March 2009

Sonu Nigam commands popularity and huge fan following amongst the music aficionados. One of the most talented singers around, he can be definitely termed as a teen idol. He is credited to inspire many youths across India to pursue singing as a viable career. Known for belting out one romantic song after another, he has done wonderfully well in songs of other genre as well. A talented singer is known for his variety and Sonu Nigam exemplifies that notion.


Born on July 30th 1973, Sonu Nigam took his first breath in Faridabad district of Haryana. He belongs to a family of singers as his father Agam Kumar has perfomed in various stage shows and also launched an album. He moved to Mumbai at a very early age to pursue his encounter with destiny. He used to accompany his father in his childhhod and also gave few moving performances as a kid. His first break came in movie ‘Janum’ in the year 1990. Seeing his talent he was approached by music magnate late Gulshan Kumar. His songs in the movie ‘Bewafa Sanam’ were appreciated by all and thereafter offers poured in. In between he also started to host singing talent show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’. His shot to fame came with song ‘Ye Dil deewana’ in the movie Pardesh and it was followed by melancholic ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from the movie Border.


Thereafter, he gave one hit after another. He sang songs for film hits like Taal, Pukar, Saathiya, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega etc. One of the most sought after singers, Sonu Nigam also released popular albums like Jaan, Deewana, Mausam, Yaad, and Chanda Ki Doli. A multitalented personality he also tried his hands at acting in movies like Love in Nepal, Jaani Dushman and Kash Aap Hamare Hote. He has continued to be one of the most sought after singers in India.


Indian pop world came into its own in 1990’s. Before that there had been few instances of some pop songs getting popularity but it was never pursued seriously and did not last long. Everything changed with arrival of the album named ‘Made in India’. This one album broke all the previous records and opened floodgates for emerging pop singers. Made in India gave India, Alisha Chinai who is one of the leading pop singers of India. Her unique voice mesmerized one and all. Her songs made people groove on its rhythmic beats. She literally changed the face and facet of Indian music industry.

Alisha Chinai aka Sujata was born on 18th of March in 1972. Her talent has also earned her nickname of ‘Indian Madonna’. She also had an eventful journey in popular music category. She has sung for many famous actresses like Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Smita Patil and Mandakini etc. she owes a lot to famous music composer Bappi Lahiri with whom she gave several hits. Those songs mostly belonged to disco genres and boast of names like, Dance dance, Love love love, Guru, Jimmy Jimmy etc.

1990s witnessed her evolution as a popular playback singer and she got opportunity to work with several renowned composers of that era. She has won several awards including International Billboard Award, Best Female Playback Filmfare Award and Freddie Mercury Award etc. Her song ‘Kajra Re’ made the whole country go crazy. Alisha Chinai continues to enthrall Indian listeners with her unique and mesmerizing voice.

Shubha Mudgal can be associated with the term ‘versatility’. She is one of the rare singers who have made a mark for herself in not only classical singing but also in popular music. She definitely holds a special position in echelons of music fraternity. Her forte is classical singing but she has successfully managed to adept her voice and talent as per the demands of popular music. She has a very different and unique voice. The best part about her unique voice is it can be used in any type of songs.


Shubha Mudgal first came into limelight when her albums “Ab ke Sawan” and “Pyaar Ke Geet” hit the market and were declared huge hits. Her albums sold like hot cakes and it was followed by another album of hers, “Mann Ki Manjeree”. This album was dedicated to modern women and it also managed to get rave reviews. She began her musical journey by receiving training in Hindustani classical music. The singer got her basics from acclaimed teachers like Kumar Gandharva, Naina Devi, Ram Ashreya, Vinay Chandra etc. It’s really mesmerizing to she her proficiency with other genres like rock, pop, folk, samba and jazz.


Shubha Mudgal is an extremely versatile personality. She has also composed songs apart from participating in several concerts. Her compositions can be heard in numerous documentaries, telefilms and other programs. She is known for experimentation that has fetched her wide recognition and appreciation from people across the regions. Shubha Mudgal is also a recipient of Padma Shri.