Thursday, September 29, 2011

Who is Babukishan?

Babu Kishan

Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das started his life in Indian Cinema at a young age in Kolkata,West Bengal, India as a music composer and song writer for Bengali film, serials, and drama's beginning in the 1970’s to 1990's. He recieved many awards during these years and was awarded, "The youngest Music and Film Director" in Bengal at that time. Babukishan recieved many awards for his music compositions in Bengal even before he arrived in the Bombay film industry as Babukishan in 1981 it was during this time period that he traveled back and forth then moving permenantly to Mumbai in 1989.

In Bengal he composed super hit music for Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Arti Mukherjee, Banashree Sengupta, Shakti Thakur, Gopa Bose, Hemant Mukherjee, Pandit Amarnath and many more. Babukishan composed all of his father's music, the legendary world renowned vocalist Purna Das Baul, who is the state artist and representative of Indian and Bengali culture around the world.

Known as Krishnendu Das during his early creative years in Kolkata his music compositions were produced for big banner films such as Amar Deep, Rakto Sapoth, Marg, Manob Premik Nimai, Chapa Dangaar Bou, and drama’s such as Amlo Madhu as producer and music director, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as producer, project design, music and promotion. His serials were Charitroheen, Mejo bou, Didi, Mahalaya, Ek Paloke, Radharani, Guldasta, all which were very popular and which he was awarded best music director.

Babukishan’s started his career in Bombay as a music composer and as a music and film designer, production consultant working with India’s top music labels & film companies for more than 30 years . He has produced over 150 scores for Indian Cinema and Bollywood film. He has composed, produced and promoted over 44 albums for Bollywood’s top singers such as Kumar Sanu, Sunidhi, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Poornima, Abhijit, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle, Mohd.Aziz, Vijay Benedict, Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Suresh Wadkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Ravindra jain, Nitin Mukesh, Alka yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas, Anwar, Anuradha Paudwal, Amit Kumar and many others. Babukishan’s career took him beyond Bombay, he went on to perform and record with some of the best musicians of the west George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Chakka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Tom Petty, Miles Davies, Allan Fakir, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley and others...

While in Bombay he became known as Babukishan his nick name, as the 2 directors named Suraj Sanim and Mahesh Bhatt had a difficult time pronouncing his name Krishnendu, therefore, they started to call him Babu Kishan all the time thus it stuck and became his brand name in the entertainment world.

Babukishan recorded Durga Puja albums with all the top Bollywood playback singers having them sing in Bengali, this was a very new idea at the time and a super hit. However, at first there were many Bengali’s who were very critical because many Bengali singers that were really talented did not have work as singers and Babu was bringing in outsiders. Some of these Indian Cinema singers he recorded in Bengali were Anaradha Paudwal, Md Aziz, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik Purnima, Vijay Bendict, Abijit, Kumar Sanu, for Durga Puja songs HMV/Venus/Tips MusicaIndia/Universal with big promotions. It should be noted that Indian Cinema started from Bengal and now 70% of the people in the modern Indian film industry are from Bengal. Babukishan being one of them who has composed everything from Hanuman Chalisa to Hip Hop.

Babukishan has worked with just about everybody in Indian Cinema as a promotion designer, production designer, music designer, and music director, from Amir Khan to A R Rahman... from the production of music, promotion to the international market. Babukishan is probably the most famous person from Bollywood who is known behind the scenes within Indian Cinema.

BabuKishan already knew RD Burman from Bengal, his family was like family to Babu and when he arrived in Mumbai he started working as
R D Burman’s assistant, learning Indian Cinema music from one of the all time greats in Indian film music. Babu spent about 13 years with Legendary Music Director RD Burman during some of RD Burmans most difficult times, until his death in 1994. At first Bombay was a foreign place to Babu, he spoke Bengali and needed to learn Hindi, he was just a kid and had been living in hotels. When RD Burman found out that Babu has been living in a hotel which was expensive he arranged for Babu to meet the upcoming singer Abhijit from Kanpu,UP but Bengali, he thought Babu and Abhijit could help each other out by becoming house mates. RD Burman also suggested that Babu start working in the music industry while he was getting his music composer career off the ground. Burman introduced Babu to his first contacts, at R.K Electronics. Burman thought Babu was dynamic and energetic he knew that Babu would be perfect for the job. Babu is so greatful to R D Burman. R.K Electronics needed someone to promote their company and Babu already having fame as a composer in Bengal was the guy to do this and Babu Kishan knew all distribution contacts from the Eastern Zone. He introduced R.K Electronics to the Eastern Zone and the combination today is know as TIPS Industry, one of largest Entertainment Company in India.

Babu is an author of 3 books in Bengali and English, the last book was sponsored witht he help of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. He is a prolific poet and has been travellng worldwide for 40 years as a cultural ambassador for Bengal and India. He has performed at all top festivals worldwide and has lectured at Universities world-wide. He has performed at Carnagie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London and many other large venues around the world.

