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Kedarnath Bhattacharya, popularly known as Kumar Sanu, is an Indian playback singer and Padma Shri award winner (India’s fourth-highest civilian honour). He also holds the Guinness World record for recording the most number of songs (28) in a day. From singing in restaurants in 1979 to dominating the Bollywood music industry, especially in the 1990s and 2000s, he has come a long way in a short time.
Kumar Sanu’s playback career started with a Bangladeshi film (Tin Kanya) in 1986. A year later, the famous ghazal singer Jagjit Singh asked him to sing for the movie Aandhiyan, which was released in 1990. Sanu sang for for Kalyanji-Anandji in the movie Jaadugar (1989), and recorded many hits in the 90s, such as Dheere Dheere Pyar Ko (Phool Aur Kaante) and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (Title Track) in 1991, Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (Title Track) in 1992, Ghoonghat Ki Aadh Se (Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke) and Yeh Waqt Hamara Hai (Waqt Hamara Hai) in 1993. Sanu’s career was at a peak when he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer 5 years in a row for Ab Tere Bin (Aashiqui) in 1990, Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai (Saajan) in 1991, Sochenge Tumhe Pyar (Deewana) in 1992, Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen (Baazigar) in 1993 and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (1942: A Love Story) in 1994. From that point on, Kumar found a spot on the playlist of almost every Indian music lover. He produced several other evergreen hits in the 90s, including Kitna Haseen Chehra (Dilwale) in 1994, Humko Sirf Tumse (Barsaat) in 1995, Pucho Zara Pucho (Raja Hindustani) in 1996 and the immensely popular and still being played song Meri Mehbooba (Pardes) in 1997. After a decade of successful hits, even with the arrival of new talent like Sonu Nigam and Abhijeet, Kumar Sanu continued to dominate the Bollywood music industry in the early 2000s. Some of his evergreen songs include such as Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain Dil Se (Dhadkan) in 2000, Yeh Dil Aashiqana (Title Track) in 2002, Kitna Pagal Dil Hai (Andaaz) in 2003, Taarzan (Taarzan: The Wonder Car) in 2004. In 2014, the Government of West Bengal honoured Kumar Sanu with a Lifetime Achievement Award.