If one is to reckon an artiste who has single handedly resurrected and revived Assamese music in today’s day and age, the name that quite effortlessly comes to our minds is Zubeen Garg. Zubeen needs no introduction. He has been and will remain inarguably one of the most loved artistes of Assam. Born in Jorhat to Mr. Mohini Mohan Borthakur, a famous lyricist, poet and magistrate and late Mrs. Ily Borthakur, he was named after the great composer Zubin Mehta.
He broke into professional music scene in 1992, releasing his first album – Anamika. This unusual album, became an instant hit in entire northeast India and re-defined Assamese musical landscape for the coming 21st century. After that, there was no looking back for Zubeen. With about 200 albums to his name including Bihu songs, Zubeen continues his musical career directing music for over 24 Assamese movies including a few Hindi and Bengali movies as well. Having sung more than 9000 songs in various languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, English, Bodo and many others, Zubeen is a multi faceted artiste. He has rendered his voice for around 50 Bollywood movies and is also an actor par excellence. The recipient of a number of awards in the regional and national music arena, his versatility is laudable and awe inspiring.
Despite all the success, accolades and the glamour behind it, what makes Zubeen the apple of everyone’s eye, is his nonchalant, undaunted and carefree attitude with his feet firmly on the ground. His soulful and melodious voice is reflective of his passion for music and it continues to inspire his numerous fans around the world transcending age, language, region and demographics. We wish him great success in life and offer our gratitude for his irreplaceable contribution to Indian and Assamese music.
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