Adnan Sami was born in London, United Kingdom on August 15th 1971. He was raised in London his father was a Pashtun and his mother was from Jammu. Adnan Sami’s father Mr Arshad Sami Khan has served in the Pakistani Air force as a pilot before becoming a senior bureaucrat as a Pakistani Ambassador in nearly 14 countries.
Adnan Sami was married to first wife in 1993 to Zeba Bakhtiyar and they also had a son named Azaan Sami Khan, couple parted ways after 3 years of their marriage.
Adnan Sami began living in India since 13 March 2001, on a visitor’s visa which was extended from time to time. In the year 2001, Adnan Sami married Dubai-based Arab Sabah Galadari.
This was his second marriage and Sabah’s second marriage as well, she had a son from her previous marriage. This relationship also ended in divorce, a year-and-a-half later.
In June 2006, he weighed 230 kilograms (506 lb) he claimed his doctor had given him just six months to live. By diet and exercise, he lost 167 kilograms (368 lb) in 16 months
In 2008, his wife Sabah returned to Mumbai, remarried him and began living with him, but the marriage only lasted one year, after which Sabah filed for divorce again.
In 2009, his father died of pancreatic cancer, which he described as the “biggest blow” of his life, saying that he had been extremely close to his father.
On 29 January 2010 Sami married Roya Sami Khan, the daughter of a retired diplomat and army general. He first met Roya in India during her visit in 2010 and proposed to her after some time. On 10 May 2017, he became a father to a daughter, Medina Sami Khan.
Adnan Sami had played the piano since the age of 5 and composed his first piece of music when he was nine years old. Sami began taking lessons in Indian classical music from the Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma when visiting India during his school vacations.
Indian singer Asha Bhosle saw him at age ten at an R. D. Burman concert in London, and encouraged him to take up music as a career. He is an accomplished concert pianist, music composer and singer with a command of Indian and Western classical/semi-classical music, jazz, rock and pop music. As a teenager, Adnan, when performing on the piano on a TV program in Stockholm, was described by the US-based Keyboard magazine as the “Fastest Man on Keyboard in the World”
The year 1986 has marked a push-start for Adnan Sami’s career he released his first ever album ‘’Run for His Life’’ which was released in 1986. It was in English, and recorded for UNICEF.
It went to No. 1 in the music charts in the Middle East. This was followed by three more No. 1s: “Talk to Me“, “Hot Summer Day” and “You’re My Best Kept Secret“.
The One & Only (1989), was a classical album on the piano accompanied by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. He released his first vocal solo album Raag Time in 1991.
The song from his album Teri Yaad was the title track of his first album, which became a huge hit in Pakistan.
Adnan Sami composed music for a film for the first time. The 1995 Pakistani film Sargam, in which he was the lead actor and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle did the playback Sargam, was a box office success.
It was also the first time that an Indian playback singer was featured in an album in Pakistan. To date Sargam is the only film Adnan Sami has acted in, and the score is the best-selling album of all time in Pakistan.
In 2000, Asha Bhosle collaborated with Sami on a collection of love songs named Kabhi to Nazar Milao in India.
The music was also composed by Adnan. The album became an instant success and topped the Indipop charts for most of 2001 and 2002. According to Business Week magazine, the album sold 4 million copies in India alone.
Two songs from the album Kabhi to Nazar Milao, whose music video featured model Aditi Gowitrikar, and Lift Karaa De, whose music video starred the popular Indian actor Govinda became popular at that time.
The videos were shot by Anil Mehta, who had shot popular Hindi films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan. Because of the album’s success, Magnasound and Sami released an album named Always Yours which was a remix version of numbers from that album.
He soon became popular, which led Hindi filmmaker Boney Kapoor to invite him to provide music for his film. This was the beginning for him to compose and sing for Hindi films and for the top Hindi film producers of the time like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai.
Due to the popularity of his music videos and live performances, he started getting acting offers at the same time. The song “Tu Sirf Mera Mehboob” from the Hindi film Ajnabee, sung by Adnan.
Became popular and was declared a “superhit” by Screen Magazine, who called him the pop personality of the year in 2001.
In 2002, Pepsi Foods made Adnan Sami its brand ambassador in India, a contract which involved hosting a series of live music concerts across cities as well as featuring in ads for Pepsi products.
He is the only artist in all of Asia and Europe to have endorsed Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola together.
Work except Bollywood
Being a professional Pianist, Sami has given solo performances before royalty such as the King of Sweden and King Hussein of Jordan.
He has performed before heads of state and governments such as President Mitterrand of France, the President of the United Arab Emirates, the President and Prime Minister of India, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, the President and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the Prime Minister of Sweden and Princess Christina of Sweden.
Adnan Sami has performed for music festivals to sold-out stadiums of his solo concert tours all over the world in over forty countries.
Sami wrote a song for India during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The video of this song captures the nationalistic spirit of competition, depicting Adnan performing with the Indian cricket team with guest appearances from Indian film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
His work has associated him with prominent people from the Indian film and music industry.
On 15 December 2002, BBC World Service celebrated 70 years of broadcasting by organizing a worldwide live concert with artists representing different parts of the world who performed before a global audience via satellite. Sami was chosen to represent India.
In the summer of 2003, Sami became the only musical artist from the entire Asian region to have sold out Wembley Stadium in London for two nights in a row this was recorded in the Limca Book of World Records(Asia’s equivalent to the West’s Guinness Book of World Records). He did this again in 2005, 2008, and 2012.
Zakir Hussain – Live in Karachi – Durga, Folk Tune, Jazz Piece, Beg Shree, Raag Meragi.
Hadiqa Kiyani – Suhani Rutt Ayi, Kab Sey Khili Ho, Kya Hay Kya Uljhan, Pyaar Bina Jeena Nahi, Barse Badal, Who Mujhay Yaad.
Nidhi Chauhan a.k.a Sunidhi Chauhan was born on August 14th 1983, in the Capital city Delhi. Sunidhi Chauhan’s father was always a theatre artist Dushyant Chauhan was at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, and her mother is a home maker she influenced Sunidhi Chauhan to pursue a career in singing.
At the mere age of 4 Sunidhi Chauhan had started performing at competitions and local gatherings, subsequently convinced by her father’s friends to take singing seriously.
During that time, she was doing live shows and trained herself with “regular riyaaz by listening to cassettes and CDs of popular numbers”.
She did her studies from Greenway Modern School and used to stay with her family members in Dilshad Garden, Delhi. She discontinued her studies right after schooling to pursue a career in the music industry.
When actress Tabassum spotted her, she made her sing live in her show Tabassum Hit Parade and asked her family to shift to Mumbai. She then introduced Sunidhi Chauhan to Kalyanji Virji Shah and Anandji Virji Shah.
Upon meeting, Kalyanji changed her name from Nidhi to Sunidhi as he felt that it is a lucky name. When she was 11, her dad quit his job and brought her to Mumbai. Initially, the family had financial difficulties in adjusting life to the city.
