From Uyirin Uriye to Oru Punnagai Poove...Remembering KK through his everlasting Tamil songs!

Indian playback singer KK was at the pinnacle across the languages through his melodious and enthralling voice and he has left that pinnacle as his legacy, endeared by his fans as they mourn his untimely demise at the age of 53. From Tamil, Hindi to Bengali and Assamese, KK has shined with an impressive fan following across the ages.

Krishnakumar Kunanth (KK) was the man who now holds a special place in the world of singing. He reigned the stage in his three-decades-long career and while he was performing at a concert in Kolkata on Tuesday, no one knew that they are ahead of a big tragedy. KK had breathed his last, shortly after completing the concert where he entertained thousands of people. He has an etched history as a remarkable singer in major languages and as the nation mourns his loss, let's take a look at some of his everlasting songs in Tamil. 

1) Uyirin Uyire - Kaakha Kaakha 

What a song and what a voice they have been! KK's voice was a right fit for the song that is still cherished by Suriya fans. Kaakha Kaakha was starred by Suriya and Jyothika and while Harris Jayaraj's rocking music did justice to the song, KK had added more value and life to it. 

2) Oru Punnagai Poove (Love Pannu) - 12 B 

Thanks to the Harris-KK combo for presenting yet another treat through 'Oru Punnagai Poove' from the song 'Love Pannu' in the movie '12 B' starred by Shaam, Jyothika, and Simran. This song still remains to be one of the favourites for the 90s kids. 

3) Kadhal Valarthen - Manmadhan 

Young ones who had setbacks in love can be seen lipsyncing this song from Simbu's Manmadhan. In this epic masterpiece, KK joined hands with Yuvan Shankar Raja and won the hearts of Tamil fans for yet another time. KK's magical voice proved once again that he was on a historic journey. 

4) Strawberry Kannae - Minsara Kannavu 

While Prabhu Deva put the song 'Vennilave Vennilave' from the movie Minsara Kannavu above the clouds through his dance, he had seen singer KK creating wonders through his voice in the song 'Strawberry Kannae'. Full marks to AR Rahman for bringing KK again to create a life for the song with the lyrics penned by Vairamuthu. Crossing decades, this combo had counted years of a successful journey. 

5) Apadi Podu - Ghilli 

This time, KK did it for Thalapathy Vijay. 'Apadi Podu' from the blockbuster movie 'Ghilli' has become a remarkable song for the deceased singer after the 2000s. He sang in the scoring of music director Vidyasagar and the song has been etched to be a household one for Vijay. Joined by Anuradha Sriram on the other side, KK had rocked as a singer of the soil as his voice had well connected with the Tamil fans. 

6) Neeye Neeye - M Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi

KK's beautiful voice with the right mixture of emotions would produce a song, something like 'Neeye Neeye'. For those who celebrate their mothers, this song is a treasure to celebrate, respect, and admire the same way they do for their mothers. Starred by Jayam Ravi, Nadhiya had acted as the mother in the movie and it was helmed by Mohan Raja. For the first time, KK had sung in the scoring of Srikanth Deva. 

7) Andangkaka Kondakari - Anniyan

Loved this action thriller Anniyan? Then you would definitely love KK's voice in the song 'Andangkaka Kondakari'. This is another chapter of magic in the book of KK-Harris Jayaraj combo. While the lyrics were penned by Vairamuthu, singers Shreya Ghoshal and Jassie Gift joined KK to make the song complete. Anniyan was starred by Vikram and Sadha and directed by Shankar. It was one of the most successful movies in Tamil cinema. 

8) Ninaithu Ninaithu - 7G Rainbow Colony 

KK has given eternal life to the song written by the late legendary lyricist Na Muthu Kumar. The movie 7G Rainbow Colony was one of the masterpieces by director Selvaraghavan and has received critical acclamations from across and beyond the borders. KK's voice had whirled the viewers into the song and Yuvan's music was a magnum opus. If you are all ears, it will enthral you. 

9) Feel my love - Kutty. 

It was KK's style of expressing 'Feel my love for Tamil'. This song 'Feel my love' from the 2010 released movie Kutty still has a huge fan following. Kutty was starred by Dhanush and Shriya Saran and though the movie has earned mixed reviews, KK's 'Feel my love' has sung for everyone who wished to express their hearty love. KK- Devi Sri Prasad combo was well made and baked. It was well received and enjoyed by the Tamil fans. 

In his three-decade career, KK has closely associated with reputed Tamil music directors AR Rahman, Yuvan Shankar Raja, and Harris Jayaraj. KK had played a vital role in giving the songs everlasting life and they are the lightkeepers of his legacy. Honouring his contribution, the West Bengal government has awarded him a state funeral. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took part in KK's final journey and from Kolkata, his body will be taken to Mumbai for final rites. 

KK had made his film debut through legendary musician AR Rahman on his soundtrack. The duo had observed a special bonding for over two decades and after learning about KK's demise, Rahman has paid tribute and said that the singers like KK made this life more bearable. Taking to Twitter, Rahman wrote, "Dear KK...what's the hurry buddy...gifted singers and artists like you made this life more bearable...#RIPKK." His tweet has been going rampant as more fans join the Oscar winner music director in remembering the deceased singer.

In the night hours of Tuesday, KK was performing at a concert that was held in Kolkata's Nazrul Mancha auditorium on the occasion of Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya fest. After his performance, he had complained of health discomforts after which he was taken to his hotel, where he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was provided with first aid at the hotel. However, as he didn't respond to the first aid, he was rushed to CMRI hospital around 10 pm in Kolkata, where he was declared brought dead. 

KK has laid a successful journey in India's diversity. He had recorded songs in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Bengali, Gujarati, and Assamese languages. He was more prominent in the Bollywood industry. KK had begun his career by singing for advertisement jingles and he made his film debut with an AR Rahman soundtrack and then on, he had sung hundreds of songs across the languages. His 1999 debut album 'Pal' had a critical acclamation. 

KK has received six Filmfare Award nominations and a Filmfare Awards South, which he won for a Best Playback singer in Kannada in 2010. He also had won 'Screen Awards' in 2009 as the Best Playback Singer for the Hindi song 'Khuda Jaane'. KK has been a remarkable singing personality who has won a great following from across and beyond the borders. His voice and concerts had attracted millions and it was evident in Kolkata on Tuesday and no one in the auditorium knew that it would be the final concert of KK.  

The fans are sharing the photos and visuals from his concert on Tuesday and several celebrities and leaders have been paying tribute. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, "Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti."