'Aaye tum yaad mujhe': India remembers Kishore on 80th birthday

His fans and music lovers went back in time as radio stations and TV channels played old melodies of Kishore Kumar, the versatile Indian singer-actor-director-composer who would have been 80 Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 | 3:53:53 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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His fans and music lovers went back in time as radio stations and TV channels played old melodies of Kishore Kumar, the versatile Indian singer-actor-director-composer who would have been 80 Tuesday.

kishore kumarOften called a genius, he held sway over Bollywood playback music for two decades and is remembered to this day for his ability 'to create drama through singing'. No one has been able to take his place till date, say many in the industry.

Remembering him on his 80th birth anniversary, ace composer Anu Malek said: 'His birthday is a very special day and emotional day for me. I believe that he was made of made of music. I had this great fortune to work with dada when I was growing as a composer. I did many songs with him and that was a great experience.'

Malek said he listened to some of his everlasting songs in the morning and plans to watch any of his best films on DVD.

'He was a great soul...a man who was very romantic, emotional, loveable and adorable to the core. He was just plain honest. I can't put what he meant to me in words. He was a family man and just like a father to me,' Malek told IANS.

Born in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, he was one of four siblings who included famous actors Ashok Kumar and Anup Kumar.

Despite not having any formal training, Kishore Kumar dominated the Indian film music scene from the 1950s to the 1970s, making people laugh and cry with his performances.

From fun numbers like 'Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi', 'Mere samne wali khidki', 'Dekha na hai re' to romantic songs such as 'Pal pal dil ke paas rehti ho', 'Ye naina, ye kajal' and 'Roop tera mastana' - he sang all kinds of songs.

He was a prolific vocalist and sang in many Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya. He never shied away from experimenting, yoddling being one of the best examples of that.

He also achieved success as a lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. Kishore famously acted in 'Half Ticket', 'Padosan', 'Mr X in Bombay', 'Jhumroo'. He also wielded the megaphone for 'Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein' 'Door Ka Rahi'.

'Kishore Kumar had this ability to create drama through his singing. He was one of those very few singers who had a certain amount of acting involved in their singing. With that he could easily create different characters and emotions through his voice, which was great. His singing was so effortless. People called him an Indian star but for me he was a world star,' said lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

'He was plain genious. I wish I had got the fortune of writing a few songs for him. He was so versatile,' he added.

Kishore Da, as he was fondly called, has crooned evergreen songs like 'Gata rahe mera dil', 'Ye dil na hota bechara', 'Zindagi kaisi hai paheli', 'Meet na mila re man ka', 'Aap ki ankhon mein', 'Khaike pan banaraswala', 'Pag ghungroo bandh', 'Sagar kinare' and many more. He passed away at the age of 58 on Oct 13, 1987 and is survived by two sons and wife Leena Chandravarkar.

According to singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, Kishore Kumar was an ardent K.L. Sehgal fan and had a god gifted voice.

'I think the greatest musical talent that the indian film industry had produced ever is Kishore Kumar. His voice itself was a god given asset which did not require to have technical expertise, classical knowledge, etc. Only once in a million years can an artist like him be born,' he said.

Even young and budding singers look up to Kishore Kumar and consider him their inspiration.

'He is an ultimate performer, impeccable singer behind the mike, terrific professional and humour par excellence. A perfect artist with a blessed tone and unmatchable versatility. Nobody can be him. I am so inspired by him,' said singer Akriti Kakkar.

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Posted on: 06 August 2009 at 9:48pm
he was an actor from long time. he sang in those movies too like chalti ka naam,asha, half ticket,padosan, taxi driver,munimji,paying guest, etc which were from 1954 to 1968 and then came pyar ka mausam, andaz, aradhna and then many more of rajesh khanna's movies which were after 1970 ... so he was always good from the beginning and popular.. he was such a great singer that so many actors are copying him and singers too...

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Posted on: 06 August 2009 at 8:41pm
It's with "Aradhana" in 1969, his rise to the top. He was there till he died. He might have been choosy in picking songs in 80's, but there not a single male singer in the industry to challenge his popularity as long as he was alive.

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Posted on: 06 August 2009 at 3:44am
he wil always be remembered...

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Posted on: 06 August 2009 at 12:39am
your voice was a gift to us allHundreds of years from now, Kishore Kumar will still be remembered. I miss him a lot....i grew up on his music. no matter how difficult the situation...a Kishore Kumar song would always make me happy.

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Posted on: 05 August 2009 at 2:11pm
kishore da was ..just kishore da thanks for lovely article

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Posted on: 05 August 2009 at 11:45am
@ iqbal-pallavi-
thanks for saying what I had to say so beautifully.
RestInParadise Kishore Da:)

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Posted on: 05 August 2009 at 10:04am
I Love his Songs .. I think it was just this week some day i was Listening to Yeh Ledki bheegi baagi si ... and God I just Loved it (I normaly don't like listening to old songs).. I have heard majority of his Songs, and I can say By Far i Loved all of them .. He really sang effortlessy .. Definetly he is one of the best Singers in India, and It sad he's not Alive today .. Otherwise he would have ruled the Charts even Now ..

Hope his soul Rest in Peace ...

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Posted on: 05 August 2009 at 6:40am
i lovedddd his songss!!
truly a genious he ws
R.I.P Kishore Da :))

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Posted on: 04 August 2009 at 9:26am
thanks for the article.. miss kishore kumar a lot. amazingly versatile singer and great actor.. really aye tum yaad muze and getting teary eyes...

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