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|Birth name||Kedarnath Bhattacharya|
23 September 1957 |
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Occupations||Singer, music director|
|Labels||Sony Music, T-Series, Tips, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes|
Kedarnath Bhattacharya (born 23 September 1957), better known as Kumar Sanu, is an Indian singer. He is noted for his contributions as a playback singer in the Bollywood and is considered one of the leading playback singers in the Indian Film Industry. He was awarded the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years. In 2009, the Government of India awarded him Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition of his achievements.
Kumar Sanu was born in a Bengali Hindu Kulin Brahmin family. Sanu's father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, was a vocalist and composer. He trained Sanu as a singer and tabla player. After getting a degree in commerce from Calcutta University, Sanu began performing in 1979, singing at shows and restaurants around Calcutta. He tried to model his singing style after Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar. Later, he developed his own singing style.
In 1987, music director and singer Jagjit Singh offered Sanu the chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan. Sanu then relocated to Mumbai, where Kalyanji-Anandji gave him chance to sing in the film Jaadugar.
Sanu went on to work with composers including Naushad, Ravindra Jain, Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Pt.R K Razdan, Kalyanji Anandji, and Usha Khanna.
For the 1990 film Aashiqui, music directors Nadeem-Shravan got Sanu to sing all but one of the songs. He won the first of his record five consecutive Filmfare Awards as Best Male Playback Singer. His next Filmfare Awards came for songs in the movies Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Baazigar (1993), and 1942: A Love Story (1994).
Sanu often collaborated with Nadeem-Shravan. Some of their big success included songs from movies like Aashiqui (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (1992), Kal Ki Awaz (1992), Salami (1993), Damini – Lightning (1993), Dilwale (1994), Agni Sakshi (1996), Raja Hindustani (1996), Jeet (1996), Pardes (1997), Sirf Tum (1999), Kasoor (2001), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Indian Babu (2003), Andaaz (2003), among others.
Sanu started his work with Jatin Lalit from the 1992 film Khiladi, from then on he provided his voices for hit movies like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Khamoshi (1996), Yes Boss (1997), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), Ghulam (1998), Dil Kya Kare (1999), Sarfarosh (1999).
Sanu has sung songs of various genres with Anu Malik. In fact, it was Anu Malik who made Sanu sing his first 'western-type' song, Yeh Kaale Kaale Aankhe from the film Baazigar (1993). Some other achievements of the combo are Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Sir (1993), Imtihaan (1994), Vijaypath (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Naaraaz (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996), Virasat (1997), Judwaa (1997), Tamanna (1997), Duplicate (1998), Ishq Vishq (2003), Fida (2004), No Entry (2005) and many more.
In a career spanning three decades he has sung with other composers including R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Anand-Milind, Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Rajesh Roshan, Sajid-Wajid, Viju Shah, Uttam Singh, Raam Laxman, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Anand Raj Anand, Aadesh Shrivastava, Vishal–Shekhar, M. M. Keeravani, Vishal Bharadwaj, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and also A. R. Rahman.
Kumar Sanu has composed music for various Indian films. Other than singing, and composing music for films, he has also shown interest in producing films. In 2006, he produced his first Hindi film, Utthaan. Currently, he is working with a fellow producer, Rakesh Bhhatia on a new project named Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai. The film is based on the lives of four children who live in the streets of Mumbai and polish shoes at a train station in order to earn their livelihoods. The film will feature Mithun Chakraborty in a leading role. Recently, Kumar Sanu sang for a Bengali film Hason Raja, which was directed by a UK-based filmmaker Ruhul Amin. This movie never released
Sanu was in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Parriwar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana (family of singers) and on Zee Bangla TV in a music reality show called Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - Vishwa Sera.
In 2012, he judged Zee Bangla musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Gane Gane Tomar Mone. At present, he is one of the judges on the Bangla version of the popular musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs.
