“Hum rahe ya na rahe kal, Kal yaad ayenge ye pal…”
As the entire crowd stood there with tears in their eyes, their hearts on their sleeves and goosebumps all over, the opulent award winner and eminent Bollywood singer KK or Krishnakumar Kunnath wrapped up his performance with this evergreen and emotional song.
On 31st May 2022, KK gave his last performance in Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata. It was also the day he breathed his last. He passed away at the age of 53 when he was brought to the CMRI hospital and declared dead.
The author Gautam Chikermane and a former band member with KK took to Twitter to express his despair for his friend,
“He was only 53. He sang his last song. And quietly passed away. In music he lived life, in music he met death. Sorrow is for the rest of us, for KK it’s possibly a Stairway to Heaven.”
As the world was shaken to its very core with this untimely death, renowned Bengali singer Rupankar Bagchi had quite the monologue prepared right before KK’s performance.
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Dreadful Comments Made By Rupankar Bagchi Against KK
Rupankar Bagchi is a renowned singer-songwriter, playback singer and actor from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He is the creator of some of the best songs in Bengali movies like Baishe Srabon, Jatishwar, Hemlock Society and so on.
However, right before KK’s performance, Rupankar Bagchi took to Facebook Live and posted some very disappointing, aggravating and malicious comments on KK,
“I was taking online classes and watching a couple of things. So KK had come to perform a show today – the one and only KK to Mazrul Mancha and there is a lot of excitement about it everywhere.
I was watching some videos of his LIVE performances and he is a wonderful singer but after watching his videos what I realized is that in our city Kolkata, the singers who have made their names on KK’s level, level as in KK’s place on the national level – the singers who have reached that level can never think or even dream of the money that KK earns.
What I’m saying is, theoretically the position and qualifications that KK holds on a national level compared to the singers of West Bengal who are in that same position are not as good as our regional singers.
However, it might also be some glitch on the mobile or some incorrect sound system because it is being recorded.
All artists have their songs on all social media platforms. There’s me, Anupam Roy, Somlata, Imon Chakrabarty, Cactus, Rupam, Fossils and everybody else have videos of their own. But the fact of the matter is that after listening to KK’s songs I can say, we are all better singers than him.
So why aren’t you (common people) all as enthusiastic and excited about us? What is the reason? KK KK KK KK WHO IS KK MAN? (Rupankar Bagchi yells) We are better than any K (He mocks KK’s name) All the names of the singers that I have mentioned here are at any point of time or at any performance are far far better than Mr. KK.
Why are you all so enthusiastic and excited about Bombay? How long will you all run behind Bombay like this? Look at South India, Puri, Orissa, and Punjab. Be a Bengali you all – brothers, sisters, father, mother, aunts, uncles, lovers – be a Bengali, stay true to your roots, please.”
Here is a link of the full video which was captioned – Bangla
Shocking and distasteful was the reaction of the netizens.
Why Is KK Relevant Even Today And Will Always Remain So?
Being a millennial kid, I have grown up listening to KK songs. Be it listening to the radio on the way back home from school or going on trips and putting the small Nokia phone on speaker with Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai blasting in the background, his songs have a way of caressing the souls of people of all ages.
He was the voice of our ugliest and most tragic heartbreaks and the serenades of falling in love for the first time.
He was in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. He died doing what he loved – singing, and nothing can be more poetic than that.
“Lo un baahon ko, thandi chhaon ko, Hum bhi kar chale alvida.”
Rest in Music, Legend.
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