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Kumar Sanu

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. Kumar Sanu was born Kedernath Bhattacharjee 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. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1942 A Love Story

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Track List: 1942 A Love Story / Bombay

1. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha

2. Pyar Hua Chupke Se

3. Kuchh Na Kaho

5. Rooth Na Jana

6. Kehna Hi Kya

7. Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum

10. Tu Hi Re

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Track List: Duplicate

1. Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam

4. Instrumental

5. Tum Nahin Jana

7. Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai

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Track List: History Of Indian Film Music

Disc 1

4. Piya Milan Ko Jana [From Kapal Kundala]

14. Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De [From Pehli Nazar]

17. Aayega Aanewala [From Mahal]

19. Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya [From Do Bhai]

20. Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon [From Dard]

22. Jiya Beqarar Hai [From Barsaat]

Disc 2

5. Mera Qarar Leja [From Ashiana]

6. Babuji Dheere Chalna [From Aar Paar]

7. Jayen To Jayen Kahan [From Taxi Driver]

8. Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Rahi [From Munimji]

11. Sur Na Saje [From Basant Bahar]

14. Ankhon Mein Kya Ji? [From Nau Do Gyarah]

15. Jane Kya Tune Kahi [From Pyaasa]

16. Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka [From Chalti Ka Nam Gaadi]

19. Jalte Hain Jiske Liye [From Sujata]

Disc 3

1. Awara Hoon [From Awaara]

3. Yeh Raat Yeh Chand [From Jaal]

4. Jaag Dard-E-Ishq Jaag [From Anarkali]

5. Man Dole Mera Tan Dole [From Nagin]

10. Nagari Nagari Dware Dware [From Mother India]

13. Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahin [From Paying Guest]

14. Sari Sari Raat Teri Yaad Sataye [From Aji Bas Shukriya]

15. Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu [From Howrah Bridge]

17. Piya Piya Na Lage Mora Jiya [From Phagun]

18. Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam [From Kaagaz Ke Phool]

Disc 4

1. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya [From Mughal-E-Azam]

4. Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra [From Chhote Nawab]

8. Tujhko Mera Pyar Pukare [From Gumrah]

13. Jhoomka Gira Re [From Mera Saaya]

15. Mere Samnewali Khidki Mein [From Padosan]

Disc 5

1. Mera Naam Raju [From Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai]

7. Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha [From Anpadh]

8. O Jogi Jab Se Tu Aaya Mere Dwar [From Bandini]

10. Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil [From Bees Saal Baad]

12. Chand Si Mehbooba Ho Meri [From Himalay Ki God Mein]

16. Kasmen Wade Pyar Wafa [From Upkar]

17. Bindiya Chamke Gi [From Do Raaste]

18. Roop Tera Mastana [From Aradhana]

Disc 6

1. Achha To Hum Chalte Hain [From Aan Milo Sajna]

2. Maine Tere Liye [From Anand]

3. Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan [From Mera Naam Joker]

4. Chingari Koi Bhadke [From Amar Prem]

5. Inhin Logon Ne [From Pakeezah]

6. Bahon Mein Chale Aao [From Anamika]

7. Chabi Kho Jaye [From Bobby]

9. Haye Haye Yeh Majboori [From Roti Kapada Aur Makaan]

14. Khaike Paan Banaras Wala [From Don]

Disc 7

1. Pyar Diwana Hota Hai [From Kati Patang]

3. Musafir Hoon Yaro [From Parichay]

6. Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka [From Abhimaan]

8. Yari Hai Imaan Mera [From Zanjeer]

9. Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya [From Aandhi]

11. Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon [From Mehbooba]

14. O Saathi Re [From Muqaddar Ka Sikandar]

Disc 8

4. Dil Cheez Kya Hai [From Umrao Jaan]

12. Mera Kuchh Samaan [From Ijaazat]

Disc 9

1. Jooma Chumma De De [From Hum]

5. Pehla Nasha [From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar]

9. Tujhe Dekha To [From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge]

11. Dil To Pagal Hai [From Dil To Pagal Hai]

13. Hum Yahan [From Zakhm]

14. Pyar Ko Ho Jane Do [From Dushman]

Disc 10

8. Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye [From Kalyug]

9. Bheegey Hont [From Murder]

11. Maula Mere Maula [From Anwar]

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Track List: Rough Guide To Psychedelic Bollywood

Disc 1

2. Cabaret Dance Music (Instrumental)

3. Mera Naam Hai Shabnam

6. Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana

12. Dance Music (Instrumental)

15. Jaan Pehechaan Ho

Disc 2

2. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha

4. Chand Mera Dil

9. Sar Jo Tera Chakraye

12. Dum Maro Dum

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Track List: Tamanna - Hits Of 1996

2. Sabke Jage Huye ++++

4. Ye Aaina Jo Tumhen

5. Sabke Jage Huye ////

7. Aaj Kal Meri

8. Main Kamjor Aurat

9. Mere Khwabon Mein

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He is very good singer
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He is the best singer
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I lov kumar sanu songs!!! Growing that's was the songs back then !
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ash.thakur
He cant replace Kishore Kumar - but he is the closest - not counting Sonu Nigam!

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