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Kunal Ganjawala
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Kunal Ganjawala in 2012
Background information
Born (1972-04-14) 14 April 1972 (age 44)
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 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]

Awards and recognitions[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

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
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 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 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]

Non-Filmy Songs[edit]

  • Channa Ve Ghar Aaja Ve (Punjabi Album 'Channa Ve')
  • Honey Honey (Music Video featuring Salman Khan).
Kannada
Film Song
Akash "Neene Neene"
Masterpiece "Jaago.re Jaago"
Mungaru 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"
Bengali
  • "Beporowa Mone" and "Kanamachi To" – Kanamachi
  • "বালিয়ামস" and "Jane Jana" – Macho Mustana
  • "Jani Na" – Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re
  • "Mon Banjara" and "O Shona E Shona" – Fighter
  • "Amay Ador Kor" – Khokababu (2011)
  • "মনে আলো মেলো হাওয়া" – Kolkata The Metro Life (2011)
  • "Mon Bebagi" – Paglu
  • "O My Love " – Amanush (2010)
  • "O Yara Ve" and "Its Only Pyar" – Dui Prithibi (2010)
  • "Shabba Rabba Reeba Ru", "Ekta Bindas Para" and "Le Chakka" – Le Chakka (2010)
  • "Mon Je Kore Uru Uru" – Mon Je Kore Uru Uru (2010)
  • "Cholche Raban Raj" – Paapi (2010)
  • "Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo" – Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo (2010)
  • "অহনো জেনো" and "করো সালাম" – Wanted (2010)
  • "Mahi Ve"- Challange
  • "Prem Aamar", "Uru Uru Swapne", "Kon Bhule Tumi", "তুমি ছাড়া আজ একা" and "Shob Rong Muche" – Prem Aamar (2009)
  • "Bande Mataram" – Minister Fatakesto (2007)
Tamil
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"
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)
  • Tu Shwaas Sare (Lagna Pahave Karun)[11]
Malayalam
Odia
  • "Aare Aare Mo Geetare Mitare Aare" – Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli
  • "E Jibana Emiti Suna Geetatiere" – Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli
Punjabi
Urdu

Halla Gulla (2015) - "Halla Gulla", "Thumka"

Self
  • Ankahee (2006) (uncredited) .... Himself (singing "Tumse Yun Milenge")

References[edit]

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  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. 
  10. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Seven-Singers-Come-Together-this-Holi-to-Celebrate-Unity-with-Deewaren/articleshow/51513516.cms
  11. ^ "Lagna Pahave Karun". saavn.com. 

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