Kabir Suman is a singer, musician, poet, journalist, music director, political activist, songwriter, and an occasional TV presenter and actor. The Jack-of-all-trades was also elected a member of Parliament from the year 2009 to 2014 by the Jadavpur Constituency of Kolkata. But he is most famous for the controversies surrounding his past five marriages and divorces as well as his don’t-have-a-care-in-world womanizing attitude.

He was born as Suman Chattopadhyay in a Bengali Hindu-Brahmin family on 16th of March in the year 1949. His parents were Sudhindranath and Uma Chattopadhyay, who lived in Cuttack, Odisha at the time of his birth. At the age of 5, his family moved from Cuttack to Kolkata and there he spent most of his youth. His spent his early life getting trained in classical music under the tutelage of his father, Sudhindranath Chattopadhyay. Since the age of 12, he has been training in Hindustani classical music and doing riyaaz for six hours every day.

He had graduated from Jadavpur University with a degree in English Literature. He later studied French and German Language and had a diploma in both the languages. He then worked as a radio jockey in the All India Radio for a short period. After that, he switched from the All India Radio to a post in the United Bank of India. After that, in the mid-70s, he went to Guatemala, and there he worked in a radio station for Europe. From the year 1975 to 1979, he also worked as a radio journalist in the Voice of Germany, in the Bengali Department. A year after quitting the job, he packed his stuff for a permanent habitation in the United States. There he worked the same job as before, working for the Voice of America in the Bengali Department in Washington D.C. There he came in contact with various literary and musical celebrities like Pete Seeger and Maya Angelou.

He produced music of an entirely different genre that was an amalgamation of Bengali Adhunik a.k.a. Bengali modern music combined with the lyrics that spoke of his own strong and imposing opinions on everything that mattered to him. This came to be known as protest music. In his songs were the spasm of progressivism, profound social commentary, and a dream to bring about a change in perspective, all the themes that made the heart of any middle-class Bengali swell and their blood sing. He sang of a classless society, the politics of vote banks and the communist fiasco that ruled in Bengal.

His songs were relatable to the audience, especially when they were about the themes both philosophical and critical as well as mundane. This genre had a big impact on the audience and as a result, more and more up and coming young talents were influenced by it such as the Bengali pop band Chandrabindoo. Like a true Bengali musician, his works also included the albums of Rabindra Sangeet, in which he delved during the late 1990s. He is also associated with a band named Nagorikand, and has released two albums with them. Till now, he has released over 20 albums and recorded over 300 songs but for some time now, he has started to focus more and more on his political career.

In 2006, he aligned himself with the Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and since then has been an active member. He was nominated by the party for the General Elections in 2009, which he won. He was then made the MP of the Jadavpur constituency. He is now the biggest champion of Mamata Banerjee and has declared so in front of everybody. Recently his Facebook account was blocked when he posted some lyrics of his song that were perceived, wrongly, as pro-Afzal Guru during the whole JNU scenario. He defended this by saying that Afzal Guru was a terrorist and needed to be executed but that Kanhaiya Kumar was wrongly arrested.

His personal life is as much speculative as is his works. He has married five times, contrary to his belief that marriages are “another type of bondage” and that his mind wants to roam free. He has upheld his worldwide reputation of being a womanizer and the “international bridegroom” by marrying and divorcing and seducing women all over the world. Another aspect of his life which enthralls everyone is his daring nature. He is a political activist and is extremely aware of his political surroundings. This can be seen by the kind of music and lyrics that he produces.

He is an idealist and a self-proclaimed agnostic-nihilist-anarchist. He is highly opinionated and shares them with the world through the medium of his works as a poet-author-musician. He is also very easy with his tongue; abuses just come rolling out whenever he wishes, just like water out of a dam. This particular quality has made him more infamous that his misbehavior towards his wives and his notorious polygamous nature. He is married to the Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, and this is the alleged reason for his conversion to Islam. However, as usual, he gives a pretentious and “progressive” one, saying that he did that out of shame after the Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt alive.

Upon his conversion, he changed his name to Kabir Suman, keeping part of his original name and taking another part of the name of the famous Bengali Muslim poet Sheikh Kabir. Before that, he was married to a German woman named Maria and had adopted her daughter Virginia as his own. His notorious reputation makes him a favorite for interviews but they are always about his personal life and rarely about his music, and this troubles him a lot. But he always dismisses this with his personal mantra of ‘I Don’t Give a Damn’.

Referring to his infamous habit of womanizing, he claims himself to be a polygamous man and as someone who is, perhaps, still searching for love. But lately, at the ripe old age of 67, he believes that he is now more of a monogamous than a polygamous sort of a man, living his life by spending time with his books and music, alone.

