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Famous Radio Ceylon announcer Ameen Sayani narrates this most interesting two hour long documentary about the life of legendary singer/actor Kishore Kumar. A number of prominent Bollywood personalities, among others Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Kaljanji – Anandji, R.D. Burman, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Vyjayanthimala, pay their tribute to great singer/actor. Amit Kumar reviews his memories and encounters with his famous father.

Kishore Kumar himself in a candid interview with Lata Mangeshkar confesses that he knew nothing about notes Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Much of the credit for moulding Kishore Kumar as a prolific singer should go to S. D. Burman who spotted Kishore Kumar’s talent early. During the making of Mashaal (1950), S.D. paid a visit to Ashok Kumar when he heard someone do a perfect imitation of K.L. Saigal. He was told it was Kishore who was singing in the bathroom. The composer complimented him but also said that Kishore needed to develop a style of his own. Kishore Kumar did not have a formal training in music.He kept Burman’s advice in mind, and eventually developed his own style of singing.

S. D. Burman extensively used Kishore for Dev Anand in 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). However, real turning point of his singing career came in 1969 with the film Aradhana. S. D. Burman fell ill after recording some duet songs with Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosale, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Afterwards, his son and assistant R. D. Burman took over the recording. R. D. Burman got Kishore Kumar to solo sing the songs “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” and “Roop Tera Mastana”, which proved super duper hits ahead of the Mohammed Rafi songs “Baghon Mein Bahar Hai” and “Gun Gunarahein Hain” for the same film. It was a second coming and there was no turning back after that.

In the 1970s, Kishore overtook all competition and was the undisputed number one male playback singer of Hindi films.Kishore formed a solid hit pairing with Rajesh Khanna in the early 70s and the duo churned out hit after hit – Kati Patang (1970), Safar (1970), Amar Prem (1971), Andaz (1971), Namak Haram (1973), Daag (1973), Apna Desh (1972), Sachaa Jhutha (1970), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Aan Milo Sajna (1970) and Aap Ki Kasam (1974) to name some. Even the Rajesh Khanna films that flopped in the period had some extremely popular songs like “Chala Jaata Hoon” (Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)), “Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se” (Ajnabee (1974)) and “Mere Naina Saawan Bhadon” (Mehbooba (1976)).Kishore Kumar is said to have been paranoid about not being paid.

During recordings, he would begin singing only after his secretary confirmed that the producer had made the payment. Once, when he discovered that his dues hadn’t been fully paid, he landed up for shooting with make-up on only one side of his face. When the director questioned him, he replied “Aadha paisa to aadha make-up.” (Half make-up for half payment). On another occasion, when the producer R. C. Talwar did not pay his dues in spite of repeated reminders, Kishore Kumar turned up at Talwar’s residence one morning and started shouting “Hey Talwar, de de mere aath hazaar” (“Hey Talwar, give me my eight thousand”). He did this every morning for a few days, until Talwar paid him. In spite of his “no money, no work” principle, sometimes Kishore Kumar recorded for free even when the producers were willing to pay. He recorded for free, for some films produced by Rajesh Khanna and Danny Denzongpa. On one occasion, Kishore Kumar helped actor-turned-producer Bipin Gupta, by giving him Rs. 20,000 for the film Dal Mein Kala (1964).

When the little-known actor Arun Kumar Mukherjee died, Kishore Kumar regularly sent money to his family in Bhagalpur.Singing was Kishore’s primary calling card. But no premier Bollywood artiste has showcased a wider repertoire of extravagant talent: singer, actor, songwriter, composer, dancer, director, producer, prankster, four-time-husband. Renowned compere Ameen Sayani sums it up, “He was perhaps the most versatile singer that the Indian film industry has ever known. I have compered almost all great singers on stage. He not only sang and danced and pranced but also did somersaults on stage. But while doing all this, he never went out of tune.”At 58, he was too young to die. But going by the reactions he evokes on Orkut, Kishore Kumar’s life after death is assured. He will remain an enigma for ever.



Kishore Kumar, the legendary actor / singer / composer of Hindi films was born on 4th August, 1929 in Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). His family house Gauri Kunj, very close to the Khandwa railway station, is in a dilapidated condition. He left for Bombay at a very young age. He was cremated in Khandwa after his demise on 13th October, 1987 as per his last wish. The Khandwa Municipality made a Kishore Kumar Smriti Memorial at the ground where he was cremated. The memorial is now in a well maintained condition, however, Kishoreda’s house Gauri Kunj stands in a very dilapidated condition. Here are a few photographs of the place I took while returning from my native place Khargone, adjacent West Nimad district of Khandwa.

As per Sitaram who has a small tailoring machine in the compound, the property is locked and people rarely come there. The compound is now given to shops on rent and also used as a godown for these shops.

Gauri Kunj, through these silent pictures, scream to save the legendary house for posterity.
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Sajjad Kishore. The name is enough for many people in Hyderabad. For two generations now, his mellifluous and tuneful voice has entertained thousands of people, who loved the various emotions that followed his songs.

