On October 13 the Bell Performing Art Centre, Surrey will be holding a special tribute celebration to the legendary singer Kishore Kumar – the man that was known to be Bollywood’s greatest showman, at Surrey`s Bell Performing Arts Centre. The date will mark exactly 25 years since he suddenly passed away. Local and International singers and musicians will perform a three hour musical show to commemorate the memory and celebrate the life of this legendary singer.

The evening will also pay a special feature tribute to actors Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand. The Voice Group is one of the proud sponsors of this historic event.

Kishore Kumar – 4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987, born as Abhas Kumar Kanjilal Ganguly, was an Indian film playback singer and an actor who also worked as lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. Kishore Kumar sang in many Indian languages including Bengali,Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya. He won 8 Film fare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for most number of Film fare Awards won for that category.

Kishore Kumar was born into the Bengali Brahmin Ganguly family. Kishore was the youngest of four siblings, the other three being Ashok Kumar (the eldest), Sati Devi, and Anoop Kumar.

While Kishore was still a child, Ashok Kumar became a Bollywood actor. Later, Anoop Kumar also ventured into cinema with the help of Ashok Kumar. Spending time with his brothers, Kishore also started to take a keen interest in movies and music. He became a fan of singer-actor Kundan Lal Saigal, whom he considered his guru, and tried to follow Saigal’s singing style.

After Ashok Kumar became a Bollywood star, the Ganguly family used to visit Bombay regularly. Abhas Kumar changed his name to Kishore Kumar and started his cinema career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies, where his brother worked. Kishore Kumar’s first film as an actor was Shikari (1946), in which Ashok Kumar played the lead role. Music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kishore Kumar a chance to sing “Marne ki duayen kyon mangu” for the film Ziddi (1948). After this, Kishore Kumar got many other assignments, but he was not very serious about a film career. In 1949, he decided to settle in Mumbai.

Kishore Kumar starred in films New Delhi (1957), Aasha (1957), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Half Ticket (1962), and Padosan (1968). Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, his home production, starred the three Ganguly brothers and Madhubala. The film is about romance between a city girl (Madhubala) and a car mechanic (Kishore Kumar), with a subplot involving the brothers.

Music director S. D. Burman is credited with spotting Kishore Kumar’s talent as a singer, and advancing his singing career. Burman recorded with Kishore for Dev Anand’s Munimji (1954), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1955), Funtoosh (1956), Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Paying Guest (1957), Guide (1965), Jewel Thief (1967), Prem Pujari (1970), and Tere Mere Sapne (1971). He also composed music for Kishore Kumar’s home production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958).

In 1975, S. D. Burman composed his last song for Kishore Kumar. S. D. Burman went into a coma for the second time, soon after Kishore recorded the song “Badi Sooni Sooni Hai Zindagi” for the film Mili.

R. D. Burman frequently used Kishore Kumar as the male singer and recorded several songs with him in the 1970s. Some Kishore Kumar-R. D. Burman songs include “O Maajhi Re” from Khushboo, “Yeh Shaam Mastaani” and “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai” from Kati Patang (1971), “Chingari Koi Bhadke” and “Kuchh To Log Kahenge” from Amar Prem (1972), “Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aayi” from Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), “Musafir Hoon Yaaron” from Parichay (1972), “Diye Jalte Hain” from Namak Haraam (1973), “Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si” from Anamika (1973), “Zindagi Ke Safar Mein” from Aap Ki Kasam (1974), “Agar Tum Na Hote” and “Humein Tum Se Pyaar Kitna” from Kudrat, “Mere Naina Saawan Bhadon” from Mehbooba, and “Chingari Koi Bhadke (Amar Prem)” and “Jab Bhi Koi Kangana” from Shaukeen (1986).

During the Indian Emergency (1975–1977), Sanjay Gandhi asked Kishore Kumar to sing for an Indian National Congress rally in Mumbai, but he refused. As a result, the government put an unofficial ban on playing Kishore Kumar songs on the All India Radio or television.

Kishore Kumar married four times. His first wife was Bengali singer and actress Ruma Guha Thakurta aka Ruma Ghosh. Their marriage lasted from 1950 to 1958.

Kishore’s second wife was actress Madhubala, who had worked with him on many films including his home production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) and Jhumroo (1961). Kishore Kumar’s third marriage was to Yogeeta Bali, and lasted from 1976 to 4 August 1978. Kishore was married to Leena Chandavarkar from 1980 until his death.

On 13 October 1987, his brother Ashok’s 76th birthday, he died of a heart attack in Mumbai. After 25 years of his death Surrey will remember this great singer. So come and be part of this event this Saturday.

Date: Saturday October 13th @ 7pm
Venue: Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey
Event: Zindagi Ek Safar – A Tribute to Kishore Kumar
For more information contact Jazz Mattu @ 604 808 9393