Shantanu Mukherjee a.k.a Shaan was born on Sept 30th 1972 in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh in a Bengali family. Shaan’s grandfather was a lyricist ‘’Jahar Mukherjee’’ and his father was a music director ‘’Manas Mukherjee’’ and sister Sagrika is also a singer and Shaan’s father passed away when he was just 13 years old, his mother found a job as a singer thereafter.
Shantanu Mukherjee Career:
In the very young age Shaan has given jingles for many advertisements after giving a few jingles he shifted to sound mixing, remixes and cover versions.
In the year 1989 for the movie Parinda he was only 17 years old shaan had just sang a single line in the song ‘Kitni Hain Pyari Dosti Hamari’. Shaan and his sister used to work together for the sounds and songs, Shaan and his sister Sagrika Mukherjee’s career had taken a kick start when they signed for a Magnasound recording company and recorded a few successful albums including ‘Naujawan’ and ‘Q-Funk’ which was a biggest hit and had sold over a million copies.
Along with other remixes there was another remix called ”Roop Tera Mastana” a song by R.D Burman. Shaan launched Loveology after this, which was well received. He wrote the lyrics of the ballad “Bhool Ja” on his second album Tanha Dil, which appeared in the charts within days of its release and was popular on radio.
Shaan launched his album Aksar, which was successful and contained songs featuring international stars such as Blue, Mel C and Samira Said. For both the albums Tanha Dil and Aksar, Shaan sang, composed and wrote the lyrics of all the songs, except the title track “Tanha Dil“, which was composed by Ram Sampath.
He released Tomar Aakash in 2004, a Bengali album, along with his sister and featuring his father’s unreleased songs.
Shaan not only sings in Hindi language but also Other Popular songs by Shaan are – Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Assamese, Malayalam, Odia and Sindhi film songs.
Popular songs by Shaan include hits such as “Musu Musu” (influenced by a hit Nepali song); “Wo Pehli Baar” from Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi; “Tune Mujhe Pehchaana Nahin” from Raju Chacha; “Apni Yaadon Ko” from Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat; “Nikamma Kiya Is Dil Ne” from Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa
O Re Kanchi” from Asoka; “Yeh Hawein” from Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai; “Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe” and “Woh Ladki Hai Kahan” from Dil Chahta Hai; “Subha Ho Gayi Mamu” from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S; “Suno Na” and “Tera Muskurana” from Jhankaar Beats; “It’s The Time To Disco” and “Kuch To Hua Hai” from Kal Ho Na Ho
“En Panchhiyon” from Koi Mil Gaya “Prem Hoy je keno” from Teen Patti;”Dus Bahane” from Dus; “Shikdum” from Dhoom; “Main Aisa Kyun Hoon” from Lakshya; “Ladki Kyun” from Hum Tum; “My Dil Goes Mmmm” from Salaam Namaste; “Where’s The Party Tonight” and “Rock And Roll Soniye” from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
“Chori Chori Chhora Chhori” from Masti; “Main Hoon Don” from Don – The Chase Begins Again; “Hey Shona” from Ta Ra Rum Pum; “Do U Wanna Partner” and “You’re My Love” from Partner; “Insha Allah” and “Welcome” from Welcome
“Bum Bum Bole” from Taare Zameen Par; “Aao milo chalo” from Jab We Met, “Kuch Kam” from Dostana; “Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh” from 3 Idiots; the popular songs “Chand Sifarish” from the movie Fanaa; “Dastaan-e-Om Shanti Om” from the movie Om Shanti Om; “Jab Se Tere Naina” from the movie Saawariya, “Do You Know” from Housefull 2
Shaan has hosted many T.V shows in his career as a part of being on television except for the mic.
Shaan hosted the television show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV between the years 2000–2006, which won the Music Program of the Year award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2003.
Shaan is now the host of a music show called Star Voice of India (SVOI) which airs on Star Plus. He was offered the role of host for Star Voice of India Chote Ustaad, but opted out to spend time with his family.
However, he returned to host the next season of Star Voice of India. In June 2015, Shaan was introduced as a coach in the first season of the singing-based reality TV show The Voice.
