Though it’s been a year, it takes a moment to acknowledge that the legendary singer KK passed away 12 months ago on this day. KK–The significance of these two letters to his fans around the world is enormous. Our entire generation has grown up listening to his songs, which always set a different mood. Be it school, college or working life, KK and his songs have always been there. His 1999 song Yaaron Dosti still makes people nostalgic and yearn for their friends. (Also Read | Rare pics of KK from 1989 North Korea concert, wedding with Jyoti Krishna and more)
The songs Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai and Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar from the 2006 movie Woh Lamhe KK from the 2006 movie are evergreen songs about love. We still sing and hum his many songs from many Bollywood movies. Since the early nineties, many singers became famous with their hit numbers, songs that we used to sing round the clock. However, sadly, we no longer remember many of the singers or their songs.
The love for KK’s music transcends generations
Our generation has moved from cassettes, Walkmans, CDs to YouTube and online streaming platforms. But KK was always in the list of songs and in the hearts. The demise of Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, last year came as a deep shock and personal loss to his fans across the world. His smiling face and beautiful voice always melted the hearts of his fans. As I grew up, during conversations with family members, friends and acquaintances, KK was always on the list of ‘favourite singers’. No controversies, no fights, no drama – KK lived for his love and passion for music.
As we celebrate KK’s first death anniversary, we take a look back at his music career:
Beginning of KK’s music career
In 1999, KK released his debut solo pop rock album Pal, which featured music by Leslie Lewis. The songs Pal, Yaaron and Aap Ki Dua became instant hits and garnered him a loyal fan following. He released his next album, Humsafar, in 2008. Over the years, KK sang many songs in several languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati.
KK’s bollywood debut song and hit songs from previous years
Although KK sang in Chhod Aaye Hum (1996 film Maachis), his first song in Bollywood was Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Se (1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam). He played Awarapan Banjarapan in Jism (2002), Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai in Woh Lamhe (2006), Labon Ko in Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Aankhon Mein Teri in Om Shanti Om (2007), Khuda Jaane in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Dil Kites (2008) 2010) in Kyun Yeh Mera, Murder 3 (2013) in Mat Aazma Re, Happy New Year (2014) in India Wale and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) Tu Jo Mila. He also won the National Award for his song Tu Aashiqui Hai from Jhankar Beats. The song Dhoop Pani Behne De from Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga was the first song released after KK’s death.
KK lends his voice for the title track of television serials
KK sang for television serials including Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Just Mohabbat, Kuch Jhukki Si Palkein, Hip Hip Hurray, Kavyanjali and Just Dance. He also sang the title track Tanha Chala of the Pakistani TV show The Ghost.
KK died of a heart attack on May 31, 2022, during a protest in Kolkata. After his performance at Nazrul Manch, he felt unwell and was taken to CMRI Hospital. Doctors declared him dead on arrival. KK is survived by his wife Jyoti Krishna. They have two children – Nakul and Tamara.