It is indeed a piece of very sad and shocking news for India, as a veteran singer, Krishnakumar Kunnath, widely known as KK, died of a suspected heart attack on Tuesday during a concert, drawing a deluge of condolences from admirers, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“His music expressed a wide spectrum of emotions and touched people of all ages,” Modi said on Twitter. ” His music brings in a wide range of emotions. His music shall be remembered forever.”
According to the Times of India and other local media, Kunnath felt sick while playing at a performance in Kolkata. He allegedly complained of being terribly cold after the concert and wished to return to his hotel.
He was brought to a hospital in south Kolkata from his hotel after falling at 10:30 p.m. Local time, where medics pronounced him dead.
Kunnath’s wife and son were on their way to Kolkata, according to Indian minister Aroop Biswas, who rushed to the hospital after hearing the news. “I am here to support the family in whatever way I can,” he stated.
KK AND HIS MUSICAL CAREER
Born in Delhi in 1968, the talented vocalist released songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Bengali, among other languages.
Kunnath started his professional career in jingles, prior to actually making his big-screen debut in the 1990s. As a playback singer, his songs were dubbed over films, with the actor lip-syncing along.
Tadap Tadap Ke, Dus Bahane, Tune Maari Entriyaan, Dola Re Dola from the 2002 film Devdas, and Khuda Jaane from the 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno were among his biggest hits.
He has also recorded two studio albums, Pal, in 1999 and Humsafar in 2008, and served as a judge and mentor in reality singing competitions.
FAN’S REACTION TO THE SHOCKING NEWS
Thousands of tweets, Instagram posts, and condolences poured in after the death was confirmed. Film stars like Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and many others took to their social media handles to mourn the loss. Every 90s kid could relate to KK and his music while growing up and several fans took to Twitter to vent out their thoughts. ‘Feels like a personal loss” wrote a Twitter user while another said, “Please tell me this is not true.”
The Indian film industry has lost a number of stars in recent years, including renowned vocalist Lata Mangeshkar, who died in February this year at the age of 92, and famed actor Dilip Kumar, who died in 2021 at the age of 98.
The previous year, India lost well-known musician S P Balasubrahmanyam, as well as actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sidhu Moose Wala, a prominent Punjabi rapper in India and among the Indian crowd in the United Kingdom and Canada, was killed in the northern Punjab province on Sunday. The shooting, according to police, is linked to organized crime.
The soothing voice of KK and his music will always be cherished, He was truly an incredible artist that every Indian would associate themselves to. Perhaps grief is the price we pay towards the people we love forever.
Source: Theguardian.com, and Aljazeera.com