Birthday: 18-11-1972
Age: 46
Star sign: Sagittarius
Zubeen Garg or Zubeen Borthakur aka Goldie was born on 18 November 1972 in Jorhat, Assam to Mohini Mohan Borthakur, a famous lyricist and poet and the late Ily Borthakur. He finished his schooling from various schools across Assam and moved to Guwahati to get a degree in Science from B. Borooah College. 

When he got a gold medal for his Western Solo Performance in 1992, he left his degree to pursue his career in music. He started learning tabla from Guru Robin Banarjee and singing from Guru Romoni Rai. In a very short duration of time he became a trained artist not just on the table but also on dhols, dotara, mandolin, percussions, guitar and the keyboard. He released his first album by the name of ‘ Anamika’ in the same year.

Garg went on to become one of the most famous singers of the Indian Film Industry. He has sung in 40 different languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Assamese, Malayalam and Bengali. More than 20,000 different songs have already been sung by him till now. 

This multi talented artist started his own production house and has even acted in Bengali and Assamese movies. His dedication made him won the ’Best Movie Award’ in 2005 for a Bengali movie, ‘Rajat Kamal National Award’ in 2007 and many more. He is married to an Assam based fashion designer Garima Saikia Garg and lives with her in Mumbai. 

His hard work and dedication for music got him a long way.
Shivkumar Sharma Hindi Actor

Shivkumar Sharma

Shivkumar Sharma is a man who changed the face of world music with his fingers on the stringed musical instrument, Santoor. He was born to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma in Jammu whose dream was to see his son make a name for himself in the musical industry. So, he started teaching him vocals and Tabla at the age of five and Shivkumar started playing Santoor at the age of thirteen. His road to stardom was filled with obstacles. He gave his first public performance at a national level concert in Bombay in 1955 and that happened to a lot of radio broadcasts and performances. This performance was the turning point in his career. In 1960, he recorded his first album. He also composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje. Shivkumar Sharma and flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia collaborated to compose music for various Hindi films starting with Silsila (1980). They became famous as Shiv-Hari music duo, composing music for famous musical hits like Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993). They have become an indispensable part of our cinema. Shivkumar has been awarded with many national and international honours. He has been the recipient of an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA (1985), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He has also received many gold and platinum discs for his work in Hindi cinema. He has two sons with his wife, Manorama. His son, Rahul, is also a santoor player and they have been performing together since 1996. In an interview to rediff.com, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his student because he thought he had the "gift of God". Various recording companies from India and overseas have tried to capture Pt. Sharma’s genius for the last forty years. Today, he has over 100 recordings to his credit in LPs, CDs, audio cassettes and even DVDs. In fact, he is the only classical musician who has agreed to do a music video in order to appeal to the young generation. Shivkumar Sharma thinks music is the food of the soul, and he surely is the soul of Indian classical music. Another Version of this story… Shivkumar Sharma is India’s most popular Santoor player. A pioneer in his art, he was born on the 13th of January in the year 1938 in Jammu. His father, Uma Dutt Sharma was also a prominent classical musician. His son inherited his talent and became a good vocalist and tabla player at a very young age of five years. He then began learning the folk instrument Santoor at the age of thirteen. He gave his first on-stage performance in Mumbai in the year 1955.  He began composing music by producing background music for Shantaram’s play Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in the year 1956. His first solo album came out in the year 1960.  In the later years, he released almost 25 albums, all of which were quite successful. His album Call of the Valley released in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra in the year 1967 is considered one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music. He has also composed music for quite a few Bollywood movies working with Hariprasad Chaurasia. The duo became popular as Shiv-Hari, and their line of success in Bollywood began with the 1980 release Silsila, followed by Faasle, Chandni, Lamhe, and Darr.  Shivkumar Sharma married Manorama and is the proud father of two boys. His son Rahul followed in his footsteps and is now a Santoor player himself. The father-son duo has performed in various concerts together since the year 1996. Shivkumar Sharma received many national and international awards in his long career. He was presented the honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore in the year 1985. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the year 1986. He was then awarded the prestigious awards Padma Shri in 1991 and PadmaVibhushan in 2001.  A child prodigy, a master of the Santoor and a state of the art classical musician, the 78-year-old maestro is one of the greatest classical musicians the country has ever seen! 

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Amjad Ali Khan

Amjad Ali Khan was born on 9th October 1945 and his birth name was Masoom Ali Khan. He is prominently known in the realm of Hindustani Classical Music. His key instrument is Sarod and he made a huge revolution with his musicality in the instrument. The people who are associated with him in most of his works include Hafiz Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and Gurdev Singh. He has a website and the thing to be felicitated is that name of his website is his instrument name, Sarod.com. He is regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest masters with the Sarod instrument. This is absolutely a great regard for the artost who has mastery over Sarod. Amjad's venture with Sarod began at the age of 6. This paved the way for a huge beginning of a successful voyage of carnatic music of India. Her was taught by his father Hafiz Ali Khan. Hafiz Ali Khan is indeed proud about the fact that he is carrying out his ongoing lineage as the sixth generation of the legendary art. Amjad always adored to make the listeners of his work to be more of a divine and inspiring. He had been out to New Zealand for performing in a function. He perceived the most privilegious awards of India as in UNESCO Award, Padma Vibhushan, UNICEF's award for being an Indian representative of its organization and the Crystal Award. Amjad Ali Khan had also become a central icon recognized in books about him. His sons had written a couple of books titled “The world of Amjad Ali Khan” and “Abba God's Greatest Gift to us”. These portrayed the lifestyle and the essence of his music to the world and blessed books to read as lot of things could be learnt from his life. A documentation work was also made on Amjad Ali Khan by Gulzar.

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