Rest In Peace: Looking Back At The Life and Career of KK

Indian Singer KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) passed away on Tuesday after he fell ill while performing at Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata, for Gurudas College’s fest. The singer returned to his hotel in Esplanade and collapsed after which he was rushed to Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) at around 10:30 pm, where he was declared dead. He was 53. The ace musician is survived by his wife and two kids.

Hum, rahen ya na rahen kal – the timeless classic filled the air at Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday as singer KK staged his last performance, hours before his death.

 

Early Life

KK was born on 23rd August 1968 in a Malayali family to Kunnath Kanakavalli and CS Menon. He was, however, brought up in New Delhi. He completed his studies at Delhi’s Mount St Mary’s School and graduated from Kirori Mal College, DU. KK was married to Jyothy in 1991. The couple had a son named Nakul Krishna Kunnath and a daughter named Tamara Kunnath.

Career in Bollywood

In a career spanning two decades, KK delivered some memorable hits. His soulful voice captured the imagination of youth when he released his debut album Pal in 1999.Β  His songs almost gained cult status among teens in the late 1990s, and his voice was common at school and college farewells and teen cultural events. KK recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, among other languages.

Popular Songs

Aankhon Mein Teri (Om Shanti Om)

Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai (Gangster)

Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)

Pyar Ke Pal (Debut Album Pal)

Tadap Tadap Ke (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

Underrated Songs

Tu Jo Mila (BajrangiBhaijaan)

Ab Toh Forever (Ta Ra Rum Pum)

Kachchi Kaliyaan (Laaga Chunari Mein Daag)

Sajde Kiye Hain Lakhon (Khatta Meetha)

Tu Aashiqui Hai (Jhankaar Beats)

Showbiz Fraternity Pays Homage

Condolences have been pouring in from the film and music industry. PM Narendra Modi too shared a heartfelt condolence on Twitter. “His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as (they) struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs,” Modi said on Twitter.

 

Gun salute accorded to KK

 

Actress Mallika Sherawat heartbroken over KK’s sudden demise

 

Suniel Shetty mourns the ‘unfathomable loss’ of singers KK and Sidhu Moosewala

 

Film Director and Musician Vishal Bhardwaj pays an emotional tribute to KK

 

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Actor Kartik Aaryan remembers KK

 

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Singer Armaan Malik called it a “black year for Indian music”

 

Actor Abhishek Bachchan thanked him for sharing his talent with everyone.

 

Ajay Devgn also sent out condolences

 

Skipper Virat Kohli also tweeted and wrote, “lost a magnificent singer of our times and so suddenly. Condolences to his family and close ones.”

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