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Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik

  • Birth Date: 20 Mar 1966
  • Birth Place: Kolkata

Artist Information

For the past decade, Alka Yagnik has reigned supreme in the world of playback singing in India. While Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar remain the living legends of Bollywood, both are recording less now so Alka has stepped into their formidable shoes. In India Alka has had hit after hit and is the playback voice all Bollywood's leading female film stars want dubbed over their performance.

Alka Yagnik came to Bombay almost two decades ago and ever since she has become an inseparable part of the film industry. According to her, singing was just a hobby initially but as success and popularity came along, she started taking it up seriously as a profession.In her short career, she has had the privilege of walking away with three Filmfare awards and two National awards.

Born to Gujaratis who were based in Calcutta, Alka's mother Shubha Yagnik was a singer of Indian classical music. Her mother Shubha Yagnik,was a classical singer herself. Alka too had a flair for music, and would need a radio to help her sleep from the age of five or so. Shubha was determined her daughter succeed as a singer. Alka thus underwent rigorous music training from a very early age under a series of teachers. At the age of eight, Alka was already an All India Radio artiste in Calcutta. She won a Sugam Sangeet competition in Calcutta at the age of 11.

Music directors Kalyanji and Anandji did take her under their wing but she was advised to wait till her voice matured but her mother remained determined and on a subsequent visit Alka got a letter of introduction to Raj Kapoor from his Calcutta distributor. Raj heard the girl and recommended her to noted producer Laxmikant. Impressed, Laxmikant gave her two alternatives - an immediate start as a dubbing artist, or a later break as a full - fledged singer. The Yagniks settled for the latter.

It was in early 1979 that Alka got to sing a few lines in Rajshri's Payal Ki Jhankar. Her first full - fledged song was 'Hum Tum Rahenge' for Rajesh Roshan in Hamari Bahu Alka, a Basu Chatterjee comedy, and was a duet with Amit Kumar. However the film was delayed and her first release proved to be the super - hit 'Mere Angne mein', the folk song adopted by Kalyanji - Anandji in Laawaris (1981). Around this time, Alka recorded her first song for Laxmikant - Pyarelal too, 'Jaldi Se Aa', in Jeevan Dhara (1982) with Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurty. She also recorded songs for Rajesh Roshan in Sannata and Kaamchor (the hit 'Tumse Badhkar Duniya Mein' with Kishore Kumar), Usha Khanna ( Hotel and other films), R. D. Burman (Namkeen) and many more songs for Kalyanji - Anandji (Itni Si Baat, Yeh Rishta Na Toote, Khush Naseeb, Taqdeer, Nastik) and Laxmikant - Pyarelal (Badle Ki Aag, Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon, Coolie.

All through the 80's, Alka did keep singing regularly in films for most of the top music directors and also past - their - peak veterans like Shankar, Ravi, Chitragupta and newcomers like Anu Malik and Anand Milind. But hits eluded her even as she sang for films like Loha, Mera Jawaab, Pighalta Aasman, Ghar Dwar and others. It was in 1988 that she got her breakthrough with the song that was to launch Madhuri Dixit and rank among the greatest and most evergreen cult songs - 'Ek Do Teen Char' (Tezaab/Laxmikant - Pyarelal). Alka Yagnik really got moving with "Ek Do Teen". With this hit song, Alka has been climbing the ladder of fame consistently. Since Lata and Asha had become voices of yesteryears, the top spot was up for the grabs.

The same film's 'So gaya Yeh Jahan' and the song of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which had Alka as the only female singer, finally established her as a front - ranker. In 1989, she sang in Eeshwar, Rakhwala, Suryaa, Elaan - E - Jung and other films, excelled in 'Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai' and 'Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara' (Tridev) and sang the memorable 'Thare Vaaste Re Dola' ('Batwara'). Alka had hits after hits, such as, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ('Gazab Ka Hai Din'), Akele Hum Akele Tum ('Raja Ko Rani Se'), Deewana ('Aisi Deewangee'), Baazigar ('Baazigar O Baazigar'), Karan Arjun ('Jaati Hoon Main'), Criminal ('Tu Mile'), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke ('Ghunghat Ki aad se'), Khamoshi (Bahon Ke Darmiyan), Raja Hindustani (' Pardesi Pardesi'), Taal (Taal Se Taal), Refugee ('Panchi Nadiya'and many more.But like the post - Mangeshkar generation of singers Alka's best phase began in the 1990's.

