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Born in a Bengali Brahmin family, on 4th August 1929, Kishore Kumar's original name was Abhhas Kumar Ganguly. He was the youngest of four siblings, the other three being Ashok Kumar, Sati Devi and Anoop. When Abhas started his career in the film industry, he changed his name to Kishore Kumar. He landed his first singing break with Marne Ki Duayen Kyon Mangu' for Ziddi. Since then there was no looking back for him.
Not just singing, Kishore da was a master of all trades and was a successsful playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director and screenwriter. In an interview in 1985, he told Pritish Nandy, how he hated acting and was only interested in singing. The magazine quoted him as saying, "I only wanted to sing. Never to act. But somehow, thanks to peculiar circumstances, I was persuaded to act in the movies. I hated every moment of it and tried virtually every trick to get out of it. I muffed my lines, pretended to be crazy, shaved my head off etc. but who cared?"
On his 89th birth anniversary today, we bring you 6 of his songs which are a must-have in your playlist-
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi
This song from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi featuring Kishore Kumar and Madhubala is just what you need when it comes to romancing in rains.
Tere Bina Zindagi
Years have passed by but this song from Sanjeev Kumar- Suchitra Sen's Aandhi still hits you straight in the heart ever time you listen to it.
Dekha Ek Khwab
This superhit song from Silsila picturized on one of the most iconic jodis of all time- Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha is pure heaven.
Gaate Rahe Mera Dil
Everytime you play Aantakshari with your friends, this track from Guide featuring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman always makes its way.
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Thought Kishore da was just restricted to singing romantic and heartbreak songs? Then this Rishi Kapoor song will prove you wrong. Everytime this song plays, one just can't resist themselves from hitting the dance floor.
Chingari Koi Bhadke
One of Kishore da's most iconic songs from Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore starrer Amar Prem, Chingari Koi Bhadke leaves a long-lasting impression even today.