A commemorative postage stamp on Kishore Kumar Ganguly, Indian playback singer [a part of the series ‘Golden Voices of Yesteryears‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on May 15, 2003
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 with elliptient hole on each 39.1 mm sides
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.8 million
Miniature Sheet : 0.1 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Abhas Kumar Ganguly
Born on Aug 4, 1929 at Khandwa, Central Provinces, British India [now Madhya Pradesh, India]
Died on Oct 13, 1987 at Bombay, Maharashtra, India
- Film music is omnipresent in India. Songs in different languages, sung by talented singers and set to catchy tunes fill the urban and rural landscapes of the country, emanating from radio sets, public address systems and cassette players. They bring to the common man everything ranging from the classical to semi-classical mode, and folk music from different parts of the country to the new sounds of fusion. Marriage parties, political rallies, cultural functions – whatever be the occasion, the songs keep the gathering engaged for the most part. It is not surprising then, that film music is often described as the ‘folk music’ of the present generation.
- Songs are a crucial ingredient of Indian films. The allure of the films, even if they have melodramatic and escapist recipes, is often due to the songs. The technique of playback i.e. using a voice ‘double’ to sing for the actors has been in use since the 1930s. The popularity of the songs ensured that some of the singers went on to become cult figures and cultural icons.
- Kishore Kumar (1929-1987), singer, actor, composer and director, was one of the most versatile and loved personalities of the Indian film industry. His first Hindi song appeared in the film Ziddi (1948). Though he focussed on an acting career for a few years, the immensely popular songs of the film Aradhana (1969) marked his return as a play back singer much in demand. The yodelling style of Kishore Kumar had the entire nation cheering for him. His laughter and his tears interlaced his music. He was honoured with several awards, including eight Filmfare awards.
- Text : Based on material received from the proponents of the stamps.