Dalits in Art & Music


I was born on the 15th of December at Virar, a suburb near Mumbai to my parents Shrimati Mita Dattagupta & Shri Kushal Dattagupta. We shifted to Kolkata when I was about 3.

My parents, particularly my mother, who was a singer realised my inherent knack towards the basics of Sur & Taal at that very early age. She started to inculcate in me, the ‘a b c d… of music - ‘sa re ga ma… since then. Yes, she is my first Guru. I am indeed extremely fortunate that they decided & I was put under the able guidance of my Guru Shri Jayant Sarkar, an exceptional trainer & a brilliant composer, when I was 4.. I still continue to train in Hindustani classical vocal under him. Discography:

Major competitions

‘Tarana’, finalist (2002, ETv Bangla)

Winner of ‘Young Talent Contest 2004’ (Calcutta School of Music)

Winner of All Bengal Interschool Competetion (2006)

Zee Bangla SaReGaMaPa (Juniors) finalist (2007) (Zee Bangla)

Amul Star Voice Of India Chhote Ustad finalist (2008) (Star Plus)

Royal Bengal Superstar - finalist (2009) (Star Jalsha)

Music Ka Maha Muqabla - Winner of 6 Singer of the Day awards (Star Plus - 2010)

Playbacks & Recordings :

Recording of song - Film - Gurudakshina
Mus Dir : Ismail Darbar
Lyrics : Nida Fazli

Bangla :
Over 100 songs in 75-80 films & TV serials.
First playback in Bengali film - Rituporno Ghosh’s ‘Khela’ (2008)
Recent playbacks (Bangla films) - Angshumaner Chobi, Prem Bandhan, Bandhu Esho Tumi, Bhalobasha Zindabad, Bor Bou Khela, Jina, Shesh Prahar, Magna Moinak, Path Jodi Na Shesh Hoi, Notobor Not Out, Superstar - A Love Story, Mon Bole Priya Priya, Fight 1:1, Love Birds, Private Practice, Kalidas O Chemistry, Hatah Akdin, Shotru, Achena Prem, Ajab Prem Ebong etc.

Tv Serials (Title songs, playbacks) - Binni Dhaner Khoi - ETv Bangla, Shubhashini - Rupashi Bangla, Debdas - Zee Bangla, Haath Baralei Bondhu - Rupashi Bangla, Harano Shur - Mahua Bangla, Diu Shalikh - Akash Bangla, Keya Patar Nouko, Duorani, Raj Rajeshwari, Bhorer Khub Kache, Khola Hawa, Apur Katha etc. etc.

Solo Album :
1) ‘Nachiketar Ebar Safar - Anweshaa’ released in September 2009 from Saregama Ltd. & other songs in several albums.
2) ‘A Pathe - Anweshaa’ - (Rabindra Sangeet) Just released

Hindi Films:
Film ‘Golmaal Returns’, Music Director - Pritam
Film ‘Im 24’, Music Director - Jatin Pundit
Film ‘Agni, Music Director - Sanjeev-Darshan

Forthcoming releases :
Film (new productions) Music Director - Himesh Reshamiya
Film (new productions) Music Director - Toshi-Sharib
Film ‘Love U Sonio’ Music Director - Vipin-Patwa
Film ‘Rakthbeej’ Music Director - Ajay-Satish
& several other films (not yet released)
Title songs ‘Waar Parivar’, ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ & other forthcoming serials.

Tamil Films:
Released 2 songs for Music Director Vidyasagar for Tamil film ‘Mandhira Punnagai’ & ‘Illaingan’.

Recently recorded songs for an album on environmental awareness to be released in India & the U.S. by the American Earth Day Foundation

Awards :

Star Pariwar Award 2010 - Best Contestant (Music Ka Maha Muqabla

Tele Samman Award 2010 - Best Playback Singer (female) for title track of “Binni Dhaner Khoi’ (ETv Bangla)

Singer of the Series Award - Music Ka Maha Muqabla (Star Plus - 2010)

Big Music Award - Most Promising Young Talent - 2009) - 92.7 Big FM

Gouri Prasanna Majumdar Memorial Award - Most Promising Talent of New Generation

Tele Cine Award 2011 - Best Playback Singer (Female) - - Song ‘Megher Palok’ Film - Notobor Not Out

Tours :
2009 July - (USA) NABC 2009 (Banga Sammelan) San Fransisco
2009 July - Auckland, New Zeland
2009 Oct - (USA) Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New Jersy
2009 Dec - Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 Mar - Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 Apr - U.A.E. (Dubai)
2010 Apr - Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 July - (USA) NABC 2010 (Banga Sammelan) New Jersy
2010 July - Dhaka Bangladesh
2010 Oct - USA (Los Angeles,Houston,New Jersey,Boston,Detroit,Seattle)
2010 Dec - Doha, Qatar
2011 May - Toronto, Canada
2011 June - Nashville, USA (Regional Banga Sammelan)
Anu Anand
Anu Anand(Super Singer 8)

By Editor
-January 21, 2021

Anu Anand is a Playback Singer and Actor who is one of the contestants of Super Singer Season 8 conducted by Vijay Tv. She is also a former Vijay Tv Super Singer Junior contestants. In that season, she won a most expressive singer title award and finished her career as a top 10 contender.

Anu has sung some songs like Enakkaaga Poranthaayae and Onakkaga Poranthaenae, those songs are massive hits and liked by a lot of fans. The most important thing is she is a best friend of Bigg Boss Season 4 Fame Ajeeth. She has clicked so many photos with famous celebrities like Kamal Haasan, Rajni, Bharath, Sp Balasupramaniyam, etc
Super Singer Anu Anand Wiki, Biography
Real Name Anu Anand
Nick Name Anu
Date of Birth 31 March 2000
Gender Female
Native Mannargudi, Thiruvarur
Current City Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Father Name Anand
Mother Name Aasha
Brother Manoj
School Leo Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai.

Religion Hinduism
Hobbies Traveling

Early Life

Anu Anand was born on 31 March 2000 in Mannargudi, Thiruvarur. She is 20 years old as of 2021. Her father’s name is Anand and her mother’s name is Aasha. She has one elder brother named Manoj. She did her schooling at Leo Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai.
Anu Anand Career

Anu Anand started her career as a singer in Vijay TV Junior Super Singer Season 3 and finished the season as a top 10 contender. In 2014, She has sung two songs for the Tamil film Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, directed by Arun Kumar. She has later sung Nanba Puthu Anbal songs for the 2019 film Karuthukal Pathivu Sei directed by Rahul Paramahamsa. She has also sung songs in Telugu films. Anu is now representing as a contestant in the Super Singer Season 8.


Enakkaaga Poranthaayae and Onakkaga Poranthaenae – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum

Junior Super Singer Season 3
Super Singer Season 8
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Aishwarya Majmudar
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Aishwarya Majmudar
Born 5 October 1993
Origin Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008–present

Aishwarya Majmudar (born 5 October 1993) is an Indian singer. She gained popularity after winning the 2007–08 musical reality show STAR Voice of India - Chhote Ustad at the age of 15. She was highly praised for her performances by the judges throughout the show won the competition with Anwesha Datta Gupta. She also took part in Music Ka Maha Muqabala in Himesh Reshamiya's "Himesh's Warriors" team. She has sung several songs for Gujarati and Hindi films. She was also seen in Antakshari – The Great Challenge.

Early life

Both of Majmudar's parents are singers, and she started her vocal training in Hindustani classical music from Smt. Monika Shah at the age of three;. She took voice lessons from Purushottam Upadhyay and Aniket Khandekar. She took part in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa at the age of seven. Before entering the Chhote Ustaad competition, she was recognised for her talent by the Gujarati music industry. Majmudar delivered her first solo concert at Nagpur at the age of 11, and has performed several solo concerts across India and abroad.


Under the music direction of Gaurang Vyas, Majmudar recorded her first solo album, Aishwarya, containing Gujarati devotional songs. Her other albums include Saat Suro na Sarname, Paalav, Swarabhishek, Videshini, Niralo Mukaam, Aishwarya's Nursery Rhymes, Sapna Sathe Aishwarya, and Allak Mallak. She recorded her first playback song for the Gujarati movie Ghar maru mandir in February 2003. She recorded a theme song, "Asmani Rang Hoon", for the Hindi TV Serial Dill Mill Gayye in 2008. Her first Bollywood playback song "Hari Puttar is a dude" was released in July 2011 in the movie Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors. She has recorded for four Hindi movies and completed recording "Ele Elege" for the Kannada movie, Crazy Loka in 2012. She has recorded one song "Aa Safar" for urban Gujarati movie Kevi Rite Jaish in 2012. In 2015, she voiced Anna in the Hindi dubbing of the films Frozen (2013), Frozen Fever (2015) & In 2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) for both speaking & singing.


Majmudar has also anchored several shows including Nach Baliye 4 for two weeks, Mummy ke super stars for Star TV, the special Hum Young Hindustani on NDTV-Imagine, Little Star Awards-2008, and Harmony Silver Awards 2008.


In 2012, Aishwarya started her YouTube channel which has over 375,000 subscribers and over 40 million views.


Majmudar won the "Chhote Ustaad", awarded by Amitabh Bachchan on 5 April 2008 in the Amul Star Voice of India contest. She was also awarded with the "Shahu Modak Award" in 2006, "Power-100" in 2008 and "Sangeet Ratna" in 2009. She was felicitated at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Gujarat for her achievements on "International Girl Child Day" in 2009. She has won the Gujarat State Award for Best Playback Singer thrice. She was also commended by the Federal of Indian Association in 2008. Majmudar was invited by New York's Indian community to sing the American national anthem, followed by the Indian national anthem for the India Day Parade on 19 August 2009.Outstanding young talent in Kannada Kadri awards 2011 Mangalore. She was invited at Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering, Ahmedabad which is one of the engineering Institute in Gujarat to deliver a Ted Talk. The event was held on 15 April 2018.
Asees Kaur
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Asees Kaur
Background information
Birth name Asees Kaur
Born 26 September 1988 
Panipat, Haryana, India
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Years active 2016–present

Asees Kaur (born 26 September 1988) is an Indian singer who has participated in various singing reality shows like Indian Idol and Awaz Punjab Di. In 2020, her song "Jaan Ban Gaye" from Khuda Haafiz, a duet with Vishal Mishra, became a huge hit.

Kaur aspired to become a playback singer at a very young age. She started singing Gurbani at the age of 5. She made her Bollywood debut with "Dildara Reprise" from Tamanchey. Since then, she has worked with various music composers on several Bollywood songs including "Ve Maahi" from Kesari, "Makhna" from Drive, "Bandeya Re Bandeya" & "Tere Bin" from Simmba, "Akh Lad Jave" and "Chogada" from Loveyatri and "Bolna" from Kapoor & Sons.

Early life and background

Kaur hails from Panipat, Haryana. Born on 26 September 1988, she started singing at the age of 5. It was her father who pushed her for singing Gurbani. She learnt the Gurbani by herself and won accolades at the first attempt in competitions. She is an alumnus of DAV Centenary School, Panipat, Haryana and completed her M.Com. from S D (PG) College Panipat.

As she grew up, she decided to take up singing professionally. She trained under Ustad Puran Shahkoti from Jalandhar. Her version of the Gurbani released in India and she garnered tremendous appreciation for the same. She started singing Gurbani at various events. Her siblings were also actively involved in the Gurbani recitation. Asees participated in a Punjabi reality show, Awaz Punjab Di, following which she came to Bombay and met various music composers.

Music career

Bollywood discography

Asees is known for the song "Ve Maahi" that was trending on all platforms. She performed "Bolna" at the GIMA 2016 Fanpark. Her singles "Gal Karke" with Desi Music Factory, "Kisi Aur Naal" with VYRL Originals and "Mujhe Jeene De" with Panoctave India were instant hits and topped the charts.

She is currently managed by Tarsame Mittal Talent Management for her live shows.
Asit Kumar Haldar
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Dhruva, Painting, published in Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists (1914).

Asit Kumar Haldar (10 September 1890 – 13 February 1964) was an Indian painter of Bengal school and an assistant of Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. He was one of the major artists of the Bengal renaissance.

Early life

Haldar was born in Jorasanko in 1890. His maternal grandmother was the sister of Rabindranath Tagore, making him Tagore's grandnephew. Both his grandfather Rakhaldas Haldar and his father Sukumar Haldar were accomplished in the art of painting. He began his studies at the age of 14. His education was undertaken at Government School of Art, Calcutta and began in 1904. Haldar learned sculpting from two famous Bengali artists in 1905: Jadu Pal and Bakkeswar Pal, and he also learned from Leonard Jennings.


From 1909 to 1911 he was in the Ajanta documenting the paintings on the frescoes. He did this on an expedition with Lady Herringham, and in conjunction with two other Bengali painters, the object of which was to bring cave art to a wider Indian audience. In 1921, he undertook another expedition, this time to the Bagh Caves and his reflections on the art there indicate quite a few surrealistic depictions

From 1911 to 1915 he was an art teacher at Shantiniketan. He was also the principal of the Kala Bhavan school from 1911 to 1923, assisting Tagore with cultural and artistic activities. During this time, he introduced many different styles to art to the students, and revolutionized decorative and ceremonial displays there.

In 1923, he went on a study tour through England, France and Germany. On his return, he became Principal of the Maharaja’s School of Arts and Crafts, Jaipur where he remained for a year, before moving to the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Lucknow in the year 1925 as principal and worked till 1945.
Stamp of India - 1991 - Colnect 164218 - Sidhatrtha with an Injured Bird - by Haldar

Haldar made a tour of Europe in 1923 and soon realized that Realism in European art had numerous limitations. He sought to balance physical attributes in proportion to the magnitude of the subject matter. Haldar's Yashoda and Krisna was not just a religious painting but an artistic juxtaposition of the infinite (represented by Krishna with the finite (represented by Yashoda). Haldar also made thirty two paintings on the Buddha's life and thirty paintings on Indian history, attempting to embrace idealism in his art. His media included: lacquertemperaoilwatercolors, and even ranged to some photography

His masterpieces include:
Krsna and Yashoda
Awakening of Mother India
Rai-Raja Lotus
Kunala and Ashoka
The Flame of Music

Haldar was a budding poet throughout his life. He translated Kalidasa's Meghadoota ("Cloud messenger") and Ritusamhara (Cycle of the seasons) into Bengali from Sanskrit. He also illustrated numerous poems in visual art, including twelve from Omar Khayyam. His art on the Buddha and the History of India fell under this poetic umbrella. He is also the author of various books in Bengali, viz. Ajanta (A travelogue to the Caves of Ajanta), Ho-der Galpo (The life and culture of the Ho tribe), Bagh Guha and Ramgarh (Another travelogue to the Bagh Cave and Ramgarh in Central India, etc. A newly annotated edition of Ajanta has recently been published by Lalmati, Kolkata, with annotations, additions and photographs by Prasenjit Dasgupta and Soumen Paul. A newly annotated edition of Bagguha and Ramgarh written by Asit Kumar Halder has been published by New Age Publishers, Kolkata, with annotations, additions and photographs by Prasenjit Dasgupta and Soumen Paul.


Haldar was the first Indian to be appointed as the principal of a Government Art School. He was also the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of ArtsLondon in 1934. The Allahabad Museum opened a large "Haldar Hall" with many of his works in 1938.
Amar Noorie
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Amar Noorie
Background information
Born RangeelpurPunjab, India
Genres Bhangrafolkduets
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Sardool Sikander

Amar Noorie (also spelled as Amar Noori) is an Indian singer and actress who works in Punjabi-language films. She was married to Sardool Sikander, a noted Punjabi singer.

Early life and career

Amar Noorie was born on 23 May 1967 in village Rangeelpur, Ropar District in Punjab. She was married to Sardool Sikander on 30 January 1993. She lives in Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana Punjab. Noorie started professional singing at an early age when she was only 9 years old. Her father Roshan Sagar was a singer. She started singing with Punjabi singer Didar Sandhu in 1981, and made her first recording when she was only 13. In 1986, she met Sardool Sikander and they started singing together and later got married. Later she started acting and played lead and important roles in many Punjabi films. Her first acting break came in 1988 in a landmark TV series "Eho Hamara Jeevna", directed by Gurbir Singh Grewal (based on a novel of Dalip Kaur Tiwana)
Aruna Lama
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Aruna Lama
Background information
Born 9 September 1945
Ghoom Pahar, DarjeelingBritish India
Died 4 February 1998 (aged 52)
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1952–1998

Aruna Lama (9 September 1945 – 4 February 1998) was an Indian singer in the Nepali language. She is popularly known as "Nightingale of the Hills". She sang hundreds of Nepali songs, including some for Nepali film, and left an indelible mark as one of the best singers in Nepali music.


Aruna Lama was born on 9 September 1945 at Ghoom Pahar, DarjeelingBritish India to Nepali parents Surya Bahadur Lama and Sanmaya Lama. Her uncle C.B. Lama inspired her to sing from the age of 7. She won a music competition organized by the Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan (GDNS) in 1956 at the age of 11 and then she never looked back. Amber Gurung, one of the stalwarts of Nepali music, groomed her in singing from 1958. Aruna Lama did her schooling at Mungpoo Primary School, Jalpahar, and St. Teresa's School, Darjeeling. She completed her graduate degree in arts from Darjeeling Government College. In 1963, Aruna Lama married Saran Pradhan, another Nepali musician. In 1974, her husband died and she was left with her two children, Sapna (Pradhan) Thapa and Supreet Raj Pradhan. She worked hard to raise them, working as an assistant teacher in St. Alphonsus School (1965) and finally found work at the Scheduled Castes and Tribes Welfare Office in Darjeeling where she worked till 1998. She continued to sing even with all her struggles till the end of her life.


Aruna Lama sang for numerous music composers, most notably Amber Gurung, Karma YonzonGopal YonzonShanti ThatalNarayan Gopal, Mani Kamal Chettri and Dibya Khaling. Her first song was composed by Amber Gurung lyrics written by Bhupi Sherchan in 1961. Some of her classic hits are Eh Kancha Malai Sunko Tara, Phool Lai Sodhey, Pohor Saal Khusi Phatda, Hera Na Hera Kancha, Laharey Bara Ghumauney Chautari, Eklai Basda and Nepali Gaurav Garchau Afnaipanma. She also sang for a number of Nepali films, such as MaitigharParal Ko Aago and Kanchhi, these film songs are remembered even today. Some of her notable musical performances include Raag Rajat at Gorkha Rangamanch, Darjeeling 1981; Arunanjali at Pragya Bhawan, Kathmandu; and Aruna Lama Swarnim Saanjh at Pragya Bhawan, Kathmandu.


Aruna Lama received numerous awards both in Nepal and India for her singing and contribution to Nepali music. Some of these awards include Sangit Puraskar (1966), Sur Sringar Sammelan Puraskar (1966), Mitrasen Puraskar (Assam Nepali Sahitya /Sanskritik Parishad 1975), Dishari Puraskar (Kolkata 1980), Bhanu Academy Puraskar (Darjeeling 1982), Nepali Chalchitra Puraskar (for Maitighar 1983), Chinnlata Geet Puraskar (Kathmandu 1992), Urvashi Rang Puraskar (Kathmandu 1992), Mitrasen Sangeet Puraskar (Gangtok 1995), Gorkha Dakshina Bahu 4th (Kathmandu 1996), Sadhna Puraskar (Kathmandu), Nightingale of the Hills (Hindustan Recording Sangsthan, Kolkata), Swar Kinnari (Sitaram Sahitya Pratisthan, Kathmandu) and Swar Samagri (Arunanjali Programme, Kathmandu).

Selected songs

Kancha Malai Sunko Tara
Phool Lai
Pohor Saal Khusi Phatyo
Nepali Gaurav Garchau Afnaipanma
Manma Timro
Hanga Hanga
Aankhama Mero
Udas Mero
Chautarima Basera
Eklai Basda
Sabaile Bhanthe
Hera Na Hera Kancha
Laharey Bara Ghumauney Chautari
Udi Jaaun Bhane Panchi Hoina (Movie: Paral Ko Aago)
Himal Sari Ma (Movie: Kanchhi)
Yee Timra Muskan (Movie: Kanchhi)
Kala Kala Sala Sala (Movie: Kanchhi)
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Birth name Anupama Krishnaswami
Born 2 September 1968 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Instruments piano, guitar, ukulele
Years active 1991–present

Annupamaa is an Indian playback singer from Tamil Nadu. She is known especially for the song "Chandralekha" (Konjam Nilavu) from Thiruda Thiruda. She is also trained in Carnatic music and a 6th grade solo pianist from Trinity College London. She adores the singing styles of both Asha Bhosle in Bollywood and k S Chitra in South Indian music industry.

Personal life

Annupamaa was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 2 September 1968.  She got training in Carnatic music from the age of four and she began singing in school competitions from the age of eight. She had her school education from St. Anthony's Senior Secondary School, New Delhi and took her BA Degree in English from Kamala Nehru College, New Delhi in 1989. She dropped out of the Mass Communication Course from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi following her passion to become a singer. Anupama is married to J. Murali Krishnan, Executive Vice-President and National Creative Director of Optima Response and they live in Chennai.


Annupamaa used to take part in college competitions during her days as a student of Mass Communications. As a copy trainee in an ad agency, she had a chance to participate in an Ad Utsav. Annupamaa made herself a successful ad jingle composer and singer in the early nineties itself. She has been a part of many successful ad jingles by music director A. R. Rahman, who was then A. S. Dilip Kumar. The list of her most successful ads include ads for Ponds Dreamflower Talc and Soap, Medimix soap, Tatia Resorts, Diplomat Whisky, AVT Deepika Coconut Oil, Trupti range of products and Aavin Goodness ice cream.

Rahman made her sing July Maddham Vanthal from Pudhiya Mugam in 1993, which became a hit. But the break-in her career came through the song Chandralekha from Thiruda Thiruda which had music set by A. R. Rahman himself. This song is even now regarded as one of the best techno-electronic song ever. Her passionate singing won her several accolades and she was even nicknamed as Chandralekha Anupama. After the success of Chandralekha, she became one of the most sought after singers in Tamil Nadu. However, she remained selective and sang the songs, which she believed extraordinary. In 1994, she got another big hit through Halla Gulla from Bombay. She had to wait for two years to get yet another career break, which came through the song Mercury Pookkal from Ratchagan. Though this song was not received well as Chandralekha, it too won her and Rahman, several accolades. She was an additional vocalist in the 1998 hit song Dil Se Re from Dil Se.. and 2003 hit song Break The Rules (Maro Maro') from Boys. She got a Star Screen Award for Best Female Playback nomination for her soulful singing in the song Yeh Raat from Aks. Her latest hit songs include two tracks from the musical film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, Pappu Can't Dance and Nazrein Milaana. She is the captain of the reality show Sangeeta Mahayuddham, telecasted on Sun TV from 26 June onwards.

She has now sung in all the South Indian languages, Hindi and English. She has also recorded a French ditty for a Malayalam film. "It's all due to my knowledge of Sanskrit which makes it a cakewalk to sing in any lingo", she says. In the last few years, she has been learning piano and has completed 6th grade from Trinity College of Music. She is now busy with her own debut studio album. She says, "It will be out sometime next year. The lyrics are being penned by a very good poet. They will be full of beautiful imagery, a mix of poetry and peppy English words." After that album, she is planning a promo tour of South East Asia – Jakarta, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

She was nominated for best playback singer in star screen awards in 2002 for her rendition of the song Yeh Raat in the film Aks.

In June 2013, she was the first playback singer from India to compose and sing an anthem for the first china south Asia expo held in Kunming China and win an award for one of the best entries out of a 177 entries world over.

She has also sung the Tamil and Telugu versions of the Walt Disney musical animation "Aladdin" called "A Whole New World".

As a composer, she has composed several radio spots and jingles for various brands and companies like TVS, RMKV, VIVEL, INDIAN OIL, etc..

The latest project she has worked on is for an NGO "We for WE" based in Jalandhar who work for women empowerment and present globally in 18 countries besides India. She has composed and sung an anthem in Hindi On women empowerment called SHAAN SE JEE. The anthem song is going to be launched show in the presence of top dignitaries of the political world.

Annupamaa is the Ambassador and Team Leader for The South India Chapter of We for WE and has done several programs for this NGO which works towards raising awareness of the rights and fights for the respect of women worldwide. The main focus of Annupamaa is nutrition health and fitness in the empowerment of women. A medical camp was organised on International Women's Day March 8, 2015 for underprivileged women to launch We for WE in the South.

Annupamaa is also trained in acting for stage and camera and has taken part in theatre productions in Chennai, a notable one being a performance of "Songs from under the river" by Anis Mojgani, a contemporary award-winning slam poet of Iranian American descent.
Ajjada Adibhatla Narayana Dasu
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ఆదిభట్ల నారాయణదాసు
Ajjada Adibhatla Narayana Dasu
Pandit Ajjada Adibhatla Narayana Dasu
Born August 31, 1864
AjjadaVizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh
Died January 2, 1945 (aged 80)
Occupation Playwright, poet, musician
Nationality Indian
Genre Plays

The pandit Ajjada Adibhatla Narayana Das (31 August 1864 – 2 January 1945) was a poet, musician, dancer, linguist and philosopher of Andhra Pradesh. He was born in Ajjada village, near Bobbili, presently in Balijipeta mandal of Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

He translated lalitA sahasra nAma in 'nAtu' Telugu, or pure Telugu language. He was also the one who taught ashTAdhyAyi to vivEkananda during his extensive travel of India in July 1890.
अनिल बिस्वास

पूरा नाम अनिल कृष्ण बिस्वास
अन्य नाम दादा, अनिल दा आदि
जन्म 7 जुलाई1914
जन्म भूमि बारीसाल, पूर्वी बंगाल
मृत्यु 31 मई2003
मृत्यु स्थान दिल्ली
कर्म भूमि भारत
कर्म-क्षेत्र संगीतकार
मुख्य फ़िल्में 'रोटी' (1942), 'किस्मत' (1943), 'अनोखा प्यार' (1948), 'तराना' (1951), 'वारिस' (1954), 'परदेसी' (1957), 'चार दिल चार राहें' (1959) आदि।
नागरिकता भारतीय

प्रसिद्ध गीत 'दूर हटो ऐ दुनिया वालो', 'रूठ के तुम तो चल दिए', 'दिल जलता है तो जलने दे', 'बदली तेरी नज़र तो नज़ारे बदल गए'।

अन्य जानकारी अनिल बिस्वास शास्त्रीय संगीत के निष्णात होने के साथ लोक-संगीत के अच्छे जानकार थे। उनकी धुनों में जो संगीत है, वह अब हमारी विरासत बन गया है।

अनिल बिस्वास (अंग्रेज़ी: Anil Biswas, जन्म: 7 जुलाई1914; मृत्यु: 31 मई2003बॉलीवुड के प्रसिद्ध संगीतकार थे। हिन्दी फ़िल्मों के गीत-संगीत के स्वर्ण-युग के सारथी अनिल बिस्वास रहे हैं। उन्होंने न सिर्फ अपने संगीत से फ़िल्म संगीत को शास्त्रीय, कलात्मक और मधुर बनाया बल्कि अनेक गायक-गायिकाओं को तराशकर हीरे-जवाहरात की तरह प्रस्तुत किया। इनमें तलत महमूदमुकेशलता मंगेशकरसुरैया के नाम प्रमुखता से गिनाए जा सकते हैं। अनिल बिस्वास शास्त्रीय संगीत के निष्णात होने के साथ लोक-संगीत के अच्छे जानकार थे। उनकी धुनों में जो संगीत है, वह अब हमारी विरासत बन गया है।

जीवन परिचय

अनिल बिस्वास का जन्म बारीसाल, पूर्वी बंगाल में 7 जुलाई1914 को हुआ था, जो अब बांग्लादेश है। वे स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में भी शामिल हुए और बंगाल के महान् कवि और संगीतकार काज़ी नज़रुल इस्लाम के भी संपर्क में रहे। वे काफ़ी कम उम्र में कोलकाता चले आए और उसके बाद वहाँ से 1934 में मुंबई चले गए। मुंबई की फ़िल्मी दुनिया में आकर उन्होंने देखा कि यहाँ तो हर प्रांत का संगीत मौजूद है। अनिल दा ने अपने प्रयत्नों से इसे और अधिक विस्तार दिया। मुंबई पहुँचते ही उन्हें 'धर्म की देवी' नाम की फ़िल्म में संगीत देने का अवसर मिला और उसके बाद यह सिलसिला बरसों तक चलता रहा।
अनिल विस्वास'दिल जलता है तो जलने दे...' से मुकेश ने अपने करियर की शुरूआत की और उसके बाद अनेक हिट गाने गए। अनिल बिस्वास को हिंदी फ़िल्म संगीत में पहली बार ऑर्केस्ट्रा का इस्तेमाल करने का श्रेय भी दिया जाता है। 1949 में उन्होंने तलत महमूद से आरज़ू फ़िल्म में पहली बार गाना गवाया जो सुपरहिट रहा--'ऐ दिल मुझे ऐसी जगह ले चल....'।


कलकत्ता से मुंबई आए अनिल दा का सफर फ़िल्म जगत् में सिर्फ 26 साल रहा। 1961 में बीस दिनों में छोटे भाई सुनील और बड़े बेटे के निधन ने अनिल दा को भीतर से तोड़ दिया। वे मुंबई से दिल्ली चले गए और मृत्युपर्यंत साउथ एक्सटेंशन में रहे। यहाँ रहते हुए भी उन्होंने आकाशवाणी को अपनी सेवाएँ दीं और 'हम होंगे कामयाब एक दिन' जैसा कौमी तराना युवा पीढ़ी को दिया। इस गीत की शब्द रचना में उन्होंने कवि गिरिजाकुमार माथुर से सहयोग किया था। अनिल बिस्वास की पत्र-पत्रिका और इलेक्ट्रॉनिक मीडिया में चर्चा 1994 में हुई, जब मध्य प्रदेश शासन के संस्कृति विभाग ने उन्हें लता मंगेशकर अलंकरण से सम्मानित किया। लता मंगेशकर अपने गायन के आरंभिक चरण में गायिका नूरजहाँ से प्रभावित थीं। अनिल दा ने लता को इस 'प्रेत बाधा' से मुक्ति दिलाकर शुद्ध-सात्विक लता मंगेशकर बनाया। अनिल दा के संगीत में लताजी के कुछ उम्दा गीतों की बानगी निम्नलिखित गीतों में सुनी जा सकती है-

मन में किसी की प्रीत बसा ले (आराम)
बदली तेरी नज़र तो नज़ारे बदल गए (बड़ी बहू)
रूठ के तुम तो चल दिए (जलती निशानी)।[1]

'आज हिमालय की चोटी से फिर हमने ललकारा है दूर हटो, दूर हटो, दूर हटो ऐ दुनिया वालो, हिन्दुस्तान हमारा है'।

भारत की आजादी के 4 साल पहले देशभक्ति का यह तराना गली-गली गूँजा था। बच्चे-बच्चे की जबान पर था। फ़िल्म किस्मत (1943) के इस गीत को बड़नगर (मध्य प्रदेश) के गीतकार कवि प्रदीप ने लिखा था और पूर्वी बंगाल के संगीतकार अनिल बिस्वास ने जोशीले संगीत से सँवारा था। इस गीत को सुनकर देशभक्तों की रगों में ख़ून की रफ्तार तेज हो जाती थी।

संगीत के पितामह

हिंदी सिने संगीत के पितामह कहे जाने वाले दादा अनिल बिस्वास की सबसे बड़ी ख़ासियत थी उनका ज्ञान और उनका समर्पण। उन्‍होंने ऐसा कोई गाना नहीं बनाया जो उनकी मरज़ी के ख़िलाफ़ हो। अनिल बिस्वास की संगीत-यात्रा पर कुबेर दत्‍त की एक महत्‍त्‍वपूर्ण पुस्‍तक भी आई है। अनिल दा ही वो संगीतकार हैं जिन्‍होंने तलत महमूद को विश्‍वास दिलाया कि उनकी आवाज़ की लरजिश ही उनकी दौलत है। अनिल दा ही वो संगीतकार हैं जिन्‍होंने डांट-डपटकर कई प्रतिभाओं को संवारा और लता मंगेशकर भी उन्‍हीं प्रतिभाओं में से एक हैं। लता जी बड़े ही सम्‍मान के साथ अनिल बिस्‍वास का ज़िक्र करती हैं। स्वयं लताजी ने इस बात को स्वीकार किया है कि अनिल दा ने उन्हें समझाया कि गाते समय आवाज़ में परिवर्तन लाए बगैर श्वास कैसे लेना चाहिए।[1] यह आवाज़ तथा श्वास प्रक्रिया की योग कला है। अनिल दा उन्हें लतिके कहकर पुकारते थे। इसी तरह मुकेश को सहगल की आवाज़ के प्रभाव से मुक्त कराकर उसे मुकेशियाना शैली प्रदान करने में अनिल दा का हाथ है। तलत महमूद की मखमली आवाज़ पर अनिल दा फिदा थे। तलत की आवाज़ के कम्पन और मिठास को अनिल दा ने रेशम-सी आवाज़ कहा था। किशोर कुमार से फ़िल्म 'फरेब' (1953) में अनिल दा ने संजीदा गाना क्या गवाया, आगे चलकर इस शरारती तथा नटखट गायक के संजीदा गाने देव आनंद और राजेश खन्ना के प्लस-पाइंट हो गए।

प्रतिभाओं की प्रतिस्पर्धा

अनिल बिस्वास के दौर में एक से बढ़कर एक संगीतकार रहे। इसका लाभ यह हुआ कि संगीतकारों की स्वस्थ स्पर्धा के चलते श्रोताओं को मधुर से मधुरतम गीत मिले। उस दौर में नरेन्द्र शर्मा, कवि प्रदीप, गोपालसिंह नेपाली, इंदीवर, डी.एन. मधोक जैसे गीतकार भी हुए, जिनके गीत कविता की तरह भावपूर्ण और सार्थक होते थे। नौशाद, रोशन, मदन मोहनसचिन देव बर्मन, सज्जाद, ग़ुलाम हैदर, वसंत देसाईहेमंत कुमारशंकर-जयकिशन और खय्याम जैसे संगीतकारों के तालाब में अनिल दा सदैव कमल की भाँति रहते हुए सबका मार्गदर्शन करते रहे। सी. रामचंद्र अपने को अनिल दा का शिष्य मानते थे। ये तमाम संगीतकार एक-दूसरे की इज्जत करते हुए फ़िल्म-संगीत के खजाने में अपना विनम्र योगदान करते रहे।

सम्मान और पुरस्कार


अनिल बिस्वास का दिल्ली में 31 मई2003 को निधन हो गया। वे 89 वर्ष के थे और कुछ समय से बीमार चल रहे थे।
Ambaji Shinde
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ambaji Venkatesh Shinde (22 December 1917 – 8 April 2003) was a prominent jewelry designer in New York.
Ambaji Shinde, Jewelry Designer

The book "Harry Winston The Ultimate Jeweler" published in 1984 acknowledges Ambaji Venkatesh Shinde as "one of the most talented designers in the world today." A number of his jewelry designs appear in this book.

Early life

A.V.Shinde was born on 22 December 1917 in MapusaGoa, a Portuguese colony in India, in a Konkani speaking Hindu family. He was drawn towards decorative arts at an early age painting backdrops and costume jewelry for the local Hindu temple religious functions.


Shinde came to Mumbai in 1934 to attend the J. J. School of Art. In his talk with Dona Dirlam of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) he said that the formal study in textile design influenced his later work. He had to seek work when his father died in 1937. His first job was at Narottamdas Jhaveri where he designed ornate silverware, trophies and jewelry. He was hired by Nanubhai Jhaveri in 1941 where he worked for nearly 20 years designing jewelry for the Maharajas.

He followed the rich Indian tradition in his designs. He had a small picture of the Flying Apsara from Ajanta cave number 17 in his office. The design criteria changed when the Maharajas started to go abroad and desired western style jewelry.

Harry Winston met him in 1955 and recognized a kindred soul and eventually hired him in 1962. He soon developed a gemstone driven style transforming fine jewelry into fine art. Harry Winston invented flexible, three-dimensional, near invisible mountings which freed the stones from heavy metal surrounds.

After four decades of working in New York City, Shinde retired in December 2001 but continued to paint from home. He donated a number of designs to the GIA for a permanent display. Thousands of his designs remain in the Harry Winston archives and "provides a creative spark to ignite new interpretations of Harry Winston jewels for the next generations".
Personal life

Shinde married Anu in 1940. They had six sons and 10 grandchildren. He had a large circle of close friends, loved Indian classical music and spicy food.

He died on 8 April 2003 of pneumonia which he contracted in a Manhattan hospital.

A Shinde painting of a necklace illustrates his mastery of the art of jewelry designing.
Aishwarya R. Dhanush
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Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Aishwarya R. Dhanush in 2019
Aishwarya Rajinikanth
1 January 1982


Years active 2003–present

​(m. 2004)​
Children 2

Rajinikanth (father)
Relatives Soundarya Rajinikanth (sister)

Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush (born 1 January 1982) is an Indian film director and playback singer. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth. She made her feature film debut with 3 (2012) starring her husband Dhanush.

Personal life

Aishwarya was born to actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari. She has a younger sister, Soundarya, who works in the Tamil film industry as well. Aishwarya is married to the Indian film actor Dhanush with whom she has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010).

In December 2016, Aishwarya R. Dhanush released her own memoir Standing on An Apple Box: The Story of A Girl Among the Stars. With this book, she has revealed her own story of being a celebrity kid, making her career choices, her marriage and her life as Rajinikanth’s daughter.


Aishwarya made her first entry into the Tamil film industry as a playback singer in the unreleased film Ramanaa directed by Parthy Bhaskar. She had sung for song composed by Deva during November 2000. Her first released song was "Natpe Natpe" from D. Imman's soundtrack for Whistle (2003), which she sung alongside the composer and actor Silambarasan.

In August 2011, she announced that she would direct her husband and Shruti Haasan in her first feature film titled 3, with Dhanush going on to clarify that it would be his only film under his wife's direction. The film gained high anticipation prior to release after the song "Why This Kolaveri Di" from its soundtrack, composed by her cousin Anirudh Ravichander, went viral and became an internet phenomenon. She appeared alongside the lead cast and composer in the making of the video. In July 2015, Aishwarya announced she will soon launch a YouTube channel under the banner of "Ten Entertainment" to exclusively promote original content and short films by aspiring filmmakers.

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva. She became a playback singer with the film Whistle alongside Silambarasan, which was then followed by the song "Un Mela Aasadhan" in the film Aayirathil Oruvan, for which she also worked as an assistant director.

In August 2016, Aishwarya was selected as India's goodwill ambassador for the UN Women organization.


She performed Bharatanatyam at the UN headquarters on International Women's Day. However, her performance was received many criticisms in social medias and professional Bharatanatyam dancers. Anita Ratnam wrote on her Facebook "This is what bharatanatyam becomes... A caricature and a farce!".


In 2012, she won the Newsmaker of the Year Award at the JFA Women Achievers Awards.

As director

YearFilmLanguageNotes2012 3 Tamil Directorial debut

2015 Vai Raja Vai Tamil
2017 Cinema Veeran Tamil

As singer

2003 Natpae Natpae Whistle

As voice actor

Abhijeet Sawant
Winner of First Indian Idol : Chamar
Born7 October 1981

Abhijeet Sawant (Marathi: अभिजीत सावंत) is an Indian playback singer, television actor and anchor and the winner of Indian Idol (Season 1). He was the first runner up of Clinic All Clear – Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar, and finished third inAsian Idol.

Abhijeet Sawant won the first season of Indian Idol, an adaptation of the Pop Idol format, in 2005. His first solo album, Aapka Abhijeet Sawant, was released on 7 April 2005. That year he also did playback singing in the movie Aashiq Banaya Aapne, performing the songMarjawaan Mitjawaan.

Sawant competed in the first edition of Asian Idol, which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 15 - 16 December 2007. He performed Everything I Do by Bryan Adams and his own songJunoon. Hady Mirza of Singapore Idol won the competition, with Sawant finishing third.

His second album, Junoon - Abhijeet Sawant was released on 10 July 2007. The title trackJunoon charted in India.

Abhijeet Sawant was a finalist of Clinic All Clear Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on Star Plus in 2008. The show was a competition between the winners and runners-up of various singing reality shows on Indian television. Sawant became the first runner up of the show.


He made his acting debut in the movie Lottery in 2009. He also made a small appearance at the end of film Tees Maar Khan.

Sawant has also acted in commercials for Spraymint.

He made a special appearance as himself in the romantic drama series Kaisa Ye Pyar Haiand thriller crime series C.I.D.


Sawant and his wife Shilpa participated in the Dancing Reality Show Nach Baliye (Season 4) in (2008–2009). They were eliminated after facing public votes and could not make it to the finals.
He co-hosted Indian Idol 5 along with Hussain Kuwajerwala.

He has joined the Shiv Sena with a mandate to attract youth to the party fold.

Original Albums
Aap Kaa Abhijeet Sawant-2005, Sony BMG Music India
Junoon-2007, Sony BMG Music India
Farida-2013,Universal Music India
Amar Singh Chamkila
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Amar Singh Chamkila
Birth name Dhanni Ram
Also known as Amar Singh Chamkila
Born 21 July 1960
Dugri, Punjab, India
Died 8 March 1988 (aged 27)
Mehsumpur, Punjab, India
Genres Punjabi duets, solos, lok-tath, lok-katha, dharmik
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, composer
Instruments Vocals, tumbi, harmonium, dholak
Years active 1979–1988
Labels HMV
Associated acts Chamkila & Amarjot, Surinder Sonia,Usha Kiran,Harneet Neetu
Website www.amarsinghchamkila.com

Dhanni Ram (21 July 1960 – 8 March 1988), commonly known by his stage name Amar Singh Chamkila, was a popular Punjabi singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Chamkila and his wife and singing partner Amarjot were killed, along with two members of their band on 8 March 1988 allegedly by a gang of unknown youths.

Chamkila is regarded as one of the best stage performers Punjab has ever produced. His music was heavily influenced by the Punjabi village life he was surrounded by growing up. He commonly wrote songs about extra-marital relationships, coming of age, drinking, drug use, and the hot tempers of Punjabi men. He earned a controversial reputation, with his detractors regarding his music obscene, and his supporters regarding it a truthful commentary on Punjabi culture and society.

His best-known hits include "Pehle Lalkare Naal" and his devotional songs "Baba Tera Nankana" and "Talwar Main Kalgidhar Di". Though he never recorded it himself, he wrote the widely popular "Jatt Di Dushmani" which has been recorded by many Punjabi artists.
Early life and career

Amar Singh Chamkila was born as Dhanni Ram on 21 July 1960 in the village of Dugri near Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He was born into a poor family. The youngest child of Kartar Kaur and Hari Singh, he was educated at Gujar Khan Primary School in Dugri. His aspirations of becoming an electrician were unfulfilled and he found work at a Ludhiana cloth mill. With a natural aptitude for music, he learned to play the harmonium and dholki. Punjabi folk musician Surinder Shinda has said that in 1979, Chamkila approached him for the first time on a bicycle. When Shinda heard the 18-year-old Chamkila sing, he had finally found the protege that he had been looking for. Chamkila would go on to play alongside Punjabi folk artists such as K. Deep, Mohammad Sadiq and Surinder Shinda. He wrote several songs for Shinda and accompanied him as a member of his entourage before deciding to pursue a solo career. It is rumoured that Chamkila was happy enough writing songs, but he wasn't earning enough money to look after his family, so had to start singing.

He was married to Gurmail Kaur with whom he had two daughters, Amandeep Kaur and Kamaldeep Kaur. Chamkila's second marriage was with his co-singer Amarjot Kaur, with whom he has a son Jaiman Chamkila.

Career in Music

Adopting the stage name Amar Singh Chamkila – Chamkila in Punjabi means one that glitters. He partnered up with the female vocalist Surinder Sonia and recorded eight duets. The record was released in 1981 and 1982 and was produced by Charanjit Ahuja. The cunningly worded lyrics, which he had written himself, became hits across Punjab.

In 1980, Chamkila left Sonia and established a short-lived stage relationship with Miss Usha. He left Miss Usha in the same year in favour of teaming up with a female folk singer named Amarjot. Not much is known about Amarjot Kaur, except for the fact that she was previously married but left the marriage to pursue her dream of singing. Amarjot herself was a renowned singer and sang with Kuldip Manak. She would become Chamkila's permanent singing partner providing the female vocals for his duets, that is, the majority of the songs that he wrote.

Chamkila, for the most part, wrote his own lyrics, the majority of which were boyish and suggestive, yet fluent, commentaries on extramarital affairs, alcohol and drug use. The couple's appeal grew not only in the Punjab, but they quickly raced to international stardom among Punjabis abroad. Around this time, Chamkila was receiving more bookings than his contemporaries such as Kuldip Manak, Gurdas Maan and Surinder Shinda. The biography "Awaz Mardi Nahin" by Gulzar Singh Shaunki found during its research that at the height of his popularity Chamkila had performed 366 shows in 365 days.

By the early 1980s, Chamkila and Amarjot had recorded hugely successful LPs on the HMV label and they toured Canada, US, Dubai and Bahrain. They were also commonly booked for wedding parties, charging a reported Rs. 4000 per performance, an unprecedented amount for the time. Chamkila sold more HMV LP records in the world then any other Punjabi singer. He was also an accomplished player of the Tumbi instrument.

Much of Chamkila's success may be attributed to the fan-base he acquired performing in free, open-air concerts (known as Akhade in Punjabi) around Punjab. Accompanying the couple would be a harmonium and dholki player and Chamkila would play the Tumbi. The concerts served as a medium for gaining exposure and testing people's response to new songs that were planned for future recordings. In addition to singing his own songs, Chamkila wrote several songs and sold them to other artists. Some of these include Main Digie Tilak Ke (Surinder Shinda), Gabroo Nu Marda (Jagmohan Kaur) and Deor Naal Nach Bhabiye (KS Kooner). Chamkila continued to work with Charanjit Ahuja but also experimented by working with SN Gulati (Deora Ve Tavitan Walia) & KS Narula (Mera Jee Karda). Starting in 1985, Chamkila and Amarjot released three devotional LPs: Baba Tera Nankana, Talwar Main Kalgidhar Di Haan and Naam Jap Le. While the LPs were highly successful, none of the songs featured on them were written by Chamkila. The profits made from these LPs were reportedly donated to charities.

Chamkila’s song Pehle Lalkare Naal was featured in the soundtrack of the 1987 Punjabi film Patola. He also recorded the song Mera Jee Karda for the Punjabi film 'Dupatta'. Both films fared averagely at the box office, but still increased Chamkila's popularity. He also recorded a music video for one of his songs for the state-owned Doordarshan channel, but after his death his video was taken off the air. Chamkila and Amarjot recorded in excess of ninety songs before they were killed in Mesumpur, Punjab in 1988. At the time of his death, he reportedly had 200 songs that had not been sung or recorded. Of these some were sung at stage shows including Dhee Mar Jai Badkar Loko, Jatt Di Dushmani and Akhiyan Di Maar Buri. Chamkila also sang another serious song on the folk hero Jeona Morh called Kaadha Soorma, which was remixed by Panjabi MC in 2007.

He also had many solo songs which have been sung in recent times by artists such as Chamak Chamkila, Nirmal Sidhu, Amar Arshi, and even his teacher Surinder Shinda. Some singers have used some of Chamkila's lyrics in their songs as part of their chorus. These include Nasha, Mere Yaar Ne (Gippy Grewal) and Shad De Vairne Yaari (Jazzy B). By shamsher singh sohi gurdaspur.


Having arrived to perform in Mehsampur, Punjab, both Chamkila and Amarjot were gunned down as they exited their vehicle on 8 March 1988 at approximately 2 o'clock. A gang of motorcyclists fired several rounds, fatally wounding the couple and other members of the entourage. However, no arrests were ever made with connection to the shooting and the case was never solved.

There are many other conspiracy theories as to why Chamkila was killed. It is widely reported that he had been the victim of several death threats. The nature of those threats or the rationale behind them still remains a mystery. The high-profile murder sparked a frenzy of controversy and speculation. Some of the most prominent theories explaining the killings are:

The Khalistani movement is believed to be behind the killing of Chamkila as his songs might have been objectionable to the movement.

Due to the public’s declining interest in other Punjabi singers in favour of Chamkila, one or more of these other artists may have planned his killing.

Punjab police could have been behind the murder, as killings by government officials and police were very common and many high ranking Punjab police officers were outraged by Chamkila's lyrics and what they perceived as his vulgar songs.
Chamkila may have been murdered by an individual he might have refused to perform for due to a scheduling conflict or other reasons.
One of the possibility is honor killing, because Chamkila's wife Amarjot was belong to Tarkhan family. Her parents & relatives might be involve in Chamkila's murder.

Amrita Virk

Amrita Virk ((in Punjabi)) is a Panjabi singer from Indian Panjab. She entered the world of Punjabi music in 1998, releasing her first album, Kalli Beh Ke Ro Laini Aan.

