The mellifluous voice of KK casts a spell on listeners, emitting the fragrance of romance for some or sinking others in the depths of melancholy.
different - a glimpse of the sublime.
The candid Keralite singer has carved a niche on his own in the Bollywood industry and continues to rule over the heart and minds of millions of music lovers across the globe.
The 'Ekalavya' of Indian music---KK---idolizes legendry singer Kishore Kumar as he too doesn't have formal training in music like the latter. The humble vocalist expresses his gratitude and submission to GOD for lending the 'golden voice' to him.
"As HE has presented me this talent, I leave everything to HIM and that helps me select the best songs," KK accentuates.
The versatile singer has produced many unforgettable and everlasting songs. The effervescent "Khuda Jaane" from Ranbir Kapoor-starrer "Bachna Ae Hasino", romantic numbers like "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" from "Gangster", "Zara Sa Dil Main" from "Zannat", "Dil Ibadat" from "Tum Mile", "Awarapan Banjarapan" from "Jism", melancholic "Tadap Tadap Ke" one of his early hits from "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", or dance numbers such as, "Dus Bahane", "Main tera Dhadkan" and "Ayashi" are just a few of the examples one could quote.
KK strikes the chords with such an ease that it leaves many spellbound. The spine-tickling singer is a great entertainer as well as a performer. He loves to sing live as much as playback singing. "There is a certain energy an artiste gets when he or she is on stage. No matter what one's condition is, once I am on stage,I forget everything and simply perform," he says.
He yearns for nothing, be it awards, fame or media attention. He is always thankful to God for his ability and work. His ultimate focus lies on the kind of work he gets and needless to say, he outperforms himself every time he comes up with a new track.
As a child, he wanted to be a doctor, but eventually graduated in commerce. After completion of his higher studies, he tried his hand at sales for eight months. However, destiny had something better in store for him and the music lovers. He soon realized that he is born to be a singer.
During his early days of struggle in 1994, he offered his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Shiv Mathur and Leslie Lewis to get a break in the music arena. He got the first break in Mumbai on the day his son was born. He got the offer from UTV to sing a jingle backed by Leslie Lewis. He grabbed his first bollywood song, "Chod Aye Hum" from the movie "Maachis" with music director Vishal Bhardwaj. Since then he never looked back. He has sung over thousands of jingles and more than 600 songs in 9 languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and other regional languages.
His first album "Pal" directed by his mentor Leslie Lewis, was an instant hit
and set the industry on fire. For this, he bagged the prestigious SCREEN award as best singer. His second album "Humsafar" hit the stores after a gap of 8 years, in which he played the role of composer too.
Brushing the old memories, he says that he has grown as a musician and a human being too over these years. He also says that he feel lucky to have worked with music directors such as "Shankar-Ehsan- Loy", "A R Rahman", "Illayaraja".
Needless to say, KK's dedication, hard-work, and perseverance have paid dividends as his fan following is swelling with every passing moment. While he stays modest and says, "I'm as popular as my last hit song. Im happy as long as my listeners like my music."
KK appeared on television too. He was one of the jury members for a talent hunt show FAME GURUKUL, but he is clear that he would not like to return to television as the medium restricts him.
He married his childhood sweetheart Jyothi in 1991. His better half is a painter and designer by profession. His eldest son Nakul seems to be following proud father's footsteps. Nakul lent his voice for a song "MASTI" from the album "HUMSAFAR" along with his father when he was only 13-year-old. KK is also blessed with a daughter--Taamara.
As a family man, KK prefers to spend time with family when he is not working. In an interview he said," One thing very few people know is that I love to talk. My wife and I chat from morning till evening. Eventually, my 16-year-old son has to come and ask us to break our chatting session!" He says his family is what gives him the strength to cope with all the pressure of Bollywood, where one has to continuously carve one's niche and hold on to it.
The reverberating, lively and serene voice of KK leaves us with no options rather than to describe him as 'The Mesmerizer'.