The Internet giant Google has paid tribute to the late playback singer Kishore Kumar on his 85th birthday with a doodle by replacing the letter 'L' of Google with a sketch of the legend's smiling face.
The doodle is in a rectangular shape with four icons in each corner that represents acting, direction, script writing and singing. These icons describe Kumar's versatility in his work. Among all his qualities, he was much known for his singing.
The yodeller had won eight Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer, and made the record for achieving the most Filmfare awards in that category. He took the music industry in a different level with his hit Bollywood songs. Kumar not only sang in Hindi but in many other languages, including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Urdu.
Kumar was born on 4 August 1929 as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, and changed his name to Kishore when he started his career in Indian cinemas. He began as a chorus singer and his debut film was "Shikari" in 1946.
"Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi" (1958) and "Padosan" (1968) are among his hit movies, which gave Kumar a chance to prove himself as an actor. He gave his voice for the beautiful songs like "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke", "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si", "Paanch Rupaiya Baara Aana", "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil", "Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara."
Kumar made a history in the Indian cinema industry as the most successful playback singer, who was also an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter. He died on 13 October 1987 due to cardiovascular disease.