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MANAN SINGH KATOHORA & JMD CREATIONS
"KRAZY 2 - FEATURING SUNIDHI CHAUHAN & ALI ZAFAR"
DATE: Saturday, April 27
VENUE: Patriot Center
(4400 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA - 22030)
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CONTACT: 202 656 3374
ABOUT SUNIDHI CHAUHAN
Sunidhi Chauhan (born Nidhi Chauhan, 14 August 1983) is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi film songs in Bollywood. She has recorded songs for Oriya, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati and Nepali films. Chauhan began to sing at the age of four and was discovered by a local TV anchor. She won recognition through a televised singing contest, Meri Awaz Suno, which she won, and made her entrance into playback singing with the Hindi film Shastra. Her breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma's film Mast, in which she sang the hit song "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi." She has been nominated for fourteen Filmfare Awards, winning it on two occasions as well as a Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She has won two Star Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards and one Zee Cine Award. Sunidhi Chauhan was born in New Delhi. She started her singing career as a child, giving her first performance at the age of four, in a local temple in Delhi. She did her early studies in Greenway Modern School, Dilshad Garden in Delhi. Thereafter, she began to participate in, and sing for, competitions and local gatherings. When the famous stage and TV anchor Tabassum spotted her talent, she made her sing live in her show Tabassum Hit Parade and asked her family to shift to Mumbai. Tabassum then introduced her to Kalyanji and Anandji Bhai. Her family shifted to Mumbai in a bid to further develop the young singer's skills, and Chauhan became the lead singer in Kalyanji's 'Little Wonders' troupe. Recognition first met her in 1996, through the music show Meri Aawaz Suno — the first such televised contest in India — which was broadcast through the Indian national television channel, Doordarshan. She won the competition and bagged the top prize of recording an album, Aira Ghaira Nathu Khaira, with HMV. Unluckily for Chauhan, Aira Ghaira Nathu Khaira was promoted as a children's album and failed to get the recognition it deserved. In 2002, Chauhan observed this in an interview: "My first song and the contest did not help me much. Nothing happened for a while. But by then, I had made up my mind that I will pursue singing as a career." Chauhan stepped into the world of playback singing with the 1996 Bollywood film, Shastra, after Aadesh Srivastava asked her to lend her voice to the song "Larki Deewaani Dekho, Ladka Deewaana." She followed it with work in films like Gang, Veergati, Dahek, Bade Dilwala, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and Samar. By the age of nineteen, Chauhan had lent her voice to over 350 songs. Chauhan's breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma's Mast, in which she sang the hit song "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" and three others, including the title song. In an interview, while speaking of Mast, she said:"Whatever I am today, I owe to Mast. I met Sandeep Chowta through Sonu Nigam, and fifteen days later, Mast was in my lap. I was only sixteen then." In February 2007, as part of its marketing campaign and launch of Windows Vista in India, Microsoft hired Sunidhi Chauhan to sing the "Windows Vista Song" titled "Wow is Now". This song features English and Hindi lyrics proclaiming the many 'glamorous' features of the Windows Vista operating system. Sunidhi has sung Oriya movie songs (Abhimanyu and Most Wanted) too.. Chauhan sung for the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's movie, High School Musical — songs that were sung by Vanessa Anne Hudgens in the English version. Moreover, she was the singer of the English language song "Reach Out" at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games at Doha, Qatar. 2008 was a highly successful year for the young singer, as she went on to deliver a huge number of superhit songs like "Chhaliya" (Tashan), "Rock Mahi," "Lucky Boy," "Desi Girl" (Dostana), "Dance Pe Chance" (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), and "Race Saanson Ki" (Race) that resulted in her winning the "Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women Award 2009" for her contribution to music. In April 2010, Chauhan joined Anu Malik and Salim Merchant as a judge on the fifth season of the immensely popular singing talent show Indian Idol 5. She also judged the sixth season of Indian Idol alongside Asha Bhosale, Anu Malik and Salim Merchant. Due to her high-pitch voice and outstanding stage performances, Sunidhi got "Chevrolet GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) of Best