(alias Kedarnath Bhattacharya
(কেদারনাথ ভট্টাচার্য), born September 23
) is a leading playback singer of Bollywood
Kumar Sanu's father Pashupati Bhattacharjee was an accomplished classical vocalist and composer. He trained Sanu as a singer and tabla player. After getting a degree in commerce from Calcutta University
, Sanu began performing publicly in 1979, singing at shows and restaurants around Calcutta. He modeled his singing style after famous Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar
In 1987, music director and singer Jagjit Singh
offered Sanu the chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan
. Sanu then relocated to Mumbai
, where Kalyanji-Anandji
gave him chance to sing in the film Jaadugar
. Kalyanji-Anandji suggested that he change his name from Kedar Bhattacharya to Kumar Sanu because of the prevalent caste/region-based favoritism in Bollywood and to give him wider appeal outside of a strictly Bengali audience
Sanu's breakthrough came in 1990, in form of the film Aashiqui
. The music directors Nadeem-Shravan
got Sanu to sing all but one of the songs. Sanu gained overnight success. The hit songs from Aashiqui included Sanson ki zaroorat hai jaise
, Tu meri zindagi hain
, Nazar ke saamne
, Jaane jigar jaaneman
, Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum
and Dheere, dheere se meri zindagi mein aana
. 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
(1993), and 1942: A Love Story
Sanu became a favorite with Nadeem-Shravan. He rendered many hit songs in movies like Sadak (Tumhe apna bana ne ki kasam khayi hai), Deewana (title song), Baazigar (title song, Kali kali ankhen), Saajan (Mera dil bhi kitna pagal hai), Pardes (Meri Mehbooba, Do dil mil rahe hain), and others.
In a career spanning two decades he has sung with many great music composers to name R.D. Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Naushad besides Kalyanji Anandji. He broke a Guinness World Record by singing 28 songs in a single day in 1993.
His most recent hit songs include Humraaz, Yeh Dil Aapka Huwa (Pakistan), Karz, Dil Ka Rishta, Indian Babu, Ishq Vishk, Andaaz, Qayamat, Hungama and Footpath. He has also turned his trade at making music for Indian films and also recently as a producer for a new Bollywood film, Utthaan.
Currently, he is in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Pariwaar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana, (family of singers) he shares judging duties with fellow playback singer and multiple Filmfare Award winner Udit Narayan and Jatin Pandit of the famous music duo Jatin-Lalit. At the same time, he is one of the judges with Bollywood music composer Shantanu Moitra and veteran playback singer Usha Mangeshkar on Zee Bangla TV in a music reality show called Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - Vishwa Sera.
Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Best Male Playback Award