Legendary singer Kishore Kumar’s century old hostel – Indore Christian College – which still evokes memories of him, has turned into a ruin.
Kishore Kumar, whose 87th birth anniversary is being celebrated on August 4, was born in the neighbouring Khandwa district.
He and his brother Anoop Kumar lived in one of the 60 rooms of the hostel, which had been abandoned two decades ago, and is now an old structure ruin.
Amit David, principal of the college said that the district administration has now declared the hostel as a ‘dangerous building’ due to its dilapidated form.
David said that the revival of the building to its original shape was next to impossible, adding that the hostel couldn’t withstand the weather conditions of so many years.
History department professor of ICC Swaroop Vajpayee said though the hostel has been abandoned, the memories of one of Bollywood’s greatest singers are still refreshing.
He said Kishore Kumar studied in ICC from 1946 to 1948 and moved to Mumbai leaving his studies midway.
He rose to become a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter.
“He owed ‘panch rupaiya barah aana’ to the canteen owner then,” the professor said.
Listen to Kishore Kumar’s song Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana
It is believed that famous song Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana from film Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) has it genesis to Kishore’s indebtedness.
Reminiscing old days, Vajpayee said Kishore use to skip classes and used to sing songs and practise his trademark ‘Yodeling’ under an imli (tamarind) tree.
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