Singer-songwriter Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK has left behind an unparalleled musical legacy which he has built up nearly three decades in music. He started his musical journey at an early age. He was even in a band during his college days. He studied at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
KK had gained admission under the Extracurricular Activities Quota (ECA) which allows accomplished students from different artistic fields to be admitted into DU. He not only gained admission into the trade through the special quota, but also topped that year’s ECA list, a leading daily reported.
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Drummer and vocalist for KMC’s band Horizon, KK quickly became a sensation in DU musical circles. Julius Packiam, who later also became a popular music composer, was also part of this group along with KK. He completed his college education and moved to Mumbai to pursue his professional music career.
Initially, he sang several commercial gingles before rising to fame with director Maachis de Gulzar’s ‘Chhod Aaye Hum’ in 1996. Three years later, KK released his debut KK album and has never looked back since. KK sang several Bollywood songs and appeared in almost every movie album released in the late 2000s.
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His versatility and ability to sing all genres of songs with equal finesse set him apart from other playback singers in the industry. He is known for delivering hits like Tadap Tadap (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam), Dus Bahane (Dus), Tu Jo Mila (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai (Woh Lamhe), Tune “Gori Gori” (Main Hoon Na) , and many more. Apart from his Hindi songs, KK has also worked in Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Malayalam, among many other languages.
KK died on May 31 due to cardiac arrest following his performance in Kolkata. The 53-year-old singer reportedly felt unwell during the show but ended his performance and returned to the hotel where his health deteriorated.
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