Mannan Shaah is an upcoming Indian music composer and singer who has composed songs for movies such as ‘ Commando’ (2013) and ‘Commando 2: The Black Money Trail’ (2017). Being one of the new talents, Mannan has garnered a fan following for his work in the world of Bollywood music industry in no time. Born in 1988, at the age of 5, Mannan started learning the art of classical music. He holds late Pandit Vinayak Vohra in high regards, acknowledging his gratefulness towards his first guru for bringing out the composer in him. He learned “tar shehnai” from late Pt. Vohra for two years. Notably, in one of the interviews, he stated his guru created his version of the instrument by using a dilruba.

For those who are unaware of tar shehnai, it is a bowed instrument and it possesses a bit of resemblance to sarangi and dilruba. Mannan expressed his desire to use the mentioned musical tool in his forthcoming films. In 2011, Mannan Shaah began his career as a playback singer with songs like “Thoda Sa Pyaar” and “Baadlon Pe Paon” to his name, for the movie “Kucch Luv Jaisa” starring Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah. The movie did not fare successfully, but the film’s music was appreciated. Mannan worked as an assistant to Pritam Chakraborty, a well renowned Bollywood music composer, for a year. After getting a handful of experience, he began to compose his own music.

The big break came when Dilip Ghosh, the director of Commando noticed his talent and met the young composer. The latter was narrated the whole script by the director and Mannan agreed to take up the challenge of composing songs for the movie. The film’s producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Dilip Ghosh listened to his work, and they selected a considerable number of songs for the project. Commando, starring Vidyut Jammwal and Pooja Chopra, was released in 2013 and got a positive feedback for the film as well its music. The songs “Saawan Bairy” and “Lena Dena” received favorable reviews for their uniqueness. Mannan emphasized the free flow of flute and sarangi for “Saawan Bairy” whereas for “Lena Dena” he used shehnai and dholki.

Nevertheless, critics praised Mannan for his effective use of classical music in the movie. He contributed his music to a short film “Chasing the Rainbow”. Mannan returned to work in the sequel to 2013 hit Commando, Commando 2: The Black Money Trail which added Adah Sharma and Esha Gupta to its cast. As compared to its prequel, the sequel consists seven songs with Mannan composing six and Gourov-Roshin recreating Pritam’s “Hare Krishna Hare Ram”. Apparently Mannan was asked to lend his voice to the song “Seedha Saadha”, however he opted for Jubin Nautiyal, citing himself as the biggest critic of his voice.

The sequel has an urban music touch as compared to the “rusty-rural feel” music of the first part. Like the prequel, the second part did not disappoint fans with its action as well as the music. Mannan decided to make use of acoustic and electric guitars in the song “Tere Dil Mein”. Mannan pursued his education at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The young music composer is a relative of film producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah who happens to be the producer of the ‘Commando’ series too. However, Mannan has brushed off any rumours of nepotism by stating that his professional relationship with the producer-relative has been a strict and no-nonsense but a co-operative one. Mannan considers Adele as one of his favourite artists of all time and considers music as a universal language. Films he has worked in: Kucch Luv Jaisa (2011), Commando (2013), Chasing the Rainbow, Commando 2 (2017)

Jaidev Kumar Hindi Actor

Jaidev Kumar

Jaidev Kumar is a Music Director, Composer, and Producer. Jaidev was born in Delhi and later moved to Mumbai. Kumar was a great music director in the Punjabi Film industry. Kumar was born to a great music director ‘K. Panna Lal’. He has lost his father in his childhood at the age of 5. In Mumbai, Kumar started his career as a music director. Kumar has been working in the Punjabi music industry since the year, 1999His first album was ‘Dil Lai Gayi.’ After the death of his father, his sister got married to singer Chandan Dass. Kumar started to play the Guitar with the help of Chandan Dass. He had begun his music in the year 1986. Kumar’s first teacher was ‘Chote Lal’. He also plays the guitar at different hotels and later became the assistant of Charanjit Ahuja. Jaidev focusses on ‘Bhangra’ genres. Kumar’s first Filmography work had been released in the year 2002, and the name of the movie was ‘Jee Ayan Nu’. In 2004, Kumar released two films called ‘Asa Nu Maan Watna DA’ and ‘Des Hoyaa Pardes'. But after this album, Kumar took a long gap to work as the music director of another movie. Meanwhile, he composed and directed many other albums. Kumar had narrated more than 7 different albums with ‘Harbhajan Mann’. Jaidev completed different films between the year 2004 to 2016 inlcuding, ‘Back to India,’ ‘Waris Shah,’ ‘Tera Mera Ki Rishta,’ ‘Shorts,’ ‘Bajatey Raho,’ ‘Ishqedarriyaan,’ ‘Love Exchange', and ‘Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.’ Jaidev has narrated various songs, which got positive responses and were also nominated for different awards and has won many awards. Kumar had been rewarded many different awards. The first two awards from ‘Lashkara’ in 2001, 2002. ETC channel had crowned him the Best Music Director in the years 2004, 2006, 2007. In 2011 the Government rewarded him as a promising music director. Jaidev's latest film is ‘Vaisakhi List’ which had released in 2016. Jaidev is associated with different actors like ‘Amrinder Gill,’ ‘Babbu Maan,’ ‘Rabbi Shergill,’ ‘Gippy Grewal,’ ‘Jasbir Jassi,’ and ‘Sardool Sikander.’

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Bickram Ghosh

Bickram Ghosh is an internationally renowned tabla player, with over 100 albums to his credit. A worldwide-recognised name in the field of Indo-fusion music, Ghosh has worked with artists like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar and even George Harrison (a Beatles band member), right before his death. He is also a composer and an actor, composing music for over 21 films, and has acted in two Bengali films. Born on 20th October, 1966 to a musical family: his father being the tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and his mother, classical vocalist, Sanjukta Ghosh, Bickram's training in tabla from his father began at a very early age. He was born in Kolkata and studied in La Martiniere Kolkata, a renowned boys' school. He finished his BA in English from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and did his Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University. He got married to actress Jaya Seal in 2004. Their love story began on the sets of 'Hotath Neerar Jonye'. They've been married for 12 years with two sons, Adit (11) and Arav (2). Ghosh's first ever classical solo album 'Talking Tablas' was released in 1996. Bickram started his band Rhythmscape in the year 2001 and also released his first experimental album, 'Drums of India: Father and Son' launched by the record label, Biswas in the same year. Since then, he has been credited with over 100 albums. He has been an integral part of four Grammy nominated albums and also, one Grammy winning album. He won the Global Indian Musician Award for Best Single in the year 2012 for his recreation of 'Vande Mataram'. He also received the prestigious Banga Bhushan award in West Bengal recently for his contribution to fusion music. Today, Bickram is singlehandedly credited for popularizing the tabla among the masses. Bickram has composed a number of famous soundtracks for both Hindi and Bengali films, with Jal and Little Zizou, his collaborations with Sonu Nigam, being the most popular of the lot. He has also acted in two Bengali films, Hotath Neerar Jonye and Choy, but his acting career never took off; he was always more interested in music. He has also featured in an episode of MTV Roots, a popular reality TV show, that showcases music by bands and artists every week. His band perfectly blends pure classical and modern rock and pop sounds and has released 2 albums, Rhythmscape (2003) and Transformation (2011), with the latter winning Best Fusion Album in the year 2012 in Indian Recording Artists’ Academy Awards. Bickram Ghosh has been signed on as the music director of the upcoming release ‘Band of Maharajas.’

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Bickram Ghosh Hindi Actor