Call it the four-lettered word ‘Fate’ or ‘Destiny’, in a bizarre twist of events; popular Indian singer KK lost his battle with life recently. He was performing at a college event organized by Gurudas College in Kolkata. Before the dramatic events unfolded, he sang his last song of the day – ‘Pal’ a hit of his which was originally released in 1999.
While performing live on stage, he complained of uneasiness and later complained of chest pain while he reached his hotel in Kolkata. He was swiftly taken to a hospital and breathed his last while he was taken to the hospital.
Born in 1968 in Delhi into a Malayali family, KK has gifted millions of fans with his trademark hits like ‘Aap ki Dua’, ‘Yaaron’, ‘Ankhon Mein Teri’ etc. Before making his mark and presence felt in Bollywood, he initially sang a lot of Advertising jingles.
His stint as a marketing executive initially in his career did not bring much laurels. And, thus, he decided that music was his calling. Gifted by his flamboyant presence and boyish charm, he sang a lot of Kishore Kumar hits while at college.
During his active years, he won a lot of awards too. He was awarded the Best Male Playback Singer for his song ‘Tadap Tadap’ from the movie – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 2000. He also went on to clinch several awards like – Best Playback Singer for the song – ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ from the movie Gangster in 2007, Best Playback Singer for the song – ‘Ankhon Mein Teri’ from the movie Om Shanti Om in 2008.
The following year in 2009, he made a series of hatricks winning the Best Playback Singer award for the number – ‘Khuda Jaane’ from the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno.
Shortly after his death, fans all over the world took to various social media platforms, pouring their heartbreak messages and condolences for his family. The West Bengal government as a tribute to him offered a fitting gun salute for the singer.
Veteran singers, cricketers and politicians too outpoured their tribute through the form of messages and tweets. Bollywood actors and musicians all over the world remembered him as a very gentle, warm and loving person who showed extra ordinary charisma both while singing and away from it.
His song ‘Pal’ talks about the various myriad moments in one’s life and it is agony in the real sense that he lost his life shortly after he completed this very famous track of his.
The following day in Kolkata, a Bengali daily carried an extra ordinary photograph where it was seen – a piece of paper on which KK had incidentally jotted down the number of songs he was supposed to sing during the event. That piece of paper lies on the stage beside a bouquet of flowers. This can be seen as some sort of an image right from the pages of a 19th century novel!
No wonder KK’s death is a stark reminder of the fact that life’s moments are indeed fleeting just like his songs!