Kunal Ganjawala

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Kunal Ganjawala
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Kunal Ganjawala in 2012
Background information
Born (1972-04-14) 14 April 1972 (age 42)
Pune, Maharastra, India
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2002–present

Kunal Ganjawala (Born: 14 April 1972) is a popular playback singer whose songs are mostly featured in Hindi and Kannada films. He has also sung in Marathi, Bengali and other official languages of India. Kunal began his career by singing jingles. He came to limelight in Hindi with the song "Bheege Honth Tere" from the film Murder in 2004. It was his first biggest hit. The song earned him Zee Cine Award as Best Playback Singer in 2005. He came to limelight in Kannada with the song "Neene Neene" from the film Akash in 2005.

Career[edit]

As a child, Kunal Ganjawala never thought of becoming singer. He didn't know until college that he could sing. Since then he started singing at every college festivals and won many intra- and inter-college competitions.

Ganjawala graduated from St. Peter's School, Mazagaon. Kunal wanted to be either a chartered accountant or an actor. Kunal admits that it was his parents' support which made him possible to become a singer. Kunal's sister is a Bharat Natyam exponent, while his father plays the harmonica. With his parents' support he took singing seriously and started believing that he can become a singer.

Later, Ganjawala learned music from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan under the guidance of Sudhindra Bhaumick. His first singing assignment was a Ranjit Barot-composed jingle titled Doodh Doodh for the Operation Flood advertisement. Ganjawala has said that he was taken seriously by other music directors because he was working with Barot.

Ganjawala's first break in Bollywood was Ab Ke Baras in 2002. Although the song did not mark him as a prominent singer, it earned him many offers. Thereafter he sang in many movies, such as Saathiya (2002), Indian Babu (2003), Paisa Vasool (2004), Khakee (2004), Rudraksh (2004), Dhoom (2004) and Meenaxi (2004). His breakthrough hit was "Bheege Hont", from the film Murder, which won the 2005 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer - Male and IIFA Best Male Playback Award.[1]

Ganjawala entered the Kannada film industry in 2005. His very first song in Kannada, Neene Neene composed by music director R P Patnaik and written by K. Kalyan for the movie Akash, was a hit of the year. His big break in South India came in 2006 from the Kannada blockbuster film Mungaru Male.[2][3] His song "Onde Ondu Sari" written by Kaviraj and composed by music director Mano Murthy became the biggest hit of the year. It created records, including for highest sales and downloads.[4][5]

Popular singer Sonu Nigam who is known in South India for his hundreds of Kannada songs, recently composed a theme song for the Karnataka Bulldozer's team in the Celebrity Cricket League. With lyrics by Sowmya Raoh, this was sung by the trio of Ganjawala, Nigam and Raoh.[6] Ganjawala has sung nearly 450 Kannada Songs thus far.

He has participated in Sa Re Ga Ma, an Indian singing talent competition on Zee TV (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) when it was hosted by Nigam. He was a judge on Amul Star Voice of India, another singing competition on Star TV, together with Shreya Ghoshal and Pritam.

Since then Ganjawala has worked for many music directors like Anu Malik, Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Anand Raaj Anand, Roop Kumar Rathod, Daboo Malik, and Sanjeev-Darshan. Kunal recently sang for Sanjay Lila Bhansali's Saawariya. His numbers from the films Maashah Alaah and Pari were running top on the chart.

Other than Hindi and Kannada, he has also sung in Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Assamese and Sindhi languages.

His song "Oh my love" from Bengali movie Amanush Jeet Gannguli and "Channa Ve Ghar aa jaa" from a Punjabi album Channa Ve by DJ Anit & Music director Santokh Singh[7] was also a success.

In 2007, he participated in a concert tour in North America, called The Incredibles, also featuring Asha Bhosle, Nigam and Kailash Kher.

