The one man who enthralled not only Assam and the northeast with his melody but also left a mark nationally and internationally is undoubtedly the legendary Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Bollywood was mesmerized by Dr. Hazarika’s compositions in Kalpana Lajmi’s Rudaali. The haunting Dil hoom hoom kare sung by another legend Lata Mangeshkar and also by Dr. Hazarika himself continues to be one of the classics in Indian film music. His finesse was also felt in Daman and Gaja Gamini.
On a more commercial level too singers from Assam have made their mark in Bollywood over the past two decades. Their styles and genre have been different, but all of them have managed to have their share of fanfare. We list some of them here
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Towards the turn of the millennium, music videos were a rage not only in Mumbai but also in other parts of India. Shaswati Phukan was the voice behind not just the hit Kata Laga song but also lend her voice to songs like Sajna Hai Mujhe, Koi Sehri Babu, Kaliyon Ka Chaman etc. These songs were chartbusters of the era. Even though the videos were all about focusing on the models, now a decade later, when the fanfare for music videos has gone down, it is Shaswati’s voice that remains with us.
Zubeen Garg had become an overnight sensation with the 2006 song Ya Ali from the movie Gangster. The multifaceted Zubin is has not just limited to lending his voice to songs. He is also a music composer and songwriter. Apart from Assamese and Hindi he has also sang songs in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Nepali and Bengali among others. Zubeen who is comfortable with playing various instruments has also sang the immensely popular number – Jane kya chahe man bawara, from the Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat starrer romantic comedy, Pyar Ke Side Effects. Apart from other songs, Zubeen has also lend his voice to songs of Krrish 3
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This talented singer from Assam is a disciple of Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan. She has also been trained in Assamese folk songs and has sung for the Bhojpuri industry and also Bollywood. She has also featured in the much admired MTV Coke Studio. She and Papon gifted us a wonderful version of Baisara Beera.Her duet with Mika Singh from the movie R...Rajkumar, Gandi Baat had become a favourite chartbuster recently. Another dance number Aila Re Aila from the Akshay Kumar’s Khatta Meetha had become immensely popular too.
More popular as Papon, he is one of the most sought after voices today. Versatile and charismatic, this singer has won hearts a multiple number of times. This composer, producer and singer from Assam was introduced to music at a very early age as his parents were musicians too. Papon has had multiple memorable performances at MTV Coke Studio. His famous songs include Jiyen Kyun from Dum Maro Dum, Maula Sun Le Rey from Madras Cafe, Humnava from Humari Adhuri Kahani. Also Papon has lent his voice to the famous Kyun in Barfi. He was recently awarded the best male playback singer at Star Screen Awards for the song ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ from movie Dam Laga Ke Haisha.