Alka Yagnik came to the party at the right time and overshadowed few close competitors. By 1991 - 1992, she established herself as the busiest singer on the block, a position she still holds today despite the increased competition and her own choosiness! By the law of averages, her high hit songs have not followed any particular image, thus establishing Alka as the next all - rounder after Lata and Asha , and probably the prime singer of choice for heroine\. There is no significant composer she has not sung for, and in the case of the toppers she has consistently been the first and most frequent choice of names like Laxmikant - Pyarelal, Anand Milind (except for a brief phase when they were not recording together), Nadeem - Shravan, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan and Jatin - Lalit. She has also sung for all the newest composers on the block - Vishal, Anand Raaj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid - Wajid, Shankar - Ehsaan - Loy, Ismail Darbar and Sanjeev Darshan.

Married happily to a successful US based guy, Alka enjoys her family life and holidays are reserved for the closed ones. Getting up early in the morning, exercising and getting her daughter ready for school, are a few things that show that Alka is a family person.

The cavalcade of hits include - as main female singer - films like Saajan, Phool Aur Kaante, Deewana, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Dilwale, Raja, Barsaat, Raja Hindustani and Pardes (Nadeem - Shravan). She also sang in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Taal (for which she got the Filmfare), Tarkeib, Khamoshi, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Hello Brother, Papa Kehte Hain, Aankhen, Dalaal and many other films. The mega - hits of Alka Yagnik can be best enumerated by taking them actress - wise.

Most Popular songs sung by Alka Yagnik
   
O Re Chhori Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India Play Add to current playlist
Ghanan Ghanan Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India Play Add to current playlist
Eli Re Eli Yaadein Play Add to current playlist
Aisi Deewangi Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Ey Mere Humsafar Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Play Add to current playlist
Jaane Kyon Dil Chahta Hai Play Add to current playlist
Sun Mitva Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India Play Add to current playlist
Khushian Aur Gham Mann Play Add to current playlist
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (bonus Track) My Name Is Khan Play Add to current playlist
Taal Se Taal Taal Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (bonus Track) My Name Is Khan Play Add to current playlist
Mera Mann Mann Play Add to current playlist
Suraj Hua Madham (bonus Track) My Name Is Khan Play Add to current playlist
Koi Mil Gaya Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Dil Chura Le Dil Ka Rishta Play Add to current playlist
Kariye Na Taal Play Add to current playlist
Hai Mera Dil Josh Play Add to current playlist
Meri Mehbooba (remix) Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Ramta Jogi Taal Play Add to current playlist
Saajan Gee Ghar Aaye Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Play Add to current playlist
Chamakti Shaam Hai Yaadein Play Add to current playlist
Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna We Are Family Play Add to current playlist
Pehli-pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai Sirf Tum Play Add to current playlist
Mela Dilon Ka Mela Play Add to current playlist
Kya Dil Ne Kaha Kya Dil Ne Kahaa Play Add to current playlist
Gazab Ka Hai Din Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Play Add to current playlist
Tu Na Ja Mere Badshah Khuda Gawah Play Add to current playlist
Jaage Jaage Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Play Add to current playlist
Bole Chudiya Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Play Add to current playlist
Aa Ab Laut Chalen Aa Ab Laut Chalen Play Add to current playlist
Tinak Tin Tana Mann Play Add to current playlist
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Kuch Kuch Hota Hia - Sad Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tum Mile Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Tumse Milna Tere Naam Play Add to current playlist
Dekha Hai Pehli Baar Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Tauba Tumhare Ishar Chalte Chalte Play Add to current playlist
Ek Jawani Teri Kachche Dhaage Play Add to current playlist
Chalte Chalte Chalte Chalte Play Add to current playlist
Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Chori Chori Sapno Mein (sad) Chal Mere Bhai Play Add to current playlist
You Are My Sonia Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Play Add to current playlist
Mera Dil Tera Deewana Aa Ab Laut Chalen Play Add to current playlist
Tumhi Dekho Na Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Play Add to current playlist
Kahe Sataye Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Play Add to current playlist
Jaati Hoon Mein Karan Arjun Play Add to current playlist
Akele Hain To Kya Gam Hai Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Play Add to current playlist
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