Thrissur, Kerala, India
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Also known as KK, is an award-winning Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil films.
Born in Thrissur, Kerala to C. S. Nair and Kanakavalli, a Malayali couple, Krishnakumar Kunnath was brought up in New Delhi. KK sang 3,500 jingles before Bollywood break. An alumnus of Delhi`s Mount St. Mary school. He appeared in "Josh of India" song for the support of Indian Cricket Team during Cricket World Cup 1999. Following this, he released an album called Pal for which he notched up a Star Screen Award for the Best Solo Album, the title song of which struck a chord with listeners. Songs titled "Aap Ki Dua" and "Yaaron" from the same album were also hugely popular.
In 1994, he gave his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Shiv Mathur and Leslie Lewis to get a break in the music arena. It was in 1994, when his son Nakul was born, that things changed suddenly. The same day he was called by UTV and he sung a jingle for Santogen Suiting ad.] In a span of four years, he has sung more than 3,500 jingles in 11 Indian languages. He got the first break in Mumbai from UTV to sing jingles and success followed soon. He considers Leslie Lewis as his mentor for giving him his first jingle to sing in Mumbai. Till now, KK has sung more than 500 songs in Hindi and more than 200 songs in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages in a short span. Down South, he has worked with well-known music composers such as `Maestro` Ilayaraja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Deva, Vidyasagar and Mani Sharma.
Noted film director Vishal Bhardwaj gave KK the much-needed break. He started his stint in Bollywood with hit song "Chhod Aaye Hum" in Maachis and went on to entertain audiences with many more popular numbers. Vishal Bhardwaj also gave him his first solo number in the as-yet-unreleased film Hum Paanchi Ek Daal Ke. But it was his soulful rendition of "Tadap Tadap Ke" in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that catapulted him to fame.
In Bollywood he has notched up winners with songs such as "Tu Aashiqui Hai" from Jhankaar Beats, "Chand Ki Roshni Se" from Home Delivery, "Awarapan Banjarapan" from Jism, "sach keh raha hai deewana" from RHTDM. "It`s The Time To Disco" from Kal Ho Naa Ho and the smash hit "Dus Bahaane" (with Shaan) from the film Dus,"Aashayein" from Iqbal. His recent hit songs include "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" from the movie Gangster, "Maine Dil Se Kaha" from Rog,"O Meri Jaan" from Life in a Metro, "Soniye Soniye" from Aksar, "Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar" from MP3 - Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar, "Alvida" from Life in a... Metro,"Labon Ko" from "bhool bhulaya","zara si" and "Haan Tu Hai" from Jannat (film),"Bin Tum" from "Dus Kahaniyan","Ajab Si" from Om Shanti Om and "Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai" from Woh Lamhe. His smash hit "Khuda Jaane" is from the film Bachna Ae Haseeno, released in August 2008, for which he won a Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer.His 2009 hits include songs like "Hai Junoon" and from New york, "O Jaana", "Kaisa Ye Raaz Hai" from Raaz - The Mystery Continues,"Main Tera Dhadkan Teri" from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani,"Haan Main Jitni Martaba" from "All The Best"."Aaya Re" and "Nazreim Karam" are also hits from the movie Jashnn.At the end of the year, he came up with the songs like "Dil Ibadaat" and "O Meri Jaan" from movie Tum Mile.
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Krishnakumar Kunnath (born 23 August 1970), popularly known as KK or Kay Kay, is an Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films.
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