The magic Sonu Nigam creates with his song is such that everyone falls in love with his voice, irrespective of which language the song is. This reminds me of a quote, "Music has no language barrier. It's just music, you should just listen to it and feel it."
One of India's Best Singer Sonu Nigam has sung many songs, in multiple languages - Urdu, Odia, Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Nepali. But he has featured mainly in Hindi and Kannada languages.
Sonu Nigam was born on 30 July, 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam. He began his singing career at the age of four. He used to accompany his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. Sonu was trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. In order to start his singing career, at the age of 18, he moved to Mumbai with his father.
Sonu's first song in Kannada was from late Dr Vishnuvardhan's movie Jeevanadi (1996), 'Yello Yaro Hego'. Till now, Sonu has sung above 400 Kannada songs, which has won him several awards. Though he has sang many songs, it was Mungaru Male which took him to the peak. With this movie, he became a sensation in Sandalwood and was also called 'Golden Singer of Karnataka'.
Sonu was quoted by a leading daily, "Kannada songs make me feel positive." He also said that he highly respect the muscians of Karnataka and many of his favorite songs are in Kannada. He consider Bangalore as his second birth place. He added, "Even if someone requests me to sing a Kannada song while I'm performing in the West Indies, I will sing it for them."
It is very difficult to just list few of his songs. But since the list is so long, we'll list 15 Best of his Best Kannada Songs in the slideshow...
'Ade Bhoomi' From E Bandhana
Sonu Nigam sang a very melodious song, 'Ade bhoomi ade bhanu' for the actor for the movie E Bandhana. The lyrics was penned by Jayanth Kaikini.
It should be remembered that Sonu debuted in Kannada industry with late Dr Vishnuvardhan's movie Jeevanadi (Song - Yello yaro hego).
'Usire Usire' From Huchcha
Sung by Sonu Nigam, 'Usire Usire' featured Sudeep from the movie Huchcha. The song was composed by Rajesh Ramnath and lyrics by K Kalyan. This song is still favourite of many lovebirds.
'Anisutidhe' From Mungaru Male
The film which made Sonu a sensational singer in Kannada film industry was Mungaru Male, which starred Golden star Ganesh, and Pooja Gandhi. He sang the title track 'Mungaru male' and 'Anisuthide yako indu'. 'Anisutide yako indu' was written by Jayanth and 'Mungaru maleye' by Yograj Bhat.
The songs not only set records of highest sales, but it also set a national record on 29 December, 2007, for completing one year screening in PVR cinema hall Bangalore, the first time an Indian language film to do so.
'Minchagi Neenu' From Gaalipata
The romantic song 'Minchagi neenu baralu' by Sonu was superhit. It featured Ganesh and Daisy Bopanna. Song had V Harikrishna's music and lyrics by Jayanth Kaikini, which won Best Music and Best Lyricist awards at 56th Filmfare Awards South.
Sonu had sung many songs for Ganesh and audience love this combination as they feel that Sonu's voice suits best for Ganesh.
'Mathinalli Helalarenu' From Bombaat
'Mathinalli helalarenu' sung by Sonu, featured Ganesh and Ramya. He also sang a duet with Sherya Ghoshal 'Chinna hele hegiruve'. The lyrics was penned by Jayanth Kaikini and Kaviraj, and music was given by Mano Murthy.
'Kanaso Idu' From Cheluvina Chittara
'Kanaso idhu' was a duet song by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan, which became popular. The song featured Ganesh and Amoolya. He also sang, 'By two coffee'. Music was composed by Mano Murthy.
'Ninnindale' From Milana
'Ninnindale' from Milana won Best Male Playback Singer (Filmfare Award) for Sonu Nigam. Mano Murthy also won Best Music Director (Filmfare Award). The song 'Ninnindale' featured Puneeth Rajkumar and Pooja Gandhi. He also sang 'Male nintu hoda mele' and 'Madarangiyalli'.
'Neerinalli Sanna Ale' From Hudugaru
Sonu was nominated for Best Male Playback Singer (Filmfare) for the song 'Neerinalli sanna ale' from Hudugaru. The lyrics and music were composed by V Harikrishna. This song featured Puneeth Rajkumar and Radhika Pandit.
'Paravasha Naadenu' From Paramathma
The beautiful melodious song 'Paravasha naadenu' from Paramathma sung by Sonu was nominated for Best Male Playback Singer (Filmfare). The song featured Puneeth Rajkumar and Deepa Sannidhi. Lyrics was penned by Jayanth Kaikini, and V Harikrishna had scored music.
'Eenagali Mundhe' From Mussanjemaatu
'Eenagali mundhe saagu ne', one of the inspirational song sung by Sonu Nigam, is not to be forgotten. The song which also won him Filmfare award - Best Male Playback Singer. This song featured Sudeep and Ramya. Sonu also sang a duet with Shreya Ghoshal, 'Ninna nodalento'. Music was by V Sridhar.
Mayavagide Manasu From Haage Summane
'Mayavagide manasu' from Haage Summane featured Kiran Srinivas and Suhasi. The song was composed by Mano Murthy and lyrics was penned by Jayant Kaikini. Sonu was nominated Best Male Playback Singer (Filmfare) for the same song.
'Hrudayave' From Krishnan Love Story
This was superhit song by Sonu Nigam. The lyrics was penned by Jayanth Kaikini who along with Sonu was nominated for Best Lyricist and Best Playback Singer, respectively. The song featured Ajay Rao and Radhika Pandit.
'Hoovina Santhege' From Lucky
Melodious romantic song 'Hoovina santhege' from Lucky sung by Sonu Nigam, featured Yash and Ramya. Music was composed by Arjun Janya.
'Chendutiya Pakkadali' From Drama
Sonu was nominated for Best Male Playback Singer (Filmfare) for the song 'Chendutiya pakkadali' From Drama. V Harikrishna has composed the music for the song, which featured Yash and Radhika Pandit.
Neenirade From Googly
'Neenirade', romantic song sung by Sonu, had music of Joshua Sridhar. The song featured Yash and Kriti Kharbanda. Background music is scored by ace Kannada music composer and state awardee Anoop Seelin.