It is difficult to describe Sajjad Kishore in one word. For he is many things to many people. Some say, he is an excellent musician, able to bring out the best out of every player. Yet, some others swear that the closest one can come to the real Kishore Kumar is just Sajjad, for he imports the same depth and feelings into the songs like his idol, the legendary Kishore Kumar. There are others who can say that only Sajjad can arrange the rhythm of the programme to bring to the audience, their best experience in music. His presentation skills and organising abilities are the talk of every organiser. An artiste of the calibre of Sajjad is hard tomatch, even after 40 years. And he is still going strong a beacon to young hearts to follow.

Sajjad Kishore can be contacted on : +91-9849022053.


rock on star sital banerjee alias esbee with his album pehli mulaqat - kishore kumar's songs


In an interview with dynamic singer Sital Banerjee, Rajendra Ganotra talks to him about his life as a singer and his debut album “ Pehli Mulaqat” and much more.

Q) How would you define music?

A) Music is my life and life is music. Just like the way a human being cannot live without breathing, similarily music signifies everything in my life. Hence I have been naturally inclined to music.

Q) Tell me something about you ?
A) I hail from a family of music lovers and practitioners, thereby I was initiated at the tender age in my hometown at Kolkatta.

Q) How are you different from other Singers?
A) I liked to sing all types of songs particularily romantic and gazals. As a singer it is necessary to be versatile and explore one’s capabilities in all genres of music and try to established as a distanct musician, pertaining to a particular kind of music.

Q) Who inspired you?
A) Nature is my inspiration for music. As the day begins one can hear the chirpy of the birds and sweet music of the nightingale which is rare find in metropolitan cities like Mumbai.

Q) Any artist you’ d like to collaborate with in the future?
A) I like to work with great music directors like A. R Rehman, Shravanji, and many other great artist.

Q) What is your aim in your life?
A) To become a great singer and good human being.

Q) Your mantra for survival in this competitive industry?
A) My mantra is to sing melodious songs which again is not there in today’s musical world. The Bollywood music is dominated more by rhythm and less by melody. I would like to sing songs which has a fusion of both rhythm and melody. Hence if I concentrate more on the quality that would become my mantra for harmonious music.

Q) What do you think of the current music scene in Bollywood?
A) Today’s Bollywood music is dominated more by rhythm and rather than harmony and lot of musical instruments are used but sometimes one feels that the soul of music is still missing. Nevertheless there are few music directors like A.R Rehman who has introduced the new wave in Bollywood music which is uppealing and soul stirring.

Q) What happiness and success mean to you?
A) Being a singer I always relate to music as the main source of happiness and success. Hence happiness and success can be achieved only through music.

Q) Any Bollywood projects?
A) Not yet, but I like to work for Bollywood.

Q) What about challenges you faced in your life?
A) I liked to face challenges and I have struggled a lot to come at this stage. After two years I am getting the role of singer in my real life.

Q) Any message to the readers of our Blog?
A) In today’s world there are lot of problems and tragedies. I will be only happy if my music can provide happiness and peace to all human being.

Saregama India Ltd launches the most ambitious project by Esbee, “Pehli Mulaqat” Meet The Real Mr. Rock On

Pehli Mulaqat is Saregama India Ltd’s one of the most ambitious projects ever. The “Rock on Star”, Esbee the youngest singer to start singing Rabindranath Sangeet, saw his life flash before him in two-and-a-half hours while watching Farhan Akhtar’s latest flick- Rock On. Esbee is one of those few fortunate artists who get there dues eventually similar to the character of Farhan Akhtar in “Rock On”.

Currently, a global media director at a multi national firm, he saw himself living the emotions enacted by Farhan in the movie. Convinced of the need to return to his first love, Mr. Rock On became determined to relive his dreams as an aspiring singer. In 1989 Sital Banerjee was crowned the best singer at the finals of the All India Kishore Kumar Memorial Music Competition at Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium.

The music industry at one time had rejected his aspiration to be a singer. And today after almost a decade Saregama India limited has given this ambitious artist the pleasure of releasing his own album named Pehli Mulaqat. The album is dedicated to none other than the legendary singer Kishore Kumar with a modern arrangement.

The album comprises of evergreen classic tracks like Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin, Dream Girl and the impeccable Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, giving the listeners a divine feel. Sital Banerjee has sung each song with different feelings and emotions catering to the lyrics and mood of the songs making it a blissful experience.

The album has tracks catering to every age group a conscious effort by Saregama India Limited.

Saregama believes that after all the previous milestones they still need to keep striving to bring good music to the fore, to provide a platform to the voices of future.

Track List – CD 1
1) Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
2) Nahin Nahin Anhi Nahin
3) Aaaj Unse Pehli Mulaqat Hogi
4) Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein
5) Panna Ki Tamanna Hai
6) Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai
7) Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
8) Dream Girl
9) Yeh Vaada raha
10) Oh Hansini
11) Sagar Jaisi Aaakhonwaali
12) Suno Kaho Suna
13) Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho
14) Inteha Hogayi Intezar Kii
15) Kya Yahi Pyar Hai

About Saregama:

Saregama India Ltd, formerly known as HMV – The Gramophone Company of India Ltd., is a professionally managed entertainment company listed on the NSE and BSE. It is rapidly transforming into an entertainment company from being India’s largest and best-known music company with a library of over 25000 hours of the best South Asian music. The Company has been intimately associated with the development of Indian music from the time the first recording was made on Indian soil. Saregama owns the largest music archives in India, one of the biggest in the world. It is now an emerging player in quality cinema, TV software, radio content, events and digital exploitation