Born: March 20, 1966
Age : 48
Birthplace : Kolkata, India
Bio – Alka Yagnik is a popular Indian playback singer who has been singing for around three decades. She hails from Calcutta and was born in the year 1966. Her mother is also a noted classical music singer. She did her schooling from Modern High School for Girls. At the age of 6, she got the chance to sing in All India Radio, while when turned 10, she headed to Bombay to train in singing. However, while admitting her to the singing school, she was asked to wait till her voice matures though her mother wasn’t convinced and somehow used her connections to find the right break for her daughter. Laxmikant the noted music director was very much impressed with her and he gave her two options either to join as a dubbing actress or later try singing for the opportunity he will provide. She eventually settled on the latter option.
As far as her career is concerned, she is classically trained singer, who started her singing career with Bhagans in AIR in Calcutta when she was barely 6 years old. However, she got her first break from the Payar Ki Jhankar released in 1980 then followed by a number of other movies including Lawaris wherein she did the playback singing for Mere Angane Mein and then Hamari Bahu Alka. However, she got her big break with the song Ek Do Teen from the movie called Tezaab n 1988, for which she even received her Best Female Singer from Filmfare. She sings in many Indian languages particularly Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Malyalam, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, English, to a new few.
She has worked with a number of composers and music directors starting with Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Nadeem-Shravan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, A. R. Rahman, Himesh Reshammiya, Anand-Milind, Ismail Darbar, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Viju Shah, Aadesh Shrivastava, M. M. Keeravani, Bappi Lahiri, Sajid-Wajid, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sandesh Shandilya, etc. If you look at her career, spreading into three decades, she has sung mostly the duet songs with most of them with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan along with singers like Sonu Nigar, Shaan, Vinod Rathod and Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Besides, she has embarked with a number of albums including Tum Yaad Aaye, Tume Aaye and Shairana wherein she has worked with singer Hariharan and lyricist Javed Akhtar. Some of her exceptional popular songs include Taal Se Taal Mila and Choli Ke Peeche, which were voted as the songs of the century.
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