New Delhi, July 7: Padma Shri Sufi singer, Kailash Kher is celebrating his 45th birthday today. For those who are ardent fans of Indian music, may not need any introduction of this man.
Kailash Kher has sung more than 700 songs and has mesmerised us in not one, not two, but nine languages – Hindi, Nepali, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia as well as Urdu! His sufi style, earthy tone and raw voice is just what can soothe you when you are soul tired.
Born in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Meerut, UP, Kher’s first brush with music happened at a young age. His father was a musician, inclined towards folk music and that’s where his own fascination for the art started.
When he was all of 14, he left home in search of a guru, who could teach him everything about classical as well as folk music. He believed isolation was required to hone his craft. Kailash Kher extensively listened to musicians like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and later the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, and other contemporaries to learn the art of music.
He came up with his own album initially and then slowly entered the Bollywood world. Here he gave some incredible musical gems which are still making place into playlists of many fans.
Kher forayed into the music industry by singing jingles for ad films. He got his Bollywood break in the 2003 film Andaaz with the song “Rabba Ishq Naa Hove”, but he shot to fame with the super hit number “Allah Ke Bande”.
In a career that has spanned almost 15 years now, Kailash Kher has sung plenty of memorable songs.
On his birthday, we list 5 best songs of music maestro that are timeless and we are sure that you might have some memories with:-
This song is of the eight songs from his album ‘Kailasa’. It will be harmless to say that many of them got introduced to Sufi genre after this song became extremely popular. The song of love and devotion is composed and written by Kailas Kher himself.
Allah Ke Bande
This can be called as the national inspirational song of that decade! With three people crooning this song with utmost passion, it became a super duper hit in no time. Be it a late night get together or any picnic..if you are a guitar player, you just cannot resist singing this song!
The song is from album ‘Saiyyaan- jhoomo re’ and it came into light majorly after reality show contestants started opting for this song. The song is the mixture of Sufi and Indian music and there is seriously no replacement of this song!
If you are not aware of this song then you are not a true music lover!! The song from multi starrer film Ya ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’ became the ultimate heartbreak song for years to go. The song features all the lead stars and their parallel heartbreak stories. The beautiful song is composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
This song is from movie Delhi 6. Arziyan is one of the best Sufi songs that we have heard. The song was beautifully sung by playback singers-Kailash Kher and Javed Ali and music was composed by A.R.Rehman. Kher’s soulful voice touched millions of hearts and yes there is no replacement of this song till now!
It’s truly said that music needs no language and Kailash Kher has proved it.
Here’s wishing the Sufi King a very happy birthday and all the very best for future endeavours!!