Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, known by his stage name KK, who died on May 31 in Kolkata hours after his concert, was remembered by his son Nakul Krishna in an emotional post after a couple of weeks. Nakul Krishna shared a few throwback pictures with his late father and he wrote: “Took me a while to come to terms with what happened 3 weeks ago. Even now the pain is physical, like I’m being choked, as though people are standing on my chest. I wanted to say something, share anything about my dad but I finally understood immobility in a state of shock. I finally comprehend true pain, I’ve only now realised the privilege you granted me, not the privilege of a comfortable life, I always knew I was blessed in that regard. The greatest privilege I ever had was the opportunity to witness you everyday.”
An emotional Nakul Krishna added in his post: “So many people just wanted to see you once, be in your presence once, a half embrace would have them trembling.” In his post, Nakul wrote about the massive love that KK’s fans showered on him throughout. “And here we were, being showered and inundated with your love every moment. I got to see your perspective on everything; how you treated people, how passionate you were about everything you did, especially singing. How generously you loved. Only focusing on the positives, and completely disregarding the negatives,” read the caption.
Nakul Krishna summed up the essence of his relationship with KK with these words: “You set the bar stupendously high, as a father, but more importantly as a friend.” He added, “You always treated me like an equal while simultaneously protecting and shielding me. Treating me like an adult in conversation but calling to check up on me as soon as I left the house. Trusting me wholly no matter what I decided, allowing me to be myself, hearing me out and changing your opinions based on what I told you, being the open minded forward thinking person that you were. People told me about their relationships with their fathers and I always found somethings to be strange. It took me very long to realise that our relationship was the outlier.”
He signed off the post with these words: “A fierce force of nature… Mesmerising on stage and a magnanimous, selfless, cuddly cartoon at home constantly joking and playing around. The abyssal void that is left in your wake, not only in our hearts, but the hearts of millions is a testament to your brilliance. A bright brief brilliance that burned too bright too quickly. That impossible line, where the waves conspire, where they return. The place maybe you and I will meet again.”
Read Nakul Krishna’s post here:
On Father’s Day, Nakul shared a throwback picture with his father KK and shared an extensive note, an excerpt from which read: “It’s been a brutally difficult day today, all the ads, mails and alerts about Father’s Day repeatedly breaking me down and bringing me to tears, eroding. I didn’t think I’d have the courage to even write this but Iv been trying to muster the strength to.”
KK made his debut in the music industry in 1999 with the popular album Pal. He also sang in several languages other than Hindi, including Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada.
KK’s iconic tracks include Yaaron Dosti from his album Pal, Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai from Woh Lamhe…, Tu Aashiqui Hai (from Jhankaar Beats), Zindagi Do Pal Ki from the movie Kites, Aankhon Mein Teri from the movie Om Shanti Om, Khuda Jaane from the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tadap Tadap from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, among many others.