Life and career

Virk was born on 11 June 1975. She started singing at very early age like in school functions. She statsed professional singing in 1997 when the industry was dominated by male singers. In July 1998, She released her first album, Kalli Beh Ke Ro Laini Aan, which made her a recognised singer in the industry.
Amar Arshi
Amar Arshi is a Punjabi singer and belongs to the prominent Ravidassia Religion. He is one of the successful Punjabi singer. 
His song "Kala Chashma" came with the film, Baar Baar Dekho (2016). He is based out of London.
Ananta Mandal
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Ananta Mandal
অনন্ত মন্ডল

Ananta Mandal in his Mumbai Studio, 2018
Born 5 February 1983

Nationality Indian
Education Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
Known for Visual Arts, PaintingDrawing
Movement Impressionism
Awards The Winsor & Newton Excellence Award

Years active 1983–present

Ananta Mandal (Bengali: অনন্ত মন্ডল) (born 5 February 1983) is an Indian artist. He has been recognised with international and national honours for his many paintings in watercolour, oil and acrylic.

Early life and education

Ananta Mandal spent his childhood in Chakdaha, West Bengal, in India. He graduated from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, Calcutta University (Kolkata) in 2007 with a degree in Bachelor of Visual Arts.


Ananta Mandal has 15 Solo Exhibitions in his career. The journey started in 2004 when he had his first solo show at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata as a student. He has exhibited in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions in India and abroad and he has often been invited as guest artist. At present he lives and works in MumbaiIndia.

Most of his paintings are Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil color based. His paintings depict realistic urban landscapes, city life, Bengalis durga festival (durga puja), old railway steam engine, tropical desert of Rajasthan and the many moods of nature. Mostly his notable works depict the atmosphere of Mumbai and Kolkata.

Mandal painting Kolkata Monsoon, Acrylic on Canvas
Mandal won more than 40 Awards Internationally and all over in India. His notable excellent achievements are

International Awards

2017: Award from Northwest Watercolor Society, Washington, USA.
2013: First place Award from Watercolor Art Society-Houston, USA.
2012 : The Winsor & Newton Excellence Award – Northwest Watercolor Society, United States
2011 : Award – The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, United States
2010 : Best of show Award – Western Federation of Watercolor Society, Utah, United States
2009 : Award - San Diego Watercolor Society, USA
2009 : Award - North East Watercolor Society, New York, USA
2007 : Award of Excellence, Western Federation of Watercolor Society, United States
2007 : Award, Texas Watercolor Society, Texas, United States
2006 : Award of Excellence, San Diego Watercolor Society, California, United States

Awards in India

2013: AIFACS Award - 14th all India Watercolor Exhibition, New Delhi
2012 : AIFACS Award – 100 Years of the city of New Delhi 2011. New Delhi
2011: Award for Best Landscape in Watercolor Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2010 : Best Painting Award - R.A.D Annual Exhibition, Arannya 2010, Kolkata
2009 : Best Entry Award - The Art Society of India. Mumbai
2009 : Award – Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2006 : Camlin Award – 7th Eastern Region, (Kokuyo Camlin), Kolkata
2006 : Award - The Art Society of India. Mumbai
2006 : Award - Lokmanya Tilak Art Exhibition, Pune
2005 : Best Award - R.A.D Exhibition, Arannya 2010, Kolkata
2005 : Best Water Color Painting Award - Calcutta Information Centre, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata
2005 : Award – South Central Zone Cultural Center, ministry of culture. Govt. of India. Cultural Zones of India Nagpur
2005 : Award - Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
2005 : Birla Academy Award - Birla Academy Art & Culture. Kolkata
Artworks over the years

Kolkata Series

The Kolkata Series started from his college days from 2001, when Ananta spent his next six years in College Hostel. That area resembled old British period of Kolkata (Calcutta). In this series there are Trams in Kolkata & tramline with old architecture, hand pulled rickshaws, yellow taxi, different mood and seasons of the city. His artistic journey started with Kolkata paintings.

Mumbai Series

After completing his studies he moved to Mumbai in 2008. Later he developed a new series on Mumbai's city life. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Bandra–Worli Sea Link, Skyline and Sea Harbor, Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai Suburban Railway are main among his subjects. In 2016 he did solo exhibition on Mumbai series at Jehangir Art Gallery.
Work for Charity

Ananta has continuously supported NGO and charitable trust in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Dubai, London through his Paintings and art exhibitions aim to raise fund for cancer, women  education, child rights and special needs. He took part in charity art shows for the Nargis Dutt Foundation by Priya Dutt, NGO CRY (Child Rights and You), Indian Cancer Society, Cancer Patients Aid Association, SNF Development Center. Mandal's artworks are also given to many art auctions to help raise money.

International Art residency

2014 : TellusArt & Abu Dhabi Art Hub Presented an International art residency, Abu Dhabi, UAE


2006: Selected Top 100 Artist – The Art Renewal Center's International Competition, New York, United States
2007: Selected for Traveling Show – Texas Watercolor Society, Texas, United States
2008: Harmony Art show, ' in Reliance Industries all – India art exhibition'. Mumbai
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
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Arati Ankalikar Tikekar
Ankalikar-Tikekar performing in a live concert
Background information
Born January 27, 1963
Origin Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Classical vocalist
Playback singer
Years active 1975–present

Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar (born 27 January 1963) is an Indian classical singer who is active mostly in Marathi, Konkani and Hindi film Industry; known for singing in Agra as well as Gwalior and Jaipur style. She has received two National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.

Ankalikar-Tikekar has been credited by audio cassettes and CD recordings. She was the main playback singer for the Sham Benegal's film, Sardari Begum. She is known for her albums Tejomay Nadbrahm, Raag-Rang, and, playback for the movies AntarnaadDe dhakka, Savlee, and the hit Sardari BegumEk Hazarachi Note. Her daughter Swanandi Tikekar who is in her mid-twenties is an actress. Her Guru was, well-known Hindustani Sangeet vocalist Padmavibhushan Kishori Amonkar.

As a singer

She has been the main playback singer for several MarathiKonkani as well as Hindi films, namely:
De Dhakka, 2008
Samhitha, 2013.

TV appearances

Ankalikar-Tikekar has made appearances on television interviews, Reality Shows and as a guest judge on music shows. The following list consists few appearances on Marathi television networks.
Type of ShowNameRoleNetwork Name
Interview Ashi Manase Yeti interviewee Mi Marathi
Interview Khupte Tithe Gupte interviewee Zee Marathi
Concert Elgaar Soloist ETV Marathi
Concert Rutu Hirawa Soloist Mi Marathi
Concert Good Morning Maharashtra Soloist Zee Marathi
Music Competition Idea SaReGaMaPa – Season 2 Guest Judge Zee Marathi
Music Competition Idea SaReGaMaPa – Season 2 Grand Finale Special Appearance Zee Marathi


Ankalikar-Tikekar has performed all over the world at prestigious venues, including the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada in 2019 for the Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto.

Accomplishments and awards

Ankalikar-Tikekar received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the Konkani cinema, Anternaad, based on the life of a classical singer for the year 2006.

She received Maharashtra State Film Awards, for the Marathi Film, De Dhakka. Later, in 2013, she was awarded with National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the second time in the Marathi movie, Samhita. She is married to Indian film actor, Uday Tikekar. Her daughter Swanandi Tikekar is a well known marathi television and theatre actress.
Amarnath Sehgal
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Amar Nath Sehgal
Born 5 February 1922
CampbellpurBritish India
Died 28 December 2007 (aged 85)

New Delhi, India
Occupation sculptor, painter, art educator

Amar Nath Sehgal (5 February 1922 – 28 December 2007) was a noted Indian modernist sculptor, painter, poet and art educator. He started his career as an engineer in Lahore, and later turned to art. He shifted to Delhi after partition of India in 1947, and in 1950 studied art education from New York University School of Education. Subsequently, became an art educator, teaching at College of Art, Delhi, and in time a noted modern sculptor to his generation. Though he also ventured into painting, drawings and poetry.

In 1979, Amar Nath Sehgal set up his studio in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and lived between Luxembourg and India until his return to New Delhi in 2004. His long romance with Luxembourg goes back to 1966 when he had his first solo exhibition at the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Arts in Luxembourg-City. His iconic bronze bust sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi in the Municipal Park in Luxembourg celebrates the strong connection he had with Luxembourg. The bronze bust, a gift by the philanthropist Henry J. Leir was inaugurated on 21 June 1973 in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affaires Gaston Thorn and the Ambassador of India to Luxembourg K. B. Lall. In February 1980, the original bust was stolen and in 1982 Amar Nath Sehgal gifted a copy of the original which was inaugurated on 2 October 1982, on the 113th Anniversary of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in life, he also became a pioneer of intellectual property rights, especially moral rights in copyright for artists in India, after he fought a 13-year-long legal case with Government of India. A bronze mural which he created for the Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi in the 1960s, was removed without his consent, during renovations in 1979. He filed the case at Delhi High Court in 1992, and the courts finally awarded him damages in 2005.

In 1986, he founded "The Creative Fund" in Luxembourg to help young artists from Luxembourg and India discover and be inspired by the rich history, the culture and the heritage of both countries.

1993, he was awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Art, the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by the Government of India. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, by Government of India.

Early life and background

Born on 5 February 1922, Sehgal was originally from Campbellpur (Attock), in North Punjab (now in Pakistan). He shifted to Lahore in 1939 to study at Government College, Lahore where he graduated in 1941. Thereafter he studied industrial chemistry at Banaras Hindu University till 1942. Subsequently, he started worked as an engineer in Lahore, while studying arts privately.

During the riots that preceded the partition of India in 1947, he left Lahore in May 1947, and travelled to Eastern Punjab and Kangra-Kullu Valley, where he witnessed macabre killings of local Muslim minority. This was to have a lasting impact both of his psyche and his art. Finally he settled in Delhi, where he reestablished himself. He travelled on a freight for 47 days to New York. He later obtained a master's degree in art education from New York University School of Education (now rename Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) in 1950. During this period he was exposed to world art and inspirations of Henri Matisse.


His first exhibition was inaugurated in New York in 1951, by India's permanent representative to the United Nations. Upon his return from US, Sehgal taught at the Modern School, New Delhi for a short while, and his wife Sheila Dhawan was also a teacher at its Junior School. Later he remained a faculty at College of Art, DelhiUniversity of Delhi and established his studio in Delhi. In time, he became a leading exponents of modernism in Indian sculptor. Themes of much of his oeuvre revolved around the importance of individual freedom and human dignity, and his response the horrors of political violence.

His works were exhibited in many places across the world, winning him international acclaim. Many of his sculptures in stone and metal are in the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

"I am convinced that an artiste has a moral right to his work, even if it has been paid for by an individual or an organisation."

Amarnath Sehgal (The Hindu, 2006)

In 1957, he was commission to create mural for the Vigyan Bhavan, India's first state convention centre. The bronze mural spanned 140 feet by 40 feet, depicting rural and modern India, and was completed five years later and installed in the foyer of the building in 1962. Subsequently, in 1979, during renovations, the mural was removed without his consent, and shifted to the storehouse. When in the following years despite his request no action was taken, He filed a case at the Delhi High Court seeking damages. Thus Amar Nath Sehgal v. Union of India. After a 13-year-long legal proceeding, the case was finally decided in his favour on 21 February 2005. Thus it became a landmark case in Indian legal history, as for the first time uphold the moral right of an author under the Indian Copyright Act and awarded damages. The government was also asked to return his mural

Besides art, Sehgal was also a poet, he published two collection of his poems, Lonesome Journey (1996) and Awaiting a New Dawn (1998).

A bronze sculpture titled, The Captive, first designed by Sehgal for the U.N. conference on sanctions against South Africa, held at Paris in 1986 was later installed on Robben IslandCape TownNelson Mandela's former island prison, on National Women's Day, 9 August 2011. In the following year, a large stone sculpture by him, "Aiming For Excellence" was installed at the DDA Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi. In October 2004, an exhibition of his paintings on Ramayana and Mahabharata, as "tribute to Rishi Valmiki and Rishi Vyasa" was inaugurated by then President A P J Abdul Kalam at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts .

The Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Art, in 1993, awarded him the 1993, awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by the Government of India. He had a close to the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and subsequently the Nehru–Gandhi family.

He died on 28 December 2007 in New Delhi, at age 85, after a brief illness. In the following year, he was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, by Government of India.
Monographs and other works

Amarnath Sehgal; Mulk Raj Anand (1964). Armanath Sehgal. Published by Mulk Raj Anand for Marg Publications.
Amar Nath Sehgal-Selected Sculptures, Graphics and Drawings 1947–1972. National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House. 1972.
Amarnath Sehgal; Pran Nath Mago (1993). Amarnath Sehgal. Lalit Kala Akademi.
Amarnath Sehgal (1996). Lonesome journey. Har-Anand Publications.
Amarnath Sehgal (1998). Awaiting a New Dawn. Haranand Publications Pvt. Limited. ISBN 978-81-241-0554-2.
Amarnath Sehgal (2005). Epic Episodes: Paintings on Ramayana and Mahabharata. Amar Nath Sehgal.
Asha Khadilkar
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Asha Khadilkar

Background information
Birth name Asha Patankar
Born 11 January 1955
Origin Sangli
Years active 1955–present

Asha Khadilkar (born 11 January 1955) is a Mumbai, India-based Senior Vocalist who performs Indian (Hindustani) classical, semi-classical and devotional music including Natya Sangeet.


Khadilkar is a regular singer on All India Radio. Khadilkar has performed her private concerns on many occasions in United Kingdom, U.S.A., Canada and Singapore. Khadilkar has also provided music direction to 4 New Marathi Musicals (मराठी संगीत नाटक ) produced by Nehru Center, Worli, Mumbai since Year 2000. She provides mentoring and guidance to advanced students of Indian Classical Music. Khadilkar, along with her husband Mr. Madhav Khadilkar runs Uttung Sansktutik Pariwar Trust, a non-profit organization devoted for preservation and proliferation of Indian Culture through various forms of Performing Arts, Literature, Nationalistic activities.

Affiliation with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

In 2008, Asha Khadilkar was invited as one of the celebrity judges for the Marathi vocal singing competition show called Idea Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, along with the music director Shri.Salil Kulkarni. This season featured adults who are in their mid-thirties and forties who pursued music as a hobby. The show was aptly named Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Swapna Swaranche, Navatarunyache (स्वप्न स्वरांचे, नवतारुण्याचे), which roughly translates to Dreams of Music and New Youth.
Anand Shinde
Milind Shinde Music directors. Popular and successful composers in many genres, including Bhim Geet. (Not to be confused with Filmistan’s Anand-Milind, who are the sons of Chitragupt Srivastav.)

2001 Kasam (assistant art director)
1995 Sarhad: The Border of Crime (assistant art director)
1991 Aakhri Cheekh (assistant art director)
1991 Dushman Devta (assistant art director - as Anant Shinde)
1991 Vishnu-Devaa (assistant art director)
1990 Shaitani Ilaaka (assistant art director)
1989 Khoj (assistant art director
Anu Anand
By Avinesh

Anu Anand is a former Super Singer Junior 3 contestant and presently one of the contestants on Super Singer 8 (2021). In the Junior season of Super Singer, she won the Most Expressive Singer title and finished her journey as a top 10 contender. Anu Anand has been cast in the film named Puthiyathor Ulagam Seivom in the role Abi. In Music, she has sung four songs in Tamil and one in Telugu. The tracks Enakkaaga Poranthaayae and Onakkaga Poranthaenae from Pannaiyarum Padminiyum became a massive hit. She is also been a part of the Manual Orchestra and Lakshman Sruthi Orchestra as a singer. She is one of the best friends of the singer cum actor Aajeedh who was a part of the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 4.

Anu Anand Biography

Name Anu Anand
Nickname Anu
Profession Playback Singer, Actor
Date of Birth 31 March 2000, Mannargudi, Thiruvarur
Family Father: Anand
Mother: Aasha
Siblings: Two Elders
Marital Status Unmarried
Educational Qualification Graduate
School Leo Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai.
College Yet to be updated
Hobbies Music
Hometown Chennai, India

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Sujatha Mohan

Sujatha Mohan (credited as Sujatha) is an Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in MalayalamTamil and Telugu movies. She has also sung for Kannada , BadagaHindi movies. In a career spanning 45 years, she has recorded more than 10000 songs till date. She is regarded as one of the most prolific singers in the Indian music industry.

Personal life

Sujatha Mohan is the granddaughter of Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai, the first Chief Minister of the erstwhile Travancore-Cochin State after India gained Independence. Her parents were late Dr. Vijayendran and Lakshmi who died when she was two years old. She completed her graduation in Economics from the St. Teresa's CollegeErnakulam. She married Dr. Krishna Mohan on 9 May 1981. Her only daughter, Shweta Mohan, is also a singer. Radhika Thilak and G Venugopal are her cousins.


Sujatha shot to fame in the seventies as Baby Sujatha, the schoolgirl who regularly used to sing with K. J. Yesudas in his stage shows all over the world. She recorded her first song, "Kannezhuthy Pottuthottu" when she was in the sixth standard. The song was composed by M. K. Arjunan for the 1975 Malayalam movie Tourist Bungalow. She recorded songs for Shyam in Kamam Krodham Moham and Salil Chowdhury in Aparadhi. Around this time, composer M. G. Radhakrishnan got her to record many non-film songs; the biggest hit among them was "Odakkuzhal Vili".

She debuted in Tamil through the song "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandein" from Kavikuyil (1977), tuned in Hameer Kalyani raga by Illayaraja, but it was not included in the film. Her first released song in Tamil was "Kalai Paniyil" from the Tamil film Gaayathri (1977), starring Sridevi and Rajinikanth with music by Ilaiyaraja. She sang for Ilaiyaraaja in Johnny, Kavikuyil and Ilamai Kolangal. After her marriage in 1981, she took a sabbatical from playback singing. She made a successful comeback in 1988 through Kadathanadan Ambadi, followed by the hit Chithram.

She used to sing ad jingles in the late 1980s for A. R. Rahman (such as the Premiere Cooker ad and the Tilda Rice ad). Then Rahman got her to sing "Pudhu Vellai Mazhai" from Mani Ratnam's 1992 film Roja, which became one of the biggest hit songs in India. The backing vocals for the song "Kadhal Roja" were also performed by Sujatha. She has had other hit songs, most of them with Rahman from films including Pudhiya Mugam (1992), Gentleman (1993), Jeans and Minsaara Kanavu (1997). She has also recorded some songs in Hindi, including "Dil Hai Sanam" (the Hindi version of "Thee Thee") from Chor Chor (Thiruda Thiruda), "Ishq Bina" from Taal, "Hai Jaana" from Pukar and "Ishwar Allah" from Earth, and provided backing vocals for the song "Tum Ho Meri Nigahom" from Kabhi Na Kabhi, all of them composed by A. R. Rahman. She has had many of her notable and successful songs under the musical direction of A. R. Rahman. Her husky voice has given her huge number of fans across.

She made a strong comeback in the Malayalam film industry in the mid-1990s and most of her notable Malayalam songs were composed by Vidyasagar. Most of her hit songs from Telugu are composed by Mani Sharma. She was also a judge in munch star singer junior, IDEA star singer, AIRTEL super singer (VIJAY TV).


Sujatha has received several awards and recognitions for her work in the South Indian film musical world. She has been nominated for two National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her songs in the films Minsara Kanavu (1996) and Paradesi (2007).She has been awarded the prestigious Kalaimamani award by the Government of Indian state Tamilnadu in 2021.

1996 Best Female Playback Singer Azhakiya Ravanan "Pranayamani thooval"
1998 Pranayavarnangal "Varamanjaladiya"
2006 Rathri Mazha "Baasuri"

Gentleman "Netru Illatha Mathram"
"En Veetil Thottathil"
Avvai Shanmugi "Poo Pookum Osai"
"Rukku Rukku"
2001 Dhill "Un Samayil Arayil"

1991[5] Best Female Playback Singer Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Kankettu "Kizhakkunarumpakshi"
Kasthooriman "Kudamulla Kadavil"
2004 Thudakkam "Amme Ennoru"

1998 Best Female Playback Singer Pranayavarnangal "Varamanjaladiya"
2001 Soothradharan "Perariyaam"
2004 Mampazhakkalam "Kandu Kandu"

Other prominent awards & nominations:
2015 – Asiavision Awards for Best Female Playback Singer – Ottamandaram
2014 – Thikkurishi Award (shared with Shewta) for movie Ottamandaram
2013 – JFW magazine Women Achievers Award.
2008 – Best female singer award in GMMA (Gulf Malayalam Music Awards)
The Film Critics award 11 times
The Cinema Express award
The Dinakaran award
Vanitha award for 'Kallai Kadavathu' in 'Perumazhakkalam'
Mathrubhoomi Award for 'Kallai Kadavathu' in 'Perumazhakkalam'
Raju Pilakkad Film Award

Lifetime Achievement Award from Zee Tamil saregamapa little champs she got the award from her mother
South Indian Bank women's achiever's award 2017
Mirchi Music Awards 2018: Lifetime achievement
Kamukara Purushothaman Kamukara Award 2019: Lifetime achievement (Award from P. Susheela)
Kalaimamani 2021

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Malayalam Hits
SongFilmMusic DirectorCo-singer
Doore Kizhakuthikum Chithram Kannur Rajan M.G. Sreekumar
Kadumee Nadumellam Mohanlal
Pallitherundo Mazhavil Kavadi Johnson G. Venugopal
Swargangal Malootty
Anthiponvettam Vandhanam Ouseppachan M. G. Sreekumar
Theeram thedum
Kunu Kune Yodha A. R. Rahman K.J. Yesudas
Enthe Manassiloru Thenmavin Kombathu Berny-Ignatius M.G. Sreekumar
Oru vallam Minnaram S. P. Venkatesh
Thumbi penne Dhruvam
Neelakuyile cholluu Adwaytham M.G. Radhakrishnan
Oru murai (Reprise) Manichithrathazhu
Akkuthikku G. Venugopal
Pranayamani thooval Azhakiya Ravanan Vidyasagar
Ethrayo janmamayi Summer in Bethlehem Srinivas
Varamanjaladiya Pranayavarnangal
Minnal kaivala Harikrishnans Ouseppachan
Ennum ninne Aniyathipravu K.J. Yesudas
Kaakkakarumban Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Johnson
Vaidoorya K. S. ChithraM. G. Sreekumar
Manju peyyanu Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Vidyasagar
Ambadi payyukal K.J. Yesudas
Shaarike ninne Rakkilippattu K. S. Chithra
Dhum dhum
Ente ellam ellam Meesa Madhavan K. J. Yesudas
Karimizhi kuruviye
Marannitum enthino Randam Bhavam Jayachandran
Onnamkili ponnamkili Kilichundan Mampazham M.G. Sreekumar
Kasavinte thattamittu Vineeth Sreenivasan
Onnanam kunninmele M.G. Sreekumar
Ninakente manassile Gramophone K.J. Yesudas
Aaroral pularmazhayil Pattalam Jayachandran
Thotturummi irikkan Rasikan Biju Narayanan
Mizhiyariyathe Niram
Prayam nammil Jayachandran
Kudamulla kadavil Vellithira Alphons Joseph
Ente Khalbile Classmates Alex Paul
Kallayi kadavathu Perumazhakkalam M Jayachandran Jayachandran
Kandu kandu Mampazhakkalam
Manikkuyile Valkannadi K.J. Yesudas
Oru poomathram Swapnakkoodu Mohan Sithara Srinivas
Kuyil paattil Aparichithan Suresh Peters
Tharaka malarukal Arabikatha Bijibal Vineeth Sreenivasan
Oru kinnaraganam The Speed Track Deepak Dev Udit Narayan
Aararum kaanathe Chandrolsavam Vidyasagar Jayachandran
Manikkinavin Pokkiri Raja Jassie Gift K.J. Yesudas
Koottimuttiya Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum Vidyasagar Najim Arshad
Neelakasham Jomonte Suvisheshangal
Neelaambale The Priest Rahul Raj BK Harinarayanan

Tamil Hits
YearSong TitleFilmMusic Director
1977 "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandaen" Kavikuyil Ilayaraja
1977 "Kaalai Paniyil" Gayathri Ilayaraja
1980 "Nee Illatha podhu" Ilamai kolam Ilayaraja
1980 "Oru Iniya manadhu" Johnny Ilayaraja
1992 "Pudhu Vellai MazhaiRoja A. R. Rahman
"Kadhal Rojave"
1993 "Netru Illatha Matram" Pudhiya Mugam A. R. Rahman
"Enveetu Thottathil" Gentleman A. R. Rahman
"Aathangara Marame" Kizhakku Cheemayile A. R. Rahman
1994 "Kathirikka Kathirikka" Duet A. R. Rahman
"Kaatru KuthirayileKadhalan A. R. Rahman
"Meenaponnu" Nattamai Sirpy
"Naa uravukkaaran"
"Kizhakku Sevakkayile" Seevalaperi Pandi Adithyan
"Nee Kattum Selai" Pudhiya Mannargal A. R. Rahman
"Vaadi Saathukodi"
"Innal Oru Ponnal" Manitha Manitha A. R. Rahman
"Porale Ponnuthayi" Karuththamma A. R. Rahman
"Pachaikili Padum Pattu"
1995 "Malarodu Malaringu" Bombay A. R. Rahman
"Idhu Annai Bhoomi"
"Thamarai Poovukum" Pasumpon Vidyasagar
"Ini Achham Illai" Indira A. R. Rahman
"Anandham Anandham Anandham" Murai Maman Vidyasagar
"Thilana Thilana" Muthu A. R. Rahman
1996 "Chittu Chittu Kuruvi" Ullathai Allitha Sirpy
"Naalai Ulagam" Love Birds A. R. Rahman
"Sollamalae" Poove Unakkaga S. A. Rajkumar
"Rukku Rukku" Avvai Shanmughi Deva
"Kaadhala Kaadhala"
"Mellisaye" Mr. Romeo A. R. Rahman
1997 "Poo Pookkum Osai" Minsara Kanavu A. R. Rahman
"Oru Pattampoochi" Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Ilayaraja
"Chandiranai Thottadhu Yaar" Ratchagan A. R. Rahman
"Chalakku Chalakku" Suryavamsam S. A. Rajkumar
"Rosappu Chinna Rosappu"
"Thirunaalu ther azagha"
1998 "Athisayam" Jeans A. R. Rahman
"Saravana Bhava" Kadhala Kadhala Karthik Raja
"Garuda Garuda" Natpukkaga Deva
"Yedho Oru Paatu" Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen S. A. Rajkumar
"Malligai Poove Malligai Poove"
"Vaanam Bhadiyen"
"En Uyire" Uyire A R Rahman
"Kumbakonam Sandhayil Paartha" Simmarasi S. A. Rajkumar
"Pacha Manna Thottu"
1999 "Oru Poyyavadhu" Jodi A. R. Rahman
"Thulli Thulli kudikkudhu" "Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga" Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Neethaana Neethaana" Unnai Thedi Deva
"Kadhal Neethanaa" Time Ilayaraja
"Niram Pirithu"
"Un Per Solla Asaidhaan" Minsara Kanna Deva
"Boy Frienda"
"Athikalayil Sevalai" Nee Varuvai Ena S. A. Rajkumar
"Iravaa Pagalaa" Poovellam Kettuppar Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Mudhal Murai" Sangamam A. R. Rahman
"Sotta Sotta Tajmahal" Tajmahal A. R. Rahman
"Engal Veetil Ellam Naalum" Vaanathaipola S. A. Rajkumar
"Vaanil Vennila"
"Anandham Anandham" Kannupada Poguthaiya S. A. Rajkumar
"Saranam Bhava" Sethu Ilayaraja
2000 "Purave" Eazhaiyin Sirippil Deva
"Pennkiliye" Sandhitha Velai Deva
"Devadhai Vamsam" Snegithiye Vidyasagar
"Radhai Manathil"
"Kalloori Malare"
"Nilave Vaan Nilave" Maayi S. A. Rajkumar
"Aruppu Kottai" Vallarasu Deva
"Aalangatti Mazhai" Thenali A. R. Rahman
2001 "Un Azhagukku" Aalavandhan Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
"Vaadi Vaadi Natukkatai" Alli Thanda Vaanam Vidyasagar
"Un Samayal Araiyil" Dhill Vidyasagar
"Desingu Raja" Dumm Dumm Dumm Karthik Raja
"Pineapple Kannadhodu" Samudhiram Sabesh-Murali
"Aagayam Pookkal" Vinnukum Mannukum Sirpy
"Unakenna Unakenna Solo"
"Unakenna Unakenna Duet"
"Manjal Poosum" Friends Ilayaraja
"Penkaloda Potti"
"Paadava Paadava" Little John Pravin Mani
"Hey Mister"
"Azhagaana Sooriyan" Manadhai Thirudivittai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Adhisaya Thirumanam" Paarthale Paravasam A. R. Rahman
"Chella Nam Veetukku" Poovellam Un Vasam Vidyasagar
"Mazhaye O Mazhaye" Punnagai Desam S. A. Rajkumar
"Amul Baby" Vaanchinathan Karthik Raja
"Kavidhaigal Sollavaa" Ullam Kollai Poguthae Karthik Raja
"Gokulathu Radhai" Aanandham S. A. Rajkumar
"Kalyana Vaanil"
"Rasika Rasika" Star A. R. Rahman
"May Matham Katru" Shahjahan Mani Sharma
"Desing Rajathaan" Thavasi Vidyasagar
2002 "Maaya Maaya" Baba A. R. Rahman
"Theendi Theendi" Bala Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Vikkuthe" Thamizh Bharadwaj
"Thiru Thiruda" Five Star Parasuram
"Golmol" Thenkasi Pattanam Suresh Peters
"Azhagana Ilamaan Ondru"
"Ini Naanum Naanillai" Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke Srinivas
"Sundari" Kannathil Muthamittal A. R. Rahman
"Sakala Kalavallavane" Pammal K Sambantham Deva
"Kadhal Pisase" Run Vidyasagar
"Sil Sil Silala" Unnai Ninaithu Sirpy
"Happy New Year"
"Ennai Thallatum"
"Thappu Thandaa" Villain Vidyasagar
"Adi One Inch Two Inch" Youth Mani Sharma
2003 "Aasai Aasai" Dhool Vidyasagar
"Pookalin Kathinile" Kadhaludan S. A. Rajkumar
"Uchi Kilaiyilae"
"Nenjodu" Kadhal Kondein Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Dholna" Parasuram A. R. Rahman
"Maankuttiye" Priyamana Thozhi S. A. Rajkumar
"Thithikkuthe" Thittikudhey Vidyasagar
"Azhakooril Poothavale" Thirumalai Vidyasagar
2004 "Nenjam Ellaam" Ayutha Ezhuthu A. R. Rahman
"Kokkara Kokkarako" Ghilli Vidyasagar
"Sakkara Inikkira Sakkara" New A. R. Rahman
2005 "Annanoda Paatu" Chandramukhi Vidyasagar
"Rangola Hola" Ghajini Harris Jayaraj
"Mazhaye Mazhaye" June R Sharreth
2006 "Ennai Konjam Konjam" Aathi Vidyasagar
"Atrai Thingal" Sivappathigaram Vidyasagar
2007 "Ae Manpuru Mangaye" Guru A. R. Rahman
"Katrin Mozhiye" Mozhi Vidyasagar
2008 "Chellam Chellam" Kuselan G. V. Prakash Kumar
"Ennamo Seithai" Kadhalna Summa Illai Vidyasagar
"Samayame" Vidyasagar
2009 "Kadhal" Ilamai Itho Itho Vidyasagar
2010 "Maanja Maanja" Maanja Velu Mani Sharma
"Unnai Ninaithadume" Aadu Puli Sundar C Babu
"Vizhi Oru Paadhi" Chikku Bukku Colonial Cousins
"Thambikkottai Kanga" Thambikottai D. Imman
2011 "Manmatha kadhal" Suriya Nagaram Ron Ethan Yohann (credited as Fen Vialle)
2016 "Mazhai Nindrum" Irandu Manam Vendum Mohammed Ali

Telugu Hits

YearFilmSong TitleMusic Director
1992Roja Paruvam Vaanaga A. R. Rahman
Naa Cheli Rojave
1993Padmavyuham "Ninna Ee Kalavaritha" A. R. Rahman
"Ithiye Bratuku Andhuna"
Donga Donga "Thee Thee Teeyani" A. R. Rahman
1994Premikudu "Gaali Taragalapai" A. R. Rahman
Vanitha "Poodota Poochindanta"(Duet Version) A. R. Rahman
"Padalenno Padevuru"
1995Muthu "Thillana Thillana" A. R. Rahman
1997Veedevadandi Babu "Chamak Chamak" Sirpy
"Chitti Chitti Guvva"
"Rama Hai Rama"
1998Auto Driver "Chandamama" Deva
"Akkineni Akkineni"
"Emo Emo"
"Abbayi Abbayi Naaku"
"Mama Mazare"
2001Simharasi "Pedalante Pranaliche" S. A. Rajkumar
"Sathyabhama Sathyabhama"
"Telusa Nesthama"
2002Siva Rama Raju "Swagatham Swagatham" S. A. Rajkumar
"Ding Ding"
"Andhala Chinni Devatha"
"Nirupedala Devudayo"
2003Donga Ramudu And Party "Siri Siri Mallena" Chakri
"Preme Pachani Vennela"
"Kallalone Nuvvu"
"Vannelunna Naari"
"Chaliratiri Vasthavani"
2004Cheppave Chirugali "Nannu Laalinchu Singeetham"(Female Version) S. A. Rajkumar
"Nannu Laalinchu Singeetham"(Duet Version)
"Happy New Year Vachesindi"
2005Aparichithudu "KodaKaki Kondedana" Harris Jayaraj
Ghajini "Rangola Hola" Harris Jayaraj
Sankranti "Chilaka Chandana" S. A. Rajkumar
2006Devadas "Adigi Adagaleka" Chakri
2007Lakshyam "Sukku Sukku" Mani Sharma
"Sukku Sukku"(Remix Version)
Gurukanth "Ee Hayilo" A. R. Rahman
Munna "Koncham Koncham" Harris Jayaraj
Chandamama "Mukkupai Muddupettu" K. M. Radha Krishnan
2008Gorintaku "Raajugari Thotalona" S. A. Rajkumar
Sundarakanda "Akku Vakka" Vidhyasagar
Baladur "Rangu Rangu Vaana" K. M. Radha Krishnan
Gamyam "Samayama" ES Murthy
Visakha Express "Kasukku Sokula" Vijay Kurakala
Kathanayakudu "Challe Challe" G. V. Prakash Kumar
2009Kasko "Krishna Veni" Premgi Amaren


2004 Hulchul "Rafta Rafta Haule Haule"
2001 Abhay "Koyal Se Mili"
2000 Pukar "Hai Jaana"
1999 Taal "Ishq Bina Kya"
1998 Kabhi Na Kabhi "Tum Ho Meri Nigahon"
1998 1947 Earth "Ishwar Allah"
1997 Vishwavidhaata "Kal Nahin Tha"
1996 Love Birds "Ho Kal Jab"
1993 Chor Chor "Dil Hai Sanam"

Malayalam album songs

"Ilamyel Kondu Njaan" – Ithal (2016)
"Maayumee thaazvarayooram" – Album (2015)
"Vaadyaghosham" – Kerala Piravi Day (2014)
"Kanna Neeyengupoi" – Nandagopalam (2013)
"Kayalthirakalil Kanneeralakalil" – Kulirmazhayai (2011)
"Athramel Athramel" – Danaha (2011)
"Ravereyayittum" – Pranayamarmaram (2009)
"Ee Manjil" – Spandanam (2010)
"Ennennum" – (2010)
"Manju Peyyume" – Purple (2009)

TV shows

She was one of the judges in Airtel Super Singer series with P. Unnikrishnan and Srinivas and in Munch star singer series in Asianet. Now, she is a judge of Indian Voice along with Srinivas and Sarath in Mazhavil Manorama. She started judging Surya singer after the series got over she is now judging in Amrita super star.As Judge

2008 Airtel Super Singer 2 STAR Vijay Tamil
2008–2009 Munch Star singer junior Asianet Malayalam
2010–2011 Airtel Super Singer 3 STAR Vijay Tamil
2010–2012 Munch Star singer junior 2 Asianet Malayalam
2013 Indian Voice Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
2013–2014 Airtel Super Singer 4 STAR Vijay Tamil
2013–2014 Indian Voice season 2 Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
2014 Surya Singer Surya TV Malayalam
2016 Super star junior 5 Amrita TV Malayalam
2018 Super 4 Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
2019–Present Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Keralam Zee Keralam Malayalam
2019–Present SA RE GA MA PA Seniors Season 2 Zee Tamil Tamil
Aarya Ambekar
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Aarya Ambekar
Aarya in 2020
Background information
Birth name Aarya Samir Ambekar
Born 16 June 1994
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Universal Music India

Aarya Ambekar (born 16 June 1994) is a Marathi playback singer and actor from NagpurMaharashtra. She participated and reached the finals of the first season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs aired on Zee Marathi channel between July 2008 and February 2009. Aarya has made her acting debut in January 2017 through the film Ti Saddhya Kay Karte..


Aarya was born in Nagpur to Sameer Ambekar, a doctor and Shruti Ambekar, a vocalist. Aarya's grandmother, a classical vocalist, recognised the talent in Aarya when Aarya was two years old. Aarya started her formal musical training at the age of five and half years from her Guru and mother, Shruti Ambekar. At the age of six, whilst in first standard, Aarya appeared her first examination in Music.


In 2008, Aarya was auditioned for the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs, a competitive music reality show organised by the Zee Marathi television channel. She was one of final 50 who were selected from amongst several thousand children aged between 8 and 14 across Maharashtra. She made her way to the top 10 finalists and then to the Final 5 Mega-Finalists.

Aarya was popularly referred to as the "Pretty Young Girl", during the show.

Aarya sang a wide variety of songs in the competition. She created the record of receiving full marks from the judges many times. Aarya created an unbeatable record when she got वरचा नी (equivalent to 200%), for her beautifully sung "Paan Khae Saiyyan Hamaro", which remains unbroken in all the nine Schedules of SA RE GA MA PA and even after two schedules of SA RE GA MA PA for professional singers. Singer Hariharan was the celebrity judge for that episode.

Aarya was also awarded performer of the week in numerous episodes by eminent singing personalities like Mahalaxmi IyerShreya GhoshalHariharan etc. Aarya sings a wide variety of songs ranging from pure classical songs, Natyageet, Bhavgeet, Bhaktigeet to Marathi Chitrapat Sangeet, Hindi songs, folk songs, Lavanis as well.

She sang "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo" to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2008 Mumbai attacks on 26 November 2008. She also performed the same song at Shivaji ParkDadar in a program organised by Mumbai Police to pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the terrorists in that attack. The song was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar after the 1962 India-China War.

During the course of the program, Aarya was also awarded the Manik Varma Scholarship. She is the youngest singer to win the scholarship.


Pancha Ratna Vol. 1, 2, 3 on Universal Music India
Garjati Sahyadriche Kade
Jai Hari Vitthal
Aathava Swar composed by Mrs. Varsha Bhave
Mala Mhanatyat Aarya Ambekar
Geet Tujhe Gata Gata – Collections of poems of famous poets
Khaucha Gaav composed by Yashwant Deo
Hum Aur Tum – Hindi songs album composed by Khalil Abhyankar
Aanandwan Ale Ghari – Shri Baba Amte
Majhya Matiche Gayan – Kusumagraj Pratishthan
Diva Lagu De Re Deva – First solo album based on poems of eminent Marathi poets. The album is composed by famous composer Saleel Kulkarni

Marathi films

Year Film No Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
2010 Let's Go Back 1 A.V. Prafullchandra
2011 Balgandharva 1 Pariyeva Ke Payal Sajani Kaushal Inamdar K.P. Khadilkar
2013 Yoddha 1 Omkar Kelkar
2014 Rama Madhav 1 Hamamma Re Pora Shrinivas Khale Sant Dnyaneshwar Sharayu Date
Sant Kaikadi Maharaj 1 Narendra Bhide
Goshta Tichya Premachi 1 Sakhya ReVikrant WardeNarendra Thakur
2 Hur Hur
2015Cinderella 1 Deva
2 Deva Kasa Re
2016 Photocopy 1 Lag Bag Sakharpudachi A.V. Prafullchandra
2017Ti Saddhya Kay Karte 1 Jara Jara Tipur ChandaneNilesh MoharirAshwini Shende Hrishikesh Ranade
2 Jara Jara Tipur Chandane (Reprise)
3 Hrudayat Vaje Something (Female) Avinash-Vishwajeet Vishwajeet Joshi
4 Kitida Navyane Mandar Apte Devyani Karve-Kothari Mandar Apte
Autumgir 1 O Sajna P. Shankaram
2019 Ready Mix 1 Avinash-Vishwajeet
Wedding Cha Shinema 1 Majhya Mamachya Lagnala Saleel Kulkarni Sandeep Khare Shubhankar Kulkarni, Prasanjeet Kosambi
66 Sadashiv 1
2020 Bayko Deta Ka Bayko 1 Gavat Hyo Navin Aalay Dhanashree Ganatra Dhanashree Ganatra
2021 Chandramukhi 1 Unnamed Ajay-Atul

TV serials

Suvasini – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Star Pravah channel from 14 November 2011.
Dil Dosti Duniyadari – a Marathi sitcom telecast on Zee Marathi channel from 9 March 2015.
Tula Pahate Re – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Zee Marathi channel from 13 August 2018.
Jeevlaga – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Star Pravah in 2019.
Aai Kuthe Kay Karte! – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Star Pravah channel from 23 December 2019.
Aggabai Sasubai – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Zee Marathi channel from 22 July 2019. Aarya sang the theme song Rang Punha Ala.
Majha Hoshil Na – a Marathi daily soap telecast on Zee Marathi channel from 2 March 2020.


YearFilmRoleRef(s)Upcoming Rangila Re

2017 Ti Saddhya Kay Karte Tanvi (in college)

Public Appearances

A few events where Aarya has performed –
Vasantotsav 2008 – Musical concert arranged in Pune every year by Rahul Deshpande in memory of his legendary grandfather Vasantrao Deshpande
Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Music Festival 2009, 2010.
Little Champs live shows in many cities like MumbaiPuneNashik SangliAurangabadGoaRatnagiriThaneNagpurWardhaBhopal etc. and at international venues like DubaiAbu Dhabi. These are runaway popular shows where Aarya performs with four other Little Champs Mugdha VaishampayanPrathamesh LaghateRohit Raut and Kartiki Gaikwad in perfect sync. This group is known as 'Panch-Ratna'.
Live performance in the devotional programme arranged in the presence of Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Ashram at village Hadshi, near Pune in October 2009
Live performance in the special programme arranged on the occasion of birthday of Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Ashram at Puttaparthi. November 2009
Live performance in Swar Asha program arranged to felicitate Asha Bhosale in Pune in March 2010. Aarya sang duets with Sudesh Bhonsle in this program. The program was aired on Mi Marathi Channel.
Live performance at a function organised by Deccan Education Society to mark its 125th year of existence. Aarya performed in front of The Honourable President of IndiaHer Excellency Pratibha Patil.
Live performance along with Lata Mangeshkar in special function organised by Shiv Sena on occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year of Maharashtra State on Maharashtra Day.
Antarnaad – a program consisting of compositions by Shrinivas Khale. The program was aired on Mi Marathi Channel on 29 August 2010.
As a celebrity guest in Ashtavinayak Darshan along with Prathamesh Laghate. Ashtavinayak Darshan program consists visits to the eight holy temples of Lord Ganesha (Ashtavinayaka) situated around Pune district. This program was telecast on Star Majha news channel during the Ganpati Festival 2010 from 11-18 September 2010.
Live performance in Nashik Festival 2011
Bheeti Laagi Jeeva 2010, 2011 – a special show on yearly pilgrimage from Alandi to Pandharpur telecast on IBN Lokmat.
Maharashtra Mandal Dubai (MPFS) 2017 – As a part of Waarsa Suraancha

Awards and recognition

2008 – Youngest to be awarded the "Manik Varma Scholarship" towards her future music studies
2009 – Runner-up of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs reality-based music competition organised by Zee Marathi
2009 – Maharashtra Shasan Puraskar
2010 – Haribhau Sane Award
2010 – Punyaratna – YuvaGaurav Award
2011 – Big Marathi Rising Star Award (Music)
2012 – Young Achievers Award – awarded by Whistling Woods International
2012 – Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Puraskar
2014 – Aarya Puraskar
2015 – Dr. Usha Atre Award by Swaranand Pratisthan
2016 – Vidya Pradnya Puraskar by Ga.Di.Ma. Pratisthan
2017 – Godrej Fresh Face of the Year – Sahyadri Navaratna Awards
2018 – Best Female Singer and Best Acting Debut – Female for Ti Saddhya Kay Karte - Maharashtracha Favourite Kon by Zee Talkies
2018 – Most Natural Performance of the Year for Ti Sadhya Kay Karate – Zee Chitra Gaurav
2018 – Best Female Singer and Best Acting Debut – Female for Ti Sadhya Kay Karate – City Cine Awards Marathi by Radio City
2019 – Sur Jytosna National Music Award

Personal life

Aarya is a daughter of Samir Ambekar and Shruti Deshpande Ambekar.
Anita Dongre
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Anita Dongre

Dongre in 2015
Born 3 October 1963

BandraWest Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Education Fashion Design SNDT Women's University in Mumbai 1998
Occupation Fashion Designer
Children Yash Dongre
Website www.anitadongre.com

Anita Dongre (born 3 October 1963) is an Indian fashion designer. They are the founder of House of Anita Dongre, an Indian fashion house.

Early life

Dongre was born in Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. Her mother Pushpa Sawlani used to stitch clothes for Anita and her 5 siblings when they were kids Later in life, Anita studied fashion design at SNDT college located in Mumbai. She pursued a Degree course in Fashion designing.


Dongre launched her jewellery brand Anita Dongre Pink City, which also features under House of Anita Dongre.

In the year 2015, AND Designs India Limited re-branded itself as House of Anita Dongre.

House of Anita Dongre currently shelters AND (western wear), Global Desi (boho-chic brand inspired by the folk tales of India), and her signature label ANITA DONGRE. She has recently introduced Anita Dongre Grassroot to her fashion house. She is also the founder of Pink City, a jadau fine jewellery brand.

Dongre's brother and sister handle the operations of the business, while she focuses on the design front. She features as the Chief Creative Officer of the company.

Personal life

Anita Dongre is married to Pravin Dongre, a businessman and has a son named Yash Dongre, who is also a part of Dongre's business.

Dongre is a vegan activist and a member of the organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Awards and recognitions

In 2008, she received the GR8 Flo Women Achievers Award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
In 2013, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter, presented an award to Dongre for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
In 2014, she received the EY Entrepreneur of the year award.
She received the Pantene Shine Award for helping women shine.
Anusha Mani
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Anusha Mani

Background information
Born 29 March 1985
Genres Playback Singer
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2007–present

Anusha Mani (born 29 March 1985) is an Indian female playback singer who works actively in the Bollywood film industry.

Early life

Anusha hails from a musically-inclined family, and learnt Carnatic music from Smt Meera Nathan. Having sung in Gujarati plays, she met Amit Trivedi with whom she made a music album, which was never released.


Her big break came in 2007, when Shankar Mahadevan of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy offered her the chance to sing the track Dhoka from Johnny Gaddaar after listening to an album she'd appeared on. She has since then worked in about six albums with the trio to date. She had also sung and written the track Dil Mein Jaagi from the Dev.D, which won Amit Trivedi the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. She also does concerts for musicians. Her Lehrein song which was written by Javaid Akhtar was included in Aisha Movie. The Fearless & fabulous Anusha was a part of the TV show MTV Angles of Rock where she along with Shalmali KholgadeJasmine Sandlas & Akasa Singh set out on an epic road trip & inspired women from all across the nation, performing some of their amazing original composition 5


Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)
Dev.D (2009)
Sikandar (2009)
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010)
Tere Bin Laden (2010)
Aisha (2010)
Game (2011)
Don 2: The King is Back (2011)
Chennai Express (2013)
Shaandaar (2015)
Ruler (2019)
A. M. Rajah
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A. M. Rajah

Rajah and his wife Jikki
Background information
Born 1 July 1929
ChittoorMadras PresidencyBritish Raj (now in) Andhra pradesh
Died 8 April 1989 (aged 59)
Valliur, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film music
Occupation(s) Playback singerMusic Director
Instruments Vocalist, Pianist
Years active 1950s, early 1960s, early 1970s

Aemala Manmadharaju Rajah, popularly known as A. M. Rajah, was an Indian playback singer and music director. His songs were featured in numerous TamilTeluguMalayalam and Kannada in the 1950s, early 1960s and early 1970s. He also sang in a few Hindi and Sinhalese films during this period. He also composed music for several films.

