Krishnakumar Kunnath or popularly known as KK is a prominent Indian playback singer who works predominantly in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, and Gujarati languages films.
Born on the 23rd of August 1968 in Delhi to a Hindu Malayali family, KK was brought up in New Delhi. He has sung over 3,500 singles before breaking into his Bollywood career. After completing his high school and college, KK sang in the “Josh of India” song for the support of the Indian cricket team during the 1999 World Cup. The song features the members of the Indian cricket team.
KK has never undergone any formal training, however, is greatly influenced by Kishore Kumar, and R. D Burman’s style of music along with Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson.
After completing college, KK went through a stint of eight months in which he worked as a marketing executive. In 1994, he moved to Mumbai and sent his demo tape to Ranjit Barot, Louis Banks, and Lesle Lewis to get a break in the music arena. His demo tapes were liked and he was called to sing singles. In a span of four years, KK sang over 3,500 jingles. KK’s big Bollywood song break came in the form of the song “Tadap Tadap” from the film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” in 1999.
In 1999, Sony Music was just being launched in India and they were looking for a new artist. KK got selected and KK in collaboration with Lesle Lewis composed an album titled “Pal”. The album songs “Aapki Dua” “Yaaron” and the title track “Pal” became a nationwide anthem, every youngster was singing it and the album was ruling the music charts. KK received his Screen Music award as Best Singer for the album.
Some of KK’s popular mp3 songs include Aankhon Mein Teri, O Jana, Gori Gori, Meri Maa, Piya Aaye Na, Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai, Haan Tu Hai, Beete Lamhein, Labon Ko, amongst others.
Apart from Bollywood songs, KK has also sung many television serial songs like Hip Hip Hurray. KK also participated in the MTV venture “Coke Studio”. There he sang one qawwali “Chadta Suraj” along with the Sabri brothers. KK has won Best Playback Singer Male for Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, IIFA Awards five times, Guild Awards thrice, GiMA awards once.
On the 53rd KK’s birthday, Saregama celebrates his contribution to the Indian Entertainment Industry.
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