amit kumar fan club
3rd July 1952 – The Indian Music Industry became the heavenly abode with the birth of a
multitalented star, a natural born artist, the son of the legendary Kishore Kumar and Ruma Devi. Yes! I am talking about non other than AMIT KUMAR, whose voice enchants lakhs of listeners all over the country. Amit started his educational career from Sunningdel , Basant Montesary, then at St.Xavier’s school, Hazaribagh for 6 months. he completed his studies from South Point School and Patha Bhavan of Kolkata.
His soprano voice still kindle our heart and soul. He is the songster of the millenium with his own inevitable style though for a certain crowd his voice replicate his father’s.
It was during 1970 that Amit sang songs for the function promoted by Uttam Kumar’s family in locality and he sang his father’s filmy songs all without his mother’s knowledge. When Ruma devi came to know about it later, she got fired with anger and called up Amit’s father, telling him that he was singing in the “oli-golis” of Kolkata but hearing this his father was thrilled and this paved the path for
Amit to visit Mumbai at the age of 18. It was then that his father ushered him at a special show named ‘Daddy Kishore and Sunny Amit together’.
Amit’s first hindi song was actually “Main Ek Panchhi Matwala Re” from ‘Door Ka Rahi’ but his father being the composer, filmmaker, writer, actor of the same, found it to be inappropriate according to the situation and so eliminated it from the film. He got chance to sing for Swapan - Jagmohan in “Darwazaa” but not realeased. Then Salil Chowdhury tried Amit in “Zindegi Ek Zua” but it was also shelved. Madan Mohan gave Amit a chance to sing with Asha Bhosle in Chalbaaz but unfourtunately it also got shelved. Amit got few releases like “Aandhi”, “Jaan Hazir Hai” but didn’t get fame. Balika Badhu’s , “ Bade Achhe Lagte Hai” gifted him recognition.
In the 70’s Amit being surrounded by immensely popular singers like Md Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, excelled in creating his own identity among them by singing songs like R D Burman’s “Aati Rahengi Baharen”, LP’s “Aji Suniye Jara Rukiye”, Rajesh Roshan’s “Uthe Sabke Kadam”, “Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha” and so on.
As far as Bengali songs are concerned, Amit made his debut with the song “Jinisher Daam berechhe” in the year 1973 composed by Kishore Kumar followed by “Mone Mone Koto Din”, and each and every copy of these records were sold
out. Among the other hit songs – “Ekdin Chole Jabo”, “Aaj Shob Kichhu Bhule Gechhi”, “Harano din Gulo Mone Pore Ekhono” are worth mentioning.
Kishore Kumar as a composer composed Bengali modern songs for himself, Lataji, and Amit too – songs like “Pherari Hoechhe Mon”, “Phool Phote Phool Jhore”, “Kichhu Swapno Niye Jao”, “Je Naam Nite” are some of the instances.
Under R D Burman’s composition Amit sang Bengali songs like “Kato Din Aar E Bhabe Boshe Thaki”, “Pran To Mane Na”, “Poth cheye Boshe Chhilam”, “E Paar Bhange Opaar Gare”, “Jeo na jeo na”, “Shono Rubi” and many more.
Amit as a composer himself was outstanding too. So far Bengali songs are related, album like “Amaar Bhalobasa”, “Cholun Beriye Asi” are some of the notable albums. Bengali films like Hansoraj, Duti pata, Parabat Priya, Anurager Chhoan, Aakrosh, Apon Amaar Apon, Debota, Ananda Niketan, Toofan, Refugee, MLA Fatakeshto also featured hit songs of Amit. Among his Bengali private albums the names Mayabini and Sagarika stands apart as it won the GOLD DISC for being the highest sold outs.
He set himself to work vigorously in the 80s with Hindi songs like “Laila O Laila” (Qurbaani), followed by “Ka Janu Mein Sajania” (Hum Paanch).
Then came the maestro R D Burman, who gave Amit his major break through in the movie ‘Love Story’ which had superhit songs like “Yaad Aa Rahi Hai”, “Yeh Ladki Zara Si” and “Dekho Meine Dekha”. Among many deserving singers of the 80s it was Amit who snatched away the Filmfare Award in 1981. After that he did not have to look back and continued in giving us hit numbers like “Yeh Zameen Ga Rahi hai”, “Janeman Jane jigar”, “Ja Jaldi Bhaag ja”, “Tu Rootha To Mein Ro Dungi”, “Tu Mauj Mein Hoon Kinara”, “Dil Ke Asmaan Pe”, “Roz Roz Ankhon Tale” etc. It was then that Amit was at the peak of his career.
During this series of time Amit sang for each and every composer like R D Burman, Rajesh Roshan, Laxmikant-pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, O.P.Nayyar, Usha Khanna and many others.
He ended the decade with songs like “Rama O Rama”, “Oye Oye”, “Ek Do Teen”, “Kehdo Ke Tum” from the films “Rama O Rama’, ‘Tridev’ and ‘Tezaab’ respectively.
The 90s was bestowed with hit songs of Amit from the films like ‘Khel’, ‘Indrajit’, ‘Ghayal’, ‘Hum’, ‘Gurudev’, ‘Vishwatma’, ‘Gunah’, ‘Roop ki Rani Choron ka raja’, ‘Baaghi’, ‘Kabhi Haan Kaabhi Na’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ and so on. It was then that we were bewitched with songs of Amit Kumar under the new generation of music directors like Anand Miland, Viju Shah, Jatin-Lalit and many more.
Even though being immensely talented Amit Kumar went through a lean phase of his career in the late 90s and was not appreciated as per his potentiality due to his mere destiny.
Though hidden like a skylark in the bough of a tree yet his magical voice stood out with his private album like MAD, DAM DAMA DAM and PYAR TO BUS PYAR HAI. Amit again came back to his singing career full fledgedly in 2000. He gave his hit numbers from the films like ‘Dillagi’, ‘Kranti’, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, Raju Chacha’, ‘Page 3’.
In the year 2003 Amit tied his knot with Reema and was blessed with a daughter named Muktika in 2004. After this in 2005 and 2006 Amit started glittering once again with the foot tapping songs “Chore Ki Baten’ from ‘Fight Club’ followed by “Dil Mein Baji Guiter” from ‘Apna Sapna Money Money’ which proved to be a massive hit. So far his new releases are concerned Amit sang with Asha Bhosle after a long period in the film ‘Dhamaal’ under Adnan Sami’s composition.
Starting right from the beginning, Amit sang for various actors like DILIP KUMAR, RAJESH KHANNA, DHARMENDRA, AMITABH BACHCHAN, RISHI KAPOOR, RANDHIR KAPOOR, VINOD KHANNA, KUMAR GAURAV, SANJAY DUTT, ANIL KAPOOR, JACKIE SHROFF, SUNNY DEOL, GOVINDA, AAMIR KHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, SALMAN KHAN and many more.
Other than filmy songs Amit indulges himself in stage shows all around the world along with Sumeet Kumar his younger brother and Leenaji’s son.
With due recognition Amit’s sterling singing qualities acts as a miracle arousing the capacity in him to impress and overwhelm us with his music.
We wish that he is always showered with divine blessings and grace so that his voice keeps on recharging and energising us day after day, year after year. Amit displays his extreme simplicity and lucidity and inspite of his extraordinary attainments, which makes him stand out among all other singers of this generation. At present Amit is dwelling at ‘Gauri Kunj’ with his family Reema Ganguly, his daughter Brinda and Muktika along with Leenaji and his dear brother Sumeet happily, being responsible to himself and his family.
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