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The Kishore Kumar: Playback singing icon on his 89th birth anniversary, The Legend of all the time.

Rarely do registers of memory remember individuals, let alone voices; in being even after having been, as both person and voice, Kishore Kumar defies, ever so poignantly, the conventions of life and death. Born to a Bengali family of lawyers in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, film, for Kumar and his two brothers, was never a foregone destiny, and yet, they made it their own. Kumudilal, initially trained as a lawyer and later known as Ashok, was the earliest to venture into the terrain, delivering artistically and commercially successful films such as Jeevan Naiya (1936), the ever-subversive Achhut Kanya (1936), Savitri (1937). Nirmala (1938), and Azad (1940). As Kalyan, later Anoop, the second sibling, trepidantly but surely followed suit as the titular protagonist of Khiladi (1950), Abhas, or Kishore, too, however unwillingly, had to follow, entering acting by design and playback singing willingly, but by pleasant and seminal accident.

Apart from Hindi, he sang in many Indian languages  including   Bengali,  Marathi,   Assamese,  Gujarati,   Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalamand Urdu. He has also sung in private albums in several languages especially in Bengali. He won 8 Film fare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category. He was awarded the “Lata Mangeshkar Award” by the Madhya Pradesh government in the year 1985-86. In the year 1997, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated an award called the “Kishore Kumar Award” as a contribution to Hindi cinema. Recently, Kishore Kumar’s unreleased last song was sold for Rs 15.6 lakh (1.56 million) at the Osian’s Cinefan Auction, New Delhi in 2012.

He won 8 Film fare awards:-

Year
Song
Film
Music director
Lyricist
1970
“Roop Tera Mastana”
Aradhana
Sachin Dev Burman
Anand Bakshi
1976
“Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera”
Amanush
Shyamal Mitra
Indeevar
1979
“Khaike Paan Banaras Wala”
Don
Kalyanji Anandji
Anjaan
1981
“Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekheen”
Thodisi Bewafaii
Khayyam
Gulzar
1983
“Pag Ghungroo Baandh”
Namak Halaal
Bappi Lahiri
Anjaan
1984
“Agar Tum Na Hote”
Agar Tum Na Hote
Rahul Dev Burman
Gulshan Bawra
1985
“Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain”
Sharaabi
Bappi Lahiri
Prakash Mehra
1986
“Saagar Kinaare”
Saagar
Rahul Dev Burman
Javed Akhtar

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