K Shailendra is a playback singer who was associated with a singing reality show ‘ K For Kishore’, a singing contest held on Sony television channel in the year 2007-08. His real name is Sonu. But since there is another playback singer in the name of Sonu Nigam, the aspiring singer changed his name to Shailendra which was picked from his favorite Hindi film lyricist Shailendra. Since Sonu was singing for ‘K For Kishore’ contest, he added K before his name and got screen adaptation name as K. Shailendra. He was one of the outshine challengers in ‘K For Kishore’ program and won the final round but could not reach the top. Kishore is from a small town named Jhansi.

The show’s aim was to find out at least 12 participants who could match the style of singing of singer Kishore Kumar. He performed on ‘Hazaar Rahein Mud Ke Dekhi', one of Kishore’s best song pictured on Rajesh Khanna. Although legendary singer Kishore Kumar is no more with us, but new generation singers have never failed in experimenting their vocal by singing the legendary singers’ song in many television channel programs. Whether it is a reality show or even a show meant to pay a literary tribute to Kishore Kumar, every generation of singers finds Kishore Kumar as an inspiration.

He later got a break in some Bollywood films as a singer in the year 2012. He turned to singing some devotional songs for the private album. The show (K For Kishore’)had three panels of judges: Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar, Bollywood composer Bappi Lahiri and singer Sudesh Bhonsle. In addition, the show had many Bollywood celebrities taking the seat as guest judges such as Kishore Kumar’s wife Leena Chandravarkar, actress Asha Parekh, superstar Rajesh Khanna and singers like Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Vinod Rathod and noted scriptwriter Javed Akhtar. The host of the show was singer Babul Supriyo and national award winning actress Rajeshwari Sachdev.


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