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Jaz Dhami

Jaswinder Singh Dhami, is an Indian music artist, born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 1st March 1986. He is popular by his stage name, Jaz Dhami. His popularity rose because of his music in the ‘Folkhop’ genre. He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab and raised in Birmingham, United Kingdom. He is the son of the popular Bhangra singer, Viccar Dhami from the most famous Bhangra band, ‘Sangam’. His musical abilities were recognized at the age of 9 by his father and he went on to get classical training in Birmingham, England. Thus, his music journey began at the age of 9. He entered the mainstream musical industry in 2008 when he showcased his first album, ‘Groundshaker 2’ featuring Aman Hayer, who is also an England-based music artist. Apart from singing, he is a music composer and a guitarist. From then, he has been giving superhit songs and albums in Punjabi, Hindi, and English. He then released his second album JD in 2009 followed by Jakara in 2012, whose music was given by Gurmeet Singh. Amidst this, he has been giving hit singles Roj Miliye, Theke Wali, Tera Mera, Bari Der, Tere Naal, Sardari, High Heels, Meh Punjabi Boli Ah, Zulfa, Pasina, Beparwaiyan, Sithneyan, Sitarey, Munda Like Me and others, from the years 2008 to 2016. In this span, he has worked with famous music artists like Honey Singh, Dr. Zeus, ‘Sneakbo’ and ‘Ikka’ and others. Some of his most famous songs include ‘High Heels’, where he appeared along with Honey Singh, and this song went on to be very popular all over the country. Later, it was adopted in the movie ‘Ki And Ka’ featuring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan in it. He was also the part of the song ‘God only knows’ which was also a great hit. It included famous music artists like Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Chris Martin and others. Jaz Dhami is involved in a decent amount of community work; he encourages Asians to pursue their football dreams. He is showed in the “Football Needs” campaign which helps people to get ahead with football. His music and albums have won him several awards like Best newcomer from the UK Asian Music Awards in 2009 and Best Desi Act in 2011 by the same. He was awarded the best song of 2012 by Punjab Television Awards, Best lyrics in 2013 by Brit Asia TV Music Awards and Best Song by the same in 2014. He was seen last in 2016, in the song which he composed for the movie ‘Sanam Re’ called ‘Party Puri Talli Hai’ which showcased Divya Ghosla Kumar, Pulkit Samrat, and Yami Gautam. He made his Bollywood debut with this song. He is a lover of Bollywood music and says, “It has always been on top of my list to make entry into Bollywood and work in Bollywood.”

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Saraswati Devi

Saraswati Devi was the second Hindi female music composer in Hindi film industry who got a chance during the 1930s and 1940s. Saraswati Devi was one of the few female music composers who worked with Bombay Talkies. The Bombay Talkies was established by Himanshu Rai and the Devika Rani. 'Achhut Kanya ' was a film which was rolled out by Bombay Talkies and music in the film was composed by Saraswati Devi and lyrics were by J.S. Kashyap. Remember the song sung by Kishore Kumar from film 'Jhumroo' solo 'Koee humdum na raha.’ Reports suggest that the original lyrics of the song by Jamuna Swarup Casshyap, were by Saraswati Devi. For the hit movie 'Jeevan Naiya', a film that made Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar the famous pair of Hindi cinema. It is reported that Saraswati Devi (Khorshed Minocher-Homji in real life), sang the song ‘Koee Humdum' after announcing it as Ashok Kumar's solo. Also, the singer Kishore Kumar heard the song when he was just seven years old and kept it in his sub-conscious mind. He created the song in his style in 'Raga Zinjhori.’ It is among Kishore Kumar's ten best songs. That was the magic of Saraswati Devi’s music! Saraswati Devi and her sister  Manek were known as  Homji Sisters, and they used to perform on All India Radio, Mumbai, in the late 1920’s and then Devika Rani heard their voice and was impressed by her talent of singing. Devika Rani invited Saraswati Devi to her studio and requested her to handle the music department of the studio. Saraswati Devi got her first break in Bombay Talkies, and the first film had Devika Rani in the lead role. The first film was 'Jawani Ki Hawa' in 1935, for which Saraswati Devi found it difficult to make Devika Rani sing the songs.  As in those days, no singers were available, and actors had to do playback singing. Saraswati Devi had to simplify the tune so that Devika had no difficulty in singing. The second film was ‘Achhut Kanya’ which had Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani in lead roles. For this movie, Saraswati Devi found it tough to make Ashok Kumar do the playback singing. Her another movie was released during Independence movement, the film was 'Janmabhoomi' which had a unique song ' Jai Jai Janani Janmabhoomi,' and BBC then kept the song permanently for its 'Indian News service'. The lyrics of the song were written by J. S. Kashyap. As she was getting famous, the Parsi community led protests and wanted Saraswati Devi to keep out of her profession as women were not allowed in movies. But Devika Rani’s husband Himanshu Rai came forward to support Saraswati Devi. And the Parsi community had to give up their protests. The composer was busy composing music for the Hindi film industry till 1966. Her last project was a Rajasthani movie in 1961. She was in demand in the industry till 1947. After which, her assignments dropped down. She had composed music for 33 films in her career. Notable among them include movies like 'Azad', 'Jhoola,’ 'Durga,' 'Bhabi,' 'Izzat,’ 'Prem Kahani,' and 'Savitri' etc. Saraswati Devi loved music since her childhood. Seeing her passion for music, her father trained her in Hindustani classical music under Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande who specialized in Dhamar and Dhrupad singing styles.

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