Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, identified by the stage title of KK, died Tuesday evening in Kolkata, in accordance with the town’s CMRI hospital.
Simply hours earlier than his demise on Could 31, the acclaimed 53-year-old singer carried out at a live performance in Nazrul Mancha, a venue on the Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya school within the japanese Indian metropolis of Kolkata.
Kunnath’s work as a playback singer – a vocalist whose songs are pre-recorded to be used in movies – made him well-known within the nation and all through the diaspora, as he lent his voice to lots of of Bollywood movies. He turned a preferred family title after the 1999 launch of his first solo album, “Pal.”
Tributes to the late singer started to pour out throughout social media as quickly as information of his passing broke, together with one from the nation’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Saddened by the premature demise of famous singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly generally known as KK. His songs mirrored a variety of feelings as struck a chord with individuals of all age teams. We are going to at all times bear in mind him by his songs. Condolences to his household and followers. Om Shanti,” Modi mentioned.
Indian actor Akshay Kumar mentioned in a tweet, “Extraordinarily unhappy and shocked to know of the unhappy demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti.”
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri mentioned he was “so unhappy” to listen to of Kunnath’s demise, noting that he sang the primary track on his first movie, and had been a “nice buddy” ever since.
“Why so early, KK, why? However you’ve gotten left behind a treasure of a playlist. Very troublesome evening. Om Shanti. Artists like KK by no means die,” Agnihotri mentioned.
Kunnath’s first breakthrough function in Bollywood was with the track, “Tadap Tadap Ke” from the film, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.”
His different widespread tunes embody “Sach Keh Raha Hai” from the film “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” and the track “Mangalyam,” from the film, “Saathiya.”
Born in August 1968 in New Delhi, Kunnath graduated from Delhi College’s Kirori Mal Faculty, earlier than jumpstarting his profession by singing for jingles for commercials, in accordance with CNN affiliate, News18.
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