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Alka Yagnik, the Melody Queen of Bolly-wood, is coming to the shores of Aucklandfor a live in Concert performance next month.Alka Yagnik has reigned supreme in the worldof playback singing in India for a long time.She is among the best-known playback singers of Hindi cinema with a career span-ning for more than three decades. She is arecord seven-time winner from a record of 35nominations of the Filmfare Awards for BestFemale Playback Singer and a two-time re-cipient of the National Film Award as well asseveral other music awards.The “Ek Do Teen” girl has been pushedeven further into the limelight since the night-ingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, took a partial break from singing. Being the premier female playback singer in India today, Alkahas achieved what few can hope to do.Alka shares the title with Asha Bhosle for the greatest number of Filmfare Awards won(seven) by a single female playback singer.She has also been the judge of various Sa ReGa Ma Pa Challenge shows, and Star Voice of India.Alka Yagnik, born in Kolkata, India, hadstarted her singing career at the tender age of six for All India Radio. As a classically trainedsinger Alka has been one of the leading play- back singers in Bollywood since the 1980s.She got her big break with the song "Ek Do
Teen" from the lm Tezaab in 1988. The song
turned her into a star overnight and went on to become a pop hit, also winning her a FilmfareBest Female Playback Award for that song.Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was also another career maker for her, as she along with Udit Narayan became household names.She has sung in many languages other thanHindi, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Nepali,Rajasthani, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil,and Malayalam. She has worked with Indiancomposers such as AR Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya,Sajid-Wajid, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and manyothers.She has lent her voice for three generationof on screen actresses ranging for the likesof Hema Malini, Rekha, to Sridevi, MadhuriDixit, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Rani Mukerji,Karisma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai to KareenaKapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen,Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and many others.Alka has had hits after hits, suchas, Milenge Milenge, Ringa Ringa (SlumdogMillionaire), Hum Tum, Lagaan, Hum Dil DeChuke Sanam, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (Gazab Ka Hai
Din), Akele Hum Akele Tum (Raja Ko RaniSe), Dil Chahta Hai, Deewana (Aisi Deewan-
gee), Baazigar (Baazigar O Baazigar), Kal Ho
Naa Ho, Karan Arjun (Jaati Hoon Main), HumHain Rahi Pyar Ke (Ghunghat), Khamoshi(Bahon Ke Darmiyan), Kabhi Alvida NaaKehna, Raja Hindustani (Pardesi Pardesi),Taal (Taal Se Taal), Khalnayak, Khuda
Gawah, Tezaab, Refugee (Panchi Nadiya and
many many more.Alka has created several chartbuster hitsover the years and perhaps it’s only fair to sayshe is truly the legend after Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. She has completed numer-ous hits as lead female singer throughout her career creating hugely popular scores.
Alka gave Himesh Reshammiya his rst
break in the movie Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya.Thereafter, the duo has worked together cre-ating poplar scores in several movies suchas Hello Brother, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye,
Humraaz, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Kyon Ki,
36 China Town, Milenge Milenge to name afew.This will be an experience to witness oneof the very few living legends perform live inAuckland.Alka is coming for one New Zealand showin Auckland with top Bollywood musicians;stand-up comedians and support male play- back singers. So gear up New Zealand, Alka isready to warm up the stage this winter.Friday, August 17, 8pm Logan CampbellCentre, Greenlane, Auckland. Tickets outnow at major Indian outlets. For informa-tion: Prakash Mani 021888528 Vineet Sharma0274752522.
Alka Yagnik live in concert next month
The Punjabi community in New Zealand iscoming together with a vibrant vision for thefuture generation.“The NZ Punjabi Foundation has beenformed to celebrate, and encourage excel-
lence in the eld of Punjabi art, culture, and
sports etc and recognise outstanding academicachievements by our youngsters here,” founda-tion spokesperson Parminder Singh said.“The Punjabis in New Zealand have beenhere for nearly 135 years and have their dueshare in pioneering this beautiful country.“The NZ Punjabi Foundation would liketo liaison and seek close co-operation with allsections of the Punjabi community here-both
individually and organizationally.“Our aim is to empower the next generation
in meeting the challenges in the social, politi-cal and economic spheres and integrate themfully in this great New Zealand multi-culturalsociety of ours,” Singh said.The proactive team will come up with thevision and programmes to meet these aims.For more information, the foundation can be contacted at 09 9489270 or email us on
The Punjabis in New Zealand havebeen here for nearly 135 years andhave their due share in pioneering thisbeautiful country.