Kailash Kher

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Kailash Kher

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    Arnab Mukherjee
    Arnab Mukherjeewrote on 11 Aug 2008

    Kailash Kher- one of the most talented of the new breed of Indipop singers, started his musical journey from delhi, where he trained under various classical gurus. His hold on sufi music has found acclaim in all corners. His rise to fame reflects a rags-to-riches story, where his early days saw him struggle rsaw him as a homeless resident of Andheri station to the arclights of Mumbai. He has formed a band named Kailasa with the musician brothers Naresh and Paresh.

    Kher’s first documented break was in the film Andaaz (2003) as a playback singer.

    It was the smash-hit Allah ke bande from a small budget film Waisa Bhi Hota Hain Part II (2003) that put Kailash Kher’s voice a force to reckon with. There was no looking back from there, as he went on to sing for reputed names like A. R. Rehman, Salim- Sulaiman and Himesh Reshammiya. He has also come up with two successful non-film albums – Kailasa (2006) and Jhoomo Re (2007).

    Besides ‘Allah ke bande…’ which provided him the breakthrough, his other hits include ‘Yunhi Chala Chal …’from Swades: We The People (2004), the title track of The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005), ‘Tauba tauba…’ from Kaal (2005) ‘Chand sifaarish …’from Fanaa (2006) and the recent hit ‘Chak de Phatte…’ from Khosla Ka Ghosla. He has also done bit appearances in Waisa Bhi Hota Hain Part II (2003), The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) and Corporate (2006). Kailash has scored the music for two films- Gehra Paani (2006) and the upcoming Pranali (2008). He has written the lyrics for songs in Kaal ( 2005) and Traffic Signal (2007) His first foray into non-film music was in the form of the Indipop Sufi album Kailasa with the chartbuster ‘Teri deewani…’ and ‘Tauba tauba…’ His second album Jhoomo Re has recently hit the stands.

    Kailash Kher has won the Screen Weekly Award in 2004 for the Best Playback Singer – Male for Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003), for the song ‘Allah ke bande…’ He has also shared the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer (Male) for the song ‘Chand Sifaarish…’ from Fanaa (2006). He shared the award with Shantanu Mukherjee.

    In 2008, Kher was seen on the TV show "Mission Ustaad" on channel 9X.

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