Shaan’s Heartfelt Tribute to KK’s Departure: Marking the Anniversary. Join Shaan in a Touching Celebration of KK’s Legacy. Reflect on the Passing of a Remarkable Friend and Inspiring Soul
Shaan’s Heartfelt Tribute to KK’s Departure :
Today, on May 31, we commemorate the first anniversary of the untimely demise of Krishnakumar Kunnath, better known as KK, one of India’s most beloved singers. The tragic incident occurred during a live performance in Kolkata, where the talented artist suffered a heart attack. In an exclusive conversation, Shaan, a close friend and fellow singer, shared his profound sentiments, stating, “he was more than a friend to me; he was like family.
When I first received the news of his passing last year, I was overcome with disbelief. Initially, I thought it was a cruel prank, but the harsh reality soon set in, leaving me shattered. KK was renowned for his unwavering discipline, abstaining from smoking and drinking, while skillfully maintaining a harmonious work-life balance. The notion that such a vibrant soul could be struck by a heart attack was simply inconceivable. It feels surreal that an entire year has passed since he departed from our midst.
Shaan and KK collaborated on an impressive repertoire of more than 25 songs, their creative synergy sparking unforgettable moments. Reflecting on those cherished times, the seasoned artist, now in his fifties, fondly recalls, “The process of recording and performing together was a source of immense joy.
His exuded a remarkable level of discipline, consistently punctual and impeccably prepared for every song recording and stage appearance. Our collaboration resulted in a multitude of remarkable duets. Some achieved anthem-like status, such as the infectious beats of ‘Dus Bahaane‘ from the movie ‘Dus’ released in 2005, the soulful melody of ‘Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe‘ from ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ in 2001, and the energetic rhythm of ‘It’s The Time To Disco’ from ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ in 2003. However, it is important to mention that other gems like ‘Jo Dar Gaya Woh Mar Gaya’ from ‘Ghaath’ in 2000 and ‘Dekho Nashe Mein‘ from ‘Race’ in 2008 also left a lasting imprint on our musical journey.
Shaan reveals that unlike many others in the industry who are inclined towards sharing glimpses of their lives on social media, KK had a penchant for keeping his personal life private. “He was not a social person. He didn’t have a presence on WhatsApp or social media platforms. In fact, even while on vacation, he would avoid answering phone calls. Parties were not his scene either, as he believed that meaningful conversations seldom transpired in such settings. he preferred meaningful one-on-one interactions, where he could engage in deep conversations.
Now that he’s no longer with us, I find myself reminiscing about countless memories and the profound things he used to say. I’ve come to realize that many of his casual remarks held profound meaning, although at the time they were said so casually that their significance didn’t immediately register,” shares the singer of the soul-stirring track “Tanha Dil.” Shaan embarked on his playback singing journey in 1999, the same year when he made his Bollywood debut with the song “Tadap Tadap” from the film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.”
When asked if KK’s sudden death served as an eye-opener for him, Shaan acknowledges the impact and shares, “Following his passing, my family urged me to undergo an MRI. Fortunately, the results turned out to be normal. However, his untimely demise truly made me recognize the unpredictable nature of life. It emphasized the significance of cherishing the present moment and living in the present.”