Legendary singer Kishore Kumar passed away on October 13, 1987. Not only was he known for his acting, but his playback singing was of master class quality. A man who was ahead of his time, Kishore Kumar’s versatility was his unique selling point. Think of it in this way, that his songs reflected emotions of a life. If we are sad, all we need is a cup of coffee and Kishore Kumar’s song in the background like ‘Saagar Kinaare’.

Dealing with a heartbreak or a happy situation? The veteran singer has given us numerous songs to relive our moments. His songs are a binding force and his fans are across all the generations. The veteran singer was a charmer and left the audience speechless with his melodious voice. He sang in various languages including, Urdu, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri etc. He sang soo many songs that it’s hard to pick a few as favourites.  He was the younger brother of Ashok Kumar and his real name was Abhas Kumar Ganguly. The veteran singer got his break in Ashok Kumar’s ‘Bombay Talkies‘ where he got a chance to be a chorus singer.

The master of ‘yodeling‘, Kishore Kumar was asked by R.D. Burman to develop his own style who was till then heavily inspired by legendary K.L. Saigal. In 1969, he won the ‘Filmfare Award’ for the song ‘Roop Tera Mastana‘. The singer won as many as 8 Filmfare Awards for the ‘Best Playback singer’ this, in turn, is a record. His songs were fantastic and during the later half of his career, his live performances were charismatic. Here are some of the few lesser known Kishore Kumar’s live performances:

Kishore Kumar’s performance in ‘Filmfare’

(Courtesy: YouTube/Ankit Kapadia)

Kishore Kumar’s ‘Khilte Hai Gul Yahan

(Courtesy: YouTube/Shivam Pandey)

Another live performance from the ‘King of Music’

(Courtesy: YouTube/Dattatray Mirwankar)

Kishore Kumar’s ‘Chingari Koi Bhadke’

(Courtesy: YouTube/SunilKumar442)

Kishore Kumar has been one of the most important faces of Indian cinemas. He has worked in several movies. His debut movie was in 1946, ‘Shikari’. On the occasion of his death anniversary, we remember Kishore Kumar’s soulful voice and his ever-lasting, evergreen songs.