The century-old hostel of Indore Christian College (ICC), which still enlivens the memory associated with legendary singer Kishore Kumar, lies in ruins.
Kishore Kumar, whose 89th birth anniversary is being celebrated today (4 August), was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.
He and his brother Anoop once lived in one of the 60 rooms of the hostel, which had been abandoned two decades ago and is now completely damaged.
Amit David, principal of the college on Nasia Road, told PTI that the district administration has now declared the hostel as “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 refreshing.
He said Kishore Kumar studied in ICC from 1946 to 1948 and moved to Mumbai leaving his study 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.
(Inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated 4, Aug 2018, 9:49 AM