Aadesh Srivastava – Tarkeib, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab hain, Deewanapan
Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy – Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe, Woh Ladki Hain Kahan (Dil Chahta Hain), Yaar Apne Ghar Jao, Yeh Sama (Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hain?), Dil Mein Dhadkan, Rang De Rang De, Sari Sari Raina (Nayee Padosan)
Anu Malik – Aur Mohabbat Hain, Kasam Ki Kasam, Prem Prem Prem (Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon)
MTV Asia Music Award Best Solo Album – Tanha Dil. Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer – Jab Se Tere Naina from Saawariya, Chand Sifarish from Fanaa & Suno Na from Jhankaar Beats. Bollywood Movie Awards Best Male Playback – Chand Sifarish from Fanaa. Star Screen Awards Best Male Playback – Chand Sifarish from Fanaa. Filmfare Best Male Playback Award – Jab Se Tere Naina from Saawariya, Chand Sifarish from Fanaa, Dus Bahane from Dus, Nikamma” from Kya Dil Ne Kahan. IIFA Best Male Playback Award – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh from 3 Idiots, Jab Se Tere Naina from Saawariya, Chand Sifarish from Fanaa.
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 –
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.
Pankaj Udhas is one of the well-known Ghazal artists on India. Born on 17th May, 1951. Belonging to a singing family Pankaj was born in Jetpur in Gujarat. Today Pankaj udhas age 71 years.
Many famous singers happen to be a part of musical family. One might even call them lucky enough to be born in that family and also been raised around musical environment in their life.
Pankaj Udhas was no less lucky to be born in a musical family. His father Keshubhai Udhas was a farmer and his mother was Jituben Udhas.
Pankaj’s is the youngest of the three brothers, they are also referred as “Udhas Brothers” His eldest brother Manhar Udhas achieved some success as a Hindi playback singer in Bollywood movies. His second elder brother Nirmal Udhas is also a well-known Ghazal Singer and was the first of the three brothers to start singing in the family.
Udhas brothers are very well known ghazal artists, their contribution to the music industry is very inspiring. Their contribution to the industry hails from singing more than 300 songs.
Pankaj Udhas wife Farida Udhas and has two daughters Reva Udhas and Nayaab Udhas.
Growing up in a musical family Pankaj Udhas was quite fascinated by his brothers, they would usually do stage performances and get recognized by the audiences. Pankaj Udhas found his interest growing up slowly towards music. And was introduced to ghazals and stage singing by his elder brother Manhar Udhas. He gave his maiden stage performance at the time of crisis during the Indian-Sino war. He sang the song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo“.
During his performance he was mere 11 years old and there were a crowd of 5000 people gathered during an event of Navratri (Gujarati Festival) and this particular song was written by Kavi Pradeep , and he had sang this songs during the sentimental time when there was a war situation, so basically this song was written and sung in order to dedicate and pay respect to our soldiers who has lost their lives during this war, as audience was very much emotional due to the situation PankajUdhas got chance to sing that song and he did it and somebody from the audience gave him Rs. 51 (5000-10000) according to today’s inflation.
Here’s a video of Pankaj Udhasji recollecting the memory of his first ever song he had sang in front of the audience on the stage.
Pankaj Udhas got his motivation to take singing as a career. He had studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar. His family moved to Mumbai and Pankaj attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
Four years later he joined the Sangeet Natya Academy in Rajkot and learned the nuances of playing the tabla. After that, he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree at Wilson College and St Xavier’s college, Mumbai and started training in Indian classical vocal music under the tutelage of Master Navrang.
Pankaj Udhas first song was in the film “Kamna” a solo composed by Usha Khanna and written by Naqsh Lyallpuri, the film was a flop but his rendition was very much appreciated.
As time flew he started developing interest in Tabla (a musical intrument) he started training in Ghazals.
He wanted to be a full time Ghazal player. He learned Urdu and spent a lot of time in the US and Canada and did various Ghazal concerts.
His confidence was sky high when he returned. Upon his return, his debut Ghazal album called Aahat released in the year 1980.
After which, he has released over 50 ghazal albums and all of them are well received. It is difficult though to pinpoint one but his album Mehak was arguably the biggest hit album of his career.
This album’s songs Chupke Chupke Sakhiyo Se Wo, Mekhane Se Sharab Se, Mere Khat Ka, Na Kajre Ki Dhar, Jiye to Jiye.
As a Ghazal singer, he himself appeared in films such as Saajan, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi and Yeh Dillagi.
His success was on the peak, till 2011 he was successful enough to release more than 50 albums and 100s of compilation songs.
Pankaj Udhas got his fame from the movie ‘’Naam’’ in the 1986 film in which his song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” became an instant hit.
In 1994, Udhas sang the notable song, Na Kajre Ki Dhar, from the film Mohra. His album Shagufta launched by Music India in December 1987 was the first to be released on compact disc in India.
