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Reminiscing Kishore Kumar on His 88th Birthday

Reminiscing Kishore Kumar on His 88th Birthday
August 04
13:39 2017

NET Bureau, Pallabi Dutta Baruah

Legendary singer Kishore Kumar was one of the voices that gave an immense depth and a completely different musical meaning to every human emotion. His songs brought life to any set of music or lyrics, his onscreen performance too created bliss amongst the people. Apart from being a versatile singer, this legend was also an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director and screenwriter and created history in the world of music. His songs are and will always be immortalized in the pages of the Bollywood music.

Besides possessing all the qualities of a musician, Kishore Kumar was also a master in Yodeling. Inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton, he made yodeling in songs like ‘Zindegi ek Safar’ from ‘Andaz’, ‘Chala Jata Hoon Kisi Ki Dhoon Mein’ from ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, ‘Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara’ from ‘Jewel Thief’, and many more.

Though he had no formal training in singing, yet the versatile singer has won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record of winning the most number of Filmfare Awards in that category till date. He was also awarded “The Lata Mangeshkar Award” by the Madhya Pradesh Government and from that year itself, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated a new award called “The Kishore Kumar Award” for contributions to the Hindi Cinema.

He gave melodious his voice in many Indian languages which includes Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Oriya, Kannada and Gujrati.

He was offered many assignments to act in films but as he was not serious about it, so he decided to settle in Mumbai and moved there in 1949. Later on after changing his mind, he acted for the first time and his first debut as an actor was Shikari (1946) in which Ashok Kumar was portrayed as the lead protagonist. His acting skills was clearly publicized in the films Chalti Ka Naam Gaari(1958), Padosan (1968), Half Ticket (1962) and Mr. X in Bombay (1964).  Music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kishore Kumar a chance to sing “Marne ki Duyaein Kyun Maangu” for the film Ziddi which was his first debut as a singer. His debt to an Indore College Canteen owing Rs. 5.75 inspired the composition of the song “Paanch Rupaiyya Barah Ana”.

Besides contributing his skills for the music lovers under the supervision of others, he also composed music for his home productions like Jhumroo (1961), Dur Gagan Ki Chaaon Mein (1964), Hum Do Daku (1967), Dur Ka Raahi (1971) and Zameen Aasmaan (1972).

Kishore Kumar was banned from Vividh Bharati and AIR when he opposed Indira Gandhi’s 20 point programme.

Kishore Kumar’s original name was Abhas Kumar Ganguly but to start his singing career, he later on changed his name to Kishore Kumar. Apart from his professional career, Kishore Kumar lived a puzzling life. He married four times and his first wife was a Bengali singer, the second was Madhubala who had worked with him on many films including his own work Chalti Ka Naam Gari (1958) and Jhumroo (1961), followed by Yogeeta Bali and then to Leena Chandavarkar.

On this 88th birth anniversary of the great marvel, his voice and control over music is still a fresh pleasure in the ears of the music lovers.


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