Zubeen Borthakur a.k.a Zubeen Garg born on November 18, 1972 in Tura district of Meghalaya.
Zubeen Garg was named after the famous music composer Zubin Mehta. Zubeen Garg hails from Jorhat, a small city in upper Assam. His birth name is Jibon Barthakur. He was named after the great composer Zubin Mehta and used their Gautra as his surname. Zubeen was born to Mr. Mohini M Borthakur, a famous lyricist and poet (who uses the pseudo name Kapil Thakur), and late Mrs. Ily Borthakur. However, because of transliteration discrepancies he is sometimes credited as Zubin Garg, Jubin Garg, or simply Zubin, Zubeen or Jubin and various combinations of the above mentioned.
The Borthakur family had its roots in Janji, Sivasagar. Mr. Borthakur was a magistrate and moved often during his early years along with little Zubeen. Zubeen’s mother was a good dancer, an actress and a singer. However, she never turned these talents into a professional career. Instead, she decided to teach little Zubeen at home.
Zubeen Garg considers his mother to be his first guru and mentor. Zubeen’s younger sister Jonkie Borthakur was a well-known singer and actress who died in a car accident in 2002. Zubeen’s other sister Palme, is a good Bharatnatyam dancer, presently living in Guwahati.
Zubeen lives with his wife Garima a fashion designer.
Zubeen started learning his first instrument Tabla from his guru Robin Banerjee. Zubeen started learning Tabla from Guru Robin Banerjee, and then continued learning Assamese folk music form Guru Romoni Rai. He attended J.B. College in Jorhat, and then moved to B. Barooah College, where he was pursuing Bachelor of Science after his family moved permanently to Guwahati. But he did not complete his baccalaureate studies as he jumped into the music line because he had keen interest since starting of his leaning days with guru.
Zubeen Garg chose to enter in professional music career in 1992 at the mere age of 20 when his own album ‘’Anamika’’ was released.
Zubeen Garg entered in Bollywood to make a career in the year 1995, where he wanted to make a mark into Bollywood directors and people who will listen to him. He started recording few albums like –
After that, there was no looking back for Zubeen. With about 40 albums to his name, Zubeen Garg continued his musical career directing music in over 24 Assamese movies including a few Hindi and Bangla movies as well.
Zubeen Garg considers himself to be a musician having sung more than 9000 songs in various languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, BolPariya, Karbi, Kaasi, Tiwa and many others.
The song Ya Ali from the movie Gangster became a superhit in mainland India
The Middle East and across South Asia. Following the success, an album titled ‘Ya Ali Remix Blast‘ containing remix by DJ Suketu & Aks was released.
Zubeen Garg is also capable of playing 12 instruments out of which some of them are – Dhol, Drums, Guitar, Harmonium, Mandolin, Keyboard, Tabla and various other instruments.
In 2000, Zubeen wrote, directed and acted in his own Assamese film ‘’Tumi Mor Matho Mor’’. He acted, co-produced and scored music in another Assamese film Dinabandhu.
Zubeen had composed music for Strings – Bound by Faith, a Hindi film, directed by Sanjay Jha which was released in 2006.
Zubeen also gave it a shot into directing a film he had directed a Hindi – Assamese film “Mission China” the movie did not impress the critics much but had made a profit for Garg.
Dum Maaro Dum – 2011.
Pyaar ke Side effects – 2007.
Raqeeb – 2007.
Naqaab – 2007.
Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy
London Dreams – 2009.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom – 2007.
Anand Raj Anand
Dil Toh Deewana hain – 2016
Nehlle Pe Dehlla – 2007.
Mission Istanbul – 2008.
Hastey Hastey – 2008.
ZIndaggi Rocks – 2007.
Garv – 2004.
Micromax Unite Cricket Anthem – 2015
Along with contributing to the Bollywood and Music industry, Garg is also very keen about contributing for the betterment of the society.
He has organized many events to collect funds and raise many funds to help flood affected people in Assam and helped government to help them. He has also contributed towards modernization of Assam through his charity and his Music and Movies.
He runs a Charity trust named ‘’Kalaguru Artiste Foundation’’ which donates money for various causes.
He urged people to donate Clothes, Medicines, Food and money to help flood affected people. He had also took an issue over corruption in APSC.(Assam Public Service Commission) and mention this issue in their movie called ‘’Kanchanjangha’’
He is also a Football fan to keep his body young and fit he had also organized many Football matches and played one for the charity purposes.
Zubeen has also worked as a Music Director in many movies in Bollywood. In his career as a music director he has mostly worked in Assamese language such has – Hiya Diya Niya, Kanyadaan, Priyan Milon, Maya, Barud, Rang.
Bengali – Sudhu Tumi, Mon Niye, Kache Acho Tumi, Samsara.
Hindi – Gangs of North East, Dil Toh Deewana Hain, Strings Bound by Faith.
Pritam – Dum Maaro Dum, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Raqeeb, Naqaab, Gangster, Agnipankh, Mudda – The Issue.
Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy – London Dreams, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Anand Raj Anand – Dil Toh Deewana Hain, Nehlle Pe Dehlla, Plan, Jaal:The Trap.
Anu Malik – Mission Istanbul, Hastey Hastey, Zindaggi Rocks, Garv, Aan:Men At Work.
Sameer – Krrish-3, Good Boy, Bad Boy, Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee, Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.
Vishal-Shekhar – I See You.
Himesh Reshammiya – OMG – Oh My God, Namastey London.
Sajid- Wajid – Hello.
A.R Rahman – Micromax Unite Cricket Anthem.
Bappi Lahiri – Its Rocking Dard E Disco, Latto & Hangover.
Zubeen Garg has bagged many awards in the industry which proves his talent and his hunger for music is genuine enough to prove that why his music was different from other mainstream music artists.
BFJA Awards for Best Playback Singer Male – “Ya Ali” 2005.
Global Indian Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male – “Ya Ali” 2007.
Stardust Awards New Musical Sensation Male – 2006.
55th National Filmfare Awards Non Feature Film Music Direction – “Ahetuk” 2009
Prag Cine Awards – Best Music Direction.
Prag Cine Awards Best Popular – Mission China – 2018