Arijit Singh 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 as an 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.
Singh was born 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 in Indian 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.
According to Singh, apart from being a singer he is a badminton player, a writer, a movie freak and a documentary maker. According to Forbes’s Celebrity 100 list, released annually, Singh earned ₹350 million (US$5.2 million) in 2014.Despite the popularity, Singh does not give much interviews or get his photos clicked. In a concert at Emaar Boulder Hills, he stated; “If I want to eat fish, I want to be free to go and buy it myself in the market. I don’t like these interviews and photos”.
In September 2013, Singh was arrested for allegedly assaulting a journalist, Apurba Chowdhury, when Chowdhury asked him details about his divorce case. Reportedly, Singh was granted bail the following day. On 20 January 2014, Singh married his childhood friend, Koel Roy, in Tarapith temple, West Bengal. He confirmed the news by posting his wedding picture on a social networking site.Accordingly, it was his second marriage since he was previously married to one of his co-contestants from a reality show. Roy was also previously married and has a four-year-old daughter, when they got married. In August 2015, Singh claimed that he received an extortion call from gangster Ravi Pujari, who demanded to give ₹5 crore (US$740,000). Though Singh refused to file a complaint, Oshiwara police made a diary entry of the matter.
Singh completed shooting for his directorial debut in 2015. Titled Bhalobasar Rojnamcha, it is a Bengali feature film compiled with seven short films. Co-written by Singh, a work-in-progress version of the film has been sent to some film festivals abroad. Singh also has an NGO named “Let There Be Light” which works for his locality in Jiaganj and for BPL community.
Singh resides in Andheri, Mumbai.
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