Ash King

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Ash King
Birth nameAshutosh Ganguly
(আশুতোষ গাঙ্গুলী)
Born (1980-08-03) 3 August 1980 (age 38)
London, United Kingdom
Years active2009 – present

Ash King (born Ashutosh Ganguly) is a singer, songwriter and composer of Bengali origin based in London. He made his playback singing debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6.[1][2] He is a relative of prominent Bengali singer Kishore Kumar.

Personal life[edit]

Ash King hails from a family of musicians who has shaped his relationship with music. His grandfather Brajendra Lal Ganguly was the first Indian classical music teacher at Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's home and school Shantiniketan, and also a prominent freedom fighter for India and close ally of Subhas Chandra Bose and first cousin of Kishore Kumar's father.[3] King spent his childhood surrounded by celebrated musical artists with whom his father worked closely with. Music has always run in his family. His father used to perform with Ravi Shankar in India back in the sixties. He recalls that when he was very young, George Harrison visited their house at Wembley as he was into Indian classical music. His mother hails from Karamsad, Gujarat.[4]

Influenced early on by joining a Gospel choir and listening to soul artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Luther Vandross, King’s style and flavor deliver a sound that is easy on the ear and alluring even for those who aren’t drawn to his specialized genre. However, you would be mistaken to think King’s talents lie in just the one genre.


His first Bollywood break was with A. R. Rahman on the film Delhi-6 which he recorded at Rahman's personal studio. Rahman invited King, to his London home after friends sang his praises. He was impressed with the 25-year-old's voice, he flew him to Chennai to record in his private studio. Since then he has gone on to sing Te Amo for the film Dum Maaro Dum, I Love You for the film Bodyguard and featured on Suno Aisha from the film Aisha.

Ash Featured on Lady Gaga's official single for Bad Romance on a remix of Just Dance, this was also used in the remix album and the Asian release of the album.[5]

Ash is also a prominent singer in the UK, having sung and co-written the song Love Is Blind which he sang with singer Ramzi and featured on the song Look For Me with Hard Kaur.[6] In 2011, Ash performed at some of the biggest events in the UK including performances at Glastonbury Festival for the BBC[7] and also performed on the main stage at the BBC London Mela.[8]

After 2011, in 2012 Ash was appointed for a Bengali song "Kothin" of Bojhena Shey Bojhena film. He also took part in MTV India's prestigious 'MTV Unplugged' - Series 2, with a whole episode dedicated to his hits. Other performers included A R Rahman, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan. In April 2013 he headlined a concert at the prestigious Southbank Centre in London, alongside Sufi/Bollywood singer Harshdeep Kaur.


Year Film Song Name Composer Notes
2009 Delhi-6 Dil Gira Dafatan A. R. Rahman
2010 Aisha Suno Aisha Amit Trivedi
2011 Dum Maaro Dum Te Amo Pritam with Sunidhi Chauhan
Bodyguard I Love You Nominated - IIFA Awards for Best Male Playback Singer
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Uh-Oh Uh-Oh! Raghu Dixit
Uh-Oh-Uh-Oh 2.0
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Aunty Ji Amit Trivedi
Paanch Adhyay Phire Paoar Gaan Shantanu Moitra Bengali Film
Oh My God! Tu Hi Tu (Unplugged) Himesh Reshammiya
Rush Chup Chup Ke Pritam
Hote Hote
Bojhena Shey Bojhena Kothin Arindom Chatterjee Bengali Film
2013 Shortcut Romeo Shortcut Romeo Himesh Reshammiya
Baat Bann Gayi Naseeba Harpreet Singh
Dance Karna
Sooper Se Ooper Behka Behka Sonu Nigam & Bickram Ghosh
2014 Heartless Mashooqana Gaurav Dagaonkar
Savaari 2 Yello Mareyaagi Manikanth Kadri Kannada Film
Humshakals Look Into My Eyes Himesh Reshammiya
Bang Bang! Meherbaan Vishal-Shekhar with Shilpa Rao, Shekhar Ravjiani
2015 I Tum Todo Na A. R. Rahman
Parbona Ami Chartey Tokey Ure Geche Chinta Bhabna Ghum Mone Mone Ekdom Rong Baloon Indradeep Dasgupta Bengali Film
Shudhu Tomari Jonyo Jeno Tomari Kache Arindom Chatterjee
Dekhte Bou Bou
2016 Deewaren: Unity Song[9] Deewaren Vinay Jaiswal Single by The Moody Nation
Hero 420 Chaichi Toke Savvy Gupta Indo-Bangladesh Film
Prem Ki Bujhini Ami Raji
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Alizeh Pritam with Arijit Singh
Saansein Mera Pyar Vivek Kar with Arijit Singh, Swati Sharma, Dev Negi, Joi Barua
Ami Tomar Hote Chai Ei Tukro Premer Golpo Shafiq Tuhin Bangladesh Film
2017 Half Girlfriend Baarish Tanishk Bagchi
Ami Je Ke Tomar Bhalobeshe Felech Indradeep Dasgupta Bengali film
Flat 211 Chocolatey Cake Prakash Prabhakar Hindi film
A Gentleman Bandook Meri Laila Sachin-Jigar
Guest iin London Dil Mera Raghav Sachar with Shahid Mallya, Prakriti Kakar
2018 Stree Nazar Na Lag Jaaye Sachin-Jigar



Award Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Male Vocalist of The Year "Baarish" from Half Girlfriend Nominated [10]


  1. ^ "Dum Maaro Dum". Bollywood Hungama. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Bodyguard". Bollywood Hungama. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ Das, Mohua (June 12, 2012). "Ashutosh tells us about Ash". The Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Ash King wishes to make Gujarati music a global phenomenon". Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Lady Gaga's 'Just Dance' Deewaan Remix Featuring Ash King". Desi Hits. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Ash King In The Spotlight". Naach. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Ash King + Shammi Pithia - Until I Hit The Ground Glastonbury 2011". YouTube. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Jay Sean, Jazzy B, Lehmber Hussainpuri, Mumzy Stranger and Ash King joined the London Mela line up". BBC Asian Network. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Seven Singers Come Together this Holi to Celebrate Unity with Deewaren". Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Awards 2017". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 2018-03-13.

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