27 February 2015Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Kedarnath Bhattacharya, popularly known as Kumar Sanu is an Indian playback singer and holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs in a day, which are 28. Born as Kedarnath Bhattacharya in Kolkata, West Bengal and popularly known as Kumar Sanu, he graduated in commerce from Calcutta University. He started singing in 1979at shows and restaurants around Calcutta. Kumar Sanu began his playback singing career in the year 1986 with a Bangladeshi film Tin Kanya. In 1987, he sang for the Hindi film Aandhiyan. Kumar Sanu received a singing opportunity by Kalyanji-Anandji in the film Jaadugar (1989). He got a big break in the Bollywood Blockbuster film Aashiqui (1990), where music directors Nadeem-Shravan gave him the opportunity to sing all the songs of the film. He is has been the recipient of Guinness Book world record for recording the highest number of songs in a day, which are 28. He has also been awarded the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years. In the year 2009, the Government of India awarded him with the most prestigious Padma Shri, for his achievements. He also ventured into films as producer with the film, Utthaan (2006) and his future project include working with producer, Rakesh Bhatia, in the upcoming film, Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai. Kumar Sanu was born to vocalist and composer Pashupati Bhattacharya as Kedarnath Bhattacharya. He was trained in singing and playing the table. After graduating from Calcutta University with a degree in commerce, he began performing in and around Kolkata in 1979. In 1986, he started out as a playback singer for a Bangladeshi film. The following year, Jagjit Singh gave him his Bollywood break with a song in Aandhiyan (1990), which released later than expected. Soon after, he shifted to Mumbai and sang for the movie Jaadugar (1989), which turned out to be his first album in Bollywood. He went on to work with many reputed composers like Naushad, Ravindra Jain, Pt. R K Razdan, Kalyanji Anandji, Usha Khanna, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Nadeem Shravan, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit and others. Kumar Sanu sang all but one song for the blockbuster Aashiqui (1990). This earned him a Filmfare Award and was followed by four more over the next four years for the films - Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Baazigar (1993) and 1942: A Love Story (1994). He also created a Guinness world record by recording 28 songs in one day. Some of his memorable numbers were for films like Sadak (1991), Pardes (1997), Virasat (1997), Duplicate (1998), Pyaar To Hona hi Tha (1998) and many more. Over his career of over thirty years, he worked with noted people like R.D. Burman, Anup Jalota, Anand Raj Anand, M.M Keeravani and A.R. rahman to name a few. Apart from playback singing, he has also composed music and has individual albums and has been a judge on reality shows. In 2004, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party but quit soon after to concentrate on singing. He re-joined the party in 2014. He replaced Lata Mangeshkar as the background voice of the Yash Raj Films’ logo for Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), for which he also sang a couple of songs and did a cameo. He is married to Saloni Sanu and they have three kids - Shannon, Anna and Kumar. Shannon has released her first album and is only thirteen years old.