Brijesh Shandilya aka Brijesh Kumar Tripathi is a Bollywood singer who pursued playback singing from a non-musical background family. He hails from Uttar Pradesh. Brijesh Shandilya was born on December 13, 1980, in Basti District of Uttar Pradesh.

In initial stages of his career, he learned Indian Classical music. Born in a farmer family, he had no music in his parental circle but inherited the singing bug from his mother.

But his parents trained him well to accomplish his dream as a singer. First, he learned classical music vocal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti in 2000 and completed in 2005. Later on, he learned how to play with several musical instruments such as the tabla, guitar, and harmonium. His music covers genres such as new-age Indian classical music, Bollywood music.

His childhood had witnessed joy and fun moments in a rustic village called Mahadeva where there was no electricity at all. He grew up with his two brothers, a sister and his parents.  Though there was no music teacher in his family, he inherited singing capability from his mother when his mother used to sing during aartis and festivals.

The whole family used to sing along with her and Brijesh got hooked to singing. He comes from a pure Brahmin family, and his maternal grandmother used to tease him as she felt singing was waste of time and efforts. Yet Brijesh made his mind to pursue music.

This singer was not interested in studies and did not want to waste time and efforts in academics. So when his father asked the singer what he wanted to do in his life, he told his father that he neither wanted to continue studies nor work as a farmer. His mother gave him Rs 70 and he went to his uncle’s house.

His father gave him full mental support. He then came across a friend who was preparing for civil services examination at Allahabad University. He suggested him to get admission in a music institute and did his MA in Hindustani classical vocals.

There he pursued his music training under Guru SL Pandey and got well mingled with his family even and got to perform on stage with him.  Brijesh then migrated to Kolkata and Delhi from Allahabad and became a ghazal artiste on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

He came to Mumbai and really had the toughest time in his life. He spent one year on the footpath and yet reconciled to his fate and remains thankful for those days. He feels his toughest days in Mumbai has only added to his art.

In the year 2006, he shifted to an apartment in Malad (Mumbai) and he was lucky to have an actor in his neighbor. The actor suggested him to give an audition in a reality show.  Brijesh was selected but did not make a break with it. Brijesh did participate in singing reality contest but got eliminated. Hence, he began singing in restaurants until he got an opportunity to sing in a studio in 2007.

Even after shifting to Malad, he spent three years giving audition for big composers and used to return back empty-handed. It was a time then when new music composers were replacing the old musical talents. Hence, Brijesh shifted his focus to new composers and he met composer Sneha Khanwalkar.

She was a lookout for a new versatile singer. He met her in his house and sang a thumri by Rashid Khan.After six months, Brijesh got a call from her and she gave him his first break with 'Hooriyan...' from Oye Lucky LuckyOye. Brijesh was very excited but got hospitalized with dengue when the music was released.

After this solo song, the singer had sung numbers like 'Saddi Hobby JhappiyanPaani...' ( What The Fish), ' Mast Kalandar...' (SahiDhandeGalatBande), 'Heer...' (Hostel) and the title song of the film ‘ Jai Ho’.

Some of the musical talents that he gets well acquainted include singer Mohd Irfan, Aishwarya Nigam. Composer Daniel B George, and Swan&Kirkire.

Brijesh is also famous for the song “Banno" ('Tanu Weds Manu Returns') that has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi and Vayu and written by Vayu. It is said before singing the song, the director Anand L Rai liked this song.

Actually, the song was a demo performed by Tansishk-Vayu and Anand L Rai felt that song would fit with the storyline. That is how this song ‘Banno’ happened.

The singer has also sung ‘HaaliHaali’, which is his latest Telugu number from the Mahesh Babu’s recent movie Spyder. The music is composed by Harris Jayaraj and the song has created a good response.

Although the movie has evoked mixed reactions, music by Harris Jayaraj has created an enthusiastic response. Brijesh has also sung the Tamil equivalent Aali Aali for the movie which has lyrics by Madhan Karky and sung by BrijeshTripati Sandilya, Harini&Sunitha.

This singer also had sung another Telugu song for Allu Arjun in ‘Sarrainodu’(2016) that had vocals of Hard Kaur, Sonu Kakkar, Brijesh Shandilya. The song was penned by Ramajogayya Sastry and music was composed by S.Thaman.

