Kishore Kumar was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on August 4, 1929. His eldest brother Ashok Kumar was already a big name in Bollywood by the time Kishore came to Mumbai (then Bombay), but Dadamoni never wanted his kid brother to become a singer. Which is why, young Kishore started his career as an actor. Supremely gifted in the acting department, he was part of some of the best comedy films in the 1950-60s. However, his true calling was always singing.
Though he passed away at a relatively early age (58), Kishore was considered to be one of the 5 pillars of Bollywood music in the last century, alongside Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey and Hemant Kumar. He is the only singer to have been nominated for a Filmfare award 27 times, out of which he even won 8 times. Apart from singing and acting, Kishore also proved his talent as a lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter.
Superstars like Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna used to personally ask music directors to get Kishore to sing for them, because they felt that his voice suited them best. Maybe it's because of this dedication and passion towards his work that Kishore has produced some of the most melodious numbers in the last century.