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Alka Yagnik is a renowned vocalist and the 5th most prolific playback singer in India. She is the recipient of numerous awards including 7 Filmfare Awards (a record she shares with Asha Bhosle) and 2 National Awards for her contribution to Hindi Music industry. In a career spanning 3 decades, Alka Yagnik has sung more than 2,400 Hindi songs. The enormity of her success is reflected in the fact that 20 of her songs featured in BBC's list of "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of All Time".
Alka Yagnik began her career with the song Thirkat Ang for the movie Payal in Jhankaar in 1980. Her big break came 8 years later with the song Ek Do Teen Char from the blockbuster movie Tezaab (1988). She received her first Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Female for this song. Soon after, offers started pouring from all corners and she became the most prominent voice of Bollywood heroines in the 90s. Her next major success was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). She lent her magical voice to the endlessly playable songs Gazab Ka Hai Din and Akele Hain To Kya Gam Hai. In the early 90s, she sang many a memorable song including Dheere Dheere Pyar Ko (Phool Aur Kaante, 1991), Dekha Hai Pehli Baar (Saajan, 1991), Aisi Deewangi (Deewana, 1992), Wada Raha Sanam (Khiladi, 1992) and Yunhi Kat Jaayega (Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, 1993). She won her first National Award for Ghoonghat Ki Aadh Se from Hum Hain Raahi Pyar Ke. She soon won her second Filmfare award for the trailblazer song Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai from Khal Nayak in 1993. Close to the heels of Khal Nayak, came another mega hit Baazigar (1993) with the songs Baazigar O Baazigar and Ae Mere Humsafar which became extremely popular. In Karan Arjun (1995), the fun track Gup Chup Gup Chup and the sensual Jaati Hoon Mein brought variety to her work. The very next year Raja Hindustani (1996) was released that afforded Alka the opportunity to sing lush harmonies like Pardesi Pardesi, Pucho Zara Pucho and Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein. Alka Yagnik’s won her third Filmfare Award for the movie Pardes (1997), which included songs like Meri Mehbooba and Nahin Hona Tha. In 1998, her songs Chamma Chamma Baaje Re from the movie China - Gate became so popular that it was featured in the soundtrack of the major Hollywood production Moulin Rouge!. The musical tour de force Taal was released in 1999. Alka sang 3 of its most enduring songs - Taal Se Taal, Ramta Jogi and Kariye Na. Shortly thereafter, she sang Ladki Badi Anjani Hai and Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana for another major hit, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Alka Yagnik started the new millennium with another Filmfare Award for the movie Dhadkan (2000) in which she sang Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain Dil Se and Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein. In the much anticipated movie of the year Refugee (2000), she sang the melodious Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jhonke. Karan Johar again roped her for his multistarrer mega movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), which superhit songs like Suraj Hua Maddham, Bole Chudiyan, Deewana Hai Dekho and You Are My Soniya. Her next soundtrack from Lagaan (2001) included the songs Mitwa, O Rey Chhori and Ghanan Ghanan, and fetched another Filmfare Award for her. She won her seventh Filmfare Award for her contribution to the movie Hum Tum (2004), which included songs like Ladki Kyon Na Jane Kyon and the peppy title track. Her last mega success was the song Ringa Ringa for the Academy Award winning movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Alka continues to sing for movies, albums and devotional songs. Some of her well known contributions from recent years include Hare Kanch Ki Chuddiyan from Milenge Milenge (2010), Hawa Ne Ye Paigham from the album Rang (New) in 2012, Manzilein from Life Is Beautiful! (2014), Agar Tum Saath Ho from Tamasha (2015) and Kudiyan Shehar Diyan from Poster Boys (2017). Aside from this, Alka Yagnik has served as a judge on two singing competition shows, Star Voice of India (2007) and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs (2006 and 2009).