After that she worked in Kalyanji’s academy for few years and became the lead singer in his “Little Wonders” troupe. She was then offered with many shows, though her father insisted on singing for films.
While Sunidhi Chauhan was in the group of “Kalyanji’s Academy’’ they had a performance in the 40th FilmFare Award with the group little wonders. Music Director Aadesh Srivastava heard her and wanted her to sing and record her voice for the film Shastra.
She made her career debut at the age of thirteen, with the song “Ladki Deewani Dekho” from the film, alongside Udit Narayan.
During the year, she won the first singing reality show on DD National titled Meri Awaz Suno, where she was honored with the “Lata Mangeshkar Trophy” for the best female singer of India.
Besides, she recorded her first solo album, Aira Gaira Nathu Khaira which was ultimately promoted as a children’s album. Chauhan then realised her “limitations” and got formal training in classical singing from Gautam Mukherjee.
For the next two years, she worked as a background vocalist. Sunidhi Chauhan had a breakthrough career change actor she met Sonu Nigam. Sonu recommended her to Sandeep Chowta.
During the time, Chowta was working as the music director for Ram Gopal Varma’s film Mast (1999). Within two weeks’ time, Chauhan was signed to lend her voice for the film’s song where she recorded the title track along with
Sunidhi Chauhan possesses a high octave vocal range, and has the ability to reach lower octaves and dropping notes with transition. She has received a lot of acclaims and recognitions from many music directors from the Bollywood industry.
Lata Mangeshkar who described Sunidhi Chauhan’s vocals as “different” from her contemporary, mentioned that her voice will not suit musical style of lori. According to Rajani Kanikar, she has a “powerful” and “husky” voice which she attributes to her father.
She feels that her vocals structure suits on Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Kajol, Parineeti Chopra and Urmila Matondkar the most.
Though she has performs in high-pitched vocals songs, she is known for her “deeper pitched voice”, on which Ajay Gehlawat wrote: “Chauhan’s deeper timbre replaces Asha Bhosle’s higher pitched vocals” in the song “Yeh Mera Dil“
Sunidhi Chauhan’s “high-energy vocals” have been described as “stereotyped” in item numbers by the media. However, according to The Daily Star, “be it a soft classical-like piece or an operatic pitch, Chauhan is spectacular with her vocals”.
Ensuring such “fuller female timbres become more commonplace’ to a decidedly more forceful and sensual sounds”. Ganesh Anantharaman in his book Bollywood Melodies:
A History of the Hindi Film Song wrote that Chauhan has a “good, expressive” voice but she crafted a particular image for herself as the singer of fast, racy songs.
Influencers of Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi Chauhan was introduced to music by her father and dedicates her career to his father and mother for supporting her since a very young age.
She acknowledges that western music had a huge impact in her singing and confessed that she likes to perform “songs that have a western flavour in them“. Believing that her voice has a “global appeal”, she feels that her exposure to international music has only “sharpened” her skills while she does not forcefully tries to imply a western feel to the song.
She considers Lata Mangeshkar as her biggest inspiration, calling her “a temple of music”. She grew up listening to music by Lata Mangeshkar Ji and Asha Bhosle Ji and is equally influenced by singers like Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, K.S.Chithra, Alka Yagnik, Kishori Amonkar, Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey.
Sonu Nigam who helped her get her first break in the industry was named as one of the biggest influences in shaping her career along with her parents and she described him as a “catalyst to fuel my career”.
She was mainly compared with her contemporary singer Shreya Ghoshal for which Chauhan stated, “I am contented to have my own area in the current music world. Likewise, Shreya Ghoshal has her own.
Sunidhi Chauhan is associated with social causes working for the underprivileged kids where she performed charity shows, donating money and buying clothes.
In 2005, along with sixteen other artists, she recorded a single titled “Zindagi Pukaarti Hai” to raise money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Performed at Screen Awards on 18 January 2005, the song was released as a cassette and a CD where the proceeds from sales were given to the victims. She was also involved with fundraising events for charities involved in the disaster clean-up operation.
The Voice of the Nation Kishore Kumar was born on August 4th 1929. Kishore Kumar was born in a Bengali Brahmin Ganguly family in Khandwa, Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh) as Abhas Kumar Ganguly. His father, Kunjalal Ganguly (Gangopadhyay) was a lawyer and his mother, Gouri Devi came from a wealthy Bengali family and was a home-maker.
Kunjalal Gangopadhyaya was invited by the Kamavisadar Gokhale family of Khandwa to be their personal lawyer. Kishore was the youngest of four siblings, the older three being Ashok (the eldest), Sati Devi, and Anoop.
Kishore Kumar got married 4 times in his entire lifetime. The very first time he got married was when he in his 30s and he was married to Ruma Guha Thakurta and their marriage lasted for only 8 years.
Kishore Da’s 2nd wife was the most beautiful actress Bollywood had ever seen was Madhubala (Mumtaz Jahaan Begum Dehlavi) who had worked with him in many films including his home production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) and Jhumroo (1961).
When Kumar proposed to her, Madhubala was ill and was planning to go to London for treatment.
She had a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart), and he was still married to Ruma. After his divorce, the couple had a civil wedding in 1960 and Kumar converted to Islam and reportedly changed his name to Karim Abdul.
His parents refused to attend the ceremony. The couple also had a Hindu ceremony to please Kumar’s parents, but Madhubala was never truly accepted as his wife. Within a month of their wedding, she moved back to her bungalow in Bandra because of tension in the Kumar household.
They remained married, but under great strain for the remainder of Madhubala’s life. Their marriage ended with Madhubala’s death on 23 February 1969.
Kishore Kumar’s 3rd wife was Yogeeta Bali and lasted from 1976 to 4 August 1978. Kishore was married to Leena Chandavarkar from 1980 until his death. He had two sons, Amit Kumar with Ruma, and Sumit Kumar with Leena Chandavarkar.
Kishore Kumar’s elder brother was a star already settled in the Bollywood cinema world he had already been working in the film industry.
Later in the years Abhas Kumar changed his name to Kishore Kumar to launch himself in the industry as a chorus singer.
Kumar’s first film appearance was in Shikari (1946), in which his brother, Ashok played the lead role. Music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kumar a chance to sing “Marne Ki Duayen Kyon Mangu” for the film Ziddi (1948).
After this, Kishore Kumar was offered many other assignments, but he was not very serious about a film career. In 1949, he settled in Bombay. Kumar played the lead in the Bombay Talkies film Andolan (1951), directed by Phani Majumdar.
Although he got some acting assignments with the help of his brother, he was more interested in becoming a singer. But Ashok wanted Kumar to be an actor like him.
Between 1946 and 1955, Kumar appeared in 22 films of which 16 were flops and since he was disinterested in taking up acting as a career, he would find ways to be in the bad books of the director or producer, so that they throw him from their films.
It was only after the success of films such as Ladki, Naukari, Miss Malaysia, Char Paise and Baap Re Baap that Kumar developed an interest in acting seriously, which resulted in him having successful films as the lead actor between 1955 and 1966.
