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Songs of the scions

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Amit and Sumit, sons of Kishore Kumar, talk to Chitra Swaminathan about their father’s musical legacy

by R. SHIVAJI RAO for THE HINDU

The maverick Kishore Kumar’s singer-sons Amit and Sumit Kumar and wife Leena Chandavarkar (remember the bubbly girl in “Humjoli”?) were in the city recently for the music show “Ek Hi Awaaz” and were bombarded with ek hi question — about the musical escapades of the golden-voiced Kishore Kumar. When it comes to music, most prefer to live in the past. (more…)

The Versatile Genius

Monday, July 31st, 2006

What do you call a man who can sing and dance; act and mimic; write and compose; make you laugh and cry all at one time? How do you define a person who lives by defying norms? (more…)

Never Before Never Again

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

AN ARTICLE BY J.S.RAO Known for his eccentricity, he was called everything from a miser to a madcap to a moron. But, as a singer he was unparalleled. So was his ability to make people laugh. J S Rao remembers Kishore Kumar on the occasion of his 15th death anniversary. (more…)

Surma Mera Nirala

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Was Kishore Kumar eccentric? Was he obsessed by money? What made him opt for the tongue-in-cheek and the audacious? Why are there hundreds of storied circulating in the film circuit about his oddities? (more…)

KK In His Own Words

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

From Phillumfare’s special issue (Nov 1-15, 1987), less than a month after KK’s death:Kishore, in his own words: (more…)

Interview With KK

Monday, February 23rd, 2004

Here are excerpts of a tete-a tete with Kishore Kumar and the editor of the Illustrated Weekly, Pritish Nandy. This piece appeared in a cover story entitled “GENIUS” in the April 28, 1985 issue of the Illustrated Weekly. (more…)


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