Early life

A. M. Rajah was born on 1 July 1929 in chamanchipuram village[Renukapuram]near Bommasamudram in Chittoor District in present-day Andhra Pradesh to Manmadharaju and Lakshmamma. His father died when he was three months old and then the family moved to Renukapuram and Madras (Chennai) later. His tertiary education was at Pachaiyappa's College from where he graduated with a B.A. Degree. By this time, Rajah was an accomplished piano player and had won several prizes in singing competitions. He was well versed in Carnatic Music and Western Classical Music. He was also highly influenced by the Hindi and Gazal music and was then the only answer from the South to North Indian singers like Talat MehmoodMukeshMohammed Rafi and Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay in the 1950s.

Early career

During his University days, Rajah wrote, composed and sang two songs in his mother tongue, Telugu, with the instrumental support of the music director K. V. Mahadevan for HMV which were broadcast by All India RadioGemini Studios boss S. S. Vasan listened to these songs and, impressed, booked him for his next film, Samsaram (1951) with the approval of his music director, Emani Sankara Sastry, and also his good friend Kalki Krishnamurthy. By this time Rajah was also already recording songs for the films Rajambal (for R. S. Manohar, incidentally his senior in the University) with P. Leela and Kumaari (for M. G. Ramachandran) with Jikki for music composers M. S. Gnanamani and K. V. Mahadevan respectively. Rajah, with instant popularity after the Samsaram songs came on the air, went on to sing in various languages, including Hindi. He was equally successful in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films.

His first Telugu film was Adarsham (1952). He also acted and sang in the Telugu film Pakkinti Ammayi (1953) directed by C. Pullaiah.[1] with music by G. Aswathama. He also appeared in Devadas, but in a small role. His first song in Malayalam was for film Lokaneethi (1952), music director being the composer V. Dakshinamoorthy. He sang for almost all the South Indian film music composers of the 1950s.

A. M. Rajah was the first male playback singer from the South to have recorded songs for a Hindi film in Bombay for Bahut Din Huye (1952) whereas M. S. Subbulakshmi was the first South Indian singer (cum actress) to record songs for a Hindi film Meera in 1947. However, when Gemini's Tamil film Chandralekha (1948) was dubbed in Hindi, T. A. Mothi, then an up-and-coming singer, sang in Hindi too. In 1953, Rajah and Jikki were hand picked by Shankar Jaikishan and Raj Kapoor for the multi-lingual film Aah and invited to Bombay to sing for Prema Lekhulu(Telugu) and Avan (Tamil) versions which were also big hits like the originals with Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. Rajah-Jikki reigned as the most popular pair in the Tamil films in the 1950s

Rajah also sang in few Sinhala films produced in Chennai and Sri Lanka with Jikki and K. Jamuna Rani and his songs are still fondly remembered there. The song 'Jeevana Mea Gamana Sansare' which he sang with Jamuna Rani for the movie 'Seda Sulang' released in 1955, is one of the all-time favourite Sinhala cinema songs in Sri Lanka.

Many of his solo songs and duets with all the leading female playback singers of that era were big hits. P. Suseela was introduced by Pendyala Nageswara Rao in the film Petrathai (1952) in a duet with Rajah. In playback, what Mukesh was for Raj Kapoor, Rajah was for Gemini Ganesan. Rajah also sang many songs for Sivaji Ganesan and lent his voice to M. G. Ramachandran as well. Similarly, he sang for N. T. Rama RaoA. Nageswara Rao and K. Jaggaiah in several Telugu films and for Sathyan and Prem Nazir in many Malayalm films. Kannada film industry was not very developed in the 50s, most films being dubbed versions of Tamil and Telugu films. However, Rajah sang for the leading Kannada actors like Raj KumarUdaykumar and Kalyan Kumar in the 1950s. His voice was found to suit these actors when they were young.

A. M. Rajah's exit from the film world remained always a controversial one because he had a large passionate fan base then and for several more decades as pointed out by famous film magazines like Pesum Padam and the Radio Ceylon. Rajah fell out with number of music composers and developed a reputation for being difficult to work with. His ways were rather direct and he had his own strong opinions about how songs must be composed and sung. His original promoter, K. V. Mahadevan, was the first to openly drop him after recording the song Kayile Inippathenna, Kaniyanal Kasappathenna which was followed by an heated argument at the sets of Manamulla Maru Tharam (1958). It was also known in the cinema circles that M. S. Viswanathan always resisted using Rajah in his films after their collaboration in Genova.He has used him on and off in films like petra maganai vitra annai,Thalai koduththan Thambi, Gulebagavali,Magane Mel etc.By this time, he already suffered the same fate in the Telugu film world too. The film critics at this stage noted that he was his own worst enemy.

However, he continued to sing for Malayalam films longer where particularly G. Devarajan was able to coax Rajah to sing from time to time. Rajah however continued to reside in Chennai. It is noteworthy that G. Devarajan mentioned in his book that not only Rajah was an excellent melodious singer, but also of a straightforward character often misunderstood. Most composers called him an arrogant cynic.

But Rajah still remained a big name because his songs continued to be popular for many decades and he continued his music by regularly having stage shows in India as well as overseas whilst carrying on his tourist car business. He made a comeback in the 1970s through composers V. Kumar and Sankar Ganesh, and the songs were amongst the hits of the respective years. Composer Sathyam brought him back to sing a duet with P. Suseela for the Telugu film Puttinellu Mettinellu (1973), which was also a hit. But, his return did not last long even though the songs were popular probably for the same reasons as before.

As music composer

He was booked early in his cinema life as one of the music composers (others being T. A. Kalyanam and M. S. Gnanamani) for F. Nagoor's Genova (1952), an M.G.R starrer, but he passed on this opportunity to M. S. Viswanathan (his first film). Rajah however sang all the songs in this film.

A. M. Rajah's debut as music composer was for the Telugu film Sobha (1958) starring N. T. Rama Rao and Anjali Devi and directed by Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao.[2] It was C. V. Sridhar who gave his friend the second break to be a music director, fulfilling his promise that the day he directed his first film, Rajah would be its music director. The Film was Kalyana Parisu (1959) with Gemini Ganesan and B. Saroja Devi in the lead. Rajah received the Madras Film Fans Association award of Best Music Director in 1959 for this film. In the same year he composed music for Anbukkor Anni (1958) directed by T. R. Raghunath. Sridhar and Rajah thereafter combined for films Vidivelli (1960) produced by Sivaji Ganesan under his banner Prabhuram Pictures and Then Nilavu (1961) produced by Sridhar under his own banner Chitralaya. They fell out after the film was completed and Rajah refused to do the background music, but eventually did under pressure from mutual friends. Sridhar, however, went back to Rajah for Nenjil Or Alayam (1962), but Rajah refused. He then composed music for Aadi Perukku (1962) directed by K. Shankar. Thus ended Rajah's active film career which witnessed a meteoric rise and then an abrupt end after just 10 years. All his films as music composer were musical hits with Kalyana Parisu and Then Nilavu joining the list of all-time greats.

Rajah gave a major break to S. Janaki in the film Then Nilavu with two beautiful duets to sing with him and that too singing for Vyjayanthimala. They were Kaalaiyum Neeye Maalaiyum Neeye and Oho Enthan Baby.

In the 1970s, he composed music for films Amma Enna Stree(Malayalam-1970), Veetu Mapillai (Tamil-1973) and Enakkoru Magan Pirappan (Tamil-1975).

Music composers he sang for (Other than himself)

S. V. VenkatramanG. RamanathanS. Rajeswara Rao, C. N. Pandurangan, R. Sudharsanam, S. M. Subbaiah NaiduC. R. SubburamanG. Govindarajulu NaiduS. DakshinamurthiPasupuleti Ramesh Naidu, Adepalli Rama Rao, Emani Sankara SastryMaster VenuK. Raghavan, P. S. Diwakar, K. Vara Prasada Rao, T. A. Kalyanam, M. S. Gnanamani, Pendyala Nageswara Rao, M. K. Athmanathan, K. V. Mahadevan, G. Aswathama, V. DakshinamoorthyT. G. LingappaP. Adinarayana RaoT. R. PappaT. V. RajuC. S. JayaramanGhantasala, Vedha, R. Govardhanam, Viswanathan-RamamoorthyV. KumarRajan-NagendraG. DevarajanM. Ranga RaoVijaya BhaskarM. S. Baburaj, K. G. Moorthy, R. K. Shekhar, Brother Lakshmanan, Job Master, Jeevan and Hindi film music composers, NaushadShankar JaikishanC. Ramchandra and S. N. Tripathi.

Female playback singers he sang with

He successfully paired with JikkiP. LeelaKaviyoor Revamma and P. Suseela producing good number of hit songs. Others were P. A. PeriyanayakiM. L. VasanthakumariR. Balasaraswathi DeviRadha JayalakshmiA. P. KomalaK. Jamuna RaniSantha P. NairT. V. Rathinam, M. S. Rajeswari, K. Rani, P. Andal, Rohini, Swarnalatha, Sarojini, S. Janaki, B. Vasantha, Madhuri, L. R. Eswari and singing actresses U. R. JeevarathinamP. Bhanumathi and S. Varalakshmi.

Personal life

He married P. G. Krishnaveni (popularly known as Jikki), who reigned together with P. Leela as the top two female playback singers in the South during the early fifties. It is said that he met her on the sets of Samsaram and Kumari (1951) and proposed to her on the sets of Maheswari (1954) after they sang the duet Azhagu Nilavin Bavaniyile. They had four daughters and two sons. He had traveled extensively abroad. A. M. Rajah and Jikki have performed together in Malaysia and Singapore.


Rajah died on 8 April 1989 at the age of almost 60 in a train accident when he tripped and fell into the tracks while boarding a moving train. He was on the way to perform a concert in a temple in Kanyakumari district, and when the train he was travelling, reached Valliyur station in Tirunelveli district, one of his band members went for drinking water, and went missing for a while. Rajah stepped in the platform to find him, and found him at last. But, the train was already moving, and while going to board the train, Rajah slipped and fell into the tracks, killing him instantly. His wife Jikki outlived him for 15 years, dying of cancer in 2004. His children survive him.
Aishwarya Nigam
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Aishwarya Nigam

Birth name Aishwarya Ranjan

Born 4 July 1989
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India
Genres Bollywood
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present

Aishwarya Nigam (born 4 July 1989) is an Indian singer. He is best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, particularly for films like Dabangg. He has received several awards for the song "Munni Badnaam Hui" from Dabangg

Early and family life

He was born in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. His mother Arti Ranjan works as lecturer in Mukherjee Seminary, Muzaffarpur while his father Mukesh Ranjan is a manager in Punjab National Bank. He has done his schooling from Sun Shine Prep High School, Muzaffarpur.

Nigam has lived his childhood in New Colony Sherpur, Muzaffarpur, Bihar.


Aishwarya Nigam has participated in the Music competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu 2006 for Zee TV. Nigam and Ujjaini Mukherjee were declared the winners on 24 June 2006. Nigam was one of the contestants of Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar, a singing competition on Star Plus channel. He represented the Champions team. He was eliminated on 25 April 2008. Aishwarya was one of the contestants of music competition show IPL Rockstar on Colors TV channel. He was among the top three finalists of IPL Rockstar. He is much inspired from Sonu Nigam: that made him keep title as "Nigam".

He sang the title track of Kitani Mohabbat Hai for seasons I and II, a daily soap on NDTV imagine. He has worked with renowned music directors like Lalit Pandit, Anu Malik, Pritam, Sajid-Wajid, Shameer Tandon. He sang a song for the serial Dill Mill Gayye.

Aishwarya is fondly known for singing the famous item song "Munni Badnaam Hui" from Salman Khan starer Dabangg. He has sung "Maara re Sixer Maara Re Four" from the movie Ferrari Ki Sawaari, a movie by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The Hit Item number "Tere Mohalle" from the movie "Besharam" starring Ranbir Kapoor is also sung by Aishwarya Nigam.

Film Song

Following are the list of songs that Aishwarya Nigam has sung for various Indian Movies
YearFilmSong(s)Co-singer(s)Notes2018 "Lupt" "Title Track"
2016 "Shorgul" "Baroodi Hawa"
2015 "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai" "Daru Peke Dance " Neha Kakkar
2014 Titoo MBA "Plan Bana Le" Surbhi Dashputra
2014 Hum Hai Teen Khurafaati "Chupke Se" Shreya Ghoshal
2014 Bobby Jasoos "Sweety" Monali Thakur
2014 Gang of Ghosts "Naach Madhubala"
"Rimco Machis"
2013 Besharam "Tere Mohalle" Mamta Sharma
2013 Calapore "Bindaas"
"Musical" Arjuna Harjai
Anirudh Bhola, Lakshmi Madhusudan, Surabhi Dashputra & Arjuna Harjai
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari "Maara Re Sixer Maara Re Four" Sonu Nigam
2012 Rakhtbeej "Adha Gila"
2010 Dabangg "Munni Badnaam Hui" Mamta Sharma
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye "Zindgi me Nayi Baat Hone Ko"
2006 Corporate "O Sikander"

Non-film Song

YearAlbumSong(s)Co-singer(s)Notes2015 Box Cricket League Title Track Gujarati Song
2014 Rashid Ali Official "Assorted Medley" Rashid Ali YouTube Release
2014 Red Ribbon "Yeh Mujhe Kya Hua" Lalitya Munshaw
2014 Hu Tu Tu "Hu Tu Tu Tu" Vishal Mishra Marathi Song
2014 Doctor's Enthem "Har lamha har ghadi" Aditi Paul, Bhavya Pandit and Amitabh Narayan
2012 Bihar Pradesh Geet "Hum Bihar Hai" Sonali
2012 Bihar Pradesh Geet "Chalo Bihar" Sonali
2009 Kitani Mohabbat Hai "Kitani Mohabbat Hai" Title Song


Following are the list of Realty Shows that Aishwarya Nigam has done.
YearShowChannelAwardsRef.2009 IPL Rockstar Zee TV Top 3 Finalist

2008 Ek Se Badhkar Ek Zee TV Awarded ‘Best Singer of the series'
2007 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star Champion's Team
2006 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Winner
2005 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa


YearAward CeremonyCategoryFilmSongResultReference(s)
2010 Mirchi Music Awards male Vocalist of The Year Dabangg "Munni Badnaam" Won

Real Name Anmol Gagan Maan
Born 26 February 1990
Birthplace Khilan Pind, Mansa, Punjab
Height 5′ 5” or 165cm
School Unknown
College Chandigarh’s M.C.M. D.A.V. College
Qualification Graduation in Psychology & Music
Father Name Unknown
Mother Name Unknown
Occupation(s) Singer
Year Active 2015 – Present
Social Media Instagram
Contact Punjabo@yahoo.com


Anmol Gagan Maan is a Punjabi Singer and writer. She is known for her Punjabi Folk and Bhangra songs. She was born on 26 February 1990 in Village Khilan, District Mansa, Punjab. Her hometown is Mohali. She was inclined towards music and dance since her childhood. Her real name is Gagandeep Kaur Maan. She has done her graduation in Music & Psychology at M.C.M. D.A.V. College Chandigarh

In the year 2013. she crowned as Miss Mohali Punjaban at Miss World Punjaban. In 2014 She won a world folk dance competition in England and Russia. She and her father launched a band with the label named Punjabo on April 1, 2017.

AnmolGagan Maan With Mother & Father

Anmol Gagan Maan with her Sister-in-law

Anmol Gagan Maan Sister

AnmolGagan Maan with Babbu Maan

Atithi Gautam K. C.
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Atithi Gautam K.C.
Atithi performing live during her album release.
Born 15 August 2006 

Atithi Gautam K. C. (born 15 August 2006, Lalitpur district of Nepal) is known as the youngest singer in the world to release a professional solo album. Atithi's self-titled debut album was released at the age of three on 18 July 2010. The album included nine Nepali-language songs.[6] During the release ceremony for her album, she performed several songs live with Amber Gurung, including the Nepali national anthem.

Debut album

Atithi Gautam K. C. started singing at the age of 20 months, imitating her elder sister Ushna K. C.

She was praised as the youngest singer in the world by the international media in different countries, national and regional languages: China, India, Kannada, Pakistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, Iran, UAE, Malaysia Estonia France, Philippines, North Macedonia, Croatia Poland, Kuwait.

Later albums

Atithi's second album Top of the World was released in 2011. To mark its release, it was taken to the peak of Mount Everest by Nepalese civil servant Khimlal Gautam during the nine-person All-Civil Servants Everest Expedition. Top of the World consists of English songs written by Ghanashyam Khadka, with music composed by Joogle Dongol.

Her third album, Gurans and Sakura, was released in December 2016. It served as a celebration of the 60-year diplomatic relationship between Japan and Nepal. This album contains songs in English, Japanese and Nepalese.
Aditi Sagar
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Aditi Sagar
Occupation Singer
Years active 2019–present
Parent(s) Arun Sagar (father)

Aditi Sagar is an Indian singer who works in the Kannada film industry. Her songs "Dum Maro Dum" from Raambo 2 (2018) and "The Bengaluru Song" from French Biriyani (2020) garnered popularity upon release.


Aditi Sagar made her singing debut at the age of 14 with Raambo 2 (2018). She received the opportunity after a producer of the film, Tarun Sudhir, had her sing a song and recognized her talent. She was studying in the ninth standard when she landed the role. She went on to sing the song "Samshaya" in the film Kavaludaari (2019). In a review of the film, a critic noted that "young Aditi Sagar's Samshaya echoes long after the closing credits roll". She rapped in "The Bengaluru Song" from French Biriyani (2020). Vasuki Vaibhav, the composer for the film, had trouble finding a female rapper before he zeroed in on Sagar.

Personal life

She is Younger daughter of actor, art director Arun Sagar.


2018 Raambo 2 "Dum Maro Dum" Arjun Janya Muthu
2019 Kavaludaari "Samshaya" Charan Raj Dhananjay Ranjan
Arishadvarga "Nungu Gulige" Udit Haritas Udith Haritas Udith Haritas
Babru "Kaalada Kadalali" Poornachandra Tejaswi Dr. K.S Narasimhaswamy
Katha Sangama "Manasina Olage" Agnata Mayasandra Krishna Prasad
2020 French Biriyani "The Bengaluru Song" Vasuki Vaibhav Vasuki Vaibhav, Avinash Balekkala Special appearance in the song

Awards and nominations

YearFilmAwardCategoryWorkResultRef.2019 Raambo 2 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Female Playback Singer "Dum Maro Dum" Nominated 
2020 Kavaludaari Mirchi Music Awards South Female Vocalist of The Year - Kannada "Samshaya" Won 

2021 French Biriyani 2nd Chandanavana Film Critics Academy Awards Best Female Singer "The Bengaluru" Nominated 
Ambar Das
Background information

Born 10 March 1974, Guwahati, AssamIndia
Occupation(s) Music Composer, producer, drummer, guitarist and Singer
Years active 2004–present

Ambar Das (born 10 March 1974) is a music composer, producer, drummer[ and guitarist from Guwahati, India. He has worked in musical bands and composed scores for serials, documentaries and films. He also composed ad jingles.

Early life

Ambar Das was born on 10 March 1974 in Bharalumukh, Guwahati. His father was Late Bholanath Das, who was a scholar and an Undersecretary of Education to the Government of Assam. His mother was Late Sailabala Das, who was a singer and lyricist.

Ambar Das is based in Mumbai with his wife, singer Sarmistha Chakraborty, and with their son, Zion.

Ambar Das studied at Nichols English School, Chatribari and Happy Child High School, Rehabari. He attended Cotton University in Guwahati and did his Masters in English Literature.


Ambar studied music and compositions with Jiten Baruah, who was a pioneer in bringing western orchestration into Assamese music. He learnt the drums and other percussion from elder brother Bhaskar Das. He later further learned some nitty-gritties of drumming under Jurgen Busse, a jazz drummer and music teacher from Hamburg, Germany. He learned the guitar and the nuances of music arrangements from Rana Roy, the lead guitarist of the fusion band ‘Karma’ of Kolkata.


Ambar Das has been a part of bands such as: Soulmate Band (Shillong, Meghalaya), Faith (Mumbai), Voodoo Child (Assam), Band of Brothers (an Indo/German fusion band), Crystal Ann (Assam), Monthsmind (Assam), Chocolates N Ciggerretes (Assam/Hyderabad), East India Company (Delhi) and Warklung (A Karbi progressive folk/fusion band). Later he joined awar@aj, Floating Boots Collective (a band composed of artists from various genres and countries) and The Mumbai Mariachis (an Indo-Australian Gypsy Jazz band) Retro Inc, Melange etc . He has been actively involved in the regional music scene and has accompanied artists such as Bhupen Hazarika Zubin Garg (Ya Ali), Angarag (Papon) Mahanta and Santa Uzir. As a music producer, he worked with artists such as Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, and Sukhwinder Singh.


Ambar Das entered into professional music first as a stage musician and accompanist in percussion and guitar in 1985. He moved on to professional music arrangement and programming in 1998 with his first album Porisoy Bihin, sung by Assamese artists. He later made 72 other albums. He has worked for feature films, television and jingles as a composer and programmer.

Background music and Jingles

Das scored music for serials and documentaries for Discovery, BBC, National Geographic, DDK, PPC, NETV, RONG, Newslive, Zee TV, Zee 5, UTV Bindas, Sony, Colors, Star Plus and Star World. he scored the background and title music for Zee 5 series The Final Call (TV series) featuring Arjun Rampal. And the BGM for Rangbaaz (web series).

As a jingle composer, he made music for major brands such as Standard Chartered Bank, Louis Philippe, Adidas, Lufthansa, Nestle, Incredidible India, Skill India, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Dabur, Haier, LG, Onida, Ford, Citibank, Tvs motors, Hero Honda, Myntra, Intel, ICICI, Google, Patanjali, Dominos and Shopclues etc.

He scored the Indian adaptation of the play An Inspector Calls, written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. He along with his partner Sanjoy Dazz served as the music producer for the following Hindi adaptations of Henrik Ibsen's plays. Peer Gynt. It's called Pir Ghani and is written by Ila Arun and directed by KK Raina. Ghosts as ‘Peechha Karti Parchhaiyan’, ‘Hedda Gabler’, or ‘Hardeep Kaur Gill’, and American playwright Tammy Ryan’s ‘Baby’s Blues’.

Ambar worked as a music supervisor and sound recordist for the following Assamese films:

Maa Tumi Ananya–(directed by Munna Ahmed)
Mon Birinar Jui–(directed by Ashok Bishaya)
Sangram–(directed by Kripal Kalita)
Aru Kisu Xomoi–(directed by Jayashree Chakraborty)

Feature film scores

The Dark Secrets of the Tonhi (Hindi movie on the prevalent practices of witch hunting in Chattishgarh).
Zindagi on the Rocks (Hindi movie, a romantic supernatural thriller).
Bangla Naache Bhangra (A Bengali commercial movie from award-winning Director/producer Nitesh Sharma)

Music Producer

Produced the music for a world music album entitled Love Bandish Bliss by classical Shucheta Bhattacharjee, featuring Pt Mani Prasad and Ustad Rashid Khan

 Anandan Sivamani

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Sivamani performing at Kochi in 2009
Background information
Birth name Anandan Sivamani
Born 1 December 1959
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s) Percussionists
Years active 1971 – present

Anandan Sivamani (born 1 December 1959) is an Indian percussionist. He plays many instruments including drums, octoban, darbuka, udukai, ghatam and kanjira. He performed drumming during the IPL Championships in 2008 and 2010. He is affiliated with the Chennai Super Kings team, but gained recognition through his role as A. R. Rahman's lead percussionist

Sivamani is the son of S. M. Anandan, a Chennai-based percussionist. He began drumming at the age of seven. Sivamani started his musical career at the age of 11, and later shifted to Mumbai. He was inspired by Noel Grant and Billy Cobham. He has played for M.S.Viswanathan, Illayaraja, A R Rahman and others. In 1990, he shared the stage with Billy Cobham at Mumbai's Rang Bhavan. He has stated that S. P. Balasubrahmanyam is his godfather.

Sivamani's earliest experiments with music were with Carnatic maestros including Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Valliyapatti Subramaniam and Pazhanivel, and L. Shankar. During the early stage of his career, he collaborated with T. Rajendar for many of his music compositions. Sivamani also appeared on screen for the song " Dhinam Dhinam Un Mugam" alongside Actor Anand Babu for the movie "Thangaikkor Geetham" directed by T. Rajendar. The tabla player Zakir Hussain invited him to share the stage with himself and Trilok Gurtuat a fusion concert in Mumbai. Sivamani has since collaborated with several musicians including Louis Banks. He has done world tours with A. R. Rahman and collaborated with him for Bombay Dreams. He has also been a part of a musical group called Shraddha which comprises Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, U. Srinivas and Loy Mendonsa.

Shivamani has a band called "Asia Electrik" with Niladri Kumar, Louiz Banks and Ravi Chari. He also plays at another world music band named "Silk & Shrada."

Sivamani has played drums for many film score composers hailing from Tamil Nadu. He has played drums for many Indian films including Roja, Rang De Basanti,Swades, Taal, Lagaan, Dil Se.., Guru, Kabul Express and Rockstar . Some of the songs that he has contributed to include "Kadhal Rojave," "Pudhu Vellai Malai" Chaiya Chaiya and Nadaan Parinde.

Sivamani has also acted in two Telugu films: Padamati Sandhya Ragam and Sirivennela. He has also acted in the Hindi film Madaari (2016).

Sivamani has performed in Dubai, Moscow, New York, Doha and Toronto. During the Mumbai Festival 2005, Coca-Cola India invited him to perform at the Limca Fresh Face 2005 event, where he created melody from Limca bottles. He has also worked on Galli Galli Sim Sim, an educational series on Pogo and Cartoon Network.

Sivamani is the recipient of Kalaimamani award announced by the Tamil Nadu Government in 2009.

Sivamani married Runa Rizvi on 10 November 2014 in Mumbai.

Golden Krithis Colours, (1994) a Carnatic Experimental album. BMG Crescendo (collaboration with A.S.Dilip Kumar (A.R.Rahman), Zaakir Husain and Srinivasan and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan)

Pure Silk (2000)
Krishna Krishna, a club track released in UK, with Malayalam composer Rahul Raj.
Drums on Fire (2003). New Earth (collaboration with James Asher)
Kaash (first ghazal album with Hariharan)
Mahaleela (first individual album by Sivamani)
Arima Nambi (2014)
Kanithan (2016)
Amali Thumali (unreleased)
Borkung Hrangkhawl
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Borkung Hrangkhawl
Borkung in 2014
Background information
Also known as B.K.
Born October 7, 1987 
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper • Songwriter • Singer
Years active 2012–present
Labels Times Music
Associated acts Hard Kaur

Borkung Hrangkhawl, also known as B.K., is a Tripuri rapper, singer and songwriter from Tripura. He won a VIMA Asia Award and is well known in Northeast India.


The Roots, Chini Haa (2012)

The Journey (2013)

Never Give Up (2014)

Hashtag I Wanna Be Famous (2015)

Fighter (2016)


FAX (2020)
Collaborative Songs

Fighter ft. Meyi (2016)

BK & INA - Free (2013)

8 ft. Moko Koza (2021)

भूपेन हाजरिका
मुक्त ज्ञानकोश विकिपीडिया से

भूपेन हाजरिका
असम का स्वर्ण स्वर

भूपेन हाजरिका (असमिया: ভূপেন হাজৰিকা / उच्चारण : भूपेन हाजोरिका) (8 सितंबर1926- ५ नवम्बर २०११) भारत के पूर्वोत्तर राज्य असम से एक बहुमुखी प्रतिभा के गीतकारसंगीतकार और गायक थे। इसके अलावा वे असमिया भाषा के कवि, फिल्म निर्माता, लेखक और असम की संस्कृति और संगीत के अच्छे जानकार भी रहे थे।

वे भारत के ऐसे विलक्षण कलाकार थे जो अपने गीत खुद लिखते थे, संगीतबद्ध करते थे और गाते थे। उन्हें दक्षिण एशिया के श्रेष्ठतम जीवित सांस्कृतिक दूतों में से एक माना जाता है। उन्होंने कविता लेखन, पत्रकारिता, गायन, फिल्म निर्माण आदि अनेक क्षेत्रों में काम किया।

भूपेन हजारिका के गीतों ने लाखों दिलों को छुआ। हजारिका की असरदार आवाज में जिस किसी ने उनके गीत "दिल हूम हूम करे" और "ओ गंगा तू बहती है क्यों" सुना वह इससे इंकार नहीं कर सकता कि उसके दिल पर भूपेन दा का जादू नहीं चला। अपनी मूल भाषा असमिया के अलावा भूपेन हजारिका हिंदीबंगला समेत कई अन्य भारतीय भाषाओं में गाना गाते रहे थे। उन्होंने फिल्म "गांधी टू हिटलर" में महात्मा गांधी का पसंदीदा भजन "वैष्णव जन" गाया था। भारत सरकार ने 2011 में उन्हें पद्मभूषण सम्मानित किया। मरणोपरान्त सन् 2019 में उन्हें भारतरत्न से विभूषित किया गया।

जीवन परिचय

भूपेन हजारिका (दाएँ) हर्टमुट कोनिंग (Hartmut König) (बाएँ) के साथ, सन् १९७२, बर्लिन में
हजारिका का जन्म असम के तिनसुकिया जिले की सदिया में हुआ था। हजारिका के पिताजी का नाम नीलकांत एवं माताजी का नाम शांतिप्रिया था। उनके पिताजी मूलतः असम के शिवसागर जिले के नाजिरा शहर से थे। दस संतानों में सबसे बड़े, हजारिका का संगीत के प्रति लगाव अपनी माता के कारण हुआ, जिन्होंने उन्हें पारंपरिक असमिया संगीत की शिक्षा जनम घुट्टी के रूप में दी। बचपन में ही उन्होंने अपना प्रथम गीत लिखा और दस वर्ष की आयु में उसे गाया। साथ ही उन्होंने असमिया चलचित्र की दूसरी फिल्म इंद्रमालती के लिए १९३९ में बारह वर्ष की आयु मॆं काम भी किया।

हजारिका ने करीब 13 साल की आयु में तेजपुर से मैट्रिक की परीक्षा पास की। आगे की पढ़ाई के लिए वे गुवाहाटी गए। 1942 में गुवाहाटी के कॉटन कॉलेज से इंटरमीडिएट किया। 1946 में हजारिका ने बनारस हिंदू विश्वविद्यालय से राजनीति विज्ञान में एम ए किया। इसके बाद पढ़ाई के लिए वे विदेश गए। न्यूयॉर्क स्थित कोलंबिया विश्वविद्यालय से उन्होंने पीएचडी की डिग्री हासिल की।


हजारिका को 1975 में सर्वोत्कृष्ट क्षेत्रीय फिल्म के लिये राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार, 1992 में सिनेमा जगत के सर्वोच्च पुरस्कार दादा साहब फाल्के सम्मान से सम्मानित किया गया। इसके अलावा उन्हें 2009 में असोम रत्न और इसी साल संगीत नाटक अकादमी अवॉर्ड, 2011 में पद्म भूषण जैसे कई प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कारों से सम्मानित किया गया। 2019 में इन्हें देश का सर्वोच्च सम्मान भारत रत्न देने की घोषणा की गई। Bhupen Hazarika Ji ko 70 वें गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर इन्हें भारत रत्न से नवाजा गया यह सम्मान 8 अगस्त 2019 को राष्ट्रपति श्री रामनाथ कोविंद के द्वारा दिया गया साथ ही दो अन्य नाना जी देशमुख,एवं पूर्व राष्ट्रपति श्री प्रणब मुखर्जी को दिया गया.
Bhuri Bai
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Bhuri Bai
A Bhil painting by Bhuri Bai
Nationality Indian
Style Bhil art
Honours Shikhar Samman, Madhya Pradesh

Bhuri Bai is an Indian Bhil artist. Born in Pitol village, it's situated on the border of Madhya Pardesh and Gujrat but pitol is a village of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh, Bhuri Bai belongs to the community of Bhils, the largest tribal group of India. She has won many awards including the highest state honour accorded to artists by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Shikhar Samman. She was awarded India's fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2021.

Early life

Like her contemporary Jangarh Singh Shyam, Bhuri Bai was encouraged by J Swaminathan of Bhopal's Bharat Bhavan to start using acrylic colours and paper to make paintings. Before that, she, like other members of her community, would create art on the walls of her home. Bhuri was proficient in the making of Pithora paintings.

“In the village, we had to work so hard to extract colour from plants and clay. And here I was given so many shades of colour and a ready made brush!”

Besides painting, Bhuri Bai is also adept at the skill of hut-making, which she learnt from her mother Jhabbu Bai. She contributed to the construction of the Bhil hut in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya or Museum of Man in Bhopal, where she resides. In fact, when Bhuri Bai first arrived in Bhopal, she was engaged as a construction labourer at Bharat Bhavan—a job that earned her Rs 6 per day. It was here that she first met Jagdish Swaminathan, who spotted her talent and encouraged her to paint. Bhuri bai started her work alongside her community artist Lado Bai.

Style & themes

Bhil art is considered by some to be the oldest of India's tribal art forms. It bears similarity to the aboriginal art of Australia, especially in its use of multi-coloured dots as in-filling. Bhuri Bai was the first artist of her community to start painting on paper. Her typically colourful canvases usually depict mythological themes, bucolic scenes and man-animal interactions, although later works have incorporated modern elements like airplanes and cellphones.

2017 Satrangi : Bheel Art, Ojas Art, Delhi 
2017 “Given Power: From Tradition to Contemporary”, Blueprint21 + Exhibit320, Delhi
2010-2011 “Vernacular, in the Contemporary”, Devi Art Foundation, Bangalore
2010 “Other Masters of India”, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
2009 “Now that the Trees Have Spoken”, Pundole Gallery, Mumbai
2008 “Freedom”, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

Awards & Honours
Shikhar Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh, 1986 [Ahalya Samman, 1998
Rani Durgavati Award, 2009
Padma Shri Award, 2021
From Wikipedia
Birth name Bhavathar
Born 23 July  1976
Also known as Bhavatharani, Bavatharini, Pavatharini, Bhavadharini, Bhavatha
Origin Tamil Nadu, India
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–present

Bhavatharani Raja is an Indian Tamil singer and music director. She is the daughter of film composer Ilaiyaraaja and her brothers are the noted film composers Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. She has mostly sung songs under the direction of her father and brothers. She was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her rendition of the song "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" from the film Bharathi, composed by her father Ilaiyaraaja.


Bhavatharini Raja made her debut as a singer for Raasaiya. Her song was a major hit. From then onward, she has sung in albums composed by her father and brothers.

She has also lent her voice in songs composed by Deva and Sirpy.

In 2001, she won the National Award for the song Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu in the movie Bharathi (the music director was her father).

She turned music director for the 2002 film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi, starring Shobhana. She then forayed into the Telugu film industry with Avunaa. She has also composed music for Phir Milenge, directed by Revathi, starring Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan. In June 2012, she was roped in to score the tunes for Vellachi, a village-based project.

Personal life

She is married to an advertising executive, R. Sabariraj, son of S.N. Ramachandran. Ramachandran is a former journalist who went into publishing and started Kannan Advertising. Bhavatharani studied at Rosary Matric School in Chennai.

Notable Filmography

1984: My Dear Kuttichathan (Malayalam)
1995 Raasaiyya
1996 Alexander
1998: Kaliyoonjal (Malayalam)
2000: Bharathi (National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer)
2001: Azhagi
2001: Friends
2005: Ponmudipuzhayorathu (Malayalam)
2008: Dhanam
2009: Paa
2010: Goa
2011: Mankatha
2012: Gundello Godari (Telugu)
2014: Anegan

As music director

2003: Avunaa (Telugu)
2004: Phir Milenge (Hindi)(additional composer and BGM)
2005: Geeya Geeya (Kannada)
2006: Amirtham
2006: Ilakkanam
2012: Vellachi
2012: Porida Pazhagu
2018: Kalvargal
2019: Maayanadhi
Biman Das

Born on 1st January 1943 at Tamluk town of West Bengal, Biman Bihari Das secured a First Class (Distinction) in a Diploma in Modelling and Sculpture form the Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta. He also passed a Teachers’ Training Art Appreciation Course ( History of Art ) from Calcutta University in 1967. He was a recipient of National Cultural Scholarship under Prof. Chintamoni Kar, Principal, Govt. College of Art And Craft, Calcutta during the period 1967 to 69. During 1973-74, he received the British Council Scholarship under Prof. Jeffrey Smedly, Department of Fine Art, Portsmouth, Polytechnic, UK. Biman Bihari Das received ‘KALA VIBHUSAN” from All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS) in 2001.

As a sculptor, he prefers to work with permanent materials like bronze, marble/stone and wood.

Biman has the ability to create magic with bronze. Out of the many works this sculptor has turned out to perfection are some of the ‘Naikas’ and which despite all modernity links them to the life enhancing the most spirit delighting expressions in the earlier Indian arts and literature. The impact of ‘naika’, when faithfully addressed by a dancer or a sculptor, is that we are suffused with purified sensations and so that what is based or gross in us, in our being, vanishes to leave us with distilled feeling. Above all these sculptures convey a lot of energy and the ways of growth.

Biman Bihari Das has held more than 40 solo exhibitions since 1968 both in India and important International Art Centers such as New York and Budapest. He also recently held a 60-year retrospective with Art Pilgrim in Mumbai in 2014. He has been part of numerous group exhibitions and Biennales in India and abroad including Belgium, Seoul, Japan and Moscow. His works are a part of many prestigious collections of both India and abroad.

For his immense contribution to the field of art and sculpture, he was awarded the Padma Shri from the government of India in 2014.

The artist lives and works in both New Delhi and Kolkata.


1966 first Class (Distinction) Diploma in Modeling & Sculpture, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta 1967 Passed Teachers’ Training Art Appreciation Course (History of Art), from Calcutta University


1967-69 Recipient of National Cultural Scholarship under Prof. Chintamoni Kar, Principal, GovtCollege of Art and Craft, Calcutta 1973-74 Recipient of British Council Scholarship under Prof. Jeffrey Smedly, Department of FineArt, Portsmouth, Polytechnic, U.K. 1993 Received U.G.C Grants under Indo- Hungarian Cultural Exchange Program in Budapest 1997 Fulbright fellowship (USA) 2001 Received ‘KALA VIBHUSAN’ from All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (A1FACS), New Delhi, INDIA 2014 awarded PADMA SHRI form the Govt. of India


1968: Alliance Francaise, Calcutta 1970: All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (A1FACS), New Delhi 1977: Sridharini Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, 1981: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1983: Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 1983: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai 1986: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai 1988: Sridharini Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 1989: New Jersey, USA, in; Sponsored by Mont Clair State College, New Jersey 1989: Consulate General of India, New York, USA. Travel grant by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi 1990: Russian Cultural Center, New Delhi, 1990: Galerie 88 Calcutta. 1990: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai 1992: Indian Culture Center, Cairo. Egypt sponsored by the Govt. of India (Ministry of External Affairs & I. C.C.R.) 1993: Budapest, Hungary, 1994: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai 1996: Galerie 88. Calcutta 1996: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, 1998: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, 2000: Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, 2005: Thriven Kale Sangam, sponsored by Krishna’s Collection Gallery, Delhi 2005: Retrospective show, sponsored by Birla Academy of Art and Culture Kolkata 2010 Lalit kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi 2011 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2011 25th solo show, sponsored by ICCR, Kolkata 2014 26th solo show(retrospective) by Art Pilgrim Gallery, Gurgaon, at Sridharini Art gallery, New Delhi


Calcutta Sculptors Guild. All India Fine Art & Craft Society, New Delhi. Habitat Art Gallery, New Delhi Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta. Galerie 88, Calcutta Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta. Teachers’ Exhibition. New Delhi & Mumbai Bangalore, Calcutta. Art Today, New Delhi CIMA Art Gallery, Calcutta La Mere Art gallery. Calcutta Gallery freedom, New Delhi Academy of fine art, Calcutta College Of Art, New Delhi Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi Art Alive, New Delhi India Artist Circle, New Delhi Creative Wave,Delhi,Kolkata Gallery RASA,Kokata AAKRITI Gallery,Kolkata


1974 Biennale Belgium 1978 Triennale India, 1986 Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Japan 1987 Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka 1988 Contemporary Asian Show, Seoul 1988 India Festival in USSR, Moscow National Exhibition of Art, Sanity Kala Parishad, Delhi. Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy held in European Counties, Middle East Dubai Mumbai and Salerjung Museum, Hyderabad.


1965 Prof. S. N. Ghosal Award, Govt. College of Art & Craft Calcutta 1966 Education Secretary Award, Govt. Of West Bengal 1968 Awarded All India Fine Art & Craft Society, New Delhi. 1971 Awarded Sir Ushanath Sen Memorial Medal, A1FACS, N. Delhi. 1972 Awarded Sir Ushanath Sen Memorial Medal A1FACS, N. Delhi 1972 Best Award from Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh 1972 National Award (Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi) 1975 Awarded D. P. Roychowdhury Memorial Medal A1FACS, N. Delhi 1976 A1FACS Award, New Delhi 1979 Best Award from Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi 1980 Birla Academy Of Art and Culture Award, Calcutta 1984 Sahitya Kala Parishad Award Delhi


1975 Participated All India Artist Camp Srinagar, Kashmir 1982 Participated Lalit Kala Academy Sculptors’ Camp, Amritsar 1986 Participated Artists’ Camp Badkhal Lake, organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi 1989 Participated in Artists’ Camp, organized by AIFACS, New Delhi 2001 Participated in Artists’ Camp, organized by The Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Center, Calcutta 2004 All India Sculptor/Potters camp,JD Center of Art,Bhubanaeswar,Orrisa 2004 Kala Kumbh Amritsar Academy of Art,Amritsar 2005 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society,New Delhi 2005 Kalabrat International Artist Camp,Ujjain,MP 2006 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society,New Delhi 2006 Kalagram,Chandigarh,North Zone Cultural Centre 2006 Sculptors/Painters camp,Karseong,Darjeeling sponsored by Bajoria Holding Group Private Ltd. Kolkata. 2006 India Sculptors Camp (Bronze casting) sponsored by Gallery ’88.Kolkata. 2006 India Sculptors Camp (Stone carving) sponsored by Lalit Kala Accademy ,New Delhi and Dept.of Culture,Govt of Karnataka ,Bangalore 2006 Sculptores Camp (Bronze casting) organized by Artists Forum,Kolkata 2007 Sculptors Camp(Bronze casting) at Jaipur organized by Sanskriti Art Gallery Kolkata. 2007 Painters Camp at Goa organized by Samanvai Art Gallery Jaipur.

Speaker - India International Cultural Center, New Delhi, Rotary International, New Delhi, and Meerat, Uttar Pradesh, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Calcutta. Lectures - Mont Clair State College, U. S. A. Virginia Common Wealth University, U. S. A.; District Columbia Art Center, Washington DC U. S. A.; Trinity College of art C. T. U.S.A, Senior Secondary School, Maryland, U.S.A.; Atelier, Alexandria, Egypt. Ministry of Culture, Budapest, Hungary Lecture demonstration - Visva Bharati Shantiniketan, Rabindra Bharati University, Lalit Kala Academy Regional Center, Calcutta. ; Govt. College of Art and Craft, Calcutta.


National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi. Triveni Kala Sangam New Delhi. Govt. Museum of Modem Art, Chandigarh. State Museum and Architecture, Jaipur. College Of Art, New Delhi. All India Fine Arts and Craft Society, New Delhi. Kashmir Academy of Art, Stringer. India Gandhi International Air Port, New Delhi. Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta.


Paris, Italy, Scotland, England, U.S.A. Egypt, Dubai, Hungary. Visited Mauritius as an expert for the monumental art project of Govt. of Mauritius and revisited the second time for supervision & installation of the bronze and marble bust of Pt. Nehru Ji and Poet Subramania Bharati respectively. Recent visit to Cambodia and Thailand. Berlin, Czechoslovakia, Vienna, Istanbul
Balvir Boparai
Balvir Boparai is an actor and writer, known for Singham (2019), The Fusion Generation (2019) and Forever (2020).
Balvir Boparai returns with new album

Bhangra music is to see an unexpected and surprising collaboration in 2013 with the return of an artist who has given Punjabi music fans some of the biggest anthems of all time.

Hailing from Boparai Kalan in Ludihana, Balvir Boparai sent Punjabi music lovers world wide into a frenzy when his ground breaking album Hostel was released. The 2005 album featured songs written and vocaled by Balvir Boparai and included, undoubtedly, one of Bhangra musics most iconic tracks in De De Ghera. To this day the track is still part of DJ playlists around the world and has etched Balvir Boparais name into history.

Tracks like Hostel, Ve Shudaiya & Hookan have established Balvir as a vocalist. His lyrics have also made hits for fellow artists including Inderjit Nikku, Late Kulwinder Dhillon, Ranjit Mani, and Daljit Dosanjh which includes the super hit track Nachdiya Alrhan Kuarian (Source: simplybhangra.com)


Bhavatharani is an Indian Tamil singer and music director. She is the daughter of film composer Ilaiyaraaja and her brothers are the noted film composers Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. She has mostly sung songs under her father and her brothers' direction. She was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her rendition of the song "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" from the film Bharathi, composed by her father Ilaiyaraaja.

Bhavatharini made her debut as a singer in Raasaiya. The song was a super hit. From then onwards, she sings in albums composed by her dad and brothers. She had also lent her voice in songs composed by Deva & Sirpy.

In 2001, she won the National Award for the song Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu in the movie Bharathi (music director - her father).

She turned music director for the 2002 film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi, starring Shobhana. She then forayed into the Telugu film industry, too, with Avunaa. She has also composed music for Phir Milenge directed by Revathi again starring Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan. In June 2012 she was roped in to score the tunes for Vellachi, a village-based subject.

Personal life

She is married to an advertising executive R. Sabariraj, son of S.N. Ramachandran a former journalist who went into publishing and started Kannan Advertising. She studied in Rosary Metric school in Chennai where she was a classmate of the famous singer Bhargavi.
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I was bengal theatre , now I am working tv & film

Experience : director producer
working a hindi movie

director & writer : so many house

Education : barakar adarsh vidyalaya

Languages : English , Hindi


Bhojpuri films: Nautanki (2006/ writer); Najariya Kahe ke Ladavla (2003/ writer-director)

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Born , Kanneganti Brahmanandam
1 February 1956
Sattenapalli, Andhra State, India

Residence: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Occupation: Actor, comedian

Years active : 1986–present

Spouse(s) : Lakshmi Kanneganti

Children : 2 (Raja Goutam Kanneganti, Sid Kanneganti)

Parent(s) :
Kanneganti Nagalingachari
Kanneganti Lakshmi Narsamma

Awards : Padma Shri (2009), Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor

Brahmanandam Kanneganti (born 1 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and comedian, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2009. Brahmanandam is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India, noted particularly for his comic expressions. He has acted in more than 1,000 films to date and has been one of the most highly paid comedy actors in Indian Cinema. Brahmanandam has garnered five state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Award South, six CineMAA Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards for best comedy.

Personal life

Brahmanandam was born in Sattenapalli, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. Prior to films, he was a Telugu lectur in Attili, a town in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

Bramhanandam married Lakshmi and has two sons, Raja Gautam and Siddarth, with her. He became a grandfather in 2017 with the birth of Raja Gautam's son.

On 14th January 2019, Brahmanandam underwent a successful heart bypass surgery at Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Mumbai.

Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor.

Filmfare Awards

Film fare Best Comedian Award (Telugu) - Babai Hotel (1992)

Nandi Awards :

Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Money (1993)
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor - Anna (1994)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Anaganaga Oka Roju (1995)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Vinodham (1996)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Ready (2008)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Race Gurram (2014)

Siima Award for Best Comedian - Dookudu, Baadshah & Race Gurram


Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role - Dookudu (2011)

Bhuri Bai
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Bhuri Bai

Style Bhil art
Honours Shikhar Samman, Madhya Pradesh

Bhuri Bai is an Indian Bhil artist. Born in Pitol village, it's situated on the border of Madhya Pardesh and Gujrat but pitol is a village of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh, Bhuri Bai belongs to the community of Bhils, the largest tribal group of India. She has won many awards including the highest state honour accorded to artists by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Shikhar Samman]She was awarded India's fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2021.

Early life

Like her contemporary Jangarh Singh Shyam, Bhuri Bai was encouraged by J Swaminathan of Bhopal’s Bharat Bhavan to start using acrylic colours and paper to make paintings. Before that, she, like other members of her community, would create art on the walls of her home. Bhuri was proficient in the making of Pithora paintings.

“In the village, we had to work so hard to extract colour from plants and clay. And here I was given so many shades of colour and a ready made brush!”

Besides painting, Bhuri Bai is also adept at the skill of hut-making, which she learnt from her mother Jhabbu Bai. She contributed to the construction of the Bhil hut in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya or Museum of Man in Bhopal, where she resides. In fact, when Bhuri Bai first arrived in Bhopal, she was engaged as a construction labourer at Bharat Bhavan—a job that earned her Rs 6 per day. It was here that she first met Jagdish Swaminathan, who spotted her talent and encouraged her to paint. Bhuri bai started her work alongside her community artist Lado Bai.