At the time of his acting career he was deeply influenced and inspired by the K.L Saigai and he tried to intimate his style of singing in some of his early films he had a respect from Rabindranath Tagore.
Kumar employed yodeling in many of his songs including; Tum bin jaaon kahan, Zindagi ek safar hai suhana, and Chala jata hoon. The style eventually became an essential feature of his singing and was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton.
Kishore Kumar acted in Bimal Roy’s Naukari (1954) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s directorial debut Musafir (1957). Salil Chowdhury, the music director for Naukari, was initially dismissive of Kumar as a singer when he found that Kumar had no formal training in music.
However, after hearing his voice, Chowdhury gave him the song Chhota Sa Ghar Hoga, which was supposed to be sung by Hemant Kumar. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), his home production, had the three Ganguly brothers and Madhubala in main roles.
Kumar played a car mechanic who has a romance with a city girl (Madhubala) with a subplot involving the brothers. In the movie Half Ticket, for one of the songs – “Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe” – the music director Salil Chowdhary had a duet in mind and wanted Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar to sing the song.
However, since Lata Mangeshkar was not in town and Salil Chowdhury had to record that song before she could return, Kumar solved the problem by singing both the male and female parts of the song himself.
The duet is actually for Pran and Kishore Kumar on the screen dressed as a woman. It just turned out to be fine as he did admirably well singing both in male and female voices.
As a Director
Kishore Kumar had also produced many movies in his and also directed some of the movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s Pyar Zindagi Hai, Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (1978), Sabaash Daddy, Zindagi (1981), Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin (1980) and Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi (1982) which was his last appearance as an actor. Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar became a Bollywood singer in the 1974 with the song “Apne Bas Ki Baat Nahi“, composed by Kumar for the film Badthi Ka Naam Daadi.
Amit Kumar became popular with success of the song “Bade Achche Lagte Hai“.
Kishore continued singing for several actors even in 1980s. Kishore Kumar performed stage shows right from 1969 to earn money to pay his income tax arrears.
Kumar stopped singing for Amitabh Bachchan in the year 1981, after Bachchan refused to appear as a guest in the film Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein, which Kishore Kumar produced.
Kishore declined to give voice for Amitabh in Naseeb, Coolie, Mard and Desh Premee. Kishore said he would give his voice to Randhir Kapoor in the film Pukar. Since Kishore shared good rapport with R. D. Burman, he agreed to sing in Mahaan, Shakti and Bemisal.
Later, Kishore called a truce by singing for Amitabh in a solo song in Shahenshah and later in Toofan. Kishore sang the song “Mera Geet Adhura Hai” for his production Mamta Ki Chaon Mein and pictured the song on Rajesh Khanna.
Music Directors working with Kishore Da
S.D (Sachin Dev) Burman
S.D Burman being an excellent music director in his time started using Kishore Kumar’s voice for the films. Some of the very famous songs include:
Vishal Bhardwaj was born on 4 August 1965, in Chandpur city in District Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. His mother Satya Bhardwaj, was a homemaker, and father Ram Bhardwaj, was a sugarcane inspector.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s father also wrote poetry and lyrics for Hindi films. He and his family lived in Najibabad until he completed 5th grade in school. They later moved to Meerut, where he used to play cricket for the states under-19 team. He could not pursue cricket because the day before a tournament, his thumb broke during a practise session.
Vishal Bhardwaj composed a song at the age of seventeen. After hearing it, his father discussed it with music director Usha Khanna. She used it for the film Yaar Kasam (1985). Bhardwaj later moved to Delhi to pursue his graduation at the Hindu College, University of Delhi.
Vishal Bhardwaj met his wife and playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj during the college annual function she was a year senior to him. He is also an avid tennis player.
Vishal Bhardwaj started playing harmonium for friends who were Ghazal singers. After a few years, he took up a job with a music company called CBS in Delhi. He later went to Mumbai to become a music composer, and he only took to directing films to create the opportunity to compose music.
His interest in film direction kindled after watching Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), and Krzysztof Kieślowski’s television series Dekalog, during a film festival in Thiruvananthapuram.
Vishal Bhardwaj did not leave any opportunity to compose music in the year 1995, Vishal Bhardwaj made his debut as a music composer for the children’s film Abhay (The Fearless). He then went on to compose music for Fauji (1995), and Sanshodhan (1996).
In 1996, he served as the music director for Gulzar’s Maachis (1996), for which he received the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
The film depicted the transformation of boys into terrorists during the Punjab insurgency in Punjab in the 1980s. The soundtrack composed by Bhardwaj became an anthem for the politically restive college youth at that time.
He later collaborated with him on TV serials such as Alice in Wonderland and Gubbare. His further projects included Betaabi (1997), Tunnu Ki Tina (1997), Satya (1998) and Hu Tu Tu (1999). At the 46th National Film Awards, Bhardwaj received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for his critically acclaimed score in Godmother (1999).
In 2010, he composed the music for his production venture Ishqiya, which garnered him his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction. He also composed music for Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli, the Hindi dubbed version of the anime adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s original collection of stories, The Jungle Book.
Apart from feature films, Bhardwaj has provided music for music albums such as Sunset Point (2000), Ishqa Ishqa (2002) and Barse Barse (2011). He frequently collaborates with Gulzar.
Vishal Bhardwaj as a Playback Singer
After getting a successful response in the music direction Vishal Bhardwaj tried to sing in few movies as well. He had lent his voice for the movies like –
Sonu Nigam was born in a successful musical family on July 30,1973 in the city of Faridabad, Haryana. Sonu Nigam’s father Mr Agam Kumar Nigam and mother Mrs Shobha Nigam was from Agra and Garhwal respectively.
Sonu Nigam started singing at the age of 4 and he was previously singing with his father Mr Agam Nigam on the stage with a Mohammad Rafi song named ‘’Kya Hua Tera Wada’’ Sonu Nigam used to sing at various functions.
He moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career at the age of 26. He was trained by Hindustani classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
He married Madhurima Mishra on 15 February 2002. They have a son named Nevaan.
Sonu Nigam made his Bollywood debut with the song O Aasman Wale. He released his first album named ‘’Rafi KiYaadein’’ in 1992.
After this, he sung in some movies including Muqabla (1993) Veerta (1993) Meherban (1993) Shabnam (1993) Kasam Teri Kasam (1993) Aag (1994) Khuddar (1994) Hulchul.
Sonu Nigam was supposed to playback the song “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh” from 1942: A Love Story and Sonu was the first choice of music director R. D. Burman for this song, but the song was eventually recorded by Kumar Sanu.
Sonu Nigam’s album Deewana, with music directed by Sajid-Wajid, was released by T-Series in 1999 and is one of the most selling and celebrated albums till date. His album Deewana, with music directed by Sajid-Wajid, was released by T-Series in 1999 and is one of the most selling and celebrated albums till date.
Sonu Nigam provided playback singing for Hindi movies, including the title song for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003 to “Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin” for Agneepath in 2012 and many more.
