|Birth name||Kedarnath Bhattacharya|
|Also known as||Melody King of Bollywood|
|Born||20 October 1957|
Calcutta, West Bengal, India (present-day Kolkata)
|Instruments||Vocals, tabla, piano|
|Labels||Yash Raj Films, T-Series, Sony Music, Zee Music, Tips, Saregama, Music Records, Venus Records & Tapes and Vishesh Films My Fun Music|
Kedarnath Bhattacharya (born 20 October 1957), professionally known as Kumar Sanu, is an Indian playback singer. He is known as the King of Melody in Bollywood. He is famous for singing thousands of Bollywood Hindi Super Hit songs. Also as one of the most successful playback singers of 90s era of Bollywood. Apart from Hindi, he has also sung in other languages including Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Manipuri, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Punjabi, Odia, Chhattisgarhi, Urdu, Pali, English and his native language Bengali, both in West Bengal and Bangladesh. He holds the record for winning five consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer from 1991 to 1995. He holds the Guinness Book of world records since 1993 for recording the maximum number of songs in a Single day.
For his contribution to Indian cinema and music, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the Government of India. Many of his tracks feature in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time".
Kumar Sanu's father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, was a vocalist and composer. The two and Sanu's elder sister lived in the Sinthee area of Calcutta (now Kolkata) near Biswanath Park. Kumar Sanu lived at Panchanan tala at Gopal Bose Lane in Sinthi area at North Kolkata.
Main article: Kumar Sanu discography and filmography
Sanu started his playback career as Sanu Bhattacharya from 1984. In 1986, he was in the Bangladeshi film Teen Kanya, directed by Shibli Sadiq. He had his first major Bollywood song in Hero Hiralal (1988).
In 1989, Jagjit Singh introduced Sanu to Kalyanji in Vimal Bunglow, Mumbai. On their suggestion, Sanu changed his early name from "Sanu Bhattacharya" to "Kumar Sanu" after his idol Kishore Kumar. Sanu then relocated to Mumbai, where Kalyanji-Anandji gave him a chance to sing in the film Jaadugar.
For the 1990 film Aashiqui, Sanu sang all but one of the songs. He won the first of his record five consecutive Filmfare Awards as Best Male Playback Singer. His next Filmfare Awards came for songs in the movies Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Baazigar (1993) and 1942: A Love Story (1994). He won 5 back to back Filmfare awards for singing, between 1990 and 1994.
Kumar Sanu got his major break when Gulshan Kumar with music directors Nadeem and Shravan gave him chance to sing most of the songs of movie Aashiqui (1990), songs were recorded earlier for an album and later movie was made around the songs. The movie as well as the songs were a grand success. Thereafter, they worked together in many films including Saajan (1991), Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Deewana (1992), Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (1992), Jaan Tere Naam (1992), Sapne Sajan Ke (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Rang (1993), Damini (1993), Dilwale (1994), Aatish (1994), Andolan (1995), Barsaat (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Agnisakshi (1996), Jeet (1996), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Pardes (1997), Sirf Tum (1999), Dhadkan (2000), Kasoor (2001), Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa (2002), Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Qayamat (2003), Andaaz (2003), Bewafaa (2005) and Barsaat (2005) He sang most of his songs for them (293 songs).
Sanu has sung songs of various genres with Anu Malik. It was Malik who made Sanu sing his first western-style song "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhe", from the film Baazigar (1993). Some other achievements of the combo are Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Sir (1993), Phool Aur Angaar (1993), Imtihaan (1994), Khuddar (1994), Vijaypath (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Naajayaz (1995), The Gambler (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Diljale (1996), Krishna (1996), Sapoot (1996), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Daraar (1996), Chaahat (1996), Virasat (1997), Judwaa (1997), Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi (1997), Ishq (1997), Duplicate (1998), Kareeb (1998), Soldier (1998), Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999), Aarzoo (1999), Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999), Biwi No.1 (1999), Ajnabee (2001), Ishq Vishq (2003) and No Entry (2005). In 2015, they were again back with songs in Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Sanu started his work with Jatin–Lalit on the 1992 film Khiladi. From then on he provided his voice for hit movies including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Khamoshi (1996), Yes Boss (1997), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), Ghulam (1998), Vaastav (1999), Sarfarosh (1999), Khoobsurat (1999) and Dil Kya Kare (1999) He has sung a total of 137 songs for them.
Kumar Sanu worked for Himesh Reshammiya, for all title tracks of TV serials which Reshammiya produced. All the title tracks were sung by Kumar Sanu, and then in his debut film as a music director, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) and further for many other films such as Bandhan (1998), Hello Brother (1999), Kurukshetra (2000), Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (2000), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Jodi No.1 (2001), Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Humraaz (2002) and Taarzan (2004).
