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Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar (4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987) was a popular Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter. He sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Oriya, and Urdu. He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category. Along with Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi, he was one of the three leading male Bollywood playback singers from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. Abhas Kumar Ganguly was born in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh, to Kunjilal Ganguly, a Brahmin lawyer by profession, and Gouri Devi, both of whom came from wealthy landowning families. Kishore was the youngest in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok, Sati, & Anoop. While Kishore was still a child, his brother Ashok became a Bollywood actor. Later, Anoop also ventured into cinema with Ashok's help. Post Ashok Kumar's stardom, the Ganguly family shifted base to Mumbai. This was also the time when Abhas Kumar Ganguly changed his name to Kishore Kumar. His first venture into the big cinema career was as a chorus singer in the film "Bombay Talkies". His first film as an actor was in the film called "Shikari" which was released in the year 1946, wherein Ashok Kumar was the lead hero. In 1948, Kishore Kumar got a chance to sing the song "Marne Ki Duayen Kyon Mangu" for the film "Ziddi". After this, he got many other assignments, but he was not very serious about a film career. Although his films flopped initially, he achieved success as a comic hero with movies like "New Delhi", "Half Ticket" and "Padosan". All the praise and honor for his acting skills was still not the platform for his successful throne. He achieved his varied and unrivalled fame only after he was recognized as an established singer. Spending time with his brothers, Kishore became interested in films and music. He became a fan of singer-actor K. L. Saigal—whom he considered his vocal guru—and tried to emulate his singing style.The popular music director Sachin Dev Burman, who was impressed by his singing skills, advised him not to copy Saigal but develop and condense his own style. Kishore kept this advice in mind and eventually developed his own style of singing, prominently featuring the yodelling that he had heard on some records bought by his brother Anoop. In the Bollywood music circles, yodelling became Kishore's trademark. With time, music directors started recognizing the potential of Kishore Kumar and he became one of the leading singers in the Indian film industry. The 1960s was a lean patch in Kumar's career graph. Most of his films bombed at the box office. However, in 1969 the tables turned once again, as R. D. Burman took over the recording initiatives after S. D. Burman fell ill for the film "Aradhana". R. D. Burman deployed Kishore Kumar to sing the songs "Mere Sapno Ki Rani" and "Roop Tera Mastana", both of which gained instant recognition and success at the box-office. Kishore Kumar also won his first Filmfare award for the song "Roop Tera Mastana". During the 1970s and 1980s, he sang for Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. With R. D. Burman, Kishore delivered great hits "O Maanjhi Re" from Khushboo, "Yeh Shaam Mastaani" and "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai" from Kati Patang (1971), "Kuchh To Log Kahenge" from Amar Prem (1972), "Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aayi" from Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), "Musafir Hoon Yaaron" from Parichay (1972), "Diye Jalte Hain" from Namak Haraam (1973), "Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si" from Anamika (1973), "Zindagi Ke Safar Mein" from Aap Ki Kasam (1974), "Agar Tum Na Hote", "Humein Tum Se Pyaar Kitna" from Kudrat, "Mere Naina Saawan Bhadon" from Mehbooba, and "Chingari Koi Bhadke" (Amar Prem), "Jab Bhi Koi Kangana" from Shaukeen. Apart from the Burmans, Kishore Kumar worked with other music directors such as Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Rajesh Roshan, Sapan Chakravarty, and Bappi Lahiri. His low-profile marriages to some of the most popular and attractive Bollywood actresses (Madhubala, Yogeeta Bali, Leena Chandavarkar) raised eyebrows, but added to his witty, eccentric persona although close friends and colleagues remember him as being reticent and sentimental. During the Indian Emergency in 1975-77, Kishore refused to sing for Indira Gandhi's 'Emergency Propaganda'. In retaliation, she banned his songs on all national media. When Amitabh Bachchan refused to do a guest appearance in a film produced by him, Kishore stopped singing for the actor, which affected the latter's future film endeavours immensely. By the late 1980s, Kishore had grown tired of the type of songs he was singing and decided to retire from the industry. Later in the 1970s and early 1980s, Kishore Kumar produced and directed movies such as "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi" (1978), "Zindagi" (1981) and "Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin" (1980). His last appearance as an actor was in "Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin". In the mid-1980s, Kishore Kumar sang for Anil Kapoor in Kapoor's debut film as a leading man, "Woh Saat Din" and also recorded "Mr. India". He sang a duet with Alka Yagnik, "Tumse Badhkar Duniya Mein Na Dekha" for "Kaamchor". He also recorded some songs for the film "Saagar" with R. D. Burman. On October 13th 1987, co-incidentally also the birthday of his elder brother Ashok Kumar, Kishore suffered a heart attack and breathed his last. His untimely and unexpected death shocked the entire nation. He left behind a rich vocal and visual legacy and millions of fans who still prefer his rich-coffee baritones over present-day playback singers. .

