K. L. Saigal

Profession: Playback singer

Brothers of K. L. Saigal

Ram Lal Saigal, Mahendra Saigal

Father of K. L. Saigal

Amarchand Saigal (tehsildar)

Mother of K. L. Saigal

Kesarbai Saigal

Wife/Spouse of K. L. Saigal

Asha Rani

Favourite Singer(s) of K. L. Saigal

Faiyaaz Khan, Pankaj Mullick, Pahari Sanyal

Information about K. L. Saigal

After getting approached by his guru, Parashuram Nagar, Saigal's father allowed him to play the role of Sita in the local Ramleela Function of Jammu.  His mother was a religious lady and often took him to religious events, where he could learn some sense of piety, after listening to Bhajans, Kirtans, and Shabads.  At a very young age, he dropped out of his school and started working as Railway timekeeper to earn some money for himself.  Along with being a theatre artist, he also worked as a salesman at the Remington Typewriter Company in Shimla, but after few years, due to some reason, he left that job and moved to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where he worked as a saree salesman.  Date of Death 18-jan-1947  K. L. Saigal formerly belonged to Jalandhar, Punjab but he was born and brought up in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Place of Death - Jalandhar, Punjab, British India  Did K. L. Saigal smoke?: Yes  His native music director, Harishchandra Bali, introduced him to Rai Chand Boral, the Music Director & Composer of the New Theater and to B. N. Sircar, Owner of the New Theater at Calcutta.  Did K. L. Saigal drink alcohol?: Yes  In the early 1930s, he got associated with a person named Mehrchand Jain, with whom he moved to Calcutta and started performing in various mehfil-e-mushaira as a nascent singer.  At the age of twelve, he has recited a 'Meera Bhajan' at the court of Maharaja, Pratap Singh, of Jammu and Kashmir. Later, when his father came to know about this, he got very disappointed as he wanted his son to focus on studies instead of singing.  After few years, he left his job as a Railway timekeeper and went to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, to work as a theatre artist at the Amateur Dramatics Club- The Gaiety Theatre. 

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