Who was KK? Real Name, Early Life, Bollywood Singing Career, Hit Songs, Wife, Death: Biography
The Bollywood singer and performer KK died aged 53 on May 31, 2022. He performed on stage, a live concert to be exact, and allegedly fell down the hotel stairs later on the night of May 31 2022. The singer was immediately taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors. Later, it was detected to be a heart attack, which was the main cause of his death. The singer has left a void in the Hindi film industry.
His songs will always remain in the playlist of all 90s people. Let’s take a look at KK’s biography below.
— Munmun Dutta (@moonstar4u)
May 31, 2022
Extremely saddened to learn of the untimely passing of KK ji. He sang memorable songs for me. He was loved by people across generations and languages. Condolences to loved ones. Leaving soon 💔. Rest in peace . #KK
— Allu Arjun (@alluarjun)
June 1, 2022
KK Biography: Early Life
KK or Krishnakumar Kunnath was born on August 23, 1968. He was born into a Malayali family of Kunnath Kanakavalli and CS Menon. He was, however, brought up in New Delhi.
He completed his education from Mount St Mary’s School, Delhi and graduated from Kirori Mal College, DU. KK was married to Jyothy in 1991. The couple had a son named Nakul Krishna Kunnath and a daughter named Tamara Kunnath.
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KK Biography: Bollywood Career
Singing playback for KK began when he gave his demo tape to Loius Banks, Ranjit Barot and Lesle Lewis for a break from the music industry. He started singing jingles afterwards. He was called out by UTV when he sang a jingle for the Santogen Suiting commercial.
He sang more than 3500 jingles in 4 years then in 11 different languages. His first break in Mumbai with UTV for jingles himself. Lesle Lewis was considered a mentor by him for giving him his first Indian jingle and working his way through Bollywood.
But it was AR Rahman who brought KK to the forefront of playback singing. He sang the famous song “Kalluri Saaley” and “Hello Dr.” by Kadhal Desam by Kadir then “Strawberry Kannae” from the musical film Minsara Kanavu by AVM Productions.
Big Bollywood break: Tadap Tadap
The song that broke all records in 1999 was Tadap Tadap by Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam by Sanjay Leela Bhansali which was sung by KK. Before that, he lent his vocals to Gulzar’s song Chhod Aye Hum from the movie Maachis, but it didn’t earn him much praise. That year, Sony Music was also looking for a new artist and entered KK. He was selected as artist of the year and released his first solo album titled Pal with Lesle Lewis.
Famous KK Songs:
The list is long, including:
“Yeh Kahan Mil Gaye Hum”
“Rain Bhai Kaari (Maajhi)”
English rock ballad “Cineraria”
TV series like Just Mohabbat, Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Kuch Jhuki Si Palkein, Hip Hip Hurray, Kkavyanjali and Just Dance.
KK’s untimely demise has left a void in the Hindi film industry. Even Prime Minister Modi consoled his death. Many took to Twitter to express their condolences. Take a look below.
Saddened by the untimely demise of famous singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions and struck a chord with people of all ages. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanthi.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
May 31, 2022
KK was an artist that we discovered in private. His best works were all about personal moments of loss and vulnerability.
Sach Keh Raha Hai, Tadap Tadap Ke, Yaaron, Awarapan Banjarapan, Maine Dil Se Kaha.
His voice was a candle in a dark room, a ग़म-गुसार.
Goodbye and thank you, sir. pic.twitter.com/p28vA8zoDD
— वरुण 🇮🇳 (@varungrover)
May 31, 2022
Shocked to learn of the sudden passing of famous singer Shri Krishnakumar Kunnath, affectionately known as KK. His voice and his songs will remain until eternity. My sincere condolences to his friends and family, and to his fans around the world.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal)
June 1, 2022
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