Born - 4 August 1929
Died - 13 October 1987
Achievements - He was a famous Bollywood playback singer, actor,
lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter cum a scriptwriter.
He used to be among the three leading male Bollywood playback singers
along with Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi during his life time.
Born on 4 August 1929 at the Khandwa town of Central Provinces and
Berar, British India that is now located in the Indian state of Madhya
Pradesh, Kishore Kumar was a man of many talents. He was a famous
Bollywood playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer,
director, screenwriter cum a scriptwriter. Kishore Kumar, however, was
more popular as an actor during his lifetime. And his songs gained more
mass appeal especially after his passing away in 1987. Today, if you are
an avid Bollywood songs listener, you've to have a CD of Kishore Hits in
your music collection.
Here's more update on the biography of Kishore
who used to be among the three leading male Bollywood playback singers
along with Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi during his life time. Born into a
Bengali family, Kishore Kumar's original name was Aabhas Kumar Ganguli.
His parents were advocate Kunjalal Ganguli and Gouri Devi, who hailed
from a very well-to-do family. Abhas was the youngest of four siblings.
The other three were Ashok Kumar, who was the eldest, Sati Devi and
Abhas was still a child when his eldest brother, Ashok Kumar became a
famous Bollywood actor. This gave Abhas or Kishore Kumar the apt
opportunity to get an easy break into the Hindi filmdom. Kishore Kumar
did not have a formal training in music, but it was just a matter of
time before he started taking a keen interest in movies and music. He
was a great fan of legendary senior Indian actor-singer, Kundan Lal
Saigal and he soon started mimicking his style. His gradually developed
his own yodeling style of singing after music director, SD Burman
advised him to stop copying Saigal.
In the Bollywood music circles, yodeling style of singing soon became
Kishore's trademark. And in the time to come, Kumar sang in various
languages like Hindi, Bengali that was his mother tongue, Marathi,
Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya. Music
director S. D. Burman appreciated Kishore Kumar's singing style and is
credited for boosting Kumar's singing talent. He asked Kishore to sing
for films like Munimji (1954), Taxi Driver(1954), House No 44 (1955),
Funtoosh (1956), Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Paying Guest (1957), Guide
(1965), Jewel Thief (1967), and Prem Pujari (1970).