Hostel where Kishore Kumar stayed is in ruins

Kishore Kumar used to skip school and practise singing under a tamarind tree.

Kishore Kumar used to skip school and practise singing under a tamarind tree.

A hostel where Kishore Kumar once lived is in ruins though such a historical building is worthy of restoration because of its connection to one of India’s most famous artistes.

The 100-year-old hostel of Indore Christian College where singer Kishore Kumar once stayed is in a dilapidated state, according to a former teacher..

Kishore Kumar, whose 87th birth anniversary was celebrated on August 4, was born in the neighbouring Khandwa district. He and his brother Anoop lived in the 60-room hostel, which had been abandoned two decades ago. According to reports the district administration has declared the hostel as ‘dangerous building’ due to its dilapidated state. The renovation of the building is said to be impossible as the hostel has been damaged by the elements.

The teacher said Kishore Kumar studied in ICC from 1946 to 1948 and moved to Mumbai and rose to become a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter. A professor in the college who knew Kishore as a student said the budding singer used to skip classes and sing and practise his trademark ‘Yodeling’ under a tamarind tree. – CINEWS

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