Besides singing in movies, he has formed his own musical brand  ‘Madaari.’ “The name ‘Madaari’ was suggested by a close friend. Madaari is a monkey man seen in a village where people flock to hear him doing some fun with the monkey. This singer still reminisces about his childhood times, when he and his friends would get thrilled if a madari came to the village to entertain them.

In the year 2016, Brijesh sang the number "Mera Nachan Nu" with Divya Kumar, AmaalMallik in the movie ' Airlift' which was set to music by Amaal Mallik and lyrics was penned by Kumaar. His latest hits include a song "Rocket Saiyyan" form movie ' Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' which was sung by Ritu Pathak, him, and Tanishk Bagchi. The music of the song is helmed by Tanishk-Vayu.

Brijesh’s other popular songs are "BaakiRabPeChhod De" ( Lucknow Central) and 'Trippy Trippy'(Bhoomi) and 'BalmaYeh Karma' (Brij Mohan Amar Rahe). He also had lent the voice for the Title track (Golmaal) for the move ' Golmaal Again' which was composed by S.Thaman.

The singer also has sung a solo number "Mushkil Hai ApnaMeilPriye" in Anurag Kashyap's sports drama movie ' Mukkabaaz' which has got recently released. The lyric is penned by Dr. Sunil Jog and music for this song is composed by Rachita Arora.

The singer is happy that new musicians are making their way in Bollywood and this is one reason how a village singer from Uttar Pradesh made his way to Bollywood.

