Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today

Updated: August 04, 2014 11:17 IST

A tribute marking the 85th birth anniversary of the legendary music maestro, Kishore Kumar

Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Kishore Kumar, one of Indian Cinema's greatest playback singers. Would have turned 85 today.

The multi-talented personality was also an actor, composer, lyricist, director and script writer. The four icons on the four corners of the Google doodle, a tribute to the legendary singer, are a symbol of his versatility.

Here's a pictorial look at his journey on his 85th birth anniversary.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Kishore Kumar was born into the Bengali Ganguly family on August 4, 1929 in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. His father was a lawyer and mother a homemaker.

He was introduced to Bollywood by his elder brother Ashok Kumar who was already a star in the film industry.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Kishore Kumar started his career as a chorus singer in the film Bombay Talkies which featured Ashok Kumar in the lead role. He featured in his first film as an actor in Shikari (1946). These were followed by New Delhi (1957), Aasha (1957), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Half Ticket (1962), and Padosan (1968).
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
In 1958, he featured in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi with the Ganguli brothers, and Madhubala (whom he later married).
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
It was SD Burman who identified Kishore Kumar's talent for singing and recorded with him for Dev Anand's Munimji (1954), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1955), Funtoosh (1956), Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Paying Guest (1957), Guide (1965), Jewel Thief (1967), Prem Pujari (1970) and Tere Mere Sapne (1971).

Some of their popular songs included - Maana Janaab Ne Pukara Nahin (Paying Guest), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (Nau Do Gyarah), Ai Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa (Funtoosh) and Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi) Asha Bhosle and Kumar performed duets composed by Burman including Chhod Do Aanchal from Paying Guest (1957), Ankhon Mein Kya Ji from Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) and Arre Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho Gajab from Teen Deviyan (1965)

A still from the song Chhod Do Aanchal from Paying Guest (1957) featuring Dev Anand and Nootan
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
R D Burman worked with Kishore Kumar on the soundtrack of the film Padosan (1968), in which Kishore da sang the famous song Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein and Kehna Hai. He also played a musician in the movie.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Music Legend: Kishore Kumar, along with Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi, was one of the three leading names in Bollywood playback singing from the 1950s to the mid-1980s which are considered to be the golden years of Hindi film music.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
A Friend Indeed: Kishore Kumar was known to be very adamant about his one rule ie ‘No work, No money'. But sometimes he recorded for his favourite people for free even though they were more than willing to pay like for some of the films which were produced by actors Danny Denzongpa and Rajesh Khanna.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Did you know?: When Kishore Kumar was staying in a flat on Warden Road in Mumbai, he had put up a Beware of Kishore sign at his door. This was during the time that his bungalow was being done up.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Multi-Talented: Kishore Kumar was a multitalented personality. We all know him as a singer and actor but he was much more. He produced 14 films and the scripts for all these were written by him. But not all of these were released as 6 out of the 14 were never completed. One of these was films produced, directed, and acted in by him was Jhumroo.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Immortal songs: Check out Dev Anand standing arm-in-arm with Kishore Kumar. Kishore da is the voice behind some of Dev Anand's greatest hit songs including Khwaab Ho Tum Ya Koi Haqeeqat, Aise Naa Mujhe Tum Dekho, Johnny Mera Naam and of course Gaata Rahe Mera Dil. Kishore da also composed music for films some of his Hindi hits include Aa Chal Ke Tujhe, and Beqarar Dil Tu Gaye Ja. He also composed several Bengali songs
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Trademark: ‘Yodelling' is considered a Kishore Da trademark. Kishore came across this unique style while listening to the Austrian music collections of his brother Anoop. He learned it and perfected it with his own touch and needless to say that his ‘yodelling' is one of the most endearing parts of his songs for his fans.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Kishore Kumar married four times. His first wife was Ruma Guha Thakurta and their marriage lasted from 1950 to 1958. His second wife was actress Madhubala who was extremely ill and had a heart problem when he proposed to her. His third marriage was to Yogeeta Bali, that lasted from 1976 to 4 August 1978. Kishore was married to Leena Chandavarkar from 1980 until his death.
Kishore da Would Have Been 85 Today
Ganguly Brothers: Kishore da died on October 13, 1987 after suffering a heart attack. Incidentally, the date was also Ashok Kumar's 76th birthday. Check out Kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Anoop Kumar with their mother.

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