Born: 1 August, 1937
Child prodigy Kishore Desai belongs to a traditional Gujarati family of industrialists based in Mumbai. His orthodox grandfather, a textile mill owner, remained inspiration for young Kishore to pursue his undying passion for music. With the additional active support of his encouraging father, Jawaharlal Desai, commenced 9 year Kishore's meticulous education in Hindustani classical music.
At 15 years, Kishore Desai had already played Mandolin for the first film song recording of his life! The deep friendship with musicians (erstwhile) Kalyanji and Laxmikant coupled with his extra ordinary talent reinforced his place in the film industry. Playing for many music directors of the 50s and 60s, Kishore Desai lent unique passion and energy with instruments Mandolin and Sarod. His overall musical training and understanding also enabled him to contribute as assistant music director to many composers. Kishore Desai also has a few compositions to his credit.
Recipient of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for his brilliant contribution to film music, Kishore Desai was awarded the Swar Aalap Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.