A video of playback singer KK claiming to be from his last performance in Kolkata before his death has gone viral on social media. The song in question Ham Rahe Ya Na Rahe Kal, which loosely translates as Whether I am alive tomorrow or not. The wordings of the song has left KK’s fans numb.
In the viral video, KK is seen changing the lyrics to make them appropriate to his Kolkata audience as he says, “Pal, ye hain Kolkata ke pal. chal, aa mere sang chal, soche kya, chhoti si zindagi. (This moment is the moment of Kolkata. Come, let’s walk with me. Why ponder. The life is too short.)”
KK reportedly died immediately after his performance at south Kolkata’s Nazrul Manch. He fell ill and was imemdiately taken to a nearby hospital, but doctors declared him brought dead.
Born in 1968 to Malayali Hindu parents, KK went on to sing in innumerable films in several languages. His songs left a lasting memory with his fans.
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Reacting to his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.”
Comic and script writer varun Grover tweeted, “KK was an artist you’d discover in private. His best works were all about personal moments of loss & vulnerability. Sach Keh Raha Hai, Tadap Tadap Ke, Yaaron, Awarapan Banjarapan, Maine Dil Se Kaha. His voice was a candle in a dark room, a ग़म-गुसार. Goodbye and thanks, sir.”
Music composer Vishal Dadlani wrote, “The tears won’t stop. What a guy he was. What a voice, what a heart, what a human being. #KK is FOREVER!!!”