Beginning with "Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye" in the movie Jurm (1990), Sanu's collaboration with Rajesh Roshan produced one hit after another. Significant movies include Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Papa Kehte Hai (1996), Dastak (1996), Koyla (1997), Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Kya Kehna (2000), Karobaar (2000) and Aetbaar (2004).
Kumar Sanu has rendered his voice for some of Viju Shah's greatest compositions. Vishwatma (1992), Mohra (1994), Ravan Raaj: A True Story (1995), Tere Mere Sapne (1996), Gupt (1997), Aar Ya Paar (1997), Bulandi (2000), Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) and Kasam (2001) are some of their notable albums.
Kumar Sanu has recorded over 150 songs with Anand–Milind. Breaking away from his romantic image, he has sung peppy numbers for the duo, his most famous ones being for actor Govinda. He worked with the duo and successfully delivered hits such as Trinetra (1991), Jigar (1992), Bol Radha Bol (1992), Anari (1993), Platform (1993), Lootere (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Raja Babu (1994), Suhaag (1994), Gopi Kishan (1994), Jai Kishen (1994), Coolie No 1 (1995), Army (1996), Rakshak (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Chal Mere Bhai (2000) and Chhupa Rustam (2001).
Sanu has released albums of Kishore Kumar's songs including Kishore Ki Yaadein, a collection early in his career. Then came the Yaadein series where he sang many of the songs of Kishore Kumar along with singers Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Vinod Rathod.
Sanu has composed music for various Indian films. Utthaan and Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai are most remarkable among them. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal, Sapna Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shaan, Shreya Ghosal, Hema Sardesai, Sunidhi Chauhan and many more lent their voices for his music. "Yeh Kaisa Utthhan Hai" (sung by Asha Bhosle and Sonu Nigam in two different versions) and "Jisne Sapna Dekha" (sung by Sanu himself) are critically acclaimed. He sang the title song for the TV show Yeh Duniyan Gazab Ki, with singer Udit Narayan.
In 2017, Sanu along with Sadhna Sargam sung for the title track of 19s Story based TV Series "Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hain" and also appeared as a part for cameo in it. In 2019, he made a little singing for the Star Plus's "Kulfi Kumarr Bajewala".
Other than singing and composing music for films, he has also shown interest in producing films. In 2006, he produced his first Hindi film Utthaan. Currently, he is working with a fellow producer, Rakesh Bhhatia on a new project named Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai. The film is based on the lives of four children who live in the streets of Mumbai and polish shoes at a train station in order to earn their livelihoods. The film will feature Mithun Chakraborty in a leading role. Recently, Sanu sang for a Bangladeshi Bengali film Hason Raja, which was directed by a UK-based filmmaker Ruhul Amin. This movie was never released. He also has composed for some Bengali movies; Amrita and Tobu Aporichito.
Sanu was on the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Parriwar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana (family of singers) and on Zee TV in a music reality show called Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. In 2012, he judged the Zee Bangla musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Gane Gane Tomar Mone. At present, he is one of the judges of the Star Jalsha popular musical reality show Super Singer.
Recently he recorded an album named Hum aur Tum. He also recorded a Spanish song for an album. He has also the record for the most recordings of songs in a single day, 28 songs. He also made special appearances as an actor in the movies Sapne Sajan Ke (1992) Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) and Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).
Sanu is a trustee and Brand Ambassador of Bishwa Bandhan, a foundation for cerebral palsy.
Sanu opened a primary school, Kumar Sanu Vidya Niketan, for underprivileged children in Karol Bagh, Delhi. The students are given uniforms and books free of cost.
In 2022 Sanu collaborated with music director Vaibhav Saxena and two young singers for "Mohabbat Mein tere sanam" which was released and distributed worldwide by new-age Record Label Vusic Records.
Sanu had multiple hit duet numbers with singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, K.S.Chithra, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alisha Chinai, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sapna Mukherjee, Poornima, Sapna Awasthi, Hema Sardesai, Shreya Ghoshal, Akriti Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Neha Kakkar, Jaspinder Narula and others. Sanu also multiple duets with his daughter Shannon K, pop singer and songwriter, who has launched her career in the United States in 2017.
