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Kunal Ganjawala
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Kunal Ganjawala in 2012
Background information
Born (1972-04-14) 14 April 1972 (age 46)
Pune, Maharashtra, 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, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Anand Raj Anand, Rajesh Roshan, Viju Shah, Aadesh Shrivastava, Roop Kumar Rathod, Daboo Malik, and Sanjeev-Darshan. Kunal recently sang for Sanjay Leela 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, Odia, Bengali, Telugu, Assamese and Sindhi languages.

His song "Oh my love" from Bengali language 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]

In February 2018, he recorded India's first jazzy ghazal Dhatt, for the Indian recording label Indian Talkie. The song was composed by Sumit and written by Zeest and is a blend of two completely different genres, Jazz and Ghazal. The song was released on Valentine's Day 2018 to over 300 music streaming platforms, including Saavn, iTunes Spotify, Deezer, and Wynk Music. The Lyrical Making Video was released on Indian Talkie's official YouTube Channel, featuring Kunal Ganjawala and Sumit and his team.

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]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Kunal Ganjawala has received the following recognitions:

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 Murder Filmfare Awards

"Best Male Playback Singer"
"RD Burman Award for New Music Talent"
(For: Bheege Honth Tere)

Won
IIFA Awards

"Best Male Playback"
(For: Bheege Honth Tere)

Zee Cine Awards

"Best Playback Singer - Male"
(For: Bheege Honth Tere)

2006 Star Guild Awards

"Best Male Playback Singer"
(For: Bheege Honth Tere)

Bollywood Movie Awards

"Bollywood Movie Award - Best Playback Singer Male"
(For: Bheege Honth Tere)

Discography[edit]

Hindi songs[edit]

