With the recent film Dum
Laga Ke Haisha
transporting audiences back to the 90s with its music
and storyline, what better than a feature on one of the most prominent singers
of the era? You guessed it right! This month, BollyCurry's popular section
Illuminated Artiste features the extremely talented Kumar Sanu.
Born as Kedarnath
Bhattacharya on the 20th of October, 1957, Sanu is the son of popular
Pashupati Bhattacharya, who trained him in classical vocals and
at a young age. Completing
his Bachelors in Commerce from Calcutta University, Sanu began his career by
singing in local cafes and small gigs. This went on until he was noticed by the
maestro Jagjit Singh,
who subsequently gave him an offer to lend his voice for a song in the movie Aandhiyan
On moving to Bombay,
he was given a chance to sing for Kalyanji-Anandji's Jaadugar (1989),
and was advised by the duo to adopt a stage name, which was when he came up
with Kumar Sanu. However, it wasn't until the release of his songs in Aashiqui (1990)
that he earned widespread recognition for his mesmerising vocals.
From there on, there
was no looking back for this legendary singer. He went on to sing some of
Bollywood's greatest hits, and collaborated with some of the most successful
music directors of all times, including Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik,
Jatin-Lalit, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, and A.R. Rahman, amongst many others.
Having won numerous awards over the span of his illustrious career, including
five Filmfare Awards for some of his renditions and being bestowed with the
Padma Shri in 2009, Sanu remains one of the most successful singers in
the Bollywood industry, and rightly so!
Sanu recently debuted
on the silver screen with a cameo in the successful YRF production, Dum
Laga Ke Haisha (2015), for
which he also voiced two songs, "Tu" and "Dard Karara". To
commemorate this occasion, we at BollyCurry, present our readers a selected
discography of some of Sanu's greatest hits.
"Mera Dil Bhi
Kitna Paagal Hai"
Sanu, Alka Yagnik
"Yeh Kaali Kaali
"Ek Ladki Ko
Film: 1942: A
"Do Dil Mill
Kumar Sanu can
rightly be called the voice of the 90s, as he wowed the listeners with his
melodies and continues to do so to date. With this article, we wish
Kumar Sanu all the very best for his future, and look forward
to listening to his upcoming songs in forthcoming movies such as Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Fan.
Author: Ritchelle C.
Editor/s: Mohini N. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Komal P.
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