Kailash Kher was born on the 7th of July, 1973, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh to Kashmiri parents. His father, Pt. Mehar Singh Kher is a Hindu priest, who was an amateur musician interested in performing traditional folk music and his mother is Chandrakanta Mehar Singh Kher.
Kailash was brought up in a house which was always filled with music. He left home at the age of 14 years to seek more training in classical and folk music study. He led an austere life during those days, as he attended music lessons to further his knowledge and training in music.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Pandit Kumar Gandharva
He was unable to find a particular guru to guide him, but he was heavily inspired by renowned Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Hindustani Classical vocalist Pandit Kumar Gandharva and still continues to be inspired by them. Other singers who influenced him during his early years were doyens of classical music like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Gokulotsav Maharaj and later even Lata Mangeshkar and her contemporaries.
Rooted in Folk and Sufi Music
He tried his hand in a sari export business with a family friend till 1999, but depression caused the business to shut down. He then, left for Singapore and Thailand to deal with his depression and stayed there for almost six months. He changed his place of residence to Delhi along with his family and he completed his graduation from Delhi University through a correspondence course.
In 2001, he shifted base once more to try his luck in Mumbai, to seek his destiny as a singer. He had to struggle a bit till he got the chance to sing a jingle for the ‘Nakshatra’ commercial. He continued to sing for jingles for TV as well as radio ads. His different singing style and voice gave him an identity of his own and he sang for prestigious brands like Coca Cola, Honda Motor Cycles, IPL, Citibank and Pepsi.
Rabba Ishq Na Hove
Allah ke Bande
In 2003, he sang his first playback song for Bollywood and his song “Rabba Ishq Na Hove” from the hit movie Andaz turned out to become a huge hit and so did the song “Allah ke Bande” from the film Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II . The songs made him a name to reckon with, in the highly competitive Bollywood music industry.
He also tried his hand in appearing in front of the camera in a cameo appearance, for the film Mangal Pandey: The Rising, even while singing for it. Some of his other Bollywood hit songs include “O Sikander” from the film Corporate and “Ya Rabba” from the film Salaam-e-Ishq.
Diya Baati Hum
Kailash has sung in 18 regional Indian languages that include Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Sindhi, Oriya, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam for their regional films; he has sung over three hundred and fifty Hindi film songs and has sung for more than five hundred jingles for TV and radio commercials. He has also composed and sung the soulful title soundtrack based on Rajasthani folk song for Star Plus’ TV soap drama Diya Baati Hum.
Chandni Chowk To China
As a music director, he has composed music for films like “Dasvidaniya”, “Chandni Chowk To China”, “Sacred Evil” and “Sangini”. He turned song writer for movies like “Chandni Chowk To China”, “Dasvidaniya”, “Kaal” and “Traffic signal”
Singing “Ambar Tak Naara Gunjega”
Kailash turned social activist with the song “Ambar Tak Naara Gunjega” which he composed and sang during the historical Anna Hazare anti corruption protest in Ramlila Maidan, Delhi.
When he was in Delhi and after losing heavily in his business, he formed the music band ‘Kailasa’ with Mumbai based brothers Paresh and Naresh Kamath. But, it was only in 2006, when his Bollywood stint was going great guns, that their first album Kailasa became a huge hit in the Indian pop music scene and gave it a fresh lease of life.
Jhoomo Re Album
‘Kailasa’ released their second album Jhoomo Re in 2007 to great acclaim, once more. The sound track “Saiyaan” from the album became a big success worldwide.
Chandan Mein Album
Their third album was titled Chandan Mein and came out in 2009 to a great reception, yet again. Their fourth album was released by his self owned company Kailasa Records in 2012 and was titled Rangeele.
Singing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
Kailash Kher has appeared in television reality shows like SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs on Zee TV, Rock On on MTV, Indian Idol on Sony, Mission Ustaad on 9X and Rockstar on Colors.
Kailash Kher has travelled widely with his band ‘Kailasa’ and has performed more than eight hundred concerts all around the world in various festivals and venues such as the GlobalFest at New York’s Webster Hall, Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Messy Centre in Toronto, and has given successful concerts in places like Dhaka , Nairobi and Karachi among many others.
Kailash Kher was part of the closing ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Kailash Kher with wife and son
Kailash Kher married his Kashmiri and Mumbai born wife Sheetal on the14th of February, 2009. They have a 2 year old son, Kabir.