1 Early life and struggle 2 Career beginnings
3 Vocals and music style 4 Commercial music 5 Non-film work
5.1 Kailasa 5.2 Performances and international concerts 5.3 Television and reality shows
6 Personal life 7 Music for social causes 8 Awards and nominations
8.1 Film awards and other honours
9.1 Film appearances 9.2 Guest appearance 9.3 Lyricist 9.4 Music director 9.5 Solo albums and compilations 9.6 Title songs
10 See also 11 References 12 External links
Early life and struggle
Kher was born on 7 July 1973 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. His father
Mehar Chand Kher and his mother Chandrakanta were from Meerut. Kher's
father was an amateur musician whose performances of traditional folk
songs were a regular household event. Kher's first brush with music
hence, came in his childhood. Brought up in a musical atmosphere,
from his school days, he was enchanted and 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
Although he couldn’t find the right guru or a school, he started
learning music by listening to it. He listened to Indian classical
singers like Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit
Gokulotsav Maharaj and later even Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata
Mangeshkar and their contemporaries
He then experimented with a family friend's Indian handicraft export
business till 1999. His depression phase started and he even
attempted to suicide once, in the beginning of the year 1999, when his
business collapsed. He went to
Kher performing in 2012
Kailash had to struggle to get a chance in Bollywood. He got
opportunity to sing a song for the movie Andaaz. In this movie his
song "Rabba Ishq Na Hove" became much popular. His song "Allah ke
Bande" from the obscure movie
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II
I remember how I first heard of him. I had asked Mehboob, our lyricist, for a new voice that is earthy and strong, and he said, I have just the person for you. That voice can only be that of Kailash!' And he sent Kailash to meet me. The moment I heard him, I knew that here was a voice that was so wonderful, and which had its own unique space.... I want to say that Kailash Kher's voice has something that had been lacking a lot – it had pure soul! Allah Ke Bande is one of my all time favorite songs.
Vocals and music style
Kher has a rarely raw, soulful, fresh, high-pitched and sharp voice.
Unlike others, he mainly sings Ghazal, Sufi, Qawwali, folk and other
devotional songs. He has been greatly influenced by the classical
singers including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Kumar
Kher launching his latest album "Ishq Anokha" at Kolkata, 2016
The band's first album, Kailasa, released in March 2006, went on to
revive the Indian pop music market. The album was an
immediate smash hit.
Their second album, Jhoomo Re, released in May 2007, went on to be an
equally smash hit. With songs like "Saiyaan" and
"Agad Bamm" touching the right chords with Indian as well as
international audiences.
Kailasa's third album, Chaandan mein released in June 2009, was yet
another smash hit! He made his first international
album on the acclaimed independent record label Cumbancha.
He released his fourth album, Rangeele, which was released by his
owned company Kailasa Records in January 2012. This album was widely
acclaimed amongst the fans of Kailasa, and was critically acclaimed
Kher has also sung a non-filmy Nepali pop song such as "Phool Ko
Thunga" and "Bolnai parcha bhanne K cha ra" from the album called Only
Love in 2011.
2016 marks the return of
Kher with other
"Bravo @kailashkher! I congratulate you for joining Swachh Bharat Mission in Varanasi. Admirable effort," the Prime Minister tweeted."
Kailash was also invited by the PM to accompany him in his first USA
tour, where they performed in the SAP center community reception at
San Jose, California on 27 September'15.
He also composed the song "Ambar Tak Yehi Naam Gunjega" for Anna
Hazare anti corruption movement, and sang it in Ramlila Maidan during
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Awards won 10
Film awards and other honours
Year Award(s) Category Title Song(s) Result
2004 Star Screen Awards Best Male Playback Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part 2 "Allah Ke Bande" Won
