As members of MUSOC, the music society of Kirori Mal College (KMC), began singing Hum Rahe Ya Na Rahe Hum, tears began rolling down the faces of many the many viewers. The music is from singer Krishnakumar Kunnath aka KK’s debut solo album Pal (1999). That’s how the tribute to the faculty’s alumnus and singing maestro started on the intimate occasion, Remembering KK.

As music lovers of all ages teams proceed to mourn the sudden demise of the singer-composer from Delhi — who just lately handed away at the age of 53 — his alma mater in Delhi University, paid him a tribute in the Academic Auditorium of the faculty. The place that gave wings to his musical journey began, hosted the gathering that comprised KK’s outdated-faculty associates and members of KMC’s then band, Horizon. It was this band that KK joined after he enrolled himself in Economics (Hons), beneath the extra-curricular exercise (ECA) quota in 1986.

A yr earlier than KK joined the faculty, and the music society was fashioned by Sumangala Damodaran, a then third-year economics pupil, together with different music fans and Sumitra Mohanty Chakrabarti, a physics school member. “We had been ready for a voice that might match our imaginative and prescient and had been rejecting one entry after the opposite, when a flamboyant, reasonably diminutive younger man got here to us and blew us away together with his singing. That was KK, always the star,” recalled Damodaran, calling it “a really poignant expertise” to be again in KMC together with different alumni of MUSOC. “We began one thing 38 years in the past, and it holds the identical emotional relevance to us all even at this time. We by no means thought we might all assemble for a day like this. Coming right here seems like we by no means even left. But we got here for KK, which makes it bittersweet,” she added.

Author Gautam Chikermane, Horizon’s then keyboardist, reminisced being in the band with KK, again in the day. “When we had been a band, KK would sing songs by Sting, Dire Straits and Abba. Today, (college students) sang KK’s songs. It’s like I’m reliving a fuzzy reminiscence. Today, Tom (Joseph), Sandeep (Madan) and me, the three band members, are right here and it seems like nothing has modified. KK will always be right here.”

Former members of Horizon band, Sandeep Madan and Gautam Chikermane took to the stage together with musician Hitesh Rikki Madan. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)

Everyone current acquired collectively to have a good time the wealthy legacy of the artiste. They shared anecdotes from KK’s faculty life akin to him promoting off typewriters and singing in motels for a dwelling. Paying him a musical tribute, the MUSOC’s current members sang KK’s rendition of Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno; 2008), and Alvida (Life in a Metro; 2007), amongst others, and the auditorium echoed with applause.

Sharing with the viewers a glimpse of who KK was Sandeep Madan, Horizon’s bassist, mentioned, “KK by no means did something half-heartedly. Once we had solo competitors at IIT Kanpur, and had been purported to carry out The Impossible Dream (The Quest) [from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha]. KK had a sore throat and I mentioned we should always withdraw it. But he was in the room for 2 hours, taking steam and gargling, and at 4 in the morning he carried out and gained the primary worth. It was superb how dedicated he was.”

Members of MUSOC sang KK’s rendition of Khuda Jaane and Alvida, amongst different songs. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)

Actor Keval Arora, affiliate advisor of MUSOC, sharing how KK’s reminiscence lives on, mentioned: “A query that’s typically requested is how KMC as a university is ready to have a sure type of vibrancy in its ECA, and I always say it has to do with continuity. Now there are numerous methods in which you measure continuity however one crucial method is addabazi, (that’s) speaking and sharing tales. As you inform tales, folks come alive and likewise the sense of group comes alive. I do know it appears like a truism to say KK humare liye nahi gaya. But the purpose is that the final time I met KK, it was in 1987. Uss time mulakat nahi hui thi aur abhi bhi nahi hogi, lekin KK mere liye uss time zinda the aur abhi bhi zinda hain as a result of he will reside in our memories. He had this chawd (swag) in his stroll, and I might say phir se hero aagaya. Tu udhar kya kar raha hai, come to drama (society)!”

Adding to this, Shalini Sane Baxi, affiliate advisor of MUSOC says, “I keep in mind coming to MUSOC in 1992, and at the moment KK was nonetheless struggling. We had heard tales about KK and his fantastic voice, and the transition he was making from rock music to Indian music. Then Pal (album) was launched in 1999 and tales begin following the title, and all of us grew up with it. So MUSOC continues to speak about KK by way of the batches.”

Feeling fortunate to listen to the numerous tales about KK, Aryan Dogra, a second-year pupil of Political Science (Hons), shares, “We all need to pursue music, and to listen to of his struggles is motivating. Shayad hum bhi zindagi essential kuchh kar payein. We will attempt.” Adding to it, Harsh Bhardwaj, a second-year pupil of BCom (Prog) provides: “There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t heard KK’s songs. And to be part of the society that he was in is superb accountability. I attended his live performance at Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Dwarka, earlier this yr, and everybody in the group had a reference to each music that he sang. Aagar hum milke unka 10% bhi obtain kar lein, toh we’ll take into account ourselves fortunate!”

Remembering KK, KMC’s principal Vibha Singh Chauhan mentioned: “Unfortunately, I by no means acquired the chance to satisfy him, however, there have been quite a few events when his title was talked about, extraordinarily fondly, by academics and generally by alumni who visited the faculty. I even felt a way of delight, unsure if it’s the correct phrase right here, to be related to a university the place folks like KK have studied. I acquired a screenshot of a message that was being circulated on the digital media which mentioned ‘Kirori Mal ke nalko essential kaisa pani bheta hai? Itna expertise kaise nikal raha hai?’ We will and we should always consider one thing that might proceed the remembrance of KK as an individual, an artist and an alumnus of KMC.”

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