The century-old hostel of Indore Christian College (ICC), which enlivens the memory associated with legendary singer Kishore Kumar, lies in ruins.
Kishore Kumar is a name from the Indian film industry that can never be forgotten. To this day, music lovers have a hard time picking their favourite numbers of the legendary singer who rendered countless melodies for decades.
Today is the 90th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar, who was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh on August 4.
He and his brother Anoop once lived in one of the 60 rooms of the Indore Christian College (ICC) hostel, which was abandoned two decades ago and is now completely damaged.
Amit David, principal of the college on Nasia Road, was quoted by PTI saying that the district administration has now declared the hostel a “dangerous building” due to its dilapidated form.
David said that the revival of the building to its original shape was next to impossible, adding that the hostel couldn't withstand the weather conditions of so many years.
History department professor of ICC Swaroop Vajpayee said though the hostel has been abandoned, the memories of one of Bollywood's greatest singers are still fresh.
He said Kishore Kumar studied in ICC from 1946 to 1948 and moved to Mumbai leaving his studies midway.
He rose to become a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter.
"He owed 'panch rupaiya barah aana' to the canteen owner then," the professor said.
It is believed that the famous song 'Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana' from film "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi" has its genesis to Kishore's indebtedness.
Reminiscing about the old days, Vajpayee said Kishore used to skip classes and sang songs and practised his trademark 'Yodeling' under an 'impli' (tamarind) tree.
Kishore Kumar was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on 4 August 1929. His father, Kunjalal Ganguly, was a famous lawyer.
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