We wish Alka Yagnik, a very Happy Birthday!
On this day in music Alka Yagnik was born! She is a popular playback singer of Hindi cinema with a career spanning of 3 whole decades.
Alka Yagnik was born in Kolkata on the 20th of March 1966. Her mother Shubha Yagnik was a singer of Indian classical music. She received her school education from Modern High School for Girls. In 1972 at the age of 6, she started singing for Akashvani (All India Radio), Calcutta. At the tender age of 10, her mother brought her to Mumbai as a child singer. She was advised to wait until her voice matured, but her mother remained determined.
On a subsequent visit, Alka got a letter of introduction to Raj Kapoor from his Kolkata distributor. Kapoor heard the girl and sent her with a letter to noted music director Laxmikant. Impressed, Laxmikant gave her two alternatives either an immediate start as a dubbing artist or a later break as a singer; she obviously did choose the latter.
Profession wise, she is a record seven-time winner from a record of 35 nominations of the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a two-time recipient of the National Film Award as well as several other music awards!
In 2012, she along with Sonu Nigam sang a song 'Shiksha Ka Suraj' as part of National Literacy Mission of India for which she was felicitated by ‘Union Minister for Human Resource Development’ Kapil Sibal. Further in 2012, on occasion of 100 years of Hindi Cinema, her song "Taal Se Taal Mila" from the movie Taal was voted as the best song of the century in a poll conducted by DesiMartini, Hindustan Times and Fever 104. Also her song "Choli Ke Peeche" from the movie Khalnayak was voted as the hottest song of the century in a poll conducted by Sanona.
Apart from her profession, she has also been involved in various projects pertaining to empowerment of the girl child!
Here are the 5 top songs by Alka Yagnik!
• Dheere Dheere
• Humne Suna Hai
• Pyar Hone Laga Hai
• Ek Do Teen
• Tere Naam