Mentor to John Abraham
Bollywood handsome hunk John Abraham has revealed that when he was new to the industry and while started his career as a model, like any other do it as well in the same way. That when he was introduces new to the industry it was Pankaj Udhas who saw talent in him and appointed him as a model in one of his video.
Pankaj Udhas Live at Albert Hall (1984)
Woh Ladki Yaad Aati Hai
Vaibhav Saxena – Maango Ram Ke, Japp Mann Mera, Sau Din Safal Ganeya, Pucho Sant Mero, Dhan Dhan Hamare, Das Tere Ki Banti(Shabad), Tu Sabni Thai, Tujh Bin Awar.
Mohan Sharama – Mata Ki Bhetein (Palchhin, Maiyya Pukaare Re, Aarti, Chandi Jaisa Rang)
Awards and Honours
Padmashri by Government of India for his contribution to the art of Ghazal singing 2006.
Awarded the prestigious “Kalakar” award at Kolkata for “Hasrat” as “Best Ghazal album of 2005”.
Special Felicitation at the Wembley Conference Center, London for Completing 20 Years of Performance at the Prestigious Venue 2004
MTV Immies Award for the successful album ‘In Search of Meer’ 2003
Special Achievement Award at the Bollywood Music Award, New York for Popularizing Ghazals across the Globe 2003
Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award conferred by the Dadabhai Naoroji International Society for Contribution to Ghazal and the Music Industry 2003
Award for Excellence in Music Field presented by Sahyog Foundation at Mumbai 2002
Honored by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce 2002
Vocational Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance as a Ghazal singer presented by Rotary Club of Mumbai Downtown 2001
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA Award for extraordinary services to Indian music, especially promotion of ghazals in India and abroad. Presented at the Festival of Ghazals held in New York 1999
Indian Arts Awards Gala presented by the Mayor of the City of Jersey City 1998
Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award presented by the American Academy of Artists at Atlantic City 1998
Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Award for Outstanding Services, Achievement and Contribution to Music 1996
Honorary Citizenship of Lubbock Texas, USA 1994
Radio Lotus Award for Outstanding Achievement and for the many songs featuring on the official hit parade of the radio. Presented by Radio Lotus, South Africa at the University of Durban 1994
Giants International Award for extraordinary efforts to achieve the highest standards in the field of music thereby motivating the entire community to pursue excellence 1993
Outstanding Young Persons’ Award (1989–90) for positive leadership and distinguish services rendered to the nation. Presented by the Indian Junior Chambers 1990
K L Saigal Award for being the Best Ghazal Singer of the Year. 1985
Amit Trivedi was born in Bandra, Mumbai but has a native in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. He has done his education from Rizvi College Mumbai. He was very much fascinated from electronic music instrument due to which his interest started getting developed into music composition. Amit got married to Krutee Desai and have a son named Yaman Trivedi.
In his initial days of college, Amit Trivedi joined a band named ‘’Om’’
In his younger days, an electronic musical instrument fascinated Amit Trivedi, and he was slowly drawn towards music, mainly influenced by classical music. At 19–20, he began composing music. They struck gold when Times Music took notice at one of their shows, and offered to launch their album. The album however did not fare well, due to lack of promotion. Eventually Trivedi went on to compose for theatre (Hindi, English and Gujarati plays), background music for television shows, programming for some Marathi films, live performances, dandiya shows, orchestras etc. He also had a brief stint composing advertisement jingles, for brands such as McDonald’s and Airtel.
After sound engineer and Audio Garage Recording Studio owner Arvind Vishwakarma introduced Amit Trivedi to Sony BMG, he began composing music for non-film albums. As a part of his two-year contract, Trivedi composed some tracks for Abhijeet Sawant’s Junoon and one song in Prashant Tamang’s debut album.
Amit Trivedi arranged for many musicians including Amartya Rahut for a Marathi film Uttarayan in 2004.
Film music eventually came his way, when friend and playback singer Shilpa Rao suggested his name to film director Anurag Kashyap. The latter was in search of a new composer with a distinct vision for his next film. After meeting Amit Trivedi, Kashyap offered him the chance to compose the soundtrack to Dev.D. Although it was scheduled to be his debut, Dev.D ran into production delays and was shelved for some time.
Upon Kashyap’s recommendation, Trivedi was roped in to score Raj Kumar Gupta’s directorial venture Aamir. Trivedi and Gupta worked on making the soundtrack fuse with the film narrative, resulting in an effort that garnered critical recognition.
