|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2007)|
||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (July 2014)|
|Born||25 January 1974|
|Origin||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Genres||Bangla Rock, Adhunik Bengali Songs, Dub Songs|
|Years active||1998 – present|
|Associated acts||Singer, songwriter, composer, author, actor|
Rupam Islam (born 25 January 1974) is Kolkata-based Indian playback singer, songwriter, composer and the lead singer of the band Fossils. He is a recipient of National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He won the award in 2010, for his work in the film Mahanagar @ Kolkata. Rupam has been selected to be a member of the Government of West Bengal's cultural committee for music (Bangla Sangeet Academy). He belongs to a Bengali family.
Born on 25 January 1974 in a family of musicians, Rupam's musical journey started fairly early under the tutelage of his parents, renowned musicians of their time: late Nurul Islam and late Chhandita Islam. By the age of four, he was performing on stage with his parents' choir group Jhankar Shilpi Goshthhi. By age nine, he was an empanelled child artiste of Aakashvani and Doordarshan and had performed at all leading auditoriums of Kolkata.
Education went hand-in-hand with music, and he graduated from Asutosh College, an affiliated college of the University of Calcutta with honours in English literature. He completed his Bachelor's in Education (BEd) and joined Taki Boys Multipurpose School where he taught English to primary school students for eleven years before voluntarily retiring in 2006 to concentrate on his career in music.
Fossils and solo career
In 1998, his band Fossils was born. Within the first five years, they had become one of the best Bangla Rock bands. As lyricist, music composer and lead vocalist, Rupam came to be identified as the lead singer of the band. Fossils has had five super-hit albums, each of which has created one record or the other in the chartbusters.
After training in Indian classical music, Rupam's first solo album Tor Bhorshate was released by HMV in 1998. The album was re-released as Neel Rong Chhilo Bhishon Priyo in 2003 and, on popular demand, was again re-released in CD format by SaReGaMa ten years after first hitting the market.
A duo album called RnB (Rupam and Bumpy) was released in 2007 and declared the most sold album of the year
In 2010, Rupam released his second solo album called Na Hanyate from SaReGaMa. It won him awards in Kolkata and the album was amongst the most sold albums of the year.
In 2011, Rupam released his third solo album called Nishkromon from SaReGaMa. It became a huge hit even before its release. In this album he has been associated with many other Bangla rock bands' members. All the songs were recorded live.
In 2013, The sixth studio album of the band is scheduled to be released on 19 October 2013 at City Centre II, Rajarhat – Kolkata. For the first time, the band has soft launched their album "Fossils 4" as full-length online streaming to the audience days before physical release of the album. It is also the first time the band holds both copyright and publishing rights of this album while INRECO will do the distribution and marketing. By its online release it already seems to be a superhit.
Rupam is said to be the pioneer of Bengali rock. Rupam is one of the most popular modern singers in Bengal.
Rupam has composed title songs for TV programs and advertisement jingles for leading brands which was very low standard and has anchored several musical and chat shows on television but it was grand flop. For more than a year in 2007 and 2008, Rupam hosted a show called Rupam on the Rocks on Ananda Bazar Patrika's Friends 91.9 FM.
Combining his two loves – music and literature – Rupam wrote his first book of songs, Epitaph from AAhir Publication, one of the leading little magazines, which was released in 2006 and became one of the most sought-after books at the Kolkata Book Fair. Rupam on the Rocks, his second book, was released at the Kolkata Book Fair in 2009 and continues to remain one of Ananda Publishers' hottest sellers. He also wrote a special column for the youth magazine Unish Kuri.
Rupam is now one of the busiest playback singers of Kolkata and has sung in more than 30 Hindi and Bengali films. Mahanagar@Kolkata, the film for which he won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2010, also marked his debut as a music director. Rupam won a number of awards from 2009 to 2011 for his playbacks in movies specially for Benche Thakar Gaan in Autograph and he also sang the song "ei srabon" for the film 22se srabon (2011). He also won the best modern singer award for his recent solo album Na Hanyate at the Bangla Music Awards 2011.
In 2007, Rupam made his debut in Hindi playback in Vishesh Films' Jannat, directed by Kunal Deshmukh, where he sang the title song "Jannat Jahaan" and at the request of the producers, Rupam created a Bengali version of that song – "Jannat Takkai". This version got screened as well in theatres. Rupam sang "Dil Kare" in the film All the Best: Fun Begins in 2009 under the banner of Ajay Devgn Films; the director was Rohit Shetty.
Rupam has done the maximum number of playback singing for films among all the Bangla band singers. Some of them being Piyalir Password, Cholo Lets Go, Madly Bangalee, Kanchan Babu, Jiyo Kaka, Olotpalot, Shukno Lanka, Dwando, Angshumaner Chhobi, Aleya, Antim Swash Sundar, Mahanagar@Kolkata, Autograph, Baishe Srabon, Icche, Bedroom etc.
Rupam has taken part in a TV show called R2T2 (Rock-e Rupam Tal-e Tanmoy). In this show both Rupam and eminent musician Tanmoy Bose created two different bands of two different genres.
Rupam has co-directed the music of the Bengali film Bedroom along with his long-time friend and Fossils colleague Allan Ao. The songs became instant hits just after the audio release of the film.
Rupam married his long-time friend Rupsha Dasgupta on 21 October[clarification needed]. On 12 September 2010 they became parents of a baby boy, Rup Aarohan Prometheus.
- Tor Bhorshatey (1998 / HMV) Re-released as Neel Rong Chilo Bhishon Priyo (2003 / HMV).
- Fossils (2002 / Asha Audio)
- Fossils 2 (2004 / Asha Audio)
- Mission F (2006 / Asha Audio)
- Rupam n Bumpy (2007 / UD Series)
- Epitaph (Aahir)
- Aupodartho (2007 / Asha Audio)
- Rupam on the Rocks(2009)ananda publisher
- Fossils 3 (2009 / Asha Audio)
- Mahanagar @ Kolkata (2010 / HMV SaReGaMa)
- Na-Hanyate (2010 / HMV SaReGaMa)
- Nishkromon (2011 / HMV SaReGaMa)
- Ai to ami (2012) ananda publisher
- FOSSILS 4 (2013/ Inreco)
- "57th National Film Awards, 2009".
- "Rupam Islam, Bickram Ghosh to jam together in Dubai". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- "Lines of beauty".
- "Esho alap koriye di".
- Official website
- Notun Gaane Kamal, Rupom
- Interview on "Jannat"
- Official website of Fossils
- Official website of Fossils Force