The end of an ERA with KK

I talk about music a lot here, and I know what I’m talking about. As someone who has liked several styles of music for many years, there is still something incredibly new about vintage Bollywood music, and this is surely due to KK!

I immediately started playing a KK jukebox on YouTube after hearing of his tragic death, only to find myself singing along to the lyrics of songs that were over 5-10 years old. That reminded me that KK’s songs were all my favorite Bollywood tracks. And my feelings for them have grown much stronger.

Who is KK?

Born in Delhi to Malayali parents C. S. Menon and Kunnath Kanakavalli, Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK, was an Indian playback singer. He recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, and Gujarati languages.

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KK magnificent career

KK began his career by singing for advertisement jingles and made his film debut with an A.R. Rahman soundtrack. In 1999, he launched his debut album titled Pal. The songs “Pal” and “Yaaron” from the album Pal became very popular and are commonly used in school farewells.

He sang about 3,500 jingles in 11 languages over the course of four years. Lewis was named KK’s mentor after giving him his first jingle in Mumbai. But fate had other plans for KK, who preferred to be heard rather than seen.

His popular songs included “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), the Tamil song “Apadi Podu”, “Dola Re Dola” from Devdas (2002), “Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai” from Woh Lamhe (2006), “Aankhon Mein Teri” from Om Shanti Om (2007), “Khuda Jane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), “Piya Aaye Na” from Aashiqui 2 (2013), “Mat Aazma Re” from Murder 3 (2013), “India Wale” from Happy New Year (2014) and “Tu Jo Mila” from Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), among others.

He has received six Filmfare Awards nominations and a Filmfare Awards South.

KK’s last concert and lack of management

Just hours before his death on May 31, the legendary 53-year-old vocalist sang at a concert in Nazrul Mancha, a venue of the Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya college in Kolkata. In this regard, just a few speculations have surfaced.

The air conditioning was not working at Nazrul Mancha the day before too. He has already expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation. It’s not an open auditorium, and the venue should at the very least keep an eye on its appliances if they’re charging so much. The artist was shown sweating considerably in a number of videos.

He was basically asking the administration to turn on the air conditioning and turn out some of the lights. He was expressing, “Pichwara jal raha hai.”

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People knocked down the doors and walked inside the auditorium without a ticket. The hall had a capacity of 2200 people, and there were over 6000 people present. In the auditorium’s passageways, a few people are celebrating by blowing fire extinguishers. There was no one in charge of security. Imagine the heat of Kolkata, then a packed auditorium with no air conditioning, and you’re singing your heart out at the top of your lungs. The heart attack does not appear to be normal.

Celebrities’ condolences and tribute to KK

Celebrities came on Twitter and pour in their love and tribute for the late artist. Fellow singers also are in shock after his tragic demise.

Emraan Hashmi, whose on-screen sing-sync was created just for KK’s replay, was stunned. He tweets,

Furthermore, fellow singer and friend Vishal Dadlani tweets,

Jubin Nautiyal tweets his tribute to the artist,

Fellow singer Shaan posts,

Salim Merchant tweets his love and condolences for the last artist,

Virat Kohli tweets,

Shahid Kapoor tweets,

Gone too soon! Rest in Peace king. You have given us some of the best years of our life.

Listen to some of his best songs in this jukebox!


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