"Kishore Kumar" (August 4, 1929 - October 13, 1987), born as "Abhas Kumar Ganguly", was a Bollywood film playback singer (Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Oriya) and actor of Bengali Indian origin. Kishore is widely acknowedged as a true genius and is regarded as one of the finest Indian male playback singers of all time - along with Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh.
Although known primarily for his successes as a singer, Kumar also was a noted actor. His comedy work included ''Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi'' (1958), ''Half Ticket'' (1962), ''Padosan'' (1968), ''Baap Re Baap'' (1955), ''Pyar Diwana'' (1973), ''Hungama'' (1971), and ''Badthi Ka Naam Dadhi'' (1974). As a straight actor he had roles in films such as ''Naukri'', ''Bandi'', ''Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein'', and ''Door Ka Raahi''.
In addition, Kumar achieved notable successes as a lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter.
Kumar was born in a Bengali family as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, in the small town of Khandwa of Madhya Pradesh. His father Kunjalal Ganguly was a lawyer from a middle-class family, whereas his mother Gouri Devi was from a wealthy background. Kumar was...