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     1'''Kishore Kumar (1929-87)''' 
     4Actor, singer, director, music director and 
     5producer born in Khandwa, MP. Moved to 
     6Bombay and featured occasionally in 
     7Saraswati Devi’s chorus at Bombay Talkies 
     8where elder brother Ashok Kumar was the 
     9top star. Imitated his hero, K.L. Saigal, e.g. in 
     10the Khemchand Prakash song in Rimjhim 
     11(1949). Early reputation as an actor who sang 
     12his own songs mostly in slapstick comedies, 
     13often playing the unemployed youth (Musafir, 
     14Naukri). After New Delhi and Chalti Ka 
     15Naam Gaadi, gained recognition for off-beat 
     16humour and for providing a new musical 
     17sound. His career as India’s most famous male 
     18playback singer, certainly in the 70s, was 
     19effectively launched when he became Dev 
     20Anand’s singing voice with Ziddi (Marne ki 
     21duaayen) and Munimji (1955: Jeevan ke 
     22safar). Formally untrained, he assimilated jazzscat 
     23fragmented musical notes into a rhythmic 
     24sequence and, once its beat was established, 
     25departed from the pattern and combined notes 
     26and words/syllables into new kinds of musical 
     27harmony in the 50s (largely restricted to 
     28melody with the singer following the 
     29instrumentation). Composer Kalyanji, with 
     30whom Kishore Kumar pioneered the use of 
     31electronic music, said that his riyaz (practice) 
     32lay more in his skills as a mimic rather than in 
     33technique. His songs spanned many genres: 
     34Ina mina dika was the pinnacle of a USderived 
     35popular song introduced by C. 
     36Ramchandra in the 50s; he sang several ‘sad’ 
     37numbers, esp. in films he directed and which, 
     38contrary to his image, were often tragedies 
     39(e.g. the song A chal ke tujhe in Door Gagan 
     40Ki Chhaon Mein); practised yodelling in the 
     41title song of Jhumroo and continued in later 
     42films; sang about his income-tax harassment 
     43during the Emergency and once, the legend 
     44goes, he set the Malthusian theory of 
     45population to music. Also evoked a tradition of 
     46Bengali comic songs of e.g. comedians 
     47Nabadwip Haldar and Tulsi Chakraborty, 
     48some of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s compositions, 
     49and later music of Ranjit Roy. The 
     50unpredictability of his musical sequencing was 
     51translated into his performances where the 
     52slapstick comedy of Baap Re Baap, Half 
     53Ticket, New Delhi and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi 
     54have been seen as one of the Hindi cinema’s 
     55precedents of postmodernism: the apparently 
     56‘tribal’ music of Jhumroo is a pastiche of 
     57Tequila; in Half Ticket, the classic chase 
     58sequence has hero and villain dancing in 
     59Nautanki garb and in a freewheeling Slavic 
     60harvest number. His approach echoes Danny 
     61Kaye’s style of comedy, but the performative 
     62idiom is largely original although he refused to 
     63claim auteur status. The songs, however, fall 
     64into two fairly distinct periods: one as Dev 
     65Anand’s singing voice, the other as Rajesh 
     66Khanna’s playback voice after Aradhana 
     67(1969), leading to classic Bachchan numbers 
     68including the Don (1978) song, Khaike pan 
     69banarasvala. In the 80s gave huge public 
     70concerts in India and abroad. His Madison 
     71Square Garden concert became a best seller on 
     72cassette. His son, Amit Kumar, is currently a top 
     73singer in Hindi films. 
     76'''FILMOGRAPHY''' (* also d & music d/** also 
     77music d): 1946: Shikari; 1947: Shehnai; 1948: 
     78Sati Vijaya; Ziddi; 1950: Muqaddar; 1951: 
     79Andolan; 1952: Cham Chama Cham; 
     80Tamasha; 1953: Faraib; Ladki; Lehren; 1954: 
     81Adhikar; Dhobi Doctor; Ilzaam; Miss Mala; 
     82Naukri; Pehli Jhalak; 1955: Baap Re Baap; 
     83Char Paise; Madh Bhare Nain; Rukhsana; 
     841956: Aabroo; Bhagambhag; Bhai Bhai; 
     85Dhake Ki Malmal; Mem Sahib; Naya Andaz; 
     86New Delhi; Parivar; Paisa Hi Paisa; 1957: 
     87Miss Mary; Aasha; Bandi; Begunah; Musafir; 
     881958: Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi; Chandan; 
     89Delhi Ka Thug; Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala; 
     90Ragini; Lookochuri; 1959: Chacha Zindabad; 
     91Jaalsaaz; Shararat; 1960: Apna Haath 
     92Jagannath; Bewaqoof; Girl Friend; Mehlon Ke 
     93Khwab; 1961: Jhumroo**; Karodpati; 
     94Madhya Rater Tara; 1962: Bambai Ka Chor; 
     95Half Ticket; Manmauji; Naughty Boy; 
     96Rangoli; 1963: Ek Raaz; 1964: Door Gagan 
     97Ki Chhaon Mein*; Baghi Shahzada; Mr X In 
     98Bombay; Daal Mein Kala; Ganga Ki Lehren; 
     991965: Hum Sub Ustad Hain; Shriman 
     100Funtoosh; Ek Tuku Chhoya Lage; 1966: 
     101Akalmand; Ladka Ladki; Pyar Kiye Jaa; 1967: 
     102Hum Do Daku*; Dustu Prajapati; Albela 
     103Mastana; Duniya Nachegi; 1968: Do Dooni 
     104Char; Hai Mera Dil; Padosan; Sadhu Aur 
     105Shaitan; Shrimanji; Payal Ki Jhankaar; 1970: 
     106Aansoo Aur Muskaan; 1971: Door Ka Rahi*; 
     107Hangama; 1972: Pyar Diwana; Bombay To 
     108Goa; Zameen Aasmaan**; 1974: Badhti Ka 
     109Naam Daadhi*; 1978: Ek Baap Chhe Bete; 
     110Shabash Daddy*; 1981: Chalti Ka Naam 
     111Zindagi*; 1982: Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin*; 
     1121989: Mamata Ki Chhaon Mein (d only, 
     113completed by Amit Kumar).