KK, Sidhu Moose Wala, Bappi Lahiri & Lata Mangeshkar: India’s music industry faces one loss after another

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KK, Sidhu Moose Wala, Bappi Lahiri and Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri, Sidhu Moose Wala and now KK, 2022 seems like an unfortunate year for Indian music industry. From the loss of India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar to the sudden demise of Bappi Lahiri to the murder of young entertainer Sidhu Moose Wala and now KK, the industry is facing one setback after another. The death of playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK has left everyone in a state of shock and disbelief. He was only 53 and had performed a concert just hours before his death. 2022 has brought irreplaceable losses to the Indian music industry.

Krishnakumar Kunnath aka KK (1968 – 2022)

Famous Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK passed away on Tuesday night in Kolkata. He was 53 years old. KK performed at a concert hosted by Gurudas College at Nazrul Mancha in South Kolkata for almost an hour in the evening. Initial hits such as ‘Pyaar Ke Pal’ and ‘Yaaron’ made KK popular among the country’s youth. As a playback singer, he recorded Bollywood numbers such as “Ankhon Mein Teri” (Om Shanti Om), “Zara Sa” (Jannat), “Khuda Jaane” (Bachna Ae Hasino) and “Tadap Tadap” ( Hum Dil by Chuke Sanam). A versatile singer, KK has also recorded songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, among other languages. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Sidhu Moose Wala (1993 – 2022)

Popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa district, Punjab on May 29, 2022. He was in his car when the assailants blocked him and fired more than 30 shots at him . The singer, never far from the ears of controversy, who ran on a congressional ticket in the recently held state elections and lost, was popular not only in his home state but also in the Punjabi diaspora across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Never hesitating to glorify caste and force tactics in his songs, he rose to instant fame with the song “So High”. Other hit numbers from his stable that sent YouTube into a daze include “Game,” “Warning Shots,” “Legend,” “Tochan,” and “Famous,” among others.

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Bappi Lahiri (1952 – 2022)

The ‘Disco King’ Alokesh aka Bappi Lahiri died at 69 on February 15, 2022. Starting to wield the drumstick at the age of 19, he burst onto the music scene in a crescendo with ‘Zakhmee’ (1975) for which he composed music and also sang, pushing him to the upper echelons at a very young age of just 22. Lahiri has created musical tsunamis with his compositions in various films and left a rich musical legacy in Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati film and a variety of Western-Indian fusion music for his millions of fans worldwide . Lahiri – who rose to fame as India’s first ‘Disco King’ – is survived by his wife, Chitrani, his daughter Rema and a son Bappa, who embarked on his father’s musical career.

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Lata Mangeshkar (1929 – 2022)

Legendary singer Bharat Ratna, late Lata Mangeshkar died on February 6, 2022 from multiple organ failure at the age of 92. titles such as Nightingale of India, Queen of Melody and The Voice of India. Besides setting a Guinness World Record, he has received many awards and accolades for his outstanding work and contribution to the Indian music industry, including three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many other awards.

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— with contributions from the agency

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