Zubeen Garg

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Zubeen Garg
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Zubeen Garg at a concert in Bangalore, February 2007.
Background information
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, born 18 November 1972) is an Indian singer, music director, composer, songwriter and actor. His contributions are mostly attributed in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood.[2] He has sung many songs in other languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bodo, Karbi, Nepali and English. He also plays dhols, dotora, guitar, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments.

Zubeen's debut album Anamika was released in 1992.[3] This album was a massive hit and created new era in Assamese music industry.

Personal life[edit]

Zubeen hails from the Upper Assam city Jorhat. His birth name is Zubeen Borthakur. He was named after the composer Zubin Mehta and uses his gotra name, Garg, as his surname.[4]

Zubeen's father Mohini Borthakur was a magistrate by profession and he and his family moved often during his early years.[5] Mohini Borthakur is also a poet and lyricist. He writes his poetry by using his pseudo name Kapil Thakur. His mother late Ily Borthakur was an efficient dancer, actress and singer though she was not a professional artist. His younger sister Jonkey Borthakur was an actress and singer who died in a car accident in 2002 near Tezpur while they were going to perform stage show along with her co-artists. There after Zubeen made an album known as Shishu in memory of his late sister Jonkey.[6] His other sister Palme is a Bharata Natyam dancer.[4] Zubeen married Garima Saikia on 4 February 2002, who is a fashion designer.

Early years[edit]

Zubeen's stepped into the professional music industry through his superhit debut album Anamika in 1992.[3] His unique voice had a special touch with modern age music in the songs. His music had influence of western rock music as well as Assamese folk music. His subsequent albums like Maya, Asha and Pakhi were also highly appreciated. He lifted the Assamese music to a new height. In the late 90's Zubeen moved to Mumbai to make a mark in Bollywood music industry. After few hindi albums and films like Chandni Raat, Yuhi Kabhi, Fiza and Kaante, finally he got the biggest break in Bollywood, his song Ya Ali from the movie Gangster became a superhit not only in India, but across South Asia and the Middle East. [1]


Year Category Films / Songs Awards Results
2005 Best Music Director Shudhu Tumi BFJA[7] Won
2006 GIFA Best Male Playback Singer Award Gangster (Ya Ali) Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA)[8] Won
2006 New Musical Sensation Award (Male) Gangster (Ya Ali) Max Stardust Awards[7] Won
2007 Best Music Director Echoes of Silence (Short film)
National Award (Rajat Kamal) Won

Music and film career[edit]


As a music director[edit]

Year Movie Language Sources
2014 Rodor Sithi 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

As an actor[edit]

Zubeen also has acted in few Assamese films. He played the lead role in Mon Jai, which won the best Assamese Film in the 56th National Award. [9]

Year Movie Language Role
2015 Gaane Ki Aane Assamese Nilabh Jonak Baruah
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"
2012 Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare(As The River Flows) Assamese/Hindi
2008 Mon Jai Assamese Manab
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"
2004 Dinobandhu Assamese Bipul
2000 Tumi Mur Matho Mur Assamese Hrishi


  1. ^ a b "About Zubeen Garg in Onlinesivasagar.com". Abhijit Borah. onlinesivasagar.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (26 March 2011). "Zubeen Garg on a different track". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "About Zubeen's debut album Anamika at futuresounds.com". futuresounds.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "ZUBEEN GARG Biography". entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Runa Borah (28 Feb 2010). "Profile of Zubeen Garg - Singer, Music composer of Assam". SpiderWorks Technologies Pvt Ltd., Kochi, India. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jonkey Barthakur dies in car mishap". North East News Agency (NENA). NENA. 7–21 February 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Awards won by Zubeen Garg at gomolo.com". gomolo.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Zubeen wins GIFA award". zubeengarg.blogspot.in. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Zubeen played the lead role in Mon jai, the best Assamese Film in the 56th National Award at kothasobi.com". kothasobi.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 

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