Kumar Sanu

Kedarnath Bhattacharya (born 23 September 1957), better known as Kumar Sanu, is a leading Indian singer. He is noted for his contributions as a playback singer in the Bollywood. He was awarded the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years. In 2009, the Government of India awarded him Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition of his achievements.

Sanu started his playback career in 1986 with a Bangladeshi film Tin Kanya, which was directed by Shibli Sadiq.

In 1987, music director and singer Jagjit Singh offered Sanu the chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan. Sanu then relocated toMumbai, where Kalyanji-Anandji gave him chance to sing in the film Jaadugar.

Sanu went on to work with composers including Naushad, Ravindra Jain, Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Pt.R K Razdan, Kalyanji Anandji, and Usha Khanna.

For the 1990 film Aashiqui, music directors Nadeem-Shravan got Sanu to sing all but one of the songs. 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 (1991), Deewana (1992),  Baazigar (1993), and 1942: A Love Story (1994). His first hindhi song was”Tere hum,hum o sanam”.


  • 2009: Padma Shri: India’s 4th highest civilian honour given by the Government of India.

Filmfare Awards


Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
1991 “Ab Tere Bin” Aashiqui Nadeem-Shravan Sameer
1992 “Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai” Saajan Nadeem-Shravan Sameer
1993 “Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar” Deewana Nadeem-Shravan Sameer
1994 “Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen” Baazigar Anu Malik Dev Kohli
1995 “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha” 1942: A Love Story R.D. Burman Javed Akhtar

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Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.

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