Kailash Kher is an Indian pop-rock singer with a music style influenced by Indian folk music. He has sung in 18 languages for Indian films, and in over 300 songs for Bollywood. He was inspired by the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the classical musician Pandit Kumar Gandharva. They remain his inspirations. He won Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu for the film Mirchi.
Kailash Kher Biography
Kailash Kher was born in a Karadiya Rajput family of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 7 July 1973.His father Mehar Singh and his mother Chandrakanta Devi were from Meerut. Kher’s father Mr. Mehar Singh Kher was an amateur musician whose performances of traditional folk songs were a regular household event. Kailash learned music from him in his childhood.Kailash Kher was brought up in a musical atmosphere, and from his school days, he was fascinated by music and used to listen to his father’s Indian folks songs all day.Even as a four year old, Kher revealed a natural musical talent and he would often impress friends and family by belting out songs with his prematurely powerful voice.
At the age of 14, Kher left home in search of a guru or an institution to further his musical training, and he embarked on years of classical and folk music study. According to him, “It was because I wanted to pursue my passion for music. It required me to stay in isolation”. He also attended music classes and would teach the same to students for just Rs. 150 per session to maintain himself, taking care of all his personal expenses from lodging to food, plus his education and music expenses. Although he couldn’t find the right guru or a school, he started learning music by listening to it. He listened to Indian classical, Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Gokulotsav Maharaj and later even Nusrat Fetah Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and their contemporaries. He then experimented with a family friend’s sari export business till 1999.His depression phase started in the beginning of the year 1999 when his business collapsed. He went to Singapore and Thailand, and stayed there for six months. Later, after he relocated to Delhi with his family, he graduated from Delhi University through the correspondence program. In 2001, Kher left New Delhi for Mumbai, the epicenter of India’s highly competitive music industry, to seek his fortunes as a professional singer. For a while, Kher struggled, living in cheap residence, hostels and eking out whatever musical work he could find to make ends meet.
Born: July 7, 1973 (age 41), Meerut
Spouse: Sheetal Kher (m. 2009)
Albums: Kailasa, Teri Dewani, Kailasa Jhoomo Re, Dasvidaniya, Ya Rabba, Sounds of Silence, Saiyyan, Desi Kattey