Alka Yagnik Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Biography & More

Alka Yagnik

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Alka Yagnik is one of the well-known Indian playback singers. With her soulful voice, she has registered many awards and honors to her name. Her songs took her career to voice the artists over three decades, with more than 2,400 songs to her name.

Biography/ Wiki

Alka Yagnik As A Child

Alka Yagnik As A Child

Alka Yagnik was born on 20 March 1966 (age 52 years; as in 2018) in Kolkata, India. Her mother Shubha Yagnik was also a singer of Indian Classical Music and trained Alka to sing from a very young age. She did her schooling from Modern High School for Girls in Kolkata, India. She started singing for Akashvani (All India Radio) at the age of Six, where she interpreted devotional songs for the radio. She came to Mumbai, at the age of 10 as a child singer. She was told to wait until her voice matured. Her Zodiac/Sun sign is Pisces.

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 4”

Weight: 65 kg

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Family, Caste & Husband

Alka Yagnik with her parents and Brother

Alka Yagnik with her parents and Brother

Alka Yagnik with her Nana and Mausi

Alka Yagnik with her Nana and Mausi

Alka was born to Gujarati parents. Her father’s name was Dharmendra Shankar.

Alka Yagnik with her Father

Alka Yagnik with her Father

Her mother Shubha Yagnik was an Indian Classical Singer.

Alka Yagnik with her Mother

Alka Yagnik with her Mother

She has a brother named Samir Yagnik.

Alka Yagnik with her brother Samir

Alka Yagnik with her brother Samir

She married Neeraj Kapoor, who is a Shillong-based businessman in the year 1989.

Alka Yagnik with her husband Neeraj Kapoor

Alka Yagnik with her husband, Neeraj Kapoor

She has a daughter, Syesha Kapoor who is an entrepreneur.

Alka with her Daughter Syesha

Alka with her Daughter Syesha

Career

Though she started singing at the very young age of six for Calcutta radio, she started her Bollywood career in 1979, singing only a few lines in Rasjshri’s song “Payal ki Jhankar”

Followed by “Mere Angne Mein,” which proved to be a mega-hit. Her first solo track was “Hum Tum Rahenge” for Rajesh Roshan in Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). She finally got her first break through the song “Ek Do Teen” from the movie Tezaab.

She has sung not only in Urdu-Hindi but also in other languages including Gujarati, Avadhi, Odia, Assamese, Meitei, Rajasthani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam. She has worked with almost every best-known Indian composers right from Kalyanji–Anandji to Sandesh Shandilya and many more.

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Alka Yagnik on stage with Anandji

Alka Yagnik on stage with Anandji

In her career spanning three decades, she has sung various songs with singers like Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam, Shaan and many more. Throughout her career, she has sung 2,486 Hindi songs in 1,114 films. She is the fifth-most prolific Bollywood singer of all time after Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar.

Controversies

  • The song “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai ” that came in 1993 from the movie “Khalnayak” was the hottest song of the century but also a controversial one. The song was criticized for its sensual and double meaning lyrics. The song was declared vulgar and was opposed by 42 Political parties. It was even banned from being played in  Doordarshan and All India Radio.
  • Anuradha Paudwal who is known for the devotional songs; once gave a tough competition to Alka Yagnik. The song that once was recorded by Alka were dubbed by Anuradha Paudwal, which created a rift between the two. She once even lashed out at her saying “What does she wants to prove that her voice suits the actress more than mine does?”
Anuradha Paudwal

Anuradha Paudwal

Awards and Honors

Alka Yagnik with her Award

Alka Yagnik with her Award

National Awards

  • Best female playback artist for “Ghoongat Ki Aad Se” in the year 1993
  • Best female playback artist for “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” in the year 1998

Filmfare Awards

  • Best female playback artist for “Ek Do Teen” in the year 1993
  • Best female playback artist for “Choli Ke Peeche” shared with Ila Arun in the year 1994
  • Best female playback artist for “Meri Mehbooba” in the year 1998
  • Best female playback artist for “Taal Se Taal” in the year 2000
  • Best female playback artist for “Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se” in the year 2001
  • Best female playback artist for “O Re Chhori” in the year 2002
  • Best female playback artist for “Hum Tum” in the year 2005

Lata Mangeshkar Award

  • Outstanding Contribution to Indian Music in the year 2003

Favorite Things

  • Food: Gujarati cuisine, Maharashtrian Cuisine, Italian, and Chinese
  • Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Sadhna Sargam, Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, and Shreya Ghoshal
  • TV Shows: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (Zee TV), Indian Idol (Sony TV)
  • Colors: Black, Yellow, Pink, and White

Facts

  • She gave her first stage performance in Kala Mandir, Kolkata, India.
  • Most of her songs were recorded in Mehboob Studio.
  • She sure has taste in the songs she chooses, so does her taste in alcohol goes.
  • Hundreds of her recordings were present in Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.
  • She shares the title with Asha Bhosle for winning the highest number of Filmfare Awards as Playback Singer.
  • In the year 2002, on the occasion of 100 years of Hindi Cinema, her song “Taal Se Taal Mila” from the movie ‘Taal’ was chosen as the best song of the century, according to the poll conducted by Hindustan Times, DesiMartini, Fever 104.
  • Her song “Choli Ke Peeche” from the movie ‘Khalnayak’ was chosen as the hottest song of the century in a poll conducted by Sanona.
  • The only time in the history of Bollywood that an award was shared was between Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik for “Choli Ke Peeche” in the movie Khalnayak (1993).
  • She has been involved in various projects that focus on the empowerment of the girl child.
  • She has also sung with her brother Samir Yagnik.
  • She has been the judge of many singing reality shows of India, mainly Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Star Voice India.
  • Her song “Chamma Chamma” has been featured in “Hindi Sad Diamonds” from the soundtrack of the film “Moulin Rouge!”
  • She considers the music of this era as a forced element.’
  • Alka has regrets for not singing the tracks for the movie Roja (1992). According to her, she already committed to sing for other directors and the music director was A.R. Rehman who was debuting with the movie Roza. She along with Kumar Sanu rejected to sing for the movie because they didn’t know A.R. Rehman.
  • Alka once faced her own #MeToo moment. Once an anonymous film director arranged to meet her in her home. When he arrived at her home, he blatantly grab hold of her. Fortunately, her mother was home; he left her home without a word. She later had to leave singing for the movie because the director wanted her to be out of the film.
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