Baba Sehgal

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Baba Sehgal
Baba Sehgal shoots for his album 'Mumbai City' 03.jpg
Baba Sehgal at a photoshoot promoting his new album 'Mumbai City'.
Background information
Birth name Harjeet Singh Sehgal
Born 23 November[1]
Lucknow, India
Genres Indipop, Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, actor
Years active 1990 – present

Baba Sehgal is an Indian rapper, film composer, actor and playback singer, known for his works in Indipop, Telugu cinema, Bollywood and Tamil cinema. Brought up in Lucknow, he began his career in the mid-1990s. He is credited as the first Indian rapper[2] to jump on the Indipop bandwagon,[3] and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India.[4] Since then he has dominated the Indian rap scene[5] with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice),[6] 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.[7]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Baba Sehgal is an electrical engineer from G.B.Pant University of agriculture & technology, Pantnagar, Nainital. Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1990) followed by[8] Alibaba (1991),[9] Thanda Thanda Pani (1992),[10] Main Bhi Madonna (1993),[11] Double Gadbad (1999) and many more albums. He almost always writes, composes and sings the songs in his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995) which had a popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..".[12] He has the distinction of having the first Indian music video ever to be shown on MTV Asia[13] (which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time). He was also the television host of the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime.[14] He has also worked as a stage performer.[15]

He was in New York from 2001 to 2005[16] and when he came home to Mumbai, he released his album 'Welcome to Mumbai',[17] which was his 22nd and latest music album.

He also directed the music for the Bollywood film Bhoot Uncle (2006).[18] He is also anchoring the TV show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom.[19]

Acting[edit]

In 1998, Sehgal made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Miss 420 alongside Sheeba. He also did playback singing for the film's soundtrack which was released in 1994, four years before the film's theatrical release. In 1999 he acted in the film Double Gadbad playing a double role. He also composed and sang all the songs for the film's soundtrack. In 2009, he played a role in the SAB TV comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. Sehgal also making his Telugu film debut in a Heroine centric magnum opus movie Rudhramadevi, Anushka Shetty in the lead. It will be directed by National award winner Gunasekhar. Baba Sehgal has been signed to play a major negative role in an another Telugu film titled Overdose. [20]

Filmography[edit]

As actor

As playback singer

Telugu Cinema
Bollywood
Tamil Cinema
Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2010 Singam "Kadhal Vandhale" Devi Sri Prasad Priyadharshini
2011 Osthe "Osthe Maamey" S. Thaman Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal "Sokku Podi" G. V. Prakash Kumar Shruti Haasan
Saguni "Vella Bambaram" G. V. Prakash Kumar Priya Himesh
2013 Alex Pandian "Bad Boy" Devi Sri Prasad Priya Himesh
2013 Singam II "Singam Dance" Devi Sri Prasad Devi Sri Prasad
2009 13B
Bengali Cinema
Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2013 Khiladi (2013 Film) "Heartbeat" ShreePritam Saberi Bhattacharya

Television appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/music/news/Baba-Sehgals-extra-marital-woes/articleshow/15471885.cms
  2. ^ Dutt, Tushar (13 July 2007). "Baba's back with a bang". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "A sip of Indi-pop". The Indian Express. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Abbas, M. Ackbar; John Nguyet Erni; Wimal Dissanayake (2005). Internationalizing Cultural Studies (link to Google snippet). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-23623-8. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Ken (2003). Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush (eds.), ed. All Music Guide to Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-87930-759-2. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Garber, Marjorie; Paul B. Franklin; Rebecca L. Walkowitz (1996). Field Work. Routledge. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-415-91454-3. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  8. ^ Nair, Vinod (14 June 2003). "Arre Baba, he's back!". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  9. ^ Cultures of the Commonwealth. Université de Cergy-Pontoise. 1998. p. 11. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Robertson, Roland; Kathleen E. White (2003). Globalization. Taylor & Francis. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-415-30222-7. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Dance Party". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Sharma, Amitabh (26 December 1994). "India's Turning 'Asian Kool' Into Very Hot Sounds Pop music: Record chiefs bet the next global hits will be rap monologues tinged with a Punjabi folk genre known as bhangra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Baba Sehgal is back". The Hindu. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  15. ^ "Straight Answers". The Times of India. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  16. ^ "Baba Sehgal comes back in a new player movement". The Hindu. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  17. ^ "Welcome To Mumbai – Baba Saigal". IndiaGlitz. 8 January 2007. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  18. ^ Deladia, Priyanka (15 April 2006). "Straight Answers". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  19. ^ Mulchandani, Amrita (19 May 2008). "'Baba and I are like husband and wife'". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  20. ^ http://zoot.mtsindia.in/artist-Baba%20Sehgal-biography-835
  21. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/tv/news-interviews/Baba-Sehgal-to-do-an-Anil-Kapoor/articleshow/7701119.cms