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Kumar Sanu

 Kumar Sanu performs at the Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.

Kumar Sanu is one of the most popular playback singers of Bollywood. He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day, which are 28. He was born on 23rd September, 1957 and was named Kedernath Bhattacharjee. His father, Pashupati Bhattacharjee was a renowned classical singer and composer who noticed his son's talent at a very young age. When he was still very young, his father trained him to sing classical music and play the tabla. Given here is a small biography which captures the life history of Kumar Sanu.

Kumar Sanu graduated in commerce from Calcutta University and then started giving public performances at small shows and restaurants in Calcutta itself. His style of singing was greatly influenced by the legendary Kishore Kumar. He badly wanted to become a playback singer but the competition in the Indian film is more than just fierce; it is ruthless. It took several years and a lot of struggle before Kumar Sanu was noticed by the great Jagjit Singh. He offered Kumar Sanu a chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan.

Kumar Sanu came to Bombay when Kalyanji - Anandji offered him to sing for the movie "Jadugar". He was then asked to adopt a different name that was much more acceptable due to caste/region preferences. Thus, he started to work under the name Kumar Sanu instead of Kedernath Bhattacharjee. This gave him a wider appeal with the masses and he did not remain restricted to the Bengali mass. His real achievement however, came in the year 1990 with the movie "Aashiqui".

Kumar Sanu modeled his singing style after famous bollywood singer, Kishore Kumar for making a career as a playback singer in bollywood industry. And his first breakthrough came in the year1990 in the form of movie, Aashiqui. He got overnight success after singing the title track of Aashiqui.

He sung total 6 songs for the movie including Saanson ki jaroorat hai jaise, Ab tere bin, Tu meri zindagi hai, Dheere dheere se, Nazar ke saamne and Jaanejigar jaaneman. From that time onwards, he won five consecutive Best Male Playback Filmfare Awards for his superhit songs in Saajan, Deewana etc.

He also appeared as a actor in a Bengali film when his singing career went into decline in late 1990. But once again he hit back with his romantic voice in the movie, Andaaz starring Akshay Kumar .The talented music directors Nadeem - Shravan gave him all but one song of the movie Aashiqui. Kumar Sanu proved himself with this opportunity and the songs took the entire nation by rage. Everyone hummed the songs that were touted as that year's biggest hits. Kumar Sanu became a star and also won his first Filmfare award as the Best Male Playback singer. He began recording for many more films and achieved much success with more and more hits. Some movies that are worth the mention are Saajan, Deewana, Baazigar, and 1942: A Love Story.

He won five Filmfare awards for five consecutive years and by the end of 1990, he had sung for hundreds of films in different languages. However, during the prime of his career, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was under medication after which he sang chosen songs. He cut down on singing and branched out, giving public performances and also acting in Bengali and Hindi serials. Some of his popular songs are given below.

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