Year Movie Song(s) Notes
2002 Saathiya "O Humdum Soniyo Re"
2003 Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula "Chodo Na Mujhe"
2003 Saaya "Har Taraf Har Jagah"
2003 Tere Naam "Vocals"
2004 Murder "Bheege Honth Tere" Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car "Gonna Fall In Love"
2004 Musafir "Ek Dil Ne"
2004 Lakeer "Nachley", "Shehzade"
2004 Khakee "Uppar Wale"
2004 Gayab "Gayab Hoke", "Dilkash"
2004 Uuf Kya Mohabbat Hai "Shukriya"
2004 Balle Balle! From Amritsar To L.A. "Lo Shaadi Aayi"
2005 Kya Kool Hai Hum "Kya Kool Hai Hum (Title Song)", "Chaska", "We Are So Different"
2005 Aksar "Loot Jaayenge"
2005 Tango Charlie "Akkad Te Bakkad Te"
2005 Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye "O Jaana Tenu Rab Da"
2005 Kyon Ki "Dil Keh Raha Hai"
2005 Kaal "Kaal Dhamaal, Tauba Tauba"
2005 Chaska "We Are Sabse Alag"
2005 Socha Na Tha "Abhi Abhi (Version 1)"
2005 Salaam Namaste "Salaam Namaste", "What's going on"
2005 Sheesha "Yaar Ko Maine", "Mujhe Jeena Sikha Do na"
2005 Chehraa "Mausam Ki Izazat Hai"
2005 Dansh "Saje Hain Sapnon Ke"
2005 Fareb "Pehle Se", "Pehle Se (Remix Version)"
2005 Fun- Can Be Dangerous Sometimes "Jal Raha Hai Badan"
2005 Time Pass "Koi Nahi, Tere Mere"
2005 Topless "Rang Mein Aaj"
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena "Ishq Hai Jhootha"
2005 Insan "Is Tarah Deewane"
2006 Woh Lamhe "So Jaoon Main (Male version)"
2006 Chup Chup Ke "Aaya Re", "Aaya Re (Remix)", "Tumse Hi (Unplugged)"
2006 Bhagam Bhag "Tere Bin", "Tere Bin (Remix)"
2006 Ankahee "Tumse Yun Milenge"
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota "Yun hota Toh kya hota"
2006 Pyaar Ke Side Effects "Is This Love"
2006 Ladies Tailor "Har Raat teri"
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai? "Tune Mera Chain Vain Le Liya", "Because I Love You"
2006 Pyare Mohan "I Love You My Angel"
2006 Phir Hera Pheri "Dil De diya", "Dil De Diya (Remix Version)"
2006 Krrish "Dil Na Diya"
2006 Jaan-E-Mann "Ud Jaana"
2006 Baabul "Har Manzar", "Bebashi Dard Ka Aalam"
2006 Aryan: Unbreakable "Rab Ne Mere"
2006 Holiday "Khwaahishon Se"
2006 Mr. Khujli "Lage Pyaas Mujhe"
2006 Aisa Kyon Hota Hai? "Ishq Dhamaka"
2006 Mera Dil Leke Dekkho "Nashe Mein Bheegi Raat Hai", "Nashe Mein Bheegi Raat Hai" (The Dance Mix Version)
2007 Shakalaka Boom Boom "Saathiya", "Tera Sona Sona Roop"
2007 Salaam-E-Ishq "Salaam-E-Ishq"
2007 Partner "Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da"
2007 Mr. Hot Mr. Kool "Mr. Hot Mr. Kool", "Hot Cool" (Techno Mix Version)
2007 Saawariya "Masha-Allah", "Jaan-E-Jaan", "Pari"
2007 Khanna & Iyer "Rootho Naa", "Raasta Pyaar Ka", "Raasta Pyaar Ka (Remix Version)"
2008 Roadside Romeo "Main Hoon Romeo", "Apni Dum Bhi Oonchi Ho"
2008 Fox "Zindagi Mein Mil Rahi Hai", "Advocate De Satan", "Josh Josh"
2008 Jumbo "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
2008 Hastey Hastey "New Age Mantra (Version 1)", "New Age Mantra (Male)", "Bheegi Bheegi Teri Julfein"
2008 Dashavatar "O Mohini"
2008 Ru Ba Ru "Mitti Ki Khusboo"
2009 Kaminey "Raat Ke Dhai Baje"
2009 Aao Wish Karein "Tum Mere Ho", "Sab Yahan Hain", "Sabse peeche Hum Khade"
2009 Vaada Raha "Achal Hai Mere Hausle"
2009 Life Partners "Poorza Poorza", "Poorza Poorza (Remix Version)"
2009 Kaun Ho Sakta Hai? "Sapna Dekha Tha", "Apun Toh Yeh Bolta Hai", "Nacho Gao"
2010 Raavan "Kata Kata"
2010 Khatta Meetha "Nana Chi Taang"
2010 Isi Life Mein "Tere Pyaar Mein"
2010 Tum Milo Toh Sahi "I Am Bad"
2010 Guzarish "Sau Gram Zindagi"
2010 Sadiyaan "Pehla Pehla Tajurba Hai"
2010 Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di "Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di"
2010 Musaa "Jaaniya Teri Hansi Adaa"
2011 Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji "Beshuba Beshuba Hai Yakeen", "Jadugari"
2011 Aashiqui.in "Ruk ke Jaana", "Rangon Bhari Raat", "Cinderella Se Bhi Pyaari", "Ruk Ke Jaana Reloaded!"
2011 Singham "Maula Maula"
2011 Love U...Mr. Kalakaar! "Bhoore Bhoore Badal"
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi "Yeh Saali Zindagi (Duet Version)"
2012 Koochie Koochie Hota Hai "Koi Mil Gaya"
2012 Pune tc "Manzil Meri Kaiya"
2013 R... Rajkumar "Mat Maari"
2014 Dishkiyaoon "Tu Mere Type Ka Nahi Hai"
2014 Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty "Tu Hi Toh Hai (Film Version)"
2015 Chehere: A Modern Day Classic "Chaand Baadal Mein"
2016 Deewaren: Unity Song "Deewaren"[10]
2017 Rangoon "Julia"

Self[edit]

Date Film Song
2006 Ankahee "Tum se Yun Milenge" (sung by himself, uncredited)

Non-film songs[edit]

Year Song Notes
2005 "Channa Ve Ghar Aaja Ve" Punjabi album Channa Ve
2006 "Left Right Left" Left Right Left
2012 "Honey Honey" Music video featuring Salman Khan
2018 "Dhatt" India's first Jazzy Ghazal composed by Sumit

Kannada[edit]

