Kishore Kumar (born Abhas Kumar Ganguly, 4 August 1929 - October 13, 1987) is a script writer, director, producer, composer, lyricist, actor and Indian film playback singer. He is considered one of the most successful playback singer in the Hindi film industry. He sang in several Indian languages like Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Oriya, and Urdu. He also sang on personal albums in several languages especially Bengali which were recorded as an all-time classic. He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and won the record for winning the Filmfare Award in that category. He was awarded the "Lata Mangeshkar Award" by the Madhya Pradesh government and from that year, the Madhya Pradesh Government made a new award called "Kishore Kumar Award" for contributions to Hindi cinema.
Kishore Kumar was born in a Ganguly Bengali family in Khandwa, Tengah Province and Berar (now in Madhya Pradesh) under the name Abhas Kumar Ganguly. His father Kunjalal Ganguly (Gangopadhyay) was a lawyer and his mother Gouri Devi comes from a middle class Bengali family. Kunjalal Gangopadhyaya was chosen by the Kamavisadar Gokhale family of Khandwa to become their personal attorneys. Kishore is the youngest of four children, three others are Ashok (eldest child), Sati Devi, and Anoop. When Kishore was a child, his brother Ashok became a Bollywood actor. Then, Anoop also entered the cinema with the help of Ashok. Having spent time with his brothers, Kishore became aware of the fields of film and music. He became a fan of singer-actor KL Saigal, whom he considered his teacher.