==بالِي ووڊ ۾ شروعاتِي ڏينهن==
Kumar disliked acting and instead wanted to become a leading singer in Bollywood. However, he didn't have any formal training in singing or music. Through his brother Ashok's contacts in the industry Kumar did though make his debut in films - initially failing to make an impression. But he continued acting, which allowed him to sing on the soundtracks of the films. At this stage of his career, Kumar's style was derivative of K. L. Saigal's. Once, [[Sachin Dev Burman]] came to Ashok Kumar's house and hear what sounded like K. L. Saigal's voice coming out of the bathroom. Impressed, S. D. Burman asked Ashok who was singing. Hearing the answer, he waited until Kishore Kumar had finished bathing. He had a little talk with Kumar during which he expressed his appreciation of his singing but advised, "Don't try to ape K. L. Saigal. Apers never make great artists. You should develop your own singing style." After this, Kumar developed his own trademark singing style, which was completely different from the styles of Rafi, Mukesh and Saigal. He used to yodel in many of his songs. Sachin Dev Burman became his mentor and guide. S D Burman, who had never heard yodelling before, used to call it "''gala tod ke gaana''" ('break-throat singing'). Yodelling became Kishore's trademark, and the media described his singing style as "yodelling at the moon".