However, from the past few years, he has become selective about his songs so that he can focus more on creative works. His upcoming project with Bickram Ghosh named “Bollywood Retro” is one such project. In 2008, soon after releasing Classically Mild,
He released a single Punjabi track entitled “Punjabi Please” and Rafi Resurrected, a two-disc collection of Rafi songs with music by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He contributed to the lyrics of several songs and directed the music for his album Chanda Ki Doli.
Sonu has always been loved and respected by the Bollywood industry. Among the new generation of singers, Lata Mangeshkar likes Sonu Nigam the most. Shah Rukh Khan has been always seen heaping praises on Sonu Nigam whom he considers as a true artist. Shankar Mahadevan considers Sonu Nigam as his favorite singer in recent times.
Music director Himesh Reshammiya also believes that Sonu is the best singer in the industry. Filmmaker Shirish Kunder is full of praises for Sonu. Shekhar of Vishal-Shekhar duo considered him as the finest live performer.
In the year 2008, at the inauguration of Harvard University’s 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, Sonu Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan, “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye“, with the Harvard College Sangeet.
In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma on Rafi Resurrected.
He participated in a US tour with Sunidhi Chauhan in 2009 called The Explosion 2009 tour and in a UK tour titled All Izz Well in November 2010. In 2011, Nigam collaborated with Kakas Entertainment and Laxmikant–Pyarelal for a Maestros Concert performing Mohammed Rafi songs.
Sonu Nigam has also collaborated with international artists such has Britney Spears for the remixes of her ‘I Wanna Go’, DJ Avicii on his song ‘Indian Levels’.
Music in other Languages
Sonu Nigam has recorded Romantic, Rock, Sad, Devotional, Ghazal and Patriotic songs. He has sung in Hindi, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Tamil and Telugu till date.
Nigam has released pop albums in Hindi, Kannada, Odia, Chhattisgarhi and Punjabi, as well as Hindu and Islamic devotional albums. He has released several Buddhist albums.
In 1996 Sonu Nigham, gave his debut in Kannada for the film Jeevanadhi for the song ‘Yello Yaro Hego’ from the film Majnu, composed by Gurukiran “Titanic Heroine Nee Nanna Cheluve” from the film Snehaloka the title track from the film Monalisa composed by Valisha Sandeep “Hamsave Hamsave” from the film Gatti Mela composed by Hamsalekha, “Kannale Kannale” from the film Aham Premasmi, composed by V.Ravichandran and “Baaninda Baa Chandira, from the movie Kanti, composed by Gurukiran.
The 2006 film Mungaru Male created a sensation and spawned several records, mainly in Karnataka. The songs “Mungaru Maleye” And “Anisuthide” were composed by Mano Murthy and written by Yogaraj Bhat and Jayant Kaikini respectively. Nigam has said that he finds Kannada songs more fulfilling than the Hindi numbers.
In an interview with Deccan Herald he said “Kannada songs make me feel positive”. He went on to say: “I highly respect the musicians of Karnataka and many of my favorite songs are in Kannada. I consider Bangalore as my second birthplace. Even if someone requests me to sing a Kannada song while I’m performing in the West Indies, I will sing it for them”.
Sonu Nigam like other singers had also been on the television for some point of his career. After gaining his experience and having his name with one of the best singers in Bollywood industry he had been judging the reality shows.
He has hosted the show named Sa Re Ga Ma music show from 1995 till 1999 and became very famous because of hosting the show and those were the time that there were not much music shows which were aired. He was also a celebrity judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Grand finale.
Nigam 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. Nigam’s acting career started as a child in films including Betaab (1983). As an adult, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal.
Rahul Dev Burman – O Aasman Wale, Aaja Meri Jaan (Aaja Meri Jaan)
Dilip Sen – Chal Chaliye Wahan Pe Diljani, Chhodo Mujhe Jaane Do, Naino Ko Karne Do.
Nadeem – Shravan – Aaj Kal Ki Nahin, Ek Haseen Ladki Ki, Ishq Me Ek Pal.
Anu Malik – Border, China Gate, Badal, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karga, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.
A.R Rahman – Saathiya, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, Meenaxi: A Tale Of Three Cities.
Pritam – Ankahee, Naksha, Dhoom 2, Just Married, Kya Love Story Hain, Naqaab, Speed.
Bharat Ratna Dr. Ambedkar Award by Govt. of Maharashtra (Presented by HE Shree Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor) 2020
Naushad Sanman 2020
Magnificent Performing Arts Award at the 21st Century Icon Awards 2019
Singer Kumar Sanu Award
Lokmat Most Stylish Singer – Male 2018
7th TIIFA Award 2018
Iconic Achiever’s Award 2018
Doctorate from Theerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of music and inspiring youth to follow a path to success. 2018
Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India 2017
Mirchi Music Awards for Indie Pop Song of the Year for “Aye Jahaan Aasmaan” 2017
Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer jal best 2016
Oscar 2015 nomination list “Jal” Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh for their rustic compositions for the drama film – 2015
Socialathon Person of the Year 2015
Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Vocalist Kannada2014
MTV Video and Music Award 2013 for Best Male Vocalist for Abhi Mujhme Kahin 2013
Zee Cinema Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath 2013
Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath 2013
Royal Stag Mirchi Music Award for Male Vocalist of The Year for the song “Abhi Mujhme Kahin” from the film Agneepath Filmfare Awards South – Nominated – Best Playback Singer Male for the song “Chendutiya Pakkadali” from the movie Drama.2012-2013
Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer 2012
GIMA for Best Global Indian Collaboration – This Is It ft Jermaine Jackson 2012
GIMA(Global Indian Music Award)for MTV Youth Icon. 2011
Gitanjali WoW Award for Live Personality(Music). 2011
Global Indian Music Award for Best Live Performer (Male) 2010
GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Best Live Performer Male. 2010
GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Most Popular Song – All Izz Well. 2010
Amar Rishtey Award for Zee Icoon– TVS Sa Re Ga Ma. 2010
Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer of the Decade. 2010
Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Dil Mill Gaye title track. 2009
Filmfare Awards South, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Yenagali from Mussanje Maathu 2009
GPBA (German Public Bollywood Award), Best Singer (Male) for Main Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om. 2009
Filmfare Awards South, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Ninnindale from Milana. 2008
Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Amber Dhara title track 2008
Lions Gold Award for the song ‘In lamhon ke Daaman me’ from the film ‘Jodha Akbar’. 2008
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Mein Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om. 2007
Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Title Track. 2007
Indian Television Award Best Singer for Miliee Title Track. 2006
MTV Immies – Best Pop Album, for his self-composed album titled “Chanda Ki Doli”. 2005
Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music. 2005
Anadolok Award for “Chanda Ki Doli” album. 2005
Lion Gold’s Award for the song Main Hoon Na from the film “Main Hoon Na”. 2005
Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song “Dheere Jalna”, from the film “Paheli”. 2005
Teachers’ Achievement Award 2005
Style Icon, MTV Style Awards. 2005
MTV Style Awards– Best Male Playback Singer – Bandhan 2004
MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song “Main Hoon Na”, from the film “Main Hoon Na”. 2004
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. 2004
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for “Kal Ho Naa Ho”2004
Apsara Film Producers’ Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer for “Kal Ho Na Ho” from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. 2003
Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for “Kal Ho Na Ho” from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. 2003
IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, from the film Kal Ho Na Ho 2003
Style Icon, MTV Style Awards.2003
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho”. 2003
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song “Saathiya”, from the f ilm Saathiya. 2002
Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Saathiya” from the film “Saathiya”. 2002
MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song “Saathiya” from the film “Saathiya”. 2002
Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song “Saathiya”, from the film “Saathiya”. 2002
IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song “Saathiya”, from the film “Saathiya”. 2002
Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song “Tanhayee”, from the film “Dil Chahta Hai”. 2001
Bollywood Music Award for Best Pop Singer for the album “Yaad”. 2001
IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song “Suraj Hua Maddham”, from the f ilm “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”. 2001
Sukhwinder Singer is one of the most famous and versatile singers of Bollywood. He hails from hathi gate from Amritsar, Punjab. He is one the versatile singers of Bollywood industry who has given many beautiful songs like Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire and Chak De India! – Chak De India.
