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Alka Yagnik ( ) (born March 20, 1966 in Kolkatamarker, West Bengalmarker, Indiamarker) is an Indianmarker singer and seven-time winner of the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. She has done playback singing for over 500 Indian films, and is ranked among the best-known Hindi playback singers of all-time.

Early life and background

Alka Yagnik was born in Kolkatamarker to a Gujarati family. Her mother Shubha Yagnik was a singer of Indian classical music. At the age of 6, she started singing for Calcutta Radio. At age 10, her mother brought her to Bombaymarker as a child singer. She was advised to wait till her voice matured but her mother remained determined and on a subsequent visit, Alka got a letter of introduction to Raj Kapoor from his Kolkata distributor. Raj heard the girl and sent her with a letter to noted music director Laxmikant. Impressed, Laxmikant gave her two alternatives - an immediate start as a dubbing artist, or a later break as a singer; they settled for the latter.

Career

Alka Yagnik is classically trained and has been one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood since the late 1980's. She began singing bhajans for Calcuttamarker Radio at the age of six. Her first song was for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar in (1979), followed by Laawaris (1981) with the hit song "Mere Angene Mein", followed by the film Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). She got her big break with the song "Ek Do Teen" from the film Tezaab (1988). The song turned her into a star overnight and went on to become a pop hit, also winning her a Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was also a career maker for her, as she along with Udit Narayan became household names.

She has sung in many languages other than Hindi, including Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Nepali, Rajasthani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. In addition, she has been the number one choice for film songs due to the versatility of her voice, in which more film heroines have requested her voice be dubbed over their performance. She has worked with many other Indian composers such as, Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, A R Rahman, Anand-Milind, Viju Shah, Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, and others. Additionally, she is the personal favorite of composers Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Rakesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan, and Jatin-Lalit, for whom she is the first choice for their compositions [2].

She shares the title with Asha Bhonsle for the most number of Filmfare Awards won (7) by a single female playback singer. Alka has also been the judge of various Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge shows, and Star Voice of India, both singing competition shows, in which children or adults of various age groups compete with one another to win the award for best vocals. In addition to this, her song "Chamma Chamma" from China Gate was featured in the song "Hindi Sad Diamonds" from the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge!.

Awards

Alka Yagnik has received numerous awards, and nominations in her singing career, apart from the awards listed below. She received the Filmfare award for Best Female Playback for three consecutive years from 1999–2001.

Filmfare Awards

  • 1988 - Best Female Playback for "Ek Do Teen" for the film Tezaab
  • 1993 - Best Female Playback for "Choli Ke Peeche" for the film Khalnayak (shared with Ila Arun)
  • 1997 - Best Female Playback for "Zara Tasveer Se Tu" for the film Pardes
  • 1999 - Best Female Playback for "Taal Se Taal" for the film Taal
  • 2000 - Best Female Playback for "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Dil Se" for the film Dhadkan
  • 2001 - Best Female Playback for "O Re Chhori" for the film Lagaan
  • 2004 - Best Female Playback for "Hum Tum" for the film Hum Tum


National Film Awards



Bollywood Movie Awards

  • 1999 - Best Female Playback for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2001 - Best Female Playback for "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
  • 2002 - Best Female Playback for "San San sana" - Ashoka
  • 2007 - Best Female Playback for "Tumhi Dekho Naa" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna


Zee Cine Awards

  • 1999 - Best Female Playback for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2001 - Best Female Playback for "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
  • 2007 - Best Female Playback for "Tumhi Dekho Naa" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna


Star Screen Awards



International Indian Film Academy

  • 2000 - Artistic Excellence Female Playback Singer Award for "Taal Se Taal Mila" - Taal
  • 2001 - Popular award for "Kaho Naa Pyar Hai" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai


Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards

  • 1989 - "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak"


Sansui Awards

  • 2003 - "Tere Naam"- Tere Naam


MTV Awards

  • 2001 - MTV Asia Viewers Choice Award for "Jaane Kyon"- Dil Chaata Hai


Nominations

Filmfare

  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Laawaris(1981) for the song "Mere Angne mein"


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Baazigar (1993) for the song "Baazigar O Baazigar".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997) for the song "Mere khwaabon mein tu".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Refugee (2000) for "Panchhi Nadiya".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Asoka (2001) for the song "San Sanana".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Dil Chahta Hai (2001) for the song "Jaane Kyon".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) for the song "O Re Chhori".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Raaz (2002) for the song "Aapke Pyar Mein".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Humraaz (2002) for the song "Sanam Mere Humraaz".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Tere Naam (2003) for the song "Odhni odhke".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Chalte Chalte (2003) for the song "Tauba tumhare".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Swades: We, the People (2004) for "Saanwariya".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) for "Lal Dupatta".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) for the song "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna".


  • Best Playback Singer - Female for: Yuvvraaj (2008) for the song "Tu Muskura".


BBC World Music Awards



Selected Filmography



References

  1. Alka Yagnik slams rumours about her divorce . November 10 2006. MSN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2007
  2. http://www.gomolo.in/Awards/Awards.aspx?AwardCode=7&YearCode=1989


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