Alka Yagnik is a well-known Indian songwriter and playback singer. With her soulful voice, she has registered many awards and honors to her name. She holds the record of singing more than 2,400 songs with a career spanning more than 3 decades. Alka Yagnik gave her voice in many Bollywood films as well as Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, and Urdu cinema.
Alka Yagnik was born in a Gujrati family on 20 March 1966 in Kolkata, India. Her father’s name was Dharmendra Shankar and Her mother’s name is Shubha Yagnik, an Indian Classical Singer. She has a brother named Samir Yagnik. Alka married Neeraj Kapoor in 1989, who is a Shillong-based businessman. The couple is blessed with a daughter named Syesha Kapoor, an entrepreneur.
Alka Yagnik Wiki/Bio
|Birth Name||Alka Yagnik|
|Nick Name||Not Kown|
|Age||(as in 2020) 54 Years|
|Debut||Playback Singer:- Song- "Thirkat Ang," Film- "Payal Ki Jhankaar"|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Pisces|
|Birth Place||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Date of Birth||20 March 1966|
|Home Town||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Hobbies||Singing, Reading & Travelling|
|Mother's Name||Shubha Yagnik|
|Father's Name||Dharmendra Shankar|
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Husband/Spouse||Neeraj Kapoor (Shillong-based businessman)|
|Marriage Date||Year: 1989|
|School||Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Educational Qualification||Not Kown|
|Career Manager||Not Known|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm|
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms- 65 kg|
in pounds- 143 lbs
|Breast Size||33 inches|
|Hips Size||33 inches|
|Waist Size||26 inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||Hindu|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Dress Size||4 US|
|Shoe Size||8 US|
|Car Collection||Range Rover (Black)|
|Favourite Actress||Aishwarya Rai, Raveena Tandon, Rekha & Alia Bhatt|
|Favourite Actors||Salman Khan, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan & Amir Khan|
|Favourite Colors||Black, Yellow, Pink & White|
|Favourite Foods||Gujarati Cuisines, Maharashtrian Cuisine, Italian & Chinese|
|Favourite Singers||Lata Mangeshkar, Sadhna Sargam, Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu & Shreya Ghoshal|
|Favourite TV Shows||Indian: Sa re ga ma pa Little Champs(Zee TV), Indian Idol (Sony TV)|
|Controversies||• More than 42 politicians opposed her song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai" on the pretext of using vulgar words. The song was also banned to be played on Doordarshan and All India Radio.|
• Once, Alka Yagnik accused Anuradha Paudwal of stealing her songs and dubbing them in her own voice.
Alka Yagnik did her schooling at Modern High School for Girls in Kolkata, India. She started singing for Akashvani (All India Radio) at the age of 6, where she interpreted devotional songs for the radio. She came to Mumbai, at the age of 10 as a child singer. Initially, her voice was rejected on the pretext of being too soft and immature, and was asked to wait for her voice to get matured.
In 1979, Alka Yagnik began her Bollywood profession, singing only a few rows 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 Turn Rahenge” for Rajesh Roshan in Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). She finally got her first breakthrough with the song “Ek Do Teen” from the movie Tezaab.
Alka Yagnik Net Worth
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|Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)||$8 million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)||Under Review|
|Salary||INR 12 Lacs/Song|
|Income Source||Playback Singer|
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Alka Yagnik has sung in many languages other than Hindi-Urdu, including Assamese, Awadhi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, English, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Meitei, Odia, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Tamil, and Telugu. She has also done many live concerts around the world. In an interview with Mid Day, she said that she records five songs daily during her time.
In the year 1993, Alka sang a seductive song “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai” with Ila Arun. The song produced disputes because of the lyrics printed by Anand Bakshi. Alka took a 2nd Filmfare honor for the song, which she shared with Ila Arun.
