5 Great Singers Of Bollywood and Their Struggle Stories

Kailash Kher - He is popularly  known for his unique voice, style and music in Bollywood. He was brought up in a musical atmosphere, from his school days. At the age of 7-8, he left his home in search of a guru. He learned music from almost 15 teachers and during his struggling days, he used to sleep cheap residence, hostels and railway stations. He got his first big break in the movie 'Andaaz', in which his song "Rabba Ishq Na Hove" became much popular.

Kishore Kumar - He was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, and used to spend time with his brother Akshok Kumar on the sets in his childhood, which led him to become interested in films and music. He started his career as an actor, but his true talent was first recognised by R.D. Burman. He never took any professional training in music but still became popular as the voice of Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rajesh Khanna with his hard work.  

A R Rahman - He was just nine years old, when his father died. He used to give his father's musical equipment for rent to provide some income for his family. In 1992, he got his big break in Bollywood in Mani Ratnam's film 'Roja' and after lots of hard work he got two Academy Awards for his 2008 movie 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

Sonu Nigam - He started his singing career at the age of four and gave his first performance on Mohammed Rafi's song "Kya hua tera wada". In starting of his singing career, he also used to sing in 'Jagrans'. He got his training from Hindustani classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and got his first big break as a playback singer for 1990 movie 'Janam'. 

Usha Uthup - She is popularly known for her different voice in Bollywood and music, due to which she was thrown out of music class in her school days. She started singing from a small nightclub in Chennai called as Nine Gems. When Shashi Kapoor and Navketan unit visited the nightclub, they offered her a chance to sing in a movie and as a result, she started her Bollywood career with 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'.

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