Late music legend Kishore Kumar took the music industry to a different level with his hit Bollywood songs. Actor, singer, lyricist, director, writer, composer, producer, etc…the list continues when we talk about the livewire of Indian Cinema, Kishore Kumar.
Kishore Da is one such personality who doesn’t need any introduction. Not many of you may know, but he entered the film industry without any formal training in singing and went on to become the most loved voice of all times.
Very early in life, Kumar was fascinated by K.L. Saigal and e used to save his pocket money to buy Sehgal’s records.
Kishore Kumar was never good at studies so he used to compose different tunes for different subjects. In fact, when his elder brother Ashok Kumar became a favourite Bombay Talkies hero, Kishore was still at college trying to get through examinations.
Kumar’s first film appearance was in Shikari (1946), in which his brother Ashok played the lead role. Music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kumar a chance to sing “Marne ki duayen kyon mangu” for the film Ziddi (1948). After this, Kumar was offered many other assignments, but he was not very serious about a film career.
Music director S. D. Burman is credited with spotting Kumar’s talent for singing. During the making of Mashaal (1950), Burman visited Ashok’s house, where he heard Kumar imitating K. L. Saigal. He complimented him and told him that he should develop a style of his own, instead of copying Saigal. Kumar eventually developed his own style of singing, which featured yodeling, which he had heard on the records of Tex Morton and Jimmie Rodgers.
During the Indian Emergency (1975–1977), Sanjay Gandhi asked Kumar to sing for an Indian National Congress rally in Mumbai, but he refused. As a result, Information and broadcasting minister Vidya Charan Shukla (1975–1977) put an unofficial ban on playing Kishore Kumar songs on state broadcasters All India Radio and Doordarshan from 4 May 1976 till the end of Emergency.
In an interview, Kishore Kumar said that he has no friends and he prefers talking to his trees. But whatever the reasons man be, Kishore Da will remain in our hearts forever.