Interview: Babul Supriyo - Noted Bengali, Hindi and Regional Indian Singer

By Bidisha Bagchi

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Bollywood Hindi & Tollywod Bengali Film Songs Singer Babul SupriyoMichigan, Nov 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Babul Supriyo is a well known personality in the music world of India. Be it playback singing or independent albums, he has very successfully carved a place for himself and has also won the heart of millions around the world with his soulful singing.

He was kind enough to find some time from his busy schedule and talk to WBRi about music, his passion for it, his favorites and his advice to the upcoming musical stars in Bollywood and elsewhere.

Babul grew up in a musical family where his grandfather was a well known name in Bengali music. So being in the world of music was destined for him; as if he was the chosen one to be a shining name.

So, did he ever think about the fact that one day he would become a singing sensation in the country? Yes, he did. His passion for music and his determination to make it big helped him to achieve the height where he is today.

Bollywood Hindi & Tollywod Bengali Film Songs Singer Babul SupriyoWhen asked about his favorite music, about what kind influenced him the most, he hummed a few lines from his super hit numbers ‘Pherari Mon’ from the National award winning film ‘Antaheen’ and the title song ‘Hum Tum’ from the film with the same name.

The two persons who have influenced him the most in his life are Amitabh Bachchan and Asha Bhosle. Babul is awed by the humbleness of the superstar Big B and respects him a lot and Asha ji has been his favorite and he shares a very comfortable and cordial relation with her as he has not only sang duets with her but has also accompanied her to a lot of shows abroad.

Talking of Rabindrasangeet, he says that it was again destined to be his own. As a child he had learned Rabindrasangeet from his grandfather. During the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Tagore, he had planned to release his first album and he had planned everything about it from a long time. The album became a super hit and there wasn’t any looking back. Currently, a FM channel in Calcutta called Radio Mirchi is playing tracks from his Rabindrasangeet album and the songs are at the top of the charts for quite some time now.

WBRi asked him if he would like to give some advice to upcoming musical talents who would like to make it big in the music world as well as in Bollywood, he said, it is easy to become a famous singer but it is more important to become a good singer. An aspiring star should try to achieve both at the same time and not just focus on any one.

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