|1991||"Ab Tere Bin"||Aashiqui||Nadeem-Shravan||Sameer|
|1992||"Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai"||Saajan||Nadeem-Shravan||Sameer|
|1993||"Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar"||Deewana||Nadeem-Shravan||Sameer|
|1994||"Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen"||Baazigar||Anu Malik||Rani Malik|
|1995||"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha"||1942: A Love Story||R.D. Burman||Javed Akhtar|
|1994||"Baazigar O Baazigar"||Baazigar|
|1996||"Tujhe Dekha To"||Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge|
|1998||"Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain"||Pardes|
|1999||"Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai"||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai|
|2000||"Aankhon Ki Gusthakiyaan"||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam|
|2003||"Sanam Mere Humraaz"||Humraaz|
|2004||"Kisise Tum Pyar Karo"||Andaaz|
|Year||Film||Song name(s)||Co-singer(s)||Music Director(s)|
|1989||Jaadugar||"Jadugar, Nach Meri Radha", "Aaya Hai Aaya Hai"||Jolly Mukherjee, Sapna Mukherjee, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik||Kalyanji Anandji|
|1990||Ghayal||"Sochna Kya"||Shabbir Kumar, Asha Bhosle||Bappi Lahri|
|Jurm||"Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye"||Sadhana Sargam||Rajesh Roshan|
|Aashiqui||"Ab Tere Bin Jeelenge Hum", "Nazar Ke Saamne Jigar", "Dhire Dhire Se", "Jane Jigar Janeman", "Ek Sanam Chahiye", "Tu Meri Zindagi Hai", "Main Duniya Bhula Dunga", "Dil Ka Aalam"||Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem-Shravan|
|1991||Saajan||"Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai", "Jiye To Jiye Kaise"||Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Phool Aur Kaante||"Jise Dekh Mera Dil Dhadka", "Premi Aashiq Aawaara", "Dheere Dheere Pyar Ko", "Tumse Milne Ko Dil Karta Hai", "Dheere Dheere Hausla (Sad)", "Maine Pyar Tumhi Se Kiya Hai", "Pehli Baarish Main Aur Tu"||Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Saathi||"Zindagi Ki Talaash Mein", "Yaarana Yaar Ka", "Aisa Bhi Dekho"||Anwar, Vipin Sachdeva||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin||"Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin", "Adayain Bhi Hai", "Tu Pyar Hai Kisi Aur Ka"||Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Sadak||"Tumhein Apna Banane Ki Kasam", "Mohabbat Ki Hai Tumhare Liye", Jab Jab Pyar Pe Pehra"||Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem-Shravan|
|1992||Jaan Tere Naam||"Akha India Janta Hai", "Rone Na Dijiye Ga", "Hum Lakh Chupaye Pyar", "Yeh Dil Maine Tumko Diya", "Romance Period", "In The Morning"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Asha Bhosle||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Dil Ka Kya Kasoor||"Mera Sanam Sabse Pyara Hai", "Milne Ki Tum Koshish Karna", "Dil Jigar Nazar Kya Hai", "Khata To Jab Ho", "Ga Raha Hoon Is Mehfil Mein", "Dil Ka Kya Kasoor"||Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Solo||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Deewana||"Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar", "Teri Umeed Tera Intezar", "Payaliya"||Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Chamatkar||"Is Pyar Se Meri Taraf Na Dekho", "O Meri Neendein Churane Wale"||Alka Yagnik, Asha Bhosle||Anu Malik|
|1993||Baazigar||"Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen", "Baazigar O Baazigar"||Anu Malik, Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke||"Ghunghat Ki Aad Se", "Kash Koi Ladka", "Yoohi Kat Jayega Safar"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Dil Tera Aashiq||"Dil Tera Aashiq", "Pyar Ke Badle Pyar Milega"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||"Ae Kaash Ke Hum", "Aana Mere Pyar Ko Na Tum", "Woh To Hai Albela"||Alka Yagnik, Devaki Pandit||Jatin Lalit|
|1994||1942: A Love Story||"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To", "Rim Jhim Rim Jhim", "Kuch Na Kaho", "Rooth Na Jaana"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||R.D. Burman|
