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|Native name||কুমার শানু|
|Birth name||Kedarnath Bhattacharya|
20 October 1957 |
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Music Director, Lyricist, Actor, Producer|
|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 a leading 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, in the year 1993. 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.
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.
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.
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 Guinness Book World Record by recording 28 Playback Songs in one day.
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.
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.
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 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 pyar na ho jaye,dulhan hum le jayeenge whose music was the most popular at its release. however Himesh and Sanu's work was highly appreciated by everyone in early late 90's and early 2000's.
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 Surender,Tapan, Anand-Milind, 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, Arun Paudwal, Rajesh Roshan, and 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. 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.
Work with other singers
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, 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, Vinod 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, 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|
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. He rejoined BJP on 2 December 2014 inducted by Amit Shah, the current BJP president.
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. 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 the iconic voice of Lata Mangeshkar was replaced by King of The Melody Kumar Sanu.
31st March - Kumar Sanu Day : 1st Indian singer to achieve such honour in America
|Mr. Michael, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.|
|University Of America|
Padma Shri: India's 4th Highest Civilian Honour
|Government of India|
|2012||Dr. Ambedkar Awards||People Education Society|
|2014||Maharashtra Ratna Award||Government of Maharashtra|
|2014||Mahanayak Samman Lifetime Achievement: As Bengali Playback Singer||Government of West Bengal|
- 2004: Kala Vedika Awards For Best Male Playback Singer The Film Qayamat: City Under Threat In The Bollywood Music Awards Category.
- 2004: Kala Vedika Awards - "Pride Of India Award". The Pride Of India Awards Presented To Singers Kumar Sanu For Promoting Indian Culture Through Indian Music.
- 2004: Global Excellence Award
- 2003: Bollywood Music Award For "Best Artist Of The Decade".
- 2001: Channel V Award For Best Male Playback for "Chand Sitare" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
- 2000: Hero Honda Award For Best Playback Singer (Male) For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: Kalashree Award For Best Male Playback For "Chaand Sitare" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
- 2000: Nomination: IIFA Award for Best Male Playback For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: Nomination: MTV Award For "Dil ne yeh" With Udit Narayan And Alka Yagnik
- 1999: Mohammed Rafi Memorial Award for Best Playback Singer For "Aankhon ki gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: Nomination: MTV Award For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan" With Kavita Krishnamurthy - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: Zee Gold Awards For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: Kalakar Awards For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: CSR Gold Award For Best Playback Singer "Aankhon ki gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: Stardust Award For Best Playback Singer For "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1999: Anandalok Awards For Best Playback Singer (Male) Kumar Sanu For "Ami Sei Meye"
- 1998: Lions' Club Gold Award For Best Playback Singer "Ladki badi anjani hai" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
- 1998: Grammy W. Indian
- 1998: Punjabi Kalirangan Award
- 1998: Anandalok Awards For Best Playback Singer (Male) Kumar Sanu For "Gane Bhuban Bhoriye Debo"
- 1997: BFJA Award For Film "Lathi"
- 1997: Punjabi Kalirangan Award
- 1996: BFJA Award For Film "Kencho Khurte Keote"
- 1995: Deva Award
- 1995: Channel V Award For Best Male Playback "Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Janam Sanam" - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
- 1995: Ashirwad Award For Best Male Playback "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" - 1942: A Love Story
- 1995: Screen Award for Best Male Playback For "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" - 1942: A Love Story
- 1993: SUMU Award For Best Male Playback Singer In 1993 For Singing Maximum Good Songs
- 1993: SUMU Award For Best Male Playback Singer In Baazigar
|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|
|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|
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