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Legendary Bollywood vocalist returned to the UK

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LEGENDARY: Kumar Sanu returned to the UK for his live performance at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, pictured here with Asian Express MD Nadim Hanif

LEGENDARY: Kumar Sanu returned to the UK for his live performance at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, pictured here with Asian Express MD Nadim Hanif

Legendary Bollywood vocalist Kumar Sanu sets the stage ablaze with live performance

The man who took bollywood playback music to new heights with his soothing and pitch-perfect vocals gave a sensational live performance to an audience of 5,000 people at the Apollo in London, on Saturday 22nd November.

The magic created for the songs by the voice of Kumar Sanu, musical direction of Nadeem Shravan and Anu Malik teamed with lyrics from Sameer, remains unmatched even today. The show was a reminder of those classics.

At the Apollo legendary Kumar Sanu along with India’s melody queen Alka Yagnik, who have delivered hundreds and hundreds of tracks both independently and together, belted out mind-blowing 90’s romantic and shaadi classics, which are enjoyed even today.

Setting the stage ablaze, Kumar Sanu seemingly effortlessly sung songs such as "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai" (Saajan 1991), "Tu Meri Zindagi Hai" (Aashiqui 1990), "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" (Baazigar 1992), "Tujhe Dekha To" (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995) and "Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai" (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 1998), just to name a few.

Alka Yagnik, with her sweet sounds had the audience captivated with songs such as "Lal Chunariya" (God Tussi Great Ho 2008), "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar" (Saajan 1991), "Gazab Ka Hin Din" (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988) and "Ek Do Teen"(Tezaab 1988), and many others.

Vocalist and songwriter Kumar Sanu is no stranger to success. A living legend who has performed over 20,000 songs in more than 24 languages for Bollywood movies, he has won an unprecedented collection of awards including the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer in 1990, ‘91,’92, ‘93 and ’94 – a consecutive record that still stands in the Bollywood industry to this day.

Kumar Sanu reading AsianExpress newspaper

Kumar Sanu reading AsianExpress newspaper

Speaking exclusively to the Asian Express Kumar Sanu said that very often it’s the singers in the Indian film industry that set the scene for the hero/heroine and the directors for the filming of the song in the film.

Recently he released his first album in the UK, ‘Hum Tum’, and now he’s also released his new single ‘Rangleni’.

‘Rangleni’ is a light Indian classical song based on traditional tines, the song also has a huge crossover appeal for Western audiences – full of sweeping orchestration and drama similar in sound to some of the most iconic Bond themes.

With additional charity work that includes Tsunami Victims Support, Cancer Research donations and school & orphanage development programmes, Kumar Sanu was recognised by the Indian government in 2009 when he was awarded the Padma Shri award – the 4th largest civilian award it is possible to receive from the Government in India.

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