By the end of 2008, Dev.D was finally released. The soundtrack, released in December, consisted of 18 tracks of different genres. Amit Trivedi dubbed the soundtrack the “baap (father) of different genres”. He sang five songs on the soundtrack, and wrote the lyrics for one Aankh Micholi. He shot to fame with the unusual music of Dev.D, giving many chartbusters like “Emosanal Attyachar“
And many more. Trivedi wrote the score for Wake up Sid (2009) and one of his compositions “Iktara” was also included in the soundtrack.
In 2009 itself, Trivedi was roped in by Anshu Sharma to compose the team anthem “Game for More” for Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
Between scoring for films, Trivedi also wrote the title track for the reality show Big Switch aired on UTV Bindaas. He also provided the music and background score for the ensemble romantic comedy-drama Aisha (2010), which also had him providing vocals for two songs, Suno Aisha
Recently, he won Best Song for “Naina Da Kya Kasoor” at the News18 Reel Movie Awards from Andhadhun (2018).
Apart from “Naina Da Kya Kasoor”, he also sang “Laila Laila“
In 2019, Power Brands honored him with the Best Music Director of the Year award for ‘Andhadhun’ at the Bollywood Film Journalists Awards (BFJA). He has made TV appearances for various shows aired on MTV. Also, he composed title track for the television show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.
Concerts and Live Performances
Amit Trivedi will be sharing stage along with the likes of Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Ritviz and The Local Train at OnePlus Music Festival.
There was a Coke Studio concert at IIM Bangalore on 22 November 2013, featuring Amit Trivedi along with Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer, Tanvi Shah, Mili Nair and Jaggi.
He also performed for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (music festival) which happened in Pune, Delhi, and Hyderabad. In January 2016, he performed at Quo Vadis, the annual fest of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi. On 1 February 2016, he performed at Spring Fest, the annual festival of IIT Kharagpur along with the likes of Neeti Mohan, Yashita Sharma and Divya Kumar. He performed at Chembur Gymkhana on 4 March 2017. He performed on 19 March 2017 at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. On 26 March 2017, he performed along with Jonita Gandhi and Divya Kumar (singer) at Aura, the annual festival of Gogte Institute of Technology.
He also composed a nation song incorporating all his popular genres and celebrating unity through an amalgamation of folk music from different states of the nation at the Mirchi Music Awards held in 2017. On 20 January 2018 he performed for the first time in Navi Mumbai at SIESONS, SIES College (Nerul) with Jonita Gandhi, Shashwat Singh, Arun Kumar and Yashita Sharma. He has also performed in “Kashiyatra” IIT BHU Annual Fest on 21 January 2018; the very next day. He performed at K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering for their annual cultural festival Symphony on 7 February 2018. He also performed in “Engifest”, the Delhi Technological University Annual Fest on 16 February 2018. He also performed in “Riviera” in VIT University on 17 February 2018.
He performed in Synapse (Gujarat’s largest cultural fest) at DA-IICT, Gandhinagar on 24 February. He performed at the Hindu College for their fest “Mecca” on 16 March. In October 2018 he also performed at Thomson, IIT Roorkee. His performance at IIT Indore during Fluxus – Annual Techno-Cultural fest of IIT Indore on 17 February 2019 was highly appreciated by the crowd and considered one of his best live performances. He performed recently at the Vibrance 2019 (VIT Chennai’s annual cultural fest) on 21 February.
He is currently managed by Tarsame Mittal Talent Management for his live shows.
Songs by Amit Trivedi
Aa Rela Hai Apun
Senti Wali Mental
Awards and Recognitions
National Award for Best Music Director – Dev.D 2009
RD Burman Award for New Music Talent – 2010
Best Background Score – Dev.D – 2010.
Best Background Score – Udaan – 2011.
Best Background Score – Queen 2015.
Star Screen Awards – Best Music Director 2018.
Zee Cine Awards – Best Music Director 2018.
Mirchi Music Award – Listener’s Choice Song of the Year.
Global Indian Music Academy Awards – Best Film Song 2009.
Giffoni Film Festival – Best Music Score Udaan 2010.
Mohit Chauhan was born in the town of Nahan, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh, on 11 March 1966. He received his initial education from St. Xavier’s School, Delhi, and then moved to Himachal Pradesh for further studies.
Chauhan earned a Master of Science in Geology from a government college at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. He has not received any formal training in music. He used to sing and play guitar, harmonica and flute. He wanted to become an actor before his debut in the music industry.
Mohit Chauhan got married to Prarthna Gehlot.
In the start of his career Mohit Chauhan had form a band alongside other singing strugglers of the industry. It was called ’’Silkroute”. Silk Route was an Indian band consisting of Mohit Chauhan (lead vocals, backing guitars), Atul Mittal (lead guitars, clarinet and backing vocals), Kem Trivedi (keyboards), and Kenny Puri (percussion and drums).
