Twenty local and foreign singers recently participated in the Kishore Kumar Singing Competition, organized by National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) at the NCIC Nagar, Chaguanas, Divali Nagar in Trinidad and Tobago. There was $150,000 in prize money up for grabs in the contest.
According to Surujdeo Mangaroo, Public Relations Officer of the NCIC and coordinator of the Song of Kishore Kumar Concert, “Kishore Kumar songs are very popular today after his death more than twenty years ago….he was the leading playback singer in the 1970 and his songs have endured the test of time. To have a contest today and get 20 finalists says a lot about the impact of Kishore’s songs on music lovers of this country….On behalf of the NCIC I want to take this opportunity to welcome the many foreign contestants who will be performing….It only demonstrates the strength, power and melody of Kishore Kumar’s music to bring together sons and daughters from distant parts of the diaspora”.
Several guest artistes attended the event include Khainayak Dance Academy, Avinash Maharaj, Kimlyn Boodram Prema Shakti Dancers, local comedian and singer Kenneth Seepersad & Neil Persad from Florida.
Kishore Kumar, considered as one of the most popular singers of Hindi film industry was a well-loved playback singer in T&T whose career spanned several decades and peaked in the 1960s to his death in 1987. He was widely loved for his soft numbers to peppy tracks to romantic moods, Kumar sang in different genres. Importantly, Kishore Kumar visited T&T several times in the 1970s and served as inspiration for many local singers who have tried to emulate the extremely talented and loved artiste, and perform his songs on many local and regional stages.
The event was organized to commemorate the 173 Anniversary of Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago.