- Arijit Singh (born 25 April 1987) is an Indian playback singer and a music programmer. Born in Jiaganj, Murshidabad, West Bengal, his career began upon participating in the reality show Fame Gurukul (2005), in which he lost at the finals. After winning another reality show called 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil, Singh built a recording setup of his own, beginning his journey with music programming. Subsequently, he went to become assistant music programmer to Pritam Chakraborty, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar and Mithoon.
Singh became more well-known with the release of “Tum Hi Ho” from Aashiqui 2 (2013). He was given the Best Male Playback Singer award for the song, in 59th Filmfare Awards. In 2014, he collaborated with Jeet Gannguli—for whom he performed the rest of his tracks in Aashiqui 2 —for CityLights, where he rendered the romantic version of the song “Muskurane”, which fetched him most nominations in the year. Gannguli composed “Suno Na Sangemarmar” and Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy’s Sufi song, “Mast Magan” garnered him another two nominations in 60th Filmfare Awards.
Life and career
Singh was born on 25 April 1987 in Jiaganj, Murshidabad, West Bengal to a Punjabi father and a Bengali mother. He initiated training in music from his house, since his maternal grandmother used to sing and his maternal aunt is trained inIndian classical music. His maternal uncle also plays the tabla.
He also learnt music from his mother who sings and plays the tabla. For studies, he went to Raja Bijay Singh High School and Sripat Singh College, a University of Kalyani affiliate. According to Singh he “was a decent student, but cared more about music”. His inclination towards music led his parents to decide on training him professionally. He was taught Indian classical music by Rajendra Prasad Hazari and trained in tabla by Dhirendra Prasad Hazari while Birendra Prasad Hazari taught him Rabindra Sangeet and pop music.
In 2005, Singh auditioned for the reality show Fame Gurukul, insisted by Rajendra Prasad Hazari since he felt that “classical music was a dying tradition” Initially being hesitated of taking that chance, Singh joined the show since composerShankar Mahadevan was included in the jury panel and he has a classical background and “astounding versatility” Though Singh lost the show to the finals, he entered another reality show, 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil, which is a musical face-off between the winners of Fame Gurukul and Indian Idol
After winning the show, Singh built a recording setup of his own, beginning his journey with music programming. Subsequently, he went to become as an assistant music programmer toShankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Vishal–Shekhar and Mithoon. During the time, Mahadevan once tried to convince a producer to retain Singh’s version of a certain song that he was composing, saying Arijit is the voice of the future. But the producer refused, claiming that he wants a “popular” voice. Eventually Mahadevan dubbed the song with another singer.
Singh felt that his passion for singing is the biggest influence in the music career; “It’s not like that I was influenced by anyone to enter the industry. I always dreamt of becoming a singer” he is being inspired by many artists.