The band is much endeared for the song Dooba-Dooba from their acclaimed debut album in 1998, Boondein. As a result, it gained acclaim in the Indian film industry, and was then furnished opportunities to score and perform songs for movies too.
They confess to such diverse influences as Sting, Simon & Garfunkel and Dire Straits, all of which find their way into the Silk Route sounds. The band always added a distinct touch to their music by using acoustic guitars, talking drums and harmonica and primarily by of the use of Recorder
A 17th-century European folk musical instrument played by Kem Trivedi. His first album, Boondein, was released in 1998 and featured the popular songs “Dooba Dooba“
the second album was released in 2000. After Silk Route was discontinued in 2008, he released another album “Fitoor” in 2009.
After his huge success of his band “Silkroute’’ with their album Boondein and Dooba Dooba they received many awards. Looking at their huge success music director Sandesh Shandilya offered him to sing in one of his films songs, which markeda a debut film for Mohit which was Pehli Nazar Me Dari Thi from the movie named Road.
His songs “Khoon Chala” By A.R Rahman from the movie Rang De Basanti
and “Tum Se Hi” from Jab We Met are regarded as his most notable.
He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer prize in 2010 for Masakali , from Delhi- 6.
2003 he sang for the film ‘’Main Madhuri Dixit Banana Chahati Hoon’’ and ‘’Kyun’’. But Mohit Chauhan didn’t get so much popular. In year 2004 he sang “Sabse Peeche Hum Khade” for the film ‘’Let’s Enjoy’’
In 2005 he sang two song “Paintra“
and “Guncha Koi” for the film Main Meri Patni aur Woh . Mohit Chauhan again sang two song Angna and Rowan Akhiya for the film Adharma. A.R. Rahman met Chauhan in an award show where his band Silk Route got many awards.
There Rahman asked Mohit, if he had sung for any film, to which Chauhan replied not yet. About 5 years later, in 2006 AR Rahman called Chauhan to sing “Khoon Chala“.
Mohit Chauhan sang “Kuchh Khaas Hai” for Salim–Sulaiman -composed Fashion (2008 film).
He reunited with Pritam for Kismat Konnection where he performed “Kahi na Lage Man (Is This Love)” along with Shreya Ghoshal.
“Ankhon Hi Ankhon Mein” a soft romantic number from EMI recorded by Chauhan where he also appeared in the music video of the song. He also sang for his first animated film Bolt where he sang Hindi version of “I Thought I Lost You” the song in English version of film.
Ek Meetha Marz Dene, Yaad Teri Aaye, Aaj Nachle were some more from Chauhan, recorded in 2008.Recently In 2020, Chauhan sang “Dheere Dheere Se” for the film Guns of Banaras, composed by Sohail Sen and written by Sameer.
He sang “Yeh Dooriyaa” which is composed by Pritam from the film Love Aaj Kal (2020).
this song is new version of Yeh Dooriyaa chartbuster from the film Love Aaj kal (2009). Both the version are written by Irshad Kamil There is a remix version too which is released by Sony Music India. He sang “Meethi Meethi Gallan”
Kisi Gair Ka Nahi
Salaam is a tribute to corona warriors by Chauhan. He also features in a video of “Hum Haar Nahi Maanenge” composed by AR Rahman
Mohit Chauhan is very active in participating for the non-profit organizations companies named NSDC – National Skill Development Corporation which encourages young talent to follow their dream and take active participation in the vocational training initiatives.
This will give the country most promising singers and also help young generation to get interest into the highly male dominated Bollywood music industry.
All the female population of India should not feel that only males are going in this industry and females aren’t getting a chance to do it.
So such initiatives are been taken to ensure that people of our country doesn’t face any problem launching themselves and if they still haven’t found the real singing talent in them. It also helps to spread the real meaning of Music and its importance in one’s life.
Mohit Chauhan is also a Dog lover. He had taken responsibility of feeding 60-70 dogs on a regular bases at the time of lockdown in India due to COVID-19 pandemic, before the lockdown, there were people who would feed the strays. But now, they’ve stopped.
The stray dogs in Delhi don’t hunt and depend on humans to feed them so he has been going around giving them food and water.
Mohit Chauhan has been on various Television programmes. He has been judge on a reality tv singing show called Sa Re ga Ma Pa Duet Champs and as a captain on Music ka Maha mukabala along with Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghosal and Mika Singh.
