New Delhi, IndiaGenres
Indian Folk Sufi Pop Sufi Rock Spiritual Nirgun
Occupation(s)Singer, Lyricist, Music ComposerInstrumentsVocals, HarmoniumYears active2003–presentLabelsSoor Mandir Website
Kailash Kher (born 7 July 1973) is an Indian playback singer and music composer, he sang songs with a music style influenced by Indian folk music and Sufi music. He was inspired by the classical musicians Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan…
When he couldn’t find the right guru or a school, Kher started learning music by listening to it. He listened to Indian classical singers like Pandit Gokulotsav Ji Maharaj, Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and later even Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, and their contemporaries.
Kher received the Padma Shri award in 2017 from the Indian government. He has also received two Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer: one for the Bollywood movie Fanaa (2006) and one for the Telugu film Mirchi (2013), along with several other nominations.
With his powerful voice and his unique style of music, Kher has established himself as one of the most popular playback singers of India..
When he moved to Mumbai, he already had a few friends there who were connected to the film industry. He was recommended to musician Ram Sampath, who was looking for a new voice for a jingle for Nakshatra diamonds. Kher would later recall the jingle as one which did not bring instant recognition but fetched him ₹5000, which he needed desperately at the time “just to survive”.
Kher’s foray continued with him singing jingles for TV and radio commercials, receiving critical acclaim for his unique style of singing. He sang in commercials for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Citibank, Pepsi, IPL and Honda Motor Cycles.
YearAward(s)CategoryTitleSong(s)Result2004Star Screen AwardsBest Male PlaybackWaisa Bhi Hota Hai Part 2"Allah Ke Bande"WonStar Guild AwardsBest Male Playback SingerNominated2007Filmfare AwardsBest Male Playback SingerFanaa"Chand Sifarish"Won2009Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – TeluguArundhati"Kammukunna Cheekatlona"Nominated2010GiMA AwardGima Award for Best Popular Music AlbumChaandan MeinSolo AlbumWonIndian Television Academy AwardsBest Title SongTere Liye"Tere Liye"WonIndian Telly AwardsWon2011Zee Rishtey AwardsFavourite Guru-ShisyaSa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il ChampsN/ANominated2011Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – KannadaBest Male Playback SingerJackie"Ekka Raja Rani"Nominated2012Indian Telly AwardBest Title Singer for a TV ShowDiya Aur Baati HumTitle SongWon2013Nandi AwardsNandi Award for Best Male Playback SingerMirchi"Pandagala Digivachchavu"Won2014Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – TeluguBest Male Playback SingerMirchi"Pandagala Digivacchavu"Won2015Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – KannadaBest Male Playback singers
Kher has a raw, soulful, fresh, high-pitched and sharp voice. Unlike others , he mainly sings Ghazal, Sufi, Qawwali, folk and other devotional songs. He has been greatly influenced by the classical singers including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi etc.
He can sing in a wide vocal range from high to low-pitched songs. His songs have been famous for their unique, soulful music and classical lyrics. Kher is the only singer in Indiawho often includes a classical lyrics and folk language in his solo albums and films. Most of his film or non-film albums include romantic tracks with a touch of classical music, lyrics and traditional languages..
Kher was also invited by the PM to accompany him in his first USA tour, where they performed in the SAP center community reception at San Jose, California on 27 September’15.
In 2011, He composed a song called “Ambar Tak Yehi Naad Goonjega” for the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare which is popularly known as the “India Against Corruption Movement”. Kailash didn’t even charge a professional fee for singing this song.