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Kishore Kumar
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Born
Abhas Kumar Ganguly

(1929-08-04)4 August 1929
Khandwa, Central Provinces, British India
(present-day Madhya Pradesh, India)
Died 13 October 1987(1987-10-13) (aged 58)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Music director
  • lyricist
  • actor
  • film producer
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1946–1987
Spouse(s)
  • Ruma Ghosh
    (m. 1950; div. 1958)
  • Madhubala
    (m. 1960; died 1969)
  • Yogeeta Bali
    (m. 1976; div. 1978)
  • Leena Chandavarkar
    (m. 1980–1987)
Children 2, including Amit Kumar
Relatives See Ganguly family
See Mukherjee-Samarth family
Awards
  • 8 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
  • 4 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Male Playback Award
  • Lata Mangeshkar Award
Signature
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Abhas Kumar Ganguly (born 4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987), better known by his stage name Kishore Kumar was an Indian playback singer and actor. He was one of the most popular singers in the Indian film industry and from soft numbers to peppy tracks to romantic moods, Kumar sang in different genres but some of his rare compositions which were considered classics were lost in time. According to Ashok Kumar, Kumar's success came because his voice hit the microphone straight at its most sensitive point. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian singers.

Apart from Hindi, he sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Urdu. He also sang on private albums in several languages especially in Bengali. He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category. He was awarded the "Lata Mangeshkar Award" by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1985–86. In 1997, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated an award called the "Kishore Kumar Award" for contributions to Hindi cinema. In 2012 Kumar's unreleased last song sold for Rs 1,560,000 (1.56 million) at the Osian's Cinefan Auction in New Delhi.

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