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Kumar Sanu

Kumar Sanu

  • Birth Date: 23 Sep 1957
  • Birth Place: Kolkata

Artist Information

Kumar Sanu was born Kedernath Bhattacharjee on September 23 1957 and grew up in Calcutta; his father Pashupati Bhattacharjee was an accomplished classical vocalist and composer, and saw to his son's early musical training as a singer and tabla player. Getting a degree in commerce from Calcutta University, Sanu began performing publicly in 1979, singing at shows and restaurants around Calcutta in a style heavily influenced -- copied, some charged -- from film legend Kishore Kumar. Competition for singers in the Indian film industry was (and still is) extremely fierce, since it is the primary route to success in India, and it took Sanu several years to land his big break. He made his living in the early '80s partly by recording a series of Kishore Kumar covers for a pop label, but remained unable to make inroads into film. Finally, in 1987, music director Jagjit Singh -- noted for his mastery of the romantic ghazal song form -- offered Sanu the chance to sing in the Hindi film Andhiyan.

Sanu relocated to Bombay, the capital of the Indian film industry, and soon landed another film, Jadoogar, helmed by the Kalyanji/Anandji team; they gave Sanu his stage name, partly to give him wider appeal outside of a strictly Bengali audience, and partly because of the heavy influence of his idol. Film fans began to take notice, poising Sanu for a major breakthrough. That breakthrough came in 1990 with the film Aashiqui, whose soundtrack was composed and directed by the Nadeem/Shravan team. Sanu sang all but one of the songs featured on the soundtrack album, which made him a star; he won the first of his record five consecutive Filmfare awards as Best Male Playback Singer, and began recording new material at a furious pace. He won Filmfares for his performances in Saajan, Deewana, Baazigar, and 1942: A Love Story (in order, up through 1994), but his work extended much farther, so much so that by the end of the decade he had recorded -- in many different languages -- for literally hundreds of films.

As the '90s waned, Sanu slowed his amazing recording schedule a bit, feeling that he'd proven enough to become more selective in choosing his material (he preferred classic-style songs to newer, more Western-influenced pop). Seeking new challenges, he branched out into acting, appearing in a Bengali film and starting television serials in both Bengali and Hindi. He also became more comfortable with concert performances and embarked on frequent international tours. By the turn of the millennium, Sanu had promised to follow in fellow record-holder Lata Mangeshkar's footsteps by not accepting any further Filmfare awards (in order to make room for new talent), but the hits kept on coming through 1999 and 2000, and he continued to rival Udit Narayan as the most popular male singer in India. Kumar Sanu was one of the many aspiring singers to have made the mandatory rounds of music director’s offices in his struggling days. He also was part of orchestra groups where he sung hit songs of Kishore Kumar. So the story of Sanu being a Kishore Kumar clone took root here.

Aashiqui set the ball rolling for Kumar Sanu. Aashiqui was a major turning point for Sanu. He sang all but one of the songs in the superb album composed by Nadeem-Shravan. Sanu rendered the title song, ‘Tu meri zindagi hain ‘Nazar ke saamne’, ‘Jaane jigar jaaneman’, ‘Dheere, dheere se meri Zindagi mein aana’, superbly. He went on to sing hit songs in films like Sadak (‘Tujhe apna bana ne ki kasam khayi hai’), Deewana (The title song), Baazigar (Title song) (‘Kali kali ankhen), Saajan (‘Jeeye to jeeye kaise) (‘Mera dil bhi kitna pagal hai’), 1942 A Love Story (‘Rim jhim’, ‘Ek ladki ko dekha’, ‘Kuch na kahon’), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, (‘Tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam’), Pardes (‘Meri Mehbooba’, ‘Do dil mil rahe hain’), Kareeb ‘Chori chori’ and others.

One of the most prolific singers ever to work in the Indian film industry, Kumar Sanu's recorded output numbers in the thousands of songs, reaching by his estimation over 8,000 by the turn of the millennium. Sanu broke the Guinness world record for the largest number of songs recorded in a single day, with 28 -- a testament not only to his polished technique, but to his unparalleled ability to quickly and effortlessly master unfamiliar material in the studio. Sanu also holds the record (along with Lata Mangeshkar on the female side) for the longest string of consecutive Filmfare awards for Best Playback Singer (the equivalent of an Oscar and perhaps the most coveted musical award in India) with five, a streak that made him arguably the most popular male vocalist in India during the '90s.His recent hits include Humraaz, Yeh Dil Aapka Huwa (Pakistan), Karz, Dil Ka Rishta, Indian Babu, Ishq Vishk, Andaaz, Qayamat, Hungama, Footpath. Many albums are yet to come.

Most Popular songs sung by Kumar Sanu
   
Kaise Mizaz Aap Ke Hain Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Play Add to current playlist
Dil Chura Le Dil Ka Rishta Play Add to current playlist
Chera Kya Dekhte Ho Salaami Play Add to current playlist
Dheere Dhheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Rim Jhim Rim Jhim 1942 A Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Meri Mehbooba (remix) Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein Dhadkan Play Add to current playlist
Zara Aankhon Mein Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Saajan Gee Ghar Aaye Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Hum Aake Dil Mein Rehte Hain Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Pehli-pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai Sirf Tum Play Add to current playlist
Ghoonghat Mein Chan Khoobsurat Play Add to current playlist
Ye Kali Kali Baazigar Play Add to current playlist
Nazdeek Savera Hai (part-ii) Sangharsh Play Add to current playlist
Main Duniya Bhula Doonga Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Ek Jawani Teri Kachche Dhaage Play Add to current playlist
Tere Dard Se Dil Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Jaati Hoon Mein Karan Arjun Play Add to current playlist
Baazigar Baazigar Play Add to current playlist
Nazar Ke Samne Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Ab Tere Bin Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Tu Meri Zindagi Hai Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Tu Pyar Hai Kisi Aur Ka Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Jeeye Toh Jeeyen Kaise Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Jaan-e-zigar Jaaneman Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan Maaf Ho Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Play Add to current playlist
Tere Bin Ek Pal Aa Ab Laut Chalen Play Add to current playlist
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha 1942 A Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Meri Mehbooba Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
O Yaaro Maaf Kerna (chorus) Aa Ab Laut Chalen Play Add to current playlist
Kasam Se Kasam Se Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Kaash Kabhi Aisa Hota Mohra Play Add to current playlist
Aao Humse Pyar Kar Lo Papa The Great Play Add to current playlist
Mera Dil Tere Liye Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Teri Umeed Tera Intezar Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Dil Ka Aalam Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Humko Sirf Tumse Barsaat Play Add to current playlist
Payaliya Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Poocho Zara Poocho Raja Hindustani Play Add to current playlist
Teri Isi Ada Pe Sanam Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Kuch Na Kaho - Male 1942 A Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Adayein Bhi Hain, Mohabbat Bhi Hai Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Sochenge Tumhe Pyar Deewana Play Add to current playlist
Palkein Ho Khuli Ya Bandh Takkar Play Add to current playlist
Rehne Ko Ghar Nahin Sadak Play Add to current playlist
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