Yagnik began singing bhajans for Calcutta Radio at the age of six. She thought singing as a hobby but later thought about it as a profession. Her first song was for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar (1979), followed by Laawaris (1981) with the hit song Mere Angene Mein, followed by the film Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). She got her big break with the song Ek Do Teen from the film Tezaab (1988).
The song turned her into a star overnight and went on to become a pop hit. She also received her first Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song. Her voice has mostly been used for the younger generation of stars. She has done the playback singing for some of the biggest stars in the industry. Alka also sings four other languages like Marathi, Bengali and Punjabi.
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