Music is the soul which relaxes your mind, it takes you to the world of peace and harmony.
In India, we have songs for every occasion and mood, from wedding to festival songs, happy songs, romantic songs, sad songs and now we have break up songs too. Songs in India are like uncountable nouns as with so many languages, we have a huge number of songs but the most loved and listened songs are the Hindi Bollywood songs.
Our playlists have songs that perfectly define us and our moods and mood swings too.
India has a great history of songs, I remember my dad saying “what kind of songs are these?”, “Gaane toh hmare zamane me hote the”. ” These songs can’t match the standard of songs of our era”.
Today, I agree with his statements, old Bollywood songs are just so meaning and soulful, it seemed like the singers used to sing with their heart.
Old is definitely gold and one singer whose songs are loved and sung by every generation is the ” Kishore Kumar” who is famously known as “Kishore Da”, a precious gemstone of the Indian entertainment industry.
Kishore Kumar’s original name was “Abhas Kumar Ganguly”. He was born on 4th August 1929 in Madhya Pradesh, India. He was an epitome of talent, he was a singer, actor, music director, lyricist, writer, director, producer, and screenwriter. From romantic moods to soft songs to peppy numbers, there was no genre of music left untouched by Kishore Da. Apart from Hindi, he has sung songs in Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Urdu. He holds a record of winning 8 Filmfare awards for Best Playback Singer Male. The M.P government awarded him with the prestigious award given to singers “Lata Mangeshkar Award”. Later in the year 1997, M.P government announced an award under the name of “Kishore Kumar Award” for his tremendous contribution to Indian cinema.
Kishore Da’s song “aake seedhi lagi dil pe” from his successful movie “Half-time” is much known and famous as he sang this song in both male and female voice too. This song gave him much more recognition.
In his initial years, Kishore Da was criticized for copying K.L.Saigal but later on he not only polished his voice buy introduced a new style of singing known as “yodelling”, this style was new for India, Da learned it from listening to the records of international singers like ” Tex Morton” and “Jimmie Rodgers”. This style made him get a lot of fame in the industry. Today, in this era of raps and remixes, there is no-one who can match the standards of his “yodelling” style.
He has sang songs for almost all the superstars of 60s, 70s and 80s, from Dev Anand to Rajesh Khanna, from Dharmendra to Amitabh Bachhan to Jitendra. It wasn’t just his era, he was the era himself.
Kishore Kumar is like a treasure box, you will only get to listen to beautiful golden songs whenever you will open that box.
Today, on his birth anniversary we give you a small list of songs which every generation must listen.
1) Kuch Toh Log Kahenge from the movie “Amar Prem”. This song teaches us that we should not care about the world and live life on our terms.
2) Pal-pal Dil Ke Paas from the movie “Blackmail”, a romantic number picturized on Dharmendra and Rakhi.
3) Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si from “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi”, a rainy situation song which is still popular.
4) Ek Chatur Naari from “Padosan”. An energetic song which will bring out your madness.
5) Yeh Shaam Mastaani from “Kati Patang” picturized on Rajesh Khanna.
6) Roop Tera Mastana from “Aradhana”, this song became famous for its outburst of romance between Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore.
7) Zindagi Ke Safar mein from “Aap Ki Kasam”, a song famous for depicting a life’s journey.
8) Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana from ” Andaz”, this was the song which made him more popular because of ‘yodelling”.
9) Jai- Jai Shiv Shankar from “Aap Ki Kasam”, a playful and infectious love song which is loved by everyone till today.
10) Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan from “Yaarana”, a song dedicated to friendship, this song has been remade many times.
11) Meri Pyari Bindu from ” Padosan”, one of his most trendsetter song.
12) Dil Kya Kare from “Julie”, an ultra-romantic song which still has the capability of topping the chartbusters.
This post will never come to an end because there is an endless list of epic songs sung by Kishore Kumar from the alphabet A till Z.
A singer full of energy, madness, and talent, we wish Kishore Kumar a very melodious Happy Birthday and thank him for giving his voice to our every mood. Though he is not with us anymore his voice will keep him alive in our hearts forever. May his soul rest in peace.