Style & themes

Bhil art is considered by some to be the oldest of India's tribal art forms. It bears similarity to the aboriginal art of Australia, especially in its use of multi-coloured dots as in-filling. Bhuri Bai was the first artist of her community to start painting on paper. Her typically colourful canvases usually depict mythological themes, bucolic scenes and man-animal interactions, although later works have incorporated modern elements like airplanes and cellphones.


2017 Satrangi : Bheel Art, Ojas Art, Delhi
2017 “Given Power: From Tradition to Contemporary”, Blueprint21 + Exhibit320, Delhi
2010-2011 “Vernacular, in the Contemporary”, Devi Art Foundation, Bangalore
2010 “Other Masters of India”, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
2009 “Now that the Trees Have Spoken”, Pundole Gallery, Mumbai
2008 “Freedom”, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

Awards & Honours

Shikhar Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh, 1986
Ahalya Samman, 1998
Rani Durgavati Award, 2009
Padma Shri Award, 2021

Birdman (rapper)
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Williams performing in May 2010
Background information
Birth name Bryan Christopher Brooks
Also known as
5 Star

Born February 15, 1969 
record executive
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts

Partner(s) Toni Braxton (2016-present)
Children 2
Relatives Ronald "Slim" Williams (brother)

Bryan Christopher Williams ( Brooks; February 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Birdman (also known as Baby), is an American rapper, record executive, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and public face of Cash Money Records which he founded with his older brother Ronald "Slim" Williams in 1992. Birdman released his debut album in 2002, and has gone on to release four solo studio albums in total. Aside from his solo career, he is also a member of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers, along with producer Mannie Fresh.

Along with his solo work and numerous releases with the Big Tymers, Birdman has released a collaboration album and numerous tracks with fellow rapper and protégé Lil Wayne, whom he discovered and took under his wing at age twelve. Birdman has also made his name by contributing to the making of YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires), a combination of the former's "Cash Money" and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, formerly an imprint under the label. Birdman has also founded the project and hip hop supergroup Rich Gang, bringing attention to artists such as Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.

Early life

Birdman was born Bryan Christopher Brooks on February 15, 1969, at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, to Johnnie Williams and Gladys Brooks. Williams did not sign the birth certificate, which led to Bryan initially taking his mother's surname. For almost a month after his birth, he did not have a given first name and was simply referred to as "Baby", a nickname he retains to this day. As a small child, Brooks and his family lived on top of a bar owned by his father. His mother, Gladys, became ill and died in 1975 when Bryan was five years old. After their mother's death, Birdman and his siblings Kim, Ronald and Ray were taken in by their uncle and spent two years living in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, followed by two years in foster care upon their return to New Orleans. After Johnnie learned that they were in the foster home, a long legal battle took place in the mid-'70s which eventually ended with Johnnie and his wife Patricia gaining full custody of the children and Bryan's name changing to Bryan Williams. He and his siblings moved in with Johnnie and Patricia and lived in the Magnolia Projects in Central City, New Orleans, where Bryan developed a close friendship with his step-brother, Eldrick Wise.[8] While living in the Magnolia, Williams and Wise soon began committing robberies and sold heroin together before both getting arrested at the age of 16. At 18, both were again arrested for drug possession and sentenced to three years in Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Bryan served 18 months before he was acquitted of all charges.


1990–1998: Cash Money Records

After Bryan was released from prison, he and Slim both began paying attention to the emerging bounce sub-genre of hip-hop, a sound that was quickly becoming popular in nightclubs all over New Orleans. In 1992, Bryan came up with the idea to form their own record label, and wanted to name it "Cash Money Records". Bryan and Slim would then travel to nightclubs all over Louisiana to see who was playing and try and recruit artists to the fledgling label. Their first signed artist was a local rapper named Kilo G, who released the label's first ever project, a horrorcore album titled "The Sleepwalker" in 1992. Bryan and Slim continued to recruit more and more artists, and Bryan was able to convince his friend and local DJ Mannie Fresh to become Cash Money's in-house producer. By the mid-1990s, Cash Money had grown to a popular independent label in the south, with most of their fanbase located in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. In 1995, Cash Money artist Lil' Slim was introduced to 12-year-old Dwayne Carter at a local block party, and after hearing him rap, brought him to Baby's attention, and soon after Carter was signed to Cash Money as the youngest artist on the label. Carter was placed into a group with another young rapper, 14-year-old Christopher Dorsey, and the two would be known as "Baby D" and "Lil Doogie" respectively; The B.G.'z. During this time, Baby himself also began to rap as a member of the group 32 Golds, going by the name B-32. Despite their regional popularity, the label suffered many setbacks in the mid-1990s, with a number of the "first generation" of Cash Money artists leaving the label citing financial issues as the main reason. In addition to this, Kilo G, Pimp Daddy and Yella Boy were all murdered in the mid-90s. The only two artists to remain were Baby D and Lil Doogie, who renamed themselves Lil Wayne and B.G. respectively in 1997. The same year, Baby and Slim recruited two new artists, Turk and Juvenile, and the four were placed together in a new group, known as the Hot Boys. The Hot Boys soon took Cash Money to new heights, and the label was able to sign a $30 million deal with Universal Records in 1998.

1998–2003: Big Tymers

After Cash Money's nationwide success, Baby and Mannie Fresh formed their own group, dubbing themselves the Big Tymers. Big Tymers debuted in 1998 with the album How Ya Luv That? and went on to release I Got That Work in 2000 and Hood Rich in 2002. I Got That Work contained the popular singles "Get Your Roll On" and "#1 Stunna". Although the singles failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, I Got That Work was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1 million copies in the United States. Hood Rich contained the hit single "Still Fly", which was nominated for a Grammy award and peaked at #11 on the Hot 100. Hood Rich was also certified platinum in the US. Big Money Heavyweight followed in 2003, and was again successful, being certified Gold in the US.

2002–2005: Solo career

After the departure of Juvenile and B.G. from Cash Money, Baby was forced to focus on his solo career and began marketing himself as the new public face of Cash Money Records. He released his major label debut, Birdman on November 26, 2002, and by January 15, 2003, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for the shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. The album peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200, and featured guest appearances from Jazze PhaMannie FreshLil' WayneToni BraxtonClipseJermaine DupriCam'ronT.I.Keith Murray and Puff Daddy among others. Due to the album's success, Baby became more widely known to the public as "Birdman", and soon after changed his stage name to reflect this.

After Lil Wayne achieved worldwide success with his critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Tha Carter in 2004, on which Birdman was featured numerous times, Wayne became the flagship artist of Cash Money, with Birdman and Lil Wayne being viewed as the two public faces of the label. Birdman's second album, Fast Money, was released in 2005 and was once again a success, debuting at number 9 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 65,000 copies in the United States.

2006–2010: Like Father, Like Son & solo albums
Birdman in 2007

Lil Wayne and Birdman released their first collaborative album, Like Father, Like Son, on October 31, 2006. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200, was certified gold and spawned two singles, "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" and "Leather So Soft". The former peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, won the 2007 BET Viewer's Choice Award, and was named the 94th best song of 2006 by Rolling Stone magazine. Birdman's third solo studio album, 5 * Stunna, was released on December 11, 2007, and debuted at number 18 on the US Billboard 200, selling 80,000 copies in the first week. It spawned the hit single "Pop Bottles" which features Lil Wayne and peaked at number 38 on the Hot 100. To date, the album has sold 372,000 copies in the United States.

Birdman released his fourth studio album Priceless on November 23, 2009. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number thirty-three, selling 34,000 copies in its first week. The album's first single, was "Always Strapped", featuring Lil Wayne, and the second was "Written on Her", featuring British singer Jay Sean. "Southside", featuring Lil Wayne, was the third single. "Money to Blow" featuring Drake and Lil Wayne was the fourth single. "4 My Town (Play Ball)" featuring Drake and Lil Wayne was the fifth single. "Written on Her" also became Birdman's first UK release in December 2009.

2010–present: Rich Gang

In 2010, Birdman announced plans to release an album titled Priceless 2, a sequel to his previous album, but changed the title to Bigga Than Life. The first promotional single was titled "Loyalty" and featured Lil Wayne and Tyga. Other collaborations will come from Rick RossYoung JeezyBun B and Drake. The album was scheduled to be released in early 2011. He released a music video for a possible future single, "My Jewel", which featured Bun B and Young Jeezy. On November 22, 2010, he released the first official single, "Fire Flame", which featured Lil Wayne. Birdman released another single called "I Get Money" featuring T-Pain, Young Money artist Mack Maine and Lil Wayne. On September 13, 2011, Birdman released "Y.U. MAD", featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. He collaborated with Mack Maine as a duo named White Boys to release a mixtape titled Billionaire Minds on November 2, 2011. On May 22, 2012, he released "Born Stunna", featuring Rick Ross. The remix, featuring Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, was released July 10, 2012. The most recent single, "Shout Out" featuring Gudda Gudda and French Montana, was released October 16, 2012.

During 2008, it was announced Birdman was set to release a mixtape with his long-time friend Rick Ross titled The H. On May 16, 2013 Birdman and Rick Ross announced that The H would be released as a mixtape hosted by DJ Khaled on May 23, 2013. The project was recorded during a couple days in 2008] A new compilation album, entitled Rich Gang: Flashy Lifestyle, hosted by Birdman, was previously set to be released June 25, 2013. The album would feature appearances from the many members of Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment among others such as Meek Mill, French Montana and Future. A mixtape titled Rich Gang: Allstars was released prior to the release of that album. This mixtape included singles from artists of Rich Gang, such as "Started From the Bottom" by Drake, "Bugatti" by Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross and Future, "Karate Chop" (Remix) by Future, "Love Me" by Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future, "Freaks" by French Montana featuring Nicki Minaj, "Rich As Fuck" by Lil Wayne featuring 2 Chainz, and "Champions" by Kevin Rudolf featuring Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, Birdman, and Lil Wayne.

In 2014, Birdman began promoting Atlanta-based rappers Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. The two had already collaborated extensively with each other. Birdman released a single titled "Lifestyle" featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan from a Rich Gang album. He also released a second Rich Gang mixtape titled Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1 featuring new music from Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. The mix-tape featured no music from Young Money or Cash Money artists except Birdman himself, and instead had guest features from artists such as PeeWee LongwayNipsey Hu$$leJacquees and Yung Ralph. Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan had a joint tour planned.

Forbes magazine estimated his personal fortune at US$125 million in 2012. In 2013 he was listed by Forbes.com as the fifth highest-earning star in hip hop, taking in $21 million in the year to September 2013.

Birdman and Lil Wayne had supposedly reconciled from their beef in 2016 after being seen at Drake's NYE Party, at Miami's Club Liv, and in studio. However, a contract dispute still exists between them, with the latter trying to get out of the contract; in 2016, Birdman called off the negotiations to settle their lawsuit.

Birdman announced the release date of his mixtape with his protege Jacquees on April 26, 2016. This went on to be released on May 27, 2016.

Personal life
Family and relationships

Birdman's mother, Gladys Brooks (August 29, 1935 – January 21, 1975), whom he exclusively refers to as Ms. Gladys, became ill and died when he was 5 years old. Birdman has made numerous references to her in his music, including releasing a song named after her. His father, Johnnie Williams (September 20, 1920 – July 13, 1996), owned a number of small businesses in the New Orleans area, including multiple bars and a laundrette. Johnnie was killed in a car accident in 1996.

Birdman has ten brothers and twelve sisters, including Ronald "Slim" Williams. Ronald is the co-founder of Cash Money Records, alongside Birdman. One of Birdman's younger sisters, Tamara, was killed in a car accident in 2006. Due to their mother passing away at a young age, Birdman primarily raised his younger sister and referred to her as his daughter. Birdman also had a close relationship with his step-brother Eldrick Wise, who was killed in an unsolved murder in 1991.

Birdman has two children, Bryan Jr. (born 1997) and Bria (born 1998). In addition to his biological children, he formed a close parental-like bond with protégée Lil Wayne, whom he has often referred to as his other son, despite no familial connection between the two.

Birdman began dating singer Toni Braxton in May 2016, and the couple announced their engagement in February 2018. In January 2019, the couple called off the engagement. However, in April 2019, both Braxton and Birdman confirmed that they were still together.

Legal issues
Mugshot, November 2007

In November 2007, Birdman was arrested in Kingsport, Tennessee and charged with possession of nearly a pound of marijuana.

In October 2009, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Cash Money Records and various music distribution outlets were sued for copyright infringement by Thomas Marasciullo, who claims his voice was used without permission. Both rappers asked him to record some "Italian-styled spoken word recordings" in 2006. The lyrics were allegedly used on "Respect" and other tracks from the rappers' collaboration album Like Father, Like Son and Birdman's 5 * Stunna.

Conflict with Lil Wayne

On December 4, 2014, just five days before Tha Carter V was scheduled to be released, Wayne issued a statement saying the album would not be released due to his displeasure with Birdman refusing to release the album, although it had been completed. Wayne also expressed his feelings by stating he felt he and his creative partner were being held "prisoner". Lil Wayne filed a lawsuit. On January 20, 2015, Wayne self-released Sorry 4 the Wait 2, a sequel to his 2011 mixtape, to compensate for the continued delay of Tha Carter V. Upon the release of Sorry 4 the Wait 2, it was noted that Wayne dissed Birdman and Cash Money Records several times throughout. Birdman was reported to be upset with this. In late January 2015, Lil Wayne filed a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money over the delay of Tha Carter V.

In January 2015, Wayne stated that when he left Cash Money, he would take Drake and Nicki Minaj with him. On June 22, TMZ reported new details on the lawsuit. According to documents filed by Lil Wayne, Birdman and Cash Money had mismanaged Young Money, including Drake and Minaj. The documents alleged that Birdman and Cash Money hadn't paid people.[citation needed] "Free C5" became the mantra to get money to the unpaid artist. In June 2015, Wayne joined Jay-Z's Tidal as an artist owner and exclusively released a single on the service titled "Glory." On July 4, 2015, Wayne released Free Weezy Album exclusively through Tidal under Young Money and Republic Records. On July 15, prosecutors allege Birdman and Young Thug conspired to murder Lil Wayne and were involved in the April 26 shooting.[citation needed] On July 16, Birdman filed a $50-million lawsuit against Jay Z's Tidal streaming service over Lil Wayne's Free Weezy Album, alleging that Cash Money Records exclusively owned the rights to Lil Wayne's music. Due to frustration with the situation, Lil Wayne tweeted in 2016 that he planned to retire because he felt "mentally defeated". Many rappers rushed to his defense and pleaded him to not do so, including Kendrick Lamar, one of the delayed album's features.

On April 12, 2017, Birdman announced that he had accepted a plaque in honor of Cash Money Records having sold one billion units.

On September 13, 2018, it was announced that Young Money was no longer a joint business venture with Cash Money. Ownership of the imprint was granted entirely to Lil Wayne as part of the legal settlements with Birdman that were finalized.

Other ventures
Oil business

In early 2010, Birdman formed an oil and gas exploration company, Bronald Oil and Gas, LLC. The company was a joint venture founded by Birdman and his brother Slim, and the name was a combination of the brothers' first names, Bryan and Ronald. Evidence of the company's actual business operations was scant, limited mostly to a website and the appearance of a "pumpjack" tattoo on the side of Birdman's head. The website indicated that the company's strategy would be to first develop existing land holdings and seek out new oil and gas leases. In February 2010, Birdman told Ozone magazine that he had been in the oil business for "4 or 5 years" and was "making very good money off that".

However, by March 2010, Birdman had almost completely covered the pumpjack tattoo, which sparked speculation that the Bronald Oil project had stalled. An investigative report from Bloomberg revealed that official regulators in charge of oil and gas permits had never heard of Bronald.

Clothing line

On April 22, 2016, Birdman disparaged the hosts of hip-hop radio show The Breakfast Club during a live interview, telling them to "stop playing with my fucking name". He later issued an apology for his outburst after being awarded the "Donkey of the Day" appellation from one of the hosts, Charlamagne Tha God. The video went viral, and on April 27, 2016, Birdman launched a merchandise line, "Respek", featuring catchphrases from the interview.
भिखारी ठाकुर
भिखारी ठाकुर

भिखारी ठाकुर
जनम 18 दिसंबर 1887
कुतुबपुर (दियारा), सारन जिला, बिहार, भारत
निधन 10 जुलाई 1971 (उमिर 83)
पेशा नाटककार, गीतकार, एक्टर, लोक कलाकार
प्रमुख रचनासभ बिदेसिया, बेटी-बेचवा, भाई बिरोध, कलजुग प्रेम, राधेश्याम बहार, गंगा-अस्नान, बिधवा-बिलाप, पुत्रबध, गबर-घिचोर

भिखारी ठाकुर (18 दिसंबर, 1887 - 10 जुलाई, सन 1971) भोजपुरी भाषा के गीतकार, नाटककार आ लोक कलाकार रहलें। इनका के भोजपुरी क शेक्सपीयर भी कहल जाला। भिखारी के जनम बिहार के सारन जिला के एक ठो गाँव कुतुबपुर में नाऊ परिवार में भइल। सुरुआत में कमाए खातिर खड़गपुर गइलेन बाकी कुछ दिन बाद उहाँ से मन ना लगले पर लवटे कलकत्ता आ आगे जगन्नाथ पुरी ले घूम के लवटे के परल।

नाच आ रामलीला के सौकीन भिखारी आपन खुद के मंडली बना के रामलीला सुरू कइलें। बाद में ऊ एह मंडली खातिर खुदे नाटक आ गीत रचे सुरू कइलें। एह मंडली में खुद नचनिया, एक्टर आ सूत्रधार के रूप में पाठ खेलें। धीरे-धीरे उनके मंडली भोजपुरी इलाका में बहुत परसिद्ध हो गइल। बाद में उनके लिखल रचना पटना आ बनारस से किताब के शकल में छपल। उनके सभसे परसिद्ध नाटक बिदेसिया के आधार बना के एक ठो फिलिम भी बनल।

भिखारी ठाकुर के रचना में बिदेसिया आ बेटी-बेचवा बहुत नामी भइलीं। खासतौर से एह नाटकन में इस्तेमाल होखे वाला गीत सभ के धुन "बिदेसिया" के नाँव से चलन में आइल आ आजो ले एकर अलग पहिचान बाटे।

भिखारी के ओह समय के समाज में ब्याप्त कुरीति सभ के ऊपर अपना ब्यंग करे आ बदलाव के जरूरत महसूस करावे खातिर जानल जालन।


भिखारी ठाकुर के जनम बिहार के सारन जिला के कुतुबपुर दियारा नाँव के गाँव में, 18 दिसंबर, 1887 ई॰ के दलसिंगार ठाकुर आ शिवकली देवी के घरे भइल। भिखारी के परिवार बार बनावे वाला नाऊ के रहल जेकरा एक ठो नीच जाती मानल जाला।

भिखारी के लईकाँई में बियाह भइल आ पहिला मेहरारू के जल्दिये निघन हो गइल। दुसरा बियाह मनतुरनी देवी से भइल।

भिखारी कुछ उमिर होखले पर खड़गपुर कमाये चल गइलें, ओकरा बाद उहाँ मन ना लगला पऽ जगन्नाथ पुरी घूम अइलें। उनके एह कलकत्ता-खड़गपुर- पुरी यात्रा से अनुभव में बिस्तार भइल। लवट के अपना गाँवे आ के ऊ पहिले रामलीला आ बाद में आपन लोकनाटक के मंडली बनवलें। एही मंडली के साथ भोजपुरी इलाका भर घूम-घूम नाटक देखवलें आ कलकत्ता तक ले जा के आपन कला के पर्दर्शन कइलन।

10 जुलाई, सन 1971 के 83 बरिस के उमिर में भिखारी के निधन हो गइल। भिखारी के जीवन में हुनकर संघतिया रामानंद सिंह, एक ठो दूर के रिश्तेदार बाबूलाल, आ पत्नी मंतुरना देवी के महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका रहल।
नाटक मंडली

जब मैं 11 साल का था तभी उनकी कंपनी से जुड़ गया था और जब तक वे ज़िंदा रहे उनके साथ काम करता रहा। वो जब सिखाते थे तो डांटते भी थे, मारते भी थे और दुलार भी करते थे। आज हमसे आप बात कर रहे हैं इसका कारण भी मालिक ही हैं। अगर मैंने उनके साथ काम नहीं किया होता तो आप हमसे बात नहीं करते।रामचंद्र मांझी, मंडली के एक ठो कलाकार, एक ठो इंटरव्यू में, 2016

भिखारी, कलकत्ता से लवट के आपन गाँव में पहिले रामलीला खेले के सुरुआत कइलें। बाद में नाच, आ एकरे बाद आपन नाटक मंडली बनवलें। एह में प्रमुख भूमिका उनके एक ठो रिश्तेदार बाबूलाल के रहल जिनके अइसन मंडली के संजोजन के कुछ अनुभव रहे। मंडली के लोग भिखारी ठाकुर के "मालिक जी" कहे आ उनुके अनुशासन के बाद ले चर्चा कइल करे।


भिखारी के सभसे परसिद्ध रचना उनके लोक नाटक "बिदेसिया" हवे। ई नाटक अतना मशहूर भइल कि उनके नाटक के शैली के नाँवे बिदेसिया पड़ गइल। बाद में कय ठो नाटक एह शैली में अउरी लोग भी लिखल। आ ई भारत से बाहर मॉरिशस जइसन भोजपुरी भाषी देस सभ ले पहुँच गइल।

मूल रूप से "बिदेसिया" एक ठो अइसन आदमी जे कलकत्ता कमाए गइल (आ बिदेसी हो गइल) के मेहरारू धनिया के वियोग आ एक ठो बटोही से अपना पति के लवट आवे के अरज करत सनेसा के कहानी हवे।


भिखारी ठाकुर के समस्त रचना
बेटी-बियोग या बेटि-बेचवा
कलयुग प्रेम
गबर घिचोर
गंगा असनान
बहरा बहार,
नक़ल भांड अ नेटुआ के
समाज के कुरितियन पऽ

जवन घड़ी भिखारी रहन ओह घड़ी गँवई समाज ना जाने कय गो सामाजिक कुरिती से जकड़ल रहे।भिखारी ठाकुर पढल-लिखल ना रहन।तब्बो समाज के बुराई सभ के आपन लिखाई मे उठवलन।ओह मे से कुछ उदाहरन निचे लिखल बा।

१)ओह घड़ी पईसा के कमी के चलते एगो अइसन कुरिती समाज मे फईलल रहे जेमे लोग आपन बेटी बेच देत रहे,ओह घड़ी ई जईसे एगो रिवाजे बन गईल रहे। भिखारी ठाकुर अईसने एगो बेचल बेटी के मन के बात आपन नाटक बेटी बेचवा मे लिखलें बाड़ें।ओह मे कुछ पंक्ति हई हऽ:-

रुपिया गिनाई लिहलऽ,पगहा धराई दिहलऽ, चेरिया से छेरिया बनवलऽ हो बाबू जी। बुढ़ बर सेना कईलऽ बेटी के ना रखलऽ खेयाल कइनी हम कवन कसूरवा हो बाबू जी।।

माने:- ए बाबूजी! रऊवा आपन बेटी के गाय,बकरी नियन बेच दिहनी।

सभसे बड़ बात ई रहे की जवन लोग हुनकर नाटक देखे जात रहे,ऊ खाली आपन मनोरंजन करे जात रहे,लेकिन नाटक देखला के बाद उ लोग के मन में बेटीबेचवा प्रथा से नफ़रत हो जात रहे।

२)पहिले विधवा सभ के जीनगी बड़ा कष्ट से बितत रहे,शास्त्र सभ के मोताबिक ई मानल जात रहे कि पिछला जनम में पाप कईला के चलते पति मर जाला आ मेहरारू विधवा हो जाले।

एह समस्या के तरफ लोगन के धेयान उ विधवा विलाप नाटक लिख के खिचलें।ओह घड़ी जादे तर मेहरारू बेमेल बियाह के चलते विधवा हो जात रहे।

३)पहिले के भोजपुरी किसान सभ गरीब रहन लोग आ ऊ लोग के पास जमीन ना होखत रहे,एही चलते उ लोग कलकत्ता,नेपाल नियन जगह पऽ जा के मजुरी करत रहे।जादे तर ई देखल जात रहे की पत्नी के छोर के लोग बहरी काम करे जात रहे आ होन्ने जा के वेश्या सभ के फेरा में पड़ जा जात रहे।एही बात भिखारी ठाकुर बिदेशिया में लिखलें बांड़े।एह में जवन नायिका बिया उ गवना करा के नाया नाया आइल बीया आ कुछे दिन बाद ओकर मरद कमाए चल जाता।

गवना कराई सँईया घरे बईठाई दिहलऽ, अपने चललऽ परदेश रेे बीदेशिया।।(From wikipedia)

Know about the birth anniversary of Bhakari Thakur of Bhojpuri called Shakespeare, 10 special things related to his life.

Bhikhari Thakur (Photo: Bhikhari Thakur Repertory Training & Research Center)
Rishi Raj [Edited By: Pradnya Bajpayee]

Gawana karai sanyaya bithwal ke saath,
Your greedy pardes ray bidesia ..
Clown Seals Baron Bhili Humari Re,
K Mora Harihain Kalaas Re Bidasia ..
This is the melody of Bhojpuri Janajivan, the soul of Bhojpuri folk music resides in such songs. Its creators are Bhikhari Thakur. Today is Jayanti of Bhikhari Thakur, which is called 'Shakespeare of Bhojpuri'. Literature Aajatak is telling 10 big things related to his readers today ...

Birth of Bhikhari Thakur

1- Bhikhari Thakur was born on 18 December 1887 in a barber family in Qutubpur village of Chapra in Bihar.
Bhakari Thakur was Ramchrita Manas
2- Bhikari Thakur's personality had many amazing features. In spite of his knowledge of the letters, he had a whole hearted mind.
Left the job, created Ramlila Mandali
3- In the early life, Bhikari Thakur went to Kharagpur leaving his home village for Roti. For some time he was engaged in the Rosie Roti. He says that for nearly thirty years, he did not even leave his ancestral traditional profession, but later Bhikhari Thakur returned to his village and made a dance troupe of folk artists and began to do Ramlila with them.
4- Bhikari Thakur was rich in multi-faceted talent. He was a poet, lyricist, playwright, dramatical director, folk musician and actor with a folk artist. His mother tongue was Bhojpuri and he made Bhojpuri the language of his poetry and drama. His talent was that the Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan called him an 'Unrivaled Diamond', then Jagadish Chandra Mathur said, 'Artist of the tradition of Bharat Muni'.
Bhojpuri's play 'Beti Bechwa', 'Ghabar Ghichor' is still popular today.
5- Bhojpuri's play 'Beti Bechwa', 'Gabor Ghichor' and 'Beti Viag' are still being staged in Bhojpuri zone. Through these plays and movies, Bhikhari Thakur has made tremendous contribution towards social reform
About 29 books writers
6. Bhikhari Thakur, despite being busy in many works, was also engaged in the formation of Bhojpuri literature. He wrote about 29 books, due to which he later became the conductor of Bhojpuri literature and culture.
Film Abroad
7- Hansi Hansi Panwa Kiyeole Beimanvaa that owns Ray Pratees
Kori Ray Chunariya dagiaa gaile, Mari ray karjavea prod!
The film, Abroad, gave Bhikari Thakur a great identity. These two lines of that film still resonate in the Bhojpuri zone like idiocy.
Inventor of the Bedesia style
8- Bihar has lost that genre dance style for which the beggar is recognized. The gentle dancer or inventor of the Bidasia style was Bhikari Thakur. Women's dressing clothes or men's dancing tradition, that is, the dancing dance is also now freely finished.
Title of Raibahadur
9- In the drama circle against which he continued to spread awareness through the drama circle, later the same British gave him the title of Raibahadur.
10- Bhikhari Thakur lived a very long life On July 10, 1971, at the age of 83, Bhakari Bhakari, the 'Shakespeare of Bhojpuri', said the goodbye to this world.
Bhimrao Panchale
From Wikipedia
Bhimrao Panchale
Born 30 March 1951 
Amravati, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Occupation Poet, lyricist, singer, composer
Years active 1972–present
Children 1

Bhimrao Panchale (Marathi: भीमराव पांचाळे; 30 March 1951) is a Marathi ghazal singer from the state of Maharashtra, India. He is known as Ghazal Nawaz (Prince of Ghazals) for his exposition of the ghazal and its adaptation to the Marathi language.


After completing 8 years of training Bhimrao performed Sugam Sangeet in different parts of Maharashtra. He later began singing Urdu ghazal. He also sang Marathi ghazal to large audiences by conducting various mehfil in Maharashtra.
Bhimrao Panchale performing

Bhimrao gave his first concert in Marathi ghazal in 1972.

He was closely linked with Ghazalkar Ilahi Jamadar.

In 2011, a felicitation concert was held in Mumbai, on the occasion of 60th birthday.

Panchale has been awarded "Ekata kala Gaurav Puraskar" on 16th Jan 2016.
Babbu Maan
Babbu Maan, the only Punjabi singer who sings his own lyrics in his own great music. Babbu Maan is widely famous for his distinctive music and lyrics, at present he is one of the great Punjabi singers who has given a new trend to Bhangra Music. His sad songs are incredibly touching and urbane with the synchronized Punjabi music, as that no one else could create. Now he is entrenched Punjabi pop singer, composer, lyricist, playback singer and actor as well.

Babbu Maan was born in village Khant Maanpur district Fatehgarh Sahib of Punjab on 18 March, 1975. He was the youngest child among two sisters Rupi and Jassi and the only son of Babu Singh Maan (Senior). Babbu Maan was very much fond of playing music since his childhood. He first sang on stage when he was seven years old, during a school function in his village Khant. He would see everything with the eyes of music as even to play with pans to create rhythmic sounds. He learned how to write lyrics, at college (Punjab University, Chandigarh) when he was about 16, and all those circumstances were taking him to be a super star. After that he started singing and composing music and so on. Throughout his school life, he never strayed from his first love, music. He sang for mavi music recording studio and recorded his first album when he was only 23.

Sukhwinder is his favorite singer and he love to listen Sukhwinder. This is also known that the Babbu Maan love the houses and walls made by clay and straw (Kucche Ghar).
Barsha Rani Bishaya
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Barsha Rani Bishaya
Barsha dancing during a function in Mumbai
Born 20 September 1982
Nationality Indian

Folk dancer
Spouse(s) Abhinash Saikia (m. Unknown — his death 2016)
Bhaskar Boruah (m. 2021) 

Ashok Kumar Bishaya (father)
Happy Moni Bishaya (mother)
Relatives Ankur Bishaya (Brother)

Barsha Rani Bishaya (born on 20th September 1982) is an Indian actress who works in Assamese cinema. Bishaya is also part of Mobile theatre groups of Assam. Apart from acting, she is also a Bihu dancer in Assam. She has also acted in many popular vcd films, hosted tv shows and also acted in television series and telefilms.
Bismillah Khan

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Bismillah Khan
Khan in concert (1964)
Background information
Birth name Qamruddin Khan
Born 21 March 1916
Died 21 August 2006 (aged 90)
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Shehnai

Members Afaq Haider, Savita Anand

Past members Zamin Hussain Khan

Ustad Bismillah Khan (Born Qamaruddin Khan, 21 March 1916 – 21 August 2006), often referred to by the title Ustad, was an Indian musician credited with popularizing the shehnai, a subcontinental wind instrument of the oboe class. While the shehnai had long held importance as a folk instrument played primarily [schooled] in traditional ceremonies, Khan is credited with elevating its status and bringing it to the concert stage.

He was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001, becoming the third classical musician after M. S. Subbalakshmi and Ravi Shankar to be awarded Bharat Ratna.

Notable Works

The Notable Works of Ustad Bismillah Khan are Immortal Series, Which are played every year in the Burima Puja of Krishnagar.

Personal life

Bismillah Khan was born on 21 March 1916 into a family of traditional Muslim musicians in Dumraon, in what is now the eastern Indian state of Bihar, as the second son of Paigambar Bux Khan and Mitthan. His father was a court musician employed in the court of Maharaja Keshav Prasad Singh of Dumraon Estate in Bihar. His grandfather Ustad Salar Hussain Khan and grandfather Rasool Bux Khan were also musicians in the Dumraon palace. He was named Qamruddin at birth, to rhyme with his elder brother's name Shamsuddin. Upon seeing the new born, his grandfather Rasool Baksh Khan, also a shehnai player, is said to have exclaimed "Bismillah", or "In the name of Allah", and thereafter he came to be known by this name.

At the age of six, he moved to Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, to be apprenticed to his maternal uncle, Ali Bux 'Vilayatu' Khan, a shehnai player attached to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. At the age of 14 Bismillah accompanied his uncle to the Allahabad music conference.

In 1932, at the age of 16, he entered into an arranged marriage with a cousin.

Popular culture

Khan had a brief association with movies. He played the shehnai for super star Rajkumar's role of Appanna in the Vikram Srinivas's Kannada movie Sanaadi Appanna which became a blockbuster. He acted in Jalsaghar, a movie by Satyajit Ray and provided sound of shehnai in 'Vijay Bhatt's Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959). Noted director Goutam Ghose directed Sange Meel Se Mulaqat, a documentary about the life of Khan.


Khan attributed his skill to the blessings of Lord Vishwanath, and believed that there was little that he could teach his disciples. Khan seldom accepted students. He thought that if he would be able to share his knowledge it wouldn't be useful as it would only give his students a little knowledge. Some of his disciples and followers include S. Ballesh and Krishna Ballesh as well as Khan's own sons, Nazim Hussain and Nayyar Hussain.

Death of Bismillah Khan

On 17 August 2006, Bismillah Khan's health deteriorated and he was admitted to the Heritage Hospital, Varanasi for treatment. Khan's last wish – to perform at India Gate, could not be fulfilled. He wanted to pay tributes to the martyrs. He waited in vain till his last rites. He died after four days on 21 August 2006 because of a cardiac arrest. He is survived by five daughters, three sons and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his adopted daughter Soma Ghosh (a Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet exponent).

The Government of India declared a day of national mourning on his death. His body along with a Shehnai was buried at Fatemaan burial ground of old Varanasi under a neem tree with a 21-gun salute from the Indian Army.


Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan calls on the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on 30 September 2004

Khan on a 2008 stamp of India

Street in Hyderabad, Telangana, named after Bismallah Khan which was inaugurated by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and K Viswanath on 7 April 2013.

Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, instituted the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2007, in his honour. It is given to young artists in the field of music, theatre and dance.

Bismillah Khan was commemorated on his 102nd birth anniversary by Search Engine Google which showed a special doodle on its Indian home page for him on 21 March 2018.

The Government of Bihar has proposed setting up of a museum, a town hall-cum-library and installation of a life-size statue at his birthplace in Dumraon.

In the film, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Clapton cites Bismillah Khan as an influence and how he tried to use his guitar to imitate the music of Khan's woodwind instrument.
Awards and recognitions


Bharat Ratna (2001)
Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi (1994)
Tahar Mausique from Republic of Iran (1992)
Padma Shri (1961)
Tansen Award by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
Three medals in All India Music Conference, Calcutta (1937)


Bismillah Khan had honorary doctorates from:

Others include

Was invited by then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to play shehnai on the first Independence Day (15 August 1947) in Delhi's Red Fort.
Participated in World Exposition in Montreal
Participated in Cannes Art Festival
Participated in Osaka Trade Fair
India Post issued commemorative postage stamps of ₹5.00 denomination on 21 August 2008
On his 102nd birthday, Google honored Bismillah Khan with a Google doodle.

Selective discography

Sanaadi Appanna – Played shehnai for Rajkumar's role in the movie.
Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959) – shehnai recitals throughout the movie for Rajendra Kumar's role.
Maestro's Choice (February 1994)
Megh Malhar, Vol. 4 (the other piece in the album is by Kishori Amonkar) (September 1994)
Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (September 2000)
Live in London, Vol. 2 (September 2000)Contributing artist

Bela Shende

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBela Shende

Background information
Born 4 January 1982
Origin PuneMaharashtraIndia
Occupation(s) Singer

Bela Shende is an Indian playback singer. She performed several songs in Bollywood and regional films. "Mann Mohana" from the film Jodhaa Akbar, "Su Che" from the film What's Your Raashee?, "Wajle Ki Baara" and "Apsara Aali" from Natarang are some of her famous songs. In 2014 she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Khurkhura" from the Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha.

Shende started her career with the music album "Kaisa Yeh Jadoo" which was well received by the masses and was critically acclaimed. Her career in Bollywood started with the film Tera Mera Saath Rahen where she voiced for a brief part. She again got a big break in the 2005 submission for Academy AwardPaheli, where she voiced Rani Mukerji. In 2008 she crooned a bhajan in the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial Jodhaa Akbar for an A. R. Rahman composition and got an IIFA Award for Best Female Playback nomination for the song.

She then crooned hits in Marathi, her mother tongue, and received several awards and nominations for her excellence. Her renditions of lavnis "Apsara Aali" and "Vajle Ki Baara" from the Marathi film Natarang were well received. She became the sole voice of Kangana Ranaut in the 2013 musical Rajjo. Bela is credited as a talented vocalist and has established a career in the Marathi film industry. Besides Hindi, she has also sung in MarathiUrduTamilTelugu and Malayalam.

Early life and career

Bela Shende was born to Dr. Sanjeev Shende and Mrs Medha Shende. Her Grandmother, Smt. Kusum Shende, is a classical vocalist from the Kirana Gharana. Her sister Sawani Shende is a classical vocalist as well. Bela Shende won the Zee Saregama reality TV singing contest at the age of 16. Bela Shende has had her father and Grandmother as her Gurus. She is a graduate in commerce.

Bela has lent her voice for various music directors most notably IlayarajaA. R. RahmanShankar-Ehsaan-LoyAjay-AtulYuvan shankar rajaLalit PanditM. M. Kreem and Sohail Sen. She went on to receive the prestigious National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, for rendering the song "Khurkhura", in the year 2014 at the 61st National Film Awards.

Bela's rendition of lavnis in the film Natarang won her widespread critical acclaim. Her renditions of "Apsara Aali" and "Vajle ki Bara" became cult songs over time. Initially she lent her voice to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the epic historical drama Jodhaa Akbar, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. She then went ahead to lend her voice for Priyanka Chopra in the film What's Your Rashee?, another Ashutosh Gowariker directorial.

In 2013 she became the sole voice of Kangana Ranaut in the musical drama Rajjo. The same year she crooned Khurkhura for the film Tuhya Dharma Koncha which earned her the prestigious National Award. Bela Shende next crooned for A. R. Rahman in the Tamil film Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014 film), its Malayalam version Pradhinayagan and Telugu Version Premaalayam for three versions of two different songs respectively.

In 2016, she crooned the title song for the film Mohenjo Daro along with Arijit Singh, A.R. Rahman and Sanah Moidutty. The song was composed by A.R. Rahman with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar.

She sang the song "Marathi Breathless" from the album Kanherichi Phule which was composed and directed by Tejas Chavan. The album won the award for best music album at Chitra Padarpan Puraskar.


YearFilmSong(s)Music director(s)LanguageCo-singer(s)2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen "Dum dum diga diga" Anand Raj Anand Hindi Atul Kale
Ehsaas: The Feeling "Tumse milkar hua hai Ehsaas" Hindi K.K
2005 Paheli • "Kangna Re"
• "Khali Hai Tere Bina"
• "Minnat Kare" M.M. Kreem Hindi • Shreya GhoshalMadhushree, Kalapini Komakali, Sonu Nigam
• Shreya Ghosal, Madhushree
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Mann Mohana A. R. Rahman Hindi Solo
Vaalmiki "Kooda Varuviya" Ilayaraja Tamil Solo
Silambattam "Machaan Machaan" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Ilayaraja
Aegan "Odum Varayil" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil KK
2009 What's Your Raashee? • "Su Chhe"
• "Koi Jaane na" Sohail Sen Hindi Rajab Ali Bharti
Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum "Chinnan Sirusu" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Javed Ali
2010 Natrang • "Wajle Ki Bara"
• "Kashi Mi Jau Mathurechya Bajari"
• "Apsara Aali" Ajay-Atul Marathi • Solo
• Ajay-Atul
We Are Family "Sun Le Dua Yeh Aasmaan" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Hindi Solo
Mirch Mann Bhi Hai Monty Sharma Hindi Solo
Kanimozhi • Muzhumadhi
• Yaaro Ival Ival Yaaro Satish Chakravarthy Tamil Parthiv Gohil, Mukesh
Kacheri Arambam Azhagu Azhagu D. Imman Tamil Solo
2011 Balgandharva Aaj Mhare Ghar Pawana Kaushal Inamdar Marathi Solo
Pathinaaru "Adada En Meethu" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Hariharan
2012 Neethaane En Ponvasantham "Vaanam Mella" Ilaiyaraja Tamil Ilaiyaraaja
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu "Laayi Laayi" Ilaiyaraja Telugu Ilaiyaraaja
Love Recipe "Kare Kya Hum" Sameer Phaterpekar Hindi Shaan
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal "Ishq ki dafli baaje re" Sajid-Wajid Hindi Babul Supriyo, Sugandha Mishra
Marathi Breathless - 9X Jhakaas "Marathi Breathless" Tejas Chavan Marathi Dr. Amol Kolhe
2013 Premachi Goshta • Olya Sanjveli
• Haravato Sukhacha Avinash-Vishwajeet Marathi • Swapnil Bandodkar
Udhayam NH4 "Maalai pon maalai" G. V. Prakash Kumar Tamil SPB.Charan
Besharam "Tu Hai(Unplugged)" Lalit Pandit Hindi Sonu Nigam
Tuhya Dharma Koncha Khurkhura Dattaprasad Ranade Marathi solo
Rajjo • julmi re julmi
• kaise milun main piya
• kaleja hai haazir
• mere ghoongru Uttam Singh Hindi • solo
• solo
• Javed Ali
Lagna Pahave Karun • Reshami Bandhane
• Jaanta Ajaanta
• Tu Shwaas Sare Ajay Naik Marathi • Solo
• Shaan
Mangalashtak Once More "Sar Sukhachi Shravani" Nilesh Moharir Marathi Abhijeet Sawant
2014 Kaaviya Thalaivan "Alli Arjuna : Priya Sakhiye" A. R. Rahman Tamil Haricharan
Pradhinayagan "Aarumilla" A. R. Rahman Malayalam (Dubbed version) Srinivas
Premaalayam Chalunaya A.R. Rahman Telugu (Dubbed version)
Ishq Wala Love Jeev Guntala Sagar-Madhur Marathi Swapnil Bandodkar
I Tum Todo Na A. R. Rahman Hindi (Dubbed version) Ash King
2015 Baji "Masoli" Atif Afzal Marathi solo
2015 Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 • "Saath De Tu Mala"
• "Band Baja"
• "Saad Hi Preetichi" Avinash-Vishwajeet Marathi • Hrishikesh Ranade
• Hrishikesh RanadeSuresh Wadkar, Anandi Joshi
• Swapnil Bandodkar
2016 Mohenjo Daro "Mohenjo Mohenjo" A.R. Rahman Hindi Arijit Singh, A.R. Rahman, Sanah Moidutty
2019 Mogra Phulaalaa "Maarva" Rohit Shyam Raut Marathi Solo
Triple Seat "Roj Wate" Avinash Vishwajeet Marathi Solo
2020 99 Songs "Sai Shirdi Sai" A.R. Rahman Hindi Solo
"O Mera Chand"
99 Songs "Sai Shirdi Sai" Telugu
99 Songs "Sai Shirdi Sai" Tamil

Television Serial Title Songs


Sa re ga ma pa
Jodi Jamli Re
Daiva Janile Kuni
Ha Khel Savalyancha
Ek Zoka
Ayushachya Walanavar
Abhas Ha
Swapnachya Palikadle

Choti Bahu
Kyun Utthe Dil Chhod Aaye


‘Hridayamadhle Gaane’ Marathi songs album released by Fountain music.
Sang in Shri Taufiq Quereshi’s fusion album named ‘Taa Dhaa’.
‘Sapney’ Hindi songs album released by Zee Music.
‘Kaisa Yeh Jadoo’ Hindi songs album released by Magnasound (Audio & Video).
‘Mazya Manaa’, Marathi songs album released by Fountain Music. ‘Doorchya Raanat’, Marathi songs Album on the songs written by N. D. Mahanor, released by Sony Music.
‘Pandharicha Swami’ Marathi Abhang album released by fountain music..
‘Motiyancha chur’ a Marathi songs album released by TimesMusic.
’Sahaj Tuzi Gaath Pade’ Marathi album which includes 8 songs written by the greatest Marathi poet Ga. Di.Madgulkar released by Uttam Pushpa.
‘Son Chapha’Marathi songs album released by Fountain music.
‘Man Mor ’ Marathi songs album released by Fountain Music.
‘Pahila Vahila Prem’ Marathi album released by Fountain music.
‘Gandha Halke Halke’ Marathi songs album released by Fountain music.
‘Arpan’ Marathi songs album comprising eight songs which she composed and one written by her Father and Guru Dr. Sanjeev Shende.
Has sung for many commercial jingles and devotional albums like Gayatri Mantra, He Ram, etc.


Best Female Playback Singer – National Film Awards 2014 – Tuhya Dharma Koncha ("Khurkhura") Marathi.
Female Vocalist of the year Mirchi Music Awards 2009 for the song "Mann Mohana" from "Jodhaa Akbar".
Mirchi Music Award 2014 (marathi) for best playback singer for the song "olyaa saanjweli" from the film premachi goshta
Mirchi Music Award 2014 (marathi) for the song of the year " olyaa saanjaweli" from the film premachi goshta.
Marathi mirchi music awards 2014 - Best playback singer for song bavare prem he from the film bavare prem he, Listeners choice award for film Timepass.
Mirchi Music Award 2014 (marathi) for best film album of the year "mangalashtak once more"
Best Playback Singer Female- Bela Shende – Zee Gaurav Award 2010– Wajle Ki Bara
Best Playback Singer Female- Bela Shende – BIG FM awards 2010 – Apsara Aali
Best Playback Singer Female- Bela Shende – V Shantaram awards 2010 – Kashi Mi Jau Mathurechya Bajari
Winner of the TVS Sa Re Ga Ma Mega Final – 1998
RAPA National Award – "Best playback singer" for ZHALE MOKALE AKASH
Raja Mantri Smruti Puraskar at the hands of Vijay Tendulkar
IMI ZEE Sangeet Award for the Debut Singer for 1999–2000 for the album 'KAISA YEH JADOO' at the hands of Bhupen Hazarika and Ravindra Jain.
Pune Ki Asha award
Suheel Sneha Award at the hands of the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sushilkumar Shinde
"Ga Di Ma Award" by Ga Di Ma Pratishthan
"Vidya Pradnya Puraskar"
Chitradrushti award 2015 for best playback singer for the song ratra kali from the film 7 roshan villa.
IMA(Indian Music academy) Award for outstanding contribution in playback singing for consecutive 5 years.
Pu.La Tarunaai puraskar (in the name of late Shri Pu.La Deshpande) for outstanding contribution in music.
Zee Gaurav Nomination 2014 for best playback singer for the song "reshami bandhane" from the film Lagna Pahave Karun
MA.TA.sanmaan nomination (maharashtra time nomination) 2014 for best playback singer for the song olyaa saanjaweli from the film premachi goshta.
Maharashtrachi fav gaayika 2011 for -song -aaj mhare ghar paavna from balgandharva
Maharashtrachi favorite gaayika 2011 for the song 'aaj mhare ghar paavna' from the film Balgandharva.
MIFTA 2011 LONDON - Best Playback Singer for the Song "AAJ MHARE GHAR PAVANA", Film - BALGANDHARVA
Nominated for State Award 2011 – best playback singer of the year 2011 for the film "Dhusar (Marathi)", song "Daatalele Dhuke…"
Kaladarpan Puraskar 2011 for best playback singer for the Marathi film "Debu"
MIFTA AWARDS(Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards) Dubai 2010- Best Playback Singer for WAJLE KI BARA from the film Natarang.
Nominated for the song Mann Mohana In All Prestigious Award Functions like the "I I F A Award", Stardust Award etc.
MAHARASHTRA RAAJYA SHAASAN AWARD (STATE AWARD) for best playback singer of the year- NATRANG.
V. Shantaraam Award 2010 for the song (Kasha Me Jau Mathurachya Bazari) from the film Natrang.
Big FM Award 2010
Sahyadri Cine Award
RAPA NATIONAL AWARD for the Best Playback Singer for the Marathi serial on ZEE TV, Zale Mokale Aakash.
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Native name : சேரன்
Born :Cheran, 12 December 1970
Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Occupation : film director, film producer, actor

Years active : 1997–present

Parent(s) : Pandian, Kamala



Cheran is an Indian film director known for his works in Tamil cinema. He is a four time National Film Award winner for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004) and Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005). He won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and five South Filmfare Awards

Early life

Cheran was born in Kolinjipatty near Madurai. His father Pandian was a Projector Operator in Vellalur touring theatre. His mother Kamala was a primary school teacher. He has two sisters. His childhood dreams were all about the celluloid world. During his school days he acted in dramas.


