How was Kishore Kumar’s relationship with classical music, unheard stories… interesting stories

Music composer Chitragupta is largely credited with getting Kishore Kumar to sing songs based on classical ragas. Chitragupta was counted among the most serious composers of Indian film music.

Veteran singer and actor Kishore Kumar

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It’s the 70s. There used to be a lot of debate in the film industry. Some people believed that Kishore Kumar is an expert in singing light-hearted songs. But Kishore Da The fans were not ready to accept this. During this time came the film Amar Prem. This film of Shakti Samanta was a tremendous hit. The film had actors like Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Vinod Mehra. The music of the film was given by RD Burman. RD Burman was recognized as a musician who used to use western tunes fiercely.

It was also believed about Kishore Kumar that he can play songs with fun in a better way, but RD Burman did a new experiment in Amar Prem. He composed many songs of the film on pure classical ragas. Remember the songs of this film – Chingari Koi Bhadke, Raina Beti Jaye, Some people will say, Doli mein sitaye ke kahar, Yeh kya hua and Bada natkhat hai Ye Krishna Kanhaiya. The spark was in some raging raga Bhairavi. Some would say that Raga was in Khamaj and Yeh Kya Hua had the imprint of Raga Kalavati.

Those who pass in the journey of life…

In 1974, two years after Amar Prem, came the film Aap Ki Kasam. The music in this film was also by RD Burman. He once again made excellent use of Kishore Kumar’s singing. A song sung by Kishore Kumar in this film became very popular. We hum that song even today – those who pass in the journey of life, they do not come again. This song was composed on the land of Raag Bihag. It is also worth knowing that Raga Bihag is considered to be a raga of serious nature. This song was written by Anand Bakshi.

Legendary musician like Chitragupta started

Music composer Chitragupta is largely credited with getting Kishore Kumar to sing songs based on classical ragas. Chitragupta was counted among the most serious composers of Indian film music. In the 60s, he composed the music of the film ‘Ek Raj’. A song in this film is also sung by Kishore Kumar. The mention of this song is necessary because this song was sung by Kishore Kumar in a classical style. Released in 1963, the song of this film was – Payalwali Dekhna, this song was composed on the land of Raag Maru Bihag, which Kishore Kumar played well.

Kishore da also honestly forbade songs based on raga

There is another side of the coin. Kishore da even refused some songs. Later he agreed on the condition that he would sing that song in his own style. It is the year 1976. Shakti Samant made the film- Mehbooba. One of its songs was a huge hit – Mere Naina Sawan Bhado. This song was in both male and female voices. A rough recording was sent by Pancham Da to Kishore Kumar before recording this song based on Raga Shivranjini. Kishore felt that he would not be able to do justice to this song.

He told RD that he should first record this song with Lataji, then narrate it to him. RD agreed to this. He recorded Lataji’s version and sent it to Kishore Kumar. Kishore Kumar kept listening to him again and again. It is said that after this he sang that song in his own style.

After 5 years in 1981, Chetan Anand was making the film-Kudrat. The music in this film was by Pancham Da. He composed a song in this film on Raag Bhairavi Ki Zameen. Two versions of this song were also to be recorded. RD for female version Burman chose classical singer Parveen Sultana. When it came to the male version, once again his choice was Kishore Kumar. Kishore Kumar did the exact same thing that he did 5 years ago in the film Mehbooba. He sang this song in a different style and once again the male version of this song became a big hit in terms of popularity. The lyrics of that song were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri – Hum Tumse Pyaar Kitna Yeh Hum Nahi Jaaneh. Now hum these songs throughout the day.

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