Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of music itself, Kishore Kumar was no less than the King of a melodious voice. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh at the time when India was in the clutches of a foreign rule, ‘Abhas’ Kumar who soon changed his name to ‘Kishore’ Kumar was offered a golden opportunity to enter the world of Indian industry through his brother Ashok Kumar, who was an actor. Beginning his career as a chorus singer in Bombay Talkies, his debut film was Shikari alongside his brother.
Between 1946 and 1955 Kishore appeared in 22 movies out of which 16 flopped. A long way to success, Kumar finally accomplished recognition between 1955 and 1966. He soon made his name with the films that have earned a cult following like Half Ticket, Tamasha, Miss Mary, and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.
On his Birth Anniversary, let us remember 7 songs by the King of the Golden Era, Kishore Kumar–
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
The song is from the film Chalti ka Naam Gaadi released in the year 1958. The black and white music has the perfect blend of innocence and naughtiness which is polished with Kishore Kumar’s beautiful vocals and the spirited lyrics of the song!
Mere Sapno Ki Rani
Regarded as one the best songs composed by Kishore Kumar; Mere Sapno Ki Rani is relatable for the youth of all generations. On top of that, it had Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore– both of whom were acclaimed for their stunning theatrical skills– in a jeep on a Darjeeling toy train. The music plus the video is bound to stay with the audience forever.
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana, Yahan Kal Kya ho kisne jaana?
A song almost all of us heard but most of us did not know that Kishore Kumar was the voice behind it. The song from the movie Andaz helped him to establish his name as the ‘King of Yodelling.’ Zindagi Ek Safar is for the times when we feel low– the beautiful lyrics are bound to cheer you up!
Om Shanti Om
It is as if all the songs we know back from the 90s were sung by Kishore Kumar– Om Shanti Om was from the film Karz starring Rishi Kapoor. If you have a hard time recalling the lyrics here is a help–
“Hey, tumne kabhi kisi se pyaar kiya?
Kabhi kisi ko dil diya?
Maine bhi diya”
The song was said to be ahead of its time and was loved by the youth of that era. Kishore Kumar’s music was way ahead of his time and this is proven by the fact that even today, the young generation loves his songs!
Dekha Ek Khwaab
A romantic drama featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, Silsila was a complete beauty in itself. Kishore Kumar’s beautiful vocals and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics took the film to a different level. It is not a complete joke when our parents point out that their music was really distinct and beautiful from our time.
The music video showing aesthetic background with flowers all around, 40 years later, the song is still a classic.
Taki O Taki
Having just the right amount of fun to give the audience some entertainment, Kishore Kumar had the potential to change his style according to the music and still be able to keep up with the standards.
Khaike Paan Banaras Wala
From the energetic music to the entertaining lyrics, Khaike Paan Banaras Waala Khuli jaaye band aqal ka tala was able to unlock the people of hearts as well– and why wouldn’t it? The iconic singer redefined the meaning of ‘desi’ with Amitabh Bachchan displaying some crazy moves!