Should We Call This Kishoreda’s Best Period?

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While conceding, most Kishore Kumar fans will find all his songs priceless without any doubt, one still wonders, if KK sang better than himself ever at some point of his own career? Was he more at ease, more in Mastee, more romantic, more sentimental and more transcending ever for his listeners compared to his other times?

While making it amply clear, the following is a personal opinion and carries no academic study as such to back it up, I’d be tempted in believing, Kishore Kumar sang his best from circa 1970 to 1979, more so during the mid-70s,  i.e. 72-78. There is something special about his songs from these years – the depth, intensity and flare of his voice, and the intensity of emotions and the romance he sang would often leave you ecstatic. His voice blended well with all kinds of recording methods and instruments being used in those days. He could more easily and more often transcend you, take you into an out-of-world experience through his amazing artistry. He often seemed deviating from the rehearsed compositions only to come back more exciting, overwhelming and pleasing to one’s music sense.

Did events of his life help him sing better during this period? Was he living on a different plateau during this era? He lived single from 1969 to 1976, after Madhubala’s passing away. His marital life with Yogita Bali, which he later called “a joke” in an interview, lasted just for two years from 1976 to 1978. Could it be that he was living a detached and  burden-free life in emotional sense? Men often climb up their intellectual and creative summits in around their 40s. This may start from the mid-late 30s until they managed to carry on with their jobs  (this may not apply in all cases, though). You can notice most greats giving their best renditions from the late 30s onwards. Bachchan was at his usual best from his mid 30s to mid-40s. Dharampaji’s prime acts, including Sholay, came during his mid-late 30s and the subsequent years. Shahrukh Khan has given some of his most successful movies in the same age-group. Even Rafi and Mukesh seemed to have evolved more after their late 30s. I’ve found their last numbers more audible compared to their earlier works.

Kishoreda’s Best Period (Random videos. No Order Of Songs, Moods And Years Selected). Check out these titles in Youtube…

Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
Waada Tera Waada
Haal Kya Hai Dilon Kaa
O Mere Dil Ke Chain
Yeh Lal Rang
Chingari Koee Bhadke
Kitne Atal The Tere Irade
Tum Bhi Chalo
Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka
Khilte Hain Gul Yahan
Dil Kya Kare
Aapke Kamrey Mein Koee
Yaadon Ki Barat
Sama Hai Suhana Suhana
Tera Mujhse Hai Pahle Ka
Waada Karo
Jai Jai Shiv Shankar
Tere Chehre Mein Vo Jaadoo
Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
Pyar Kar Liya To Kya
Tere Chehre Se
Chanda O Chanda
Koi Haseena Jab Rooth
Rote Huye Aate Hain Sab
Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezar
Leena O Leena
O Padosan Ki Ladki
Naach Meri Jaan
Priye Praneshwari
Peene Walon Ko

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