zubeen-garg

Zubeen Garg is an Indian singer, music director, composer, songwriter and actor. His contributions are mostly attributed in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood. He has sung many songs in other languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bodo, Karbi, Nepali, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Goalparia and English. He also plays dhols, dotora, guitar, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments.

Zubeen’s debut album Anamika was released in 1992.

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

Garg’s father Mohini Borthakur is also a poet and lyricist writing under the name Kapil Thakur. His mother Ily Borthakur was a dancer, actress and singer. 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 Garg made an album known as Shishu in memory of his late sister Jonkey. His other sister Palme is a Bharata Natyam dancer. Zubeen married Garima Saikia on 4 February 2002, who is a fashion designer.

Garg entered into the professional music when his debut Assamese album Anamika was released in 1992. He later released albums including Maya, Asha and Pakhi. In the late 90’s Garg moved to Mumbai to work in the Bollywood music industry where he recorded few Hindi albums and films like Chandni Raat, Yuhi Kabhi, Fiza and Kaante, and the song “Ya Ali” from the movie Gangster.

Zubeen Garg is one of the most busiest and successful singers of India. He has already sang around 15000 songs and is still singing. 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.

Zubeen Garg was born on 18th November, 1972 in Jorhat, Assam, India. His real name is Jiban Borthakur. But once he decided to make a career in music, he changed his name to Zubeen Garg. He also did that due to his dedication for the great composer Zubeen Mehta and so he took Zubeen from his name kept the last name as Garg which is also his Gotra.

Zubeen’s younger sister Jonkie Borthakur was a noted singer and actress who died in a car accident in 2002. His other sister, Palme is also a well-known Bharat Natyam dancer. Thus, he has a family full of people who are exponents of various forms of music. He too was a music buff from his early childhood days and as he grew up, his love for music also soared. As a result, he received his formal training in music and was determined to make a niche for himself in the field of music.

Zubeen Garg gave his first public performance when he played Tabla in 1992 and later on various shows were conducted in Assam. Later on he started making his own albums in Assamese and became popular.

However, his big bollywood moment came when he came in contact with the noted Hindi music composer Pritam Chakraborty. He asked him to sing ‘Yaa Ali’ for Gangster and rest as they say is history.

The song was one of the biggest blockbusters of the decade (2000-2010) and became a rage as it became one of the pivotal reasons for the movie to exceptionally well at the box-office.