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Ruchira Singh
Thursday , August 04, 2011 at 16 : 09

Kishore Kumar, the man behind the yodel


Fondly called Kishoreda, India's music legend Kishore Kumar was the mellifluous master of immortal hits that redefined style in an industry governed by tradition. The man who followed in his brother's footsteps Kishore had worked as lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter.

He was also the singing voice of many actors, particularly Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. Kishore had the ability to make heroes look good, he added to any melody by his unique style of singing.

The legendary singer added soul to many songs that wouldn't have been what they are if it wasn't for the magic of Kishore.

Born in a Bengali family Kishore sang in many languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya.

Say Kishore, and 'yodeling' is the first thing that comes to the mind. He popularised yodeling in India, and there are few who do it better than him. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana from Andaz is one of the most amazing songs in this style sung by him.

Kishore and Pancham, RD Burman, both were a treat to the music lover in their time, the duo have given unforgettable melodies. Both being versatile musicians gave hits after hits together. 'Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain', 'Oh Mere Dil Ke Chain', 'Mere Bheegi Bheegi Si' to name a few are some of the biggest hits that the two gave together.

Some of Kishore numbers like 'Kuchh to log kahenge', 'Yeh kya hua', 'Yeh Shaam Mastani',and 'Yeh Jo Mohabbat hain' are embedded in memories. His soulful voice warmed the heart has stayed and will remain with his fans' forever.

Kishore's comic timing was impeccable. Films such as Padosan and Chalti ka Naam Gadi are timeless comedies. The mischievous voice of Kishore in songs 'Hum The Woh Thi Aur Samaan Rangeen...' and 'Ek Chatur Naar' can bring on everyone's faces.

Kishore Kumar's sudden death left the fans in much grief but his voice has lived and will remain for years to come. Fan and not Kishore is a treat to listen. From soulful melodies to fun songs. Kishore's songs are for every mood and every reason.

Here are some of his best works:

1. Chingaro Koi Badke from Amar Prem

2. Yeh Sham Mastani from Kati Patang

3. Neele Neele Ambar Par

4. My name is Anthony Gonsalves

5. Dil Kya Kare

6. Phoolon Ke Rang Se

7. O Saathi Re

8. Main Hoo Jhum Jhum Jhumroo

9. Ina Mina Dika

10. Om Shanti Om

11. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana

12. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain

13. Oh Mere Dil Ke Chain

14. Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz

15. Chalte Chalte Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhna


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Ruchira is the Social Media Editor for IBNLive, simply put, one of the few employees who actually gets paid for being on Facebook and Twitter all day long. Ruchira manages the social media outreach for the channel and maybe the person responsible for your tweet going on air. Ruchira feels strongly about women and child rights issues. She has the second-biggest on-desk library at IBNLive and actively lends out books, only to pester borrowers with book review requests. She loves watching cricket and reading political histories. A Rahul Dravid fan, she is coming to terms with her ever growing love for Bollywood songs. Besides being a news and cricket junkie, she indulges greatly in food and sports.