Alka Yagnik is a renowned Indian playback singer who has lent her voice to thousands of songs in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and other Indian languages. She was born on March 20, 1966, in Kolkata, India, into a musical family, where her father was a classical singer and her mother was a music teacher.
Alka started singing at a young age and won several awards for her performances in school and local competitions. She made her professional debut in the film industry in 1980, singing a song in the film “Payal Ki Jhankaar.” However, her breakthrough came in 1987 when she sang the hit song “Ek Do Teen” from the film “Tezaab.” The song became an instant hit and catapulted Alka to fame.
Over the years, Alka has recorded songs for some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry, including Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, and Mohammed Rafi. She has won numerous awards for her work, including seven Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer, two National Film Awards, and several other accolades.
Some of Alka’s most popular songs include “Pardesi Pardesi” from “Raja Hindustani,” “Choli Ke Peeche” from “Khalnayak,” “Dilbar Dilbar” from “Sirf Tum,” “Agar Tum Saath Ho” from “Tamasha,” and “Tum Hi Ho” from “Aashiqui 2.”
Apart from singing, Alka has also served as a judge on various reality shows, including “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” and “Indian Idol.” She is married to Neeraj Kapoor and has two children.