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Sunidhi Chauhan is a name that touched the zenith of musical ingeniousness at a very young age. She climbed the ladder of success at only the age of 16, when she lent her voice in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Mast'. She still rules the charts and is the most popular and preferred playback singer of Bollywood today. In a career span of only 22 years, she has set such milestones that are evidently difficult to break.
In honour of her birthday, let's look back at those unforgettable, life-changing events of the singer's life. Hindi films wouldn't have been the same without music and Sunidhi Chauhan. With a devotion to music that started when she was just four years old, Chauhan has never missed a step. During a competition, Tabassum, a TV host, spotted her talent and expressed her desire to uplift her career through her troupe.
She later advised her parents to shift to Mumbai from Delhi to further her career. Subsequently, her family did the same. Later, Tabassum introduced her to composer Kalyanji (half of Kalyanji-Anandji duo), who honed her skills via his show, 'Little Wonders' when she was only 8. Then came the first ever musical contest 'Meri Aawaz Suno' in 1996, where she bagged the 'Lata Mangeshkar Trophy' for the best female singer of India.
Following on from that, Chauhan entered into the world of playback singing with the Bollywood film 'Shastra' (1996). But it was her song Ruki Ruki Thi Zindagi from 'Mast' (1999) that helped Chauhan make a mark in Bollywood.
Today, Chauhan doesn't just dominate the music charts and the stage, she is also a global brand and works hard to keep it that way. The singer has been in the industry for 22 years and has accomplished everything an artist can do in his/her career, yet she's only just turned 35.
She's a musical goddess, a game changer, a musical source of life and a music legend. Her contribution to the music world is so extensive and remarkable. Evidence of Chauhan's contribution comes from the various awards she has received. Awards such as Filmfare Award, Zee Cine Award, PTC Punjabi Film Award, GIMA Award, etc., are the feathers in her crown. In 2013, she received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for her song Kamli from 'Dhoom:3'.
There are only a few playback singers in Bollywood who have made their way into people۪'s hearts with their versatility and the astounding tone of their voices. One of them, without a speck of doubt, is Sunidhi Chauhan.
Apart from being a musical exponent, what is equally captivating about Chauhan is her personality. She is, like her voice, beautiful. Chauhan is not only famous in India, but her talent is internationally acclaimed as well. In 2015, Coldplay's Chris Martin invited her to perform at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. Aimed at encouraging steps to end poverty by 2030, the Festival witnessed performances with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam and many more.
Chauhan performed a fabulous mini set, backed by a group of dancers and mesmerized the audience with her performance. The singer might be a powerhouse on stage, but she plays a much quieter, albeit equally powerful role behind the scenes as a humanitarian.
For Chauhan, taking action is a much more powerful way to do good than by simply writing a check. She has headlined countless benefit concerts such as cricketer Yuvraj Singh's social initiative YouWeCan, which aims to fight cancer by spreading awareness about the fatal disease. Chauhan's reach as a celebrity is markedly vast, and she uses her fame as a platform to help others.
She is a formidable force for good, both onstage, through her music, and behind the scenes, encouraging humanitarianism in many forms. Chauhan's creative instincts and multitasking skills provide the underpinnings for her other pursuits, including acting and philanthropy. In 2016 alone, Chauhan pushed boundaries, challenged normality, and represented something far greater than anyone could have imagined.
The songstress was curious to expand her career to acting, which resulted in her starring in Arif Ali's short film 'Playing Priya'. The film gave a new actor to the industry in the form of Chauhan who, as a first timer, plays her part convincingly and conveys her every feeling of being scared, petrified and alarmed without uttering a single dialogue on screen.
A performer, vocalist and about ten million other things in one. It almost seems too good to be true, but Chauhan has achieved it. She is pop culture's superwoman, a force who will be reckoned with, able to do whatever she wishes better than anyone else that dares to dream.
Chauhan has been a queen since the day her career began in 1996. In all these years, the songstress has established herself as one of the top singers of the industry. She seems to be in a happy space today, personally and professionally.
Married to music composer/producer Hitesh Sonik, the couple welcomed their first child, son Tegh, on the 1st of January, 2018. Labelled as a versatile singer, Chauhan has reached enviable heights in the music world. While most artists hope to have at least one or two songs that have a significant impact, Chauhan has several records that have helped shape radio, push the limits of what's to be expected of an artist, and even impacted the careers of others.
Scientists can try to measure, philosophers to explain, but only poets can understand the magic of Chauhan's influence on music, dance, fashion, beauty -and pretty much everything else. Today, Chauhan is more influential than ever.
Renowned for her commitment and drive in her working life, loyalty is also a trait that has built Chauhan a strong reputation within the industry. On more than one occasion, she has made it clear that her family means everything to her - and has played a big role in helping her succeed. With 22 years in the limelight, Chauhan is an industry stalwart, having spent the years safely building her brand and reputation as one of the most respected artists in the industry.
There's the A-list, and then there's Chauhan. The songstress has risen to a rare level of fame where she has surpassed a mere celebrity status and has become an archetype of achievement. She is one of the legends of Indian music and unarguably one of most versatile and talented singers in Bollywood history.
Apart from wishing a very Happy Birthday to Sunidhi Chauhan, FilmiBeat wishes the much loved voice of India to stay immortal and continue exploring various dimensions of music.