Ashok Kumar

Singer, Actor, Producer, Writer
Born: Oct 13, 1911
Death: Dec 10, 2001
 

Ashok Kumar, aka Dadamoni, was a legendary actor in Bollywood whose career spanned six decades from 1936. In 1998, he was conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Born as Kumudlal Ganguly in Bengal Presidency on to Kunjalal and Gouri Devi, he is the eldest brother of actor and playback singing legend Kishore Kumar. His popular movies include “Achhut Kanya” (1936), “Kangan” (1939), “Kismet” (1943), “Parineeta” (1953) and “Khoobsurat” (1980).

As it was then customary for actors to sing their own songs, he sang many songs in his acting career, even though he was not a trained singer. Songs sung by him include “Khet Ki Muli Baag Ko Aam” (“Achhut Kanya”, 1936), “Aaj Mausam Salona Salona Re” (“Jhoola”, 1941), “Dhire Dhire Aa Re Badal” (“Kismet”, 1943), “Jhingapore Taqur Taqur” (“Aashirwad”, 1968) and “Chalo Haseen Geet Ek Banayein” (“Shaukeen”, 1982). One of the songs sung by him, "Koi Humdum Na Raha" ("Jeevan Naiyya", 1936) and composed by Saraswati Devi", was sung many years later by his brother Kishore Kumar in his debut film as music director, "Jhumroo" (1961).

He died on 10 December 2001 at the age of 90.

Awards


 
    Individual Awards:
  • 1962 - Government Of India - Padma Shri
  • 1988 - National Film Awards - Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 - Government Of India - Padma Bhushan

Discography


Film


 

Singer

Jhingapore Taqur Taqur Jhingapore Taqur Taqur
Album: Aashirwad
Singer: Ashok Kumar, Harindranath Chattopadhyay
Music Director: Vasant Desai
Lyricist: Gulzar
Genre: Filmi, Carnatic, Narration
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Kaano Ki Ek Nagri Dekhi Kaano Ki Ek Nagri Dekhi
Album: Aashirwad
Singer: Ashok Kumar, Harindranath Chattopadhyay
Music Director: Vasant Desai
Lyricist: Gulzar
Genre: Filmi, Sufi/Qawwali
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Nao Chali Naani Ki Nao Chali Nao Chali Naani Ki Nao Chali
Album: Aashirwad
Singer: Ashok Kumar
Music Director: Vasant Desai
Lyricist: Harindranath Chattopadhyay
Genre: Filmi, Narration
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Rail Gaadi Rail Gaadi Chhuk Chhuk Rail Gaadi Rail Gaadi Chhuk Chhuk
Album: Aashirwad
Singer: Ashok Kumar
Music Director: Vasant Desai
Lyricist: Harindranath Chattopadhyay
Genre: Filmi
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Saaf Karo Insaaf Karo Saaf Karo Insaaf Karo
Album: Aashirwad
Singer: Asha Bhosle, Hemlata, Ashok Kumar, Harindranath Chattopadhyay
Music Director: Vasant Desai
Lyricist: Gulzar
Genre: Marathi Folk, Filmi
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Most Popular Songs

Chal Chal Re Naujawan Chal Chal Re Naujawan
   
Album: Bandhan
Singer: Ashok Kumar
Music Director: Ramchandra Pal
Lyricist: Pradeep
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Chal Chal Re Naujawan Chalo Sang Chalen Hum Chal Chal Re Naujawan Chalo Sang Chalen Hum
Album: Bandhan
Singer: Leela Chitnis, Ashok Kumar
Music Director: Ramchandra Pal
Lyricist: Pradeep
Genre: Filmi
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Chal Chal Re Naujawan Kehna Mera Maan Maan Chal Chal Re Naujawan Kehna Mera Maan Maan
   
Album: Bandhan
Singer: Ashok Kumar, Suresh
Music Director: Ramchandra Pal
Lyricist: Pradeep
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Chalo Haseen Geet Ek Banayein Chalo Haseen Geet Ek Banayein
Album: Shaukeeen
Singer: Ashok Kumar, Chirashree Bhattacharya
Music Director: R.D. Burman
Lyricist: Yogesh Gaud
Genre: Filmi, Classic Pop
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Piya Bawri Piya Bawri Piya Bawri Piya Bawri
Album: Khubsoorat
Singer: Asha Bhosle, Ashok Kumar
Music Director: R.D. Burman
Lyricist: Gulzar
Genre: Hindustani, Sugam
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Filmography


Actor


Aabroo

Aabshar

Aadhi Raat

Aaj Aur Kal

Aakash Deep
 

Writer


Sau Saal Beet Gaye
       
 

Producer


Eight Days

Kalpana

Maa

Mahal

Mashal
 
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