He came to Chennai to pursue his career in films. Initially he started career as a Production manager in some movies. In the film Puriyaadha Pudhir, he worked as an assistant director to Director K. S. Ravikumar. He was promoted as an associate director from Cheran Pandiyan to Nattamai. He also associated with Kamal Haasan in the movie Mahanadi as an associate director. He made his directorial debut in Bharathi Kannamma a break to his film career through Producer Henry. The film met many controversies. In spite of it, the film was a big box office hit and gave a break to the sinking career of actor Parthiban. With Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu, he gave a hat trick of successful films. He turned actor in director Thangar Bachan's film Solla Marandha Kadhai.

Cheran first began work on a film titled Autograph in 2001, with actor Vikram revealing he had signed on to portray the lead role in the project; though, he later opted out as a result of scheduling problems. Then in early 2002, Cheran announced that he was going to make a film titled Pokkisham and Kanika would star alongside him. However he failed to find a financier and instead moved back to making Autograph. Cheran said that the film was partly autobiographical. Four different cinematographers worked on the film; Ravi Varman had shot the school episode in Senthil’s early life with a 35 mm lens, Vijay Milton shot the Kerala scenes, Dwaraknath shot the Chennai episode with a steady cam and Shanky Mahendran shot the "'live' part" of the film when the camera uses the point of view of Senthil's character.

2004 he produced and directed the film Autograph besides enacting the lead role in it. The film was screened four times at the Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, an honour which he shares with Kamal Haasan and Maniratnam. With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.

Cheran then prepared to work on Pokkisham in 2004, after the release of Autograph but postponed the film after falling out with the new lead actress Meera Jasmine. He re-started work on the film in December 2005, after completing Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), and approached Sandhya to play the lead role.

Social activities

Cheran turned publisher with the Tamil novel Porum Valiyum (War & Pain). The novel is an emotional account of a war-torn Sri Lanka. The author Savitri Advithanandhan account was so touching that he decided that the book should reach all people. And as a first step, he launched the publishing house Cheran Noolagam.


During an audio launch event of Tamil film, Cheran has said 'I feel ashamed that I fought for Sri Lankan Tamils'. His speech was accusing Sri Lankan Tamils for making unauthorized copies of Tamil films. It raised criticism against him. Later, he said he did not mention all Sri Lankan Tamils. However, Sri Lankan Tamils responded that he should not have connected the copyright infringement issue with their revolution and requested not to connect revolution with business, otherwise he should have said that 'I feel ashamed that I fought for some or particular Sri Lankan Tamils'
Chandidas Mal
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Chandidas Mal (born October 7, 1929) is an Indian musician perhaps best known for his rendition of Puratani Bangla Gaan (Bengali Sons of Olden times), TappaShyamasangeet (Devotional Songs for Goddess Kali) and Agamani (Devotional Songs for Goddess Durga)

Mal was born in Bally. He was the eldest among four children of Narayan Chandra Mal and Ushangini Mal. He started his music lessons at the age of 3 from his father, at the age of 6 his musical talent was recognized when he got 1st Prize in a conference at All Bengal Music Association. He took his Music lessons from a number of eminent Musicians namely Kishori Mohan Sinha (Khyal), Ramchandra Guha (KhyalThumri), Krishna Chandra Dey (DrupadDhamar), Gyan Prakash Ghosh (Bhajan), Shailaja Ranjan Majumdar (Rabindasangeet), Durga Sen (Geet, Ghazal), and Legendary Tappa Singer Kalipada Pathak.

He has been a regular in All India Radio since 1944. He is a regular in Doordarshan and other TV Channels as well. His records have come in HMV and Other Music Companies. He also did playback singing in some movies. He has also performed at various concerts.

He has been Associated with many institutions including Rabindra Bharati UniversityVisva Bharati UniversityBengal Music College, etc. He has been instrumental in promoting Tappa and Puratani in post graduate syllabus. His style of singing (Gayaki) is very original. West Bengal State Sangeet Academy recorded 100 Tappa & Puratanl Bengali Songs In his voice for their archives In order to restore the golden glimpses of his original style and keep the originality of Tappa & Puratanl Bengali Songs and make them Public. West Bengal State Academy of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts felicitated with Academy award for his outstanding contribution. He also received “Vibhakar” award from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad.

His Notable Disciples Include Ajoy Chakrabarty (Hindustani Classical Vocalist), Dr. Utpala Goswami (Ex-Dean Rabindra Bharati University), Buddhadeb Guha[8] (Author), Debasri Mitra (US Based Singer), etc.

He is married to Namita (sister of sculptor Sarbari Roy Chowdhury) and has a son Debajyoti
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Chinmayi Sripada
Sripada at Behindwoods Gold Medals in 2018
Chinmayi Sripada
10 September 1984 
Other names

Indai Haza

Voice Actor
Years active 2002–present (as singer)
2005–present (as dubbing artist)
Spouse(s) Rahul Ravindran

Filmfare Awards Marathi
The Times Film Awards
Musical career

Instruments Vocals

WorldWide Records
Nadham Music Media
Sruthilaya Audio Recording Co

Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee and Indai Haza. She rose to fame for her critically acclaimed song "Oru Deivam Thantha Poovae" from the National Award winning movie Kannathil Muthamittal.

Early life and background

Chinmayi received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent for Carnatic Music from the Government of India at the age of 10. She won the gold medal from All India Radio for Ghazals in 2000 and the Silver for Hindustani Classical Music in 2002. She learned German as a language in the Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai and completed certification courses from NIIT and SSI in web design. During her school life, she held jobs with both Sify and studentconcepts.org.

Chinmayi has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Madras. She is also a versatile dancer and mostly enjoys the Odissi form of dance. Apart from her mother tongue Tamil, she speaks TeluguMalayalam , EnglishMarathiBengali and German fluently.

Chinmayi has been married to Rahul Ravindran, since May 5, 2014.

Sripada in 2008

Playback singing

She participated and won the singing of Sun TV, Saptasawarangal, following which she was introduced by Singer Srinivas to film composer Mr. A. R. Rahman. Chinmayi's playback singing career began with her performance of Rahman's "Oru Dheivam Thanta Poove" for the film Kannathil Muthamittal. After a couple of years of singing exclusively for Tamil, Telugu, Tulu and Malayalam films, she made her Bollywood debut in Mangal Pandey: The Rising with the song "Holi Re". About a year later, she garnered more recognition with her performances of "Tere Bina" and "Mayya" in the movie Guru. In 2007, the song "Beda Beda" marked her first venture into Kannada playback singing. She has since received critical acclaim for songs such as "Oru Dheivam Thantha Poove", "Sahana", "Vaarayo Vaarayo", "Kilimanjaro", "Sara Sara", "Asku Laska" and "Kaathale Kaathale". She has also sung in Marathi language in movies such as "sairat". Chinmayi as of date has to her credit over 1,000 songs in eight different languages.

Additional works

Chinmayi announced that she will release a single in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu in iTunes on occasion of Joy of Giving Week on 2 Oct, and proceeds of which shall go to 17000 ft.org so as to promote philanthropy, charity and the concept of giving.

She also collaborated with Shekar Ravjiani to launch a single in Tamil/Telugu the name of the album being Sitakokachiluka, again for which the legal downloads of it will go to Ma Niketan, a home that takes care of abandoned or uncared for girl children in Thane, a charity that composer Shekhar has been supporting.

Dubbing career

Chinmayi turned a voice actor for the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), speaking dubbing for actress Bhumika Chawla. Since then, she has dubbed for several lead actresses in Tamil films, including Tamannaah BhatiaSameera ReddySamantha Ruth Prabhu and Trisha Krishnan. She has also provided her voice in dubbed Telugu films. She dubbed for the critically acclaimed fictional character Jessie who was portrayed by Trisha in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. The same character appeared in the film's Telugu version Ye Maaya Chesave and was portrayed by Samantha, while being portrayed by Amy Jackson in the Hindi version Ek Deewana Tha. Chinmayi dubbed for the character in all three films and won the Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for Ye Maaya Chesave in 2010. Chinmayi dubbed in Vettai for Sameera Reddy and has dubbed for her in all Tamil movies. She dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in Eega in Telugu and its Tamil version Naan Ee in 2012. She dubbed voice for Nayantara for Tamil version of the movie Sri Rama Rajyam. Chinmayi has dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in many films like "Rabhasa", "Atharintiki Daaredi", "Ramayya Vastavayya", "Eega", "Sithamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu", "24", Oh Baby and many more in Telugu.

Television and radio

Chinmayi served as a television presenter during the first season of Airtel Super Singer on STAR Vijay that was aired between April and August 2006 and the first season of Airtel Super Singer Junior from February 2007 to July 2007. In 2008, she returned as host of the second season of Airtel Super Singer, though she discontinued her role before the completion of the season, as she stated the show extended the period of the initial contract. During this time, she was also a radio jockey on Aahaa FM 91.9 in Chennai, on a breakfast show titled Aahaa Kaapi Klub. She later began compering Star Plus's Chhote Ustaad, which ran concurrently with another music talent show she started hosting in June, the debut season of Sun TV's Sangeetha Mahayuddham. On 15 August 2010, Chinmayi announced that that day's Chhote Ustaad would be her last as host, leaving the show after only eight episodes. Now she is in the judges panel of Jaya star singers in Jaya tv.

Personal life

Chinmayi is the granddaughter of Dr. Sripada Pinakapani. In September 2013, through Twitter, Chinmayi's mother Padmhasini revealed Chinmayi was engaged to Rahul Ravindran, who is also a South Indian actor. Chinmayi and Rahul were friends, colleagues and in due course started dating each other by June 2013. They got married on 5 May 2014.


Through her Twitter account, Chinmayi has been at the forefront of highlighting claims of sexual harassment in the Indian music industry, in what is widely considered as India's Me Too movement. She accused sexual harassment at the hands of Vairamuthu She also highlighted claims made by other individuals against OS ThyagarajanRaghu DixitMandolin U RajeshKarthik and several other carnatic singers not naming anyone individually. Chinmayi tweeted allegations made by an woman against the Tamil Nadu Brahmins Association (TAMBRAS) president N Narayanan as part of the movement.


Chinmayi is the CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company she founded in August 2005. The company has ever since been the language service provider for various Multinational companies like Scope E Knowledge, Ford, Dell, Ashok Leyland, Reliance India. She received an award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence in a niche industry for Blue Elephant in 2010. In 2011, she became the first ever woman entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the prestigious FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership Program
Charulatha Mani
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Charulatha Mani
Charulatha Mani
Background information
Born 21 January 1981
Origin MadrasTamil NaduIndia
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1999-present
Labels Giri Trading agency Pvt Ltd, Saregama, Moser Baer, Rajalakshmi Audio, Raaga.com, Sun Pictures, Carnatica etc.

Charulatha Mani (born 21 January 1981) is an Indian-born Australian Carnatic and playback singer. She has been performing Carnatic concerts since 1999. She has also sung for movies. Charulatha has appeared in numerous TV shows and radio programmes, in India, and overseas. She has recorded many, CD and DVD albums. Her Isai Payanam TV show, aired on Jaya TV, deals with Ragas in Carnatic and film music and has completed more than 80 episodes. She recently received her PhD from the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, on Hybridising carnatic Music and Early Opera. Charu's music is known for its impeccable adherence to the Karnatik principles. It is also known for being courageous and out there. It is this ongoing interplay, of newness and the vintage, that has become the hallmark of her unique performance philosophy and signature style. This interesting interweave derives from her strong belief that Karnatik music must embrace innovation, inclusivity and diversity in contemporary society.


Charulatha Mani is a leading Carnatic music vocalist and has a huge fan following in India and abroad. Gifted with a rich, melodious voice, and amazing creativity she has a vast repertoire of compositions of various genres, and this has made her one of the most popular and renowned artistes of today. She initially trained under her mother Smt Hemalatha Mani, Veena artiste, and later trained under vidwans Sandhyavananam Srinivasa Rao, and Calcutta K. S. Krishnamurthy. She regularly performs all over the globe, and has won several prestigious awards including the Yuva Kala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar, the Isai Kurasil from New Delhi and M S Subbulakshmi Endowment Award from Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, Best Ragam Tanam Pallavi award from Krishna Gana Sabha. She is also an engineer by education. She holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University-Chennai. She gave up a promising career in engineering to pursue her passion in music.

Her Isai Payanam programmes have made her a crowd-puller and the way she instantly connects with her audience and feels their pulse have made her Isai Payanam home videos a must in every music lover's home. In Isai Payanam she presents ragas in Classical and Film music with examples from Classical and Film genres exuding the melodic feel and the raga's innate beauty. Her raga segment presentations for Jaya TV started off the Isai Payanam trend which she later carried over to live performances. She holds a master's degree in music from the University of Madras. Charulatha Mani is also a prominent Cine Playback singer with several super-hits in many south Indian languages to her credit.

Her super-hits include:[citation needed]
"Kaakka Kaakka" from "Naan Avan Illai"(2008)
"En Uchi Mandaila" from Vijay's Vettaikaran (Vijay Antony -2009)
"Chillax" from Vijay's Velayudham (Vijay Antony-2011)
"Theeye Theeye" from Suriya's Maattrraan (Harris Jayaraj-2012)

She also writes the column "A Raga's journey" for The Hindu newspaper which is widely read and appreciated.

Carnatic music

Charulatha Mani has performed in all major sabhas in Chennai and all over India. She has toured London, Canada, Australia, Singapore, the United States, Sri Lanka, and Europe.

She has been awarded the 'Woman Achievers Award' (2009) M.S. Subbulakshmi Endowment Award from Narada Gana Sabha (2008), Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar in 2005, and Best Young Vocalist awards from Narada Gana Sabha (2003), Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (2003), SAFE (2002), and Ragam Tanam Pallavi Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2002). Charulatha is the recipient of Scholarships from the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu for performing and advanced learning of music.

Charulatha's music is frequently featured in radio broadcasts and television appearances. She is currently presenting Isai Cafe on Raj TV, and Isai Payanam on Jaya TV, which presents ragas in Carnatic and Film music.

Playback singing

Charulatha also pursues a career in Playback singing for films. Charulatha's film credits include MaattrraanVelayutham, Oru Koodai Mutham, Veluthu Kattu, Vettaikkaaran, Aaravadhu vanam, Naan AvanillaiBudhivanta, Thanthiran, Kaadalan Kaadali, Nandha, and Thirumannam Ennum Nikkah and 'Thandhaay' from Nadigaiyar Thilagam.


2018 - Thanthai in Nadigaiyar Thilagam and Sada Nannu in Mahanati, music director: Mickey J Meyer, Produced by Aswani Dutt, Priyanka Dutt and Swapna Dutt
2013 - Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah, music director: M Ghibran, produced by Aascar Ravichandran
2013 - Chennai Express, music director: Vishal–Shekhar, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment
2012 - Chikki Mukki, music director: Gowtham, produced by Senthil Kumar
2012 - Maattrraan, music director: Harris Jayaraj, produced by AGS Entertainment
2012 - Thalattu Padalgal - Lullabies (Audio CD), Super Audio
2011 - Velayutham, music director: Vijay Antony, produced by Aascar Films
2011 - Ayudha Porattam, music director: Nandhan Raj, produced by Jai Balaji Movie Makers
2011 - Pasakara Nanbargal, music director: Dhina, produced by G.M Balaji
2011 - Suttum Vizhi Sudare, music director: Aravind Sriram, produced by Hemalatha T., New Music
2010 - Oru Koodai Mutham, music director: Shanthan, produced by Nalla Charan Reddy, Junglee Music
2010 - Veluthu Kattu, music director: Bharani, produced by S.A. Chandrasekaran
2010 - Sankirtanam - Popular Telugu Kritis (Audio CD), Rhythm Audio
2010 - Isai Payanam - Live in UK (MP3 CD), Rhythm Audio
2009 - Vettaikkaaran, music director: Vijay Antony, produced by Sun Pictures
2009 - Aaravadhu Vanam, music director: Haribabu, produced by Mpg Films International
2009 - Kaadalan Kaadali, music director: Nandhan Raj, produced by Jai Balaji Moviemakers
2009 - Thanthiran, music director: V.Thasi, produced by Vijayalakshmi Ramamoorthi
2008 - Budhivanta, music director: Vijay Antony, produced by SV Rajendra Singh Babu
2008 - Manodharma (Audio CD), Saregama
2008 - Mooladhara Murthy - Tamil Kritis (DVD), Moser Baer
2007 - Naan Avanillai, music director: Vijay Antony, produced by Japak Package Ltd.
2007-2009 - Isai Payanam - A Musical Journey with Charulatha Mani (DVD, Volumes 1–10), Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd
2006 - Hiranmayim - Songs on Devi (Audio CD), Kosmic Music
2005 - Ganadarshini (VCD), Carnatica
2005 - Madrasil Margazhi (Audio CD), Rajalakshmi Audio
2004 - Nostalgia - Golden Classics of Yesteryears (VCD), Maximum Media
2004 - Melakartha Ragas - Listen & Learn (Audio CD), Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd
2004 - Bho Shambho - Songs on Lord Shiva (Audio CD), Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd
2003 - Thirupaavai - Star dot Star
2003 - Mangalyam - Marriage Songs (Audio CD), Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd
2002 - Krishnam Vande Jagatgurum - Songs on Lord Krishna (Audio CD), Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd
2001 - Nandha, music director: Yuvan Shankar Raja, produced by Aparajeeth Films
Chavara Parukutty Amma
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Chavara Parukutty Amma
Chavara Parukutty Amma demonstrating a Kathakali mudra, 2011.
Born 12 February 1943
Chekkatu Kizhakkethil, Kerala, India
Died 7 February 2019 (aged 75)
Chavara, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Occupation Kathakali dancer and teacher

Works Kacha Devayani
Parent(s) N. Shankaran Achary
Awards Kerala Kalamandalam Kalaratnam

Chavara Parukutty Amma (12 February 1943 – 7 February 2019) was an Indian artiste of the Kathakali dance drama. She was one of the few women exponents of this overwhelmingly male tradition. For her services to the art of Kerala, she was honoured with the Kerala Kalamandalam and the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi awards.


Chavara Parukutty Amma was born to Naniyamma and N. Shankaran Achary, a goldsmith, at Chekkatu Kizhakkethil in Kerala, the youngest of their three children. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Fatima Mata National College.

Trained as a classical dancer, she switched to Kathakali in her teenage years. Her first teacher was Muthupilakkadu Gopala Panikker.

Parukutty Amma had a daughter, Dhanya, who is also a dance artiste.

She died at Chavara near Kollam on 7 February 2019.


Parukutty Amma's debut performance was at the age of 14, at the Kottankulangara Devi Temple at Chavara. At the time, women were hesitant in taking up the genre. The field of Kathakali has traditionally been dominated by men, who would play both male and female roles. She took on female roles mainly, but has portrayed male roles as well.

In her youth, Kathakali was of interest mainly to women of upper castes, who took a dilettante's approach to it. As the daughter of a goldsmith, Parukutty had to struggle for admission to a local dance school, Leelamani Nrithakalalayam. She was relegated to minor roles, and even when she began to perform major parts in the dance drama, having joined the Poruvazhi Sreekrishnavilasm Kaliyogam, her name would barely appear in festival brochures.

Parukutty Amma was fortunate in obtaining admission to a Kathakali institute; without credentials from the academy, other women were severely disadvantaged. Even she faced unfortunate odds in her career, scarcely being able to make a living from it.

Parukutty Amma's debut was with the dance drama Poothanamoksham in 1958, in the role of Lalita, the benevolent manifestation of the demoness Poothana who was sent by Kamsa to kill the baby Krishna. She then began training herself in male roles under Poruvazhi Gopala Pillai, the first presentation being of Bhima in Kalyanasaugandhikam.

Mankulam Vishnu Namboothiri, a Kathakali doyen, saw her performance and undertook her further training in every female role in Kathakali. Her essaying of the role of Devayani was particularly lauded for her command of nuance and emotion, as Devayani first beholds Kacha. Indeed, she often played the male role of Kacha as well.

In 2003, Parukutty Amma opened Kerala Natya Dhara, a school for dance at Sankaramangalam.

Parukutty Amma received the Kerala Kalamandalam and the Mathrubhumi Grihalakshmi awards.

A film on her life and achievements, Chavara Parukutty: Kathakaliyile Sthree Parvam, was produced by P.R. Sreekumar.
Chittrovanu Mazumdar
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Chittrovanu Mazumdar
Born 13 October 1956 

Paris, France

Notable work "New Work"
"... and undated: Nightskin"
"And what is left unsaid ..."

Chittrovanu Mazumdar (born 13 October 1956) is a contemporary Indian artist of Bengali-Indian and French descent. Mazumdar has been described as a "conceptual artist" and a "post-structuralist" while some critics consider it difficult to classify his oeuvre into a single artistic tradition or even into any consistent genre of his own. Mazudmar has referred to himself as an "expressionist painter" but has also said he generally prefers not to use "a particular word to qualify" his work because it comprises different kinds of media and forms, and that art is more interesting when fully given over to the viewer's own experience rather than constrained by the prescriptive power of labels.

Born in Paris, Mazumder spent most of his childhood in Kolkata and in a remote area in rural Jharkhand. He received his initial art education from his father, the renowned Indian Modernist painter Nirode Mazumdar (1916 –1982) and later, at the Calcutta Government College of Art & Craft. He first rose to prominence as a painter in the 1980s and 1990s and transitioned to installation work in the mid to late 1990s. He has often collaborated with Seagull Publications to design books and with Kolkata-based theater groups to design performance spaces. As of January 2015, he lives and works primarily in Kolkata and is associated with the 1X1 Gallery in Dubai. Major exhibitions of his work have been presented in Dubai, Kolkata, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, Singapore and Salzburg, among other places. His paintings are housed in the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and in several private collections internationally.

Early life and education

Chittrovanu Mazumdar was born into a racially and culturally mixed family of artists and scholars. His mother Marguerite Mazumdar was French and his father, Nirode Mazumdar, a stalwart of 20th Century Indian Modern art and a founding member of the Calcutta Group, was Bengali Indian. Noted painter and art educator Shanu Lahiri and renowned Bengali novelist Kamal Kumar Majumdar were his paternal aunt and uncle, respectively.

Mazumdar was born in Paris, but spent the bulk of his childhood in Kolkata and in a tiny village in Jharkhand (then part of Bihar). He grew up in a trilingual household and read extensively in all three of his native languages (Bengali, French, and English). The eclectic nature of his cultural and intellectual heritage has significantly informed his work later in life. Poet and art critic Ranjit Hoskote has written that Mazumdar "has served his apprenticeship to the grand tradition of European painting; equally, he has addressed the ingeniously achieved modernism in Santiniketan as well as the Calcutta Group."

Until he was about 12 years old, when he attended the Patha Bhavan School in Kolkata, Mazumdar was sent to a village school held in a little bamboo hut because his "father thought it would be good for [him]". He later studied art at the Calcutta Government College of Art & Craft, graduating at the top of his class in 1981. Prior to attending art college, he was taught by his father, whom he also cites as a significant creative influence.


Mazumdar began his professional life as a painter. His first solo show was presented in Kolkata in 1985 at the Academy of Fine Arts by Seagull Foundation for the Arts, which went on to present a dozen solo exhibitions by him throughout India over the next decade and a half. In 1991 he became the third artist in history to be invited to present at the Durbar Hall at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. During this period, he also established his international reputation through major group exhibitions in Asia, Europe, the UAE and the United States. His first solo exhibit outside of India was presented in New York at the Bose Pacia Modern Gallery in 1997.

Since then, Mazumdar's work has been shown in twelve solo exhibitions and thirteen group exhibitions in India and abroad. In 2004, Seagull Foundation for the Arts presented his sprawling, multi-sensory installed environment New Work in an abandoned apartment building in a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood. In 2009, 1x1 Art Gallery of Dubai presented another ambitious project, the critically acclaimed undated: Nightskin. In 2012, Nightskin, which had been specifically tailored to its exhibit space, was adapted for and recreated in a space that comprised Mazudar's Kolkata studio at Ho Chi Minh Sarani and extended into the Harrington Street Arts Centre located on a floor above the studio in the same building (the new iteration of the work was titled ...and undated: Nightskin). In the summer of 2014, his expansive three month solo exhibit And what is left unsaid… was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (commonly known as "MACRO").
Chittrovanu Mazumdar's work

Form and style

Mazumdar's paintings are sometimes created on very large canvases and the visual elements are often constructed in layers, creating the effect of being visible and shrouded at the same time. Fragmented images, collaged text and pictures, mythical iconography, abstracted and literal figuration are all built on top of each other, crowding together, yet appearing to be on separate planes of “translucent and opaque paint.”

In the early to mid 1990s, although still largely focused on painting, Mazumdar was experimenting with different technologies and the use of three dimensional spaces. He collaborated on designing theater spaces, where he developed some of his technique and ideas for using sound, lighting, moving parts, digital media, and also the architectural elements, contours and traversable spaces of the exhibition venue itself.

Since the late 1990s, Mazumdar has worked mostly in multimedia installations. He has continued to produce a large number of discrete paintings, but these are usually incorporated into the larger entity of the exhibition as a whole. In some shows, he has taken groups of multiple paintings (displayed in a traditional gallery-space configuration) as well as the entire room containing the display, and turned these into components of the larger installation.

Mazumdar's installations employ a wide range of technologies and materials. He has used painted canvas and paper, poured industrial tar, mercury coated cups, aluminum reflectors, rubber, wood, wax, engine oil, brocaded textile, masonry, gold, iron, steel, motorized and mechanical devices, light bulbs, filtered light, video, CGI, soundtracks (including recognizable strands of music and recited poetry as well as human screams, traffic sounds, and jumbled noises), and massive freestanding structures such as metal towers with embedded digital content. In part because of the variety, Mazumdar's works have tended to defy categories. They are usually loosely characterized as installations or sculpted environments, but the artist himself refrains from attaching any single label to them. He says "there are paintings, sculptures, sound and light installations. Each piece tends to cross over to a new field, forcing the viewer to shift his/her position constantly."

Subjects and themes
Critical reception

Business Standard calls him "one of the foremost artists of his generation." Celebrated painter M. F. Hussain, who once described Mazumdar as one of India's "most dynamic younger artists," later said of his work "underlying his many shifts in medium, form and style over the years is a sensual intensity that reaches past the clever and the quick to probe deep layers of the human experience in all its tragi-comic universality - archetype, myth, memory, desire, betrayal, longing, ecstasy, pain."

Poet and art critic Ranjit Hoskote says Mazumdar's work inspires "a visual and conceptual excitement – a heightened, even epiphanic extension of the senses… now rarely felt in exhibitions of contemporary art. In sacrificing conceptual depth for surface flamboyance, in confusing truism with idea, in mistaking fashion for formal progress, many younger Indian artists have lost their way in a labyrinth where each forked path leads to discovery or a dead end. Mazumdar, by contrast, has never lost sight of the vital connection between reflection and practice, self-expression and self-critique; he values hesitancy, the creative rupture of one’s own certitude, over the reckless speed of unmediated production."

Soumitra Das of The Telegraph found the 2012 installation … and undated: Nightskin to be "matured and transformed into an aesthetic realization of his ideas of transience, mutability and of night being the matrix of creativity" in comparison to his earlier works from the 1990s, which Das found to be "gimmicky" in their use of "giant canvases… electric lights and other theatrical props."

Reviewing Mazumdar's Installation New Work (Kolkata, 2004), writer Aveek Sen wrote that "the work teeters on the verge of great clichés…. But then, "how clear is the line that separates great clichés of art from its great themes?"

Notable works
New Work

undated: Nightskin
...and Undated: Nightskin, Kolkata, 2012"

Mazumdar's seminal work undated: Nightskin, debuted in Dubai in 2009 and was adapted and recreated as …and undated: Nightskin in Kolkata in 2012. The original Dubai installation was presented in a large warehouse and used the exhibition space and the surrounding desert landscape as elements of the work. The Kolkata edition was housed in Mazudar's studio at Ho Chi Minh Sarani and extended into the Harrington Street Arts Centre located on a floor above the studio.

The exhibition stretched across two floors and included photographs, multimedia installations, tall towers (some of which were covered in lush, textured layers made of fabric), oils leaking out of boxes, and projections of video, light, and sound. One reviewer described a "crate smok[ing] like an overheated engine which might catch fire at any moment, but close inspection reveals the smoke as vapour." One room had stark white walls on which were hung a series of prints titled "One Square Kilometre" showing the decomposing carcass of a calf, photographed over a period of five days. Another room contained "large screens on which streams a restless flow of images and sound, interspersed with text." There was also a large, dark, vaulted chamber, which was intermittently illuminated with sudden flashes of rotating, coloured beams of light. In this chamber were "looming black metal towers and huge, squat black metal boxes. Moutned on wheels, yet unmoving." Video images showed burning fires, flowing waters, a sleeping girl, "banks of flowers" in brilliant hues, some primary colours, some metallic. A soundtrack with layers of indistinct words, music, and muffled noises was heard. There were aperture-like mechanical components, opening and closing, smoke, viscous liquids seeping out of boxes, and partially open windows "containing small, digital prints of natural, organic textures and materials – body parts or flowers of soil."

Nightskin constructed various spaces of "night", including images of large, twilight landscapes and intimate, trancelike moments of half-sleep. It evoked images that were alternatively comforting (like a "womb" or a "boudoir") and suffocating (like looking "down through bars at videos of people, as if they are trapped"). British historian and journalist, Lucian Harris, wrote that the work captured the moment of transition from day to night when the "equilibrium of light and dark dissolves all matter before it is recast in the skin of the night" and contemplated the "many layered mysteries of the night" that are allowed to emerge once the harsh world of daylight has been left behind "like a snake, lithe and glistening as it sheds the brittle corset of its dying scales."

The project was widely praised for its technical and methodological achievement. Soumitra Das of The Telegraph wrote "Mazumdar could not have created this daedal overlay of optic and aural sensations by simply wishing it would happen. It is obvious that meticulous planning went into it." Das speculated about the time and effort required to paint, sculpt, photograph, arrange the music, and other such usual types of creative work, but also for "hanging at least a hundred framed pictures from the ceiling, rigging up a panel encrusted with the tiny bells of a ghunghru that start jangling in unison from time to time, putting together and installing those sinister, tall black ‘cupboards’ on wheels... punctuated with ‘windows’ embedded with... images, and making sure that the louvres open up and close to reveal just enough of the videos with the regularity of the respiratory system."

In an interview to The Statesman, Mazumdar said that Nightskin took almost five years to complete.

Nightskin raises questions about the self, memory, conventions of art, and the significance of artists. According to Harris, it interrogates various ways of perceiving reality. Everything is highly evocative and also seems to exist in a literal and representational way, but on closer inspection, nothing is quite what it seems. The images and even the physical objects and substances (flowers, smoke, some unidentified "viscous liquid") reveal themselves to be something quite different.

Harris also writes that "Revelation is a particularly pervasive theme of Mazumdar’s installation. Hinged doors conceal imbedded video screens, still photographs and paintings, opening up like medieval icons. Throughout the whole arrangement is the invitation to explore, to touch, to get beneath the skin and peel away the layers, the process every bit as charged as what is uncovered. Soon we are absorbed in the motifs that guide us through Mazumdar’s subconscious mind, mapping his memories with reference to whole panoply of senses."

Pranabranjan Ray sums up his experience of Nightskin as one of "awe and wonder...inspired by the scale of the constructions, and ...the ingenious yet unobtrusive nature of the constructions." Ray says "the language Mazumdar constructs is not for the generation of meaning, but for the evocation of feelings, both physiological and psychological. This makes Mazumdar a romantic artist, in the best sense of the term, although his process of realisation is deceptively postmodern. The sensation-boggling experience of the trip and the overwhelming perceptual after-effects defy categorisation."

And what is left unsaid...
The River

Mazumdar's installation "the River" was displayed as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale exhibition of contemporary art in Kochi, Kerala, during the 2016 edition. The program was curated by Artist Sudarshan Shetty, whose vision for the edition was to present works that “create multiple, layered worlds and urge viewers to move between them.”

The River (nicknamed "River of Ideas" by the exhibition), is a multi-room exhibit at the Aspinwall House, which features a series of journeys for the viewer, starting with a black metal tunnel “made dangerous with hanging, exposed wires," according to one reviewer, and, in the center of it, a bridge over simulated fires made of incandescent light bulbs. There are rooms with video projections of water, leaves and “decay” on the floor as well as a video of the river Ganga flowing inside of a book.

The work was “inspired by mythical accounts of India as the land of seven rivers” and expresses in a new way, the elements of motion, transition, transience, and memory that are often present in Mazumdar's art. In discussing the beginnings of the project, he describes a conversation with curator Sudarshan Shetty, wherein the two of them spoke about the ancient river Saraswati, which is no longer extant but lives on in myth and in memory. Mazumdar says The River "raises questions about how you perceive time and culture and the passing of a moment.” He describes “water as a space of transition." The thing about a river, he says, is that “once it’s gone, its gone forever; you never get back the same water.”

Selected solo exhibitions

2017 'Undated Nightskin." Mana Contemporary Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey.
2014 ‘And what is left unsaid….’ Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), Curated by Paola Ugolini.
2012 Parcours St German, Paris curated by Anne-Pierre d'Albis, presented by 1x1 Art Gallery
2012 '... and undated: Nightskin', The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata presented by 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2010 'Ancient Earth', Apparao Galleries, Chennai in association with 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2009 'undated: Nightskin', 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2006 'Various', Royal Academy of Arts, London presented by Gallerie 88, Kolkata
2005 Bodhi Art, New Delhi
2004 'New Work', Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata
1997 Bose Pacia Modern, New York
1997 'Recent Works', presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata at Jehangir art Gallery, Mumbai and Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore
1997 'Works on Paper', Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata
1994 'Recent Works', organised by Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai (with Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai)
1991 Presented by Seagull and Victoria Memorial Board of Trustees, Kolkata at Victoria Memorial Durbar Hall and Sukh Sagar, Kolkata
1989 ‘Recent Works’, Presented by Seagull Foundation, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1989 ‘Untitled', presented by Seagull Foundation, Kolkata and The Birla Academy at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1985 'Recent Works', presented by Seagull Foundation at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 

Selected group exhibitions
2016 'the River', presented as "River of Ideas", in the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale exhibition, curated by Sudarshan Shetty.
2012 The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness curated by Shaheen Mirali, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2012 Video Wednesdays II curated by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2012 'Reconstructing (White) 3', The Loft, Mumbai
2012 'Terrestrial Bodies', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2011 'Love is a 4 Letter Word', Latitude 28, New Delhi
2011 'The Intuitive: Logic Revisited', from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
2011 'Art Stage Singapore', Singapore presented by 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai
2011 'A Material Difference', Paradox, Singapore
2010 'The Evolution of the Species', Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
2010 'Size Matters or Does it?', Part 1 at Latitude 28, New Delhi
2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2009 Project at Inda Art Summit, New Delhi presented by 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2009 'Video Wednesday', Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2009 'Elemente Zeit', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai and Hause Chelsea, Isle of Sylt, Germany
2009 'Recycled', Bose Pacia, Kolkata
2009 'Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle', presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata
2008 Presented by 1x1 Art Gallery at Art Paris, Abu Dhabi
2008 'November', 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai
2006 ‘Altered Realities’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
2006 'The New Space', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2005 'Alchemy', Art Musings, Mumbai
2005 Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
2005 'Change of Address', The Guild, Mumbai
2004 ‘Sacred Space’, organised by RPG at Academy of Art and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 ‘Metallic’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003 ‘Generation Next’, Saffron Art and Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003 RPG Collection of Contemporary Bengal Art at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
2003 ‘Of Memories, Dreams, Reveries’, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
2002 ‘Words and Images’, organised by Guild Art Gallery at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
2001 Saffron Art and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles
2001 ‘The Human Factor’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998-89 ‘The Search Within: Art Between Implosion and Explosion’, Kloster Pernegg, Geras and Bildunshau St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria
1998 ‘The Search Within: Art Between Implosion and Explosion’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai
1993 ‘Trends and Images’,Inaugural Exhibition of Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) Kolkata
1993 ‘Shraddha’, rehabilitation for the mentally ill on Indian streets, Mumbai
1993 ‘Wounds’, in protest against communal violence, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1990 ‘In celebration of the Calcutta Tercentenary’, organised by Birla Academy for Art and Culture, Kolkata
1989 On the theme of Human Rights, by the artists of Bengal. Organised by the Alliance Francaise, Kolkata, at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1988 Exhibition for the African National Congress on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday. Presented by Seagull at Calcutta Information Centre, Kolkata
1988 Calcutta Salon d'Automne
1988 Paris Salon d’Artistes Franqaise

Art fairs
2012 Gwanju Art Fair in association with Latitude 28, New Delhi 2011: India Art Summit, 1x1 Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 India Art Fair, New Delhi presented by 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2011 Art Stage Singapore, 1x1 Art Gallery, Singapore
2009 Contemporary Istanbul, 1x1 Art Gallery, Istanbul
2009 Abu Dhabi Art, 1x1 Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
2009 Solo project at India Art Summit, New Delhi, 1x1 Art Gallery
2009 Solo project Art Expo India, Mumbai, 1x1 Art Gallery
2009 Untitled, Video longue, India Art Summit, New Delhi
2008 Art Paris, 1x1 Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi

Mazumdar is frequently involved in publishing experiments and theatre design. He has also been active in art workshops such as Khoj (New Delhi) and Frac Payes de la Loire (France). Mazumdar takes an active interest in animal welfare. He and his wife have a number of rescued dogs that they care for in their home.
Chitti Babu (musician)
From Wikipedia,

Chitti Babu
Born 13 October 1936

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 9 February 1996 (aged 59)

Chennai, India
Occupation Musician
Years active 1948–1996

Chitti Babu (13 October 1936 – 9 February 1996) was a classical musician from India, and arguably one of the greatest Veena artistes, in the Carnatic Music genre of South India, who became a legend in his own lifetime. His name was synonymous with the musical instrument Veena, and he was and still is known in the Carnatic Music world, simply as Veena Chitti Babu.

Early childhood and career

Chitti Babu Challapally (surname) was born on 13 October 1936, in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, to music-loving parents, Ranga Rao Challapally and Sundaramma Challapally, who had initially named him Hanumanlu, when he was born. Chitti Babu was his nickname at home, which came to stay eventually, after his father formally changed it to be so. He was a child prodigy who started playing Veena at the age of 5. He had a providential beginning, when at that early age, he corrected his father playing the Veena and the stunned father spontaneously decided to get him started on the Veena and nurture the child's inherent prodigious talent. Chitti Babu gave his first performance at the age of 12. He had his earliest basic lessons from Shri. Pandravada Upmakaya and also Shri Eyyuni Appalacharyulu and later was a prime disciple of MahaMahopadhyaya Dr Emani Sankara Sastry.

In 1948, they moved to Madras (now Chennai) primarily because they got the opportunity for Chitti Babu to act in a Telugu movie "Laila- Majnu" as a child artiste who played the role of little Majnu. The movie was produced by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna and starred herself and Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the lead roles, both of whom became thespians eventually. The movie was a hit and he had also starred in a small role in another movie as well.

However, Chitti Babu even as a child of 12, was very focused and determined on becoming a performing classical musician, after the movie assignment. He was inspired by the original style of Veena maestro Emani Sankara Sastry and was under his tutelage, learning all the nuances and honing his skills.

Film and music

Like any upcoming young artiste of that era, it was also a struggle and a difficult thing for him to get the first major breaks as a performing artiste and more so as a teenager. So, he had a significant stint as a key Veena artiste, in film music from 1948 to 1962, when he worked in the South Indian Film Industry as a recording artiste, playing Veena for numerous background scores in movie soundtracks under the batons of many eminent music directors of the time like S. Rajeswara RaoPendyala Nageswara Rao, and the duo of Viswanathan-Ramamoorthi among others. A key element in many of the super hit songs of that time period in Telugu and Tamil, was the Veena by Chitti Babu

After having established himself as a Carnatic musician, Chitti Babu still had opportunity to associate himself with filmdom for a while.

Some of his key works include:

– Playing the Veena soundtrack in Director CV Sridhar's classic Tamil movie called Kalai Kovil in 1964. The protagonist of this movie R. Muthuraman was a Veena artiste, and the entire background score for the Veena was played and recorded by Chitti Babu. This movie received wide critical acclaim for its music and storyline and performances by the artistes.

– Playing the kriti "Raghuvamsa Sudha" as the Title Soundtrack for the very famous Telugu classical hit movie called Sampoorna Ramayanam directed by Bapu

– He was music director for Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's award-winning film Dikkatra Parvathi (1974) – based a story by Rajaji and lyrics by the legendary Kannadasan. A song sung by Vani Jairam – "Aagaayam Mazhai Pozhindaal" was a popular number in its time.

– In 1979, he had also composed music for a Kannada movie called "Sri Raghavendra Mahime" that was also dubbed into Telugu.

However, the burning ambition inside him to continue to establish himself as an independent, freelancing solo concert artiste made him declare at a very young age – "Veena is my Mission in Life" and caused him to pursue a lifelong career as a performing artiste, a goal from which he never wavered for the rest of his life.

His Playing Style or "Bani"

While continuing with the principles of his Guru's pioneering school – the Emani "Bani" (tradition/style), Chitti Babu, created and evolved a distinctive style and identity, entirely his own. The exquisite tonal quality and versatility that have been his magical hallmarks of his style of playing the Veena, saw him produce sounds as varied as the majestic Vedic Hymns or as delicate as the Cuckoo's voice or even play many western-music based compositions of his own. He was known to reproduce the songs and compositions in an almost vocal like tonal quality on his Veena, and was also known to evoke deeply emotional and appreciative responses from his audiences.

His music could impress the connoisseurs and invoke the interest and curiosity of the youngsters as well, that always ensured that his concerts were a big draw in terms of audience.

Awards and recognition

Throughout his glittering career, he won many accolades regularly from almost all major cultural organizations in India and abroad. Many had also conferred numerous honorary titles on him (as is traditional to honor someone in India) and were presented to him by senior artistes, government officials, and other eminent people of his time, from all walks of life. Some of the more well-known ones are:

Sangeet Natak Akademi award for 1990 – awarded by the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi and presented by Shri R. Venkataraman – the then President of India

Kalaimamani – 1972 – Prestigious Award from Government of Tamil Nadu presented by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri Karunanidhi

Asthana Vidwan – Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams

State Artiste – Government of Tamil Nadu – 1981–1987, presented by Shri MG Ramachandran, then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Telugu Velugu – Government of Andhra Pradesh, presented by Shri Tanguturi Anjaiah, then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1981

Tantri Vilas – Government of Madhya Pradesh

Spirit of Excellence Award in 1991–92 presented by the then Vice President of India Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma

Sangeetha Choodamani – Krishna Gana Sabha – 1990

Sangeetha Kala Nipuna – Mylapore Fine Arts Club – 1995

Chief among those was the title "Vainika Shikhamani" in 1967 presented by the then Maharajah of Mysore, Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, who on hearing Chitti Babu, in an exclusive performance at his palace, was so impressed by his versatility that, he removed a golden chain that he was personally wearing around his neck at the time, and presented it to Chitti Babu in a spontaneous gesture of appreciation. The chain also happened to have a gem-studded, gold pendant. Chitti Babu cherished this because Wodeyar was known to have been a great connoisseur of arts and music, and was also known as "a musician among princes and a prince among musicians".

Concert tours
Chitti Babu was a much sought-after artiste by music lovers, all his life, and had toured extensively in India and the world over including concert tours in USA, Europe, USSR, Bahrain, Muscat, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Japan and Australia. He has represented India in various international music festivals including Donaueschingen Festival in 1971 in what was then West Germany, Festival of India in USSR in 1987 and the Tokyo Summer Festival with the theme "Visions of India" organized by Arion-Edo Foundation in 1993 in Tokyo, Japan to name a few.

He performed to jam packed auditoriums for nearly five decades, transcending many barriers and taking his music and along with it, a part of India's rich cultural heritage across the world.

Chitti Babu died after a massive cardiac arrest on 9 February 1996 at the age of 59 in Chennai
Chandralekha (dancer)
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Born 6 December 1928
Died 30 December 2006 (aged 78)

Chandralekha Prabhudas Patel (6 December 1928 – 30 December 2006), commonly known as just Chandralekha, was a dancer and choreographer from India. The niece of Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first deputy Prime Minister, she was an exponent of performances fusing Bharatanatyam with Yoga and martial arts like Kalarippayattu.

She was conferred the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2004.

Early life and education

She was born to an agnostic doctor father and a devout Hindu mother in VadaMaharashtra. She spent her childhood in her native Gujarat and in Maharashtra.


After completing high school, Chandralekha studied law, but quit her studies midway to learn dance instead. She started with Dasi Attam, a form of dance practiced by temple dancers in southern India, under the tutelage of Ellappa Pillai. She was also influenced by Balasaraswati and Rukmini Devi Arundale in her dance education, but her choreography shows that she was more influenced by the former. Although Chandralekha received her early training in Bharatanatyam, she went on to change her focus to postmodern fusion dances that incorporated elements from other dances, martial arts like Kalarippayattu, and performing arts.

Awards and recognition

1991: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award: Creative Dance
2003-2004: Kalidas Samman
2004: Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
C. Kondaiah Raju
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C. Kondiah Raju (7 November 1898 – 27 July 1976) was a popular Calendar artist well known for his depictions of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in a typical style, amalgamating the features of contemporary calendar art and traditional South Indian paintings. He reached the peak of his fame during the heyday of the lithographic printing presses in Sivakasi. Kondiah Raju has an important place in the evolution of Indian Calendar art, which gained popular attention with Ravi Varma and continued on through artists such as S. M. PanditMulgaonkar and others in the 20th century. In addition to his painting skills he also displayed a spiritual streak, as also a starkly austere simplicity, that prompted many of his students to call him an 'artist-saint'.

Brief Biography

Kovilpatti Kondiah Raju was born on 7 November 1898 in a house at Malaiya Perumal Koil Street, MylaporeChennai to a family of traditional artisans. His father C. Kuppaswami Raju was a Siddha medical practitioner. Before his death in 1912, Kuppaswami made arrangements for the young Kondiah Raju to learn the traditional skill of the Raju community - Religious painting. Kondiah Raju initially learnt painting from several teachers, including Murugesa Naiyakar and N. Subba Naidu, a well known artist from Madurai. In 1916, Kondiah Raju joined the Government School of Arts and Crafts.

In 1920, he joined the Ramana Maharishi Ashram at Thiruvannamalai, further evidence of his spiritual trait that would characterise his near nomadic life and resurface time and again in him. Kondiah, after leaving the Ashram, joined a "village drama" troupe, (or boys' company as they were called in those days of all Men drama troupes).
A commercial advertisement for Ganesar Mark Soda painted by C. Kondiah Raju

Eventually, Kondaiah Raju and his group began to work for the newly set up litho printing presses of Sivakasi. His Gajendra Motcham, Meenakshi Kalyanam and many other religious prints are considered unrivalled masterpieces and continue to adorn the puja rooms of South Indian households and smaller shrines across the Tamil country. So pervasive are his prints that many South Indians would visualise and recognise not only the many deities, but also leaders of the Indian freedom movement, contemporary political leaders and other important personalities only as depicted in his prints. His prints have been collected internationally and are even archived in the Victoria and Albert Museum, H. Daniel Smith Poster Archive, Syracuse University library.

When Kondiah Raju died on 27 July 1976, his pupils spoke of him with awe, calling him an 'artist-saint'. Contemporary media accounts of his death describe him as a 'Brahmachari whose students were like his children'. Though he had earned a fortune through his artistic commissions, he never married, distributed his wealth to others, and lived a simple life like a saint with one shirt, one veshti and one towel. In 1971, he would even turn down an offer to travel to Chennai to receive a Government award recognising his contributions to art.


Kondiah Raju painted for most of the printers in Sivakasi and Madurai including the Sri Kalaimagal Industries, Madurai; Coronation Litho Works, Sivakasi; Premier Litho Works; Sivakasi. Sivakasi, which is only a few kilometres from Kovilpatti, had its first lithographic printing press in the mid fifties. By 1979, Sivakasi would have 350 photo-offset machines and more than 1000 litho and letter press units in operation. Thanks to the untiring efforts of the Nadar industrialists' community Sivakasi had been transformed from a humdrum village-town to a major industrial centre, prompting the sobriquet - 'India's Little Japan' (Kutti Japan' in Tamil). Kondaiah Raju and his students reaped the rich benefits of their proximity to Sivakasi. His paintings were also printed in many of the Tamil magazines and Deepavali malars (special issues). His latter years were spent in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu where he established the "Devi Art Studio". The Studio in addition to paintings would also involve itself in Photography.

