Kishore Kumar was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on August 4, 1929. He was a noted playback singer and actor who also worked as a lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter.
Kishore Da, as he was fondly called, sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Malayalam, among others. He won eight Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and still holds the record for the most number of
Kishore Kumar was born into a Bengali brahmin family. His father, Kunjalal Ganguly was a lawyer. His mother, Gouri Devi, belonged to a very wealthy Bengali family. Kishore was the youngest of four siblings. Both his brothers ventured into cinema, and
After his eldest brother, Ashok Kumar, became a Bollywood star, the family used to visit Mumbai on a regular basis. Abhas Kumar changed his name to Kishore Kumar and started his career in cinema as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies, where his brother
Kishore Kumar's first film as an actor was 'Shikari' in 1946. His brother Ashok played the lead role in the film, and music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kishore a chance to sing the song 'Marne ki duayen kyon mangu' from the film 'Ziddi'. Kishore got
Kishore Kumar played the hero in the film 'Andolan' in 1951. Although Kishore got some acting assignments with the help of his brother, he was more interested in becoming a singer.
Kishore Kumar starred in several movies such as 'Naukri', 'Musafir', 'New Delhi', 'Aasha', 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi', 'Half Ticket' and 'Padosan' before being discovered by music director SD Burman who is credited for spotting Kishore Kumar's talent as a
n 1969 in the film 'Aradhana', SD Burman composed the music for film and after he fell ill after recording some song duets with Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. His son and assistant Rahul Dev Burman took over the recording and got
During the Emergency (1975-1977), Sanjay Gandhi asked Kishore Kumar to sing for an Indian National Congress rally in Mumbai but he refused. As a result, the government banned the airing of Kishore Kumar songs on All India Radio and television
In the late 70s and early 80s, Kishore Kumar went on to produce and direct some movies such as 'Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi' (1978), 'Zindagi' (1981) and 'Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin' (1980). He made his last appearance as an actor in 'Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin'
Even though he retired from acting, Kishore continued to sing for several actors. Kishore stopped singing for Amitabh Bachchan in the 1980s after Bachchan refused to make a guest appearance in a film produced by Kumar. Later they called for a truce and
Kishore Kumar's songs have featured in several films such as 'Such a Long Journey' (1998) and 'Side Streets' (1998). His song 'Pal Bhar Ke Liye' from the film 'Johnny Mera Naam' was used in an episode of American TV show 'The Simpsons' titled 'Kiss
Kishore Kumar married four times. His first wife was Ruma Guha Thakurta and their marriage lasted eight years. Kishore then went on to marry yesteryear actress Madhubala in 1960. The two had a civil marriage as Madhubala was Muslim. Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar had two sons, Amit Kumar with Ruma, who also later went on to become a playback singer, and Sumit Kumar with Leena Chadavarkar
Kishore Kumar passed away on 13 October, 1987. He died of a heart attack in Mumbai at the age of 58. His body was taken to Khandwa for cremation. He had recorded his last song a day before he died with Asha Bhosle titled 'Guru Guru'.