On 3 April 2010 he performed at RECSTACY, the annual cultural event of NIT DURGAPUR. On 26 November 2010 he performed at SDM UTSAV, the mega fest event of SDMCET.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, he married fellow singer Gayatri Iyer. They performed the title track for STAR One's Antakshari together.[8]

He is a staunch devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam
Tamil
Hindi
Bengali
Marathi
  • Varyavarti Gandh Pasarla – (Sawarkhed..Ek Gaon)
  • Dena Paisa Dena – (Uladhaal)
  • bayago bayago – (Ringa Ringa)
  • Aaicha Gho – (Zabardast)
  • Lai Bhari – (Lai Bhari)
  • Tension chya Bailala Dhol
  • Oath Olawale (Shubhmangal Savdhan)
  • Ti Jakham Juni (Vanshvel)


Oriya
  • "Aare Aare Mo Geetare Mitare Aare" – Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli
  • "E Jibana Emiti Suna Geetatiere" – Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli
Kannada
Film Song
Akash "Neene Neene"
Mungaru Male "Onde Ondu Sari"
Manasare "Ondu Kanassu"
Aishwarya "Hudugi Hudugi"
Aishwarya "Aishwarya Aishwarya"
Milana "Kivi Mathondu"
Cheluvina Chithara "Iralaare Cheluve"
Ee Bandhana "Banna Banna"
Mussanje Maathu "Kaddalu Manassanna"
Haage Summane "Hadonave"
Chanda " Enaitho Nanagenaitho "
Navagraha "Yaami Yaami"
Ganda Hendthi And Boyfriend "Maathu Muride"
Prithvi "Ninagende Visheshavaada"
Ganda Hendthi And Boyfriend "Nidiregu Raja"
Gaalipata "Aakasha Ishte Yaakideyo"
Aakash "O Mariya"
Arasu " Ninna Kanda Kshanadinda "
Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu "Mathe Mathadeko Ninna"
Meravanige "Pathangavaagi"
Aramane "Nanagu Ninagu"
Taj Mahal " Khushiyaagide Yeko "
Super "Kaayi Kaayi"
Bhupathi "Abhi Abhi"
Accident "Jigidu Banthu"
Suntaragali "Ninnane Ninnane"
Sevanthi Sevanthi "Nimbiya Banada Myagada"
Datta "Manasa"
Datta "Ee Soundaryake"
Thananam Thananam "Cheluvantha"
Parijatha "Aa Chandrika"
Male Barali Manju Irali "Onsala Ondondsala"
Soundarya "Hrudayada Maathu"
Bhagyada Balegara "Balegara Balegara"
Mohini 9886788888 "Preethiyalli naanu"
Premism "Gulabi Kennege"
Bhanta "Kannalu Neene"
Vidhyarthi "Enaitho Eno"
Bhagyada Balegara " Zallu Jallu "
Ko Ko "Akasmika Geleyanu"
Nannedeya Hadu "Ninna Preethiyondu"
Sangathi " Jagath Sundari "
Kalaakaar "Bang Bang Bangalore"
Suryakanthi "Edeya Baagilu"
Madesha "Munjane Manjaagu"
Thaakath "Doresani Neenu"
Jaaji Mallige "Mogave Nee"
Cheluveye Ninna Nodalu "Hamsa Hamsa Hamsalekha"
Julie "Nanna Ninna Preethiyalli"
Seena "Chanchala Notada"
Bandhu Balaga " Ninna Bittu "
Shri Harikathe "Sari Sari"
Chaitrada Chandrama "Nooraru Janmada"
Ninade Nenapu " Heegeke "
Rajani "Pizza Priya"
Chickpete Sachagalu "Navile Navile"
Sihi Muthu "Eshto Saniha"
Chellidaru Sampigeya "Gelathi"
Huduga Hudugi "Usire Ninna"
Hubli "Ninna Manassigendu"
Neene Neene "I am in Love"
Iniya "Yaarannu"
Pallavi Illada Charana "Goa da"
Hori "Geleya"
Pallavi Illada Charana "Ee Hoovu"
Toofan "Ellinda Banthu"
Nanjanagoodu Nanjunda "Laila O Laila"
Uyyale "Chinna Nee Nanna"
Lift Kodla "Happy Happy Birthday"
Aadu Aata Aadu " Munjaaneya Manju "
Pandavaru " Kaayuthaliruva Kannige "
Ravi Shastri "Gilli"
