Kishore Kumar: The irreplaceable Voice that cannot be forgotten

Remembering the Legendary Kishore Kumar on his Death Anniversary

The immensely talented Kishore Kumar successfully impressed large audiences by his multifaceted career as a playback singer, actor, director, screen writer and producer. Kumar owing to his melodious voice and versatility is remembered as one of the greatest singers in the history of Indian cinema.  Kishore Kumar won eight Film Fare Awards as the best male Play back singer besides setting a record of wining numerous awards in this category. The extraordinary Kishore Kumar rendered numerous songs in Hindi films besides singing in other languages such as Marathi, Assamese, Kannada, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Odia. Born on 4th August 1929 Kishore Kumar owing to his extraordinary singing capabilities emerged as the one of the best singers in India despite having no formal training in singing. Kishore Kumar was born into a Bengali family as Abhas Kumar Ganguly and later changed his name to Kishore Kumar after singing as a chorus singer for Bombay Talkies. Kumar’s brother Ashok Kumar was also working for the Bombay Talkie at that time. Kishore Kumar was very much fascinated by K. L Saigal and looked up to him as his Guru. Kishore Kumar drew inspiration from Saigal’s work and this even reflected from his own style of singing.

Here are some interesting facts about the late Kishore Kumar

  • It is believed that the idea behind the song Paanch Rupyia Barah Aana came from Kishore Kumar’s own experience of owing money to his college canteen in Indore.
  • Kishore Kumar had a Sign board placed at the door step of his Warden road flat which read beware of Kishore Kumar.
  • It is said that once director producer H.S. Rawail on his visit to Kumar’s house stretched out his hand to Kumar for a handshake. To Rawil’s astonishment Kumar bit his hand saying have you not read the sign board Beware of Kishore Kumar.
  • Music director Bappi Lahiri’s is Kishore Kumar’s nephew.
  • Film Anand was initially offered to Kishore and Mehmood by Hrishikesh Mukherjee but eventually became an epic starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.
  • Kishore Kumar had always been an ardent admirer of Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton and his unique style of yodeling was very much inspired by these two gentlemen.
  • In 1950 Kishore Kumar got married to singer- actress Ruma Guha Thakurta and both of them were blessed with son Amit Kumar in 1952. In 1958 the marriage ended up in divorce amidst rumors that Kishore Kumar wanted his wife to become a housewife against her wishes.
  • Kishore Kumar got married to Madubala in 1960 however the marriage ended with her death in 1969.
  • Kishore Kumar married the third time in 1976 to Yogeeta Bali but unfortunately the marriage lasted for only two years.
  • Kishore Kumar once again married Leena Chandavarkar and they both were blessed with a son before Kumar’s sad demise in 1987.

The irreplaceable Kishore Kumar has inspired many generations of singers and many renowned singers in the Indian Subcontinent admit to have borrowed a little from his style of singing. It is obvious that many singers have emulated Kishore Kumar in all these years not only in India but also in Pakistan. Kishore Kumar left millions of his admirers grieved due to his untimely death on 13th October 1987 on account of cardiovascular disease. He shall always be remembered for his irreplaceable voice and extraordinary singing capabilities.



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