His father Shri Pashupati Bhattacharjee was prominent classical singer who, after a long career, found his place in Bollywood movies – setting the tone for his son’s career to follow.
Walking in his father’s footsteps, Kumar Sanu inevitably went on to sing for Bollywood films, eventually outshining the achievements of his predecessor. Sanu made his own way, winning an unprecedented collection of awards including the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer in 1990, ‘91,’92, ‘93 and ’94 – a consecutive record that still stands in the Bollywood industry to this day.
In fact, Kumar Sanu has now won a total of 69 awards over a glittering career including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).
His success and his undoubtable vocal talent has made him one of the highest profile names in the industry, a standing which he has also used for good causes.
With charity work that includes Tsunami Victims Support, Cancer Research donations and school & orphanage development programmes, Sanu certainly can’t be accused of resting on his laurels. In fact, in 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri award – the 4th largest civilian award it is possible to receive from the Government in India. There’s even a Mumbai hospital using one of his songs in their treatment of cancer patients!
And now, having enjoyed unparalleled success in his home environment and the USA (he is so well loved in Dayton, Ohio that they have an annual Kumar Sanu day on March 31st), Kumar Sanu is hoping to carry that success to the UK, where he is set to release new album Hum-Tum. As a teaser here is a new track and video recorded alongside fellow Bollywood artist Princess Almas Noor:
The video, set in and around London, shows the pair taking in the city sights before eventually meeting on the Millennium Bridge. The sound, which blends the Bollywood sensibilities with more standard pop tropes, is an excellent crossover introduction to one of Bollywood’s top stars.