Born:2 July 1954
Died:27 November 2018
- He was an Indian playback singer in the Bollywood, Bengali and Odia film industries.
- He made his film debut in a Bengali language film, Jyoti.
- He came to Mumbai in 1984, with references from a producer’s relative.
- His first Hindi film was Ambar (1984).
- He started out his musical career as a singer in the restaurant Ghalib in Kolkata.
- He got a break when the music director Anu Malik got him to sing the song Mard Taangewala for the movie Mard, starring Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.
- He worked in the Odia film industry and sung several Odia bhajans, private albums, and Odia film songs since 1985.
- Some of his Odia bhajans (Lord Jagannath’s Bhajans) are famous.
- He has performed stage shows in India and abroad, and has been nominated twice for best male playback singer award.
- He was very close to Laxmikant-Pyarelal; After Laxmi-Pyare, his career went down and other music directors took to other singers such as Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan.
- He was one of the rare singers who can sing at the 7th note (saatwan sur) — an example being his song, “Saare Shikawe Gile Bhulaa Ke Kaho”.
- Laxmi-Pyare recognised his potential very early and repeated him in a lot of their movies.
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July 2, 2019