Star Guild Awards Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
2007 Filmfare Awards Best Male Playback Singer Fanaa "Chand Sifarish" Won
2010 GiMA Award Gima Award for Best Popular Music Album Chaandan Mein Solo Album Won
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Title Song Tere Liye "Tere Liye" Won
Indian Telly Awards Won
2011 Zee Rishtey Awards Favourite Guru-Shisya Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs N/A Nominated
2011 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Kannada Best Male Playback Singer Jackie "Ekka Raja Rani" Nominated
2012 Indian Telly Award Best Title Singer for a TV Show Diya Aur Baati Hum Title Song Won
2014 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Telugu Best Male Playback Singer Mirchi "Pandagala Digivacchavu" Won
2015 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Kannada Best Male Playback Singer Un Samayal Arayil "Ee Janumave Ahaa" Nominated
Year Award(s) Category Result
2011 Nepal Tourism Year Goodwill Ambassdor 2011 Overall Contribution Won
2015 Yash Bharti Award Excellence in folk and classical music Won
Year Film Song Composer Language(s)
2017 Poster Boys "Noor E Khuda" Tanishk Bagchi Hindi
2017 Mersal "Aalaporaan Tamizhan" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion "Jay Jaykara" M.M. Keeravani Hindi
2016 Shivaay "Tere Naal Ishqa" Mithoon Hindi
2016 Housefull 3 "Fake Ishq" Tanishq Bagchi and Abhishek Hindi
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" Anu Malik Hindi
2015 Baahubali "Kaun Hai Woh", "Jal Rahin Hain", "Moochile Theeyumaay" M.M. Keeravani Hindi, Tamil
2015 Muddu Manase "Neev Kelabardu" Vineeth Raj Menon Kannada
2015 Gopala Gopala "Enduko Enduko" Anoop Rubens Telugu
2014 Un Samayal Arayil "Indha porappu than" Ilayaraja Tamil
2014 Aambala "Madras to Madurai Hiphop Tamizha Tamil
2014 Galipatam "Yeh Allah" Bheems Ceciroleo Telugu
2014 Desi Kattey "Daagh De" Himself Hindi
2014 Arundhati "Joy Joy Ma" Jeet Ganguly, Saluri Koteswara Rao Bengali
2014 Lakshmi "Hai Reham Hai Karam" Tapas Relia Hindi
2014 Kahin Hai Mera Pyar "Allah Tala" Ravindra Jain Hindi
2014 Rang Rasiya "Anhad Naad" Sandesh Sandilya Hindi
2013 Bombay Talkies "Bombay Talkies (Duet Version)" Amit Trivedi Hindi
2013 Mirchi "Pandagala digi vachavu" Devi Sri Prasad Telugu
2012 Chingari "Baare Baare" V. Harikrishna Kannada
2012 Saarathi "Vajra Ballalaraya" Kannada
2012 Nuvva Nena "Vayyari Blackberry" Bheems Ceciroleo Telugu
2012 Kya Super Kool Hain Hum "Shirt Da Button" Meet Bros Anjjan Hindi
2012 The Real Life of Mandi
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya "Fan Bann Gayi" Sachin-Jigar Hindi
2012 Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai "The Title Song" Anu Malik Hindi
2011 Rajanna "Karakuraathi Gundello" M.M. Keeravani Telugu
2011 Love Mein Ghum "Sohniye Yaadan" Ravi Bal Urdu
2011 Aazaan "Bismillah" Salim-Sulaiman
2011 Bombay March 12
2012 Sidlingu "Chombo chombu" Anoop Seelin Kannada
2012 Thoo Nan Makla "Aarakshaka"
2010 Jackie "Ekka Raaja Raani, Nanna kaiyolage" V. Harikrishna Kannada
2010 Krishnan Love Story "Mosa maadalende neenu bandeyaa"
2010 Naanu Nanna Kanasu Ondu Maamara Hamsalekha Kannada
2010 Paathshaala Aye khuda Hanif Sheikh Hindi
2010 Love Sex aur Dhokha "Tu Gandi", "Tainu TV Per Wekhya", "Naa Batati Tu", "Love Sex aur Dhokha", "Tauba Tauba (Remix)" Sneha Khanwalkar Hindi
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik "Kaisi Hai Yeh Udashi Chayi" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Hindi
2010 Phas Gaye Re Obama "Sara Pyaar Hai Bekaar" Manish J. Tipu Hindi
2009 Live From Stern Grove Festival: 2009 "Tauba Tauba"
2009 Couples Retreat "Salvadore" A.R. Rahman English
2009 Rajani "Tiruboki"
2009 Kaminey "Fatak" Vishal Bhardwaj Hindi
2009 Parichaya "O Nanna Olave"
2009 Aakashamantha "Chinnamma Kalyanam", "Okanoka Vurilo" Vidyasagar Telugu
2009 Arundhati "Kammukunna Chikatlona" Koti Telugu
2009 Junglee "Hale Patre Hale Kabbuna" V. Harikrishna Kannada
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani "Tu Jaane Naa (Unplugged Version)" Pritam Hindi
2009 Delhi-6 "Arziyan" A.R. Rahman Hindi
2009 Chandni Chowk to China "S.I.D.H.U., Chak Lein De" Himself Hindi
2009 Radio "Damadji Angana Hai Padhare" Himesh Reshammiya Hindi
2008 Abhiyum Naanum "Ore Oru Oarrilae" Vidyasagar Tamil
