A tribute to the legendary singer Kishore Kumar
By Geetanjalee Ghosh
| Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 15:14
New Delhi: Legendary Indian singer Kishore Kumar was a multi talented person, who was born on August 4. Today we are celebrating the 87th birthday of Abhaas Kumar Ganguly, who is popularly known as Kishore Kumar or Kishore Da.
Kishore Kumar was also the younger brother of Ashok Kumar who was fondly known as Dadamoni and was an icon of Indian cinema. Kishore Kumar shifted to Mumbai which gradually made him interested in films and music.
Though Kishore Kumar did not take any formal training in music, he was enormously inspired by KL Saigal's voice and considered him as his idol. But with time, Kishore Kumar developed his own style which made his songs evergreen.
Kishore Kumar made his debut as singer wth the song 'Chhota sa ghar hoga' in the movie 'Naukri' which was scored by Salil Chaudhary. The movie was directed by Bimal Roy's directorial and Kishore Kumar played the lead role in the movie.
Mohammad Rafi who was known for Dev Anand's on-screen voice was replaced by Kishore Kumar 'Munimji' and then there was no looking back for him.
Kishore Kumar was one of the graetest contributor to the Golden Age of Indian music. Kishore sung for Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and many more stars.
On his 87th birthday, here a list of his most popular songs,which made him singer of all time.
In the year 1962, Kishore Kumar made a record by singing in both male and female voices in 'Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe Jaise Katariya' for the movie 'Half Ticket'. He sang instead of Lata Mangeshkar who was unable to sing for some reason. Salil Chowdhury scored the music for this movie.
In 1969, RD Burman gave Kishore Kumar chance to sing two songs for 'Aradhana' that brought him enormous sucesss. The two songs were 'Rrop Tera Mastana' and 'Mera Sapno Ki Rani', 'Roop Tera Mastana' fetched him a Filmfare award.
Kishore Kumar even sung some playful songs like 'Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin', this song is from the movie 'Jawani Diwani' that was released in 1972.
Kishore Kumar was the ‘king of improvisation’ which he proved every well in the song, 'Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singaar'. In this song he had to collaborate with Manna De, there were rumours that De was not ready to sing the song because Manna De sung for Mahmud and Kishore sung for Suniel Dutt. As per the song, Kishore Kumar would win against Manna De, which disappointed Manna De because he had to lose the battle against an untrained singer.
But the differences were soon mended when Manna De and Kishore Kumar together sung 'Ye Doosti hum Nahi' for Jai (Amitabh bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) in the movie Shoolay.
It is said that Kishore Kumar was somewhat scared to sing classical influenced songs so he asked RD Burman to record Lata Mangeshkar’s version of 'Mera Naina Sawan Bhadon' so that he could learn from it.
The list of Kishore Kumar’s songs is never ending. On the 87th birthday we salute this evergreen singer of all time!