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Indian playback singer
Born: October 20, 1957 (age 64 years), Kolkata, India
Spouse: Saloni Sanu
Parents: Pashupati Bhattacharya
Children: Jaan Kumar Sanu, Shannon K, Anna
BIRTHDAY20 October,1957 (Sunday)
BIRTH PLACEKolkata, West Bengal
AGE (in 2021)64 Years Old
HEIGHTin centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.8 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
WEIGHTin Kilograms- 86 kg
in Pounds- 189.6 lbs
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Kumar Sanu’s father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, was a vocalist and composer. His father’s village was in Hasara of Srinagar Upozila in Bikrampur (Now Munshiganj district), East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh).
The two and Sanu’s elder sister lived in the Sinthee area of Calcutta (now Kolkata) near Biswanath Park.
His family is a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Hence, his family gave him the name “Kedarnath” (another name of Lord Shiva).
Since his childhood, he was interested in music. He would sing while playing the tabla and his friends used to make bongo of milk cans. He called it, “Gareebon Ka Orchestra” (Orchestra of the poor).
His older brother and sister were a part of an orchestra and Kumar later joined them as a rhythm player.
Like him, his father was also a good singer. He would often listen to his father singing in the night. Talking about how he got interested in music, he says that initially, he was never interested in music. He adds,
He had a school and every year during Saraswati Puja, all the children would sing. Towards the end of the function, we would insist our father to sing and that’s what impacted me in a big way.
Every night when my father sang at home, there was a small mike that he would sing into and the entire mohalla would hear him sing.”
He began performing publicly in 1979, he used to sing in shows and restaurants. His first job was at Hotel Vineet in Kolkata. His first salary was Rs. 4000. Recalling those days, he says that a Samosa used to cost Rs. 180 at the place where he worked.
He borrowed Rs. 1100 from his elder brother and came to Mumbai in 1986, with a dream to become a singer. In Mumbai, he stayed in Vashi with a few friends.
While in Mumbai, he gave audition at Aradhana guest house in Chembur. He sang in front of a huge audience, the first song he sang was “Mere Naina Saawan Bhaado” and got a tip of Rs. 9000.
For his second song, he got a tip of Rs. 5oo0. After that, he was immediately selected for the job. Kumar worked there for a year.
Later, he started making his living in Mumbai by recording a series of Kishore Kumar‘s song for the pop labels.
When he was recording Kishore Kumar’s songs, he happened to meet Jagjit Singh by chance, who was recording his Ghazals in the same studio. Jagjit Singh insisted on meeting Kumar and asked him to sing a song. He sang “Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein” by Kishore Kumar.
He gave him a song on paper and asked him to learn it. Kumar learned the song in just 5 minutes and recorded it in only 15-20 minutes. Jagjit Singh hugged him and gave him Rs. 1500.
Jagjit Singh gave him his first record titled ‘Karke Sagaai, Ab Karne Chale Ladaai’ for a movie called “Aandhiyan.” Unfortunately, the song never got released. Later, Jagjit Singh took him to Kalyanji-Anandji, who gave him his first break.
On the suggestion of Kalyanji-Anandji, he changed his name to ‘Kumar Sanu.’ They suggested this name because they believed that the fact that he was a Bengali would turn out to be a backlash for his career.
His name ‘Kumar’ came from Kishore Kumar’s ‘Kumar’ and ‘Sanu’ was his pet name.
Initially, his name ‘Sanu’ was written as ‘Shanu.’ He later amended it.
He holds the Guinness World Record for recording 28 songs in a day.
He sang the song ‘Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai’ in about 20 minutes.
He never worked with A. R. Rahman. The reason was that he never liked his way of recording in the night.
When asked about, which actor suits his voice the most, he replied, “Shah Rukh Khan.”
He likes football. His favourite team is Brazil. He even named his son ‘Jico’ after the Brazillian Footballer ‘Jico.’
In 2004, he joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but resigned later. He joined the BJP again in 2014.
He has opened a school for the underprivileged children called “Kumar Sanu Vidya Niketan” in New Delhi.
Kumar has produced a movie titled “Utthaan” in 2006.
He has made special appearances in the film Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) and Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).