From 'Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe' to 'Pyaar Ke Pal': 5 KK songs we will always remember

From 'Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe' to 'Pyaar Ke Pal': 5 KK songs we will always remember

The Indian singer passed away on Tuesday in Kolkata after falling ill during a performance.
Updated 01 Jun, 2022

Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, better known as KK, died on Tuesday night after falling ill in the middle of a concert, local media reported.

Tributes to the singer, who was 53, poured in on social media, from Abhishek Bachchan to our very own Minal Khan, Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood. Today, we're remembering him with his hit singles that take us back to the years when his songs were on loop on our CD and MP3 players.

Here are some of the KK songs we will never forget.


Featured in the 1999 film Rockford, the song talks about friendship and the bond and love you have for your closest friends. It talks about a friend who has your back and is part of your life at every step or decision you make, be it them scolding you or being there by your side when you're sad.

Rockford is based on a 13-year-old boy that moves to a Catholic boarding school called Rockford. He initially starts off as a nervous kid who later builds valuable relationships.

'Pyaar Ke Pal'

Part of his 1999 album Pal, 'Pyaar Ke Pal' was one of KK's many hits and is still being played on repeat 23 years later. Upon hearing of his demise, many actors and singers began their tributes to KK with this song. It starts with "hum rahein ya naa rahein kal, kal yaad ayenge ye pal (whether we live or not tomorrow, we will remember these moments)".

The song is associated with friendship, a lost friend or partner when referring to the fond memories you have with them.

'Ankhon Mein Teri'

Featured in Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's 2007 film Om Shanti Om, the song is a love note from Om Makhija/Kapoor (Khan) to Shanti Priya (Padukone) who is a movie star that he admires.

The soft love song sits perfectly with the scene where the movie star walks the red carpet in a very Bollywood way, while Om, a fan, gazes at her with admiration. The song talks about the gaze of the lover and how you cannot stop thinking about them.

'Hai Junoon'

This song was featured in New York, a 2009 movie starring Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham.

The song opens to a playful melody with guitar strings and KK's vocals. He sings about living in the moment surrounded by friends, self-assurance, a reason to dream big and being passionate about living the life the way it is.

'Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe'

If you're a 90s kid there's very little chance you don't know this song from Dil Chahta Hai. It was the ultimate party song.

In the movie, the song opens to a club scene where Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna are seen dancing and having the times of their lives. Not only was the dance an intense workout, the song was also catchy enough that we're all still singing it today.

What's your favourite KK song?


Raj Jun 01, 2022 01:43pm
Pyaar ke pal
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Anita Raj Jun 01, 2022 02:39pm
Such a big loss :(. What a singer he was. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
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Niaz H. Jafri Jun 01, 2022 02:54pm
Thank you for many good numbers & memories that you have given. Rest in peace K K.
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M Emad Jun 01, 2022 03:00pm
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Mahi Jun 01, 2022 03:01pm
human lives are reducing day by day.......
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Asad Jun 01, 2022 03:12pm
U forgot most important song tadap tadap from hum dil de chuke sanam.
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matazona Jun 01, 2022 03:24pm
Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe for me best of KK lost you early.
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Always Pokhtoon Jun 01, 2022 03:53pm
Have listened to many melodious songs of his he had sung for Emraan Hashmi's films. His songs are nostalgic and take me back to the good old days of childhood. Rest in peace, legend!
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Omveer Singh Jun 01, 2022 04:13pm
Tu hi meri shab hai subah hai tuhi din hai mera.
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Hafiz Jun 01, 2022 05:05pm
Such great singers are born after centuries. His vocals would remain alive forever in the hearts of his fans. Rest in Peace KK sir..
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Ali Jun 01, 2022 05:35pm
Tadap Tadap Ke - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam This song deserve every award there was to offer the year it was released.
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Naeem Jun 01, 2022 05:44pm
One of the finest singer of his time. Thanks for many good songs. Rest in peace KK.
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Asif Kidwai Jun 01, 2022 06:03pm
Life is so fragile and no one knows about the next second let alone tomorrow and yet people are fighting among themselves and hurting other people for what. Moments like these should remind us but human memory is a funny thing, we forget things quickly and get back to the same old ways. Hopefully one day we will understand this and live to learn and respect each other regardless of the differences.
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Ahmed Khan Jun 01, 2022 06:46pm
Koi kahe kahta rahe... during my iit Kharagpur time!
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Leo Jun 01, 2022 07:14pm
@Asif Kidwai Well said Asif..
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TPA Jun 01, 2022 08:54pm
Atif Aslam does not even come close to the talent possessed by KK.
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Samir Jun 01, 2022 09:11pm
Good collection Dawn
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AMIT Sharma Jun 01, 2022 10:41pm
@Asad ,.........true
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Mesotwisty Jun 02, 2022 12:03am
So sad about this. Amazing talent taken so early
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blindjustice Jun 02, 2022 12:39am
Beetay lamhay, labon ko labon pe, o meri jaan...RIP KK
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Gp65 Jun 02, 2022 02:56am
Tadap tadap ke ye dil from Hum dil de chuke sanam
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Indian from US Jun 02, 2022 05:22am
@Asif Kidwai Thanks. You are right. Thanks for your kind words about KK and thanks to Dawn for publishing this article.
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Manoj Jun 02, 2022 10:12am
@Asif Kidwai SPOT ON MY BHAYA!
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Harish Shetty Jun 02, 2022 11:53am
@Asif Kidwai Very well said friend. I believe in the same philosophy. We all waste our life fighting for nothing as we all go suddenly and take nothing with us.
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Zaeema Jun 02, 2022 06:12pm
Abhi Abhi tu milay ho.... Tere pyar me aesay jiye hum Beete lamhy
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SK Jun 04, 2022 04:22am
Tadap tadap ke - listen to see what a singer
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