Date Film Song
2005 Akash "Neene Neene" and "O Mariya"
2006 Mungaru Male "Onde Ondu Sari"
2006 Aishwarya "Aishwarya Aishwarya" and "Hudugi Hudugi"
2006 Mohini 9886788888 "Preethiyalli naanu"
2006 Ganda Hendathi "Nidiregu Raja", "Don't Let Me", and "Maathu Muride"
2006 Suntaragaali "Ninnane Ninnane"
2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi "Bhagyada Balegara" and "Nimbiya Banada Myagada"
2006 Dattha "Manasa Manasa" and "Ee Soundaryakke"
2006 Tananam Tananam "Cheluvantha Rajakumari" and "Preethi Endarenu"
2006 Julie "Nanna Ninna Preethiyalli"
2006 Hubli "Ninna Manassigendu"
2006 Pandavaru "Kaayuthaliruva Kannige"
2006 Ravi Shastry "Gilli"
2006 Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. "Preethse"
2006 Ajay "Enayitu Nanageedina"
2006 Student "Appa Amma Beda Andre"
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi "Nanna Nechhina Koteya" and "Barappa O Thingala Mava"
2006 Tananam Tananam "Cheluvantha Rajakumari" and "Preethi Endarenu"
2006 Thangigagi "Dina Dina"
2006 Thavarina Siri "Aakashadinda Ilida Apsare"
2007 Milana "Kivi Mathondu"
2007 Cheluvina Chithara "Iralaare Cheluve"
2007 Ee Bandhana "Banna Banna"
2007 Chanda "Enaitho Nanagenaitho"
2007 Arasu "Ninna Kanda Kshanadinda"
2007 Bhupathi "Abhi Abhi"
2007 Soundarya "Hrudayada Maathu"
2007 Vidhyarthi "Enaitho Eno"
2007 Ninade Nenapu "Heegeke"
2007 Amruthavani "Hrudaya Haduthide"
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide "Oh Huduga"
2007 Hatrick Hodi Maga "Eno Heluthide"
2007 Ninnusire Nannusiru "Dil Alla"
2007 Parodi "Bare Bare"
2007 Snehana Preethina "Dhava Dhava"
2007 Thamashegagi "Rangeela"
2007 Thayiya Madilu "Nannavale Nannavale"
2008 Mussanje Maathu "Kaddalu Manassanna"
2008 Haage Summane "Hadonave"
2008 Navagraha "Yaami Yaami"
2008 Gaalipata "Aakasha Ishte Yaakideyo"
2008 Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu "Modala Sala"
2008 Meravanige "Nannolave"
2008 Aramane "Nanagu Ninagu"
2008 Taj Mahal "Khushiyaagide Yeko"
2008 Accident "Jigidu Banthu"
2008 Sangathi "Jagath Sundari" and "Aakasha Kanyena"
2008 Madesha "Munjane Manjaagu"
2008 Bandhu Balaga "Ninna Bittu Naanu"
2008 Chaitrada Chandrama "Nooraru Janmada"
2008 Sihi Muthu "Eshto Saniha"
2008 Neene Neene "I am in Love"
2008 Pallavi Illada Charana "Goa da" and "Ee Hoovu"
2008 Ganga Kaveri "Baaro Baaro"
2008 Gange Baare Thunge Baare "Hogalu kelive"
2008 Indra "Raja Ninnane"
2008 Maharshi "Kannali Nee"
2008 Neenyare "Makaranda"
2008 Paramesha Panwala "Saavira Saavira Janma"
2008 Priya My Darling "Pade Pade" and "Kaviya"
2008 Rocky "Olla Ollare Olla"
2008 Shivani "Savi Savi preethi"
2008 Yuga Yugagale Saagali "Namma Naadu Malnaadu"
2009 Manasaare "Ondu Kanassu"
2009 Male Barali Manju Irali "Onsala Ondondsala"
2009 Bhagyada Balegara "Jhallu Jhallu" and "Balegara Balegara"
2009 Nannedeya Hadu "Ninna Preethiyonde Nanage"
2009 Kalaakaar "Bang Bang Bangalore"
2009 Thaakath "Doresani Neenu"
2009 Jaaji Mallige "Mogave Nee"
2009 Seena "Chanchala Notada"
2009 Rajani "Pizza Priya Pizza"
2009 Chickpete Sachagalu "Navile Navile"
2009 Chellidaru Sampigeya "Gelathi"
2009 Iniya "Yaarannu"
2009 10th Class A Sec "Helokaagthilla"
2009 Baaji "Kyare Ladki"
2009 Ee Sambhashane "Ondu Becchaneya Nenapu"
2009 Januma Janumadallu "Aalangisu"
2009 Kabaddi "Preethi Maadiro"
2009 Maccha "Fanaa"
2009 Preethse Preethse "Preethse Preethse"
2009 Yagna "Mana Midiyuva"
2010 Prithvi "Ninagende Visheshavaada"
2010 Super "Kaayi Kaayi Uppinakaayi"
2010 Premism "Gulabi Kennege"
2010 Suryakaanti "Edeya Baagilu"
2010 Cheluveye Ninna Nodalu "Hamsa Hamsa Hamsalekha"
2010 Sri Harikathe "Sari Sari Illellavu"
2010 Huduga Hudugi "Usire Ninna"
2010 Nanjanagoodu Nanjunda "Laila O Laila"
2010 Uyyale "Chinna Nee Nanna"
2010 Lift Kodla "Happy Happy Birthday"
2010 Bindaas Hudugi "Naa Ninna Nodida"
2010 Bisile "Nannusiru neene"
2010 Chirru "Oo Lalala"
2010 Jothegara "Ondondu Ondondu"
2010 Porki "Heegu Unta"
2010 Preethiya Theru "Sum Sumne"
2010 Punda "Omomme Edurade"
2010 Shourya "Kaledu Hoythu"
2010 Sihi Gali "Hele Thangali"
2010 Varshadhaare "Beku Bekunta"
2010 Zamana "Madhumagale Ene Ninna Golu"
2011 Hori "Geleya"
2011 Onde Ondu Sari "Nenede Naa" and "Sanje Saago"
2011 Manasina Maathu "Naaniralu Nannavaleduru"
2011 Aata "Hey Yavva"
2011 Hare Rama Hare Krishna "Naanondu Gombe"
2011 Bettada Jeeva "Beke Beku"
2012 Preethiya Loka "Nanna Olavina"
2012 Parijatha "Aa Chandrika"
2012 Ko Ko "Akasmika Geleyanu"
2012 Toofan "Ellinda Banthu"
2012 Sidlingu "Achachhu Beladachhu"
2015 Masterpiece "Jaago.re Jaago"
2017 Aadu Aata Aadu "Munjaaneya Manju"
2018 Bhanta "Kannalu Neene"