Salim – Sulaiman – Kuch Khaas (Fashion), Haafiz Khuda (8*10 Tasveer), Chala Aaya Pyaar (Aashayein), Meherbaan (Shakal Pe Mat Jaa), Hindustaan Kahan Hain (Kaanchi). A.R Rahman – Khoon Chala (Rang De Basanti), Masakali (Delhi – 6), Pagal Anukan (Robot), Kun Faya Kun, Seher Me, Hawa Hawaa, Aur Ho, Nadaan Parindey (Rockstar), Saans (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Matargashti (Tamasha), Taare Gin (Dil Bechara). Pritam – Tum Se Hi (Jab We Met), Is This Love (Kismat Konnection), Pagal Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai), Te Amo (Dum Maaro Dum), Nainaa (Kuch Luv Jaisa), Ala Barfi (Barfi!), Rab Ka Shukarana (Jannat 2)
Anu Malik – Yaad Teri Aayi (Ugly Aur Pagli), Suno Suno (Gali Gali Chor Hain),Pyaar Karna Na Tha (Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain), Tere Bina Jee Naa Lage Vishal – Shekhar – Pehli Baar Mohabbat (Kaminey), Tujhe Bhula Diya (Anjana Anjani), Sacchi Mucchi (Bajarangi Bhaijaan)
Awards and Nominations
Central European Bollywood Awards – Best Male Playback Singer – Pee Loon – 2010.
BIG Star Entertainment Awards – Best Male Singer – Sadda Haq – 2011.
BAMA Awards – Best Male Act and Best Male Act International – 2016.
Filmfare Awards – Best Male Playback Singer – Masakali – 2010 & Jo Bhi Main – 2012.
Global Indian Music Academy Award – Best Male Playback Singer- Pee loon – 2010 & Nadaan Parindey – 2011.
IIFA Award – Best Male Playback Singer – Nadaan Parindey 2011.
Mirchi Music Award – Best Male Playback Singer – Masakali – 2009 & Kun Faya Kun – 2010 Rockstar.
RMIM Award – Best Sung Solo Song Masakali – 2009, Best Sung Solo Song – Sadda Haq – 2011 & RMIM Samman – Jab Harry Met Sejal – 2017.
Screen awards – Best Male Singer – Phir se udd Chala Rockstar 2011.
Star Guilt Award – Best Male Singer – Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar.
Musical Sameeksha Awards – Best Male Playback Singer
The Tabla Virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain was born on March 9, 1951 in a nursing home in Mahim (a suburb of Mumbai) at about 11:00 a.m Hussain was born to tabla maestro Alla Rakha. His mother’s name was Bavi Begum. It was said that Hussain was an ‘unlucky’ child since his father was extremely ill around the time of his birth. Although their family name is Qureshi, Zakir was given the surname Hussain.
Zakir Hussain attended St. Michael’s High School in Mahim, and briefly attended St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Hussain was a child prodigy. His father taught him Pakhawaj from the age of 3 years. His father would wake him up at 3 a.m. and would teach him vocally by reciting different rhythms till 6 a.m. Zakir’s father Alla Rakha belonged to the Punjab gharana tradition of tabla-playing. Others gharanas being Delhi, Benares, Ajrara, Farrukhabad, and Lucknow.
Zakir Hussain gave his first concert at the age of seven and was deemed a child prodigy. He was touring by the age of eleven. He went to the United States in 1970 to accompany sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. After the tour was complete, Ravi Shankar advised Zakir to stay in America and take a teaching job at the University of Washington in the Department of Ethnomusicology. He planned to study for a PhD but midway he moved to the Bay Area to accompany Ali Akbar Khan who was in need of a Tabla player. After that he began his international career, including more than 150 concert dates a year.
From a young age, Zakir Hussain has been accompanying all the leading lights of Hindustani classical music, both vocal and instrumental – from Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit VG Jog, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, and many more.
Both Zakir Hussain and his father Alla Rakha were responsible popularizing the art of tabla playing at international venues. Their performances raised the visibility of tabla players who previously did not receive as much notoriety. Zakir brought great attention to and raised the profile of tabla players through his solo acts along with his excursions as an accompanist.
One of the unique contributions of Zakir Hussain is his use of the “bayan” to create melody. He uses this throughout his playing but especially so during the “sawaal-jawaab” section of a recital, where the instrumentalist playing the sitar, sarod, santoor, etc. and the tabla player typically have a “question-answer” back and forth. This would typically involve a set of notes played together, which the tabla player reproduces. Zakir’s popularity was responsible for bringing audiences to a Hindustani music concert which came not just to listen to the main melody artist but to the supporting tabla artist. Zakir inspired a whole generation of young tabla players who grew up imitating his head gestures and even his hair style while performing.