Kondiah Raju had a number of pupils who assisted him and would automatically sign in their master's name on all their works during their training. Many like T. S. Subbaiah continued to sign Kondiah Raju's name above his own, even after becoming an established artist and even after the death of his master! His most popular students were M. Ramalingam, T. S. Arunachalam, T. S. Subbaiah, S. Parani Chittar who would establish themselves as master artists in their own right. In addition to the popular religious calendar art Kondiah Raju and his students continued to paint for advertisements, name boards, etc. for many shops and establishments in and around Kovilpatti. T. S. Arunachalam who later took over the studio was well known for "photo retouching" a skill that was important for recycling popular designs in the lithographic printing industry. Many other students of Kondaiah Raju would open studios of their own, dealing in paintings and photography.


His depictions were mostly influenced not only by Ravi Varma's compositions of the Gods and Goddesses but also by the popular art of Tanjore painting in which his community, the Rajus of Tanjore and Tiruchi had distinguished themselves. The Rajus who had migrated to Tamil Nadu from Andhra under the patronage of the Nayaka kings, had popularised painting techniques related ceiling and wall paintings in temples, decoration of processional vahanas, modelling of stucco sculptures on temple gopurams and vimanams. The Rajus along with the Naidus were also known for their paintings and portraits on wooden panels, glass and mica with delicate gesso work highlighted by gold foils and semi-precious gems. These paintings which would be called Tanjore paintings were not only characterised by the rigorous canons of traditional iconography but also by Islamic artistic techniques and European fashions.

Though many of Kondiah Raju's paintings bear a resemblance with Ravi Varma's paintings, he went further in his treatment of religious subjects by emphasising characteristics of the main subject in line with the depictions in temple and traditional Tanjore paintings. His calendar art unlike Ravi Varma or any other artist, was in a style quite reminiscent of the traditional iconic and formal representation of deities in South Indian paintings as opposed to the western fashion adopted by Ravi Varma or S. M. Pandit. In Kondiah's paintings the central deity is emphasised by providing it a well-lit, central and prominent position and relegating the surroundings to static objects like pillars, lamps, etc. Further it should also be remembered that Kondiah Raju like his forebear Ravi Varma was compelled to stick to not only the canonical iconography traditionally prescribed for the Hindu divinities but also cater to the tastes of the burgeoning Indian middle classes. In another major innovation, he would with his students herald the introduction of German tempera colours in lieu of oil colours for painting in South Indian calendar art. Subsequently, the introduction of Camlin watercolours would ensure that the artist could execute his paintings with greater speed and ease.
Champa Pargi 
– Bhil Artist Of Rajasthan

Champa Pargi learned the art of Mandanas from her parents. On Diwali and weddings, she used to paint the walls on the walls using brushes made by her from the roots of the Khankher tree. She was glad to know that her husband Phula Pargi is an artist. A recurring theme in his painting is the uncertainty of life—a deer unaware of the bear's back, a shepherd with his cattle, oblivious to a lurking tiger. She paints each cow in different colors to depict the separation. He has painted the Inaya mountain in its various stages. Long time ago the Inya mountain was green but now the trees are disappearing. Another theme of his painting is the Gavari dance.


Chandan Dass

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Chandan Dass
Also known as Chandan Das, Chandan Daas
Born 12 March 1956
Origin Delhi
Genres Ghazal
Occupation(s) Composer, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels T-Series, Music India, Universal Music India

Chandan Dass (born 12 March 1956) is a popular Indian ghazal singer

Early life and training

Chandan Dass began singing ghazals from the age of eight, when he started training under the tutelage of Ustad Moosa Khan. He was also trained in classical music under Pandit Mani Prasad of Delhi, a great stalwart and purist of the highest realm.


His first album was released in 1982, when Talat Aziz discovered and introduced him to Music India Ltd. His maiden album was an instant hit and inspired him to make many more albums. He released a number of albums and cassettes. He has composed music for all his albums and has sung for many popular TV serials and films.

He also used to perform on Doordarshan, India's national Television Network, in the serial Sugam Sangeet. in 1980s along with Penaz MasaniRaj Kumar RizviRajendra Mehta and Neena Mehta.

His achievements in the field of music can be seen from the various awards he has got throughout his career. His album "Deewangi (Hindi: दीवानगी) Erotomania" was a trendsetter. Apart from being one of the most popular ghazal singers in recent times, Dass has also been composing music for mainstream Bollywood movies.

Personal life

Chandan Dass considers Mehdi Hassan the father of ghazals and likes to encourage aspirants to keep the trend of ghazals as a music genre alive in India. His aim has always been to give the audiences good music and to reach out to people and touch their hearts. Chandan's compositions and ghazals are of a high order and the rendering is well balanced, flawless and of clear diction.

Chandan Dass is married to Yamini Dass and has one son, Namit Das, who is an actor and singer. His brother-in-law Jaidev Kumar is a famous Punjabi music director.

Tours and performances

Chandan Dass has given innumerable live performances, not only all over India but also abroad. His shows have been highly appreciated, applauded and raved about by the audiences who have heard him. He has created a niche in the hearts of the masses and stands like a pillar amongst the doyen of ghazal singers in the present era.
He has also toured the world with his renditions of ghazals and also performed at a live concert in the Netherlands to rave reviews.
Chandan Dass regaled the audience in a live concert in Lucknow town of Uttar PradeshIndia on 28 November 2005 with his scintillating rendition.
Recently, he was Chief Guest at the five-day inter-faculty youth festival and cultural fest Spandan 2013 of Banaras Hindu University held in February–March 2013.


AlbumReleasedDetailsSongsIntroducing ... Chandan Dass 1982 "Woh Chandan Ka Badan",
"Haalat Maiqade Ke",
"Dil Mein Kis Darja",
"Yeh Chirag Benazar Hai",
"Is Soch Main Baitha Hoon",
"Aaj Ki Raat",
"Saari Duniya Ke Sitam",
"Jagmagate Sahar ke"
Kitne Hi Rang 1983 "Khushboo Ki Tarah Aaya",
"Zindagi Tujhko Manane Nikle",
"Dua Karo Ke Yeh Pauda",
"Khuda Ka Zikr Karen",
"Dil Hi Dil Mein Khatm Hokar",
"Na Jee Bharke Dekha"
Ghazal Usne Chhedi (Vol 2) 1985 "Dhoop Bhari Chhat Pe",
"Chalte Chalte Paon",
"Kabhie to Aasman Se Chand Utre",
"Kuchh Tabiyat Hi",
"Sitam Hi Karna",
"Akhiri Khat Hai Mera"
Inayat 1991 "Shabo Roz Mausam Badalte Rahe",
"Haal Dukh Dega to",
"Woh Na Hoga to Kya Kami Hogi",
"Tere Qareeb Rahun Ya",
"Paas Rah Kar Juda Si Lagti Hai",
"Teri Bewafai Ka Shukriya"
Deewangi 1993 With Anuradha Paudwal,
Music Director: Lalit Sen,
Lyricist: Mahendar Dehlavi "Wo Dil Hi Kya Tere Milne Ki Jo Dua Na Kare",
"Raaton Mein Gar Na Ashq Bahaun To Kya Karun",
"Tumko Dekha Jahan Jahan Humne",
"Kahin Chand Raah Mein Kho Gaya Kahin Chandni Bhatak Gayi",
"Chhupaun Kaise Bhala Apna Pyar Duniya Se",
"Tere Baghair Hai Jannat Bhi Naagawar",
"Hain Meri Saansein Teri Amanat",
"Ranjish Hi Sahi Dil Hi Dukhane Ke Liye Aa",
"Mujhe Tum Nazar Se Gira To Rahe Ho",
"Uski Gali Mein Phir Mujhe Ik Baar Le Chalo",
"Koi Halchal Na Sada Hai Mujh Mein"
Shree Ram Bhajan 2005 With Anup Jalota "Mere Ram Tera Naam",
"Ram Nam Ras Peele Pyare",
"Hamen To Pyare Hain Shree Ram",
"Bas Ram Ka Naam Liyeja",
"Ram Tumhara Dham Chhodkar"
Aarish (Vol 2)(Live) 19 September 2006 Fontana India Label "Usne Loota Hum Lute Hain",
"Idhar Zindagi Ka Janaaza",
"Sar Jhukaoge To",
"Yadein Lekar Nayi",
"Unse Inkar To",
"Peji Koyi na Nishani"
"Guzarish" 19 September 2006 "Khelne Ke Vaaste",
"Apna Gham Leke Kahin",
"Mujhko Bhule Hue",
"Yeh Kasak Dil Ki",
"Zindagi Ke Marhale",
"Mujhko to Sirf Aapka Farman",
"Zikre Ulfat Jab Chala"
Nishaniyan 30 October 2006 "Kuch To Apni Nishaniyan",
"Aap Chanhenge Agar",
"Jin Ke Chehre Pe",
"Teri Ruswaiyon Se",
"Chehron Pe Tabassum",
"Har Taraf Hai Dhuan"


Chandan's efforts have been rewarded through many awards coming his way from the first Best New Ghazal Singer of 1983 to the two prestigious SUMU awards under the categories of Best Ghazal and The Best Ghazal Singer of 1993 for his album Deewangi.[

D. Imman
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D. Imman

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Background information
Birth name Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran
Born 24 January 1983
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score, soundtrack
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, music director, arranger, singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar,flute,percussion, drums, harpejjicontinuum fingerboard, keyboard, piano

Years active 2002–present

Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran (born 24 January 1983), better known as D. Imman, is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in Tamil cinema. Also worked in KannadaMalayalamTelugu, and Hindi film industry. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in 2002. Since then he has composed music for more than 100 films.He has won Filmfare Awards South and he has received 10 Filmfare Awards South Nominations.He has also won Tamil Nadu State Film Awards , Vijay Awards , Edison Award for Best Music Director Ananda Vikadan Cinema Awards, Provoke Award for Best Music Director and Zee Tamil Awards.D. Imman is appointed as the Ambassador for Tamil Chair in University Of Toronto,Canada (2019). Mayor Jon Tory and Members of Toronto City Council extend their warmest thanks to D.Imman in recognition of his contributions to the Tamil Chair studies at the University Of Toronto-Scarborough Campus (2019).


Imman began work on music for films aged 15, apprenticing under music composers Mahesh Mahadevan and Adithyan by playing the keyboard.[citation needed] During this period, his work was noticed by television serial producer Kutty Padmini, who gave him the opportunity to work on the theme song and background music for the drama Krishnadasi, which began running in 2000. He subsequently began to get further work in the television circuit, garnering opportunities to score music for Kolangal, Police Diary and Mandhira Vaasal. Kutty Padmini then gave him the chance to score music and compose songs for his first feature film, Kaadhale Swasam, a romantic film featuring Karthik and Meena. Producer Venkateswaran, was impressed with Imman's work in the album, and gave him the opportunity to compose the music for Thamizhan (2002). The album won positive reviews, with the composer also featuring the voices of the lead actors Vijay and Priyanka Chopra for a particular song.

The success of individual songs such as "Azhagiya Asura" from Whistle (2003) made him popular. His next album was for Sundar C's masala film starring ArjunGiri (2004), with the song Dai Kaiyaa Vechukittu being well received with the town and rural audiences.

The positive reviews that his work in Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa (2010) received, coupled with the film's box office success prompted bigger offers for Imman. He has subsequently collaborated with Prabhu Solomon for the rest of his trilogy of romantic films, earning acclaim for his work in Kumki (2012) and Kayal (2014). Similarly he has struck a similar successful combination with director Suseenthiran, winning positive reviews for his work on Pandianadu (2013) and Jeeva (2014). He teamed up with Actor Vijay again for Jilla(2014). Imman is the composer of Ajithkumar, Nayanthara starrer blockbuster Viswasam (2019). He also worked as a music composer for several films with Actor Sivakarthikeyan (Manam Kothi Paravai, Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, Rajinimurugan, Seemaraj, and Namma Veettu Pillai).


Caption textYearAwardsNotes
2010 Vijay Music Award: Best Melody Song of the Year
2012 FilmFare Award: Best Music Director of the Year
Tamilnadu Government State Award: Best Music Director of the Year
Vijay Awards: Best Music Director of the Year
Mirchi Music Award: Best Composer of the Year
Mirchi Music Award: Best Song of the Year
Mirchi Music Award: Best Album of the Year
Mirchi Music Award: Listener's Choice: Song
Big Fm Awards: Best Music Director
2013 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards: Best Music Director of the Year
Edison Awards: Best Music Director of the Year
Rotary International Award: Young Achiever Award
2014 Big Fm Awards: Best Melody Song of the Year
Mirchi Music Awards: Listener's Choice: Song
Vikatan Awards: Best Music Director
2015 Thanthai Periyar Award
Box Office 123 Award: Thanthi Tv
MGR Sivaji Award: Best Music Director of the Year
Edison Awards: Talent Falconer
Soulmate Awards: We Magazine
2016 Radio Mirchi Awards: Best Popular Song of the Year
Mirchi Music Awards: Listener's Choice: Song (Kannada)
Mirchi Music Awards: Best Sound Mixing
2017 Mirchi Music Awards: Best Song of the Year
2018 Galatta Nakshatra Awards: Musical Icon of the Year
Behindwoods Gol Mic Awards: Icon of Inspiration-Melody
Sony Music: Veera Tamizhan (Independent Music Scene)
2019 Ulaga Tamil Award: Contribution to the Field of Music (Toronto)
Zee Tamil Awards: Favourite Song of the Year
Sony Music: Celbrating Musical Excellence Commemorating 100 Successful Albums
Procoke Awards: Best Music Director of the Year
Appointment: As Ambassador for Tamil Chair University of Toronto
Edison Awards: Musical Czar of Tamil Cinema
Daler Mehndi
Early life

Daler Singh was born in Patna, Bihar on 18 August 1967. In 1991, he formed his own group. A.J Jaspal of IPCA gave Daler a professional set up and promoted him. In 1994, Jaspal sent Daler to compete at the annual Voice of Asia International Ethnic and Pop Music Contest at Azia Dynasys in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He represented India and was judged second amongst other two hundred contestants.
Music career

Song recording for the 2012 Bollywood film Chaalis Chauraasi.

Magnasound signed Daler Mehndi for a three-album contract for three years. Bolo Ta Ra Ra, Mehndi's debut album, sold over 20 million copies. The album established Daler as a pop star, which also won him the Channel V's Best Indian Male Pop Artist Award. A year later, his second album under Magnasound, Dardi Rab Rab, was launched. This album surpassed the sales of Bolo Ta Ra Ra. He was nominated in three categories at Channel V Music awards and won the Channel V Best Indian Male Artist Award. In 1997 he released his third album Balle Balle. This album got him Channel V Awards in six categories.Mehndi composed the popular track "Na Na Na Re" for the Bollywood film Mrityudata where he featured on the big screen with Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2000, Mehndi released his album Ek Dana with music label TIPS Music. The album had a mix of genres ranging from Folk, Rock and Pop. One of the more popular songs of the album Sajan Mere Satrangiya featured the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra in the video.This video was released in the year that Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title. Subsequently, Daler signed up with Universal Music in 2001 and released a new track "Kala Kauwa Kaat Khayega". In 2003 Daler forayed into playback singing for films. He started with the song "Ru-Ba-Ru" for the film Maqbool. The same year Daler and A.R Rahman came together to give another track "Nach Le" for Lakeer – Forbidden Lines. He fused Rock with Bhangra with his next album titled Mojaan Laen Do and in 2004 he self-produced Shaa Ra Ra.

In March 2014, Deadmau5 stated on Twitter that he was eager to have Mehndi perform on his forthcoming show in India at the Sunburn Festival. And the outcome of bonding over social media and on the Coffee Run was a remix of Mehndi's 1998 hit "Tunak Tunak Tun" performed by the duo.

On Navratri 2014, Mehndi composed and recorded his rendition of the 'Hanuman Chalisa' overnight while working at his studio in Delhi. Daler Mehndi, feeling inspired during the festival of Navratri, composed and record his rendition of the 'Hanuman Chalisa' in the DM Folk Studio.

In September,2014, Mehndi released his new song Aaja Mere Twitter Te to encourage users to visit his Twitter account and Facebook page.

On 6 November 2014, Mehndi released his album Best of Gurbani on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.


In 1998, Mehndi was signed by Coca-Cola for product endorsement and was featured in 30 concerts across India.He has performed worldwide including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, UAE, South Africa, East Africa, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, West Indies, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

On 29 September 2013, Daler performed at the YouFest festival in Spain.He has had an advent with Canadian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist Deadmau5 in a Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, Daler featured on his tour in India and together they produced an EDM remixed version of "Tunak Tunak Tun".

In August 2014, Daler Mehndi was invited as the guest of honour along with U.S Congressman Pete Sessions for the closing bell ceremony at NASDAQ Stock Exchange at New York, after which he performed at the National Indian American Public Policy Institute Azadi Diwas (NIAPPI)celebrations on the occasion of the 65th Independence Day.

Daler Mehndi delivered his first ever performance in Kuwait on 5 September. Welcomed by a packed audience at the Al Daiya Indoor Stadium, he broke his own record for the longest live performance without a break by performing for four and a half hours non-stop.

The concert organised by the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) has been named 'Bolo Ta Ra Ra Ra' in honour of Daler Mehndi's globally popular track by the same name.

On the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti Daler Mehndi was invited to Ulhas Nagar to perform at the world's largest Prabhat Pheri.

In November 2014 the singer visited Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh for a performance.

In November 2014 Daler Mehndi was invited to Nigeria for a performance to celebrate Diwali. This was the second time the musician has performed in the country.

Vocal style and instruments

Daler Mehndi is credited for creating a genre called "Rabbabi", which is a combination of Thumri, Sufi and rock and creating an instrument called "Swar Mandir" which is an instrument that combines influences from the Rabab, Swarmandal and Tanpura. The instrument was crafted by Sanjay Rikhi Ram from Delhi and was launched on 10 February 2012 by the Indian classical music maestro, Bharat Ratna awarded Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Business ventures

Daler Mehndi launched his maiden Record Label 'DRecords' in the year 2000. The record label has several artists under its banner including Hussain Baksh and Safri Boys.

Foreign pop culture

Daler Mehndi's "Tunak Tunak Tun" has found popularity on the internet as a viral video. The video game company Blizzard Entertainment incorporated the Tunak Tunak Tun dance as a character animation in their multiplayer role playing game World of Warcraft.

Personal life

Daler Mehndi is married to Taranpreet Kaur.He has four children – Gurdeep Mehndi, Ajit Kaur Mehndi, Prabhjot Kaur Mehndi and Rabaab Kaur Mehndi. His daughter Ajit Kaur Mehndi is married to Navraj Hans, son of Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans. Gurdeep Mehndi got engaged to his fellow actress from Delhi 1984, Jessica Singh in 2014.


In 1998 Mehndi launched the "Daler Mehndi Green Drive", inducted in the Special Task Force of the Delhi Government.The drive has planted over 1.2 million saplings in and around Delhi.
He has performed for charity for Imran Khan's Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust in Pakistan and helped raise $5 million.

Mehndi supports charitable causes such as cancer, thalassemia and AIDS, and has helped to bring up the homeless children of Kenya as well as famine-stricken families in Kalahandi in Orissa, India. He financially supported the families of Kargil martyrs by donating to the Indian government's Kargil Victims' Relief Fund.

Mehndi was one of the first celebrities to go and visit the soldiers at Kargil. Mehndi has constructed earthquake resistant houses for the Gujarat earthquake victims; he donated money and performed to raise money for Gujarat cyclone and quake victims, and for police welfare funds. He has donated rupees 10 million in Vadodra for the victims of the cyclone in the government aid fund. He has taken upon himself the reconstruction of a block devastated in the Gujarat quake in Doodhiya village.

Mehndi has set up a Daler Mehndi Food for Life Society in Chander Vihar, Delhi, where a 24-hour kitchen provides food to the destitute and the underprivileged. Mehndi has constructed a Gurudwara Dukh Bhanjani Sahib where every morning people from all castes and religions join together and offer service in the name of god. Mehndi is the only known Indian artist to be invited by the President of Pakistan as a state guest. He gifted his album Bismillah to the President Zardari of Pakistan and the funds generated from its sale were given to the President's charitable fund.

Mehndi voiced his protest against International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) controversial ruling on the use of turbans while playing. The singer made a video to raise awareness about the issue and to have the policy changed.

In 2013, Mehndi was appointed as the brand ambassador of NIAPPI Business Council by Shalabh Kumar.


Mrityudatta – Na Na Na Na Na Re, 1997
Arjun Pandit – Kudiyan Shehar Diyan, 1999
Khauff – Ankh Ladti Hai, 2000
Maqbool – Ru Ba Ru, 2003
Chupke Se – Kajrare Kajrare Naino Wale, 2003
Bullet Ek Dhmaka – Ishq Aasaan Hai, 2003
Lakeer – Nach Le, 2003
Wajah – Agar Zindagi Se, 2004
Ramji London Waley – Bhool Na Jaying, 2005
Rang De Basanti – Rang De Basanti, 2006
Shadi Se Pehle – Tuteya Ve Tuteya, 2006
Chodo Na Yaar – Talwar Re, 2007
Hanuman Returns – Aasma Ko Chukar, 2007
Goal – Halla Bol, 2007
Just Married – Doha, 2007
Kafila – Hum Raks, 2007
No Smoking – Kash Laga, 2007
Yamadonga – Rabbaru Gajulu Rabbaru Gajulu, 2007
Singh Is King – Bhootni Ke, 2008
Ghatothkach – Maya Bazaar, 2008
Sunday – Loot Liya, 2008
Victory – Balla Utha Chhakka Laga, 2008
Mr. Black Mr. White – Tu Makke Di Roti Meri, 2008
Money Hai To Honey Hai – Rangeeli Raat, 2008
Kuselan – Om Zaarare, 2008
Hello – karle Baby Dance Wance, 2008
Dhoom Dhadaka – Dhoom Dhadaka, 2008
Kissan – Mere Desh Ki Dharti, 2009
Ek Se Bure Do – Ishq Ke Zaat, 2009
Magadheera – Chapana Chaptu, 2009
Lahore – Musafir, 2010
Dulha Mil Gaya – Dulha Mil Gaya, 2010
Khatta Meetha – Aila Re Aila, 2010
Action Replay – Zor Ka Jhatka, 2010
Yamla Pagla Deewana – Chamki Jawani, 2011
Teen Thay Bhai – Teen Thay Bhai, 2011
Dear Friend Hitler – Hara Shwet Kesariya, 2011
Miley Naa Miley Hum – Katto Gilheri, 2011
Rascal – Tik Tuk, 2011
Love Kiya Aur Lag Gayi – Love Kiya Aur Lag Gayi, 2011
I Am Singh – 2 songs: Dukalaang Praanasi and I Am Singh, 2011
Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi – Haryana Ka Sher, 2012
Srimannarayana – Chalaaki Choopultho, 2012
Joker – Sing Raja, 2012
Chaalis Chauraasi – Badmast, 2012
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum – Hum Toh Hain Cappucino, 2012
Sarsa – UNRELEASED, 2012
Baadshah – Banti Poola Janki, 2013
Commando – Lena Dena, 2013
Sardaar – Ruk Ja Tham Ja, 2013
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Gurbani, 2013
War Chhod Na Yaar – Phat Gaya, 2013
Besharam – Chal Hand Utha Ke Nach Le, 2013
Namo Boothatma – Paisa Paisa, 2014
47 to 84 – Beriyane Teriyane, 2014
Yamaleela 2 – O Thayaru, 2014
Janiva – Moriya Moriya, 2014
Goreyanu Dafa Karo – Dishkayon, 2014
Kabab Mein Haddi – Kabab Mein Haddi, 2014
Yoddha – Yoddha, 2014
ABCD 2 – Vande Mataram, 2015
A Flying Jatt – Raj Karega Khalsa, 2016
Mirzya – Title song, 2016
Saadey CM Saab – Dharti De Puttar Hain Ge Gabhru, 2016
Dangal – Title song, 2016
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion - Jiyo Re Bahubali , 2017

Durgabai Vyam

Durgabai Vyam is a Pardhan Gond artist who lives in Bhopal. She started making dignas, colourful clay patterns drawn on walls, at the age of six. She is the co-author of The Night Life of Trees, which won the BolognaRagazzi Award in 2008, and the illustrator of Turning the Pot, Tilling the Land. Bhimayana is the first book she did together with her husband, Subhash Vyam.

Turning the Pot, Tilling the Land

Who discovered the first detergent soap in India?
Who created scripts as they crafted pots?
Who selected and standardised most of the food items we eat today?
How did cotton come to be spun into cloth?
Who originated the science of making leather out of animal skin?

In this book, Kancha Ilaiah throws light on the science, art and skill of adivasis, cattle-rearers, leatherworkers, potters, farmers, weavers, dhobis and barbers. The book documents the contributions to the betterment of human life by castes and communities despised as ‘lowly’ and ‘backward’.

Recently, students opposed to reservation in educational institutions expressed protest by polishing shoes, sweeping the roads and selling vegetables. Why such resentment against labour? Could these students make shoes or till the land? Could they make a pot? This book—with stunning illustrations by Durgabai Vyam—is the first ever attempt to inculcate a sense of dignity of labour among India’s children.

‘It’s a hugely important book. Every Indian child should read it.’UNICEF

Durgabai Vyam

Name: Durgabai Vyam Where: India What she does: Artist Impact: Raising awareness of caste discrimination against Dalits Nominated by: Bethan Cobley, One World Action

Durgabai Vyam is one of the innovative artists of the controversial graphic novel Bhimayana – a novel that confronts caste discrimination against Dalits inIndia. Caste discrimination denies Dalits, basic human rights and confines them in a system that rates them as less than human.

Durgabai has played a pivotal role bringing to light the often taboo subject of how Dalits are treated and has exposed the many costs – emotional, psychological and physical – of caste discrimination. Through her compelling use of traditional graphic art, Durgabai’s artistic skill provides the book with a unique and powerful vision.

Through her work Durgabai has taken risks: she has transcended the boundaries of the traditionally western genre of graphic novels by refusing to confine her art within conventional boxes. Durgabai’s innovative style challenges perceptions of the acceptability of caste discrimination and encourages dialogue by confronting societal values. Using her artistic vision to visually stimulate change, Durgabai has paved the way for further discussions which highlight and challenge caste discrimination, giving a voice to Dalits through this vibrant and compelling piece of work.

Durgabai was the runner up in the Arts and Media category. The award was collected on her behalf by Meena Varma from the UK Dalit Solidarity Network.
Damodar Raao
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Damodar Raao
Damodar Raao
Background information
Born 21 August 1977
Genres Filmifolk
Occupation(s) composer, singer, actor, performer, record producer
Instruments Vocals, harmonium, keyboard, voice over
Years active 2007–present

Labels Venus, Times MusicSony Music EntertainmentT-Series, Indya Records, Moser Baer, Sai Records

Damodar Raao (born 21 August 1977) is an Indian composer, singer, record producer, and live performer. His music genre is about acoustic folk with some traces of Indian classical music.


In 2000, Raao got his first break as a singer in the Hindi film Shaitan Tantrik, which was composed by Nikhil Vinay with lyrics by Vinay Bihari.

In 2007 Raao moved with his family to Mumbai.

In 2008, he composed the music for the low-budget Hindi film Once More, aka Gorakh Dhandha.

Raao has composed more than 75 films in Bhojpuri language, including Dil Ho Gail Qurban, Teri Meri Ashiqui, Sargana Kushi Nagar Rangdari Tax, Gunday (Bhojpuri), Bagi Ishq, Inspector Chandani, Jungal Raj, Dil Aur Deewar, The Power of Dahshat, Sajan Ki Bahon Me (Bhojpuri), Majnu Motorwala, and Baap Re Baap.

The musical film Teri Meri Ashqui was praised by critics.

Awards and honors

In 2014 Raao received the award for Best Music Director of the Year 2012 by Darshnik Mumbai Press Media Award. He was also honoured by the Aapki Awaz Foundation for Best Music Director & Mumbai Gaurav Award of the year 2014 for the Bhojpuri film Majnu Motorwala. Raao was given the Chhatrapati Shivaji Gaurav Award in 2016 by Darshnik newspaper and Evershine Mitramandal in Mumbai.

In October 2016, Raao reached a record of making 50 filmy albums and devotional albums of various singers.


YearFilmLanguageSingerActorNotes2012 Majnu Motorwala Bhojpuri Vinod RathodRoop Kumar RathodIndu SonaliMohan Rathore, Alok Kumar, Khushboo JainKalpana Patowary, Damodar Raao Kunal Tiwari, Kajal Raghwani, Aaditya Ojha, Rajat Mani, Seema Singh, Ajay Suryavanshi, Ranjan Kumar, Sanjay Pandey, Manoj Tiger, Ratnesh Barnwal Winner, Darshnik Mumbai Press Media Award for Best Music Director
2013 Dhundh Lenge Manjil Hum Hindi Shahid Mallya, Sanchiti Sakat, etc. Kalyanji Jana, Dharmendra Singh Released in 2013 in some theatres.
2014 Dream City Mumbai Hindi Udit NarayanShahid Mallya, Alok Kumar, Shabab Sabri, Manoj Mishra, Bhavesh Bhanushali, Sanchiti Sakat, Khushboo JainPamela Jain, Kalyanji Jana, Sonu Rao, Damodar Raao Kalyanji Jana, Rashika Sinha, Ramesh Goyal, Akhil Nayak, Dharmendra Singh, Sapna Khatik, Damodar Raao
2014 Sajan Ki Bahon Mein Bhojpuri Indu SonaliMohan Rathore, Damodar Raao, Rupesh Mishra, Khushboo Jain, Lali Mishra, Manoj Mishra Rs Tiwari, Renuja Singh, Rita Ray, Chandan Rajput, Riya Rastogi, Brijesh Tripathi, Vishnushankar Belu, Damodar Raao, Anoop Arora, Ritu Pandey, Pappu Tiwari Also actor
2014 Teri Meri Ashiqui Bhojpuri Alok Kumar, Indu Sonali, Mamta Raut, Khushboo Jain, Kumar Alam, Khushbu Uttam, Manohar Singh, Santosh Puri, Sajan Dubey, Khushboo Uttam Sujeet Puri, Tanushree, Abhishek Giri, Rajkapoor Shahi Co-composer: Sujeet Puri
2015 Maai Ke Karz Bhojpuri Udit NarayanAlka YagnikSadhna SargamKhushboo Jain, Manoj Mishra, Indu Sonali, Damodar Raao, Alok Kumar, Sumeet Baba, Priyanka Singh, Pamela Jain, Jaydev Rani ChatterjeeVinay Anand, Roshan Kumar, Akshara Singh, Bipin Singh, Sanjay Pandey, Partibha Pandey, Seema Singh, Maya Yadav, Prakash Jais, Rukhsar, Damodar Raao, Ratnesh Barnwal, Jai Prakas Singh Co-composers: Rajesh Mishra, Amresh Shahabadi
2015 Ye Hai Yuva Aandolan Hindi Udit NarayanShahid Mallya, Alok Kumar, Vinod Rathod, Manoj Mishra, Bhavesh Bhanushali, Sanchiti Sakat, Khushboo JainPamela Jain, Sonu Rao, Damodar Raao Kalyanji Jana, Rashika Sinha, Ramesh Goyal, Akhil Nayak, Dharmendra Singh, Sapna Khatik, Damodar Raao
2016 Baap Re Baap Bhojpuri Alok Kumar, Mohan Rathore, Mamta Raut, Indu Sonali, Gaurav Jha, Poonam Pandey, Alka Jha Gaurav Jha, Aanchal Soni, Cp Bhatt, Ritu Pandey, Glori Mahanta, Umesh Singh, Sonu Jha Director: G J Rock
2016 Bagi Ishq
2016 Gunday
2016 The Power of Dahshat Bhojpuri Udit Narayan, Alok Kumar, Mamta Raut, Madan Ray, Vicky Babua, Damodar Raao, Manoj Mishra, Indu SonaliMohan RathorePamela JainKhushboo Jain Viraj Bhatt, Baleshwar Singh, Monalisa Satyendra Singh, Priyanka Pandit
2017 Parivar Ke Babu Bhojpuri Kalpana PatowaryIndu Sonali, Alok Kumar, Khushboo JainPamela Jain Aditya Mohan, Seema Singh Director: Dhananjay Pratap Singh
2017 The Power of Dahashat Bhojpuri Udit NarayanPamela Jain Manoj Mishra, Rupesh Mishra, Mamta Raut Satendra Singh, Priyanka Pandit Director: Sanjay Srivastava
2017 Shaheed E Azam - Ek Ankahi Kahani Hindi Yash Wadali, Vinod Rathod, Manoj Mishra, Rupesh Mishra, Mamta Raut Nikhil Singh, Rahul, Sibu Giri Director: Arun Kumar Pathak
TBA Keep Safe Distance (film) Unreleased

Music albums

YearNon-filmy albumsLanguageSingerNotes2016 Sabse Badhiya Aapan Bihar Hindi/Bhojpuri Udit NarayanPamela JainKhushboo Jain, Amod Kumar Telefilm
2016 Hasratein Hindi Sanchiti Sakat, Sonu Rao Unreleased
Devi Ajith
From Wikipedia
Devi Ajith
Born 28 March 1973 
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Ajith (1992-1997)
Children Nandana Ajith
Parent(s) V. Ramachandran Nair
S. Lalithambika Devi

Devi Ajith (born 28 March 1973) is an Indian actress, dancer and a television personality in the Malayalam film industry. She is known for her roles in Trivandrum Lodge and Immanuel. She is also seen in a short film named Virgin Road. Also runs a boutique in Trivandrum named Scarlet for the past 20 years.

Personal life

Born and brought up in Trivandrum, Kerala, she started her career with Asianet by anchoring Pattupetty. Daughter of professors V. Ramachandran Nair and S. Lalithambika Devi. Devi got married at the age of 19 to (Late) Ajith Kumar, producer of The Car and has a daughter, Nandana Ajith (b. 1993), who works as digital analyst in Fashionobi ; Milan, Italy. Her husband died in a car accident in 1997. She is remarried to Ashok Kumar Vasudevan since 22 November 2009. Her daughter got married in 2021.
Diwaliben Bhil
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Diwaliben Bhil
Birth name Diwaliben Punjabhai Ladhia
Born 2 June 1943
Dalkhania village (now in Dhari Taluka, Amreli districtBombay presidencyBritish India
Died 19 May 2016 (aged 72)
Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Genres Folk music
Occupation(s) Folk singer, playback singer

Diwaliben Punjabhai Bhil (2 June 1943 – 19 May 2016), also known as Diwaliben Punjabhai Ladhia, was a Gujarati folk singer and playback singer from Gujarat, India. Her talent was discovered late; she then sang on radio and in Gujarati films. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990. She was also recognized as a "Gujarat ni Koyal" by public.

Diwaliben Bhil was born on 2 June 1943 in Dalkhania village (now in Dhari Taluka, Amreli district, Gujarat) to Punjabhai and Monghiben in a tribal family.Her original surname was Ladhiya. Inspired by her mother, she started singing traditional garba songs at an early age. She was a primary-school dropout, but had taught herself folk singing. She moved to Junagadh at the age of nine, when her father found a job on the Junagadh State Railway. She was married in Rajkot at the age of nine, but her marriage was declared null and void after only two days due to disagreements; she never married again. Around the age of twenty, she got a job in a hospital and worked there for ten years. Later, she worked as a domestic helper in the nurses' quarters of the Junagadh Public Hospital. She moved to Junagadh and lived with her brother in the Ghanghiram area.

In 1964, Gujarati folk singer Hemu Gadhvi spotted her talent and arranged her first recording for the All India Radio-Rajkot for a payment of five Rupees. Social worker Ratubhai Adani took her to Delhi, where she won the first prize in the Folk Music Festival. Musician Kalyanji heard her during her stage performance in Mumbai, and invited her to sing as a playback singer in Gujarati films. Jesal Toral (1971) was her first film and her song "Paap Taru Parkash Jadeja.." from the film become very popular. She travelled across India and abroad for performances. She conducted several stage performances with Pranlal Vyas.She worked in a primary school of Gomta village near Gondal.

She died on 19 May 2016 of natural causes, after a long period of illness.


Diwaliben was a self-taught singer, and did not receive any formal education in music.

Diwaliben sang large numbers of folk songs, garbas, bhajans and Gujarati film songs, and recorded and released cassettes of them.She received recognition for her folk song "Aiwa Aiwa" from the album Mann ke Manjeere (2001). The folk song was from the Kharwa community of Saurashtra. Some of her notable songs are "Marey Todle Betho Mor", "Sona Vatkdi Re Kesar Gholya", "Vage Che Re", "Ram Na Ban Vagya", "Hari Na Ban Vagya Re", "Halo Ne Kathiyavadi Re", "Kokilkanthi", "Hoon To Kagalaiyan Lakhi Lakhi Thaki", "Varse Varse Ashadhi Kere Megh" and "Chelaiya Khama Khamare" from the Gujarati film, Halo Gamde Jaiye. She had worked with several musicians and singers such as Hemu Gadhvi, Lakhabhai Gadhvi, Ismail Valera, Veljibhai Gajjar, Karsan Sagathiya, Praful Dave, Bhikhudan Gadhvi, Usha Mangeshkar, Damyanti Bardai, Murli Meghani and Anandkumar.


She was felicitated by the Gujarati Society in London during her visit. She was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India in 1990. The Government of Gujarat awarded her the Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar. She was also recognized as a "Gujarat ni Koyal" by public.

Selected filmography

Jesal Toral (1971)
Hothal Padamani (1974)
Bhadar Tara Vaheta Pani (1976)
Ganga Sati (1979)
Maniyaro (1980)
Ra Navghan 1976
Sati Savitri
Lankani Ladi Ghogha No Var (1978)
Mandavda Ropavo Manaraj
Machu Tara Vaheta Pani
Goral Garasani (1982)
Sonba Ane Roopba
Ashadhi Bij
Sampurn Ramayan
Veer Abhal Valo
Bhagat Pipaji
Pithi No Rang
Shamalshano Vivah
Vat Vachan Ane Ver
Mali Methan
Virangna Nathibai
Diyar Vatu
Sonbai Ni Chundadi
Sant Tulsidas
Lako Loyan
Deepak Dev
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Deepak Dev
Deepak Dev
Background information
Born 30 April 1978
Genres Film score, soundtrack, world musicIndi-popdance music, classical music
Occupation(s) Film composer, music director, record producer, singer, instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboards, vocals
Years active 2003–present

Deepak Devraj Komath, better known as Deepak Dev is an Indian music composer, best known for his compositions in Malayalam cinema, with films such as Chronic BachelorUdayananu TharamNaranPuthiya MukhamUrumiGrandmaster and Bhaskar the Rascal. Dev is also a former member of the Indian rock band Motherjane.

Early years

Deepak Dev is a native of Tellicherry in Kerala, and grew up in Dubai. He studied at the Indian High School there and learned Indian Carnatic music since childhood. Later his interest switched mainly to the keyboard. While a graduate student in Sacred Heart College, he was the mastermind behind the college rock band which went on to win the prestigious intercollege competition 'Talent Time – Woodstock' award every year. He focused on programming music and started working with reputed musicians like A.R Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sandeep Chowta, VidyasagarAnu MalikM.M. KeeravaniMani Sharma, and Adesh Shrivastav.

He started his career in Malayalam movies with Chronic Bachelor, directed by Siddique (of Siddique-Lal fame).

He said in an interview that he had almost given up on his musical career, soon after completing his graduation from Sacred Heart's College, Cochin, "as nothing exciting was happening in my career." However, every time he tried to sell his keyboard, it always came back to him, "as any guy who bought it from me with a mere small advance could never pile up the money that they had promised me for that keyboard and ended up giving it back to me. And soon after the third time it happened, the Siddique-Lal duo called me to join their group for their shows in the United States. They wanted me to render some music to fill the time in-between programs. As I got a chance to visit America, my intention was to get some job in the States like marketing, sales or anything other than music. During that time Mr.Siddique heard my composition and told me that 'I have good talent in music and I must take music as my career' Eventually, it was those words gave me courage to take music as my career. "After that I came back to India I shifted base from Kerala to Chennai , that was in 1999. After few years I met Siddique and he asked me to compose music for his movie 'Chronic Bachelor', my first film".

Personal life

Deepak was born to Devraj Komath and Asha Dev based in Tellichery, who now live in Dubai. He has a younger brother, Dixit Dev. He was educated at The Indian High School, Dubai and at Sacred Heart College, Thevara. Deepak married Smitha Girijan on 26 May 2002. The couple now live in Ernakulam with their two daughters, Devika (born 2003) and Pallavi (born 2006).


2003 Chronic Bachelor Malayalam Yes Yes
2004 Symphony Malayalam Yes Yes
2005 Udayananu Tharam Malayalam Yes No Vanitha Film Award for Popular Song.
Naran Malayalam Yes No
Ben Johnson Malayalam Yes No
2006 Lion Malayalam Yes No
Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Malayalam Yes No
Rashtram Malayalam Yes
Yes Your Honour Malayalam Yes No
2007 The Speed Track Malayalam Yes No
Kaakki Malayalam Yes
2008 Sadhu Miranda Tamil Yes
2009 Puthiya Mukham Malayalam Yes Asianet Film Award for Best Music Director
2010 Drona 2010 Malayalam Yes No
Tournament Malayalam Yes No
2011 Christian Brothers Malayalam Yes No
Teja Bhai & Family Malayalam Yes Yes
2012 Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar Malayalam Yes No
Cobra Malayalam No Yes
Grandmaster Malayalam Yes
101 Weddings Malayalam Yes Yes
Chettayees Malayalam Yes
I Love Me Malayalam Yes Yes
2013 Ladies and Gentleman Malayalam No Yes
Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Malayalam Yes Yes
Honey Bee Malayalam Yes Yes
Ezhamathe Varavu Malayalam No Yes
Bicycle Thieves Malayalam Yes Yes
2014 7th Day Malayalam Yes Yes
Gangster Malayalam Yes Yes
Ithihasa Malayalam Yes Yes
Hi I'm Tony Malayalam Yes Yes
Avatharam Malayalam Yes Yes
2015 Bhaskar the Rascal Malayalam Yes Yes
Lavender Malayalam Yes Yes
Thilothama Malayalam Yes Yes
Swargathekkal Sundaram Malayalam No Yes
Chirakodinja Kinavukal Malayalam Yes Yes
2016 Jaadayum Mudiyum Malayalam Short film
King Liar Malayalam Yes Yes
2017 Honey Bee 2: Celebrations Malayalam Yes Yes
Sunday Holiday Malayalam Yes Yes
Adam Joan Malayalam Yes No
Kaattu Malayalam Yes Yes
Masterpiece Malayalam Yes Yes
2019 Lucifer Malayalam Yes Yes
Vallikudilile Vellakkaran Malayalam Yes Yes
Ittymaani: Made in China Malayalam Yes Yes
Ganagandharvan Malayalam Yes Yes
2020 Big Brother Malayalam Yes Yes
Yogi Da Tamil Yes Yes


Other awards:

Television shows

Super star Judge Amrita TV
Super star junior
Super star Junior 2
Super Star 2
Super star 3
Super star Junior 3
Gandharva sangeetham Kairali TV
Super star junior 4 Amrita TV
Music mojo season 2 Band singer Kappa TV
Music mojo season 3
Bhima Music India Judge Asianet
Wonder Kids Asianet

Deepali Kishore
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Deepali Kishore
Born 6 January 1989 
Patna, Bihar, India
Genres pop, classical
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 2007–present

Deepali Kishore (Bhojpuri: दीपाली किशोर) (born 6 January 1989 in Patna, Bihar) is an Indian singer. She was a finalist of Indian Idol 3. She also appeared along with Bollywood actor John Abraham and performed a group song from film Goal. She has sung a song for movie Don Muthuswami. The song is "I Love You", composed by Anu Malik. She has hosted the auditions and the Roobaroos with Meiyang Chang in Indian Idol season 4. She has hosted a music show Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star on DD National, with Abhas Joshi. Deepali is acting in the Bhojpuri soap Badki Malkayen on Mahua TV. Her latest Bollywood song is Ji huzori from ki & ka opposite Mithoon..
Dick Van Dyke
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Dick Van Dyke
Van Dyke at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Richard Wayne Van Dyke
December 13, 1925 
Years active 1947–present
Margie Willett
​(m. 1948; div. 1984)​
Arlene Silver
​(m. 2012)​
(1976–2009; her death)
Children 4, including Barry
Jerry Van Dyke (brother)
Shane Van Dyke (grandson)

Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service  Army Air Forces
Years of service 1943–1946

Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, and dancer, whose award-winning career has spanned seven decades in film, television and the theatre.

Van Dyke began his career as an entertainer on radio and television, in nightclubs, and on the Broadway stage. In 1961 he starred in the original production of Bye Bye Birdie alongside Chita Rivera, a role which earned him the Tony Award for Best Actor in a MusicalCarl Reiner then cast him as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), which made him a household name. He went on to star in the motion picture musicals Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and in the comedy-drama The Comic (1969). He made memorable guest appearances on television programs Columbo (1974) and The Carol Burnett Show (1977), and starred in The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74), Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001), and Murder 101 (2006–08). Van Dyke has also made appearances in motion pictures Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Van Dyke is the recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013.He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend.In 2021, Van Dyke was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors.

Early life

Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (née McCord; 1896–1992), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne "Cookie" Van Dyke (1898–1976), a salesman. He grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke (1931–2018), who appeared as his brother in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Van Dyke is a Dutch surname, although he has EnglishIrish, and Scottish ancestry. His family line traces back to Mayflower passenger John Alden.

In his youth, Van Dyke considered a career in the ministry, although a drama class in high school convinced him to become a professional entertainer. Throughout his acting career he continued to teach Sunday school in the Presbyterian Church where he was an elder, and he continued to read such theologians as Martin BuberPaul Tillich, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Military service

In 1944, Van Dyke left high school in his senior year to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War II. Denied enlistment several times for being underweight, he was eventually accepted for service as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services and entertaining troops in the continental United States. He received his high school diploma in 2004.

Radio and stage
Van Dyke in a 1959 publicity photo

During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ on WDAN in Danville, Illinois. In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by pantomime performer Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo called "Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes." The team toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, performing a mime act and lip synching to 78 records. They moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1950s and performed a local television show featuring original skits and music called "The Merry Mutes".

In November 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in The Girls Against the Boys. He played the lead role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which ran from April 14, 1960, to October 7, 1961. The musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke's Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961. In 1980, Van Dyke appeared in the title role in the first Broadway revival of The Music Man.


Van Dyke's start in television was with WDSU New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program.[20][21][22] Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was with Dennis James on James' Chance of a Lifetime in 1954. He later appeared in two episodes of The Phil Silvers Show during its 1957–58 season. He also appeared early in his career on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and NBC's The Polly Bergen Show. During this time a friend from the Army was working as an executive for CBS television and recommended Van Dyke to that network. Out of this came a seven-year contract with the network. During an interview on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! program, Van Dyke said he was the anchorman for the CBS Morning Show during this period with Walter Cronkite as his newsman.
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke from the premiere of The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961

From 1961 to 1966, Van Dyke starred in the CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie. Carl Reiner conceived the program and cast himself as the lead in the pilot, but CBS insisted on recasting, and Reiner chose Van Dyke to replace him in the role. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comic actors including Rose MarieMorey AmsterdamJerry ParisAnn Morgan GuilbertRichard Deacon, and Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as 23-year-old Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob's wife Laura Petrie. Van Dyke won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and the series received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series.

From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he portrayed a local television talk show host. Although the series was developed by Carl Reiner and starred Hope Lange as his wife, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, the show was less successful than its predecessor, and Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons. In 1973, Van Dyke voiced his animated likeness for the October 27, 1973, installment of Hanna-Barbera's The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke," the series' final first-run episode. The following year, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After (1974). Van Dyke revealed after its release that he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem. He admits he was an alcoholic for 25 years. That same year he guest-starred as a murderous photographer on an episode of ColumboNegative Reaction. Van Dyke returned to comedy in 1976 with the sketch comedy show Van Dyke and Company, which Andy Kaufman made his prime time debut. Despite being canceled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series. After a few guest appearances on the long-running comedy-variety series The Carol Burnett Show, Van Dyke became a regular on the show, in the fall of 1977. However, he appeared in only half of the episodes of the final season. For the next decade he appeared mostly in TV movies. One atypical role was as a murdering judge on the second episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith. In 1987, he guest-starred in an episode of Airwolf, with his son Barry Van Dyke, who was the lead star of the show's fourth and final season on USA Network. In 1989, he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur's character. This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977.
Carol Burnett and Dick Van Dyke in 1977

His film work affected his TV career: the reviews he received for his role as D.A. Fletcher in Dick Tracy led him to star as the character Dr. Mark Sloan first in an episode of Jake and the Fatman, then in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis: Murder. The series ran from 1993 to 2001 with son Barry Van Dyke co-starring in the role of Dr. Sloan's son Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan. Also starring on the same show was daytime soap actress Victoria Rowell as Dr. Sloan's pathologist/medical partner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, and Charlie Schlatter in the role of Dr. Sloan's student, Dr. Jesse Travis. Van Dyke continued to find television work after the show ended, including a dramatically and critically successful performance of The Gin Game, produced for television in 2003 that reunited him with Mary Tyler Moore. In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs. A 2004 special of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited was heavily promoted as the first new episode of the classic series to be shown in 38 years. Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; although nominated for a Primetime Emmy the program was roundly panned by critics. In 2006 he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.

