Kumar Sanu

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Kumar Sanu
Native name কুমার শানু
Birth name Kedarnath Bhattacharya
Also known as King Sanu,[1]
Born (1957-09-23) 23 September 1957 (age 58)[2][3]
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres
Occupation(s) Playback singer, music director, lyricist, actor, producer, television personality
Instruments Tabla
Years active 1989–present
Labels Yash Raj Films, T-Series, Sony Music, Zee Music, Tips, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes
Website kumarsanuworld.com

Kedarnath Bhattacharya, better known as Kumar Sanu (born 23 September 1957), is a leading Indian playback singer, mostly popular for rendering his voice in Bollywood movies in the 1990s and early 2000. He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the most songs in a day, 28, in the year 1993. 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.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Kumar Sanu's father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, was a vocalist and composer. He along with Sanu, and Sanu's elder sister lived in Sinthee area (Dumdum, Kolkata) near Biswanath Park. Sanu's father Pashupati Bhattacharya was a very famous singer and 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.[6]

Career[edit]

Kumar Sanu started his playback career in 1986 with a Bangladeshi film Tin Kanya,[4] 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 movie released in 1990. 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 Bhattacharya 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.

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 Guinness Book World Record by recording 28 Playback Songs in one day.[citation needed]

Significant collaborations[edit]

Nadeem Shravan[edit]

Kumar Sanu with other Thakur Doultani and Shravan
Sanu with Shravan and Thakur Doultani

The music composer duo Nadeem Shravan gave Kumar Sanu his initial break in the movie Aashiqui (1990). Thereafter they worked together in many films, including Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Deewana (1992), Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Sapne Sajan Ke (1993), Waqt Hamara Hai(1993), Rang (1993), Dilwale (1994), Barsaat (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Pardes (1997), Dhadkan (2000), Kasoor (2001), Hum Ho Gaye Aapke (2001), Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa (2002), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Andaaz (2003) others.

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-style song, Yeh Kaali Kaali 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 (1995), 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).

Himesh Reshammiya[edit]

Sanu worked for Himesh in his debut film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and further for many other films like Kurukshetra, Yeh Hai Jalwa, Humraaz, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Hello Brother, Bandhan, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Jodi No.1, Uljhan, Footpath, Taarzan: The Wonder Car etc.

Rajesh Roshan[edit]

Beginning from Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye in the movie Jurm (1990), Kumar's collaboration with Rajesh Roshan went on by producing hits one after another. Significant movies are Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Papa Kehte Hai (1996), Dastak (1996), Koyla (1997), Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Kya Kehna (2000), Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000), Aetbaar (2004) and many more.

Viju Shah[edit]

Sanu has rendered his voice for some of Viju Shah's greatest compositions. Mohra (1994), Tere Mere Sapne (1996), Gupt (1997), Aar Ya Paar (1997), Beti No. 1 (1999), Bulandi (2000), Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001), Kasam (2001 film) (2001) are some of their remarkable albums.

Other composers[edit]

In a career spanning three decades he has sung with other composers including Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Himesh Reshammiya, R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Shyam Surendar, Tapan, Anand-Milind, Ismail Darbar, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Sajid-Wajid, Viju Shah, Uttam Singh, Raam Laxman, A. R. Rahman, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Naushad, Aadesh Shrivastava, Jeet Gannguli, Aryan R. Jain etc.

Other work[edit]

Sanu at the 3 Idiots bash in 2009

Kumar Sanu has composed music for various Indian films. Utthaan and Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai are most remarkable among them. Asha Bhosle, Sapna Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Hema Sardesai, Sunidhi Chauhan and many more lent their voices for his music. Yeh kaisa utthhan hai(sung by Asha Bhosle and Sonu Nigam in two different versions) and Jisne Sapna Dekha (sung by Kumar Sanu himself) are critically acclaimed.

Sanu had also sung the title song for TV show Yeh Duniyan Gazab Ki, with singer Udit Narayan.

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.

He also work as a director in the Film Kasba (1991) and as an actor in Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain(1999).

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.

Kumar Sanu is a trustee and Brand Ambassador of "BISHWA BANDHAN"[1], a foundation for cerebral palsy.

Kumar Sanu has opened a primary school 'Kumar Sanu Vidya Niketan'[2] for the underprivileged children in Karol Bagh, Delhi. The students are given uniforms and books free of cost.[7]

Work with other singers[edit]

Kumar Sanu had multiple hit duet number with singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alisha Chinai, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sapna Mukherjee, Shreya Ghoshal, Poornima, Sapna Awasthi, Akriti Kakkar, Monali Thakur and others.

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, Udit Narayan
"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

Politics[edit]

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.[8] He rejoined BJP on 2 December 2014 inducted by Amit Shah, the current BJP president.[9]

Comeback[edit]

Kumar Sanu returned to playback singing in 2012. He made a comeback at the urge of composer Sajid-Wajid. Sajid-Wajid gave him "Chammak Challo Chhail Chhabili"-Rowdy Rathore, a wedding song with Shreya Ghoshal. In 2015, Kumar Sanu replaced Lata Mangeshkar as the background voice of Yash Raj Films logo for the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. This was for the first time in YRF's 60-year history that Lata Mangeshkar's voice was replaced.[10]

Civil Honours[edit]

Year Awards Honouring body
2001 31 March - Kumar Sanu Day : 1st Indian singer to achieve such honour in America Mr. Michael R. Turner, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.[6]
2001 Doctorate(Honorary) University of America
2009 Padma Shri: India's 4th Highest Civilian Honour Government of India
2012 Dr. Ambedkar Awards People Education Society
2014 Maharashtraratna Awards Government of Maharashtra
2014 Mahanayak Samman Lifetime Achievement: As Bengali Playback Singer Government of West Bengal
2015 Sangeet Samman Lifetime Achievement Award Government of West Bengal[11]

Awards[edit]

▶ 2016: 8th position on "Google most searched Indian Singers on last 10 years."[12]

▶ 2016: International Bhojpuri Film Awards (IBFA), Dubai – Golden Voice Award[13]

▶2016: Most trusted singer according to "Celebrity / Personality Brand Trust Report: India Study 2016"

▶ 2015: "Prudent Personality of the Nation" by Parwaz Corporate Today.

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Won
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
Nominated
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
2004 "Kisise Tum Pyar Karo" Andaaz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All reality shows are money minting programmes: Kumar Sanu - Times of India". Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Profile and details of Kumar Sanu". Bollywood Village. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Life History of Kumar Sanu". Cultural India. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Khole, Purva (23 September 2013). "Kumar Sanu, happy birthday". Bollywoodlife.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Soman, Deepa (29 August 2013). "Kumar Sanu: Love to sing more". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Day tripper: Kumar Sanu goes global". Filmfare. July 2001. Archived from the original on 30 August 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Singer Kumar Sanu opens school for the underprivileged.. - Bollywood.com News". Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kumar Sanu will "sing" for BJP". The Hindu. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu joins BJP". Times Of India. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lata Mangeshkar Replaced By Kumar Sanu For Ayushmann Khurrana's Dum Laga Ke Haisha". Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  11. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/music/bappi-lahiri-kumar-sanu-given-lifetime- achievement-awards/
  12. ^ "Salman Khan, Sunny Leone are Google's most searched Indian actors of last 10 years". 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  13. ^ "List of International Bhojpuri Film Awards (IBFA) 2016 Dubai Full Winner - MT Wiki: Upcoming Movie, Hindi TV Shows, Serials TRP, Bollywood Box Office". mtwiki.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 

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