Kishore Kumar – At a Glance

Kishore Kumar – At a Glance

Real Name: Abhas Kumar Ganguly

Date of Birth: 04th August 1929 (Friday), Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA

Date of Death: 13th October 1987 (Tuesday), “Gauri Kunj”, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, INDIA

Education: l Primary education from Pandit Makhan Lal Chaturvedi Primary School (Double
Phatak Hindi Medium), Bombay Road, Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
l Matric from New High School, Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
l Inter from Christian College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Father: Kunjlal Ganguly, Advocate

Mother: Gauri Devi, Housewife

Elder Brothers: Ashok Kumar (real name – Kumud Ganguly), Actor
Anoop Kumar, Actor

Elder Sister: Sati Devi


  1. Ruma Devi, Actress
  2. Madhubala, Actress
  3. Yogita Bali, Actress
  4. Leena Chandavarkar, Actress

Children :

  1. Amit Kumar
  2. Sumit Kumar

Contribution: Playback Singer, Actor, Music Director, Lyricist, Story Writer, Producer, Director
in Film Industry

  • He has sung around 3000 songs
  • He has sung maximum songs under the music direction of Rahul Dev Burman
  • He has sung maximum songs written by Anand Bakshi
  • He sang maximum duets with Asha Bhosle in female category and with Mohd. Rafi in male category
  • He acted in around 100 films out of which he played lead role in around 80 films
  • He has produced nine films and also written script of nine films
  • He has directed seven films
  • He has written 16 songs
  • He has composed music direction of 15 films including shelved films
  • He has sung maximum 11 songs in the film “Jhumroo” (1961) under his own music direction
  • His debut song was “Marne Ki Duyayen Kyon Maangun…” from the film “Ziddi”(1948) under the music direction of Khemchand Prakash which was pictured on Dev Anand and the last song was “Guru Guru Aa Jao Guru…” from the film “Waqt Ki Aawaaz” 1987) with Asha Bhosle under the music direction of Bappi Lahiri recorded on 12.10.1987, which was picturized on Mithun Chakraborty.

International Award :

1979 at Los Angles, U.S.A. for the outstanding contribution in the field of Music.

Film Fare Awards :

Kishore Kumar was given eight times Film Fare Award as the best playback singer. The songs for which he was presented this award are as under:-

S. No. – Song –   Film/Year Award Year
1. Roop Tera Mastanaa… Aaradhana / 1969 1970
2. Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera Toda… Amanush / 1975 1976
3. Khaike Paan Banaraswala… Don / 1978 1979
4. Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekhin… Thodi Si Bewafai / 1980 1981
5. Pag Ghunghroo Baandh Meera… Namak Halal / 1982 1983
6. Hamein Aur Jeene Ki Chaahat… Agar Tum Na Hote / 1983 1984
7. Manzilen Apni Jagah Hain Raaste… Sharabi / 1985 1985
8. Saagar Kinare Dil Yeh Pukare… Saagar / 1985 1986

Other Awards

  • He has been presented “Lata Mangeshkar Sammaan” Award in the year 1985-86 for his outstanding contribution in the field of singing.
  • He has been presented consistently 14 times Award by Lions Club, Mumbai
  • He has also been presented Award by Lions Club, Delhi
  • He has been presented awards many times by “Bangla Film Journalist Association (B.F..J.A.), Kolkata

Film Fare Nomination

Kishore Kumar was nominated for the following songs as Playback Singer in Film Fare Awards, though he could not get awarded for these songs:-


Department of Culture, Madhya Pradesh instituted an annual national award “Kishore Kumar Samman” in 1997-1998 for direction, acting, script writing and lyrics in the field of cinema to follow its exquisite tradition of paying honour to sublime creative work. A sum of rupees two lakh and a plaque of award is given away to mark this honour. A five-member selection committee is formed to decide about the recipients of this honour which consists of doyen creative persons and experts of this genre. The nominations and the recommendations of the selection committee are further presented for discussion and decision. The members of selection committee enjoy the rights to include any name for their consideration if it has been left earlier. At the time of the selection for the honour it is mandatory that the artist should be creatively active.

The list of the artists honoured with this award is given below and in addition blank space has been left for the coming years so that readers may fill it up :

1997-1998 Hrishikesh Mukharjee Direction
1998-1999 Nasiruddin Shah Acting
1999-2000 Gulzar Script
2000-2001 Kaifi Azami Lyrics
2001-2002 B. R. Chopra Direction
2002-2003 Amitabh Bachchan Acting
2003-2004 Govind Nihlani Script
2004-2005 Javed Akhtar Lyrics
2005-2006 Shyam Benegal Direction
2006-2007 Shatrughan Sinha Acting
2007-2008 Manoj Kumar Script
2008-2009 Gulshan Bawra Lyrics
2009-2010 Yash Chopra Direction
2010-2011 Dev Anand Acting
2011-2012 Salim Khan Script
2012-2013 Sameer Lyrics
2013-2014 Sai Pranjpe Direction
2014-2015 Dilip Kumar Acting

“My Favourite Songs”

Kishore Kumar’s own favorite songs, sung by him:

Kishore Kumar has ranked his favourite songs (from 1 to 10 as above) in a interview which was given to famous journalist Preetish Nandi

(Source: The illustrated Weekly of India, April 28, 1985).

Untouched Aspects of the Legend

* Kishore Kumar’s as an actor “Sati Vijaya” (1948) was the only mythological film in which he didn’t sing any song.

“Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin” (1982) directed by Kishore Kumar was a songless film.

* Kishore Kumar used to keep his name Kishore in most of his films in which he acted.

* Kishore Kumar didn’t charge anything for Rajesh Khanna’s banner “Ashirwad Films” for the film “Alag Alag” (1985).

* Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Amit Kumar, Bappi Lahiri sang under Kishore Kumar’s music direction and vice-versa.

* Kishore Kumar also did playback singing for a serial “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi”.

* Kishore Kumar sang in chorus as child artist in films like “Bandhan” (1940) song
“Chal Chal Re Naujawan…” and “Bombay Talkies”.

* Bombay Talkie’s “Jwar Bhata” (1944) which was Dilip Kumar’s first films, Ruma Devi & Madhubala both acted as child artist later both these become Kishore Kumar’s First and Second wife.

* Kishore Kumar got married four times. All his wives used to act in films. When he met very first time with each of them, they all used to reside in the Bandra area of Mumbai.

* Kishore Kumar financially helped Satyajit Ray during the making of “Pather Panchali” a bengali films.

* Kishore Kumar used to love simplicity. He was fond of Fish, Rabri, Poori-Bhaji. He didn’t like Alcohol, Telephone Calls and Tax Problems.

*Madhya Pradesh Govt. started “Kishore Kumar Samman” (National Award) in the loving memory of him in 1997 for excellent contribution in films and creative arts.

* Kishore Kumar was born in Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh), his Samadhi has also created in Khandwa.

M. P. Govt. has developed a colony titled “Kishore Kumar Nagar” in Khandwa.