For the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series, WandaVision, Van Dyke was consulted by the producers on how to emulate The Dick Van Dyke Show.


Van Dyke began his film career by playing the role of Albert J. Peterson in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation—its focus differed from the stage version in that the story now centered on a previously supporting character—the film was a success. That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles: as the chimney sweep Bert, and as bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior, in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). For his scenes as the chairman, he was heavily costumed to look much older and was credited in that role as "Navckid Keyd" (at the end of the credits, the letters unscramble into "Dick Van Dyke"). Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent has been lambasted as one of the worst accents in film history, cited by actors since as an example of how not to sound. In a 2003 poll by Empire magazine of the worst-ever accents in film, he came in second (to Sean Connery in The Untouchables, despite Connery winning an Academy Award for that performance). According to Van Dyke, his accent coach was Irish, who "didn't do an accent any better than I did", and that no one alerted him to how bad it was during the production. Still, Mary Poppins was successful on release and its appeal has endured. "Chim Chim Cher-ee", one of the songs that Van Dyke performed in Mary Poppins, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting duo.
Dick Van Dyke as Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, 1964

Many of the comedy films Van Dyke starred in throughout the 1960s were relatively unsuccessful at the box office, including What a Way to Go! with Shirley MacLaineLt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.FitzwillyThe Art of Love with James Garner and Elke SommerSome Kind of a NutNever a Dull Moment with Edward G. Robinson, and Divorce American Style with Debbie Reynolds and Jean Simmons. But he also starred as Caractacus Potts (with his native accent, at his own insistence, despite the English setting) in the successful musical version of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), which co-starred Sally Ann Howes and featured the same songwriters (The Sherman Brothers) and choreographers (Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood) as Mary Poppins.

In 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the comedy-drama The Comic, written and directed by Carl Reiner. Van Dyke portrayed a self-destructive silent film era comedian who struggles with alcoholismdepression, and his own rampant ego. Reiner wrote the film especially for Van Dyke, who often spoke of his admiration for silent film era comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and his hero Stan Laurel. Also in 1969, Van Dyke played Rev. Clayton Brooks, a small-town minister who leads his Iowa town to quit smoking for 30 days to win $25 million (equal to $176,429,220 today) from a tobacco company in "Cold Turkey", although that film was not released until 1971.

On Larry King Live, Van Dyke mentioned he turned down the lead role in The Omen which was played by Gregory Peck. He also mentioned his dream role would have been the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Twenty-one years later in 1990, Van Dyke, whose usual role had been the amiable hero, took a small but villainous turn as the crooked DA Fletcher in Warren Beatty's film Dick Tracy. Van Dyke returned to motion pictures in 2006 with Curious George as Mr. Bloomsberry and as villain Cecil Fredericks in the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum. He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), but it was cut from the film. It can be found in the special features on the DVD release. He also played the character again in the third film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

In 2018, Van Dyke portrayed Mr. Dawes Jr. in Mary Poppins Returns. He had previously portrayed both Bert and Mr. Dawes, Sr. (Mr. Dawes, Jr.'s late father), in the original film.

Other projects
Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, 1964

Van Dyke received a Grammy Award in 1964, along with Julie Andrews, for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. In 1970, he published Faith, Hope and Hilarity: A Child's Eye View of Religion a book of humorous anecdotes based largely on his experiences as a Sunday School teacher. Van Dyke was principal in "KXIV Inc." and owned 1400 AM KXIV in Phoenix from 1965 to 1982.

As an a cappella enthusiast, he has sung in a group called "Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix" since September 2000. The quartet has performed several times in Los Angeles as well as on Larry King Live, The First Annual TV Land Awards, and sang the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games including a nationally televised NBA Finals performance on NBC. Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999.

Van Dyke became a computer animation enthusiast after purchasing a Commodore Amiga in 1991. He is credited with the creation of 3D-rendered effects used on Diagnosis: Murder and The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited. Van Dyke has displayed his computer-generated imagery work at SIGGRAPH, and continues to work with LightWave 3D.

In 2010, Van Dyke appeared on a children's album titled Rhythm Train, with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and singer Leslie Bixler. Van Dyke raps on one of the album's tracks.

In 2017, Van Dyke released his first solo album since 1963's Songs I Like. The album, Step (Back) In Time, was produced by Bill Bixler (who also played sax), with arrangements by Dave Enos (who also played bass) and features noted musicians John Ferraro (drums), Tony Guerrero (trumpet & vocal duet), Mark LeBrun (piano), Charley Pollard (trombone) and Leslie Bixler (vocals). Step (Back) In Time was released by BixMix Records and showcases Van Dyke in a jazz and big band setting on classic songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Van Dyke recorded a duet single for Christmas 2017 with actress Jane Lynch. The song, "We're Going Caroling," was written and produced by Tony Guerrero for Lynch's KitschTone Records label as a digital-only release.


Van Dyke has often cited Stan LaurelBuster Keaton, and Carl Reiner as his comedy influences and idols. Dyke stated on Conan that he called Laurel and admitted to him that he had stolen from him over the years, and Laurel replied, "Yes, I know". Entertainers who have cited Van Dyke as an influence include Steve MartinChevy ChaseConan O'BrienJim Carrey, and Bryan Cranston.

Personal life
Van Dyke's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Relationships and children

On February 12, 1948, while appearing at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, he and the former Margerie Willett were married on the radio show Bride and Groom. They had four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy and Carrie Beth. They divorced in 1984 after a long separation.

In 1976, Van Dyke began his relationship with longtime companion Michelle Triola Marvin. They lived together for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.

On February 29, 2012, at the age of 86, Van Dyke married 40-year-old make-up artist Arlene Silver. They had met six years earlier at the SAG awards.

Van Dyke incorporated his children and grandchildren into his TV endeavors. Son Barry Van Dyke, grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke along with other Van Dyke grandchildren and relatives appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder. Although Stacy Van Dyke was not well known in show business, she made an appearance in the Diagnosis: Murder Christmas episode "Murder in the Family" (season 4) as Carol Sloan Hilton, the estranged daughter of Dr. Mark Sloan.

All of Van Dyke's children are married, and he has seven grandchildren. His son Chris was district attorney for Marion County, Oregon, in the 1980s. In 1987, Van Dyke's granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye syndrome, which led him to do a series of commercials to raise public awareness of the danger of aspirin to children.


Van Dyke is sober and struggled with alcoholism in his past, and checked into a hospital for three weeks in 1972 to be treated for his addiction.

Van Dyke was a heavy smoker for most of his adult life. In a January 2013 interview with the London Daily Telegraph, he said he had been using Nicorette gum for the past decade.
Van Dyke in 2007

In April 2013, Van Dyke revealed that for seven years he had been experiencing symptoms of a neurological disorder, in which he felt a pounding in his head whenever he lay down, but despite his undergoing tests, no diagnosis had been made. He had to cancel scheduled appearances due to fatigue from lack of sleep because of the medical condition. In May 2013, he tweeted that it seemed his titanium dental implants may be responsible.

Automotive incident

On August 19, 2013, it was reported that the 87-year-old Van Dyke was rescued from his Jaguar by a passerby after the car had caught fire on the US 101 freeway in CalabasasLos Angeles County. He was not injured in the fire, although the car burned down to its frame.

Political affiliation

Van Dyke endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries. In July 2016, while campaigning for Sanders, Van Dyke said of Donald Trump, "I haven't been this scared since the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think the human race is hanging in a delicate balance right now, and I'm just so afraid he will put us in a war. He scares me."

Van Dyke again endorsed and campaigned for Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
Acting credits
Awards and honors
Van Dyke has received various awards, including a Grammy Award, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. In 1961 he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Bye Bye Birdie. In 1964 he won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Mary Poppins. Nominated for 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, Van Dyke received four awards for his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Van Dyke and Company.

In 2013, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2021, he was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors, where he was given tribute by Julie AndrewsSteve MartinChita RiveraBryan Cranston and Lin Manuel MirandaLaura Osnes sang "Jolly Holiday", and Derek Hough performed "Step in Time" both from Mary Poppins (1964). Together Hough and Osnes performed "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye BirdieAaron Tveit sang "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with Pentatonix.
Dev Negi
Dev Negi
Negi at 8th Mirchi Music Awards
Background information
Born 25 June 1989 (age 31)



Years active 2013 – present
Associated acts

Website devnegi.com

Dev Negi (born 25 June 1989) is a singer-songwriter and a playback singer based in MumbaiIndia. Negi has recorded numerous charbuster songs for hindi films, regional films, albums, television and TV commercials. The song Biba which is a collaboration of the international DJ Marshmello and music composer Pritam has been sung by Negi along with Shirley Setia & Pradeep Sran. His song Badri Ki Dulhania was the most viewed Indian song on YouTube in 2017.

Early life

Negi hails from a hilly town Dwarahat of AlmoraUttarakhand. He has done his schooling from a local state run intermediate school. During his childhood, he used to perform in school and local cultural events and he spent his maximum time in listening to Mohammed Rafi & Kishore Kumar's songs. According to Negi, he has learnt most of the music through listening and he too mentioned Rafi saab as an institution to him. After his schooling, he moved to JalandharPunjab for higher education. Negi holds a bachelor's degree in music from Apeejay College of Fine Arts and he has learned Hindustani classical music from his guru Shri Vinod Verma ji. He trained his voice there in Jalandhar and by the end of 2010 he shifted to Mumbai.


Negi made his debut with the song "Aaja Ab Jee Le Zara" from the film Ankur Arora Murder Case in 2013. He sang "Hai Yehi Zindagi" (film version) for Sajid Nadiawala's Kick and the title track of Ungli in 2014. In 2015, he got noticed when his two film songs released consecutively, "Ho Gaya Hai Pyaar" from Tanu Weds Manu Returns and "Coffee Peetey Peetey" from Gabbar Is Back. These songs brought him fame but "Badri Ki Dulhania" in 2017 came out as a major milestone in his career. After that he recorded a list of major chartbusters including "Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12" from Judwaa 2, "Sweety Tera Drama" from Bareilly Ki Barfi, "Butterfly" from the film Jab Harry Met Sejal, "Sweatheart" from Kedarnath and many others. His song Naach Meri Jaan for the Salman Khan starrer Tubelight has the Kumaoni lyrics written by him. It was for the first time when Kumaoni language has been used in a mainstream Hindi film song. Negi has done rapping in the song "Rang Laal" from Force 2 along with John Abraham which perfectly depicts the emotions of every Indian, post the Uri terror attack and India's retaliatory surgical strike. Apart from the films, he has sung several title tracks for television including Mere Rang Mein Rangne WaaliEk Boond IshqBeintehaa and Nisha Aur Uske Cousins. Besides, he has recorded songs for PunjabiMarathiTeluguBengali films. From then to now, he has shown his versatility by singing in different genres.

Personal life

Negi was born in Dwarahat on 25 June 1989. His father is an ex-army man and a former boxing player and mother is a homemaker. Negi is the youngest among his siblings. Being born and brought up in a Kumaoni – Rajput family, he has no ancestral roots to the music. However, he feels the music is always there in the beauty of hills and that has always been a big inspiration to him. In an interview, he mentioned that the feel is the most important factor in singing, particularly in playback and that feel is there in his singing due to the hills.

Hindi Film

YearSongFilmComposer(s)Lyricist(s)Co-singer(s)2021 Danka Baja Mumbai Saga Payal Dev Prashant Ingole
2020 Teri Bhabhi Coolie No. 1 Javed - Mohsin Danish Sabri Neha Kakkar
Deedar De Chhalaang Vishal–Shekhar Panchhi Jalonvi Asees Kaur
Virgin Bhanupriya – Title Track Virgin Bhanupriya Saurabh-Vaibhav Ajay Lohan
Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare Returns Pati Patni aur Woh Lijo George – DJ Chetas Shabbir Ahmed Asees Kaur
2019 Aa Paas Aa X Ray: The Inner Image Raaj Aashoo Alka Khan
Prassthanam – Title Track Prassthanam Farhad Samji
Zilla Hilela Jabariya Jodi Tanishk Bagchi Tanishk Bagchi, Shabbir Ahmed Monali ThakurRaja Hassan
Mumbai Dilli Di Kudiyaan Student of the Year 2 Vishal–Shekhar Vayu Payal Dev
Theme Song Total Dhamaal Gourov-Roshin Kumaar
Paisa Yeh Paisa Kunwar Juneja Shubro Ganguly, Arpita Chowkrabarty
Sajan Bade Senti Badhaai Ho JAM8 Vayu Harjot Kaur
Rang Taari Loveyatri Tanishk Bagchi Shabbir Ahmed, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hommie Dilliwala Yo Yo Honey Singh
Gayee Kaam Se Laila Majnu Joi Barua Irshad Kamil Amit Sharma, Meenal Jain
Pyar Le Pyar De Genius Himesh Reshammiya Shabbir Ahmed Ikka Singh, Iulia Vantur
2017 Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12 Judwaa 2 Anu Malik

Tushar Joshi
2016 Rang Laal Force 2 Gourov-Roshin Kumaar Aditi SharmaJohn Abraham
Dil Ye Khamakha Saansein Vivek Kar
Tum Mere One Night Stand
Sanj V
Automatic Ishmeet Narula
Yadaan Teriyaan (Duet) Hero Jassi Katyal
Coffee Peetey Peetey Gabbar Is Back Chirantan Bhatt Kumaar Paroma Dasgupta
2014 Ungli Pe Nachalein Ungli Aslam Keyi Shipra Goyal
Hai Yehi Zindagi Kick Meet Bros. Anjjan
2013 Delhi Delhi Zindagi 50 50 Vivek Kar Dev Negi

Teri High High Heels Mere Dad Ki Maruti Sachin Gupta Kumaar
Red Red Laali
Maa Da Karz
Aaja Ab Jee Le Jara Ankur Arora Murder Case Chirantan Bhatt Kausar Munir Deepali Sathe


YearTitleAlbum(s)Co-singer(s)Composer(s)Lyricist(s)Label(s)References2020 Raja Ganpati (feat. Asees Kaur, Deedar Kaur) Raja Ganpati – Single Asees Kaur, Deedar Kaur Tanishk Bagchi Rashmi Virag Times Music
Kahin Ka Na Chorha Kahin Ka Na Chorha – Single Bharat Goel Siddhant Kaushal
2019 Choodiyan (feat. Jackky Bhagnani & Dytto) Choodiyan — Single Asees Kaur Tanishk Bagchi Shabbir Ahmed Jjust Music
Zaroori To Nahi Zaroori To Nahi – Single Dev Negi Saba Akbarabadi, Amit Sharma Indie Music Label
BIBA (feat. Marshmello & Pritam) BIBA – Single Shirley Setia & Pradeep Sran Marshmello & Pritam JoyTime Collective
Psycho Psycho – Single Rajjat Sharma Dev Negi Indie Music Label / Sony Music India
2018 Yeh Kya Hua Broken But Beautiful Shreya Ghosal Rana Mazumdar Amitabh Bhattacharya ALTBalaji
Side Wala Hero SideHero Vayu Vayu Eros Now
2017 Tujhme Hi Mera Jahaan Tujhme Hi Mera Jahaan – Single Aslam Keyi B K Samant Times Music

Roke Na Ruke / Mast Magan (with Tulsi Kumar) T-Series Mixtape T-Series

2016 Pukarta Chala Hoon The Jam Room Sony Mix
Din Dhal Jaye
Jeevan Ke Har Mod Pe Paroma Das Gupta


2019 Bengali Jurajuri (জুরাজুরি) Oriplast Originals Protijyoti Ghosh Ritam Sen, Sambalpuri Folk Lyrics – Binod Pasayat Anushree Gupta SVF Music
Jamai Badal Title Song Jamai Badal Jeet Gannguli Priyo Chattopadhyay Payal Dev Surinder Films
Chai Na Kichui Inspector Notty K Suddho Roy Priyo Chatterjee Shweta Pandit
2017 Hawai Hawai Jio Pagla Jeet Gannguli Prasenjit Mallick Monali Thakur SVF Music

Anjjan Bhattacharya Zee Music Company

Jaya Tomari Chaamp Jeet Gannguli Raja Chanda Raja Chanda

2015 Marathi Deva Ganesha Yudh.. Astitvachi Ladai Vivek Kar Jaffer Sagar Adarsh Shinde


Chal Door Door (Unplugged)
2013 Punjabi Teri Meri Jodi Haani Jaidev Kumar Kumaar Shipra Goyal Saga Music
Debabrata Biswas
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Debabrata Biswas

দেবব্রত বিশ্বাস
Born 22 August 1911

Died 18 August 1980 (aged 68)

Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Other names George-da
Occupation vocalist
Years active 1940–71
Known for Rabindra Sangeet singer

Debabrata Biswas (also known as George Biswas and George-da; 22 August 1911 – 18 August 1980), was an Indian Rabindra Sangeet singer.

Early life

Biswas was born in 1911 in Barisal and then later came to Kishoreganj of Mymensingh district of British colonial undivided Bengal province of India. It was the time when King George V was visiting India for the Delhi Durbar, so he was nicknamed George. He was popularly called George Biswas and George Da.


Biswas' music was notable for its exceptional depth of emotional expression combined with an exploration of the subtle dramatic element in Tagore's lyrics. His early gramophone recordings of Tagore songs brought out in the early 1940s demonstrate soulful full-throated expression of melody with a strict adherence to the rules and norms of tradition, written and unwritten, which he felt obliged to break in the early 1960s – considered by most to be his heyday up to the year 1969. His renderings in this period show amazing power of voice and modulation, compounded with an overt emotional expression of a kind hitherto unpractised by his contemporaries and even himself. His voice at this period ranged at ease within the three octaves and with varied tempos and rhythms and showed a greater variety of emotional expression from the thunderous and rumbling to the soft and mellow. Somewhat audacious and overpowering in his personal feelings and mores, his enunciation of the words of even the most familiar of Tagore's lyrics extracted new meanings and freshness from the compositions. Some of his renditions that go deep into the heart of Bengalis include Akash bhora surjo tara, Purano sei diner kotha, E monihar amay nahi saje, Klanti amar khoma koro probhu, Je ratey mor duarguli, Tomar kache e bor magi, Chokher joler laglo joar, Swapne amar mone holo, among others.

Biswas is the only singer who sang Rabindra Sangeet in Sanskrit, English, German, French, and Russian. He got trained at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata for learning the rudiments of foreign languages.

Filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak took help of Biswas for song selection & playback of Tagore songs. Those Tagore songs used in the movies became extremely popular among the masses. Debabrata Biswas was actively engaged with IPTA group for a long period. He sang a few songs set to music by Salil ChoudhuryHemanga Biswas, Jyotirindra Moitra and recorded songs during the liberation movement of Bangladesh. Kazi Nazrul Islam himself was the trainer when Debabrata recorded songs by Nazrul.


Authoritarian eyebrows started to be raised from 1964 onwards with the liberties he started taking by challenging the published tune-notations, scansion, traditional tempo, beat and rhythms which people were accustomed to associating with Tagore lyrics, as well as with his inclination towards the use of Western musical instruments for the purposes of accompaniment and interlude – an obsession that remained with him till his death. He challenged the sensibilities of Tagore song listeners with the use of the Spanish guitar, the saxophone, the clarinet, the piano and the cello along with the sitar, the sarod, the esraj and the violin; and all this in the name of 'interpretation' and 'freedom of expression'. His popularity swelled beyond bounds with the masses, young and old – connoisseurs and dilettante alike for, despite these excesses, the power and intrinsic purity of style and spirit of his renditions were unparalleled.

In the later part of the 1960s, Debabrata was seriously challenged by the authorities over his audacious style and quite a number of his records were prohibited from commercial production for reasons attributed to wrong spirit, wrong tempo and other melodic excesses not regarded as harmonious to the purity of Tagore compositions. Although initially he did brace himself to meet the challenge, he retreated later and on his own volition stopped all record production. As further controversy fuelled, his public live performances continued with an ever- increasing demand but with age (now he was 60) and a declining voice and his lifelong asthma affliction, he withdrew from public appearance, venting his anguish and frustrations in his autobiographical reflections : Bratya Janer Ruddha Sangit (or The Stifled Music of an Untouchable), published in 1979, a year before his death on 18 August 1980.

Personal life
Debabrata Biswas along with his friends

A bachelor, a teetotaller, an excellent cook, a visitor to the Royal Calcutta Turf Club, a traditionalist at heart yet posing as a bohemian in a tongue-in-cheek style, and by any standards an eccentric, he lived a simple, modest and spartan life at his rented flat in South Calcutta, retiring in 1971 from the Life Insurance Corporation of India where he held a clerical position throughout his tenure; this, despite his being a post-graduate in economics from the Calcutta University. A confirmed communist throughout his life, he held his party membership with the Communist Party of India till the mid-1950s. However, he was hurt at the fact that a conflict had arisen among the core groups of the Communist Party itself. Hence, when Communist Party of India (Marxist) was formed, he was in a confused state. However, he remained in touch with the communist party till his death. In one of his memoirs he has said: "When the party got divided into two sections, I was confused, because I was attached to the members of both, Communist Party of India or CPI, as well as the newly formed Communist Party of India (Marxist). So, I decided to remain away from active politics. However, I must confess that I have been lucky to get the true love of all the members of both the wings of the communist party all through my life."

Apart from Rabindrasangeet, he is known to have held the masses spellbound with his booming and baritone voice singing Ganasangit or Peoples' Songs in party gatherings, meetings and plenary sessions up to the mid-1950s. He remains one of the towering personalities of the peak era of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), as a cultural delegate of which he visited China twice in the early 1950s with other great cultural luminaries from India. He recorded his experiences with China in a well-written but somewhat simplistic and naive book titled Antaranga Chin or China of My Heart.

A broad-hearted man of caustic humour even to the point of self-mockery, buffoonery and feigned frivolity, he was fond of sketching and often gave drawings along with autographs. One such signature features himself praying to Tagore and another showing Tagore hitting a sixer with a cricket bat. Immensely popular as he was, he had shunned the press and the media all his life, not even allowing his own photographs or career history on blurbs or record covers.

He lent his voice to a number of films and after his death was the subject of a documentary film by his name, based on archival footage and interviews.

To this day, he remains the most popular exponent of the art of Rabindra Sangeet, a model of orthodoxy when orthodox, and an icon of protest against the establishment, organized media and cultural dictatorship when breaking away from the orthodox. Even after 40 years from his passing away, his popularity remains supreme cutting across fan base.
Embar Kannan
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Kalaimamani Embar S. Kannan
Born 19 February 1975 

Embar S. Kannan is a violinist in the fields of Carnatic Music and Tamil Film Music. Trained in Carnatic as well as Western Classical methods, he is a Grade 'A top' artist of the All India Radio and is universally acclaimed as a soloist and an accompanist.

Carnatic music career

Born in a family of great musicians to Sangeetha Bhooshanam Sri Embar Sadagopan, Kannan took to playing the violin at the age of six. His initial training in Carnatic music was with Sri Subbanna Bhagavathar and Sri Vittal Ramamurthy. In 1986 he received a talent scholarship from the Government of India and earned a place under the mentorship of Kum.A. Kanyakumari. Shortly thereafter he received the Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar and the ‘Best Violinist Award’ from the Madras Music Academy for eight consecutive years. Over the course of his Carnatic career he has accompanied many leading artists such as T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Trichur RamachandranT. N. SeshagopalanSudha RaghunathanKadri GopalnathP. UnnikrishnanBombay Jayashree and S. Sowmya. One of Kannan’s prodigal accomplishments was the introduction of the silent violin to Carnatic Music in 2001. In August 2006, he played the silent violin at Puttaparthi in the presence of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba with the musicians of the HeArtBeat Ensemble.

On 14 July 2011, he played at a concert that was organised to raise funds for the Sankalp Trust, the open school and learning centre for special children, at the Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall.

Film music career

Kannan received his Western Classical training from acclaimed music director, Diwaker master. Under him, Kannan entered the film industry with the movie Puli Pettra Pillai. Subsequently, he made himself an integral part of Maestro Ilaiyaraja's orchestra and with them, has played in numerous films and concerts around the world. In addition, he has played for other music directors; notably, Karthik RajaYuvan Shankar RajaVidyasagarSharathA. R. Rahman and Deva.
E. Gayathri
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Echampati Gayathri
Background information
Occupation(s) Veena player
Instruments veena

Echampati Gayathri (née Gayathri Vasantha Shoba), popularly known as "Veena Gayathri"(born 9 November 1959) a veena exponent of the traditional Carnatic music. She was appointed by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J.Jayalalithaa, as the first Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University in November, 2013.

E.Gayathri received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002, the "Kalaimamani" award from Dr. M. G. R. on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1984 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club, Madras East in 2011. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa, appointed E. Gayathri as Honorary Director of Tamil Nadu Government Music Colleges in Chennai, Thiruvaiyaru, Madurai and Coimbatore in 2011. E.Gayathri has been honoured with a Doctorate by the World Tamil University in the year 2017.


E. Gayathri was born on 9 November 1959 to Kamala Aswathama, a veena vidushi, and to G. Aswathama, a film music director in the Telugu film industry. Her father named her Gayathri Vasantha Shoba. Gayathri first trained under her parents and later under Sangita Kalanidhi T. M. Thyagarajan, a Carnatic vocalist and composer.

Gayathri began her career at the age of 9 when Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Triplicane invited her to perform in their Saint Thyagaraja Festival in 1968. Gayathri went on to receive awards and titles from organisations in India and abroad. Gayathri has released many albums. She was appointed as Honorary Director of Tamil Nadu Government Music Colleges (in Chennai, Thiruvaiyaru, Madurai and Coimbatore) by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa, in 2011. E.Gayathri has been honoured with Doctorate by the World Tamil University in the year 2017.

Apart from these, she has also given performances abroad, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Singapore and Malaysia to name a few. She was also one of the many well-known artistes of India to have been featured in composer A.R. Rahman's Jana Gana Mana anthem track.


Senior Grade-awarded by All India Radio at the age of 13; without audition in recognition of prodigious talents, in 1973.
'Kalaimamani', Tamil Nadu state award from Dr. M. G. R. in 1984.
'Sangeet Natak Akademi' award from Dr. Abdul Kalam in 2002.
'Kumara Gandharva' award from Madhya Pradesh Government in 1999.
Sangeetha Kalasikhamani, 2001 by The Indian Fine arts Society, Chennai.
'Sangeetha Kalasarathy', from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in 2009.
'Lifetime Achievement' award from Rotary East Chennai in 2011.
Fazal Qureshi
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Fazal Qureshi
Born 13 February 1961 
Origin Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation(s) Tabla player
Instruments TablaKanjira

Ustad Fazal Qureshi ( born 13 February 1961) is an Indian tabla player. Born to the tabla player Ustad Allah Rakha, under the guidance of his father/guru, with the inspiration drawn from his brother, Ustad Zakir Hussain, he has also become a tabla player. He has expanded his horizons by being involved with other styles of music of the world especially Jazz and Western classical music, and has performed with many well known Jazz musicians. For the last 16 years he has been associated with Mynta, his world music band based in Sweden. They have performed all over the world and have released six albums. He teaches tabla to students in the Ustad Alla Rakha Institute of Music near Shivaji ParkDadar.,

Personal life

Fazal is married to Birwa, an interior designer from school of interior design, CEPT UNI, and a folk dancer. They have a daughter, Alia, who is studying ballet, and a son, Azann, who is learning piano.
Febi Mani
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Febi Mani
Born 15 December 1985ChennaiIndia
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1997–present

Febi Mani (also credited as Febi Srikanth Deva) is an Indian playback singer who has worked in the Indian film industry. Febi worked extensively with A. R. Rahman during the late 1990s and early 2000s, while also regularly collaborating with Harris Jayaraj.


Early in her career, Febi Mani collaborated frequently with A. R. Rahman, working on big budget projects including for "Kokku Saiva Kokku" from K. S. Ravikumar's Muthu (1995), "Love Theme" from Shankar's Jeans (1998) and "Dil Se Re" in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se (1998). The Hindustan Times called "Strawberry Kanne" from Minsara Kanavu (1997), sung by Kay Kay and Febi Mani, as "one of the most engaging tracks Rahman has ever composed" adding the musician employed "fabulous use of a motley assortment of instruments in the song that drove the story forward in the movie".[2] Other notable early work by the singer included "Kanni Pengal" from the Ajith Kumar-starrer Kaadhal Mannan (1998), "Kikku Yerudhey" from Padayappa (1999) and "Oh Mariya" from Kadhalar Dhinam (1999).

Following her marriage, Febi reduced her work commitments and has worked on film albums less often.

Personal life

Febi Mani married music director Srikanth Deva on 20 February 2005 in Chennai. The event was attended by several film personalities from the Tamil film industry including RajinikanthA. R. Rahman and Suriya, who were acquainted with either Febi, Srikanth or Srikanth's father, music composer Deva. Their first daughter, Varanya, was born in 2007.
Franco Simon
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Franco Simon
Background information
Birth name Franco Simon Neelankavil
Also known as Franko
Born 7 October 1974
Origin Thrissur, Kerala, India
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000 – present

Franco Simon (born 7 October 1974) is an Indian singer and music composer from Kerala. He has sung around 150 Malayalam films songs and 1500 album songs in 5 different languages. He is the nephew of well-known Indian film composer Ouseppachan. He is a recipient of GMMA award and multiple Yuvaprathibha Puraskar for his soundtrack albums.

Franco with band members Stephen Devassy(left) and Malaika Arora in a stage event
Franco Simon
Franco Simon performing on Stage

Franco Simon Neelankavil was born to Simon N.P. and Alice M.L on 7 October 1974 in Thrissur, Kerala, India. He is the oldest of four children. According to his parents, he has exhibited great interest in music and started singing at a very early age. He had his first on-stage performance when he was only 4 years old and has since won many awards and competitions. Franco completed his B.A. in music from Madras University.

Franco's first cinematic song was En Karalil (Raakshasi) from the movie Nammal in 2002. In 2005, Franco formed a band called Band Seven with Stephen Devassy and Sangeeth Pavithran. An Indian pop band, they released a Hindi album titled Yeh Zindagani. In association with Kosmic Music, Franco has composed numerous Hindu devotional songs in TeluguKannada and Sanskrit languages. Two of the hit songs from the very popular 2006 Malayalam album Chempakame brought his talents to the limelight when the album stayed on the top requested list for over 2 years. His Christian meditation album Moran Amekh in Sanskrit is unique in the world of meditation music.

Franco has worked with several leading music directors like Harris JayarajVidyaSagarD. ImmanDevi Sri PrasadOuseppachanMohan SitharaMani SharmaAlex PaulBerny-IgnatiusGopi Sunder, Shyam Dharman, Ram Surendar, Alphons Joseph Rahul RajPrakash UlyeriYuvan Shankar RajaSayan AnwarShabeerNatesh ShankarMM KeeravaniM. JayachandranR. P. Patnaik, Anup S Nair, Bobo ShashiMejo Joseph, Vinu Thomas, Thej Mervin, Abu Murali, Manoj George, Benny Johnson, Sejo JohnBijibalKaithapram Vishwanathan, et. al.

Partial Discography

Languages sung

Popular Songs in Malayalam Films
Rakshasi (Nammal )
Dhumthanakkidi Dhumma ( Mullavalliyum Thenmavum )
Pineapple Penne ( Vellinakshathram )
Kanaponnum thedi ( Chanthupottu )
Panchara chiri kondu ( Merikkundoru Kunjadu )
Avani ppadam Poothallo ( Maya Mohini )
Januariyil ( Ayalum Njanum Thammil )
Velli Chirakukal ( Chapters )
Appakkale ( Polytechnic )
Hai Hai Hailesa ( Pullipulikalum Attinkuttiyum )
Vasoottan ( Jamna Pyari )
Bum Hare ( Double barrel )
Kinavile ( Pranchiyettan )
Enne ninakkinnu Priyamalle ( youth festival )
Othu pidichal ( 3 dots )

Popular Songs in Tamil Films
Ullahi Ullahi ( Lesa Lesa )
Do Do doda ( Ullam Ketkumae )
Theye Theeye ( Maattrraan )
Title song (Thakadimi tha)
Title song (Thavam)

Popular songs in Telugu Films

Popular Songs In Hindi Film
Freeky Chakra

Popular songs in English Film
Dam 999

Lead Singer in Bands
Band Seven
Road House
Q8 Band

Popular Malayalam Albums
Sundariye vaa (Malayalam album)
Chempakame (Malayalam pop album)
Akkara Pacha
Belief ( Gospel Album )
4U ( Band Seven Album )
Yeh Zindagani ( Hindi album )

Sanskrit Album
MORAN AMEKH ( Christian Meditation Album in Sanskrit ) 2016
Gayatri Asokan
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Gayatri Asokan

2 March 1979
Thrissur, Kerala, India

Purbayan Chatterjee (m. 2016)

Musical career

Playback, Hindustani, Carnatic music, Bhajans



Years active


Gayatri Asokan is a playback singer who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. Apart from singing, she also composes music for albums and jingles. She is well trained in Bhajans and Hindustani and ghazals. She started her playback career with the song "Deena Dayalo Rama" for the film Arayannagalude Veedu under music director Raveendran. "Enthe Nee Kanna" for Sasneham Sumitra won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer in 2003. Her memorable hits include "Chanjadi Adi" from Makalkku, "Thumbikkinnaram" from Naran and "Pularumo" from Ritu.


Gayathri was first trained in Carnatic music by Sri Mangat Natesan and Sri Vamanan Namboodiri at Trichur. Later she started training in Hindustani music under Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar in Pune and later under Pandit Vinayaka Torvi in Bangalore, which she is continuing.
Gayatri is a person who is influenced by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and she is an active member of the Art of Living foundation.

She is also a Hindustani classical music singer, a Bhajan singer and has given Hindustani concerts and programs based on film songs abroad. She has sung in many albums and has also sung and given music for a new album for the Art of Living foundation which was released in September 2006 by HMV worldwide. She has also shared the stage with eminent singers like S.P. Balasubramanyam, Yesudas, Jayachandran, S. Janaki, Shankar Mahadevan, Madhu Balakrishnan and Pradip Somasundaran. She recently sang for an album by music maestro Ilayaraja, Thiruvasagam, which was released by Sony Music.

Other activities

She has performed for established sabhas like Thyagaraja Sabha, Bharatham and Soorya Festival at Trivandrum. She also has given performances for Soorya in the Gulf countries, Malaysia, Europe and the UK. She also performs regularly on Asianet, Kairali T.V, Jeevan T.V, and Amrita TV. Gandharva Sangeetham, a popular music talent search show on Kairali T.V. was jointly hosted by her and G. Venugopal. Gayatri is a jury member for the hit reality show Super Star Global on Amrita TV. She is now anchoring popular gazal show Khayal on Media One TV.
Guda Anjaiah
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Guda Anjaiah
Born 1 November 1955
Died 21 June 2016 (aged 60)
Nationality Indian
Other names Anjanna
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) Hema Nalini

Guda Anjaiah (1 November 1955 – 21 June 2016) was an Indian poet, singer, lyricist, and writer from the state of Telangana.

Early life

Guda Anjaiah was born to Lakshmaiah and Laskhmamma in the Lingapuram village of the Dandepalli Mandal, Adilabad district in the year 1955. He was fifth one among the six brothers and a sister in the family. He attended his early schooling in the same village. Later, he completed intermediate studies in Laksettipeta and B.Pharmacy in Hyderabad. His father was educated and both the parents used to sing the tales of RamayanMahabharata and other folk stories.

Personal life

He was a famous singer in Telangana state.

Popular culture

Guda Anjaiah, during his schooling wrote the first song Ooru idichi ney poduna, Uri eska sathunna which remarked on the society and drought in Telangana Region. After receiving a huge response from the people and well-known poets, he decided to write about the condition of people in Telangana. His writings and songs challenged the upper castes (Doras, Patels) in Telangana society.

At the age of 16 came his masterpiece, Ooru Manadira, which was first sung at Nalgonda in a meeting organised by the Arunodaya Organisation. It became a massive hit, was later translated into 16 other languages, and featured in the film Erra Sainyam directed by R. Narayana Murthy.

Telangana Agitation

Guda Anjaiah played a significant role in the Telangana agitation. Starting from 1969 Agitation, he was part of the movement. But in the later period of the agitation, he took the lead and toured all Telangana singing his powerful songs which motivated and energised the activists.

He along with Rasamayi Balakrishna started the event Telangana Dhoom Dham a cultural cum educating programme in the Kamareddy city. This event included lectures, speech and performance of various folk artists, singers, dancers and poets. Dhoom Dham was a huge hit and was organised in each and every village of Telangana. This event provided a platform for uniting the public, activists and political leaders under one tree.

His songs Rajigo Ore Rajigo (to motivate not to commit suicide in Telangana movement), Na Telangana, Na Telanagana .. Niluvella Gayala Veena,Ayyoniva Nuvvu Avvoniva Telanganoniki Thoti Paloniva (about Andhra settlers in Hyderabad) and others dominated Stage of Dhoom Dham. From 2001 to the achievement of Telangana State he fought, led and dictated the movement through his songs. His role in the Telangana Movement is highly appreciated and praised by Telangana.
जिसे ‘गानेवाली’ कहकर दुनिया दुत्कारती रही, उसी पांचवी पास गंगूबाई को 4 विश्वविद्यालयों ने दिया डॉक्टरेट!

रात के साढ़े बारह बजे थे, मशहूर गायिका गंगु बाई हंगल सोने जा चुकी थीं, तभी दो टेलीग्राम आये, एक, तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री इंदिरा गाँधी का था और दूसरा बाबू जगजीवन राम का। दोनों ही टेलीग्रामों में उन्हें बधाई दी गयी थी, पद्म भूषण पुरस्कार के लिए।

“मुझे कब किसीने बधाई का टेलीग्राम भेजा था? मैं उठी और जाकर अपने मामा, रमन्ना को जगाया। वे मेरे पास आकर बैठ गए। और हम दोनों ने क्या किया? सुबह होने तक बैठकर रोते रहे। यह सब संगीत की वजह से था…हम जिस दर्द से गुज़र कर यहाँ तक पहुंचे थे… ख़ुशी का ठिकाना नहीं था…पर हम अपने बीते हुए कल के बारे में सोचते रहे,” पहला राष्ट्रीय सम्मान पद्म भूषण मिलने पर गंगूबाई ने यह प्रतिक्रया दी।

(स्त्रोत – C.S. Lakshmi’s The Singer and the Song – Conversations with Women Musicians Vol 1 – 2000)

इस पुरस्कार के बाद गंगुबाई को कई लोगों ने अपने घर भोजन करने के लिए आमंत्रित किया। गंगूबाई का कहना था कि इनमें से कुछ वह लोग भी थे, जिनके पेड़ से आम चुराने पर कभी उन्होंने उस पेड़ को ही अपवित्र मान लिया था, क्यूंकि उन उच्च जातीय लोगों के लिए गंगू बाई एक गाने वाली की बेटी थी।

हिंदुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत में किराना घराने की प्रख्यात गायिका गंगुबाई का जन्म 5 मार्च 1913 को कर्नाटक के धारवाड़ जिले के शुक्रवारादापेते गाँव में हुआ था।

उनकी माँ, अंबाबाई तथा दादी, कमलाबाई दोनों का ही विवाह उच्च कोटि के ब्राह्मणों के साथ हुआ था, फिर भी उन्हें नीच कोटि का शुद्र माना जाता था। ऐसा इसलिए, क्यूंकि उनकी पिछली सभी पीढियां और गंगुबाई खुद देवदासी परम्परा की शिकार थीं। उनका जन्म केवट जाती में हुआ था, जहाँ की स्त्रियाँ गाने-बजाने में निपुण होती थी, पर उन्हें ‘अंगवस्त्र’ कहा जाता था। जिसका मतलब होता है, उच्च जाती के पुरुषों द्वारा लिया हुआ एक अतिरिक्त कपड़ा। ये महिलाएं उच्च जाती के पुरुषों द्वारा अपनाई जाती और पत्नियों की भांति रहती, उनकी संतान को जन्म भी देती, पर उन्हें पत्नी का दर्जा नहीं दिया जाता था।

“बचपन की कई कड़वी यादें मेरे साथ जुड़ी हुई है। मुझे याद है मैं बेलगाम कांग्रेस सेशन में गा रही थी, जहाँ गाँधी जी भी प्रस्तुत थे। पूरे प्रोग्राम में मुझे बस एक ही बात का डर था कि शायद मुझे मेरा खाना अलग से खाने को कहा जायेगा,” अपने 75वें जन्मदिन पर बात करते हुए उन्होंने कहा था।
इसी तरह घृणा, भेद-भाव और तंजों के बीच से संघर्ष करती हुई, जिस तरह से गंगुबाई ने संगीत सम्राज्ञी बनने का सफ़र तय किया वह एक निराली कहानी है।

गंगुबाई की माँ अंबाबाई कर्नाटिक संगीत में माहिर थी। संगीत के बड़े-बड़े महारथी उनका कर्नाटिक संगीत सुनने आते। यहाँ तक कि किराना घराने के अब्दुल करीम ख़ान ने उनका संगीत सुनकर एक बार कहा था कि उन्हें लग रहा है जैसे वे तन्ज़ोर में हैं।

संगीत के बीच पलती हुई गंगूबाई में भी संगीत के प्रति जन्मजात लगाव था। अपने बचपन के दिनों में वह ग्रामाफोन सुनने के लिए सड़क पर दौड़ पड़ती थी और उस आवाज़ की नकल करने की कोशिश करती थी।

“मुझे याद नहीं कि गायक कौन था, पर गाना कुछ ऐसा था ‘राधा बोलो मुझसे’।” दीपा गणेश के साथ एक इंटरव्यू के दौरान उन्होंने कहा था।

अंबाबाई ने शुरू में तो छोटी गांधारी (गंगुबाई का असली नाम) को कर्नाटिक संगीत सिखाने की कोशिश की, पर हिन्दुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत की तरफ़ उनके रुझान को देखते हुए उन्होंने अपनी बेटी को उस ज़माने में भी अपना रास्ता खुद चुनने की आज़ादी दी। उन्हें हिन्दुस्तानी संगीत सिखाने के लिए ही उनकी माँ उन्हें लेकर हुबली चली गयी। यहाँ वे पांचवी तक की ही पढ़ाई कर पायी।

13 साल की उम्र में गंगू बाई ने एच कृष्णाचार्य से संगीत का प्रशिक्षण लेना शुरू किया। यहाँ उन्होंने एक साल में ही 60 गाने सीखे, पर फिर फ़ीस को लेकर किसी विवाद के चलते कृष्णाचार्य ने उन्हें सिखाना छोड़ दिया। इसके बाद उन्होंने गुरू दत्तोपंत देसाई से प्रशिक्षण लेना शुरू किया।

अभी वे 16 की ही हुई थी कि देवदासी परम्परा के तहत उन्हें ब्राहमण परिवार के गुरुराव कौल्गी के साथ रहने जाना पड़ा। गंगूबाई के मुताबिक़ गुरुराव ने उनके सामने शादी का प्रस्ताव भी रखा था, पर उन्हें पता था कि ऐसा करने से समाज गुरुराव का भी बहिष्कार कर देगा। इसलिए आजीवन उन्होंने इस प्रस्ताव को नहीं स्वीकारा। पर गुरूराव से उनका सम्बन्ध उनकी संगीत साधना में बाधा के अलावा और कुछ नहीं था। गुरूराव पेशे से वकील थे, पर उन्होंने वकालत नहीं की। उन्होंने अपना सारा पैसा व्यवसाय में गंवा दिया और उनके और उनके परिवार की सारी आर्थिक ज़िम्मेदारी गंगूबाई पर आ गयी। वे जो भी कमाती, गुरूराव के आगे रख देती। संगीत सीखते हुए, लगातार उनका ध्यान अपनी आर्थिक तंगी पर भी रहता, जो उनके मुताबिक संगीत के लिए बिलकुल ठीक नहीं है।

इसी दौरान उन्हें उस्ताद सवाई गंधर्व के बारे में पता चला, जो उस्ताद भीम सेन जोशी और फ़िरोज़ दस्तूर जैसे महान गायकों के गुरू रहे हैं। उस्ताद सवाई गंधर्व कुंडगोल में रहते थे, जो गंगू बाई के गाँव से 30 किमी की दूरी पर था। वे हर सुबह 5:30 बजे अपने गाँव से ट्रेन में कुंडगोल जाती और रात 9:30 की ट्रेन से लौटती।

“मुझे याद है जब मैं गुरूजी के घर जाने के लिए उन गलियों से गुज़रती, तो लोग अपने घरों से निकल-निकलकर मुझे देखते और कहते -‘देखो, देखो गानेवाली आई है, यह अपमानजनक था, पर धीरे-धीरे मुझे इसकी आदत पड़ गयी थी,’ गंगुबाई ने अपने बीते दिनों को याद करते हुए बताया था।

वक़्त गुजरा और गंगुबाई तीन बच्चों की माँ बन गयी अब जिम्मेदारियों का बोझ और ज़्यादा था पर गंगूबाई ने हर परिस्थिति का सामना करते हुए संगीत का प्रशिक्षण जारी रखा। गंधर्व ने उन्हें 3 साल में संगीत में इतना पक्का कर दिया कि यह उनके जीवन भर के लिए काफ़ी था।

गंगूबाई, जो ख्याल की गायिका थी, बहुत कम भजन या भक्ति संगीत गाती थी। पूछे जाने पर वे कहती कि उनके गुरू ने जो कुछ भी सिखाया है, वह सब कुछ उनके लिए किसी भक्ति-साधना से कम नहीं है और इसलिए उन्हें भक्ति संगीत और दूसरे संगीत में कोई फर्क महसूस नहीं होता।

उनका पहला स्टेज परफॉरमेंस बम्बई के ‘बॉम्बे म्यूजिक सर्किल’ में हुआ, जहाँ उस वक़्त की मशहूर गायिका और अभिनेत्री नर्गिस की माँ, जद्दनबाई ने उन्हें कलकत्ते में हो रहे एक म्यूजिक कांफ्रेंस में भाग लेने को कहा। पर जब गंगूबाई वहां पहुंची तो वहां के संस्थापकों को इस नाज़ुक सी लड़की को देखकर यकीन नहीं हुआ कि वह कुछ गा भी पायेगी, इसलिए कांफ्रेंस से एक रात पहले उन्हें गाकर सुनाने के लिए कहा गया और गाना सुनने के बाद ही कांफ्रेंस में शामिल होने की इजाज़त दी गयी।

यह वही कांफ्रेंस था, जिसके बाद गंगूबाई ने कभी पीछे मुड़कर नहीं देखा। यहाँ पर उनके गाने के बाद उन्हें त्रिपुरा के महाराजा ने एक सोने की मुद्रा इनाम के तौर पर दिया था।

“इस कांफ्रेंस में मैं अपनी माँ को बहुत याद कर रही थी, जो अब इस दुनिया में नहीं थीं। मेरे अच्छा गाने पर वे हमेशा मेरे कंधे पर हाथ रखती। मैं इस बात को याद कर ही रही थी कि किसीने मेरे कंधे पर हाथ रखते हुए कहा, ‘बहुत ही सुरीली आवाज़ है’, यह कहने वाले और कोई नहीं बल्कि खुद मशहूर गायक के.एल सहगल थे,” गंगूबाई ने एक इंटरव्यू के दौरान यह वाकया बताया था।

पर इस बेहतरीन कलाकार की मुश्किलें यहीं ख़त्म नहीं हुई। 50 का दशक शुरू हो चुका था और उनके आवाज़ का जादू चलने ही लगा था, कि उन्हें टॉन्सिल्स हो गए और उनके गले का ऑपरेशन करना पड़ा। इसके बाद उनकी आवाज़ पुरुषों की तरह भारी हो गयी। पर इस पर भी गंगूबाई निराश नहीं हुई और इसी आवाज़ में गाने लगी। कठिन रियाज़ की वजह से उनके सुर-ताल इतने पक्के थे, कि सुनने वालों ने उन्हें इस आवाज़ के साथ भी अपना लिया।

भैरव, असावरी, तोड़ी, भीमपलासी, पुरिया, धनश्री, मारवा, केदार और चंद्रकौंस जैसे रागों को अपनी आवाज़ से सजाने वाली गंगूबाई ने कई बाधाओं को पार कर ,अपनी गायिकी को उस मुकाम तक पहुंचाया, जहाँ से उनके पिछले कल को कोई नहीं देखता, देखता है तो केवल उनकी प्रतिभा को। भारत सरकार ने उन्हें पद्म भूषण, पद्म विभूषण, तानसेन पुरस्कार, कर्नाटक संगीत नृत्य अकादमी पुरस्कार और संगीत नाटक अकादमी जैसे पुरस्कारों से नवाज़ा है और जनता ने उन्हें प्यार से।

बहुत कम लोग यह जानते हैं कि गंगूबाई ने 78 आरपीएम विनयल रिकार्ड्स में गज़ले भी रिकॉर्ड कीई है। 90 साल की उम्र तक भी 2002 तक वे आकाशवाणी के लिए गाती रहीं।

2003 में बोन मेरो कैंसर से जूझकर निकलने के बाद भी 2006 में उन्होंने अपना आख़िरी कॉन्सर्ट किया। संगीत के क्षेत्र में आधे से अधिक सदी तक अपना योगदान देने के बाद 21 जुलाई, 2009 को 97 वर्ष की उम्र में दिल से गाने वाली इस कलाकार ने दिल का दौरा पड़ने से इस संसार से मुक्ति ले ली। जाते हुए वे अपनी आँखे दान करती हुई गयी।

गंगूबाई का जीवन चुनौतियों से भरा रहा। पर अपनी काबिलियत के दम पर इस पांचवी पास कलाकार ने चार विश्वविद्यालयों से डॉक्टरेट हासिल की , 50 से ज़्यादा अवार्ड्स लिए और नौ प्रधानमंत्रियों तथा पाँच राष्ट्रपतियों द्वारा सम्मानित हुई। उनकी कहानी इस बात का प्रत्यक्ष उदाहरण है कि यदि हौसला, हिम्मत और ढृढ़ संकल्प हो, तो समाज चाहे आपको जो भी नाम दे, आप जाते हुए ‘सुर सम्राज्ञी डॉ. गंगूबाई हंगल’ के नाम से जाने जा सकते हैं!

