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.