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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 (1965-11-23) 23 November 1965 (age 51)[1]
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Genres Indipop, Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 1990– present

Harjeet Singh Sehgal,[2] better known as Baba Sehgal, is an Indian rapper, who claims to be the world's first professional Hindi rapper and first Indian rapper.[citation needed] He is also involved in various other areas of the entertainment industry, and works in several different languages' media.

Life and career

Early career

Born and brought up in Lucknow, Baba Sehgal graduated in B.E Hons. Chemical Engineering from GB Pant University[3] His entertainment career began in the 1990s, when he emerged as part of the Indipop scene,[4] and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India.[5] Since then he has been a popular figure on the rap scene,[6] with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice),[7] 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.[8] He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 1 in 2006.


Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1991),[2] followed by Alibaba (1991),[9] Thanda Thanda Pani (1992),[10] Main Bhi Madonna (1993), Baba Bachao na (1993),[11] Dr.Dhingra (1994), Miss 420 (1994) movie soundtrack, Double Gadbad (1994) movie soundtrack, Indian Romyo (1995), Tora Tora (1995), Loomba Loomba (1996), na aariya hai na jaroya hai (1997), America mein indian dhaba (1997), d.j. mix blue (1997), dhak dhak dil in culcutta (1997), A Reason to Smile (1997), meri jaan hindustan (1998), jugni mast kalandar (1998), abb mein vengaboy (1999), pinga pinga (2001), Pump up your Style (2003), Welcome to Mumbai (2005), Babe di gaddi (2009), Woh beete din and The Magic of Dandiya, among others. He writes the majority of the music for his albums himself.[citation needed] He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995), featuring the popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..".[12] He was the first Indian artist to have a music video broadcast on MTV Asia,[13] which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time. He was also the presenter 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] When he came home to Mumbai, he released his album Welcome to Mumbai,[17] which was his 22nd album.

He also directed the music for the Bollywood film Bhoot Uncle (2006) and Nalaik (2005).[18] He also anchored the TV show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom.[19]


In 1998, Sehgal made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Miss 420 alongside Sheeba Akashdeep. 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 played two characters in the film Double Gadbad. He also composed and sang all the songs for the film's soundtrack. In 2009, he had a part in the SAB TV comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. Sehgal also made his Telugu film debut in Rudhramadevi, with Anushka Shetty in the lead. It was directed by National award winner Gunasekhar. Baba Sehgal was signed to play a major negative role in another Telugu film titled Overdose.[20] In 2016, he played a cameo as himself in Bank Chor.


As actor

As playback singer

Telugu Cinema
Tamil Cinema
Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2009 Villu "Jalsa Jalsa" & (Remix) Devi Sri Prasad Devi Sri Prasad
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


  1. ^ Baba Sehgal: Baba Sehgal’s extra-marital woes | Hindi Movie News – Times of India. Retrieved on 2017-05-26.
  2. ^ a b Nair, Vinod (14 June 2003). "Arre Baba, he's back!". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  3. ^ Baba Sehgal on Twitter: "this is for all CURIOUS ppl>> I did my from G B Pant University, Pantnagar, Nainital & not from BITS, pilani tks..". (2015-11-17). Retrieved on 2017-05-26.
  4. ^ "A sip of Indi-pop". The Indian Express. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 6 October 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Hunt, Ken (2003). Vladimir Bogdanov; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine; John Bush, eds. All Music Guide to Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-87930-759-2. 
  7. ^ Garber, Marjorie; Paul B. Franklin; Rebecca L. Walkowitz (1996). Field Work. Routledge. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-415-91454-3. 
  8. ^ "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 1 March 2008. 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. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. 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. 
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  21. ^ "Baba Sehgal Has An Interesting Take On His Bank Chor Experience". News18 India. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  22. ^ Baba Sehgal to do an Anil Kapoor? – Times of India. Retrieved on 2017-05-26.