(Last Updated on : 04/04/2016)
Rupam Islam, a playback singer, song writer, composer and the lead singer of the band Fossils was born on January 25, 1974 in a family of musicians. He is a receiver of National Film Award
for Best Male Playback Singer. He won the award in 2010, for his work in the film "Mahanagar @ Kolkata". He has been selected to be a member of the Bangla Sangeet Academy guided by Government of West Bengal
Early life of Rupam Islam
Rupam Islam's musical journey started fairly early under the guidance of his parents, renowned musicians of their time, late Nurul Islam and late Chhandita Islam. When he was only four years old, he performed on stage with his parents' choir group "Jhankar Shilpi Goshthhi". By the age of 9, he performed as child artist of All India Radio
or Aakashvani and Doordarshan
. After that he performed at all leading auditoriums of Kolkata
Career of Ruam Islam
In 1998, the Bengali rock band Fossils was born. Rupam Islam was the runner of Fossils. Within the first five years, Rupam and his band had become one of the most well-liked Bengal Rock bands. As lyricist, music composer and lead vocalist, Rupam became the cynosure of Fossil rock band. "Fossils" has had five super-hit albums, each of which has created one record or the other in the chartbusters.
Thereafter his training in Indian classical music, Rupam's first solo album was "Tor Bhorshate" was released by "HMV" in 1998. The album was re-released as "Neel Rong Chhilo Bhishon Priyo" in 2003 and, on public demand, it was again re-released in Compact Disc (CD) format by "Sa-Re-Ga-Ma (an Indian Audio CD company) ten years after first hitting the Indian music market. In 2007, Rupam made his debut in Hindi playback in Vishesh Films' "Jannat
", directed by Kunal Deshmukh. In that film, Rupam sung the title song "Jannat Jahaan" and at the request of the producers, Rupam created a Bengali version of that song named "Jannat Takkai". This version got screened as well in theatres all over India. Rupam also sang the song "Dil Kare" in the film "All the Best" that was released in the year 2009 under the banner of Ajay Devgan
Films (a Mumbai based Film production House). The director of that film was Rohit Shetty. Rupam Islam in his career also sung in the films and the albums like Piyalir Password, Cholo Lets Go, Madly Bangaly, Kanchan Babu, Jiyo Kaka, Olotpalot, Shukno Lanka, Dwando, Angshumaner Chhobi, Aleya, Antim Swash Sundar, Icche and Bedroom (worked with his long time friend Allan Ao).
Rupam has taken part in a TV show called R2T2 (Rock-e Rupam Tal-e Tanmoy) broadcasted in one of the general satellite entertainment channel in Bengali Langauge
. In this show both Rupam and eminent musician Tanmoy Bose created two different bands of two different genres.
Rupam is now one of the busiest playback singers of India and has sung in more than 30 Hindi and Bengali films. "Mahanagar@Kolkata", the film for which he won the National Award for best male playback singer in 2010. It marked him as a music director in Bengali and Hindi songs. Rupam won a number of awards in the years 2009-2011 for his playbacks in different movies specially for "Benche Thakar Gaan" in another block buster Bengali film, "Autograph" and the song "Ei Srabon" for the film "22se Srabon" that was released in the year 2011. He also won the Best Modern Singer Award for his recent Solo album 'Na Hanyate' at the Bengal Music Awards 2011.
The Books of Rupam Islam
Rupam has also an ardent desire in literature also. He wrote his first book of songs, "Epitaph" that was published from Aahir Publication, one of the leading Little Magazine Publisher in Kolkata. It was released in the year 2006 and became one of the most seller best seller books at the Kolkata Book Fair. "Rupam on the Rocks", his second book, was released at the Kolkata Book Fair 2009 published from Ananda Publishers. He also published his book in 2012 from Ananda publishers is "Ei to Ami".
Personal life of Rupam Islam
Rupam Islam is married to his long-time friend Rupsha Dasgupta. On 12 September 2010 they became parents of Rup Aarohan Prometheus.