Kishore Kumar: Legends Never Die


India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar called Kishore Kumar the Sampoorna Kalakaar (complete artist). He was a rare genius; a multitalented personality – singer, actor, scriptwriter, director and a composer.

They say legends never die; and so it is. Today, on Kishore Humar’s 85th birth anniversary, Google India has dedicated a special doodle to this celebrated singer-actor, though it is only a small honorary gesture in comparison to his legendary contribution in the field of cinema.

As I write this I’m listening to Kishore Kumar’s “Ye Sham Mastani”. If you have heard him, you will know, his voice penetrates right through to the soul and lives deep in us. For millions of his fans, Kishore’s rendering of any song has a style and flavour that captures the heart. He has a peculiar bass tone which amplifies when he pours his heart out through his unique melody of words. Some of his greatest works that touches a musical chord of our very soul are “Humein tumse pyaar kitna,  Mera jeevan kora kaaghaz”, “Ye jo mohobbat hai”, to name a few.

His voice is one of a kind; immortal. I can feel it living in many of his songs like “Gaata rahe mera dil”. In the movie Padosan, Kishore sang the famous song “Mere saamne wali khidki mein, which still makes us all hum along to its tune each time we give it a listen.

Besides his singing, Kishore Kumar has left a permanent mark in Indian cinema as well. His acting abilities too seem incomparable to any of the contemporary Indian actors and are not compromised vis-a-vis his talent for singing. During the golden years of Hindi film music, he was one of the leading names in Bollywood, after all, who can ever forget the melodious start “Mere sapnoon ki Rani….?” We know him as a singer, yet no less as an actor. He himself directed, produced and acted in Jhumroo. Besides his appreciated work as an actor in the movies like Paying Guest, Padosan, Chalti ka Naam Gaadi, Half Ticket and Guide, he won his first Filmfare award for Roop Tera Mastana.

Kishore Kumar, better known as Kishore da (brother) or Kishore Kumar Ganguly, was an all-rounder and cannot be replaced in the Bollywood film industry. Reaching great heights, Kishore walked the ground with modesty. His humility lies in the fact that he recorded for quite a few many films for free, especially for people close to him like actors, Danny Denzongpa and Rajesh Khanna. He had his very own approach of tackling the toughest phases of his personal life but his humour and his love for music overshadowed all. He taught all those whose heart he touched, how to live a life of sheer magic.

Kishore da died in 1987 on his 76th birthday after suffering a heart attack.

He may not be physically present today, but his was a life of eternity; living in every song that touches our soul. He was God’s special creation: full of passion and energy, filled with eccentricities with a moving spirit.

It is said that actor Ranbir Kapoor will play Kishore Kumar in a biopic to be directed by Anurag Basu.  As we eagerly wait for the movie, we hope the celebrated legend is portrayed in the best possible way.

Long live his legacy!

Valentina Telien Kom

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