Hit songs performed by Kishore Kumar include "Rhoop Tera Mastana," "Agar Tum Na Hote" and "De De Pyar De." During his career, Kumar won eight Filmfare Awards and four Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for his playback singing.
In the early 1950s, Kishore Kumar began his career as a playback singer for lead actors in Indian films. Kumar continuously contributed to the Indian film industry through his singing, acting, directing, film producing and screenwriting until his death in 1987. Kumar performed songs in various Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.
Even though Kumar possessed little formal musical training, he developed a unique vocal style that included yodeling. Kumar also learned how to play the piano.
In 1961, Kumar acted, directed, produced and composed songs for the film, "Jhumroo." In 1964, he directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for the film, "Door Gagan Ki Chhagon Mein." He also composed the music for this film. Throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, Kumar continued in the Indian film industry as a playback singer. He also recorded albums and sang duets with other singers such as Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar.
Kumar died one day after recording the song "Guru Guru" for the film, "Waqt Ki Aawaz." Throughout his career, Kishore Kumar recorded songs with more than 90 male vocalists and 85 female vocalists.