Happy Birthday to Kishore Kumar!!!! A Dozen Reasons I Love You

Well, this is ridiculous.  In the course of one week, the 3 major singers of Hindi film were all born.  I guess if we are looking for the next big thing, the key is to check for an end of July/beginning of August birthday.

1.I love you because you weren’t afraid to forge your own path, while your older brother started you off as an actor, you took a turn and became primarily a playback singer instead.

2. I love you because you were married 4 times, and each time for love, and each ending differently.  The first to another singer who you divorced, the next to Madhubala who died, the third time to Yogeeta Bali who left you and broke your heart, and the final time to the much younger widow Leena Chakraborty who loved you until the day you died and beyond.

3.  I love you because you were a difficult man, stubborn and determined to get the respect you deserved, willing to walk out of a recording session if the money wasn’t paid, but also faithfully sending money to the widow and children of an old music director.  You claim the trees in your garden were your best friends, and named them all.

4. Like Rafi, there is no way to possibly cover your entire output in one post.  I can’t even start.  So I will simply select a dozen songs somewhat at random and call that good enough.  Starting with the sexiest song you, or possibly anyone ever, has ever sung. “Roop Tera Mastana” from Aradhana.


5.  Just for kicks, something very UN-sexy, “Khaike Pan Banaraswale” from the original Don.


6.  I started with a semi-classical SD Burman song, but you could also do the disco-infused Bappi Lahiri style songs, like one of my all time favorites “Inteha Ho Gaye” from Sharaabi.


7.  Of course the king of the 70s modern/traditional song style was RD Burman.  He made unique use of your rough but fluid voice in songs like “Bachke Rehena Re Baba” from Pukar.


8.  You navigated smoothly Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh and back again, a voice that fit all shape and sizes of stars. “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” from Aap Ki Kasam.


9.  Just because you could do rough and fun, didn’t mean you couldn’t do sweet and simple as well. “Pal Pal” from Blackmail.


10.  One of your best songs, picturized on yourself, was just a simple repeated refrain, the kind of thing a mechanic might sing to himself in a garage at night. “Ek Ladki Bheegi” from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.


11. Appropriate for your many-married state, I will throw in another classic of the 70s, “Bachne Ae Haseeno” from Hum Kisise Kum Nahin.


12.  Ending with my personal favorite, “Om Shanti Om” from Karz.


3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Kishore Kumar!!!! A Dozen Reasons I Love You

  1. There are any number of stories out there about Kishore Kumar’s eccentricity -like how he played a joke on the Income Tax people,how he purposely built a twisted pillar etc.You’ve chosen all his happy songs.How about the sad ones from Kati Patang, Amar prem or Matlabi hai log from Begana.


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