Kailash Kher, born in 1973 is an Indian playback singer and music composer. He showed interest in music from an early age and often watched his father, who was also a traditional folk singer. At the tender age of 14, Kher left his home in search of a musical guru or institution to further his education of music. Although Kher couldn’t find the right guru or institution, he started learning music by listening to it. He particularly listened to Indian classical singers like Pandit Gokulotsav Ji Maharaj, Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as well as Lata Mangeshkar. He then went on to experiment with a family friend’s Indian handicraft export business until 1999, however, when the business collapsed, he became depressed and went to Singapore and Thailand, and stayed there for six months. After relocating back to Delhi with his family, he graduated from the Delhi University through the correspondence program. Fast forward to 2001, Kher left Delhi for Mumbai, the center of India’s highly competitive music industry. For a while, he struggled living in cheap hostels and doing whatever musical work he could to find to make ends meet. Through this he started making friends and got to know people connected to the film industry. He was recommended to musician Ram Sampath, who was looking for a new voice for a jingle for Nakshatra Diamonds. This advertisement did not bring instant recognition, but gave Kher 5000 Rupees which he desperately needed to survive at the time. Kher then continued to sing for TV and radio commercials, receiving critical acclaim for his unique style of singing and he then went on to sing for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, IPL, etc. Finally, his opportunity to sing in Bollywood came with the movie Andaaz. In this movie his song “Rabba Ishq Na Hove” became very popular. His second Bollywood song “Allah ke Bande” from the movie Waisa Bhi Hota Part II also became very popular and made him a popular singing star in Bollywood. From here he started to sing primarily for Bollywood with films such as Mangal Pandey: The Rising, his famous song “O Sikander” from Corporate, etc. By 2014, he had sung in more than 20 Indian languages including Malayalam, Ramil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Singhi, Bhojpuri, Marathi, as well as Punjabi. He sang for numerous hit films such as Chandni Chowk To China, Dasvidaniya, Sacred Evil, Sangini, Desi Kattey as well as Traffic Signal. In total , he sang more than 500 songs for the Hindi film industry and recorded more than one thousand radio and television advertisement jingles. Although, in 2018, Kher was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women during the Indian Me Too movement, his career has been relatively free of controversy. In fact, he has won several awards including the Padma Shri award for his contribution to Indian musical culture.
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