Born: 30 July 1973
- He is an Indian playback singer, composer, live performer, host, and actor.
- He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films.
- He has also released Indian pop albums and acted in a number of films.
- He has been one of the highest-paid Indian singers.
- He is often regarded as a “Modern Rafi” and is now considered as one of the most versatile singers of the Hindi film industry.
- He is also regarded as the “Lord of Chords”.
- He was the host of the Sa Re Ga Ma music show from 1995 until 1999 and became a household name.
- He returned to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar in October 2007.
- He was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009 .
- He hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus in 2002.
- He appeared as the judge on Indian Idol in seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006) and was a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).
- In 2006, he hosted Life Ki Dhun with Sonu Nigam on Radiocity 91.1 FM, interviewing musicians.
- He was a judge/mentor on Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz (July – October 2010) with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and was a judge/mentor on the first season of X-Factor (India) (29 May – 2 September 2011) along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shreya Ghoshal.
- On 23 August 2015, he appeared on “The Anupam Kher Show” sharing his life experiences.
- He has been also one of the three judges of Indian Idol 2016–17.
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July 30, 2019