Kumar Sanu

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Kumar Sanu
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Background information
Native name কুমার শানু
Birth name Kedarnath Bhattacharya
Born (1957-10-20) 20 October 1957 (age 57)[1][2]
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer, Music Director, Lyricist, Actor, Producer
Instruments Tabla
Years active 1989–present
Labels Yash Raj Films, T-Series, Sony Music, Zee Music Company, Tips, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes

Kedarnath Bhattacharya, better known as Kumar Sanu (born 20 October 1957), is an Indian singer. Kumar Sanu is one of the most popular playback singers of Bollywood. He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day, which are 28. He is noted for his contributions as a playback singer in Bollywood. 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.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Kumar 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.[citation needed]


Kumar Sanu started his playback career in 1986 with a Bangladeshi film Tin Kanya,[3] which was directed by Shibli Sadiq.[citation needed]

In 1987, music director and singer Jagjit Singh offered Sanu the chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan. In 1989, Jagjit Singh introduced Kumar Sanu to Kalyanji Anandji at their residence Vimal Bunglows in Mumbai. On their suggestion, Kumar Sanu got his name changed from Kedarnath Bhattachariya to Kumar Sanu, because his voice and singing style was much influenced by Kishore Kumar. Anandji shared this story in the Show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai hosted by Farooq Sheikh. Sanu then relocated to Mumbai, where Kalyanji-Anandji gave him chance to sing in the film Jaadugar.[citation needed]

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). He then went on to create a world record by recording 28 playback songs in one day.[citation needed]

Significant collaborations[edit]


Anu Malik[edit]

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), Kareeb (1998), Ishq Vishq (2003), Fida (2004), No Entry (2005) and many more. In 2015 they are again back with songs in Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Jatin Lalit[edit]

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).

Other composers[edit]

In a career spanning three decades he has sung with other composers including R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Shyam Surender,Tapan, Anand-Milind, Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Sajid-Wajid, Viju Shah, Uttam Singh, Raam Laxman, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Anand Raj Anand, Aadesh Shrivastava, Vishal–Shekhar, M. M. Keeravani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Jatin-Lalit, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, A. R. Rahman and also Nadeem Shravan.

Other work[edit]

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. He also has recently composed a Bengali film song named AMRITA.

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 Bengali version of the popular musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs. Recently he recorded an album named Hum aur Tum. He also recorded a Spanish song for an album. He has also record on maximum recording of songs in a single day, 28 songs. Presently he also made debut in acting in a yash raj film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Now he also playing the role of judge on Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa senior 2015 'gane gane tomar mone'.

According to him his own singing TOP 10 All Time Blockbuster Hit songs throughout whole life till today:

Rank Song Film Co-Singer(s) Music director(s) Lyricist
1 "Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye" Jurm, 1990 Sadhana Sargam Rajesh Roshan Indeewar
2 "Dil Ka Aalam" Aashiqui, 1990 Solo Nadeem Shravan Madan Pal
3 "Ab Tere Bin" Aashiqui, 1990 Solo Nadeem Shravan Sameer
4 "Bas Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye" Aashiqui, 1990 Solo Nadeem Shravan Sameer
5 "Nazar Ke Saamne" Aashiqui, 1990 Anuradha Paudwal Nadeem Shravan Sameer
6 "Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana" Aashiqui, 1990 Anuradha Paudwal Nadeem Shravan Rani Malik
7 "Tu Meri Zindagi Hai" Aashiqui, 1990 Anuradha Paudwal Nadeem Shravan Sameer
8 "Main Duniya Bhoola Dunga" Aashiqui, 1990 Anuradha Paudwal Nadeem Shravan Sameer
9 "Jaanejigar Jaaneman" Aashiqui, 1990 Anuradha Paudwal Nadeem Shravan Sameer
10 "Kuch Naa Kaho" 1942 A Love Story, 1994 Solo R.D.Burman Javed Akhtar

Work with other singers[edit]

Kumar Sanu had multiple hit duet number with singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhna Sargam, Alisha Chinai, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sapna Mukherjee, Shreya Ghoshal, and others. Most of the hit male duets are with Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya & Sonu Nigam.. Kumar Sanu has also sung some male duets with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Amit Kumar, Suresh Wadkar, Nitin Mukesh, Pankaj Udhas, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shabbir Kumar, Mohammad Aziz, Anwar, Shankar Mahadevan, Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri.