Zakir Hussain’s fame spread internationally following many tour performances in the US and Europe. He also collaborated with many musicians from all over India and the world. He collaborated with violinist L. Shankar, guitarist John McLaughlin they also have an album together along withShankar Mahadevannamed ‘’Is That So”
Mridangam player Ramnad Raghavan, and legendary ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram in forming the fusion group Shakti,
Which performed worldwide to great acclaim. Twenty years later, a second version of the Shakti group, called Remember Shakti, was created featuring U. Srinivas, Zakir Hussain, TV Selvaganesh, and Shankar Mahadevan. With increasing digitization, musical sound is fast losing its originality, which is why we need to support makers of handcrafted instruments. The arts form the very fabric of our society and hence it is our responsibility to do our bit for such a cause. The audience not only enjoyed some stupendous performances but were also inspired to do their bit for the cause.
As a Music Composer
As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, major events and productions. He has composed three concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September, 2015, by the Symphony Orchestra of India, premiered in Europe and the UK in 2016, and in the USA in April, 2017, by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center.
The USA’s National Heritage Fellowship and Officier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Voted “Best Percussionist” by both the Downbeat Critics’ Poll and Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll over several years, Zakir was honored in 2018 by the Montreal Jazz Festival with their Antonio Carlos Jobim Award.
In 2019, Zakir was named a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and received two honorary doctorates, one from Berklee College of Music and the other from Indira Kala Sangit University in Khairagarh, India.
Top Tracks by Zakir Hussain
Punjabi Dhamar –
Hussain played on George Harrison’s 1973 album ‘’living in the Material World ‘’
John Handy’s 1973 album Hard Work. He also performed on Van Morrison’s 1979 album Into the Music and Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1983 album Powerlight.
Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, who had known Zakir since the 1960s, invited him to create the special album Planet Drum, featuring legendary drummers from different parts of the world. Featured along with Zakir, from India, was Vikku Vinayakram, with whom Zakir had collaborated in Shakti. The first Planet Drum album, released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label, went on to earn the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the first Grammy ever awarded in this category.
The Global Drum Project album and tour brought Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo together again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. The album Global Drum Project won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st Grammy Awards Ceremony held on 8 February 2009
Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor for the Malayalam film Vanaprastham,
A 1999 Cannes Film Festival entry which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival 1999.
As an educator, he conducts many workshops and lectures each year, has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and, in 2015, He was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. His yearly workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, conducted for the past 30 years, has become a widely anticipated event for performers and serious students of tabla. He is the founder and president of Moment Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Zakir was resident artistic director at SFJazz from 2013 until 2016, and was honored with SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award on January 18, 2017, in recognition of his “Unparalleled contribution to the world of music”.
Zakir Hussain has composed music for many movies like ‘In Custody’, ‘The Mystic Masseur’, ‘Heat and Dust’ etc. Some of the other films, for which he has worked on the musical score include, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Little Buddha’, ‘Saaz’, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Iyer’ and ‘One Dollar Curry’.
Zakir has also acted in many movies, mostly showcasing his musical performances. His portrayal of the character ‘Inder Lal’ in the film ‘Heat and Dust’ is unforgettable. He also starred in a couple of brilliant documentaries like ‘The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain
And the Art of the Indian Drum’ and ‘Zakir and His Friends’. While ‘Zakir and His Friends’ released in the year 1998, ‘The Speaking Hand’ was released in 2003.
The Way of Beauty (2006 – DVD) – Remember Shakti
Awards and Recognitions
Padma Shree by the Government of India – 1988 The youngest percussionist ever to receive this award.
Padma Bhushan – 2002 Zakir Hussain once again became the youngest percussionist to be honored with India’s third highest civilian award.
Indo-American Award – 1990 for his cultural contribution.
National Heritage Fellowship – 1999 – America’s most prestigious honor in the field of traditional arts.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – President of India in the year 1991 again one of the youngest musicians to have ever received this award.
Grammy – He was also awarded the Grammy for the album ‘Planet Drum’ which was produced and created by Zakir Hussain and Mickey Hart.
Kalidas Samman –2006 the government of Madhya Pradesh honored him with this prestigious award.
Lifetime Achievement Award – In 2012 at Konark Dance & Music Festival, he was honoured with the Guru Gangadhar Pradhan (lifetime achievement) award.
