Kedarnath Bhattacharya, better known as Kumar Sanu (born 20 October 1957), is a leading Indian playback singer, mostly popular for rendering his voice in Bollywood movies in the 1990s and early 2000. He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the most songs in a day, 28, in the year 1993. He was awarded the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years. In 2009, the Government of India awarded him Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition of his achievements.
The music composer duo Nadeem Shravan gave Kumar Sanu his initial break in the movie Aashiqui (1990). Thereafter they worked together in many films, including Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Deewana (1992), Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Sainik (1993), Sapne Sajan Ke (1993), Waqt Hamara Hai(1993), Rang (1993), Dilwale (1994), Barsaat (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Pardes (1997), Dhadkan (2000), Kasoor (2001), Hum Ho Gaye Aapke (2001), Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa (2002), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Andaaz (2003) others.
Sanu has sung songs of various genres with Anu Malik. In fact, it was Anu Malik who made Sanu sing his first western-style song, Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhe from the film Baazigar (1993). Some other achievements of the combo are Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Sir (1993), Imtihaan (1994), Vijaypath (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Naaraaz (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1995), Virasat (1997), Judwaa (1997), Tamanna (1997), Duplicate (1998), Kareeb (1998), Ishq Vishq (2003), Fida (2004), No Entry (2005) and many more. In 2015 they are again back with songs in Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Sanu started his work with Jatin Lalit from the 1992 film Khiladi, from then on he provided his voices for hit movies like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Khamoshi (1996), Yes Boss (1997), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), Ghulam (1998), Dil Kya Kare (1999), Sarfarosh (1999).
Sanu worked for Himesh in his debut film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and further for many other films like Kurukshetra, Yeh Hai Jalwa, Humraaz, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Hello Brother, Bandhan, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Jodi No.1, Uljhan, Footpath, Taarzan: The Wonder Car etc.
Beginning from Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye in the movie Jurm (1990), Kumar's collaboration with Rajesh Roshan went on by producing hits one after another. Significant movies are Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Papa Kehte Hai (1996), Dastak (1996), Koyla (1997), Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Kya Kehna (2000), Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000), Aetbaar (2004) and many more.
Sanu has rendered his voice for some of Viju Shah's greatest compositions. Mohra (1994), Tere Mere Sapne (1996), Gupt (1997), Aar Ya Paar (1997), Beti No. 1 (1999), Bulandi (2000), Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001), Kasam (2001 film) (2001) are some of their remarkable albums.
Sanu has recorded over 150 songs with Anand-Milind, probably the most he has with any other composer. Breaking away from his romantic image, he has sung peppy numbers for the duo, his most famous ones being for actor Govinda which include hits in films like Raja Babu, Coolie, Hero No. 1 and others in Chal Mere Bhai, Army, Trinetra, Lootere, Gopi Kishan, Rakshak to name a few.
In a career spanning three decades he has sung with other composers including Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Himesh Reshammiya, R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Shyam Surendar, Tapan, Ismail Darbar, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Sajid-Wajid, Viju Shah, Uttam Singh, Raam Laxman, A. R. Rahman, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Naushad, Aadesh Shrivastava, Jeet Gannguli, Damodar Raao, Aryan R. Jain etc.