Abhijeet Bhattacharya (born 30 October 1958) is an Indian singer. Abhijeet was born in a Bengali family in Mumbai, the youngest of four. He passed his matriculation from Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Kanpur and Class XII from BNSD Inter College Chunni Ganj, Kanpur; and graduated in commerce (B.Com.) from Christ Church College, Kanpur in 1977. He started singing on stage from 1970.
Abhijeet left home for Mumbai in 1981 to study Chartered Accountancy. Due to his fascination for singing and music, he decided to pursue a career in playback singing instead.
He received a call from Rahul Dev Burman to sing for Dev Anand's son's debut film Anand Aur Anand. In this Movie he got the opportunity to sing a song along with his idol Kishor Kumar.
In the 1990s, Abhijeet became a playback singer. His songs include work from the film Baaghi, composed by Anand-Milind: "Ek chanchal shokh hasina," "Chandni raat hai" and "Har kasam se badi hai." Then in 1994 when he performed for movies like Yeh Dillagi, Anjaam, Raja Babu and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. He won the Filmfare Best Playback Singer Award for Yes Boss in 1997. He went on to record for the movies Baadshah, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Josh, Dhadkan, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, "Dil Se Pooch Kidhar Jaana Hai" and many others.
Abhijeet has given his voice for actors such as Mithun Chakraborty, Shahrukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Aditya Srivastava, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Saif Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgan, among many others.
Abhijeet has sung with many female singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, K.S. Chithra, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. Abhijeet has sung maximum duets with Udit Narayan.
He was a judge in reality shows Star Voice of India and Ek Se Badhkar Ek. In Star Voice, Abhijeet commented that Atif Aslam cannot sing, for which he was criticised by the public.
He protested this phenomenon. "Why should we allow these people into our country to perform when we are not welcome in their country?" he asked in a letter to the Government of India. With bhajan singer Anoop Jalota, ghazal artiste Jagjit and playback singers Kumar Sanu and Jaspinder Narula, Abhijeet asked the government to ban Pakistani artistes from performing in India. "We don't play cricket because our people are being killed by them. Why should we allow their singers to perform here?" he asks associate editor/chief correspondent Syed Firdaus Ashraf.
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