Zubeen Garg

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Zubeen Garg
Birth name Zubeen Borthakur
Also known as Goldie
Born (1972-11-18) 18 November 1972 (age 42)[1]
Jorhat, Assam, India
Genres Playback singing, Bihu, Indian folk, Indian pop, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, songwriter, musician, Music director, actor
Instruments Vocals, bandar, tabla, keyboard, dhol,guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Universal Music Group, EYE creation, Times Music

Zubeen Garg (Assamese: জুবিন গাৰ্গ, Bengali: জুবিন গার্গ; born 18 November 1972) is an Indian singer and music director, composer, songwriter. His contributions are mostly attributed in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood.[2] He plays dhols, dotora, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments.

Early life[edit]

Zubeen Garg hails from Jorhat, a city in Upper Assam. His birth name is Zubeen Borthakur. He was named after the great composer Zubin Mehta and uses his gotra name, Garg, as his surname.[3] Garg was born to Mohini Mohan Borthakur, a famous lyricist, poet and a magistrate (who uses the pseudonym Kapil Thakur), and the late Ily Borthakur. In addition to his mother tongue Assamese, he is fluent in English and Bengali.

The Borthakur family has its roots in Janji, Sivasagar. Mohan Borthakur was a magistrate and he and his family moved often during Garg's early years.[4] Ily Borthakur was a dancer, actress and singer, but she never turned these talents into a professional career. Instead, she decided to teach her son at home. Garg's younger sister Jongki Borthakur was a well-known singer and actress who died in a car accident in 2002 near Tezpur while they were going to perform stage show along with her fiance. There after Zubeen made an album known as SHISHU in memory of his late sister.[5] Zubeen's other sister Palme Borthakur, is a bharatanatyam dancer, runs a dance academy in Guwahati.

Feeling indebted to his fans from Assam, Garg became involved in various charitable organizations dealing with AIDS and cancer. He is also president of societies including Destination (for autistic children), the All-Assam Cultural Organisation, and Vande..

Education and early career[edit]

He did his schooling in various places of Assam viz, Jorhat, Karimganj, Bijni and Tamulpur and two years of pre university in in Jagannath Barooah College Jorhat under Dibrugarh University, and then moved to B. Borooah College, Guwahati, where he pursued Bachelor of Science. He left before completing his degree,when he received the gold medal for his western solo performance in a 1992 youth festival, he got his first taste of success and confidence as vocalist.

Garg considers his mother to be his first guru and mentor. He started learning tabla from Guru Robin Banarjee, and then continued learning Assamese folk music from Guru Romoni Rai. Apart from playing dhols, dotara, mandolin, percussions, guitar Garg is an accomplished keyboard player. He entered the professional music scene in 1992, releasing his first album, Anamika. This unusual album, became an instant hit in northeast India and had a strong influence on the Assamese musical landscape.[6]


Zubeen Garg is one of the most busiest and successful singers of India. He has already sung over 20,000 songs. His contributions are many in Assamese and Bengali language.[7] Garg continues to make albums. Apart from Assamese, Garg has sung in 40 languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, English, Bodo, Karbi, Mishing and many more regional languages. His song "Ya Ali" from the movie Gangster became a superhit in India, the Middle East, and across South Asia. Following this success, he released an album titled Ya Ali Remix Blast.

Garg released a Hindi album Zubeen's Zindagi, in 2007, which was well received. after the last year release of Runjun.last 18 October 2012, Zubeen released a smashing album called Rock. This is the celebration album of completing 20 rocking years in music.

He has sung in many films in several Indian languages.He is the most successful musician after legendary Bhupen Hazarika in Assamese music industry.

Garg is also a prominent actor in Assamese films. His films have won national awards.

In 2014, Garg directed and scored music in Brindaban Theatre's Drama "Devdas" for the session 2013-14.


Garg started his own production house in Guwahati. He acts in Assamese and Bengali films as well. In 2007 he acted in the Assamese Mon Jai which won a national award.

In 2000, Garg wrote, directed and acted in the Assamese film Tumi Mor Matho Mor. He acted, co-produced and scored music in another Assamese film Dinabandhu in 2005 and the film won a national award.

Garg has served as music director for Assamese, Hindi, and Bengali films. He received the Best Music Award in 2005 for the Bengali movie Shudhu Tumi. He was the music director for Strings – Bound By Faith, a Hindi film directed by Sanjay Jha. He won the Rajat Kamal National Award in 2007 for best music in a short film.