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Chalte Chalte... Kishore Da’s Greatest Hits - Kishore Kumar
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Essential Kishore Kumar - Kishore Kumar
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Diner Sheshey Ghumer Deshe - Kishore Kumar
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Bengali Best Ever Songs of Kishore Kumar, Vol. 1 - Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & Asha Bhosle
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All Time Greats - Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika & Kishore Kumar
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One Man Many Roles - Kishore Kumar - Kishore Kumar
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Ei Kathati Mone Rekho, Pt. 1 - Kishore Kumar
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Krazy Kishore - Kishore Kumar
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Jhumroo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Paying Guest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP - Kishore Kumar
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Katha Hoyechhilo By Asha Bhosle - Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar
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MasterWorks - Kishore Kumar - Kishore Kumar
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Amazing Sitar - Purbayan Chatterjee, Chirag Katti & Kishore Kumar
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Rangoli (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh
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Baazi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum & Kishore Kumar
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Mr X in Bombay (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
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Main Dil Tu Dhadkan (With Jhankar Beats) [From
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Best of Bollywood Singers - Kishore Kumar & Suresh Wadkar - Kishore Kumar & Suresh Wadkar
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Balwaan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Mahesh & Kishore Kumar
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Balwaan (With Jhankar Beats) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Mahesh & Kishore Kumar
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A Tribute to the Legend - Rajesh Khanna - Single - Mohammed Aziz, Kishore Kumar & Chandrani Mukherjee
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Immortal Kishore Kumar - Tomay Porechhe Mone - Kishore Kumar
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Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Haajaar Taaraar Aaloy – Lata Mangeshkar the Nightingale - Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar
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Main Holi Khelne Aaya - Kishore Kumar
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Kadikara Manithargal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP - Sam C.S.
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Vascodigama (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP - Poorna Chandra Tejaswi
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Mahadev Sabke Sunaiche - Dhiraj Dhoni Bihari, Khushboo Uttam & Kishore Kumar
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Bhannat Raanwara (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Arun Paudwal, Sudhir Moghe, Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Vishwanath More & Yaswant Dev
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Seema Ree Toor - Shakti Singh, Dr. Sarita Rana & Kishore Kumar
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Yaarivan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP - Thaman S.
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Veedevadu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP - Thaman S.
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Kalathur Gramam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Single - Ilaiyaraaja
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  • Run For Your Life (From "6 Attiyayam") - Single
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Bondhu Sudhu - Single - Kishore Kumar & Mohona
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Ananta Prem - Single - Kishore Kumar & Ronti
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Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Fire Aso Na - Kishore Kumar
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Dake Loke Amake Clown - Kishore Kumar
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Shabash Daddy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Door Ka Rahi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Jhumroo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Zameen Aasman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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Aamar Pujar Phool - Kishore Kumar & Swapan Chakraborty
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Essye Kore - Single - Kishore Kumar
Bedonar Baluchare Sentimental Hits - Kishore Kumar
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Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kishore Kumar
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