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Female singer Alka Yagnik from India, famous due to bollywood

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Alka Yagnik (Hindi: अलका याज्ञिक or अलका याज्ञनिक) (born March 20, 1966 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India) is an Indian singer who is ranked among the best-known Hindi playback singers of all time. She is a seven-time winner of the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award and has done playback singing for over 700 Indian films.


Early life and background

Alka Yagnik was born in Kolkata on March 20, 1966 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 Bombay 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 1980s. She began singing bhajans for Calcutta 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, Manipuri, Nepali, Rajasthani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. She has worked with many other Indian composers, such as Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit, Anu Malik, A. R. Rahman, Anand-Milind, Himesh Reshammiya and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. She has sung in many notable albums such as "Tum Yaad Aaye", as well as "Tum Aaye" and "Shairana" in which she worked in close collaboration with award-winning lyricist Javed Akhtar and noted singer Hariharan. She has also rendered the Hanuman Chalisa and various devotional songs.

Alka shares the title with Asha Bhosle for the greatest 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 Won

Alka Yagnik has received numerous awards and nominations in her singing career, in addition to the awards listed below. She received the Filmfare award for Best Female Playback for three consecutive years from 2000-2002.

Filmfare Awards

* 1989 - Best Female Playback for "Ek Do Teen" for the film Tezaab
* 1994 - Best Female Playback for "Choli Ke Peeche" for the film Khalnayak (shared with Ila Arun)
* 1998 - Best Female Playback for "Meri Mehbooba" for the film Pardes
* 2000 - Best Female Playback for "Taal Se Taal" for the film Taal
* 2001 - Best Female Playback for "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se" for the film Dhadkan
* 2002 - Best Female Playback for "O Re Chhori" for the film Lagaan
* 2005 - Best Female Playback for "Hum Tum" for the film Hum Tum


National Film Awards

* 1994 - Silver Lotus Award for "Ghoongat Ki Aad Se" for the film Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
* 1999 - Silver Lotus Award for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" for the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai


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


Global Indian Film Awards

* 2007 - Best Female Playback for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" - 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

* 1995 - Best Female Playback for "Dil Ne Dil Se" from Haqeeqat
* 2001 - Best Female Playback for "Panchi Nadiyan" from Refugee
* 2005 - Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Music since 25 years

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
* 2007 - Hero Honda Voice of All Generations

Apsara Award

* 2004 - Best Female Playback for "Oodhni " - Tere Naam

Sahyog Foundation

* Kala Shiromani Award

Sangam Kala Group- Music Awards 2007

* Best Playback Singer for 2007

Sansui Awards

* 1998 - Viewer's Choice Award- "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai"- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
* 2003 - "Oodhni"- Tere Naam


MTV Awards

* 2001 - MTV Asia Viewers Choice Award for "Jaane Kyon"- Dil Chahta Hai


Sony Entertainment Asia

* 2011- Pearls Wave Voice of India Honor


Nominations

Filmfare

* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Laawaris (1981) for the song "Mere Angne Mein"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Saajan (1991) for the song "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Deewana (1992) for the song "Aisi Deewangi"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Baazigar (1993) for the song "Baazigar O Baazigar"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Vijaypath (1995) for the song "Raah Mein Unse"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Akele Hum Akele Tum (1996) for the song "Raja Ko Rani Se"
* 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: 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 "Oodhni"
* 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"


International Indian Film Academy Awards

* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2007) for the song "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Aitraaz (2005) for the song "Ankhe Bandh Karke"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2002) for the song "Suraj Hua Madham"


Star Screen Awards

* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Tere Naam (2004) for the song "Oodhni"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Asoka (2002) for the song "San Sanana"


Zee Cine Awards

* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Tere Naam (2004) for the song "Oodhni"
* Best Playback Singer - Female for: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2002) for the song "Suraj Hua Madham"


BBC World Music Awards

* 2003 - BBC World Music Award - Asia Pacific.

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