Live Performer- Female." Chauhan has collaborated with Indian singers such as Alka Yagnik, Shaan and Udit Narayan. She is known for her popular pairing with Sukhwinder Singh (in films such as Omkara and Aaja Nachle). She is most often paired with singer Sonu Nigam and with the female playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, whom critic's view as a stiff competitor of Chauhan. She had done a duet with Pakistani singer Faakhir Mehmood for the album Mantra. She has collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, on a song titled as "Heartbeat (India Mix)" which was included on Iglesias' album Euphoria (Special Indian Edition). Lyricists she has worked with include Jaideep Sahni, Irshad Kamil, Gulzar, Sameer, Prasoon Joshi, Swanand Kirkire, Javed Akhtar and Anand Bakshi;[unreliable source?] and the music directors include Vandemataram Srinivas, Bappi Lahiri, A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraja, Yuvan, Himesh Reshammiya, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam Chakraborty, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan, Anand-Milind, Vishal-Shekhar, M. M. Keeravani and others. Chauhan is one of the few female singers of the present generation who have lent their voice for most of the leading actresses in the Hindi entertainment industry, among those include Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Urmila Matondkar, Shilpa Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Shamita Shetty, Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza, Esha Deol, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Konkona Sen Sharma, Gauhar Khan, Mumaith Khan and Rakhi Sawant. She was the main singer who lent voice for the comebacks of two leading Bollywood actresses; Kajol, in the movie Fanaa, and Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle. In 2011, Chauhan got her breakthrough in international pop world by collaborating with international pop star Enrique for Hindi version of song Heartbeat and becomes first Indian female singer for an international collaboration. In October 2008, Chauhan appeared on a special episode of the singing contest, Star Voice of India, alongside composer Ashu Dhruv, to promote their film Drona. She was a guest RJ for India's Radio City 91.1 FM's new morning show, Musical-e-Azam where, over her week-long stint, she interviewed the likes of Kunal Ganjawala, Daler Mehendi, Sukhwindar, Adnan Sami and Gulzar. She appeared on the Femina Miss India 2011 contest and X-factor India to promote her song "HEARTBEAT," a song in collaboration with the international pop star Enrique Iglesias in his album Euphoria.
AWARDS - 2001 R. D. Burman Award for Most Promising Newcomer; 2004 Best Playback Singer - Female Sajna Ve Sajna for Chameli; 2005 Best Female Playback Singer Dhoom Machale for Dhoom ; 2006 Best Playback Singer - Female Mere Haat Mein for Fanaa ; 2007 Best Playback Singer - Female "Beedi Jalaile" (Omkara); 2010 Best Playback Singer - Female Udi for Guzaarish ; 2011 Best Playback Singer - Female "Sheila Ki Jawani" ( Tees Maar Khan) ; 2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Neeyat Kharaab Hai for Teen Patti; 2012 Best Playback Singer - Female Ishq Sufiyana for The Dirty Picture ;
Other Awards and Honors
2004: MTV Immies for Best Singer Female (film)- Dekh Le (Munna Bhai MBBS)
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Female Singer of the Year
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Song of the Year- Beedi (Omkara)
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Best Sung Song- Beedi (Omkara)
2009: Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women Award
2010: Chevrolet GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) of Best Live Performer- Female
2010: Big Star Indian Music Award for Best Visualized Song Track (Female)
2010: Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer of The Decade
2010: RMIM Puraskaar for Female Singer of the Year
2011: Massal Award for Best International Female Vocalist Award
ABOUT ALI ZAFAR
Ali Zafar (born 18 May 1980) is a musician, composer, singer, song writer, painter, Director and film actor active in Bollywood. He started his singing career with the song Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal in the film Shararat, directed by Samina Peerzada but made a big mark with his first single Channo from his first album Huqa Pani that sold over five million copies worldwide. The album turned out to be one of the biggest hits ever in Pakistan with Channo topping the charts all the way for a long time. Zafar made his acting debut in the 2010 Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden by director Abhishek Sharma. His second movie was Mere Brother Ki Dulhan followed by London, Paris, New York. Ali Zafar has become the third most Googled musician in India. In 2012, Zafar was named as the second sexiest man in Asia behind Hrithik Roshan.