Uppi Dada Mbbs "Preethse"
Ajay " Enaaytho Nangeedina "
Ganda Hendthi and Boyfriend "Don't Let Me"
Student "Appa Amma"
Onde Ondu Sari "Nenede Naa"
Manassina Maathu "Naaniralu Nannavaleduru"
10th Class A Sec "Helokaagthilla"
Aata "Hey Yavva"
Amruthavani "Hrudaya Haduthide"
Baaji "Kyare Ladki"
Bindas Hudugi "Naa Ninna Nodida"
Bisile "Nannusiru neene"
Chiru "O Lala…"
Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide "O Huduga"
Ee Sambhashane "Ondu Becchaneya Nenapu"
Ganga Kaveri "Baaro Baaro"
Gange Baare Thunge Baare "Hogalu kelive"
Hare Rama Hare Krishna "Naanondu Gombe"
Hodi Maga "Eno Heluthide"
Indra "Raja Ninnane"
Jaaji mallige "Mogava Nee"
Januma Janumadallu "Aalangisu"
Jeeva "Beke Beku"
Jothegara "Ondondu"
Kabbadi "Preethi Maadiro"
Kallarali hoovagi "Nanna Nechina Koteye"
Kallarali hoovagi "Barappa O.."
Macha "Fanaa"
Maharshi "Kannali Nee"
Kabbadi "Preethi Maadiro"
Neenyare "Makaranda"
Ninnusire Nannusiru "Dil Alla"
Onde Ondu Sari "Sanje Saago"
Paramesha Panwala "Saavira Saavira"
Parodi "Bare Bare"
Porki "Heegu Unta"
Preethiya Loka "Nanna Olavina"
Preethiya Theru "Sum Sumne"
Preethse Preethse "Preethse Preethse"
Priya My Darling "Pade Pade"
Priya My Darling "Kaviya"
Punda "Ommomme"
Rocky "Olla"
Sangathi "Aakasha Kanyena"
Shivani "Savi Savi preethi"
Shourya "Kaledu Hoythu"
Sidlingu "Achachu"
Sihi gaali "Hele Thangali"
Snehana Preethina "Dhava Dhava"
Thamashegaagi "Rangeela"
Thananam Thananam "preethi Endarenu"
Thananam Thananam "Cheluvantha"
Thangigaagi "Dina Dina"
Thavarina Siri "Aakashadindilida Apsare"
Thaayiya Madilu "Nannavale Nannavale"
Varsha Dhaare "Beku Bekunta"
Yagna "Mana Midiyuva"
Yuga Yugagale Saagali "Namma Naadu Malnaadu"
Zamaana "Madhu Magale"
Telugu
  • 2014 – Heart Attack – "Endhukila Nannu Vedhisthunavey"
  • 2010 – Simha – "ఘఙృ"
  • 2009 – Taj Mahal – "Etu Chusina"
  • 2009 – Arya 2 – "Karige Loga"
  • 2009 – Adurs – "Neethone"
  • 2009 – Ganesh – "Raja Kumari"
  • 2006 – Pokiri – "Jagadame"
  • 2005 – Balu abcdefg – "Hyderabadi Ladka"
  • 2004 – Nani – "Spiderman"
  • 2008 – Ready – "Tu Tu Tu"
Punjabi
Self
  • Ankahee (2006) (uncredited) .... Himself (singing "Tumse Yun Milenge")

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IIFA awards 2005". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Mungaru Male' National record – Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mungaru Male – Successful 365 days!! at Bangalore 365". Bangalore365.com. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mungaru Male – Successful 365 days – Mohan's Blog". Mohanbn.com. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mungaru Male Completed 365 Days !!! | Perfume Factory". Harshah.com. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "sonu nigam ccl karnataka bulldozer theme song.VOB". YouTube. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Santokh Singh makes his debut". Indian Express. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kunal Ganjawala-Gayatri sing Antakshari title track". Screen. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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