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Amit Kumar: Iconic Bollywood Singer Honoured at House Of Commons

Amit Kumar was commemorated at the House of Commons with a trophy for his contribution to Music for the last 50 years.

The trophy was given to Mr Kumar by Bob Blackman MP following a citation by UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May.

This award was bestowed upon Amit for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Indian Regular Music and the World of Entertainment’.

Other political dignitaries who attended were: Lord Dholakia, Carl Lindley from Metropolitan Police Service, Mayor of Redbridge Zulfiqar Hussain, Rohan Samant from Indian High Commission, Councillor Anjana Patel and Keith Vaz MP.

Also, Bhupesh Raseen, the best friend of Rajesh Khanna was also present at this memorable event.

Before the speeches began, he sang a few lines from the song ‘Aa Chal Ke Tujhe’ from the 1964 film, Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein.

He then went on to share some fond memories of his father, Kishore Kumar, in which he talked about the numerous comparisons made with his father.

To our surprise, he has no issues with being compared to his dad.

At the same time, he was guided in the right way to ensure that he was not another ‘clone’ of his father.

But truly, his calibre and talent speak volumes and the popularity of his songs are a testament to this.

He further reflected on his career. In which he mentioned how he RD Burman helped him to step away from the ‘Kishore Kumar’ image.

Even at the age of 66, his journey is far from over. Reflecting on his run in the industry, he says:

“I saw success, failures but I’m performing across the globe meeting so many new people.

But the fans and audiences in America and the UK are superb.

I’m no longer in the rat-race for Bollywood. I’m now producing my own songs under the record KBM Music for my fans. My journey is not over.”

There was also a brief, informal Q&A session, in which several thought-provoking/relevant questions were asked.

This was followed by the main presentation… It is incredible to see an Indian singing icon like Amit Kumar to be accredited and commemorated in such a manner.

In December 2018, Amit Kumar celebrated his 50 years in Bollywood personalities attended his gala celebration in Mumbai.

He is currently in the UK for ‘The Amit Kumar UK Legacy Tour’ in which he pays homage to Kishore Kumar. 

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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