Sukhwinder Singh developed interest in music when he was mere 4 years old and at the age of 8 he gave his first performance on stage for the song Sa Re Ga Ma Pa from 1970 film Abhinetri.
After singing on the stage for the Bollywood film mentioned above people started to like his voice and music, Sukhwider Singh also tried his luck for a Punjabi music which was also a hit song after the release Munda South Hall Da
Alongside Laxmikant – Pyaarelal’s Troupe after this song was released he headed to south India in search of more music projects. Sukhwinder Singh had sang for a Tamil film Ratchagan.
Where the music was directed by the legendary A.R Rahman and there is where A R Rahman found Sukhwinder’s voice very intimidating and beautiful and crisp.
Sukhwinder Singh got his first Bollywood break in the blockbuster patriotic movie Karma in which he sang a few lines. Then, he sang the hit song “Aaja Sanam” in a film named Khilaaf.
But he realized that something was missing in his voice, so he took a sabbatical and left Mumbai to tour England and America to see, hear, and understand various forms of music. After this broadening of his musical horizons, he returned to Mumbai to kick-start his musical career.
After returning back from his international tour of learning music Sukhwinder Singh again tried to enter Bollywood and he got his first project for the film Aaja Sanam which went unnoticed even when the Legendary Music duo Laxmikant – Pyarelal names were included.
Sukhwinder did not lose hope and still tried hi level hard to try his luck in the Bollywood, one day he got a call from the legendary Music Composer A.R Rahman he had signed Sukhwinder singh for the movie Dil Se… For the most famous song “Chaiyya Chaiyya”.
After the grand success of Chaiyya Chaiyya Sukhwinder Singh was noticed by everyone in the industry and he got many offers from the Bollywood Industry for the movies like –
Taal, Biwi No.1
Daag: The Fire
Apna Sapna Money Money
Shaadi Se Pehle
Chak De! India
Om Shanti Om
Black & White — have given him a nationwide recognition.
Sukhwinder singh has got many acclamation for singing playback songs for the Superstar Shah Rukh Khan for more than songs like –
Dard-E-Disco (Om Shanti Om)
Haule Haule (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
Satakali (Happy New Year)
Udi Udi Jaye (Raees)
And also he had given his voice for many super star actors like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Arjun Rampal, Anil Kapoor and many more. Sukhwinder Singh had also participated on in a dancing reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa which was judged by Remo Dsouza, Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar. He did not win the competition but he had gain recognition throughout the country
Gulzar – Dil see.., Khoobsurat, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Office Office, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Kaminey, Just Married, No Smoking, and Rangoon Madari.
A.R Rahman – Dil Se… – 1998, 1947 Earth – 1998, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna – 1998, Taal – 1999, Thakshak – 1999, Zubeidaa – 2000, One 2 Ka 4 – 2001, Lagaan – 2001, The Legend of Bhagat Singh – 2002, Tehzeeb – 2003, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – 2004 and Bombay Dreams- 2004
Vishal Bhardwaj – Ramji Londonwale 2005, The Blue Umbrella 2005, Omkara – 2006, No Smoking 2007, Kaminey 2009, Ishqiya 2010, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola 2013, Dedh Ishqiya 2014, Haider 2014.
Vishal – Shekhar – Om Shanti Om 2007 Tashan 2008 Bhoothnath 2008 Tees Maar Khan 2010 Ra.One 2011 Kahaani 2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince 2012 Gippi 2013 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein 2013 Happy New Year 2014 Sultan 2016
Salim – Sulaiman – Aaja Nachle 2007 Chak De! India 2007 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008 Fashion 2008 Kurbaan 2009 Luck 2009 Band Baaja Baaraat 2010 Chakravyuh 2012 Kaanchi: The Unbreakable 2014
Awards and Recognitions
FilmfareAward for Best Male Playback Award – Dil Se… (Chhaiya Chhaiya)
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Award – Haule haule (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Haider (Vishal Bhardwaj)
GoldenSparrowAward – 1st Diorama International Film Festival & Market – Kar har Maidan Fateh – (Sanju).
India’s Sufi Singer Kailash Kher was born on July 7th 1973. He is known to singing style of Indian Sufi music and Indian Classical Music. Born in the city of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. His father Mehar Singh Kher was a traditional folk singer. Kher’s first brush with music came in his childhood.
Brought up in a musical atmosphere, from his school days, he was enchanted and fascinated by music and used to listen to his father’s Indian folk’s songs all day. Even as a four-year-old,
Kailash Kher displayed natural musical talent and would often impress friends and family by belting out songs with his prematurely powerful voice.
Kailash Kher married Sheetal in February 2009 and their son Kabir Kher was born in December 2009.
Kailash Kher left home at the mere age of 14 in search of a guru or an institution to further his musical training, and he embarked on years of classical and folk music study. According to Kher, “it was because I wanted to pursue my passion for music. It required me to stay in isolation“.
He also attended music classes and would teach students for just ₹150 per session to maintain himself, taking care of all his personal expenses from lodging to food, plus his education and musical expenses.
Although he couldn’t find the right guru or a school, Kher started learning music by listening to it. He listened to Indian classical singers like Pandit Gokulotsav Ji Maharaj, Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and later even Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, and their contemporaries.
He then experimented with a family friend’s Indian handicraft export business until 1999. However, when the business collapsed, he became depressed and even attempted suicide in early 1999. He went to Singapore and Thailand, and stayed there for six months.
He graduated from New Delhi, after returning from international he completed his education through correspondence.
Kailash Kher’s struggle started as soon as he moved to Mumbai, he did not have much connection to the industry but he did his best to find.
Ram Sampath wanted a new voice for his jingle and was looking for a fresh voice and he had just came across Kailash Kher. Kher’s foray continued with him singing jingles for TV and radio commercials, receiving critical acclaim for his unique style of singing.
