Lesser-known facts about the legendary singer Kishore Kumar
- The singer is celebrated for his melodious voice and timeless tracks
- He was fondly called Kishore Da and his songs ranged from soft numbers to peppy tracks
- On his 92nd birth anniversary, let’s talk about some lesser known facts about him
Kishore Kumar, also known as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, was a playback singer, music director, lyricist, film director, producer, screenwriter and even an actor. He was known for his soft numbers to peppy tracks and was fondly called Kishore Da.
His comic timing in films were equally loved by his fans but do you know that despite some successful films under his belt, he hated acting. He later developed a serious interest in singing and gave hits like ‘Tum bin jaaon kahan’, ‘Zindagi ek safar hai suhana’ and ‘Chala jata hoon became a instant hit’.
On his 92th birth anniversary today, here are some of the lesser-known facts about the legendary singer as shared by Indian Express.
*Kishore Kumar wasn’t a trained singer. He didn’t know any of the raags.
*In a 1985 interview with Pritesh Nandy, Kishore Kumar was famously quoted as saying, “What’s wrong with making friends with trees?”
*As a multilingual, Kishore Kumar could sing in as many as 10 Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Oriya, and Kannada.
*Kishore da was very particular about his remuneration. Once a producer paid him half in advance and said that he would like to pay the rest once the film is completed. The next day, Kishore Kumar shocked everybody when he appeared with half of his head and moustache shaved! and he told everybody that he would continue appearing like this in every shot until he is given the full amount!
*In the song Aake seedhi lage dil pe from the movie Half Ticket, he sang both the male and female playback versions – quite a feat singing a duet simultaneously. The female part was supposed to be sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
*There used to be a signboard outside his bungalow that read ‘Beware of Kishore’.
*The inspiration behind Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’s popular song Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana was based on the Rs 5.75 that Kumar owed his college canteen in Indore. In the song, he also romanced with Madhubala who would later on become his second wife.