Ali Zafar made his debut as a musician with the album Huqa Pani, released in Pakistan in 2003 and worldwide in 2005. The album was an instant hit, selling over 600,000 copies worldwide and winning several major awards and nominations. It also put him into the league of the most popular artists ever to have come out of Pakistan with a massive fan following locally and internationally. With time he proved to be perhaps one of the most versatile singer in the modern generation with a distinct vocal tone and qualities, specially during his folk and Sufi renditions in the "Coke Studio (Pakistan)", where he surprised his audiences with live renditions of difficult notes with much ease and ranging his singing from pop to folk to semi-classical. His new songs, namely "Allah Hu", "Yaar Dhadhi Ishq" (a cover), "Nahin Ray Nahin" and "Daastan-e-Ishq" won the hearts of millions all over the world once again and earned him a new era of fan following. He won the award for "Best Album" category at the Lux Style Awards in 2004 for his massive hit album Huqa Pani and also the "Best Male Artist" at the 2008 MTV awards. In addition to the album's popularity being reflected in the music stores and by critics, it has been widely claimed that Himesh Chammiya copied one of the most well-known tracks from the album, Rangeen, for his song Dillagi Mein Jo. Soon Pritam too copied his track "Channo" as "Chori ki Baatein" in the film Fight Club.
Zafar launched his second album "Masty" nationwide in November 2006. He has since released four videos from the album called "Masty", "Sajania", "Dekha" and "Aasmaan" which again went to becoming a big hit and the audience loved it a lot. He released his third and long awaited video of the single, "Dekha", from his second album, which was the most expensive music video of Pakistan, costing more than ten million rupees. The video was shot in Malaysia, produced by the Lux Company, and had the famous Pakistani actresses/models, Reema Khan, Meera, and Amina Haq, starring in it. Zafar also won the "Youth Icon" award in the Lux Style Awards 2007, in Malaysia. Besides being a singer, painter, model and an actor, Zafar has also produced and directed his music video Ek Pal from his first album Huqa Pani. His song "Dekha" of his album Masty was part of the soundtrack of American film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps which was released on 24 September 2010. He is the fourth Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings and Atif Aslam to have their song(s) featured in an American film. On 14 February, Zafar released his third album which was much different from his earlier works consisting of sufi semi classical rendition of folk and sufi verses fuzed with modern instruments. It also included renditions from Coke studio and Ghazals from Mirza Ghalib. This time Zafar seemed more mature and thoughtful in his approach to music revealing a more seious side to his personailty and music. Tracks such as the title track "Jhoom", "Jee Dhoondta Hai", "Koi Umeed" and "Jaane-e-Man" had a timeless feel to them and earned him further respect and popularity in the field of serious music listening. Zafar also became the first of sorts to have rendered his services as an actor, singer, composer, lyricist, writer, arranger, programmer, recordist for his recent film London, Paris, New York. Amongst the popular tracks from the album are the title track "London, Paris, New York", "Voh Dekhnay Mein", "Thehree Si Zindagee" and "Ting Rang". Ali Zafar's first experience in acting was in Pakistani television dramas before becoming one of the most popular singer of this generation in Pakistan. He acted in dramas like Kanch Ke Par, miniseries Kollege Jeans and etc. After becoming a music sensation in Pakistan and beyond, he got an offer for the role of Sarmad in Khuda Kay Liye a film by Shoaib Mansoor released in 2007 which he accepted, but was not able to sign it due to some personal reasons. The role was then performed by Fawad Afzal Khan. After few years of hiatus from acting apart from in his own videos, Ali yet again set a precedent by being the first ever Pakistani star/singer to be featured as a solo main lead in his debut movie, a Bollywood movie namely Tere Bin Laden, directed by Abhishek Sharma which was a success both critically and commercially. Tere Bin Laden released on 16 July 2010 and was a major hit in India for a low budget movie but was not allowed to be released in Pakistan by the film censor board. He got nominated for IIFA, Star Screen, Zee Cine and Filmfare awards of 2011 in the best male debut category. He was also the first Pakistani to be called to Indian Film Festival at Australia in March 2011 for his movie screening. Ali Zafar who took up movies as a serious career after his debut film has proved himself once again with his second film under Yash Raj Films, banner Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, directed and written by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Released on 9 September, the film was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success like his first film. Ali's performance was specially praised by the industry. The film also stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. Before MBKD could release, he had already started shooting for a love story, "London, Paris, New York". This Rose movies and Star 20th century Fox production, released on 2 March 2012, which also received great critical acclaim as well as impressive overseas revenue. Apart from acting as male protagonist in the film opposite Aditi Rao, Ali Zafar is also the music director. In 2012 he received Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in a ceremony held in India, for Best New Talent-Male.
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