Khandwa (MP) : Fans of legendary singer-actor late Kishore Kumar on Tuesday demanded that his ancestral house here be converted into a memorial to make his memories a semblance of permanence.
“We have been demanding for long to convert his ancestral house in Bombay Bazar area into a memorial in memory of the versatile singer who was born in Khandwa but no action has been taken in this regard so far,” Kishore Prerna Manch President, Ranveer Singh Chawla told PTI.
Today was Kumar’s 86th birth anniversary. The house where Kumar was born is lying in dilapidated condition because of reported differences between his family members on the issue of converting it into a memorial. Kishore Kumar was very much fond of his birth place and used to visit it quite often. He was so attached with Khandwa that he wished that his last rites should also be performed in that city only, Chawla said.
As per his wish his last rites were performed on October 13, 1987, on the outskirts of Khandwa city where a Samadhi was set up.
Kumar was fond of drinking milk and eating jalebees, and his fans pay tribute at his Samadhi by offering these two favourite dishes of the singer.
A singing competition based on Kumar’s songs was also organised on the occasion in which the three winners were given a cash award of Rs 11,111, Rs 7,777 and Rs 5,555 respectively.
Meanwhile, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar also paid tribute to Kishore Kumar on his 86th birth anniversary, saying he was a rare talent. The 85-year-old singer took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share her thoughts. She wrote her message in Hindi, and stressed how there has never been a talent like the multi-faceted Kishore Kumar — a singer, composer, poet, writer, director, producer, hero, scriptwriter” — and there never will be another talent like him. Lata also shared a link of the song along with a tweet. The duo have together given hits like “Tum aa gaye ho noor aa gaya hai”, “Tere bina zindagi se”, “Holi ke din”, “Bhool gaya sab kuch”, “Wada karo nahin chhodoge tum mera saath” and “Bheegi bheegi raaton mein” among many.