Kishore Kumar

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Kishore Kumar
Abhas Kumar Ganguly

(1929-08-04)4 August 1929
Died13 October 1987(1987-10-13) (aged 58)
Other namesKishore Da
  • Playback singer
  • actor
  • music director
  • lyricist
  • film producer
  • film director
  • screenwriter
  • composer[1]
Years active1946–1987
Notable workAs an actor -
RelativesSee Ganguly family
See Mukherjee-Samarth family
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, Piano[11]

Kishore Kumar (born Abhas Kumar Ganguly; audio speaker iconpronunciation ; 4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987) was an Indian playback singer and actor.[12] He is widely regarded as one of the greatest, most influential and dynamic singers in the history of Indian music.[13][14] He was one of the most popular singers in the Indian subcontinent, notable for his yodeling and ability to sing songs in different voices.[15] He used to sing in different genres but some of his rare compositions, considered classics, were lost in time.[16][17][18] According to his brother and legendary actor Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar was successful as a singer because his "voice hits the mike, straight, at its most sensitive point".[19]

Besides Hindi, he sang in many other Indian languages, including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Odia and Urdu.[20] He also released a few non-film albums in multiple languages, especially in Bengali, which are noted as all-time classics.[21]

He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category.[21] He was awarded the Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1985.

In 1997, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated an award called the "Kishore Kumar Award" for contributions to Hindi cinema. In 2012, his unreleased last song sold for 15.6 lakh at the Osian's Cinefan Auction in New Delhi.[22][23][24]

References[change | change source]

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  3. "5 Kishore Kumar's Songs Will Push You To Get On The Dance Floor". 17 June 2020.
  4. Bhasin, Shriya. "On Kishore Kumar's death anniversary, listen to these 10 evergreen songs by the irreplaceable gem". India TV News. Retrieved 20 April 2022.[permanent dead link]
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  6. "Kishore Kumar's top songs with yodeling". IWM Buzz. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  7. "Top 10 Kishore Kumar's Classic Rock Songs!". IWMBuzz. 6 May 2020.
  8. "Classical Kishore: 10 Songs Of The Legendary Singer Based On Indian Ragas". 5 September 2017.
  9. Sharma, Devesh (4 August 2016). "Kishore Kumar's best comic songs". Filmfare. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  10. "KISHORE KUMAR RABINDRA SANGEET Music Playlist: Best KISHORE KUMAR RABINDRA SANGEET MP3 Songs on". Gaana. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  11. Courtney, David. "Biography of Kishore Kumar". Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  12. Valicha, Kishor (1 April 2001). Kishore Kumar: The Definitive Biography (1st ed.). Mumbai: Penguin Books. ISBN 0140278222. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  13. Trivedi, Hiten J. (17 January 2017). "A heartfelt tribute on Kishore Kumar's 87th birthday - The Man for all seasons". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  14. *"Remembering Kishore Kumar: Unforgettable Jewels from India’s Greatest Playback Singer"
  15. "Kishore Kumar inspired Ayushmann Khurrana to attempt 'Dream Girl'". Free Press Journal. IANS. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  16. Vittal, Balaji; Bhattacharjee, Anirudha (7 August 2018). "Lost in the winds: Kishore Kumar's unsung ventures". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  17. ANI (4 August 2017). "Kishore Kumar is always missed: Lata Mangeshkar on his birth anniversary". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  18. "Kishore Kumar, whose birthday falls today, eclipsed even his greatest contemporaries in Bollywood". Tribuneindia News Service. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  19. Bharatan, Raju (13 October 2000). "Movies: Remembering Kishore Kumar". Archived from the original on 12 November 2005. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  20. News Desk. "Kishore Kumar Birth Anniversary: Some Weird Facts You Must Know About The Romantic Singer". Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Kishore Kumar: Movies, Photos, Videos, News, Biography & Birthday". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  22. Sinha, Meenakshi (4 August 2012). "Kishore's last song fetches Rs 15.6 lakh at Delhi auction". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  23. "Kishore Kumar song rights, Umrao Jaan ring in vintage cinema auction". Business Line. PTI. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  24. "Kishore Kumar's last song to be auctioned". 5 July 2012. Archived from the original on 23 May 2018.