The first time I noticed Krishna Kumar, popularly known as KK, was when the song ‘Yaaron’ (from ‘Rockford’) hit the stands. Mixed perfectly with enough melody and emotions, this song caught my attention instantly and captured my imagination; I have never stopped listening to that song since. Another two or three months went by before I knew who the singer was.
Later, when I heard the same voice in ‘Chod Aaye Hum’ and ‘Chappa Chappa’ from the movie Maachis, I was hooked this singer. Even at that time, KK had a very catchy voice that soothed the ears and mind. And this was just the beginning of his Bollywood career. Subsequently, he went on to croon many heartwarming songs like ‘Tadap Tadap’ from HDDCS, ‘Tu Hi Meri Shaab Hai’ from Gangster, ‘Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai’ from Woh Lamhe and ‘Dil Mein Kuch Ho Raha Hai’ from Freaky Chakra.
Although KK initially dreamt of becoming a doctor, he ended up graduating with a commerce degree from a Delhi college. Without any proper training and purely with his inborn talents, he got into the music circuit by associating with a few bands. To my surprise, I found that he had first tried his hands behind the drums! Finally, not even his short stint as a marketing executive could deter him from going for his dreams—to become a singer.
In 1994, KK reached Mumbai (then Bombay, the Mecca of Bollywood) and began trying his luck. In the process, he became associated with many people like Leslie Lewis, and he started his career as a jingle singer. In the first four years of his career, he covered almost 3500 jingles in 11 languages. His abilities were beginning to be noticed, and soon, Sony Music provided him with a platform to reach out to a wider audience through a song—‘Pal’; the rest is history. This song still remains close to the hearts of all melody lovers.
His recent best songs include ‘Hai Junoon’ from New York, ‘Dekho Nashe Mein’ from Race, ‘O Hum Dum’ from Saathiya, ‘Koi Kahe’ from Dil Chahta Hai, ‘Zindagi Do Pal Ki’ from Kites, ‘Jaane Ye Kya Hua’ from Karthik Calling Karthik and ‘Khuda Jaane’ from Bachna Ae Haseeno. His career saw many award nominations for many of his songs, and he received Best Singer Screen Awards in 1999 and the National Award for the song from Jhankar Beats i.
‘Uyirin Uyire’ in Tamil from the movie Ka Kha Ga Gha is a classic example of the good songs he has sung in languages other than Hindi. Apart from his Bollywood career, KK is very busy with various concerts, college festivals and such live performances where he continues to entertain crowds with his God-gifted voice. A family man to the core, he is married to his childhood love and is a proud father of two kids. KK feels he can emote the feelings in a song well and considers this as his strength. Few would dispute this statement, and I, for one, find listening to his voice blissfully relaxing.