Gangubai Hangal ( In english)

Virginia Gorlinski

Gangubai Hangal, Gangubai also spelled Gangu Bai, originally Gandhari Hangal, (born March 13, 1913, Dharwad, British India—died July 21, 2009, Hubli, Karnataka, India), Indian vocalist in the Hindustani (North Indian) classical tradition and doyenne of the Kirana gharana (community of performers who share a distinctive musical style). She was especially admired for her performances of songs of the khayal genre over the course of a career that spanned nearly seven decades.

Hangal was born into a musical family. Both her mother and her grandmother were established musicians in the Karnatak (South Indian) tradition, although her mother also maintained a strong interest in Hindustani music. Hangal learned the basics of Indian music—most notably, the technique of singing using the traditional sargam, or solmization, syllables—from her mother and began performing publicly before she had reached her teenage years. When she was 13, Hangal began to train in the Hindustani tradition at a music academy in the city of Hubli (now Hubli-Dharwad), near her family’s home in Dharwad. At age 15 she became a disciple of the virtuosic Hindustani vocalist Sawai Gandharva, who was an exponent of the Kirana gharana.

Although Gandharva’s home village was near Hubli, he was living elsewhere when he took Hangal as his student. Consequently, Hangal trained with him only intermittently, whenever he visited the area to check on his property. In the meantime, she studied with her mother and another local musician, Dattopant Desai. Almost a decade passed before Gandharva moved back to his village and Hangal was able to work with him more intensively. She studied nearly every day with Gandharva for three years, until his health began to fail in 1941. The following year Gandharva died. Despite her relatively short and sporadic discipleship with the master, Hangal was most strongly influenced in her artistry by Gandharva. Indeed, she closely adhered to his style—and more broadly, to that of the Kirana gharana—throughout her career.

Hangal’s reputation as a virtuoso started to rise in the mid-1930s, when she began to make recordings and perform more frequently outside her immediate community. By the early 1940s, she had become a well-known figure in Hindustani music as a result of her broadcasts on All India Radio and her busy schedule of concert appearances across the country. Initially, she sang bhajans, or Hindu devotional songs, light Marathi-language songs, and semiclassical songs known as thumris, as well as khayal classical songs. By the mid-1940s, however, she had shifted her focus almost fully to khayal.

Hangal’s vocal quality, sensitivity to pitch and melody, and technical proficiency were among the most remarkable features of her style. She sang with a distinctively bold, almost masculine, tone. She typically introduced the melodic framework—the raga—of each piece gradually, so that the audience could savour and recognize the importance of each pitch. Impeccably intoned and ornamented passages of improvisation using solmization syllables also figured prominently in her performances.

For her contribution to Indian classical music, Hangal received several honours. In 1973 she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi (India’s national academy of music, dance, and drama) award. Hangal was also awarded the Padma Bhushan (1971) and the Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of India’s highest civilian honours.

Virginia Gorlinski
Gurmeet Bawa
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Gurmeet Bawa
Birth name Gurmeet Kaur
Born 1944 (age 76–77)
Kothe, Punjab, British India
Genres Punjabi folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Kirpal Singh Bawa (singer, husband)

Gurmeet Bawa is an Indian Punjabi language folk singer. She is known for her long hek (English: breathless opening of a Punjabi folk song calling "ho") that she can holds for about 45 seconds. She is one of the singers known for singing Jugni after the (late) Alam Lohar and was the first Punjabi female singer to sing on Doordarshan.

Early life

Bawa was born as Gurmeet Kaur in 1944, to father S. Uttam Singh and mother Ram Kaur, in the village of Kothe in British Punjab. The villages is now a part of Gurdaspur district of Indian Punjab. Her mother left the world when she was only two years old. At that time, girls were not allowed to study even go out without elders permission but Bawa, who dreamt to be a teacher passed her J.B.T. and became the first girl of the area to be a teacher.

She is married to Kirpal Bawa, a Punjabi folk singer and the couple is blessed with three daughters and of which two, Lachi Bawa and Galori Bawa, are singers.


She started her career in 1968. Her husband Kirpal Singh Bawa encouraged her a lot. She always sings with the Punjabi folk instrument like AlgozeChimtaDholki and Tumbi. She amazed the audience during a function organized by the Punjab Association in Mumbai and got a standing ovation by the Bollywood stars like Prem ChopraPran and especially Raj Kapoor who repeatedly requested for a boli, main jatti Punjab di, meri Nargis wargi akh. She has been performed overseas. She represented India during the festival of India organized in the USSR in 1987 and Japan in 1988. She also performed at Thailand Culture Center in Bangkok in 1988 and also represented the country in the Bosra festival and the 25th Jashan-E-Azadi festival in Tripoli (Libya) in 1989.


Her awards including the State Award by the Punjab government in 1991, Sangeet Puraskar by the Punjab Natak Akademi, the national Devi Ahillya Award by the Madhya Pradesh government in 2002 and recently Shromani Gayika Award by the Punjabi language department in 2008.
Ginni Mahi
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Ginni Mahi
Born 26 Nov 1998

JalandharPunjab, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Gurkanwal Bharti
Occupation Singer

Ginni Mahi (born 1999) is an Indian Punjabi folkrap and hip-hop singer hailing from JalandharPunjab, India. She became famous with her songs Fan Baba Sahib Di and Danger Chamar that went viral on social media. She attended the Global Media Forum (GMF 2018) in Germany, where she was dubbed as a Young Voice in Equality and Freedom, for speaking up against flogging.

Ginni idolizes Lata Mangeshkar and Shreya Ghoshal in her singing while trying to convey the messages of B. R. Ambedkar in her lyrics. Mahi has performed outside of India, in Canada, Greece, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. She held her first Interview in 2016 on NDTV with Burkha Dutt in Delhi. Subsequently, in 2018 she attended 'Sahitya' Live conversation show organized by AajTak TV channel at New Delhi. She took the stage to speak up for equality of women in the Indian society.

Early life

Ginni Mahi was born to Rakesh Chander Mahi and Parmjit Kaur Mahi in Abadpura, in Jalandhar, Punjab. Her original name is Gurkanwal Bharti. Mahi’s family belongs to the Ravidassia faith, that believes in the oneness of God. The family belongs to the Dalit community. She began singing songs to her father at the tender age of seven. While her stage name is Ginni Mahi, her original name is Gurkanwal Bharti. Her parents changed the last name of all their children to Bharti to remind them that they are Indian, above all. Her father also quit his job in an air-ticketing office to manage Mahi's career. She is studying a degree in music at Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya College.

Mahi was just eight when the family took note of her musical talent and enrolled her to Kala Jagat Narayan School in Jalandhar. She subsequently began singing religious songs with a backing of Amarjeet Singh of Amar Audio, who produced both her devotional albums. She did her first live show when she was just 12 years old. She wishes to pursue a PhD in music to attach the "Doctor" title to her name. She eventually wants to become a Bollywood playback singer in Mumbai.


Social justice and her music

Mahi started singing devotional songs belonging to the Ravidassia community. Her first two albums, Guraan di Diwani and Gurupurab hai Kanshi Wale Da were devotional hymns. However, it was an ode to Babasaheb Ambedkar that got her fame. One of her first songs was 'Fan Baba Saheb di', which was a tribute to Ambedkar, the architect of Indian constitution. This song went viral on YouTube. Mahi calls Babasaheb Ambedkar her inspiration and often writes songs about social oppression that people face owing to caste. To make sure her songs don't offend anyone, the lyrics of her songs are analyzed by a team consisting of her parents, the music director Amarjit Singh, and the video director Raman Rajat.

When she was in school, she was asked of her caste. When she replied that she belongs to the SC category (Scheduled Castes), her classmate persisted on the details. Mahi finally relented and said that she belongs to a community that is formerly known as Chamar but not before insisting that she doesn't believe in caste. In response, her classmate said, "Arre Chamar bade danger hote hain, panga nahin lena chahiye (Chamars are supposed to be dangerous, You should be careful)." Upon coming home, Mahi shared this incident with her family members and this story spread among their friends. One day her father got a call from a lyricist who had written an empowering song around 'Danger Chamar'. That's how the song was born. The song looked at eradicating the unpleasantness associated with her caste name, Chamar and turn it into something more empowering and a matter of pride.

She has sung songs on female foeticide and the problem of drugs in Punjab.


In a short span of time, Mahi has performed in many concerts. In India, she has performed for popular events including Udaipur World Music Festival, 'We the Women' a congregation of women speakers in Mumbai and also globally including Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum among others. In 2020, post her Europe music tour, she was stuck in Italy owing to the lockdown imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She returned back to India by boarding the first of Vande Bharat, India's repatriation flights.


She chose to sing devotional songs first to gain some recognition among the Punjabi population, before shifting to the political and anti-casteism theme that sings in now.


Guraan di Diwani (2015)
Gurupurab hai Kanshi Wale Da (2016)
Folk Fusion (2019)


Danger Chamar (2016)
Haq (2016)
Fan Baba Sahib Di (2016)
1932 (Haq 2) (2017)
Suit Patiala (2017)
Salaaman (2018)
Raaj Baba Sahib Da (2018)
Mard Daler (2019)
Commercial Songs

Dhee Haan (Ki Hoya J IK Dhee Haan)
Suit Patiala
Holidays (Cover Song)
Down to Earth
Geet Sagar
Geet Sagar is an Indian film Singer, who has worked predominantly in Bollywood. Geet has worked in popular movies like Chhichhore, Nautanki Saala. Geet's previous film to hit the theatres was Chhichhore in the year 2019.

Contestant Profile

Born: 24 February 1984 , Gwalior
SpouseSumedha Karmahe (m. 2016)

Placement Winner (1/12)
Goreti Venkanna
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Goreti Venkanna

Born : 1963
Mahbubnagar, Telangana, India

Occupation : Lyricist, Poet, Singer

Residence : Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Genre : Folk, Film

Goreti Venkanna (born 1963) is a popular Indian poet and folk singer. He became popular after his song "Palle Kanneru Peduthundo" in Kubusam Telugu movie had moved the masses. He also became popular by acting as a judge for the folk song program Rela Re Rela on Telugu TV channel, Maa. He is one of the main Telangana separation activists. He is one of the icons of Telangana culture.

Early life

Goreti Venkanna was born in Gowraram Village, Nagarkurnool District, Telangana, India. Most of his childhood was spent in singing the native folk songs describing the lives of peasants and the farmers of Telangana. He is one of the famous singers and lyricists from Telangana.


Goreti Venkanna as the lyricist for the Telugu movie, Batukamma.

Although, he is not a commercial Movie lyricist, he composed songs for various Movies. Most popular amongst these is Palle Kanneeru Pedutundo from the movie Kubusam. He also composed a song about the Rayalaseema factionism sang on TV 9 channel a popular news channel. His other works though not limited to include a song for the movie "Maisamma IPS". His songs are predominantly known for their composition on the Telangana State.


Venkanna's songs are published:
Eku naadam Motha
Rela Poothalu
Alasandra Vanka
Pusina Punnam


2006 Kala Ratna or Hamsa Award for Literature from AP State Government
2016 Kaloji Narayana Rao Award from Telangana State Government.
Goma Pargi 
– Bhil Artist Of Rajasthan

Goma Pargi, who died at the age of 70, left behind a vast storehouse of art that continues to inspire his son, Bhima Pargi, and other artists today. Goma Pargi had been painting on the walls of houses and small temples since the age of 10. In 1984, he started using modern materials for painting. His great-grandfather, Chhatra Pargi, grandfather Roopa Pargi and his father Narayan Pargi were well-known artists and their works can still be seen on the walls of houses and temples. His grandmother, Udi Pargi used to paint the walls of her house.

The paintings of Goma Pargi are displayed at the Tribal Research Institute's museum, TRI, Udaipur. He used to depict different aspects of the life of Bhils. One of his themes is the Götrej which is the main mandano painted on the walls of the house during marriages,

Geometrical figures that have expressive layers can be seen in Götrej. For some artists the main theme of Gotrej is Ganesha with his wives. The depiction of animals and humans by Goma Pargi is very expressive. The shepherds in his paintings are always alert so that it should not happen that a tiger or a bear will take away any of their cattle. In fact, 12 Shiva temples were built on Mount Inya so that God would protect their animals.

Goma Pargi was awarded by the Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi in the year 2001.
Gurdas Maan
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Gurdas Maan
Gurdas Maan
Background information
Born 4 January 1957
Genres Folk

Years active 1980–present

Gurdas Maan (born 4 January 1957) is an Indian playback singer, songwriter and actor mainly associated with Punjabi language music and films. He gained national attention in 1980 with the song "Dil Da Mamla Hai". Since then, he has gone on to record over 34 albums and has written over 305 songs. In 2015 he performed on the song "Ki Banu Dunia Da" with Diljit Dosanjh in MTV Coke studio India that was aired in season 4 episode 5 (16 August 2015) on MTV India.

Early life

Maan was born to Gurdev Singh and Tej Kaur in GiddarbahaPunjab and is a native of the town. He did his initial schooling from Giddarbaha. He was interested in music and mimicry since childhood.


Maan initially worked in the electricity board, a job he was offered by officials he met at a singing event. In 1980, a producer approached him to perform the song "Dil Da Mamla Hai" in DD National.

Awards and honours

Maan is the only Punjabi singer to win the national award for Best Male Playback Singer at 54th National Film Awards for building the entire narrative through his singing of Heer in Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris. The said film also entered the Academy Awards ( Oscars ) in General Category. The official entry from U.S.A was pioneered by India Waves TV, a San Francisco based media entity on behalf of Golden Palms Entertainment Inc.

Maan shot to fame with his hit song "Dil Da Mamla Hai." Soon after that came "Mamla Gadbad Hai" and "Chhalla", the latter being the hit film song from the Punjabi film 'Laung Da Lishkara' (1986), which Maan recorded under the music direction of legendary Jagjit Singh.

On other fronts, Maan has starred in blockbuster Bollywood films and has received numerous awards, including the Jury's Award, presented to him by the president of India in 2005. He also sang the popular track, Ki Banu Duniya Da on Coke Studio MTV Season 4 with singer Diljit Dosanjh. The song was released on 15 August 2015 and hit more than 32 million views on YouTube in one week.

In 2009, he won "Best International Album" at the UK Asian Music Awards for Boot Polishan.

In 2017, he won the "Filmfare Award for Living Legend" in the first Filmfare Awards Punjabi event.


Aside from singing in Punjabi, he is fluent in HindiBengaliTamilHaryanvi and Rajasthani. As an actor, he has performed in Punjabi, Hindi and Tamil movies, but he is best known for his starring role in Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris, a depiction of the Punjabi poet Waris Shah during the creation of his epic poem Heer Ranjha, again co-starring Juhi Chawla and Divya Dutta. He made a special appearance in Veer-Zaara with Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta.

Personal life

He is married to Manjeet Maan. They have a son, Gurickk Maan, who is married to actress Simran Kaur Mundi.

At a village near Karnal, Haryana, India on 20 January 2007 Maan was involved in a car accident in which his Range Rover was hit and severely damaged by a truck. Maan escaped with minor injuries on his face, hands, and chest. His driver Ganesh was injured seriously but recovered soon after.

This was the second car accident of two that Gurdas Maan was involved in. The first accident was a head-on collision between Maan's vehicle and a truck on 9 January 2001 at a village near RupnagarPunjab. In this accident Maan's driver Tejpal died. Maan later admitted that his driver asked him to wear his seat belt minutes before the accident. Maan believes that if it had not been for his driver's advice, he would have been dead as well. Later he wrote and performed a song "Baithi sade naal savari utter gayi" dedicated to his driver, who was also his good friend.

In a newspaper interview Maan revealed to the Express & Star, that he is an avid supporter of Manchester United football club.

His mother, Tej Kaur, died in 2016.


YearTitleRecord Label
1984 Chakkar T-Series
1988 Raat Suhani T-Series
1989 Nacho Babbeo T-Series
1992 Tu Daati Asin Mangte Tere Catrack Entertainment Private Limited
1992 Ibbadat Gurdas Maan Saregama
1993 Teri Khair Hove Roma ll Limited / Empire Music Limited
1993 Kirpa Daati Di Catrack Entertainment Private Limited
1994 Vekhin Kite Yaar Na Hove Catrack Entertainment Private Limited
1995 Wah Ni Jawaniye T-Series
1995 Chugliyaan T-Series
1996 Yaar Mera Pyar T-Series
1997 Peerh Prahoni T-Series
1998 Bhanven Kakh Na Rahe T-Series
1998 Dil Hona Chahida Jawaan Venus
1999 Five Rivers Moviebox Birmingham, Ltd.
1999 Jaadugarian Venus
2001 Larh Geya Pecha SAGA MUSIC
2001 Aaja Sajna Hi-Tech Music Ltd
2003 Ishq Da Gidda TIPS Music
2003 Haee Shawa Baee Haee Shawa T-Series
2003 Punjeeri T-Series
2004 Heer T-Series
2004 Dil Da Badshah Saregama
2005 Ishq Na Dekhe Zaat TIPS Music
2008 Boot Polishan Sony BMG Music Entertainment
2011 Jogiya T-Series
2011 Sada Punjab - Duniya Mela Do Din Da Saregama
2013 Roti Speed Records
2013 Punjab Di Shaan Saregama
2014 The Pop Sensation - Gurdas Maan Saregama
2015 Pyar Kar Le TIPS Music
2017 Punjab SAGA MUSIC
2021 Yaar Kamlee T-Series

Duo Collaboration

YearSongRecord labelMusicAlbum
2006 Collaboration MovieBox/Planet Recordz/Speed Records Sukshinder Shinda Collaborations
2009 Jaag Dhe Reehnah VIP Records/Saregama Tru-Skool & Kaos Productions In Tha House
2015 Apna Punjab Hove VIP Records/Saregama Tru-Skool & Kaos Productions In Tha House 2
2015 "Ki Banu Duniya Da" Coke Studio India ft. Diljit Dosanjh
2016 "Jaag De Rehnah" Moviebox ft. Tru Skool
2019 " Maan Punjabi Hon Te " Zee studio Single track


YearShowRoleChannel2020 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Punjabi Judge Zee Punjabi


1984 Mamla Gadbad Hai Amarjeet Punjabi
1985 Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da Gurdit Punjabi
1986 Long Da Lishkara Channa Punjabi
1986 Kee Banu Duniya Daa Gurwant/Gurmaan (double role) Punjabi
1986 Gabhroo Punjab Da Shera Punjabi
1987 Chora Haryane Ka Shera Haryanvi
1990 Qurbani Jatt Di Karamjeet Punjabi
1991 Roohani Taaqat Shankar Hindi
1992 Saali Adhi Ghar Waali Punjabi
1994 Wanted: Gurdas Maan Dead or Alive Gurdas Maan Punjabi
1994 Kachehari Gurdas/Ajit (double role) Punjabi
1995 Pratigya Billa Punjabi
1995 Maaman Magal Guest appearance Tamil
1999 Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Boota Singh Punjabi
1999 Sirf Tum Himself Hindi
2002 Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai Amar Hindi
2004 Des Hoyaa Pardes Gurshaan Singh Somal Punjabi
2004 Veer Zaara Guest appearance Hindi
2008 Yaariyan Jaswant Singh Jassa Punjabi
2009 Mini Punjab Prem Punjab
2010 Sukhmani: Hope for Life Major Kuldeep Singh Punjabi
2010 Chak Jawana Captain Gurjeet Singh Punjabi
2011 Mummy Punjabi Guest appearance Hindi
2014 Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar Agam Punjabi
2018 Nankana Karam Singh 'Karma' Punjabi
2018 Manto Sirajuddin Hindi, Urdu

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Born 15 August 1967

Sri Gurusar ModiaSri GanganagarRajasthanIndia
Nationality Indian

Social group leader
Years active 1990–present
Organization Dera Sacha Sauda
Criminal status Life imprisonment
Spouse(s) Harjeet Kaur
Children 4

Rape (2 counts)
Criminal charge

Rape (2 counts)
Rape: 20 years in jail, 10 years for each of the two rape convictions
Rape: unknown
Castration: 400 of his followers
Country India

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan (born 15 August 1967), known also as MSG, is the head of the Indian social group Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) since 1990. Prior to a 2017 rape conviction, he was a religious leader, actor, singer, writer, songwriter, director, and composer. He was also convicted of being involved in the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

The Indian Express had placed Ram Rahim 96th in their list of the 100 most powerful Indians of 2015. He has released several music albums and films, which typically revolve around himself and his teachings. He is usually credited in his films for various other roles, in one instance being credited in more than forty departments. His films were negatively received by critics, with many considering them propaganda and criticising their poor quality, although the production house claimed that several of them had grossed ₹1 billion.

On 25 August 2017, Ram Rahim was convicted of rape by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. His conviction led to widespread violence from members of the DSS and simultaneous clashes with the police, which left several dead and injured. On 28 August 2017, Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In January 2019, he and three others were convicted of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and sentenced to life imprisonment. He is also facing prosecution for other murders and ordering forced castrations.

The name MSG is thought to be derived either from the initials of the three DSS heads, Shah Mastana, Shah Satnam, and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, or as an abbreviation for "message".

Early life and family

Singh was born on 15 August 1967 at Sri Gurusar Modia village in Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. Born into a Sikh family, his father Maghar Singh was a landlord, and his mother Naseeb Kaur was a housewife. Maghar was a devoted follower of the DSS leader Shah Satnam Singh, and Gurmeet accompanied his father to the dera. At the age of 7, Singh was initiated into the Dera Sacha Sauda sect by Shah Satnam Singh.

As an adult, Singh did odd jobs, including driving a tractor, and assisted his father in volunteer work (seva) at the dera. When Shah Satnam Singh announced his retirement in 1990, Singh was not one among the three contenders expected to succeed him. In a surprise public announcement, however, Satnam Shah appointed him as his successor, giving him the name "Huzoor Maharaj Gurmeet Ram Rahim". Ram Rahim became the leader of Dera at the age of 23, on 23 September 1990.

Ram Rahim and his wife Harjeet Kaur have two daughters, named Amarpreet and Charanpreet. They also have a son, Jasmeet, who is married to Husanmeet, a daughter of the Indian National Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi. Ram Rahim also adopted his confidante Priyanka Taneja as his daughter, giving her the name Honeypreet in 2009. Ram Rahim's followers have adopted "Insan" ("human") as a surname.

Social work

The Dera runs 3 hospitals and 13 educational institutes. Ram Rahim has organised drives for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screening that have been recognised by Guinness World Records. In association with the American Society of Echocardiography, he also organised the world record for "Most Cardiac Echo Tests".[27] On 21 September 2011 in New Delhi, Ram Rahim initiated a series of sanitation drives and also pledged his support to the Central Government's campaign. As of 2016, about 30 Mega Cleanliness Campaigns have been conducted in several states of India. On 22 May 2012 Ram Rahim laid the foundation of the Shah Satnam ji Super Speciality Hospital at Sirsa. He established a specialised disaster relief and welfare agency called Shah Satnam Ji Green-S Welfare Force Wing in 2001, especially in the aftermath of the Odisha cyclone and Gujarat earthquake. A CBI report investigating criminal allegations against him mentioned that Ram Rahim's "crusades against drugs, alcohol, and prostitution" have gained him a "larger-than-life" image. He has also spoken out against cattle slaughter in India.

Political influence

Ram Rahim had been known for political clout, as his Dera has a large number of followers among Dalits, estimated to be over 70%. His Dera Sacha Sauda is the only one among the various Deras that openly asks its supporters to vote for particular political parties.

Ram Rahim originally supported the Indian National Congress. and aided them in the 2007 Punjab state elections esp. to wrest control of the Malwa region. Before the 2012 Punjab state elections, the Congress leader Amarinder Singh, his wife Preneet Kaur and his son Raninder Singh visited Ram Rahim, asking him to extend his support to Congress. However, Dera's support to Congress alienated the party's Sikh vote bank. In the 2012 elections, Congress performed poorly, and Jassi himself lost the election. The poor performance of Congress was seen as a signal of the downfall of Dera's political power.

Before the 2014 Haryana state elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi praised Ram Rahim in order to attract the Dera Sacha Sauda followers. Ram Rahim reciprocated by supporting the BJP in the state elections. and in February 2015, again in the Delhi assembly elections. He reportedly claimed to have over 2 million followers in Delhi. His organisation supported BJP in the Bihar assembly election in 2015, and nearly 3,000 Dera followers campaigned for BJP in the state. In 2016, the Haryana sports minister Anil Vij announced a ₹ 5 million grant to the Dera for promoting sports, in Ram Rahim's presence, which led to a controversy.

Rape conviction

In 2002, a woman wrote to the respective Chief Ministers of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and to the Union Home MinisterCBINHRC and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, describing an incident involving Ram Rahim. The Punjab and Haryana High Court sought a report from the District and Sessions Judge of Sirsa, after which Judge MS Sular conducted an inquiry and submitted a report recommending a probe by a central agency.

After the report from Sirsa, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the CBI to probe into the allegations levelled in the letter. The Chandigarh Branch, CBI registered a case of rape under the IPC Section 376, criminal intimidation under Section 506 and insult to the modesty of a woman under 509. This letter was published in Ram Chander Chhatrapati's four-page Hindi eveninger, Poora Sach in 2002. A CBI probe was ordered into the incident on 24 September 2002. The investigations involved contacting 18 sadhvis who had left the dera by 2002. In the same year, Ram Rahim had charges levied against him for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who was writing articles at the time about Dera Sacha Sauda, and for the murder of Dera Sacha Sauda manager Ranjit Singh.

On 25 August 2017, a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana, delivered its verdict in a sexual assault case regarding a former Dera sadhvi, finding Ram Rahim guilty of two counts of rape. Ram Rahim was taken into custody. More than 200,000 people had gathered near the court premises ahead of the verdict in Panchkula, Haryana. Following the conviction, there were violent protests in parts of India with reports of widespread vandalism. 31–38 DSS members were killed in clashes with police and another 120–300 people were injured as a result. On 26 August 2017, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the police to seize the properties of the group to compensate for the vandalism caused in protests by his supporters. On 28 August 2017, the CBI court sentenced him to a total of 20 years in prison, 10 years for each of the two rape convictions to be served consecutively. Ram Rahim challenged his rape conviction in the Punjab and Haryana High Courts on 9 October 2017.

Castration of followers

Ram Rahim has been prosecuted for being involved in enforcing the castration of hundreds of followers; Ram Rahim has denied the charges.On 5 October 2018 he was granted bail by a Panchkula CBI court in the case involving castration of 400 of his followers.

Murder conviction

In January 2019, Ram Rahim was convicted of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.[64] Chhatrapati was shot in 2002 outside his home after reporting articles on the rape charges facing Ram Rahim. Afterwards, Chhatrapati's father gave a letter to police implicating Dera members. On 17 January 2019, Ram Rahim was sentenced to life imprisonment by Special CBI Court along with three other men involved. Ram Rahim challenged his murder conviction in the Punjab and Haryana High Courts on 15 March 2019.


On 24 October 2020, the jail superintendent granted Ram Rahim one day of parole, to allow him to visit his ailing mother in a hospital in Gurgaon. The administration secretly carried out the work and Ram Rahim was accompanied by police

Conflict with Sikh and Hindu groups

In May 2007, Ram Rahim was accused of hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs by wearing in an advertisement attire resembling the tenth and final living Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, by using a turban with a kalgi (egret feather). His followers also organised a demonstration against their alleged persecution at the hands of some religious organisations. Ram Rahim was attacked by a mob on 16 July 2007, but escaped unhurt. The Dera Sacha Sauda tendered multiple apologies, regretting confusion over the dress, and stated that it had high regard for all Sikh Gurus, Sikh religion and all of humanity. A multi religion delegation approached the apex Sikh organisation to accept the apology. While not rejecting the apology outright, the Akal Takht maintained it was inadequate on several counts.

A criminal case filed against him, for hurting the Sikh sentiments, was dismissed by the Sirsa court in 2009 and Bathinda court in 2014. Counter-terrorism expert Ajai Sahni has stated that the tensions between the Sikh community and the Dera have been exploited by the pro-Khalistan elements. He has further quoted Indian military intelligence that Iknoor Khalsa Fauj, Khalistan Zindabad Force and Khalistan Commando Force have attempted to eliminate him. In a case where the Dera's followers were accused of being suicide attackers, the Dera has stated publicly that it was being targeted by vested political groups that were conspiring to defame it. The organisation has demanded a judicial probe into the allegations.

On 2 February 2008, Ram Rahim's cavalcade was attacked, with explosives injuring 11 persons. A Khalistan Liberation Force member was later arrested and confessed to arranging explosives and executing the plan along with his associates. After that, Ram Rahim was protected with Z+ security cover. On 20 June 2008, a group of Sikhs shouted anti-Dera slogans during Ram Rahim's visit to the Nirmal Lifestyles mall in Mumbai. The situation developed into an altercation between the protestors and the Dera followers, and one of the Sikh protestors was killed This led to further protests from Sikhs in Mumbai and Punjab. On 27 September 2015, the Akal Takht accepted his apology and pardoned him, but, on observing widespread resentment and protest among Sikhs regarding his pardon, the organisation revoked the pardon on 16 October.

In January 2016, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad lodged a complaint with police after Ram Rahim dressed up as the Hindu god Vishnu.



YearTitleLyricsCompositionLabelNotes2012 Thank You For That Yes Yes Universal Debut
Network Tere Love Ka Yes Yes Universal
Chashma Yaar Ka Yes Yes Universal
Insan Yes Yes Universal
2013 Lov Rab Se Yes Yes Universal
2014 Highway Love Charger Yes Yes Universa Album sold 3 million copies in the first three days. Music video became an instant hit on YouTube

Film soundtracks

YearTitleSongsLyricsCompositionLabelNotes2015 MSG: The Messenger "Desh", "Daru" "Ko Goli Maro", "Papa The Great", "Never Ever", "Never Ever remix", "Rataan Bataan", "Ram Ram" Yes Yes Sony Music India Ram Rahim was awarded 4 Platinum Plaques from IFPI for music of this movie
MSG-2 The Messenger "Party Dhoom Dhaam Se", "MSG The Messenger", "Rooh Nashiyaani", "Hasin Wadiyon Mein", "Sapnon Mein Aana Tera", "Hule Maale Gile Chila", "Party Dhoom Dhaam Se (remix)" Yes Yes T Series
2016 MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart "Dhol Baaje", "Sohna Mera Mishri Di Daliye" Yes Yes Zee Music Second song unveiled in live concert amidst 3.6 million fans
2017 Hind Ka Napak ko Jawab - MSG Lion Heart - 2 "Jung Hai Humri Aatankwad Se", "System Hil Gaya", "Thank U For That", "Tujhe Paa Ke" Yes Yes Zee Music
2017 Jattu Engineer "Holi Ki Pichkari", "Josh Mein" Yes Yes
Gangadhar Pradhan
From Wikipedia

Guru Dr. Gangadhar Pradhan
Born 10 July 1948

Parikula, Brahmagiri Orissa
Died 10 October 2010 (aged 62)
Occupation Classical Dancer, actor, Mardal Player, Choreographer, Festival Organiser
Spouse(s) Sulochana Pradhan

Sibashis Pradhan
Sanjibani Pradhan
Sudeshna Pradhan
Sasmita Pradhan
Parent(s) Muralidhara Pradhan
Dutika Pradhan

Gangadhar Pradhan (10 July 1948 – 10 October 2010) was an eminent Odissi (Orissi) exponent and teacher, who founded the Konark Natya Mandap in Konark Puri in 1986 and organised dance festivals in the temple city. Born on 10 July 1948 in Parikula in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha, he died in Bhubaneswar on 11 October 2010. He had several leading dancer-disciples, besides earning top national and international honours.

Early life

Pradhan was born on 10 July 1948 to Muralidhar Pradhan and Dwitika Devi, of Parikul. Initially, he neither cried nor moved, giving the impression that he was stillborn. The father vowed that if the child survived, he would send him to serve their deity Lord Balunkeshwar for 5 years. At age 3, while travelling in a bullock cart, the boy fell and was injured severely. The father vowed to send him for 10 years instead of 5. From age 5 to 15, the boy worked in a temple as a devotee of Lord Shiva.

While there he did chores, help and obey the seniors, look after the harvest, study and take lessons of dance as a Gotipua dancer. In this dance form, boys dress like girls to perform. The boy was fair in colour. He had handsome features and grew his hair long. He was a quick learner. Though only senior boys were allowed to learn Mardal, a musical instrument, he furtively taught himself to play the instrument while the older boys worked at the paddy fields.

In July 1966, he arrived in Bhubaneswar and entered Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. His talent as a Mardal player made his teachers depend on him as an accompanist. Parents of female students started inviting him for accompanying their daughters for practice. Gradually he started teaching students privately. In his third year, he played Mardal for noted dancer Rita Devi and went to Mumbai. There, he started participating in many programmes. He won 1st prize in all Orissa Dance Competition held at Puri. Then came opportunities in Oriya films, opera and theatres where he directed dance sequences in their plays and productions. He completed his Nrityacharya degree course in 1971.


He received a National Scholarship from 1971 to 1973 under Padmabibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He got extensive theory from Dhirendranath Pattnaik. Pradhan married Smt. Sulochana Pradhan in 1972. By the time he had finished college, he had established himself among the art lovers of Bhubaneswar. After the scholarship he took two years additional training in Odissi dance and trained himself in mastering the Mardal. He was actively associated with many organisations such as Bhubaneswar Kalakendra, Sangeeta of Jatni, Chilika Sangeet Parishad and Balugaon. He directed and choreographed many dance items for the annual day events of schools and colleges. He got involved in Ekamra theatres from 1969. He found a patron in Kamala Lochana Mohanty of Ekamra theatres. From 1979–96 he travelled with Padmashree Late Sanjukta Panigrahi.

Orissa Dance Academy

In 1973, he started an organisation called Natyaloka, drawing help and inspiration from Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi and Late Smt Sanjukta Panigrahi. He renamed it Sunati and in 1975 renamed it again, to Orissa Dance Academy. The initial 35 students included Krushnapriya Pattjoshi, Saratpriya Pattjoshi, Susmita Mitra, Dipti Sahoo, Digbala Sahoo, Aruna Mohanty, Archana Mohanty, Annapurna Panda, Jaba Dey and Ananya Das. Classes were held three times a week.

With the help of journalist B.K. Kanungo, he held classes at Sambadika Bhawan, which belonged to the Journalist Association. Another early supporter was Dhiren Pattnaik, Secretary of Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi. Orissa Dance Academy was formally registered with Pattnaik as President, Bhabani Biswal as Secretary and Guruji as Principal. In 1978, the golden era of Orissa Dance Academy began with Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Aruna Mohanty participating in the India festivals held in Germany and Belgium.

In 1980, students of Orissa Dance Academy, Dipti Sahoo, Saratpriya Pattajoshi, Pagala Swain, Nandita Patnaik and Aruna Mohanty joined a cultural delegation by ICCR managed by Pattnaik that travelled to Portugal, Spain, Holland and Italy. By this time, students such as Minakshi Behera, Chapala Mishra and Mamata Nayak had started performing. The Academy relocated and became one of the premier cultural institutions of India. It has about 300 students and a 30 dancer performance unit.

The school acts as an umbrella organisation for some 33 other cultural organisations both in India and abroad, including Chitralekha Dance Academy Toronto, Centre for World Music San Diego, an institution in Amsterdam, Holland, Sangeeta Nritya Academy-Assam and Purva-Baroda.

Apart from choreography, composing dance dramas and ballets, he composed in the genre of regional folk dance. The Academy has performed for national and international audiences.
Konark Natya Mandap

Konark Natya Mandap in a non performing day.

Pradhan established Konark Natya Mandap in 1986. It hosts classes on Gotipua, Odissi dance, Mardala, Tabla and Odissi vocals.

On its three stages students and others present art forms such as Sankirtan, Paika akhada, Pala, Daskathia, Ramalila on occasions such as Basant Panchami and Jhulan Purnima.
Kala Mandir

To promote Orissan art and culture, he established Chandrasekhar Kala Mandir in 1992, at Parikul, Puri. Training is imparted in both Odissi and Gotipua facilities


The Konark Dance and Music Festival was first held in 1986, at Arkavihar, Konark, becoming an International fete, presenting dancers, musicians, artists and scholars from across the globe. It is held every year from 19th – 23 February.

\The Kalinga Kala utsav began from the inception of the Chandrasekhar KalaMandir, Parikul, Puri about 11 years ago. It is held every year in April. Pradhan acquired a plot of land, near Dhauligiri, Bhubaneswar.

The 1st Dhauli Mahotsavas was held from 27 to 29 March. For this effort towards promotion of culture, Pradhan was awarded the State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The nation awarded him the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, by the President of India.
Gurus under whom Gangadhar trained
Gotipua Gurus

Banchhandihi Pradhan
Birabara Sahu
Mayadhar Rout
Chandrasekhar Pattanaik

Odissi Dance Gurus

Pankaj Charan Das
Ddba Prasad Das
Dhirendranath Patnaik

Mardala Gurus

Singhari Shyam Sundar Kar
Banamali Moharana

Awards and honours

Guruji was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998 and the Padma Shri (Indian's fourth highest civilian award) in 2008.

Guruji received honours and awards for his contributions. Notable among them are State Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Central Sangeet Natak Award 1997, the International School of Theatre, Denmark, Canada, and the US. He was awarded the Sanjukta Panigrahi National Award on 25 August 2002 and the Sanskruti Bharatee Award from National Council of Asian Indian Association on 26 September 2002 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Pradhan was the first Orissan artist to receive teach at Cornell University. He was the President of Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi from 2006–07. He was designated the "Padmashree" by the government of India in 2008. Other honours include:

First prize in Odissi Dance Competition organised by Odissi Bikasha Pratisthana in 1969
Honorary Citizenship from the Mayor, City of Baltimore in 1988
Chilika Ratna by Brahmagiri Yubajyoti Sahitya Sansad in 1990
Honorary citizenship from the Mayor of the City of Memphis in 1990
Shruti, the India Music & Dance Society in 1990
State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – 1993
Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1997
Outstanding contribution by Orissa Society of America, New Jersey Chapter in 1998
Ganakabi Sambardhana – 1999
Shree Nilachala Nikhilotkala Pala Gayaka Parishad in 2000
Nimain Samman by Natua, Nimapara in 2000
Nrutya Chudamani by Bharata Sevashram Sangha, Puri in 2001
Nrutya Pratibha Samman – 2001
1st Basanta Mahotsava Sammana −2001
Padma Keshari Award, 2001 by Chinta ‘O’ Chetna, Bhubaneswar
Bishesh Samman by Sulekha Sahitya Sanskruti Parishad −2002
State Level Sadbhabana Award in 2002 Rajiv Gandhi
Sanjukta Panigrahi National Award – 2002
Sanskrooti Bharati Award by National Council of Asian India Association,
Parala Nrutya Utsav Samman by Gajapati Natya Mandap
Pride of India in 2003 by Asha Memorial Trust
Guru Pratibha Sanskruti Samman – 2003 by Niramana Paribara
Nataraj Samman – 2004 by Denkhnal Sambadik Sangha
Desharatna Samman by Bharati Foundation Trust – 2004
Bibiddha Barna Cultural Award – 2005
Nrutyamani Award – 2005
Music Achievement Award by OSA Southwest Chapter in 2005
Gundicha Samman – 2005
Mayadhar Mansingh Centenary Award, 2006
Shishu Bharati Samman-2006 by Shishu Bharati, Gop, Puri
Udra Pankaj Samman – 2006
Salimar Omptwa −2006 Award
Pratibha Samman – 2006 by Awahan
Rajdhani Gaurab Samman – 2007
Sanskruti Pratibha Samman – 2008 by Sanskruti, Talcher
Kalu Nanda Memorial Award, BBSR – 2008
Krupajal Samman, BBSR – 2008
Ghungur Samman, BBSR −2008
Aame Odiya Samman, I & PR Dept. Orissa – 2008 ( Delhi Hat )
Chira Sandhhan Samman, – 2008
Padmashree, Govt. of India – 2008
Basanta Utasav, Music Circle, Rourkela – 2009
Gurupranam, Swami Dayananda Service Mission, BBSR – 2009
Srividya Samman, Agragami Odissi Nrutya Pratisthan – 2009
Dhara Sriradha Samman, Dhara Sriradha, BBSR – 2009
Banichitra Samman (Lifitime Achievement), Banichitra, BBSR
Doctorate from Utkal University, Odisha in 2010

Positions held

National Scholarship from Deptt. Of Culture, Govt. of Inda for higher training and research in Odissi Dance
Member, General Council, Sangeet Natak Akademi
Member- Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre
Founder-Director – Orissa Dance Academy
Founder-Director – Konark Natya Mandap
Founder- President Anchalika Chandrasekhara Kala Sansada
Founder Member – Nimapara Mahotsav
President – Basanta Utsava, Raghuraj Pur
President – Utkala Atma
President – State Sangeet NatakAkademi – 2006–07
President – Rotary Club, Konark
Advisor – Bibiddhabarna
Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India
Chief Advisor – Dibakara Sangeeta Kala Niketan
Founder-Director – Bhauri Utsav – 2006
Dance Teacher at Odissi Research Centre
Member, Selection Board of the Pension to Artistes, Orissa
Gitchandra Tongbra
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Gitchandra Tongbra
Born 6 February 1916

Manipur, India
Died 3 June 1996 (aged 80)
Occupation Writer, teacher
Awards Padma Shri

Gitchandra Tongbra (6 February 1916 – 3 June 1996), popularly known as G. C. Tongbra, was an Indian satirist, poet, playwright and art academic from Imphal. Born on 6 February 1913 in the Indian state of Manipur, Tongbra was known for his socio-realistic plays such as Mani Manou (1962), Matric Pass (1964) and Upu Baksi (1972).

The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri in 1975. Four years later, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his play, Ngabongkhao, in 1978. The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, honoured his memories by staging a Tongbra Drama Festival under the aegis of Ougri Theatre Repertory Manipur on 24 April 2015 which consisted of four selected plays of the dramatist.
Gopika Poornima
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Gopika Poornima Mallikarjun
Background information
Birth name Madhurapantula Gopika Purnima
Born 2 January 1982

Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Origin Hyderabad.
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present

Gopika Poornima is an Indian singer who mostly sings for Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada language films. She became popular with the singing competition Padutha Theeyaga. Her husband Mallikarjun is also a singer and composer in Telugu Film Industry.

Personal life

Gopika was born in Vizianagaram and brought up in Hyderabad. After her initial training in carnatic classical music from her own Aunt Smt.M Padma, Gopika further trained under renowned Padmabhushan Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Smt. Lalitha Sivakumar, Smt.Prabhavathi and at present she is under the tutelage of the famous classical exponent Smt.Binni Krishnakumar.[ er father was a senior manager in a central government office in Hyderabad. She participated in the first edition of singing reality show Padutha Theeyaga hosted by ETV. She got opportunities as a playback singer in films through this show and it was also at this time gopika poornima participated in musical reality shows in National channels like Star Plus Meri Aawaz Suno and Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. She met her future husband Mallikarjun in the same programme. After this programme, her father took voluntary retirement from his service and shifted to Chennai to train her in classical music and seek opportunities in professional singing.
Gopika Poornima and Mallikarjun.

Mallikarjun too shifted his base to Chennai to pursue playback singing. Later they fell in love with each other and got married on 10 February 2008 in Simhachalam. They have one Daughter named Samhitha. Currently they are living in Chennai.


Gopika made her debut as a playback singer in the film Singanna in 1997. The music for this film was composed by Vandemataram Srinivas. He invited Gopika, and Mallikarjun to sing for a song in that film. Incidentally they recorded their first song in the same studio where S. P. Balasubrahmanyam sang for the first time.

Gopika Poornima has sung more than 500 songs in films and 4000 Devotional songs under renowned music composers like M. S. ViswanathanIlayarajaA. R. RahmanSaluri Koteswara RaoVidyasagarS. A. RajkumarSirpyDevaM. M. KeeravaniMani SharmaHarris JayarajDevi Sri PrasadYuvan Shankar RajaChakriVandemataram SrinivasS. S. ThamanAnup Rubens and many others.

She is one of the core singer in the musical band "Suswana" along with Mallikarjun and Parthu formed in 2016 and performed in countries like India (VisakhapatnamChennaiTirupatiHospet),United States (Dallas, Texas), Oman (Muscat), Kuwait.

Gopika Poornima regularly sings in "Swarabhishekam" program telecast in ETV on every Sunday .


Gopika Poornima has done more than 200 shows across the world. She also participated in various musical concerts in the countries like United States of America , United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland), (Germany), New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Japan, Arab World (KuwaitDubaiOmanSaudi ArabiaQatar) along with famous singers S. P. BalasubrahmanyamS. P. SailajaS. JanakiShankar MahadevanG. Anand and composers like A. R. RahmanMani SharmaDevi Sri PrasadS. S. Thaman. She gave classical concert (Annamacharya Kirtan) in front of the former President of India Pratibha Patil and other delegates in the inauguration ceremony of Annadana Bhavan in Tirupati 2011.


World Tour with A. R. Rahman in 2003.
Performed in United States and UK with G. Anand team along with S. Janaki and P. Suseela in 1998.
Performed extensively with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam across the world in his team.
Music concerts for TANA (Telugu Association of North America) in 2013.
Music concerts for ATA (American Telugu Association) in 2008 along with music composer Devi Sri Prasad.
Music concerts for TCAGT (Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto) in 2014 along with music composer S. S. Thaman.
Music concerts for NATA (North America Telugu Association) in 2014.
Performed at TAL (Telugu Association of London) in England 2017.
Performed at MATA (Mana Telugu Association) in (Germany) 2016.


She got the Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the serial Priyanka (ETV) in the TV Section 2003.
She got the Maa Music Award for the Best Female Singer for the film Dhamarukam in 2013.
She was also nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer for the song Lali Lali in the film Dhamarukam Filmfare Awards South in 2013 and for Bommanu Geesthe - Bommarillu in 2007.
Geet Sagar

Geet Sagar is an Indian film Singer, who has worked predominantly in Bollywood. Geet has worked in popular movies like Chhichhore, Nautanki Saala. Geet's previous film to hit the theatres was Chhichhore in the year 2019.

Contestant Profile
Birth Date 24 February 1984
Hometown Gwalior, India

Geet Sagar (born 24 February 1984) is an Indian singer. He auditioned for Season 1 of X Factor India and made it all the way to the final as part of the Over 25s category mentored by Shreya Ghoshal.

Due to the eliminations of Manjeera GangulyAmit Jadhav and Kartar Singh Yadav, Sagar was the only act left in his category. He was crowned the winner defeating Seema Jha from the 16-24s category mentored by Sonu Nigam and Sajda Sisters from the Groups category mentored by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Gangai Amaran
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Gangai Amaran
Birth name Gangadharan
Born 8 December 1947 
Occupation(s) Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Film score composerlyricistmusic directorsongwritersingerconductorinstrumentalistVoice Actor
Instruments Vocals, (playback singing), guitar
Years active 1976–present

Gangai Amaran is an Indian music composer, singer, lyricist, writer, film director and actor in Tamil films.

Personal life

Gangai Amaran was born in Pannaipuram in Theni districtTamil Nadu in December 1947, as the youngest son of Daniel Ramaswamy and Chinnathayi. He is the younger brother of noted music director Ilaiyaraaja and father of director and actor Venkat Prabhu and actor, composer and singer Premji Amaren. He had two more elder brothers, R. D. Bhaskar and Pavalar Varadharajan, both who died long back. Composers Karthik RajaYuvan Shankar Raja, singer Bhavatharini and costume designer Vasuki Bhaskar are his relations.

Regarding his name, Gangai was taken from a magazine of same na