Kishore kumar, a legendary singer of Indian cinema. He is known for his versatility and charismatic screen presence. Today, nation celebrates the singer’s 85th birth anniversary. He was born in a Bengali family on August 4, 1929 and was named Abhas Kumar Ganguly on birth. Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar’s elder brother was a big name in the industry. On his insistence Kishore Kumar joined Hindi film industry. Apart from Hindi, Kishore Kumar used to sing in many other languages like – Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati etc. He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category. Madhya Pradesh govt started a new award in his memory – The Kishore Kumar Award.Kishore Kumar started his career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies. He made his Bollywood debut with ‘Shikari’ which released in 1946. Kishore Kumar’s elder brother, Ashok Kumar played lead role in the movie. He won many awards for his songs. ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’, ‘Pag Ghunghroo Bandh’, ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ are some of his most memorable and most popular songs.
A grand musical orchestra is held every year at Kishore Kumar Muktidham on Khandwa-Indore Road on August 4 where people from all cross-sections of society pay tribute to the legendary singer. Anybody on the occasion could walk on the dais and sing his blockbuster songs.