He sang in commercials for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Citibank,Pepsi, IPL and Honda Motor Cycles. Since Kailash Kher did not have any powerful connections in the Bollywood’s Music industry he had to struggle through a lot of time to finally get mixed up with,
Bollywood music maestros, after constant struggle he got an opportunity to sing a song for movie Andaaz and the song was ‘’ Rabba Ishq Na Hove’’
And his song ‘’Alla Ke Bande’’ from Waise Bhi Hota Hain was highly recognized and loved song of the Bollywood during that time.
After His another famous song is “O Sikander” from Corporate.
Kailash Kher founded his own fusion band ‘Kailasa’ in 200 4in the city where he was struggling to get set in the industry he and musical duo brothers Paresh – Naresh Kamath.
Their first ever album as a band was Kailasa which was the band’s first album. Their second album, Jhoomo Re, released in May 2007, went on to be an equally smash hit. With songs like “Saiyaan“
and “Agad Bamm” touching the right chords with Indian as well as international audiences.
Kailasa’s third album, Chaandan mein released in June 2009, was yet another smash hit! He made his first international album on the acclaimed independent record label Cumbancha.
He released his fourth album, Rangeele, which was released by his owned company Kailasa Records in January 2012.
This album was widely acclaimed amongst the fans of Kailasa, and was critically acclaimed worldwide. Kher has also sung a non-filmy Nepali pop song such as “Phool Ko Thunga“
“Bolnai parcha bhanne K cha ra” from the album called Only Love in 2011.
The song “Teri Deewani“
From the album of the same name by his band Kailasa and the song “Ya Rabba” from the movie Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love had record sales.
He got opportunity to sing for the film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. In the film his song “Jay Jay Kara” and “Jal rahi hai chita” became much popular.
There are many singers in Bollywood who has a master in Sufi and Ghazal music, but it requires a special talent to have a special sound which is a mixture of all the sounds, KailashKher has bought a unique style and a fresh , raw and natural sound of voice.
There are many living legend who Kailash Kher finds his influencers and they have set many examples of to many growing and upcoming music talents.
There are many influencers of Kher such as, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.
His songs have been famous for their unique, soulful music and classical lyrics. Kher is the only singer in India who often includes a classical lyrics and folk language in his solo albums and films.
Most of his film or non-film albums include romantic tracks with a touch of classical music, lyrics and traditional languages.
Kailash Kher had also given his voice for many Bollywood movies like Chandni Chowk to China, Dasvidaniya, Sacred Evil, Sangini, Desi Kattey etc. It is a very common for any of any artists to know many languages and to sing in many languages there are also many artists in the record who has sang in more than 30 languages but Kailash Kher have also sang songs for 20 languages. More than 500songs are been sang by Kailash Kher.
He has also ventured into the Kannada film industry. His hits from Kannada films include the songs “Hale Patre” from the movie Junglee and “Ekka Raaja Raani” from the movie Jackie.
He has composed and sung the title track of Star Plus’s serial Diya Aur Baati Hum along with Shubha Mudgal. He has also sung the title track of Colors serial “Udaan” along with the anthem for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the national campaign for cleaning India.
Kailash Kher had appeared in many T.V Reality shows and have given his judgements for many contestants in many reality shows.
He has appeared in various television shows, including Wind of Change (Bangladesh) (Gaan Bangla), Saregamapa Li’l Champs (Zee TV), Mission Ustaad (9X), Indian Idol 4 (Sony), IPL Rockstar (Colors) and Rock On (MTV). In 2009, Kher appeared in Indian Idol 4 as a judge along with Javed Akhtar, Sonali Bendre and Anu Malik.
In 2013, Kailash Kher collaborated with singer Shreya Ghoshal for the first time for a mission titled ‘The Project Resound: Upgrade your Ears’, in which Kher wrote, composed, and invited Shreya to sing along a song named “Naina Chaar“.
This online initiative by Sony Music India, aimed to make people aware of the rising technological advancement in the field of music, which may make it difficult to distinguish between noise and music. The project also promoted the use of Sony headphones.
A.R Rahman – Nanhi Si Jaan (2.0), Salvadore (Couples Retreat), Mangal Mangal (Mangal Pandey: The Rising), Yuhi Chala Chal Raahi (Swades)
Anu Malik – Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Gali Gali Me Chor, Ab Tumnhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo.
Vishal – Shekhar – Allah Ke Bande, Barf Khushi Hain, Chal Rahi Hain Saansein
Vishal Dadlani was born on June 28th June 1977. He was born in a Sindhi Family in the City Of Dreams, Mumbai. Vishal Dadhlani got married to Priyali Dadlani. Vishal Dadlani is known for his Bollywood Jingles and many noted songs like Aas Paas Khuda and Malhari.
He went to Hill Grange High School in Mumbai and subsequently attended Jai Hind College for two years (1989–90), after which he went to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics.
He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. Vishal Dadlani was always keen about music, it all started in the year 1994 where he came across indie-rock/electronica band Pentagram which he fronted for so many years.
Pentagram being the most prominent and prolific Rock band in India has gained recognition worldwide as one of the pioneers of Indian Independent Music.
Vishal – Shekhar
Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani rose to prominence when they composed the songs for the film Jhankaar Beats which included the song “Tu Aashiqui Hai”.
Which got them to win Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. In 2005 they composed the songs for three films: Salaam Namaste, Dus and Bluffmaster.
Vishal – Shekhar also composed a song called “Nashe Si Chad Gayi” which went viral and was the first Indian song to clock 300 million views and then 400 million views on YouTube.
It currently has over 600 million views. Vishal-Shekhar composed “Swag Se Swagat” which became the fastest song in the world to hit 100 million views and clocked up to 650 million views on YouTube in its first year.
Vishal Dadlani is also the vocalist of Mumbai-based electronic band Pentagram. He collaborated with Imogen Heap on the song “Minds without Fear” for an episode of The Dewarists.
Shekhar Ravjiani is a trained classical singer (under Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan). He learned to play the Accordion from his father, a music enthusiast, Hasmukh Ravjiani. Shekhar was a participant of Zee TV singing contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1997. He composed and sung Marathi songs “Saazni” in 2012 and “Saavli” (with Sunidhi Chauhan) in 2013.
On 16 August 2016, the duo collaborated with British rock band The Vamps for single “Beliya“.
Non – Bollywood Works
They have been judges on the star hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and the musical talent show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star with director and choreographer Farah Khan. They are the judges on Amul Star Voice of India Mummy Ki Superstars.
They were mentors and Judges in the reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pawith Sajid-Wajid. Both Vishal and Shekhar appeared as judges in the reality singing show for children and teens, Indian Idol Junior, Season One, while only Vishal appeared in Season Two.
They composed the Indian Premier League theme song of season 3 and the anthem of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Vishal Dadlani launched a petition to ban live media coverage during the rescue operations.
They performed twice at Delhi Technological University -2014 and 2018. They composed the song “Allah Ke Bande” from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II.
