Krishnakumar Kunnath (popularly known as KK), collapsed at the hotel where he was staying after a concert that took place in Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha auditorium. Doctors at CMRI hospital said that the 53-year-old stalwart was brought dead.
KK was known for his songs like “Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai”, which is often heard during school and college farewells and youth events. He has given some of the biggest hits in the Indian music industry, such as his Bollywood debut, Tadap (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, 1999), Dil Ibaadat (Tum Mile, 2009), Zindagi Do pal ki (Kites, 2010) and many more.
KK has stated that it is not important for a singer's face to be prominently seen – remarking that he believes the most important thing is that "a singer must be heard." KK has never had any formal musical training.
In 1994, he gave Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, and Leslie Lewis his demo tapes to take a break in the field of music. He was called by UTV and sang the jingle for the Santogen Suiting commercial. In four years, he has recorded over 3,500 jingles in 11 languages. He took his first break in Mumbai to perform a jingle on UTV. He considers Leslie Lewis to be his mentor, who gave him the first jingle to sing in Mumbai.
KK was introduced as a playback singer with AR Rahman's hits "Kalluri Saaley" and "Hello Dr." from Kadir’s Kadhal Desam. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he performed the song "Josh of India" in support of the Indian cricket team.
As the whole country mourns the loss of this legendary singer, Prime Minister of India also took it to his Official Twitter handle to show his condolence. "While we are saddened by the sudden demise of acclaimed musician KK, we shall remember him through his tunes." "My heartfelt condolences to his family and followers," he wrote on Twitter. Famous Bollywood singers and actors like Akshay Kumar, Pritam, Mohit Chauhan and others are showing their grief on Twitter. Fans of KK are in huge shock at this loss.
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