Kumar Sanu is also credited with the highest number of version songs and male duet hits with the finest singers of 1980s and 1990s. Some of the notable songs are as follows:

Song Film Other Version Sung By Singer(s)
"O Priya Suno Priya" Arjun Pandit (1999) Hariharan,
"Dil Ka Aalam" Aashiqui (1990) Nitin Mukesh
"Dil Ka Rishta" Dil Ka Rishta (2002) Udit Narayan and Babul Supriyo (Sad Version)
"Kajal Kajal" Sapoot (1996) Amit Kumar
"Raja Ko Rani Se" Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) Udit Narayan
"Pardesi Pardesi" Raja Hindustani (1996) Udit Narayan and Suresh Wadkar (sad version)
"Aakhon Main Base ho Tum" Takkar (1995) Abhijeet Bhattacharya
"Tum Dil Ki" Dhadkan (2000) Abhijeet Bhattacharya
"Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dilse" Dhadkan (2000) Sonu Nigam
"Woh Aankh Hi Kya" Khuddar (1994) Sonu Nigam
"Jeeye Toh Jeeya Kyse" Saajan (1991) Pankaj Udhas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Dil kya kare" Dil Kya Kare (1999) Udit Narayan
"Janam meri janam" Mr. Bechara (1996) Udit Narayan
"O Dil Tod Ke Hasti Ho Mera" Bewafa Sanam (1995) Udit Narayan
"Is Tarah aashiqui ka" Imtihaan (1994) Amit Kumar
"Dil Mera Churaya Kyu" Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) Udit Narayan
"Cahaton Ka Silsila" Shabd (film) (2005) Udit Narayan


He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 in a ceremony headed by then Party President Venkiah Naidu, but he later resigned to concentrate on singing.[5] He rejoined BJP on 2 December 2014 inducted by Amit Shah, the current BJP president.[6]


Kumar Sanu returns from playback singing in 2012. He has made a comeback in the urge of composer Sajid-Wajid. Sajid-Wajid gave him to sing "Chammak Challo Chhail Chhabili"-Rowdy Rathore, a wedding song with Shreya Ghoshal.


Year Award Honouring body

Padma Shri: India's 4th Highest Civilian Honour

Government of India
2014 Maharashtra Ratna Award Government of Maharashtra
2014 Mahanayak Samman Lifetime Achievement: As Bengali Playback Singer Government of West Bengal


Other awards and honors[edit]

  • BAFA (Black And Asian Film Academy) Award - "Outstanding Contribution Award" For His Role In Popularising Hindi Filmi Music Around The World.
  • Uttam Kumar Award
  • Aashirwaad Award Three Times
  • RD Burman Award
  • Natraj Award - USA
  • Radio Lotus Award - South Africa
  • Shivkala Award
  • Yuvashiri Award
  • Sun Rise Radio Award - United Kingdom
  • Priya Darshan Award
  • Agnishikka Award

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
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 Dev Kohli
1995 "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" 1942: A Love Story R.D. Burman Javed Akhtar
Year Song Film
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
2003 "Kisise Tum Pyar Karo" Andaaz


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile and details of Kumar Sanu". Bollywood Village. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Life History of Kumar Sanu". Cultural India. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Khole, Purva (23 September 2013). "Kumar Sanu, happy birthday". Bollywoodlife.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Soman, Deepa (29 August 2013). "Kumar Sanu: Love to sing more". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kumar Sanu will "sing" for BJP". The Hindu. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu joins BJP". Times Of India. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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