Sanu is also credited with the highest number of version songs and male duet hits with the finest singers of (1980) and (1990). Some of the notable songs are as follows:
|Song||Film||Other version sung by singer(s)|
|"O Priya Suno Priya"||Arjun Pandit (1999)||Hariharan|
|"Dil Ka Aalam"||Aashiqui (1990)||Nitin Mukesh|
|"Dil Ka Rishta"||Dil Ka Rishta (2002)||Udit Narayan and Babul Supriyo|
|"Kajal Kajal"||Sapoot (1996)||Amit Kumar|
|"Raja Ko Rani Se"||Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)||Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu?|
|"Pardesi Pardesi"||Raja Hindustani (1996)||Udit Narayan and Suresh Wadkar (sad version)|
|"Aakhon Main Base ho Tum"||Takkar (1995)||Abhijeet Bhattacharya|
|"Tum Dil Ki"||Dhadkan (2000)||Abhijeet Bhattacharya|
|"Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dilse"||Dhadkan (2000)||Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan|
|"Woh Aankh Hi Kya"||Khuddar (1994)||Sonu Nigam|
|"Jeeye Toh Jeeya Kyse"||Saajan (1991)||Pankaj Udhas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|"Dil Kya Kare"||Dil Kya Kare (1999)||Udit Narayan|
|"Janam Meri Janam"||Mr. Bechara (1996)||Udit Narayan|
|"O Dil Tod Ke Hasti Ho Mera"||Bewafa Sanam (1995)||Udit Narayan|
|"Is Tarah Aashiqui Ka"||Imtihaan (1994)||Amit Kumar|
|"Dil Mera Churaya Kyu"||Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)||Udit Narayan|
|"Cahaton Ka Silsila"||Shabd (2005)||Udit Narayan|
|"Jis Ghadi Tujhko"||Prithvi (1997 film)||Udit Narayan|
|"Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya"||Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997)||Udit Narayan, Asha Bhosle and Amit Kumar Aaina Aaina Dil ko Ravan Raaj: A True Story Pulan Visaranai|
He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 in a ceremony headed by then Party President Venkaiah Naidu, but he later resigned to concentrate on singing. He rejoined BJP on 2 December 2014, inducted by Amit Shah.
Sanu returned to playback singing in 2012. He made a comeback at the urge of composers Sajid–Wajid. Sajid-Wajid gave him "Chhammak Chhallo Chhail Chhabili", a wedding song with Shreya Ghoshal for the film Rowdy Rathore (2012). In 2015, Sanu replaced Lata Mangeshkar as the background voice of Yash Raj Films logo for the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. This was the first time in YRF's 45-year history that the voice of Mangeshkar was replaced.
In 2023 Sanu sang for Rajkummar Rao in Guns & Gulaabs.
|2001||31 March – Kumar Sanu Day: first Indian singer to achieve such honour in America||Michael R. Turner, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.|
|2001||Doctorate (honorary)||University of America|
|2009||Padma Shri: India's 4th highest civilian honour||Government of India|
|2012||Dr. Ambedkar Awards||People Education Society|
|2014||Maharashtraratna Awards||Government of Maharashtra|
|2014||Mahanayak Samman Lifetime Achievement: as Bengali Playback Singer||Government of West Bengal|
|2015||Sangeet Samman Lifetime Achievement Award||Government of West Bengal|
|2017||Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nobel Award||International Human Rights Council|
|2018||Felicitation at the UK Houses of Parliament, along with Anuradha Paudwal for contribution in Indian Music and also social services.||Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group|
|2019||Bishesh Sangeet Mahasanman||Government of West Bengal|
|2021||Honoured with a Doctorate for his contribution to music. He has also been recognized with the Maharashtra Samman Award. Talking about the same, Sanu told IANS: "American University of USA has honoured me with the Nelson Mandela Nobel Peace Award. It is a Doctorate and the certificate came from the USA. The Governors of 120 countries have approved this. The award was given in Pune."||The American University of USA|
|2021||Lata Mangeshkar Award||Government of Madhya Pradesh|
|2022||Banga Bibhushan, Highest Civilian Award of West Bengal||Government of West Bengal|
|- |2023 |Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar National Contribution Award, [National Award At Rajbhavan Mumbai] |Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari Honourable Governor Of Maharastra And Organiser Shri Gurubhai Sureshbhai Thakkar |}
|1991||"Ab Tere Bin"||Aashiqui||Nadeem-Shravan||Sameer|
|1992||"Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai"||Saajan|
|1993||"Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar"||Deewana|
|1994||"Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen"||Baazigar||Anu Malik||Dev Kohli|
|1995||"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha"||1942: A Love Story||R.D. Burman||Javed Akhtar|
|1994||"Baazigar O Baazigar"||Baazigar|
|1995||"Kuch Na Kaho"||1942: A Love Story|
|1996||"Tujhe Dekha To"||Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge|
|1996||"Tu Mile Dil Khile"||Criminal|
|1998||"Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain"||Pardes|
|1999||"Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai"||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai|
|2000||"Aankhon Ki Gusthakiyaan"||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam|
|2003||"Sanam Mere Humraaz"||Humraaz|
|2004||"Kisise Tum Pyar Karo"||Andaaz|
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