Singer Amit Kumar – Technology Used Properly can Create Sixties’ Magic


I took a liking to Singer Amit Kumar songs during my school days. I would listen to Vividh Bharati on a tiny Philips transistor post curfew time at home, without my Dad knowing about it. 1987 saw the release of this singer’s first non-film album Oh my Sweetheart! When this album had released, my Dad had been working in the Gulf. Dad returned home for a few days’ vacation and the moment he landed at home, I rushed him to the music store to get him to buy the album. I have been so crazy about Amit Kumar songs. 🙂

I had interviewed Amit Kumar Sir before for the Sunday supplement of a daily newspaper. But, this time, it was different. I was expected to share screen space with him in this video interview. However, before going to the video interview, let’s have a look at what he had to say to a couple of questions as follows:

How would you describe a gist of your journey as a singer till now in a few lines?

It was a very topsy turvy and very difficult journey. At times, it was ok. At times, it had peaks and downturns. It was not smooth.

Please share a list of 9 songs sung by yourself that are your favorites.

First of all favoritism word doesn’t exist in my dictionary. I just judge a song according to its content and music – this is a good song and this is a bad song. Even my father and his brother Ashok Kumar never used the word favoritism. What is good is good. There are no 2 opinions about it.

Selecting my own songs is difficult because – I will be honest with you – in the film industry, though several songs sung by me have become hits; according to me they were commercial hits. I can’t call them very classy compositions.

Some of them were good like:

Yeh zameen ga rahi hai… Teri Kasam (1982). This song can be digested.

Bade achche lagte hain… Balika Badhu (1976) can be digested.

Kya hua ik baat par barson ka yarana gaya… Teri Kasam (1982)

Jan-e-man jan-e-jigar… Ghazab (1982), I had sung for Dharmendra.

The other songs I got to sing are indigestible.

You should ask fans like me, Singer Amit Kumar Sir.

That is your opinion.

You could list songs by your Dad or anyone else.

My Dad’s Dukhi man mere… Funtoosh (1956) stands out in my opinion.

I like this Mohammad Rafi song though it is not a hit one – Kahin bekhayal hokar… Teen Deviyaan (1965).

I like this O P Nayyar song by Ashaji (Asha Bhonsle) – Chain se hamko kabhi… Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974). It touches you closest to the heart.

The next would be an R D Burman composition sung by my Dad. There are lots, but I like Kuch toh log kahenge… Amar Prem (1972) because the antara was composed by my father.

Jin raaton ki bhor… Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964).


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