Jubin Nautiyal

The talented Jubin Nautiyal was born on 14th June 1989 in the city of Dehradun, Uttrakhand. He hails from a Brahmin family with roots in Jaunsar region. His father Mr. Ram Sharan Nautiyal is a politician as well as a businessman while his mother Mrs. Neena Nautiyal is a businesswoman as well. Jubin states that his father came from a small agricultural background and that he feels extremely proud that his father came so far starting from zero. He further says that he enjoys all the attention he gets considering the fact he has worked hard and that he doesn’t come from any ‘Bollywood family’ or has any ‘Bollywood connection.’ He did his schooling till the eighth grade from St. Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun. He continued school at Welham Boys’ school, Dehradun where he studied music as a subject and built his base in the teachings of Hindustani classical music. After completing his schooling, he enrolled in Mithibai College in Mumbai. He states that he loves Mumbai and he feels like it’s his ‘Dehradun’. According to his parents, at the tender age of four, Jubin started singing and displaying a fondness towards music, taking his father’s love for singing. However, it was only when he was fifteen years old while studying at Welham Boys’ school, his awareness towards music grew and he started taking music seriously. He started learning classical music and at the same time learnt to play instruments like guitar, harmonium, drums and piano. During his college days, at the age of eighteen he met the legendary A.R. Rahman, who liked his voice and asked him to keep polishing as well as exploring his voice for a few more years before entering the industry, as ‘Mumbai isn’t a place for raw talent.’ According to Jubin, he believes himself to be lucky to meet the legend so early in his career and that he took his suggestions in a better way rather than the other way round. He also recalls that it was the very same day that he had decided that he would like to work with Mr. Rahman someday. Taking the advice, he moved back to his hometown and started his training under his schoolteacher Mrs. Vandana Srivastava. He spent the next four years polishing and sharpening his skills in music. He travelled and learnt from different musicians. He got the opportunity to study light classical music from Channulal Mishra in Benaras and learnt western music under veteran guitarist Prasanna in Chennai. He also jammed with musicians of local bands in the UK to understand rock and alternative music. In 2011, he took his first step towards success when he participated in the show X Factor India where he made it to the top 25 contestants. He gave his audition with the song ‘Tujhe bhula diya’ from the 2010 movie ‘Anjaana anjaani’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.With the audience chanting ‘once more’ as he ended his audition, he also received praises for his unique voice from the judges Shreya Ghoshal and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In October 2012, he debuted with the song ‘Ek mulaqat’ with Amjad- Nadeem from the movie ‘Sonali cable’. His next release was song ‘Meherbani’ with Arko Mukherjee from the 2014 movie ‘The Shaukeens’. Critics and public both have reviewed his song as ‘unbelievably romantic and beautiful’ He believes that he was lucky that his debut song was portrayed on Akshay Kumar and thanks God for the opportunity. His next song ‘Samandar’ is a duet with Shreya Ghoshal from the 2015 movie ‘Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karu’. In 2016, he performed on MTV Unplugged Season 5. In the same year, he sang the title song ‘Jiya Re’ of one of the most popular TV series ‘Dehleez’ and he worked with composer duo Sachin-Jigar for the title track of another TV series ‘Ek duje ke vaste’. He also worked with Amit Trivedi in the song ‘Tere liye’ along with Sunidhi Chauhan for the 2016 movie ‘Fitoor.’ Apart from this, he has also worked with several other great composers. He has worked with Nadeem Saifi and sang the song ‘Ishq forever’ along with Palak Muchhal and worked with Kaushik & Akash for the song ‘Gumnam hai koi’ from the 2016 movie ‘1920 London’ with Antara Mitra. His songs such as ‘Le chala’ from 2016 movie ‘One Night Stand’ and ‘The sound of raaz’ from the 2016 movie ‘Raaz Reboot’ opened up his collaboration with the legendary Jeet Gannguli, which continued for the song ‘Dhal jaun main’ from the 2016 movie ‘Rustom’. In 2017, he sang the song ‘Humma’ from the movie ‘Ok Jannu’. In his current song, he states that the music directors wanted a ‘soft, dreamy approach’ towards the song ’Humma’ and hence approached him. For him, he says it was finally the moment when he was working with the legend he has always wanted to and was delighted by the fact that Mr. Rahman liked the song. He also happens to be the lead singer in Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming movie ‘kaabil’ produced by Rakesh Roshan. He says that he has been a huge fan of the producer since ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ and has always appreciated his love for ‘new, raw voices.’ He also has a very romantic track in the upcoming movie adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Half Girlfriend’ starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. Jubin is a singer with extreme versatility in his voice. He likes to learn and experiment with different types of music genres. He also states that he doesn’t know anything except singing. He’s made a whole journey for sharpening his music skills. He further states that if he won’t have been singing for Bollywood as of now, he would still have been somewhere, playing his guitar and singing. He’s extremely devoted when it comes to singing and believes his only competition is with himself and that he wants to give his best every time. He has also sung songs in various languages and believes that every language has its own soul which he wants to understand as well as experience. He also wants to bring the Jaunsari flavour to Bollywood music by using local instruments like Rubab and Rannsingha. He believes that his name and music, both are like ‘fashion’, something that fades away with time and then suddenly returns. He believes that good work is something that it says about its worker. He declares that he really loves his fans. He often uses his social media sites, personally, reads, comments and replies whenever he gets the chance and believes that his fans are everything to him and one of his ‘true critics’. He also believes in staying close and true to his roots as both, a singer and a person. He states that he is a thankful singer who sings with gratitude for everything in his life and the only thing he really loves to do is to sing, to showcase his passion and love, his emotions and feelings through the melody and tone of his voice and songs. He states that Arijit Singh is the present singing sensation of the country and he himself is a huge fan. He further adds that they both appreciate each other’s music, by often messaging each other or posting each other’s song on Facebook. He doesn’t believe himself to be a competitive person at all and that he always wants to keep giving excellent music to his fans. Jubin was awarded with ‘Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year’ at 8th Mirchi music awards 2016 for his song ‘Zindagi kuch toh bata’ from ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. His achievement is the ‘Rising Musical Star Award’ 2015 at Zee Business Awards. He went to his first award ceremony with his mother thinking he won’t win against his ‘passionate, highly talented rival nominees’. He says to him receiving the award was ‘extremely unexpected’ and out of the blue. He says that his song ‘Zindagi kuch…’ is extremely close to his heart and he kept recording and improving his singing till he believed he gained perfection of every word the way he wanted. He also happened to be in ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ (2016) as a jury member. He says that he got to see everything from a different perception and is happy he got a chance to have close interaction with the contestants. He further says that the country is full of bubbling and extremely talented musicians.

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