K. L. Saigal was 11, born on Jammu April 1904. Kundan Lal Saigal as he inspired legends such as Kishore Kumar and Mukesh to copy his style to make their mark in the industry before developing its own characteristics tones.
His songs are evergreen and still buzz today. To learn more about K L Saigal’s life story, read this biography provided below.
K • L Saigal began to take him very young and his mother sang Pir-Salman Yousuf Yesvi sect Sufi. His father, Amarchand Saigal, was employed at the court of Maharaja Pratap Singh. At the age of twelve K. L. Saigal sang in Meera Bhajan at the royal court.
The Maharaja was truly impressed and blessed by saying that he had a bright future. His father was disappointed when he learned that his son wanted to sing and leave school.
When K. L. Saigal realized that his voice broke at the age of 13, he was so shocked that he had been silent for months. His worried family brought him to a saint who told Saigal to refine his voice and not stop practicing. For the next three years, he practiced with determination and also received support from Faiyaaz Khan, Pankaj Mullick and Pahari Sanyal, who were the best singers of the time.
Saigal also learned to sing in Punjabi when he was in Jalandhar. Most surprisingly, he never received any formal education and maintained his own style, which was accepted and appreciated by all.
K. L Saigal worked as a timekeeper at the Punjab Railways and also as a salesman before choosing music as a vocation. On these days his singing was confined to the circle of his friend. During one of these periods of his singing, a sales representative of the Hindustan Record Company, he was present at the meeting.
He recognized Saigal’s potential and persuaded him to sign a registration agreement with the company. One of his first albums “Jhulana Jhulao” in Raga Gandhar Dev was a great success.
So began the flourishing career of K. L. Saigal and began to act and sing in the cinema. Some of his early films were Subah Ke Sitare, Zinda Laash, and Mohabbat Ke Aason. The songs that made him famous were Premnagar’s main ghaz My Basoongi, Tadapat’s Beeti Din Ho rain and Prem Ki Jai Chandida’s first film.
He was also the lead actor in the film. More and more offers have become one of the stars of the film industry. His enigmatic voice made him even more famous.
Devdas was released in 1935, increasing its popularity diversity. Saigal shows the character of Devdas and heartbroken with perfect perfection gagged. His solo appearances Balam Aaye Baso and Dukh Ke Ab Din were described as immoral.
Saigal experimented with many forms of music and developed Khayal, Bandish, Ghazal Geets, bhajans, Hori and Dadra in various ragas. He also sang in many different languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Bengali, and Tamil. Saigal always drank before the reception and called Kaali Paanch lovingly.
The time from 1932 to 1946 is called Saigal era. Saigal moved to Bombay in 1940 and made memorable films such as Bhakta Surdas, Tansen, Kurukshetra, Omar Khayyam, Tadbeer, Shahjahan, and Parwana.
Some of his songs are immortal Diya Jalao Jagmag Jagmag, Rumjhum Rumjhum Chaal Tihari, Baag Laga Doon Sajani, Shah Barbaad Karegi Ai Dil-e-beqarar Jhoom, Gham Diye mustaqil Jab Dil Hi Toot and Eternal Gaya.
The great composer Naushad Saigal did not drink Shahjahan and Parwana while filming his last two films. His alcohol dependence reached a stage where the task was not possible. On January 18, 1947, at the age of forty-two, this great, inimitable artist died.
The industry was suddenly robbed of one of the best artists. Today, sixty years after his death, his songs continue to bring nostalgic moments to life, reminiscent of the golden age of music.