picturized on Amitabh Bachchan was sung by Kishore da. It was said that there came a time when Kishore Kumar refused to lent his voice to Bachchan Senior.
Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se
We have heard the remix version of this song, but nothing can ever beat the original son sung by Kishore da and picturized on Rajesh Khanna.
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
The Copywriters, Flirts, romeos still cannot get over this magical song from Chalti Ka Naam Gadi.
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