For the past decade or two, Alka Yagnik, has reigned supreme in the world of playback singing in India. The Ek Do Teen girl has been pushed even further into the limelight since the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, took a partial break from singing. Being the premier female playback singer in India today, Alka has achieved what few can hope to do.
Starting her career with the song "Tere Angne Mein", Alka Yagnik really got moving with "Ek Do Teen". With this hit song from "Tezaab", Alka has been climbing the ladder of fame consistently. Since Lata and Asha had become voices of yesteryears, the top spot was up for the grabs. Alka Yagnik came to the party at the right time and overshadowed few close competitors. Alka had hits after hits, such as, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (Gazab Ka Hai Din), Akele Hum Akele Tum (Raja Ko Rani Se), Deewana (Aisi Deewangee), Baazigar (Baazigar O Baazigar), Karan Arjun (Jaati Hoon Main), Criminal (Tu Mile), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (Ghunghat), Khamoshi (Bahon Ke Darmiyan), Raja Hindustani (Pardesi Pardesi), Taal (Taal Se Taal), Refugee (Panchi Nadiya and many more.
Born and brought up in Calcutta, Alka Yagnik came to Bombay almost two decades ago and ever since she has become an inseparable part of the film industry. In her short career, she has had the privilege of walking away with three Filmfare awards and two National awards. Born to a lady who happens to be a classical singer herself, music was in her blood. She started singing Bhajans for the Calcutta Radio, at the tender age of six. According to her, singing was just a hobby initially but as success and popularity came along, she started taking it up seriously as a profession. Alka Yagnik has been trying her hands in other things such as entering the world of Indi-Pop where she has cut an album with Javed Akhtar, "tum yaad aaye", and that too with great success.
Married happily to a successful US based guy, Alka enjoys her family life and holidays are reserved for the closed ones. Getting up early in the morning, exercising and getting her daughter ready for school, are a few things that show that Alka is a family person.