Musical maestro without any lesson: Honouring Kishore Kumar on his 30th death anniversary

Eccentric, disciplined, versatile, genius, simple, icon, God of music, all-rounder, the adjectives for him could go on and on, but we couldn’t even begin to understand the musical genius Kishore Kumar was. On his 30th death anniversary, let’s go back to the golden years of Bollywood and reminiscence his musical brilliance. 

Kishore Kumar, born on August 4, 1929, and died on October 13, 1987, was an Indian playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter. He was born in a Bengali family in Khandwa, Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh) as Abhas Kumar Ganguly. His father, Kunjalal Ganguly (Gangopadhyay) was a lawyer and his mother, Gouri Devi came from a wealthy Bengali family.

He is considered one of the most successful playback singers in the Hindi film industry. Apart from Hindi, he sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Odia, and Urdu. Kishore Kumar never formally learnt music, but his riyaaz comprised listening endlessly to Kundan Lal Saigal, another natural genius, and yet Kishore never imitated him once after he turned singer himself.

He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in this category. He was awarded the Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Madhya Pradesh government in the year 1985-86. In the year 1997, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated an award called the Kishore Kumar Award as a contribution to Hindi cinema. Recently, Kishore Kumar’s unreleased last song was sold for ₹ 15.6 lakh (1.56 million) at the Osian’s Cinefan Auction, New Delhi in 2012.

Let’s look at his five best masterpieces in Bollywood.

Here are his 5 famous songs:

1. Ek Ladki Bhigi Bhaagi Si: from the film Chalti Ka Naam Gadi

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2. Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina: From the film Abhimaan

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3. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai: From the film Kati Patang

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4. Khilte Hain Gul Yahan: From the film Sharmeelee

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5. Yeh Kya Hua Kaise Hua: From the film Amar Prem

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