Bengali[edit]

Date Film Song
2007 Minister Fatakeshto "Bande Mataram" "O Yara Ve" and "Its Only Pyar"
2008 Sabdhan Pancha Aashche "Khudro"[11]
2009 Saat Paake Bandha "Swapno Jano Pelo Bhasha"
2009 Challenge "Mahi Ve"
2009 Prem Aamar "Prem Aamar", "Uru Uru Swapne", "Kon Bhule Tumi", "তুমি ছাড়া আজ একা" and "Shob Rong Muche"
2010 Amanush "O My Love "
2010 Dui Prithibi "O Yara Ve" and "Its Only Pyar"
2010 Le Chakka "Shabba Rabba Reeba Ru", "Ekta Bindas Para" and "Le Chakka"
2010 Mon Je Kore Uru Uru "Mon Je Kore Uru Uru"
2010 Paapi "Cholche Raban Raj"
2010 Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo "Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo"
2010 Wanted "অহনো জেনো" and "করো সালাম"
2011 Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re "Jani Na"
2011 Fighter "Mon Banjara" and "O Shona E Shona"
2011 Kolkata The Metro Life "মনে আলো মেলো হাওয়া"
2011 Paglu "Mon Bebagi"
2012 Khokababu "Amay Ador Kor"
2013 Kanamachi "Beporowa Mone" and "Kanamachi To"
2013 Macho Mustanaa "বালিয়ামস" and "Jane Jana"

Tamil[edit]

Date Film Song Composer
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 "Kama Kama" A.R.Rahman
2003 Boys "Please Sir" (Tamil) and "Maaro Maaro" (Telugu) A.R.Rahman
2004 New "Spider Man" A.R.Rahman
2004 7G Rainbow Colony "January Madham" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2006 Thimiru "Kattikko Rappa Rappa" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2007 Aalwar "Anbulla Kadhali" Srikanth Deva
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram "Yethi Yethi" Harris Jayaraj
2009 Naan Kadavul "Maa ganga" Ilayaraja

Telugu[edit]

Date Film Song
2004 Naani "Spiderman"
2005 Balu ABCDEFG "Hyderabadi Ladka"
2006 Pokiri "Jagadame"
2008 Ready "Tu Tu Tu"
2009 Taj Mahal "Etu Chusina"
2009 Arya 2 "Karige Loga"
2009 Ganesh Just Ganesh "Raja Kumari"
2010 Adhurs "Neethone"
2010 Simha "Janaki Janaki"
2014 Heart Attack "Endhukila Nannu Vedhisthunavey"

Marathi[edit]

Date Film Song
2004 Sawarkhed: Ek Gaon "Varyavarti Gandh Pasarla"
2006 Shubhmangal Savdhan "Oath Olawale"
2007 Zabardast "Aaicha Gho"
2008 Uladhaal "Dena Paisa Dena"
2010 Ringa Ringa "bayago bayago"
2013 Thoda Tuza Thoda Maza "Tension Chya Bailala Dhol"
2013 Vanshvel "Ti Jakham Juni"
2013 Lagna Pahave Karun "Tu Shwaas Sare"[12]
2014 Lai Bhaari "Lai Bhaari"

Punjabi[edit]

Date Film Song
2013 Pooja Kiven AA "Shayad Eh Pyaar"
2013 Saadi Love Story Title track

Malayalam[edit]

Date Film Song Composer
2013 5 Sundarikal "Ekantham Janmam" Gopi Sunder

Odia[edit]

Date Film Song
2007 Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli "Aare Aare Mo Geetare Mitare Aare" and "E Jibana Emiti Suna Geetatiere"

Urdu[edit]

Date Film Song
2015 Halla Gulla "Halla Gulla", "Thumka"

References[edit]

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