31 May’2022 left all the music lovers in utter disbelief by the untimely death of their favorite singer Krishnakumar Kunnath. The singer was declared dead hours after his live performance in an auditorium in Kolkatta.
Here we would like to pay a tribute to a singer who struck the right chord with the people of all ages with his deep mesmerizing voice. Let’s take a quick tour of the memory lane from where this legend made his mark in the music industry.
Remembering Bollywood Singer KK
Krishnakumar Kunnath (later lovingly called K.K.) after finishing his graduation from Kirori Mal college briefly worked as a marketing executive for a brief period of six months. Thereafter he chose to pursue his passion for singing. Initially, he struggled to create a name in the competitive music industry and the rest of the world is a witness.
Before breaking into the Bollywood industry K.K sang 3,500 jingles. Later he began knocking on the doors of music composers in the 1990s. Remembering K.K, musician Lesle Lewis, “KK came to me and asked whether I can make an album for him. Not everyone could make an album back then. You had to get signed by a record label, fund a video, and had to have some kind of a name. I told him that it is a long shot and that he will have to wait. But, since he was talented, I started calling him for jingles. Finally, after some years, I took some of his jingles to Sony Music and asked them to listen to this great upcoming singer. They loved his voice and asked me to make an album with him.”
Though being from South India K.K adapted well to the language that he sang in. Even when he sang the Tamil songs dappankuthu song ‘Appadi Podu’ none could make out that it was sung by a non-Tamilian.
Talking about his achievements in 2009 he won the Screen Awards, Best playback singer – Male for his song “Khuda Jaane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno. He also received six Filmfare award nominations.
After his death news broke condolences messages broke from all corners right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was the first one to offer condolences on K.K’S death on social media. to Bollywood singers and celebrities. In a tweet, Vice President expressed his anguish over the singers’ untimely demise.
His death is a huge loss to his family and all his fans but his melodious voice is immortal. We wish peace to the departed soul!
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