Kishore Kumar: Etched in million hearts with Immortal Voice

By:  Gayatri Kolwankar

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This legend needs no introduction. He ruled our hearts for decades and will continue to do so for centuries to come. 4th August marks the birthday of the most versatile, talented, melodious singer Kishore Kumar who till date is one of the most successful playback singer Indian industry ever got. Kishore Kumar was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on August 4, 1929 and today is his 88th Birth Anniversary. He was not only a playback singer but also a great actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director & screenwriter. He donned many hats and excelled in each. It is a herculean task to choose best five songs of Kishore Da but we bring you top five songs of his that we love the most:

1. ‘Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si’ from ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’

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The song was released in 1958 and 50 years later this song is still popular among the masses. Music by SD Burman and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kishore Kumar added the magic to the song with his melodious and soothing voice. ‘Ek Ladki Bhigi Bhagi Si’ song stars Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, and Anoop Kumar.

2. ‘Chookar Mere Man Ko’ from ‘Yaarana’

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The song features Amitabh Bachchan and Neetu Singh and is till date one of the most romantic songs. Music of the song was given by Rajesh Roshan and Kishore Da’s incomparable voice is what adds gentility to the song. He effortlessly manages to touch the chords of every listener’s heart through this song.

3. ‘Kehna Hai’ from ‘Padosan’

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It was said that Kishore Da adds romance to the song with his vocals and this song is a true testimony to that. RD Burman was the music director of the song and Kishore Da with his full heart and soul has woven sheer magic to this song which was picturised on Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu. 

4. ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ from ‘Aradhana’

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This song is undoubtedly a classic number from Kishore Kumar plethora of hit songs.  The movie had Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila Tagore in the lead roles. The music was composed by S.D. Burman & lyrics were given by Anand Bakshi. He was extraordinary in this song and he surely proves that legends like him are born and not made.

5. ‘Dekha Ek Khwab’ from ‘Silsila’

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Yash Chopra was the king of romance with his films and Kishore Da was the king of romance when it comes to songs. The most beautiful music and the classic song ‘Dekha Ek Khwab’ from ‘Silsila’ is one of his best romantic numbers. 

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