Indian Team Cheerleader and Modern-Day RD Burman: From Marketing to Music, KK’s Passion Scripted His Career – The Musical Journey | The economic period

Singer and songwriter Krishnakumar Kunnath, popular as KK, has won the title of Bollywood’s most versatile singer during his three-decade career. His musical career has over 500 songs in Hindi and over 200 songs in four other languages ​​– Telugu, Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam. On May 31, the country woke up to the news of the singer’s sudden disappearance at the age of 53 after his concert at the Nazrul Mancha Auditorium in Calcutta. With KK, the music industry lost another icon this year after the disappearance of Lata Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri and Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. Here is an overview of his musical journey.
A legend is born
KK never had any formal musical training, but never shied away from singing in languages ​​he didn’t know much about, such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati.

His melodious voice and penchant for love songs struck a chord with people, making him the filmmakers’ top choice for movies.

Although he is a Malayali by birth, he is followed by fans across the country.

90s nostalgia
KK made it a memorable moment for 90s kids with his melodious voice and soulful songs.

He mainly contributed to 90s pop music, which was also a hit with students.

Some of his famous songs from that time were “Pal” and “Yaaron” among others. His music has helped many young people through many facets of life such as heartaches and simple daily hustle and bustle.

How is Josh?
KK was lucky enough to get a special feature in a song dedicated to Team India after reaching the 1999 World Cup Super Six in England. He appeared in the song ‘Josh of India’ to support the Indian cricket team.

The song also featured other Team India members including then-captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Robin Singh. The video also showed India’s historic World Cup victory in 1983.

The big break
Right after graduating from Mount St Mary’s School in Delhi, the late singer took on the responsibilities of marketing associate in the hospitality industry. After the short stint, he decided to follow his passion for music.

After working on several jingles over the next few years, KK got a chance to sing AR Rahman’s hit song ‘Kalluri Saaley’ and ‘Hello Dr’ from Kadir’s ‘Kadhal Desam’ and then ‘Strawberry Kannae’ from the movie musical ‘Minsara Kanavu’ .

In 1999, he made his Bollywood playback debut with ‘Tadap Tadap’ from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. However, he sang a small part of Gulzar’s ‘Maachis’ song ‘Chhod Aaye Hum’ before this big debut.

Some of his famous songs include ‘Jab Bhi Koi Haseena’ from ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Jhanak Jhanak Baaje’ from ‘Farz’, ‘Mil Jaye Khazana’ from ‘Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar’, ‘Aaja Gufaon Mein’ from ‘ Aks’, ‘Dola Re Dola’ and ‘Maar Daala’ for ‘Devdas’, ‘Bardaasht’ for Abbas Mastan’s ‘Humraaz’, ‘Zindagi Do Pal Ki’ and ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera’ for ‘Kites’.

Drawing inspiration
For a very long time, KK was an admirer of singer Kishore Kumar and musical director RD Burman. He also brought versatility to his voice, like his role models.

In 2008, KK released their second album ‘Humsafar’. His song “Raina Bhai Kaari” was a mixture of Bengali Baul with rock, which had a tinge of SD Burman. KK had also sung an English rock ballad “Cineraria”.

Some of his favorite international singers and bands were Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams and Led Zeppelin. In 2013, KK sang for an international album, “Rise Up – Colors of Peace”, consisting of songs written by Turkish poet Fetullah Gulen and sung by artists from 12 countries. He recorded a song called “Rose of My Heart” for the album.