‘KK had the right attitude in class’: Music teacher Loy Mendonsa pens tribute

You have to fit into the specific persona of the character who is lip-syncing on screen. Not because he just had a unique voice but because he had the right attitude to learn. He drew them into his sphere and gave them so much respect that they never forgot him in the studio. And you can measure a man by the reaction of the musicians around him. But playback singing in Bollywood is very much like casting, you need a role-playing voice. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


KK He would never overpower you with his understanding and play along with the directors. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. He was in no hurry to leave and that was such a relief for composers. After illuminating the space with his bright spark, he would retreat into the shadows and merge with the background. He would never do more than what was required. (Photo: TSeries/Twitter)Mount Saint Mary’s, where I was music teacher, has produced enough musical talent down the years. That’s the attitude he carried on till the end. KK’s voice was timeless. You could put him into any genre and knew he would deliver in the end. His voice radiated friendly love. KK didn’t, and found his place and footing on the basis of his sheer talent. Many would say he was underrated. But I remember KK’s batch in particular because he stood out from the rest. Don't Miss These StoriesKK funeral Live Updates: KK's wife, son bid him final goodbye, last rites on at Versova crematoriumThe 6 most underrated films of May, and where to watch them: Amitabh Bachchan's best to Nicole Kidman's deliciously edgy characterCCTV footage of KK leaning inside elevator at Kolkata hotel minutes before collapsing shared onlineClick here for more

He was easy-going in the studio. Then I lost touch with him as I got busy with work in theatre, TV and ad jingles. But his piece had to be heard and he was very keen to get it out there. And once he had settled down after a couple of takes, he would take off on his own and become everybody’s focal point. Also Read |Singer KK’s death: Preliminary autopsy rules out foul play
So, I was among the first people he contacted when he came to Mumbai. That’s why KK’s legacy is the mellifluence that cuts across generations and his ability to touch your innermost chord.Best of Express PremiumPremiumHow Pune police personnel reskilled themselves to tackle crypto crimesPremiumExplained: The case for six airbagsPremiumSri Lanka plans to develop Trincomalee port as industrial hub, stirs glob…PremiumLitigants turn to 80-year-old court ruling to press claims in Gyanvapi caseMore Premium Stories >>
As told to Rinku Ghosh. I remember the Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe track from Dil Chahta Hai, where he easily blended his voice with the others. I think his Jaane Ye Kya Hua was the most beautiful track in Karthik Calling Karthik. And he could bleed into others once his piece got over. He was a simple guy who never bad-mouthed anybody and wouldn’t allow anybody to do so in his presence. 🗞 Subscribe Now: Get Express Premium to access our in-depth reporting, explainers and opinions 🗞️
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Updated: June 2, 2022 3:11:32 pm

Singer KK was 53. He would report on time and stay as long as was needed to get the recording done. I advised him that Mumbai was a place to at least give your talent a shot but if you misfired, you couldn’t get down.