On 23 January 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Spring Fest 2012 in IIT Kharagpur on 22 January 2012 they also performed at Saarang in IIT Madras. And in February 2012, at Crossroads 2012 in SRCC. On 25 March 2012, Vishal and Shekhar with Shruti Pathak performed live at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Flare.
Vishal–Shekhar composed the IPL 6 anthem “Jumping Japaang” and the IPL 7 anthem “Chalo Bulawa Aya Hai”.
Vishal Dadlani appeared in cameo roles in Om Shanti Om, Tees Maar Khan and Happy New Year. Vishal Dadlani was one of the first Indian celebrities to openly support the Aam Aadmi Party.
Rahul Dev Burman a.k.a R D Burman was a born on June 27, 1939 in the Tram City Calcutta. He was nick named Tublu by his grandmother.
According to some rumors he was also named Pancham, because whenever he cried it sounded like the fifth note (Pa) G scale of Music Notation in Hindustani Classical Music, there is another theory that he could cry in different sounds that’s the reason he was called Pancham.
He was born to Legendary Bollywood Composer and singer S.D Burman (Sachin Dev Burman) andLyricist Meera Dev Burman.
R D Burman’s first wife was Rita Patel, whom he had met in Darjeeling. Rita, a fan, had bet her friends that she would be able to get a film-date with R.D Burman. The two married in 1966, and divorced in 1971. The song Musafir Hoon Yaaron from Parichay (1972) was composed by him, when he was at a hotel after the separation.
R D Burman married Asha Bhosle in 1980. Together, they recorded many hit songs and also staged many live performances. However, towards the end of his life, they did not live together.
R D Burman received his early education in West Bengal. His father S. D. Burman was a noted music director in Bollywood, the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry. When he was nine years old, R. D. Burman composed his first song, Aye meri topi palat ke aa, which his father used in the film Funtoosh (1956).
The tune of the song Sar jo tera chakraaye was also composed by him as a child his father included it in the soundtrack of Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (1957).
In Mumbai, R D Burman was trained by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (sarod) and Samta Prasad (tabla). He also considered Salil Chowdhury his guru. He served as an assistant to his father, and often played harmonica in his orchestras.
Some of the notable films in which R. D. Burman is credited as the music assistant include Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Bandini (1963), Ziddi (1964), Guide (1965) and Teen Devian (1965). R. D. Burman also played mouth organ for his father’s hit composition “Hai Apna Dil To Aawara“, which was featured in the film Solva Saal, and sung by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay.
In 1959, R D Burman signed up as a music director for the film Raaz, directed by Guru Dutt’s assistant Niranjan. However, the film was never completed.
The lyrics of this Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman-starrer film were written by Shailendra. Burman recorded two songs for the film before it was shelved. The first song was sung by Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle, and the second one had vocals by Shamshad Begum.
R D Burman in the 70s had rose to the fame and had become highly recognized by the Bollywood music industry and with the Kishore Kumar songs and Rajesh Khanna starrer movies. Evergreen movie Kati Patang was the Musical Hit during 70s which was directed by Shakti Samanta. He also composed Hare Rama Hare Krishna in the year 1971.
The Asha Bhosle song “Dum Maro Dum” from this film proved to be a seminal rock number in Hindi film music.
The filmmaker Dev Anand did not include the complete version of “Dum Maro Dum” in the film, because he was worried that the song would overshadow the film. In the same year, Burman composed the music for Amar Prem. The Lata Mangeshkar song “Raina Beeti Jaaye” from this soundtrack is regarded as a classical music gem in Hindi film music..
R D Burman’s other hits in 1971 included the romantic song “Raat kali ek khwab mein“
From Buddha Mil Gaya and the Helen-starrer cabaret song “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja” from Caravan.
In 1972, R D Burman composed music for several films, including Seeta Aur Geeta, Rampur Ka Lakshman, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Bombay To Goa, Apna Desh and Parichay. His success continued with hits such as Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Sholay (1975) and Aandhi (1975).
He also composed a song for a small documentary film called Maa Ki Pukaar, in 1975. After his father S. D. Burman went into coma, Burman also completed the music of Mili (1975).
Twist in Career
In the 70s R D Burman was the sensation for his music direction. He felt he was overshadowed by the Disco Music Composer Bappi Lahiri. 1970, R D Burman composed the music for Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971). Many filmmakers stopped patronizing him, as films featuring his compositions flopped at the box office one after the other.
Nasir Hussain, who had signed him up for every single one of his productions since Teesri Manzil (1966), did not sign him up for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).
Hussain defended Burman in the press, saying that the latter did not give weak music in Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1982) and Manzil Manzil (1984). He also said that the composer was going through a lean phase during the recording of Zabardast (1985).
But after these three films flopped, Hussain stepped down as a director, and his son and successor Mansoor Khan switched to other composers. The filmmaker Subhash Ghai promised Burman Ram Lakhan (1989), but gave it instead to Laxmikant–Pyarelal. In 1986, Burman composed songs for Ijaazat the score is regarded as one of his best.
However, the film belonged to the Parallel Cinema genre of (art films), so it did not stop the decline of R D Burman’s commercial film career. All four songs in Ijaazat were sung by Asha Bhosle and written by Gulzar.
Burman was greatly appreciated by the critics for setting the non-rhyming lyrics of the song “Mera Kuchh Saamaan” to music.
R D Burman suffered from a heart attack in 1988, and underwent heart bypass surgery a year later at The Princess Grace Hospital in London.
Many Songs and movies were made during his existence but were able to release after his death. Burman’s death contain his original songs or their remixed versions.
Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), which contains several re-arranged hit songs of Burman, was made as a tribute to him. Jhankaar Beats (2003), which catapulted the music director duo Vishal-Shekhar into the limelight, is also a tribute to him.
In Khwahish (2003), Mallika Sherawat’s character is a Burman fan the film features repeated references to him. In 2010, Brahmanand Singh released a 113-minute documentary titled Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai, which received critical acclaim.
The music of Lootera (2013) is a tribute to Burman. Other films which credit R. D. Burman include Gang (2000) and Monsoon Wedding (2001)
A number of Indian remix albums feature R.D Burman’s songs, which are also popular in the country’s pubs and discos.
Several of his compositions were re-mixed by the South Asian DJs in the United Kingdom and North America, and feature in popular albums such as Bally Sagoo’s Bollywood Flashback.
Kronos Quartet’s You’ve Stolen My Heart (2005) contains BurmEan’s compositions sung by his wife Asha Bhosle. In the 2012 film Khiladi 786, Himesh Reshammiya-composed song Balma is also a tribute to R.D. Burman.
Kishor Kumar – Chandni Ki Chamak Se Gheere Hue Insaano Ka Kya Kehna, Ladki Nai BIjli Hain Tu, Main Hoon Who Jaadugar.
Asha Bhosle – Main Hoon Wahi, Meri Behna Pyaari Hain, Pardesi Behna, Tu Na Milan Toh.
Lata Mangeshkar – Na Jaa Re Na Ja Mere Sawariya, Mohabat ke Isharon Mein.
