Joi Barua

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Joi Barua
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Joi Barua, 2010
Background information
Birth name Jayanta Barua
Born Digboi, Assam, India
Genres Rock, soul, worldbeat
Occupation(s) Vocalist, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, violin, keyboards
Labels Various
Associated acts Joi
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Joi Barua (Assamese: জয় বৰুৱা) is a singer, musician, and lead vocalist of the band Joi.[1] He was born in Assam and is currently based in Mumbai, India. He has lent his voice to many Indian movies including 2010's Filmfare Award Winner (Soundtrack) Udaan and National Film Award Winner Dev D. He was invited as a Fellow at the first INK Conference in 2010, a TED affiliated multidisciplinary conference, and as an INK Speaker in 2011. He has a mixed musical style incorporating elements of rock, soul, jazz, folk and world music.[2]

Early life[edit]

Joi was born in Digboi, Assam, the younger of the two children to Ranjana Barua and Rohini Dhar Barua. His father gave him a violin when he was four years old and that triggered his lifelong passion for music. His family moved to Jorhat when he was in junior school. When he was seven years old, his sister pushed him to join a singing competition and taught him the popular Cliff Richard song 'Bachelor Boy'. Even though ignorant about singing at that age, he won the competition. It was a defining moment. His school principal, Sister Mabilia, understood his passion for music and since then she never missed an opportunity to encourage him into singing and taking part in stage acts. Her favourite was the Boney M song 'El Lute' -about a man wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit- which he would often sing to her. He considers her as his first guru in life and a constant source of inspiration. At home, he and his cousin Piku would sing songs of The Beatles, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, etc. He passed out his high school from St. Anthony's College, Shillong, and later attended Gauhati Commerce College for graduation.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Nayana Borthakur (since 2002), whom he met in college.


Singer, Vocal Arranger

Joi has worked in a number of Indian films as a playback singer, vocal arranger and background singer. Those films include Jannat 2, Agent Vinod, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Luv Ka The End, Udaan, No One Killed Jessica, Dev D, Help, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Jumbo, Kalavar King (Telegu),[3] Gangster, Jab We Met, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Bhagam Bhaag, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Waqt: The Race Against Time, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Zindaggi Rocks, Ek Ajnabee, Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Tashan, Neal 'n’ Nikki, etc. He has worked with music directors like Amit Trivedi, Pritam, Anu Malik, Ashutosh Pathak, Ram Sampath, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Salim-Sulaiman, Amar Mohile, Viju Shah, Vishal-Shekhar, Lalit Pandit, etc.

He had sung the song "Khiriki" for Hengool Theatre of Assam in 2011.

In June 2013, Joi and his band released an Assamese single, Pitol Soku, which is a song dedicated to the bareback jockeys of Jorhat and Sivasagar districts of the north eastern State of ASSAM. A blend of Rock and Worldbeat, the song and its promotional video was unveiled by John Abraham and Vishal Dadlani. It is the official title track for the documentary, Riders of the Mist.[4]

Ad Jingles

Joi has been a part of some of the biggest advertising campaigns in the last few years and has sung ad jingles for Fiat Linea, Vodafone, Reliance, LG, Hero Honda, Nescafe, Club Mahindra,, Raymonds, Tata Tea, Coca Cola Minute Maid, San Frisco Jeans, Kurl-On, Barclays Bank, Horlicks, Alfa One, etc.[5]


As a composer, Joi Barua's first Hindi movie is Margarita With A Straw. The movie is scheduled to be released on 17 April 2015.[6] The song titled 'DUSOKUTE' [7] is penned by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi. The movie has won several awards internationally and is directed by Shonali Bose, starring Kalki Koechlin & Revathy.

Joi is currently composing the songs & scoring background music for a movie produced by John Abraham through John Abraham Entertainment Private Limited.[8] Scheduled to release in 2015, the movie is tentatively titled 'Banana' and is Directed by Sajid Ali.[9]

Inspiration and influences[edit]

His personal inspirations include his father, who always encouraged him to take music out of classrooms into the hearts of people, and his ex-principal Sister Mabilia who guided his passion for music. His musical influences have been varied. It includes Sting, The Beatles, The Eagles, Iron Maiden, The Police, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, U2, etc. Classical Composers like Beethoven, Rossini, Vivaldi and Mozart, and Indians musicians like L. Subramaniam, A.R. Rahman, Salil Chowdhury, Ilaiyaraaja, Bhupen Hazarika and Jayanta Hazarika also influenced him a lot.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Joi was awarded the Best Debut Award (2010) for his album Joi- Looking Out of the Window at the Big Music Awards organised by Big 92.7 FM, Guwahati.

Independent Albums[edit]

JOI : Looking out of the Window
The band, from left- Pawan Rasaily, Joi Barua, Abani Tanti, Ibson Lal Baruah and Manas Chowdhary.

Joi came out with an album called Joi- Looking out of the Window, which was officially launched on 21 December 2010. The songs are a blend of rock, soul, folk and worldbeat. Their first music video Aikon Baaikon has been released and is being aired on television and also available on YouTube.[10] Current band members include Joi Barua (vocals), Pawan Rasaily (lead guitar), Ibson Lal Baruah (rhythm guitar), Manas Chowdhary (bass guitar) and Partho Goswami (drums).

Song Name Time
1. Kot 4:55
2. Aikon Baaikon 4:33
3. Tumi Bhaabisa Ki 5:13
4. Uri Jaai 4:08
5. Tejimolaa (feat. lyton on piano) 5:11
6. Dusoku Melute 4:49
7. Tumi 4:24
8. Doba Kobaai 4:24
  • All songs composed & sung by: Joi Barua
  • Arrangements: Pawan Rasaily & Joi Barua
  • Guitar & Music Programming: Pawan Rasaily
  • Bass: Manas Chowdhary
  • Lyrics: Ibson Lal Baruah
  • Mixed & Produced by: Abani Tanti
  • Mastered by: Jatin Sharma at Geet Audiocraft, Mumbai


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