2008 Dasvidaniya All Songs Himself Hindi
2008 Wafa: A Deadly Love Story "Tu Hai Shola" Ravi Pawar, Sayed Ahmed Hindi
"Chnada Kane Chanda, Chanda"
"Jana O Jana, Sajni"
Preethi Yake Bhoomi Melidhe
2008 Kurukshetra "Chalo Chalo Jawan" Siddharth Vipin Malayalam
2008 Parugu "Yelageyalaga" Mani Sharma Telugu
2008 Dhaam Dhoom "Uyyaalalo Uyyaalalo" Harris Jayaraj Tamil
2008 Kathanayakudu "Ra Ra Ra Ramayanna" G.V. Prakash Kumar Telugu
2008 Kuselan "Perinba Pechukaran" Tamil
2008 Bheemaa "Rangu Rangamma" Harris Jayaraj Tamil
2008 1920 "Tujhe Main Pyaar Karu" Adnan Sami Hindi
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love "Ya Rabba" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Hindi
2007 Bal Ganesha "Shiv Shankar Kaa Damroo Baje"
2007 Aaja Nachle "Show Me Your Jalwa" Salim-Sulaiman Hindi
"Humne Jeena Seekh Liya"
2007 Manorama Six Feet Under "Dhundla jo Samaa Bandh" Jayesh Gandhi, Raiomond Mirza Hindi
2007 Delhii Heights
Rabbi Shergill Hindi
2007 Traffic Signal
2007 Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli "Na Na Nare Jibana Dau Sadhena" Kailash kher Odia
2007 Bombay Times
2006 With Luv... Tumhaara
2006 Keerthi Chakra "Khuda Se Mannath" Joshua Sridhar Malayalam
2006 Krishna "Krishna Kaal" Bapi-Tutul, Rajendra Shiv Hindi
2006 Corporate "O Sikander" Shamir Tandon Hindi
2006 Khosla Ka Ghosla "Chak De Phattey!" Dhruv Dhalla Hindi
2006 Veyil "Veyilodu Velaiyadi" G.V. Prakash Kumar Tamil
2006 Sajni "Jaana O Jaana" A.R. Rahman Kannada
2006 Naksha "Shake It" Pritam Hindi
2006 Aap Ki Khatir "Meethi Meethi Batan" Himesh Reshammiya Hindi
2006 Alag "Apun kee Toli Bindaasht Boli" Aadesh Shrivastava Hindi
2006 Fanaa "Chand Sifarish" Jatin-Lalit Hindi
2006 Zinda "Chal Rahi Hai Saasein" Vishal-Shekhar Hindi
2005 Majaa "Podhumadaa Saami" Vidyasagar Tamil
2005 Dosti "Ishq Naa Ishq Ho" Nadeem-Shravan Hindi
2005 Ek Ajnabee "Barf Khushi Hai" Vishal-Shekhar Hindi
2005 Kyon Ki "Jhatka Maare" Himesh Reshammiya Hindi
2005 Hanuman "The Title song" Tapas Relia Hindi
2005 Chocolate "Jhuki Jhuki" Pritam Hindi
2005 Barsaat "Saajan Saajan Saajan" Nadeem-Shravan Hindi
2005 Mangal Pandey: The Rising "Mangal Mangal", "Al Maddath Maula", "Takey Takey" A.R. Rahman Hindi
2005 Sarkar "Govinda", "Mujhe Jo Sahi Lagta Hai", "Sam Dam Bhed", "Shaher Shaher Ke Hazaar Sawal" Bapi-Tutul Hindi
2005 Silsiilay "Meri Chaandi Tu" Himesh Reshammiya Hindi
2005 Kaal "Aakhiyaan Teriya Ve" Salim-Sulaiman Hindi
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time "Toot Gaya Dil" Anu Malik Hindi
2005 Tango Charlie "Akkad Te Bakkad Te" Anand Raj Anand, Anu Malik Hindi
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet "Gaa Tu Aisi Dhun Mein Gaa" Ismail Darbar Hindi
2005 Vaada "Ud Ud Jaaye" Himesh Reshammiya Hindi
2004 Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo "Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo", "Kurti Mal Mal Di" Anu Malik Hindi
2004 Swades "Yun Hi Chala Chal Raahi" A.R. Rahman Hindi
2004 Deewaar "Piya Bawri" Aadesh Shrivastav Hindi
2004 Dev "Rang Deeni" Hindi
2004 Khakee "Mere Maula" Ram Sampath Hindi
2003 Waisa Bhi hota Hai Part 2 "Allah Ke Bande" Vishal-Shekhar Hindi
2003 Kilichundan Mambazham
2003 Andaaz "Rabba Ishq Naa Hove" Nadeem-Shravan Hindi
Year Film Notes
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II Singer on the beach
Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai
Year Show Notes Channel
Comedy Nights with Kapil
Year Film Song(s)
2005 Kaal "Aankhiyaan Teriya Ve"
2007 Traffic Signal All Songs
2008 Dasvidaniya All Songs
2009 Chandni Chowk To China "S.I.D.H.U., Chak Lein De"
Year Film Notes
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
2007 Fool N Final
2007 Good Boy Bad Boy
2009 Chandni Chowk To China
2009 Sangini- Perfect Bride
2009 Aa Dekhen Zara
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa
2014 Desi Kattey
Solo albums and compilations
Year Album(s) Notes
2007 Jhoomo Re With "Saiyaan" receiving critical acclaim as his best song ever
2009 Chaandan Mein GiMA Award for Best Popular Album
Yatra: The Nomadic Souls
2011 Only Love Nepali Album
2013 Naina Chaar Collaboration with Shreya Ghoshal
2016 Ishq Anokha
Year Serial(s) Song(s) Channel
2010 Tere Liye "Tere Liye" Star Plus
2011 Diya Aur Baati Hum "Diya Aur Baati Hum"
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