Zubeen Garg at a concert in Bangalore, February 2007
|Birth name||Zubeen Borthakur|
|Also known as||Goldie|
18 November 1972 |
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|
|Labels||Universal Music Group, EYE creation, Times Music|
Zubeen Garg (born 18 November 1972) is an Indian singer and music director, composer, songwriter. His contributions are mostly attributed in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood. He plays dhols, dotora, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments.
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. 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 Jhanji, Sivasagar. Mohan Borthakur was a magistrate and he and his family moved often during Garg's early years. 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. 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
He did his schooling in various places of Assam viz, Jorhat, Karimganj, Bijni and Tamulpur and two years of pre university 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.
Zubeen Garg is one of the most busiest and successful singers of India.He has already sang over 20,000 songs. His contributions are many in Assamese and Bengali language. 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.
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.
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).
|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||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|
|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"|
|2012||Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare/As The River Flows||Assamese/Hindi|
|2010||Kache Acho Tumi||Bengali|
|2006||Strings- Bound By Faith||Hindi|
|2002||Jiban Nadir Duti Par||Assamese|
|2002||Prem Aru Prem||Assamese|
|2000||Tumi Mor Mathu Mor||Assamese|
|2000||Hiya Diya Niya||Assamese|
|♦ Hamari Adhuri Kahani||(2015)|
|♦ Krrish 3||(2013)|
|♦ Raaz 3||(2012)|
|♦ Dum Maaro Dum||(2011)|
|♦ Mission Istaanbul||(2008)|
|♦ Manorama Six Feet Under||(2007)|
|♦ Pyaar Ke Side Effects||(2007)|
|♦ Jhoom Barabar Jhoom||(2007)|
|♦ The Train||(2007)|
|♦ Good Boy Bad Boy||(2007)|
|♦ Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee||(2007)|
|♦ Namastey London||(2007)|
|♦ I See You||(2007)|
|2008||Radio Ooo La La||Solo|
|2007||Vimal Cloths (Only Vimal)||Solo|
|2003||Hero Honda ( Old Ad)||KK|
Awards & Honours
|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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