Remembering Kishoreda : A Legend

He was one of the most versatile and talented singers born in India.Inspite of not having any formal training in classical music he was very successful in the Indian Film Industry because of his voice and the ability to alter it according to the actor he was singing for.He was also one of those few singers who was adept at yodeling which he practised by listening to some records of Jimmie Rodgers.

His first song was “Marne Ki Duayen Kyun Mangun” for the film “Ziddi“. He also acted in some films the well known ones being ” Chalti ka naam Gaadi“, “Half Ticket“, ” Padosan“. He was the youngest of four siblings one of the being Ashok Kumar who was a well known actor.Music director S.D. Burman is credited with spotting Kishore Kumar’s talent as a singer. Some of their initial songs were ” Mana Janaab Ne Pukara Nahi” from “Paying Guest“, “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si” from ” Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi“. The renowned singer Asha Bhosle has sung many duets with him.They include “Chod Do Anchal” from “Paying Guest“, “Ankhon Mein Kya Ji” from “Nau Do Gyarah“, “Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka” and “Panch Rupaiya Baarah Aana” from “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi“.

Kishore Kumar has sung for all leading actors in the 70s and 80s including Dev Anand,Sanjeev KumarRajesh Khanna,Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra,Jeetendra,Shashi Kapoor,Rishi Kapoor,Mithun Chakraborty,Sanjay Dutt,Sunny Deol,Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff.

The Music Directors Kishore Kumar has worked with are ” S.D.Burman“,”R.D. Burman“, “C. Ramchandra“, “Shankar Jaikishen“, “Laxmikant-Pyarelal“,”Rajesh Roshan“,”Sapan Chakravarty” ,”Bappi Lahiri” and “Ravindra Jain.He has sung any many Indian Languages : Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Gujurati, Kannada,Assamese,Malayalam and Oriya.

Sadly he left this world all too soon at the age of 58.He is survived by 2 sons Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar.It is not everyday that a singer like him is born.His songs will always remain in our heart.

Some of my favourites include:

 

Song

Film

1

Phoolon Ke Rang Se

Prem Pujari

2

Aa Chal Ke Tujhe

Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein

3

Mere Sapne Wali

Padosan

4

Ek Chatur Naar

Padosan

5

Ghunghroo Ki Tarah

Chor Machaye Shor

6

Mere Naina

Mehbooba

7

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

Blackmail

8

Chookar Mere Man Ko

Yaarana

 

Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan

Yaarana

9

Khaike Paan Benaraswala

Don

10

Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si

Aanamika

11

Zindagi Ka Safar

Safar

12

Tum Aagaye Ho

Aandhi

13

Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz

Kora Kaagaz

14

Ruk Jaana Nahi

Imtihaan

15

Bhool Gaya Sab Kuch

Julie

16

Chingari Koi Bhadke

Amar Prem

17

Mere Sapnon Ki Rani

Aaradhana

18

Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina

Abhimaan

19

Geet Gata Hoon Main

Lal Pathar

20

Koi Hota Jisko Apna

Mere Apne

21

Gata Rahe Mera Dil

Guide

22

Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi

Mr. X In Bombay

23

Yeh Shaam Mastani

Kati Patang

24

O Hansini

Zehreela Insaan

25

Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet

Chalte Chalte

26

Rimjhim Gire Saawan

Manzil

27

Ek Ajnabi Haseena Se

Ajnabee

28

Aanewala Pal

Golmaal

29

Nadiya Se Dariya

Namak Haraam

30

O Mere Dil Ke Chain

Mere Jeevan Sathi

31

Chala Jaata Hoon

Mere Jeevan Sathi

32

Deewana Leke Aaya hai

Mere Jeevan Sathi

33

Ina Mina Dika

Asha

34

Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara

Jewel Thief

35

Mana Janab Ne

Paying Guest

36

Aapki Ankhon Mein Kuch

Ghar

37

Yeh Raatein Yeh Mausam

Dilli Ka Thug

38

Who Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi

Khamoshi

39

Dekha Ek khwab To

Silsila

40

Neele Neele Ambar Par

Kalakaar

41

O Saathi Re

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

42

Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan

Pyar Ka Mausam

43

Khilte Hain Gul Yahan

Sharmilee

44

Hum Bewafa

Shalimar

45

Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam

Sanam Teri Kasam

46

Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka

Aa Gale Lag Jaa

47

Jeevan Ke Din Chote Sahi

Bade Dilwale

48

Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka

Hare Rama Hare Krishna

49

Koi Humdum Na Raha

Jhumroo

50

Kiska Rasta Dekhe

Joshila

51

Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai

Kaalia

52

Tum Saath Ho Jab Apne

Kaalia

53

Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna

Kudrat

54

Aapke Kamre Mein

Yaadon Ki Baarat

55

Lekar Hum

Yaadon Ki Baarat

56

Om Shanti Om

Karz

57

Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain

Sharabi

58

Humein Aur Jeene Ki

Agar Tum Na Hote

59

Yeh Duniyawale Poochenge

Mahal

60

Kya Mausam Hai

Doosra Aadmi

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