Janiva Roy - Ghazals through Adhunik to Indipop and Playback Singer, and an Actress

For Janiva Roy, singing is more a profession, with acting playing second fiddle. Among various genres from Classical, Adhunik, Shyama sangeet, Bhajans and Ghazals through Indipop, Janiva is also an established playback singer. Movies featuring her singing include Tapasya (directed by Raj Mukherjee and produced by R. D. Bansal) and Loknath.

Early on (from around when she was nine years old) Janiva started taking singing lessons from her father, Bappi Roy, a veteran singer. Subsequently, she took talim from Nasir Khan and Sipra Basu.

In her role as an actress, Janiva has acted with Prasenjit in the films Swapno Dakhar Sheshe and Malabadal (directed by Raj Mukherjee). She is in the same league as Gita Dutta and Kanan Devi in performing the dual roles of acting and playback singing. Janiva has written the story of, as well as acted in, the comedy movie Chingri-Illish directed by Shibu Sanyal. Among other movies Janiva has acted in are Malabadal, Swapno Dakhar Sheshe and the first Saotali feature film Mara Tukare Mayeno Miru.

Janiva is the only child of her parents, who are singers as well. At the time of writing, Janiva lives in Calcutta with her parents.

Here are a couple of videos of Janiva performing Ghazals:


You can listen to Janiva's songs on her web-site http://www.janivaroy.com/her%20music.html.

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