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Kishore Vs Kishore

Post – 1976 (where RD’s Mehbooba was the sole saving grace), RD could only give one score – Nasir Husain’s Hum Kisise Kum Naheen – of the calibre he possessed, his swan song 1942-A Love Story excepted. Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand and Shakti Samanta all came back to him, only to leave him again, thoroughly […]

Post – 1976 (where RD’s Mehbooba was the sole saving grace), RD could only give one score – Nasir Husain’s Hum Kisise Kum Naheen – of the calibre he possessed, his swan song 1942-A Love Story excepted. Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand and Shakti Samanta all came back to him, only to leave him again, thoroughly disappointed and disillusioned that the sensitive Pancham could never again work with them at the same ‘pitch’. After 1975, the number of truly memorable Kishore Kumar songs for RD can be counted practically on one’s finger tips : Mere naina saawan bhadon (Mehbooba), Aanewala pal (Gol Maal), Rimjhim gire saawan (Manzil), Hamein tumse pyar kitna (Kudrat), Kiski sada ayen mujhko bulaaye (Red Rose), Yeh vaada raha (Yeh Vaada Raha), Hamein aur jeene ki (Agar Tum Na Hote), Saagar kinare (Saagar), Kahin na jaa (Bade Dil Wala) and Jaane kis din kab kahan (Shakti). As can be seen, most of these songs were duets. LP, on the other hand, delivered success after success, and having warded off all challenges, helped Rafi back into the reckoning – as he suited their style more – with Manmohan Desai’s backing in 1977. But right till the end they were never really unfair to Kishore Kumar. ‘But Kishore Kumar would always complain that we never gave him our best songs,’ Laxmikant told me once. But the singing phenomenon never realized that LP had made him their prime weapon in upstaging Pancham, and in the process had demolished myths of Kishore’s narrow range, and given him and themselves some of their finest compositions. Compositions which included the not-so-popular classy (and classic) creations like their songs from Dost, Imtihan, Mile kahin do ajnabi (Manchali), Main aaya hoon leke saaz haathon mein (Amir Garib) Maine kuchh khoya hai (Mere Sajana), Yeh mausam aaya hai (Aakraman ) Tere baghair jaan-e-jaana (Anari), Har raat ek si hoti hai (Aadha Din Aadhi Raat), Aaja ho aaja ke mere dil ne tadap ke (Anurodh), Ek ritu aaye (Gautam Govinda) and Mere hosh le lo (Bandish) before they gradually sidelined the singer in the 80’s. Unlike RD, they neither were trapped in an image, nor did they allow the versatile Kishore to be tied down by a false image.

(source:Sajjad Qadar’s collections
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9 Responses to “Kishore Vs Kishore”

  1. 1
    BAPAN Says:

    Kishoreda is greatest.

  2. 2
    A Singh Says:

    Though RD is associated mainly with KK, but I would like to compliment LP for giving some of the their best works to KK. LP gave KK a total different dimension to his voice.

  3. 3
    vinod Says:

    i think kk is the best ever gift to mankind.

  4. 4
    Anil Says:

    rd employed kishore till end as main singer. rah pe rahate hai (nameen”), jab bhi koi kangana bole ( shaukin), rocky, “agar tum na hote” etc. eve lp had to emloy ishorein mr India in 1987.

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    dr sam Says:

    i beg to differ with your opinion that kishore da outclassed md. rafi for the song ‘tum bin’. i believe rafi’s rendition was by far the more refined of the two and with all due respect to kishore, rafi was a class act in his own right. these two stalwarts of indian cinema gave us such a treasure trove of music and set such high standards, that we are yet to see talent reach those dizzying heights in melody.

  6. 6
    Shahid Says:

    Why we compare these two legends ? Kishore Kumar was a genius singer one can never deny . So , in singing Kishore is a style and an institution to learn the music . How we could sing hindi /urdu songs . Kishore gave different touch to Hindi/Urdu songs . New style emerged in shape of KK this was creativity that kk given to Indian Cinema .so KK was Innovative in style of singing At same time M.Rafi at his own place sung the song with traditional way. So M. Rafi gave peaks to music in India and strengthen the music world and its foundation . Whereas KK gave new inventions to music world and new style that was not in fashion. KK gave new birth to music while M.rafi gave new life to old music .
    So There is no need to compare these two outclass singers ..
    One is fragance other is sense if one is sense other is fragance .

  7. 7
    Sathya prasad T N Says:

    Kishore the unmatchable singer. Can’t we get another Kishore soon?

  8. 8
    Fazal Ahmad Says:

    Hello friends,
    I had always been a Mohd. Rafi fan, since I was a kid. Like my parents and friends, I, obediently followed the tradition to listen and admire rafi and only rafi. His “Makhmali awaaz” was always a treat to my ears. I would sing his songs at the school and with friends. People liked me because I was eventually, if not easily. able to hit those “high surs”. I was admired.
    But, then I had chance to listen to Kishore da`s songs. I was moved! His voice was uniquely LARGE. The base in his voice was incredibly deep, unlike any other singer. His voice was inimitable. Such strong voice, reflected pronounced masculinity. His songs like ‘Hal Kya Hai Dilon Ka’, ‘Phoolon ke rang se’, ‘Aapke Anurodh Pe’ ‘Kuch To log kaheinge’ and many others, are great examples of his talent. You would see many singers singing Rafi`s songs, giving him a good enough tribute. There are sonu nigam, shabbir and many others who are fairly good at it. But Kishore Kumar was UNIQUE. No one in the world has such a tremendous throw and solidarity. AND now we can just IMAGINE what kishore da could have done if he was classically trained from his childhood. His voice would have broken the boundaries and CONQUERED the world!!
    The khanak in kishoreda`s voice was a god-gift and the almighty has not given even one-tenth of that charismatic resonance that kishoreda was rewarded with.
    Conclusively, I hope and pray that the rafi`s fans break their old bias for an hour and just listen to the songs I have recommended above! Do not banish kishore da`s talent without even weighing them fairly. And as for Rafi, he has been my guru, idol, teacher, god and always will be.

    Thank you.

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    Ahamed Kutty Says:

    the site for rafi saab is not like kk site.there are always
    write ups about rafi saab since there are lot of subjects
    about him whether it is his association with fellow singers
    or with music directors or the type of songs he rendered.
    each of his song is a lesson for true music lovers.as far
    as kk is concerned his talents,his association with mds
    or fellow singers are concerned is very limited and that
    is clearly seen in this site – this site is a dessrt site.

    there are number of articles appearing in rafi saab’s
    site and no comments were there about any singer
    by the fans.it is common among rafi fans that they
    are treating rafi saab above anything including their
    beloved ones.it is giving some sort of irritation to the
    fans of other singers especially the fans of kk.this leads
    to unnecessary arguments and using bad words.so it is
    clear that the problems are starting by kk fans.these
    fans of kk are aware that their idol kk is not enough to
    project against as far as high pitch and other difficult
    songs are concerned and that leads to the discussion
    of gantasalaji who was not at all a threat for rafi saab.

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