Mohammed Rafi – Tasveer Liye Jaata Hoon, Rut Hain Milan Ki, Yamma Yamma, Chand Mera Dil, Wadiyan Mera Daman.
Amit Kumar – Pinky Darling, Jise Pyaar Zamaana, Gussa Ho Kar, Tumhare Roop Ka Suraj.
FilmFare Best Music Director Award – Sanam Teri Kasam 1983.
FilmFare Best Music DirectorAward – Masoom 1984
FilmFare Best Music Director Award – 1942: A Love Story.
Pritam Chakraborty a.k.a Pritam was born on June 14, 1971 in a Bengali family to Anuradha and Prabodh Chakraborty. Pritam Chakraborty since his childhood got his training from his father, and he had started learning guitar when he was still in school.
Since then he developed an interest in music composing songs. He got married to Smita Bhattacharya and have a daughter.
After finishing his schooling at St. James’ School and graduating in Geology in 1992 from Presidency College, Pritam Chakraborty dropped out of his M.Sc. classes in 1993 to chart a career of his own choice from FTII, Pune, where he took up Sound Recording and Engineering in 1994. Amid this time, he was offered an opportunity to create background music for a film by the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal.
Pritam Chakraborty joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo. Before that, he formed another band with his Presidency batchmates, called “Jotugriher Pakhi” for which, he used to play the Guitar.
They even have a cassette tape released to their credit at that time.
He went to St. James’ School and has a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Presidency College. Pritam joined FTII, Pune where he took up Sound Recording and Engineering in 1994. During this time, he was offered a chance to compose background music for a film by the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal.
Pritam Chakraborty formed a band with his Presidency batch mates, called “Jotugriher Pakhi” for which, he used to play the guitar. They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time. Pritam joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo. Later Pritam started band Metro with James, Suhail, Soham and Eric during his film called Life in a… Metro.
After completing his sound engineering course from FTII Pune, Pritam came to Mumbai in 1997. He started composing ad jingles where he met other budding artists such as Shantanu Moitra,Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Jeet Gannguli.
Pritam Chakraborty composed renowned jingles for brands like Santro, Emami, McDonald’s, Head & Shoulders, Thums Up, Limca, Complan and composed title tracks for TV serials such as Astitva, Kkavyanjali, Ye Meri Life Hai, Remix, Kashmeer, Miilee, and Dil Kya Kare.
Pritam got his first break for Tere Liye (released December 2001) though the music was well-received, the film missed the mark. In 2002, The Jeet-Pritam duo once again composed music for Yash Raj Films’ Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. All the songs from that movie were chartbusters. Soon after, over some misunderstanding, Jeet decided to split and the partners went their separate ways.
Pritam gave a biggest hit of his life with Dhoom movie’s music. It became an instant hit all across the world. He followed this up with compositions for films like Jannat, Gangster and Dhoom 2. His compositions for Anurag Basu’s Life in a… Metro garnered him very positive reviews.
He formed a band called Metro with Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty, Eric Pillai and Bangladeshi singer James for the movie.
He won his second Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year for the song “Mauja hi Mauja” from Jab We Met by Imtiaz Ali.
Jab We Met won him his first Apsara Award for Best Music Director. He composed for two more Imtiaz Ali films, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail which were critically and commercially successful.
His Sufi songs for the 2010 movie Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai were immensely popular with the masses and songs like “Pee loon“”Tum Jo Aaye” were declared chartbusters.
He teamed up again with Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films for music of Crook of which the song “Mere Bina” got instant recognition with public.
His foot-tapping numbers for Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3 were also equally successful. In 2011, he got to work for Salman Khan’s Ready and Bodyguard.
He recreated the famous 1971 song, “Dum Maro Dum” for Ramesh Sippy’s 2011 movie of the same name.
He then composed for the romance Mausam which had a strong influence of Punjabi. The songs were phenomenal hits in Northern India with “Rabba Main to Mar Gaya Oye” being a rage among people.
In 2012, he composed several successful songs for films like Players, Agent Vinod, Jannat 2 and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari, where he finally got to work with him and Rajkumar Hirani. Later that year, he scored music for Barfi! Which won him two Filmfare Awards. Barfi is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed soundtrack album of his career.
By 2013, his list included Race 2, Murder 3, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Dhoom 3 and Once Upon at Time in Mumbai Dobaara which was his 100th movie as a Music Director in Bollywood. He started 2014 with compositions for Yaariyan, Shaadi Ke Side Effects & Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. He then took a break in 2014
He marked his return with three successful albums in 2015: Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Phantom and Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale for which he was nominated for Filmfare awards.
The Song, “Gerua” from Dilwale directly opened at the No. 1 position on the Radio Mirchi charts and became the first Bollywood song to cross 100 million views on YouTube in the shortest duration ever.
It also ranked in the top slot in places like Malaysia, Oman, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. In 2016, he appeared as a guest composer and composed the song “Itni Si Baat Hai” for Azhar the albums other composers were Amaal Mallik and Dj Chetas.
He also composed the whole soundtracks of Dishoom, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Dangal. In 2017, he composed the soundtracks of Jagga Jasoos, Raabta along with Sohrabuddin, Sourav Roy and JAM8, Tubelight and Jab Harry Met Sejal along with Diplo.
In 2019, he composed songs for Kalank and will produce the music for Brahmastra. 83- The Film is lined up for 2020.
For the budding musicians of our country, there are very less options for them to try and make a career, with an immense talent people in India who have dream to be a singer or music directors in their life Pritam Chakraborty hs made it simple for them he has opened a music incubation platform founded by music composer Pritam in 2016 for budding musicians.
Being associated with Prime Focus Ltd, a media service powerhouse and KWAN, a talent management company, JAM8 uses high-quality technology and infrastructure to offer solutions to music across all segments covering movies, advertisements and the OTT space, providing the best in quality music output.
JAM8 has over a brief period given music for brands like Duracell, Maruti Suzuki, Close Up, Nerolac amongst other prominent brands.
Some of their film work consists of songs like Zaalima, Saason Ke, Dhingaana from Raees, Main Hoon Sath Tere from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana and Sajan Bade Senti from Badhaai Ho, the whole album of Bhangra Paa Le movie.
Pritam Chakraborty has judged many Television shows such as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009, Chhote Ustad on Zee Tv, He was also a guest judge for the X factor and Zee Bangla’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012–13.
He also composed the title track for Hrithik Roshan’s TV series Just Dance for Star TV which was sung by KK. PritamChakraborty sang some of his top hits on the popular show MTV Unplugged on 13 February 2016.
Pritam is the mentor and judge of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 alongside Mika Singh and Sajid–Wajid He was also a part of Star plus’ show Dil Hai Hindustani as a judge alongside Sunidhi Chauhan and Badshah in 2018.
Stumped – K.K, Shaan, Anjan Srivastava
Naksha – K.K
Life In A…Metro – Soham Chakraborty, Suhail Kaul
Race – Monai Thakur, Neeraj Sridhar
Toh Baat Pakki – Rana Mazumder, Soham Chakraborty
Agent Vinod – Mika Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nakash Aziz.