|Salaami||"Chehra Kya Dekhte Ho", "Mere Mehboob Ki Yahin Pehchan Hai", "Bas Ek Tamanna Hai", "Tumhein Chede Hawaa Chanchal", "Mile Tumse Bichadke Hum"||Alka Yagnik, Asha Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Main Khiladi Tu Anari||"Chura Ke Dil Mera", "Paas Woh Aane Lage Zaara Zaara"||Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Yeh Dillagi||"Honton Pe Bas"||Lata Mangeshkar||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Dilwale||"Kitna Haseen Chehra", "Jeeta Hoon Jiske Liye", "Jeeta Tha Jiske Liye"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Insaniyat||"Saathi Tera Pyar Pooja Hai"||Sadhana Sargam||Rajesh Roshan|
|Vijaypath||"Raah Mein Unse Mulakat Ho Gayi", "Saagar Sang Kinare Ho", "Der Lagi Aane Mein Tumko", "Seene Mein Dil"||Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Hum Aapke Hain Koun||"Aaj Humare Dil Mein"||Lata Mangeshkar||Raam Laxman|
|Mohra||"Kaash Kabhi Aisa Hota", "Dil Har Koi"||Alka Yagnik||Viju Shah|
|1995||Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge||"Tujhe Dekha To"||Lata Mangeshkar||Jatin Lalit|
|Karan Arjun||"Yeh Bandhan", "Jaati Hoon Main", "Jai Maa Kali"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||Rajesh Roshan|
|Sabse Bada Khiladi||"Bholi Bhali Ladki", "Zahar Hai Ke Pyar Hai", "Mukala Muqabla Hoga", "Sabse Bada Khiladi"||Alka Yagnik||Rajesh Roshan|
|Veergati||"Mausam Ne Badal Se", "Meri Nigah Main"||Bela Sulakhe, Poornima||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Akele Hum Akele Tum||"Dil Mera Churaya Kyun", "Dil Kehta Hai"||Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Coolie No. 1||"Aa Jaana Aa Jaana", "Mai To Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha", "Kya Majnu Kya Ranjha", "Jeth Ki Dopahri Mein"||Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Poornima||Anand-Milind|
|Barsaat||"Dil Pagal Deewana Hai", "Humko Padhaai Se", "Humko Sirf Tumse Pyar Hai", "Love Tujhe Love", "Nahin Ye Ho Nahin Sakta"||Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam||Nadeem-Shravan|
|1996||Papa Kehte Hai||"Pyar Mein Hota", "Yeh Jo Thodese Hai Paise", "Ha Ha Hum Dulhan Walein"||Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Rajesh Roshan|
|Dastak||"Shise Ke Ghar Mein Rahne Wali"||Solo||Rajesh Roshan|
|Tere Mere Sapne||"Aankh Mare"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Viju Shah|
|Raja Hindustani||"Pardesi Pardesi (II)", "Poocho Zara Poocho", "Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge"||Alka Yagnik, Alisha Chinai, Sapna Mukherjee||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Jeet||"Tu Dharti Pe Chahe", "Waadon Se Nahin"||Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam||Nadeem-Shravan|
|1997||Judwaa||"Duniya Mein Aaye", "Tera Aana Tera Jaana", "Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja"||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Poornima||Anu Malik|
|Yes Boss||"Ek Din Aap"||Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Naseeb||"Shikwa Nahin Kisse", "Kabhi Jo Bhoolna Chahoon", "Churalenge Hum Sab Ke Samne"||Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem Shravan|
|Ishq||"Neend Churai Meri"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anu Malik|
|Gupt: The Hidden Truth||"Mere Khwabon Mein Tu", "Yeh Pyaar Kya Hai"||Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Viju Shah|
|Koyla||"Dekha Tujhe To", "Badan Juda Hote Hai"||Alka Yagnik, Preeti Singh||Rajesh Roshan|
|Pardes||"Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain", "Meri Mehbooba"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Hero No. 1||"Saton Janam Tujko Paate", "Main Tujhko Bhaga Laya"||Alka Yagnik||Anand-Milind|
|Virasat||"Tare Hain Barati", "Payalay Chunmun"||Jaspinder Narula, K. S. Chithra||Anu Malik|
|1998||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||"Saajanji Ghar Aaye", "Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai"||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai||"Pehli Pehli Baar", "O Jaana Na Jaana", "O Jaana Yeh Mana", "Madhosh Dil Ki Dhadkan", "Ek Dil Tha", "Dil Mein Basake"||Lata Mangeshkar, Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya||"Odh Li Chunariya", "Tum Par Hum Hai Atke"||Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Jatin-Lalit, Himesh Reshammiya|
|Ghulam||"Aankhon Se Tune Kya", "Jadu Hai Tera Yeh Jadu"||Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Bandhan||"Title Song"||Solo||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Dushman||"Pyar Ko Ho Jane Do"||Lata Mangeshkar||Uttam Singh|
|Soldier||"Soldier Soldier", "Mehfil Mein Baar Baar", "Mere Dil Jigar Se", "Hum To Dil Chahen Tumhara"||Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai||Anu Malik|
