You Cannot Grow Up In India Without Knowing #KishoreKumar. Let's Wish Him Happy Birthday!

'Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jate hain jo makam...woh phir nahin aate,..' when Kishore Kumar, the legendary singer, actor, script writer and lyricist left us exactly 29 years ago, he left on this very note. His aura, charm and an effervescence nature struck a chord with everyone in Bollywood and beyond it. Here are some of the lesser known facts about #KishoreKumar, the legend. 

Naam hi kafi hai!

He was named Abhas Kumar by his parents and later changed it to Kishore Kumar after he joined Bollywood.

He came from a simple middle class family

Kishore Da was born in Madhya Pradesh to Kunjalal Gangulyand Gouri Devi and had three siblings- Ashok Kumar, Sati Devi and Anoop Kumar.

How his singing career started

He started his career as a chorus singer for Bombay Talkies, where his brother Ashok Kumar worked.

Destined for something else

Originally, Kishore Da and Mehmood Ali were supposed to play the lead in movie 'Ananda', but that never happened, since director Hrishikesh Mukherjee was driven away by the singer's gatekeepers.

Family Life

He married four times. Ruma Ghosh was his first wife. After divorcing her, he married Madhubala, who died after a few years. Later, he married Yogita Bali, but even this relationship was short-lived. Finally, he married Leena Chandavarkar and this lasted until his death in 1987.

8 Filmfare Awards

In the category of the best playback singer, male, Kishore Da has won eight Filmfare awards, the highest number of wins in this category till now.


Known as being notorious and moody, Kishore Da became a loner in the later part of his life.

His beliefs and his thoughts

He believed in many things and spent time thinking about these many things. Once he discovered a priest's graveyard near his Juhu home and noticed the date on the tombstone was 4th August, 1929, his birth date! This left the versatile singer wondering about this co-incidence for a long time.

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