Remembering Kishore Kumar in 10 ways.

While most people love Kishore for his unmatchable singing talent, very few know that he was an equally good actor, music composer, lyricist, screenwriter, producer and a filmmaker. An
unschooled singer who had no classical training, Kishore Kumar was truly a master of all trades — be it his beautiful voice that could make any song come alive, his quirky antics while recording those songs, or his charismatic onscreen presence that gave him the epithet of an actor who excelled at Comedy.
Here are 10 amzing facts about the legend you need to know .
1. As a child, Kishore Kumar’s voice was very shrill.

His family would invariably laugh, or cover their ears if he ever tried to sing. One of his biggest problems was that his voice would break into a coarse, grating noise, whenever he tried to modulate it.
2. ‘Paanch Rupaiya Barah Anna’ is based on a true event in his life.

Few know that Kishore Da still owes five rupees and 12 paise (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi) to his college canteen.
3. Kishore would often use his classroom bench as a tabla.
His civics teacher would angrily tell Kishore to stop wasting time with antics like these. Kishore told the teacher that music was how he intended to earn his living.
4. Young Kishore Kumar was obsessive about his long black overcoat.

He was known for his trademark outfit, the black overcoat, white pajamas, muffler and leather sandals. He would never take off the coat, as he was insecure about his scrawny physique.
5. Kishore Kumar was stage shy

Few know that Kishore Kumar was stage shy and that he would run away whenever he was invited to sing in any music concert. Once when Talat Mahmood went to pick Kishore Da at his residence for
a stage show, he realised that the singer had locked the door and run away! It was actor Sunil Dutt who helped him get over this phobia before an event in 1970.
6. One of the most eccentric actors of all time

He once put up a signboard saying ‘Beware of Kishore’ on the door of his Warden Road flat. Another time, he reportedly kept shaving off parts of his moustache and hair till he was paid his entire fee by the producer. At the doorstep of his home in Madhya Pradesh, he once put a board saying ‘Mental Hospital’ instead of the family name plate.
7. His directors had better watch out, or else!

While shooting a scene in which he was driving a car, Kishore Da kept driving till he reached Panvel because the director had forgotten to say ‘cut’!
8. Kishore Kumar was very particular about his remuneration except when it came to Satyajit Ray

After recording a song in Charulata, he just touched Ray’s feet and refused to accept any remuneration. When Ray ran into financial trouble during the making of the iconic Pather Panchali, it
was Kishore Kumar who helped him out with Rs 5000 that got the film back on track.
9. 3 people he respected enough to hang their portraits and bow to them everyday
He hung the portraits of K.L.Saigal, Rabindranath Tagore, and Danny Kaye at his Gauri Kunj residence and would bow respectfully before them every day as a rule. Interestingly, the singer considered the trees in his garden his closest friends and even had names for them.
10. Kishore Da’s yodelling was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton.

Kumar eventually developed his own style of singing,which featured yodelling, which he had heard on the records of Tex Morton and Jimmie Rodgers.