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Zubeen Garg

In 1992, a fresh voice stormed into music industry of Assam with a new album 'Anamika'. He had a modern yet very touching voice. His music and lyrics touched every youngsters hearts. It was just the beginning, there was no looking back for this very talented singer. In later years he placed himself in prestigious position in bollywood, bengali and so many other regional indian languages. He is no one but ZUBEEN GARG, the most popular singer of recent days in Assamese music world.

Zubeen performing in Bangalore - 2008

Zubeen Garg was born in 18 Novemeber, 1972 in Jorhat. His father Mohini Borthakur was a magistrate and his mother late Ily Borthakur was a house wife. He was named after great bollywood music composer Zubin Mehta. His father is a famous poet and lyricist and he used to write with the 'Kapil Thakur'. His mother was also very talented dancer and singer. In his childhood, his family used to travel various parts of Assam for his father's job. The whole family was very talented culturally and even both of his sisters Jonki and Palme.

Zubeen Garg started learning music from his childhood. He first learned Tabla and then assamese folk songs. Slowly he showed his talent in various instruments like mandolin, guitar, dhol, etc. He completed his formal education from Jorhat.

Zubeen Garg's debut assamese album 'Anamika' was released in 1992. It was a great hit assam and was start of a new era in Assamese music. This new voice had a special touch with modern age music in the songs. His music had influence of both western rock music and assamese folk music. Zubeen's songs took no time to get place in people's heart.

Zubeen's subesequent albums 'Asha' and 'Maya' were highly appreciated in Assam. He immediately reached the zenith of popularism. His every new album started providing his fans new tastes of music. Album like 'Mukti' had patriotic influences in it's music and lyrics. 'Meghor Boron', 'Xobdo', 'Rang' are albums that were well blended with folk, romantic, tragic music. Songs like 'Xunore Xojuwa' were influnced by both 'Bihu' and patriotism. Album 'Dilruba' was influenced by sufi music.

The album 'Paakhi' was dedicated to his late mother and had great emotional music. Another album 'Xixu'(Shihu), was decicated to his sister Jonki's sudden death who had been his singing copmanion for years. Lyrics of many Zubeen's songs are written by his father Kapil Thakur.

In late 90s, Zubeen went to mumbai to make his position in bollywood. As usual it was not a smooth path in bollywood. After a few hindi albums like 'Chandini Raat','Yuhi Kabhi', 'Shraddhanjali', he finally got the biggest break in Bollywood in the film 'Gangster'. The song 'Ya Ali' was one of the most popular hit of 2006. The song brought him the best playback singer Global Indian Film Awards(GIFA) in 2006. His next hindi album 'Zindagi' was released in 2007 which was highly appreciated.

Zubeen's Music Video

The current list of Bollywood films in which Zubeen Garg has sung as a playback singer are growing day by day. He was the playback singer in movies like Fizaa, Kante, Mudda, Brides Wanted, Gangster, Pyaar ka side effect in recent years.

Apart from hindi films, Zubeen Garg has worked in many regional languages too. He bagged the BFJA award for scoring the music of the Bangali Film 'Shudhu Tumi'.

Though Zubeen has been working in various Indian languages, yet Assamese music is still his primary platform. He has worked as Music Director in numerous Assamese movies in recent years. These include Bidhata, Nayak, Daag, Hiya Diya Niya, Kanyadaan, Tumi Mor Matho Mor, Barud etc. His latest assamese album 'Rumaal' was released in 2008. Like most of his other album the concept and lyrics of the songs are conceived by Zubeen himself. The album also consists of a song composed by Zubeen Garg in memory of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha. Apart from modern Assamese songs, Zubeen has sung all types of Assamese folk songs from Lokageet, Borgeet to Dehbisaar Geet, Zikir.

Zubeen Garg has acted in few of the Assamese film like 'Tumi Mur Maathu Mur', 'Dinabandhu', etc. Dinabandhu scored national award in 2005. Zubeen had also done music for Strings, a hindi film, directed by Sanjay Jha.

Zubeen has recently published a book on collection of his own Assamese poems.

Zubeen's poetry book

Zubeen Garg has created a new era in Assamese music after Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. He has established his name not only in Assam but also in whole of India with his voice in more than 9000 songs.

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