Kishore Kumar - Master Of Sad Songs!

October, 13 marks the death anniversary of Kishore Kumar, the legendary playback singer, actor, producer, director all rolled into one. Raaga. Com pays him homage on his death anniversary and takes readers to a most hidden aspect of Kishore Kumar’s singing style. Read on…. 

Koi Samjha Nahin Koi Jaana Nahin….

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This tragic song from Rajesh Khanna’s super hit film movie SAFAR has been poignantly sung by singing legend Kishore Kumar. Tragic Songs like this and many more have been the specialty of Kishore Kumar. A look at the Filmfare awards won by Kishore Kumar reveals that from the eight Filmfare Awards that the singer won, five songs were poignant and melodious like Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera… (AMANUSH); Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekheen….(THODISI BEWAFAII); Agar Tum Na Hote… (AGAR TUM NA); Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain…(SHARAABI) and Saagar Kinaare Dil Yeh …(SAAGAR).

Singing such sentimental songs with great perfection and adding the right dose of emotional element in the tone is an art that a singer learns through years of learning classical music and mastering the baritone with hours of regular Riyaz. However readers would be rather surprised to know that Kishore Kumar had no formal training in music. He had neither learned to play any music instrument. His only Guru in Music was the legendary playback singer and film star K.L.Saigal, who dominated film music in the late 30 and early 40’s. His stardom was so intense even the queen of Melody and Bharat Ratna, Lata Mangeshkar adored K.L.Saigal and even dreamt to marry him, bowled over my his majestic voice. 

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Thus Kishore Kumar would listen to Saigal’s song and practice his songs to perfection for hours. His dedication finally paved way and S.D.Burman showed faith in his singing. Later Burman da’s song R.D.Burman exploited Kishore Kumar’s voice to the hilt and was instrumental in making Kishore Kumar a singing star in the 70’s! 

Beginning with KATI PATANG, AMAR PREM, NAMAK HARAAM, KHUSHBOO, AANDHI, MEHBOOBA etc. R.D.Burman gave Kishore Kumar not only songs with verity but also some really complicated classical songs. 

Just remember Mere naina sawan bhadon… (MEHBOOBA). The song is based on the complex Raga Shivaranjani but Kishore Kumar did a fantastic job. In fact the song has a female version sung by Lata Mangeshkar, but Kishore Kumar’s version is most famous!!!