HnExpress Mayank Chakravarty, Kolkata : Famous Singer KK died last night at the age of 53. His demise has shocked Bollywood celebs and his fans. The singer was in Kolkata for a concert, and reportedly, after the concert when he reached hotel, his suddenly fell sick. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.
His Life and melodious career, Krishna kumar Kunnath (23 August 1968-31 May 2022), popularly known as KK, was an Indian playback singer. Regarded as one of the best and most versatile singers in the Indian music industry, he recorded songs in several languages, including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati. KK began his career by singing for advertisement jingles, KK got his break as a playback singer with A R Rahman’s hit songs ‘Kalluri Saaley’ and ‘Hello Doctor’.
In Bollywood, he started by singing a small portion of ‘Chhod Aaye Hum’ from Gulzar’s Maachis. His first full-fledged Bollywood song was, however, the hugely popular ‘Tadap tadap ke’ from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999.In 1999, he launched his debut album titled Pal. The songs “Pal” and “Yaaron” from the album Pal became very popular and are commonly used in school farewells. His popular songs included “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), the Tamil song “Apadi Podu”,
“Dola Re Dola” from Devdas (2002), “Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai” from Woh Lamhe… (2006), “Aankhon Mein Teri” from Om Shanti Om (2007), “Khuda Jane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), “Piya Aaye Na” from Aashiqui 2 (2013), “Mat Aazma Re” from Murder 3 (2013), “India Wale” from Happy New Year (2014) and “Tu Jo Mila” from Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), among others. He has received six Filmfare Awards nominations, and a Filmfare Awards South.
Funeral and reactions— The singer’s mortal remains were kept at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata where family paid their last respects. Many Bollywood celebs took to Twitter to mourn his demise. Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, visited Rabindra Sadan and paid her last respect to the singer. She had earlier tweeted, “The sudden and untimely demise of the Bollywood playback singer KK shocks and saddens us. My colleagues have been working from last night to ensure that all requisite support is given for necessary formalities,
his rites and to his family now. My deep condolences.” The Kolkata Police has registered an unnatural death case over the death of singer Krishna kumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK. The case was registered at the New Market police station. Meanwhile Artists from all over world were expressing their condolence Bengali singer Rupankar Bagchi, hours before KK’s live concert and passing, posted a video on Facebook where he made some controversial remarks against the late singer.
He said, “After listening to his songs, I realised that we all sing better than KK. What is the hype? It’s like KK.. KK.. KK.. who is K ? We are better than any K.” His words in Bengali can be translated as, “Some of the singers I have mentioned are better than KK in any performance. Why is there so much excitement about Bombay? After he received flak for his comments about KK, A Times of India report had Rupankar terming his lash-out video as ‘misinterpretation’.
About KK’s demise, he said, “I was in Bhubaneswar and learnt about the news after my flight landed. It is really shocking news and truly unfortunate.” He also said that his comments about KK on his Facebook post were ‘misinterpreted’.
People are questioning Criminal negligence on part of event organisers:
Following KK’s demise soon after his concert on Tuesday, 31 May, users have come forward and spoken about the alleged management issues that took place at the event. A probe has been launched into the singer’s death and a case of “unnatural death” has been registered by the Kolkata Police.
Many have claimed that the auditorium, which has a capacity of only 2,000 people was filled with 5,000 people on 30 May, and 7,000 people on 31 May. Others have shared videos that show KK sweating profusely, complaining about the AC not working in the auditorium, and being uncomfortable in general. Videos of him being rushed out of the concert on foot instead of a wheelchair or stretcher have also drawn severe flak on social media.
Concert’s Management are Under Fire After KK’s Death.Netizens have criticised how KK was rushed out of the concert on foot instead of a wheelchair or stretcher. Do the security guards/police/organisers of the show realise what they did by allowing so many people inside an auditorium meant for 2000 people? Will the authorities of Nazrul Mancha now please wake up?