Bollywood Singer ‘KK Kunnath’ Rocks Kudla Mall
Mangaluru: Krishna Kumar Kunnath, popular as “KK”, who has sung for Salman Khan in four films, including the latest blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, says he doesn’t want his voice to be attached to just one actor. His songs have been picturized on Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The singer, who has crooned over 500 songs in almost two decades of his Bollywood career, has been the voice of Salman for songs like “Tadap tadap ke” and “Humko pyaar hua”. “KK” performed live at one of Kudla’s big mall to a packed crowd on September 30, evening where his fans even called for encores, and also sang with him to few popular numbers.
He says it “feels good” to sing for him, but “I don’t want to restrict myself by being someone’s voice. I don’t want to be XYZ’s voice. I never aspired that as a child. Even when I got into the field (music), I never thought that I’ve to sing for so and so actor. It’s my passion to sing songs that has got me where I am today. It’s not about being related to a particular star. I never wanted that because then you are stuck with that. The 47-year-old doesn’t mind lending his voice to an “old character or a young one”. Unlike other singers, who often feature in the video of the songs they sing, KK wants his voice to stay “mysterious”. The singer, who has given hit albums like “Pal” and “Humsafar”, says he is now “working on something… independent”.
About KK Kunnath:
Krishnakumar Kunnath (born 23 August 1968), popularly known as KK, K K or Kay Kay, is an Indian singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. Born in Delhi to Malayali parents C.S. Nair and Kanakavalli, Krishnakumar Kunnath was brought up in New Delhi. KK sang 3,500 jingles before breaking into Bollywood. He is an alumnus of Delhi’s Mount St Mary’s School. He sang in the “Josh of India” song for the support of Indian Cricket Team during Cricket World Cup of 1999. His debut album Pal was released in April 1999. The album received a Star Screen Award from Screen India for Best Solo Album.
His second album, Humsafar, was released nine years later, in January 2008. It belongs to the pop-rock genre and has a total of 10 songs. Humsafar has two songs that are repeated from his earlier album Pal – “Din Ho Ya Raat” and “Mehki Hawa”. The video for a romantic song on the album, “Aasman Ke”, features the singer and south Indian model Suhasi Goradia Dhami. “Humsafar”, the title track, has an interplay of English and Hindi lyrics and is about one’s conscience and how it is a constant companion in the journey of life. One of the songs, “Yeh Kahan Mil Gaye Hum”, was penned seven years before the release. “Dekho Na”, a rock number, was written six years prior. The remaining six songs were developed in the last two years before the release. Other songs in the album include “Rain Bhai Kaari (Maajhi)”, a mix of Bengali Baul with rock with a tinge of S D Burman, and “Cineraria”, a fun-filled English ballad. KK himself wrote the lyrics of “Cineraria” and the English part of “Humsafar”, the title track, while the remaining tracks were written by others.
KK has established himself as a successful playback singer of India. He is considered as one of the most versatile singer of India. KK married his childhood sweetheart Jyothi Krishna in 1991. His son Nakul Krishna sang a song “Masti” from his latest album Humsafarwith him. KK also has a daughter named Taamara who loves playing piano according to KK. KK claims that his family is his source of energy.