We Miss You, KK! 10 Lesser-Known Facts Of The Music Legend

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If you are a music fan, you may have heard thousands of Indian and international song artists. Some are genetically born singers, whereas some develop a passion for the mike in their growing years. There is also a cult of soloists who got no formal training and were in a different profession before they joined the music industry as lead singers. Singer-songwriter Krishnakumar Kunnath, fondly called KK, is a cult voice that left us too soon at the age of 53, shocking millions of music fans.

Bollywood and Tollywood may never get another KK. Kolkata city would have wept countless tears as KK suffered a fatal cardiac arrest shortly after he finished his last ever performance on stage.

Yes, it is tough to accept the news, but many of you will feel a greater sense of void as you read some of the lesser-known facts about KK shared below:

  1. Every stage performer gets a formal break at some point of time in their career. Renowned male voice in Hindi films, Hariharan spotted KK while he was in Delhi. KK was encouraged to shift to Mumbai, the city of dreams, and the rest is history.
  1. Vishal Bhardwaj, the distinguished Bollywood film director, was the first one to give KK a splendid opportunity to sing a portion of the song Chhod Aaye Hum in his movie Maachis. The song became one of the classic tracks still hummed by music lovers.
  1. KK sang some of the most soulful numbers that the modern-day youth identified with. There was no parallel to KK from the time he started crooning songs. He had a distinctive voice that cannot be even replicated or matched by the present-day singers.
  1. The notable playback singer KK never took professional training from a music school or gharana. The late singer even worked as a salesman for six months. He even worked in the hotel industry before moving to Mumbai in 1994. His family, particularly his wife Jyothi, persuaded him to make a career shift as a singer.
  1. Before he got his break in the music industry, KK had sung 3500 ad jingles. He was the voice for ads on Hero Honda, Nerolac Paints, Colgate, and several TV programs. 
  1. The song Tadap Tadap Ke Is Di Se from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic drama musical film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was KK’s Bollywood debut. In no time, the song became an anthem.
  1. Soon after his debut hit song, KK released Pal, his first debut solo album. The two songs from the album, Pal and Yaaron, became runaway success.
  1. KK is not just a Hindi singer. Besides singing 500 Hindi songs, KK has sung over 200 songs in multiple languages like Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, and Gujarati.
  1. Aside from the film industry, KK has lent his voice to popular TV shows of the 1990s. Did you know KK sang for famous television soap operas like Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Hip Hip Hurray, Kuch Jhuki Si Palkein, Kkavyanjali, etc.
  1. Music talent knows no boundaries. Apart from his singing stints in India, KK also sang the track Tanha Chala for the Pakistani TV show, The Ghost. It was a romantic ghost fiction drama.

KK was a self-made singing legend inspired by none other than Kishore Kumar. With a career spanning over three decades, it is difficult to digest that he was not a trained musician. He learned a song by just hearing it. The next time you play Dil Ibaadat, O Meri Jaan, Aankhon Mein Teri, Beete Lamhein, you may feel the humming memories of Krishnakumar Kunnath touch your soul.

Deepika Dewan

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