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Roop Kumar Rathod - A Self Made Singer and Music Director!

Roop Kumar Rathod, son of Pundit Chaturbhuj Rathod, a classical maestro started off in music with tabla playing. He played tabla when Punkaj Udhas and Anup Jalota sang their ghazals and bhajans on stage. Roop also played tabla for Shyam Benegals’ “ Discovery of India” performed live on stage by legend Lata Mangeshkar.

In 1984, Roop gave up his passion of tabla playing for trying his vocal chords! He did good with ghazal singing for a while. Roopkumar’s movie singing began when he was introduced to the world as a playback singer by Laxmikant Pyarelal in Angaar (1992). Filmmaker Shashilal Nair and music maker Laxmikant later gave a try to this young singer in films like Bhairavi, Gumraah, Main Tera Aashiq Hoon, Mohabbat Ki Arzoo and Tejaswini. Other music directors such as Anu Malik, Nadeem shravan followed suit and gave Roop a few insignificant songs to sing but nothing came his way that could bring out the best in Roop!

Roop Kumar’s opportunity to give a memorable number came with the movie Border in which he sang ‘To Chalun’ and the Filmfare award winner ‘Sandesein Aate Hain’. Since then, he has sung in over 50 movies under various top composers such as Anu Malik (Hero , Hindustani, Champion, and Kareeb), Anand Milind (Dahek and Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet), Vishal (Hu Tu Tu and Godmother), Raamlaxman (Hum Saath Saath Hain), Jatin Lalit (Sarfarosh) Sanjeev Darshan (Aashiq), A. R. Rahman (Thakshak), and Late Madan Mohan ( Veera Zaara).

Roop has also composed music for some movies such as Madhoshi (2004) Woh Tera Naam Tha (2004) and Zeher (2005).

Roop Kumar Rathod may have taken longer than many other artists to reach the level of recognition that he is receiving now. However, he did it on his own - even without his own brother music director Shravan’s (of Nadeem Shravan) support who was a well established music director in the 80’s and 90’s while Roop was still struggling!

Roop Kumar is one example of a self made person, who deserves to be be commended for his perseverance and talent!

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