Arijit Singh is one of the most famous and loved artists/singers from India, almost every year there are one or more songs by Arijit Singh that rank at the top of the charts.
He is a singer and also a music composer and was born on April 25, 1987. He sings in many languages but mostly in Hindi and Bengali, he is known to have sung for various other languages as well.
He is also a National Award Winner and has won many Filmfare Singing Awards. Many fans may know him as ‘King of playback singing.’
His journey began with participation in the contemporary reality show in 2005, Fame Gurukul. Sadly he didn’t win in that show and came at 6th position, did not gain any massive popularity or fame.
It was until the release of ‘Tum Hi Ho and ‘Chahun Main Ya Naa‘ songs in 2013 from the movie Ashiqui 2 that he gained widespread fame. He has also been declared the most-streamed Indian Singer of the year in 2020 by Spotify.
|Date of birth:||25 April 1987|
|Birthplace:||West Bengal, India|
Arijit was born in West Bengal, Jiaganj in Murshidabad to a Sikh father, Kakkar Singh, and his mother, Aditi Singh was a Bengali woman.
Arijit’s training for singing started very early in his childhood days, He actually belonged to a singing background family. His maternal aunt was a trained Indian Classical Music Singer and his maternal grandmother also used to sing.
His maternal uncle was also good at playing the tabla and his mother was also into singing and playing the table, so basically, all his maternal family was into singing.
His schooling days were spent in Raja Bijjay Singh High School and later went to a college named Sripat Singh College.
Arijit Singh himself disclosed that he was a very decent student, and had a deep love for music, so his parents decided to provide him professional training.
Rajendra Prasad Hazari taught him Indian classical music and Dhirendra Prasad Hazari taught him to play the tabla.
He was taught Pop Music and Rabindra Sangeet (songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore are called Rabindra Sangeet) by Birendra Prasad Hazari.
At just the age of three, he started to take training from the Hazari brother, and at a very young age of nine, he received a scholarship for training in vocals in Indian classical music from the government.
According to him, he liked and enjoyed listening to Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar and idolized musicians like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, and Anand Chatterjee.
His career took off the flight when he first participated in a singing reality show but finished at the sixth position as he was eliminated by audience polling decision.
His teacher Rajendra Prasad Hazari had sent him to participate in this reality show called Fame Gurukul when he was 18 years of age, as he thought that Indian Classical Music was a dying tradition and asked him to leave his hometown and participate in the reality show in 2005.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali loved his singing though and recognized his talent mid-show, and had him sing ‘Yun Shabnami’, a song that was scheduled for release in one of his upcoming movies Saawariya, but sadly the movie script was changed and the song was no longer needed.
A similar incident happened again when Kumar Taurani signed him for an album and it was also never released.
Though he did not win at Fame Gurukul he won at another reality show 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil and won the prize money of 10 Lac rupees.
With the prize money, he moved to Mumbai, rented an apartment in Lokhandwala and build a music studio for himself, and started his freelancing music production journey.
He worked as a freelance singer for many advertisements, TV news channels, and various radio stations.
In the initial period of his career, Arijit worked as a music programmer and producer for other music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mithoon, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, and Monty Sharma.
During this time he supervised the vocals and the chorus, and finally, it was while working with Pritam that he started producing and program music all by himself.
Public image and influences
Arijit has shared his love and fondness for the signing legend Kishor Kumar and also quoted that Mohit Chauhan and Atif Aslam are his inspirations and have been often compared to them by critics.
Arijit Singh doesn’t have just one inspiration but many artists as his inspiration, but mainly mentioned KK and also cited Ayushmann Khurrana as his favorite singer.
In April 2013 Interview with Filmbeat, he disclosed he is a huge fan of KrishnaKumarKunnath. He also wanted to sing for Actor Aamir Khan and this wish came true with the Dangal movie in 2016, he sang the song Naina from Dangal.
He once appeared on a comedy show: The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV India in 2016, where the host Kapil Sharma shared about the problems and difficulties his team faced to get Arijit Singh on the show because of his really shy nature.
According to Indian media, Arijit Singh is a small-town boy who made it big, like every famous person Arijit also gets trolled and hated on social media to which he replied, that he uses social media for things that are close to his heart, and do not read the comments, His team filters out the comments for him, so he just stays away from all the hate and negativity.
Arijit’s taste in music is old retro songs by famous Sangeetkaar like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, and some classical and Ghazal Songs with the touch of Coldplay.
He says he is not comfortable with all the attention and spotlight fame has brought, which shows that he really is a shy guy.
Though Arijit has won many singing awards the most important one of those is the National Award he received at the 66th National Film Awards in 2019, where he was awarded the Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Binte Dil” from the movie Padmaavat.
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