People of Khandwa town in Madhya Pradesh today observed the 88th birth anniversary of legendary singer, actor and filmmaker Kishore Kumar.
Kumar was born here on August 4, 1929.
His fans paid tributes at his memorial in the town, making offerings of ‘doodh jalebi’, which was his favourite dish.
Mayor Subhash Kothari, local mla Devendra Verma, district collector Abhishek Singh and superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin visited the memorial.
A few of his popular songs were also sung.
Kumar spent his childhood years in Khandwa before shifting to Mumbai.
Apart from acting and directing films, Kumar lent his versatile voice to several stars, from Dev Anand to Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.
“He didn’t forget his birthplace, and often said ‘Doodh jalebi khayenge, Khandwa me bas jayenge’ (will have milk-with-jalebi and settle down in Khandwa),” reminisced a fan named Milin Mishra.
Madhya Pradesh congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi has demanded that the state government should convert Kumar’s ancestral house in Bombay Bazaar area here into a grand memorial.
In Bhopal, Samrat Sangeet Sadhna Sewa Samiti, a music group, paid a tribute to Kumar through a special event in which singer Sadhna Sargam along with Sunil Shukraware performed.