|1999||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam||"Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Ismail Darbar|
|Dil Kya Kare||"Yeh Dil Kya Kare"||Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Jaanam Samjha Karo||"Love Hua"||Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Biwi No.1||"Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat"||Hema Sardesai||Anu Malik|
|Sirf Tum||"Uparwala Apne Saath Hai", "Pehli Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai"||Solo, Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Daag The Fire||"Dil Deewaana Na Jaane". "Chehra Tera Chehra"||Anuradha Paudwal||Rajesh Roshan|
|Sarfarosh||"Jo Haal Dil Ka"||Alka Yagnik||Jatin Lalit|
|Hum Saath Saath Hain||"Hum Saath Saath Hain", "Mhare Hiwda", "Chhote Chhote Bhaiyon Ke||Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal||Raamlaxman|
|2000||Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai||"Chand Sitare"||Solo||Rajesh Roshan|
|Sanam Teri Kasam||"Yeh Pyaar Hi To Hai", "Ek Baar Ek Baar Tu Pyaar Se To Bol", "Main Dil Ki Dil Mein", "Tum Gawahi Do", "Itna Bhi Naa Chaho Mujhe", "Mein Pyaar Tumse"||Pankaj Udhas, Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Deewane||"Pyar Ke Hain Hum Deewane"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||Sanjeev Darshan|
|Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||"Tumko Dekha To"||Alka Yagnik||Sanjeev Darshan|
|Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye||"Title Song", "O Priya O Priya"||Alka Yagnik, Kamaal Khan, Nitin Mukesh||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2001||Kasoor||"Koi To Saathi Chaahiye", "Kal Raat Ho Gayi", "Mohabbat Ho Na Jaye"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat||"Main Bewafa", "Donon Taraf Aag"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Viju Shah|
|2002||Yeh Hai Jalwa||"Aankhen Pyari Hain", "O Jaane Jigar"||Alka Yagnik||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Dil Hai Tumhaara||"Mohabbat Dil Ka Sakoon", "Dil Hai Tumhaara", "Kasam Khake Kaho"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Humraaz||"Sanam Mere Humraaz"||Alka Yagnik||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Dil Vil Pyar Vyar||"Yaadon Ki Baaraat", "Raat Kali Ek Khwab"||Solo||Babloo Chakravorthy|
|2003||Dil Ka Rishta||"Dil Ka Rishta", "Kitna Majboor Ho Gaya Hu Main", "Dil Chura", "Hai Dil Mera Dil", "Saajan Saajan"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Awasthi||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Qayamat: City Under Threat||"Woh Larki Buhat Yaad", "Mujhe Tumse Muhabbat Hai"||Alka Yagnik, Mahalakshmi Iyer||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Andaaz||"Kitna Pagal Dil Hai", "Kisise Tum Pyar Karo"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Ishq Vishk||"Aankhon Ne Tumhari", "Chot Dil Pe Lagi", "Ishq Vishk Pyaar Vyaar", "Mujhpe Har Haseena"||Alka Yagnik, Alisha Chinai, Sonu Nigam||Anu Malik|
|2004||Aetbaar||"Tum Mujhe Bas Yunhi"||Madhushree||Rajesh Roshan|
|Run||"Tere Aane Se", "Bade Nazuk Daur Se"||Alka Yagnik||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Suno Sasurjee||"Mera Dil Chura Ke", "Jab Dil Dhadakta"||Prabha, Alka Yagnik||Sanjeev Darshan|
|Girlfriend||"Tere Chehre Se"||Shreya Ghoshal||Daboo Malik|
|Fida||"Aaj Kaho Sanam Jitna"||Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|2005||Bewafaa||"Pyar Ka Anjam"||Alka Yagnik, Sapna Mukherjee||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai||"Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai"||Anuradha Paudwal||Nikhil-Vinay|
|Barsaat||"Barsaat Ke Din Aye"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|No Entry||"Dil Paagal Hai", "Kahan Ho Tum"||Alka Yagnik, KK, Udit Narayan||Anu Malik|
|2008||Gumnaam – The Mystery||"Naa Hone Denge"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|2012||Rowdy Rathore||"Chamak Challo Chel Chabeli"||Shreya Ghoshal||Sajid-Wajid|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||"Apna Bombay Talkies"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Abhijeet, Kavita Krishnamurthy, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, KK, Sukhwinder Singh, Shilpa Rao, Mohit Chauhan, Sadhana Sargam||Amit Trivedi|
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