In 1994, she sang the song “Din Mein Leti Hai” from the film Amanaat with co-singer Kumar Sanu and Ila Arun, composed by Bappi Lahiri and lyrics by Anwar Sagar. Besides the duet variant, With Ila Arun, Alka also sang the female variant of the song. She has done numerous shows with Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kalyanji-Anandji.
In the songs “Tum Aaye” and “Shairana” she has a close collaboration with award-winning lyricist singer Hariharan and Javed Akhtar. She has also done the Hanuman Chalisa and several devotional songs. Alka’s song “Chamma Chamma” from the film China Gate was starred in the song “Hindi Sad Diamonds” from the soundtrack of the movie Moulin Rouge!.
In 2012 she along with Sonu Nigam sang a song ‘Shiksha Ka Suraj’ as part of the National Literacy Mission of India for which she was felicitated by Union Minister For Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. On the occasion of 100 years of Hindi Cinema in 2012, her song “Taal Se Taal Mila” from the film Taal was voted as the best song of the century in a survey conducted by Hindustan Times, DesiMartini, and Fever 104. Also, her song “Choli Ke Peeche” from the movie Khalnayak was voted as the hottest song of the century in a poll conducted by Sanona.
Yagnik has also been involved in various projects to empower girls. In 2014, Yagnik again teamed up with Sonu Nigam to sing the song “Phool Khil Jayenge” for child health awareness. She also sang a song titled “Maine Li Jo Angdai” for the album Women’s Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere. It was composed by Farid Sabri, Harish Chauhan, and Gurudatt Sahil; and penned by Sudhakar Sharma.
Yagnik shares, with Asha Bhosle the title for the greatest number of Filmfare Awards won (seven) by a single female playback singer. 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 (7886 songs), Mohammed Rafi (7405 songs)Lata Mangeshkar (5596 songs), and Kishore Kumar (2,707 songs).
Besides singing, Yagnik also judged several singing reality shows on television. She judged various Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge shows, and Star Voice of India, both singing competition shows, in which children or adults of various age groups compete with one another to win the award for best vocals.
Facts About Alka Yagnik
- Does Alka Yagnik drink Alcohol?: Yes
- Does Alka Yagnik Smoke?: Not Known
- As per some rumors, it is said that hundreds of her song recordings were found at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.
- She shares the title with Asha Bhosle for winning the highest number (Seven) of Filmfare Awards as a playback singer.
- She has also been involved in various projects about the empowerment of the girl child.
- Alka gave her first stage performance at Kala Mandir in Kolkata.
- Most of Alka’s songs have been recorded at the Mehboob Studio.
- She also sang a song with her brother Samir Yagnik.
Which are the best songs by Alka Yagnik?
Her Best Songs are:- Gali Me Aaj Chaand Nikla- Zakhm, Ghoongat Ki Aad Se Dilbar Ka – Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Dekha Hai Pehli Baar – Saajan, Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Me – Raja Hindustani, Ek Do Teen – Tezaab.
Which partners are best, Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik or Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik?
Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan both are at par if you check their overall singing career and both of them sang songs within their own limitations, but when you talk about duet song they essentially express the love and both were good. The common factor Alka Yagnik with no doubt is the far better singer than the other two so.
What was the speculation behind the crack between Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik?
It all began in the song “Mujhe Neend Na Aaye” which was recorded in Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik’s voice. After the song was recorded, Mr. Late Gulshan Kumar occurred and asked the director/producer and the musician to re-record it in Anuradha Paudval’s voice. No surprises at all, Gulshan Kumar always was a manipulator and opportunistic with no morals or ethics. After Gulshan Kumar’s death, his brothers and kids kicked her out of the syndicate, and look she’s nowhere. Shes lost all her respect and dignity now. None of the music directors or singers talk good of her anytime.
Who is the greater singer, Lata Mangeshkar or Alka Yagnik?
Obviously, Lata Mangeskar is a great Indian singer, but Alka Yagnik is also too good.