Early Life of Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik was born on 20th March 1966 in Kolkata. Her parents were both enriched in classical music. At the tender age of six she started singing in public- she had started her career by singing Bhajans for Calcutta Radio. Her mother Shubha Yagnik was a Classical singer as well. When she was just ten, Alka moved with her mother to Mumbai to try her luck as a child singer in films. She was introduced to Raj Kapoor. Impressed with her voice Kapoor referred her to the celebrated music director Laxmikant. Laxmikant was so moved by her voice that he gave her two alternatives to choose from- 'an immediate start as a dubbing artist, or a break later as a full - fledged singer'. Yagnik settled for the second option.
Career of Alka Yagnik
Her big break was in the movie Payal Ki Jhankaar released in 1979. Later she sang the song Mere Angene Mein, from the film Laawaris (1981) and Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). With the song Ek Do Teen from the film Tezaab, released in 1988, she got her first big break. The song became a hit and she became a star overnight.
Popular Songs of Alka Yagnik
Some famous songs sung by Alka Yagnik are-
Besides these Alka Yagnik has sung numerous songs that have topped the charts over the years.
Awards for Alka Yagnik
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.
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
1989 - for "Ek Do Teen" for the film Tezaab
1994 - for "Choli Ke Peeche" for the film Khalnayak (shared with Ila Arun)
1998 - for "Zara Tasweer Se Tu" for the film Pardes
2000 - for "Taal Se Taal" for the film Taal
2001 - for "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se" for the film Dhadkan
2002 - for "O Re Chhori" for the film Lagaan
2005 - for "Hum Tum" for the film Hum Tum
Global Indian Film Awards
2007 - for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Zee Cine Awards
1999 - for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2001 - for "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai" - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
2007 - for "Tumhi Dekho Naa" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Star Screen Awards
1995 - for "Dil Ne Dil Se" from Haqeeqat
2001 - for "Panchi Nadiyan" from Refugee
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
2001 - MTV Asia Viewers Choice Award for "Jaane Kyon"- Dil Chahta Hai