His "Bhal pabo najanilu" movie has been released this year. His new Assamese/Bengali film You are Not My Julie is set to be released in 2014. And there's a new movie in which he is playing a lead role named "Gaane Ki Aane". Zubeen has acted in and done the mesmerising music for yet another 2014 film titled 'Rowdor Chithi', alongside Papon (Angaraag Mahanta).


Year Movie Language Character Name
2015 Gaane Ki Aane Assamese Nilabh Jonak Baruah
2015 You Are Not My Julie Assamese/Bengali upcoming
2015 Ahetuk Assamese Special Appearance In the Song "Ahetuk"
2014 Rodor Sithi Assamese Baba
2014 Suma Porokhote Assamese Special Appearance In the Song "Suma Porokhote"
2013 Bhal Pabo Najanilu Assamese Indranil
2012 Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare(As The River Flows) Assamese/Hindi
2008 Mon Jai Assamese Manab
2004 Dinobandhu Assamese Bipul
2000 Tumi Mur Matho Mur Assamese Hrishi
2007 Big Brother Hindi Special Appearance In the Song "Jag Lal Lal"
2006 Strings - Bound by Faith Hindi Special Appearance In the Song "Mantra (Om)"
2006 Gangster Hindi Special Apperannce In the Song "Ya Ali"

Music director[edit]

Year Movie Language Sources
2014 Rodor Chithi Assamese
2012 Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare/As The River Flows Assamese/Hindi
2010 Mon Niye Bengali
2010 Kache Acho Tumi Bengali
2008 Mon Jai Assamese
2006 Strings- Bound By Faith Hindi
2006 Aami Axomiya Assamese
2006 Adhinayak Assamese
2005 Shudhu Tumi Bengali
2004 Dinabandhoo Assamese
2004 Rang Assamese
2004 Barud Assamese
2004 Maya Assamese
2003 Juman-Suman Assamese
2003 Bidhata Assamese
2003 Priya Milan Assamese
2003 Agishakshi Assamese
2002 Jiban Nadir Duti Par Assamese
2002 Jonaki Mon Assamese
2002 Kanyadaan Assamese
2002 Prem Aru Prem Assamese
2001 Nayak Assamese
2001 Daag Assamese
2000 Tumi Mor Mathu Mor Assamese
2000 Hiya Diya Niya Assamese



Year Advertisement Co Singer(s)
2008 Green Liver Solo
2008 Radio Ooo La La Solo
2007 Vimal Cloths (Only Vimal) Solo
2003 Hero Honda ( Old Ad) KK

Awards & Honours[edit]

Year Category Movie / Song Award Result
2013-14 Best Playback Singer (Male), Best Song of the Year Nila Nila Dusokut (Brindaban Theatre) NEBCUS (North East Big Cultural Society) Won
2013-14 Sangeet Suruj working for music industry NEBCUS (North East Big Cultural Society) Won
2013 North East Youth Icon For life time Bitazone NE's youth icon Won
2012-13 Best Playback Singer (Male) Sokupani (Rajasri Theatre) NEBCUS (North East Big Cultural Society) Won
2011-12 Best Playback Singer (Male) NEBCUS (North East Big Cultural Society) Won
2009 Best Actor Mon Jai Chitralekha Award Won
2007 Best Music Direction in Non Feature Films Echoes of silence Rajat Kamal National (Silver Lotus Award) Won
2007 Best Playback Singer ( Male) Gangster ( Ya Ali ) Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) Won
2007 Best Playback Singer (Male) Gangster ( Ya Ali ) International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer (Male) Gangster ( Ya Ali ) Filmfare Awards Nominated
2006 Best Playback Singer Bengali Films Kalakar Awards Won
2006 New Musical Sensation (Male) Gangster ( Ya Ali ) Stardust Awards Won
2005 Best Music ( Director ) Shudhu Tumi Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards (BFJA) Won
2005 Best Playback Singer Bengali Film Kalakar Awards Won
2005 Best Playback Singer Assamese Films Won
Many Times Best Music Director, Best Singer Various Assamese Films Moonlight Media Awards Won
Many Times Best Music Director, Best Singer Various Assamese Films Prag Cine Awards Won
1992 Gold Medal Best Singer Gauhati University Youth Festival Of Western Music Won


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  2. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (26 March 2011). "Zubeen Garg on a different track". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "ZUBEEN GARG Biography". entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Runa Borah (28 Feb 2010). "Profile of Zubeen Garg - Singer, Music composer of Assam". SpiderWorks Technologies Pvt Ltd., Kochi, India. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jongki Barthakur dies in car mishap". North East News Agency (NENA). NENA. 7–21 February 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "=ZUBEEN GARG Biography at planetradiocity.com". planetradiocity.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  7. ^ http://muvyz.com/people/bm781227

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