Ankit Tiwari was born on March 06, 1986 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Completed his education from Jugal Devi Saraswati Vidya Mandir. Ankit’s parents owns a Troupe in Kanpur who perform devotional music and organizes devotional functions as per the invitation.
His Parents Mr Rajendra Kumar and Mrs Suman Tiwari are devotional singers and they own their troupe called “Raju Suman and Party’’
Ankit Tiwari has an elder brother Ankur Tiwari is also a singer and he got married to Pallavi Shukla who is a mechanical engineer and has a daughter Aryaa Tiwari.
Ankit Tiwari’s parents wanted him to complete his studies first, his inclination towards music led them to decide on training him professionally. He trained in classical music from Vinod Kumar Dwivedi before training in piano, Dhrupad and Western vocals. He instituted at and won several local music competitions during the time. He used to work as a production head at a radio station in Gwalior, before he moved to Mumbai in December 2007 along with his brother Ankur Tiwari.
He also pursued professional training in Piano, Dhrupad and Western vocals.
After shifting to Mumbai Ankit met with Pradeep Sarkar who was working with the films, due to some reasons he film got shelved but Sarkar kept his promise and gave Ankit a chance to work with the jingles of advertisement and television programs.
Later Ankit Tiwari met Habib Faisal who offered him to direct songs and music in his film ‘’Do Dooni Chaar’’ this marked as Ankit Tiwari’s directorial debut which was released in 2010 and it also managed to win a Filmfare award, although, for best dialogue. Later he was also offered Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster in 2011 where Ankit made his singing debut and made his first and best impression in the eyes of Bollywood and Indian people. His first ever song was ‘’Saheb Bada Hathila’’
Ankit Tiwari’s biggest and most successful song “Sun Raha Hai”
His second release of the year, Tiwari collaborated with Sachin Gupta—marking his first song to the tunes of another composer for the song
“Aag Ka Dariya” from Issaq.
Ankit Tiwari composed two tracks for the film Samrat & Co., titled “Sawaalon Mein“
and a party song “Tequila Wakila” where both are rendered by Shreya Ghoshal. During the year, he performed three tracks for two of Himesh Reshammiya’s films, The Xposé and Action Jackson. His rendition for the song “Sheeshe Ka Samundar“
from the former received critical acclaim, while “Punjabi Mast” and “Dhoom Dhaam” from the latter received negative response from critics. In July 2014, a duet with Tulsi Kumar titled “Kuch Toh Hua Hai
was released included in the film Singham Returns. The year ended with “Dil Darbadar” from PK.
Apart from all the songs released during the year, the most successful track was “Galliyan” from Ek Villain.
The song was a critical and commercial success Mohar Basu from Koimoi described the song as “the most attractive song of the album stating Tiwari’s music and voice adds the required finesse in this song and what he has made darn great!
Tiwari composed and sung the song “Katra Katra” along with Prakriti Kakar for the film Alone (2015).
They again collaborated for the song “Bheegh Loon” from Khamoshiyan.
He then composed three tracks for the film Roy, “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”
which is rendered by KK and “Boond Boond” performed by Tiwari himself.
The unplugged version of “Tu Hai Ki Nahi” was performed by Tulsi Kumar, along with the original received mixed reactions from critics though infusion of the whistle’s tune was appreciated.
Tiwari’s early two releases “Sunn Raha Hai” and “Aag Ka Dariya” represent his “young energetic and strong vocals” which was well received by the critics.”Kaisa Hai Dard Mera“,
Despite with the similar pattern has a semi classical touch in his rendition. His one of the most successful venture “Galliyan” provided Tiwari with a high vocal range which was particularly appraised in the song.
Songs in Other Languages.
Teluse Nuvvu Ravani
Anthe Kada Mari
Yevaipuga Naa Choopu Saagali
Awards and Recognitions
Guild Awards 2014/2015 – Best Music Director and Best Male Playback Singer – ‘’Galliyan”
BIG Star Entertainment Awards – Most Entertaining Singer and Most Entertaining Song – “Galliyan”
Filmfare Awards – Best Music Director Award – Ek Villain
GIMA Awards – Best Music Debut – Aashiqui 2.
IIFA Awards – Best Music Director – Aashiqui 2.
Mirchi Music Award – Upcoming Male Vocalist of the Year, Upcoming Music Composer of the Year, Best Song of the year, Best Album of the Year – Aashiqui 2. Screen Awards – Best Music Director – Ek Villian.
Stardust Awards – Best Music Director – Ek Villian Zee Cine Awards – Best Music Director – Ek Villian.