Career History – Senior Management – Music & Film Industry India
1978 – 1990 HMV- Composer, Writer of Music for famous India singers.
1986 -1993 Venus/Tips/Music India, Music Producer, and Composer
1986-1993 CBS - Music Producer, Creative Director India, promoter, of artist such as Cindy Lauper, Micheal Jackson, New Kids on the Block, Pink Floyd, Gypsy Kings and others.
1991 -2004 Digital Music Studio – Owned, and Operated by Babukishan – Composer, Music Production for Film.
1994-1996 Time Audio Video – ABCL Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd - Quality Assurance Manager Film & Music Production/Marketing, and Event Management. Film, and Music Promotion.
1997-2004 Universal Music Label - Music Producer, Music Composer, Consultant
1996-1999 PEN Audio Video Film - Music Producer, Promoter, Consultant
1996-2001 T-series- Music Producer - Composer

Produced & Promoted Music & Film Software for all top Indian Channels including Zee / B4U / ATN /etc... including Doordarshan ( Indian National Tv) / JainTv / Sanskar / Astha
Selected Honorable Mentions

2007 - Lifetime achievement Award for dedication to Indian Cinema, Bollywood Buddy, Mumbai
1988 - Adaptation of Award winning novelist Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s ‘Charitroheen’
Best Soap Opera, Best Music Composer, awarded to Babukishan Glaxo Award, Mumbai
1981 - Most promising Music Composer and Movie Design of the Year, Calcutta Entertainment Industry, Bombay Entertainment Industry.
1980 - Best Music Composer, Indian Cinema, Bombay


Life Member of Indian Cine Music Directors Association
Life Member of Indian Preforming Rights Society
Member of Western India Film Producers Association
Member of Bollywood Film Producers and Directors Association

Selected Discography and Filmography

Folk music by various singers (HMV, 1981)
Rokto Sapoth, Bengali 1979
Folk songs (Gathani, 1982) Amardeep,
Bengali, Bengali 1979 Arohan (HMV, 1983)
Maarg, Bengali 1980
Baul Music by Purna das Baul (HMV, 1983)
Arohan, Hindi, Dir: Shyam Benegal 1980
Folk Music from Bengal (Polygram Music India, 1984)
Sudhu Tomake, Bengali, 1980
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (HMV, 1984)
Pyar Bhara khat, Hindi,1989
Spiritual songs of India (Chandra Dhara, Germany, 1984)
“30days” Hindi Thriller Movie, 2000
Bauls of Bengal (New York Music, 1985)
Chote Nawab Bade Nawab, Hindi,1999
Soul of Bengal(Unique Records, USA, 1985)
Schoolgirl, Hindi, 2001
Baul Fusion by the Band/Babukishan (Shymphony,1985)
Akhri pratigya, Hindi, Mithun Chakrabortydirected by T.L.V Prasad, 1998
The Bengali Bauls (Maple Music, Canada, 1986
Guru ho ja shuru, Mithun Chakraborty,1995
Modern Songs by Various Singers (Venus, 1987)
Mrityu...The Truth, Hindi, T-series 2002
Bauls from Royal Albert Hall (Megaphone, 1987)
Gumnaam, Hindi Thriller Movie 2001
Monalisa (CBS, 1988)
Aasakti, Hindi, Jackie Shroff 1998
O Go Priyotama (Tips, 1988)
Adorini,Bengali 2003
Baul Songs of Bengal (Tips, 1988)
Thakur, Hindi, Dharmendra,2002
Amardeep (Weston, 1989)
Reflection (Track music, 1990)
Pyar Bhara Khat (Oriental, 1992)
Qawwalies by Eminent Singers of India (Gramophone Record company,1993)
Mr. Panchanan (CBS, 1993)
Tribute to Hemant Kumar (CBS, 1993)
Festivals of India (1994)
O Hasina (Ultra Music, 1996
Dhak Dhak Karne Laga (Ultra, 1996)
Tales of River 'Ganga'/new age music(Prism Audio, 1996)
Kali Bhajans (Sangeet cassettes, 1997)
Tera Ghungta (Pen Audio, 1997)
Zara Hat Ke (Pen Audio, 1998)
Sharab Aur Shabab (Padmini Music, 1998)
Folk music of India by Sapna Awasti (T-series, 1999)
Keshariyo Rang (Tarana, 1999)
School girl (Star Music, 2000)
Romantic Moods (Virgin Music)
Priyo Kolkata (Kathaindia, 2001)
Jap le sai naam (Universal Music India, 2001)
Paimaana (Star Music, 2001)
Soul Mate (Universal Music India, 2001)
Tumhare Liye (Star Music, 2002)
Mirror of the Sky (Star Music, 2002)
One & Only (Star Music, 2002)
Jai Santoshi Maa by various singers (Lucky Star Music, 2002)
Mrityu The Truth (T-series, 2002)
Adorini (Saregama/HMV, 2002)

Selected Promotion Designer & Music Promotions 80’s/90’s A&R for Music, Video, Film Rights More than 500 Super Hit Albums & Films...
Arohan - Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Victor BanerjeeKahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya - Anil Kapoor, Sharon Prabhakar
Salaam Bombay - Nana Patekar

Khuda Gawah - Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Danny
Andaz Apna Apna - Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon
Indrajit - Amitabh Bachchan, Neelam
Awaj De Kahan Hain - after long time gap Naushad Ali’s Composed Music
Patthar ke Phool - Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon
Khatarnak - Sanjay Dutt
Madam X- Rekha, Jaya Mathur, Shakti Kapoor, Mohsin Khan

Zahreelay- Sanjau Dutt
Jai Kali- Hema Malini

Tejaa - Sanjay Dutt
Geet- Divya Bharti, Kamal Sadanah

Fateh - Sanjay Dutt
Balwaan- Sunil Shetty, Divya Bharti

Benaam Badshah - Anil Kapoor
Aparadhi - Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
Rangeela - It was Popular Music Director A.R.Rahman's First Introductions in Bollywood Cinema, Casting-Amir Khan, Jackie Shroff, Urmila
Gambler - Govinda, Shilpa Shetty, Aditya Pancholi
100days - Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Raveena Tandon
Shreeman Aashiq - Rishi Kapoor, Urmila, Anupam Kher
Baaz - Govinda
Coolie#1 - Govinda, Karishma Kapoor
Hero#1 - Govinda
Sandwich - Govinda, sushmita Sen, Raveena Tandon
Gharwali Baharwali, Anil Kapoor
Elaan E Jung - Dharmendra
Awaargi- Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Seshasdri

Hukumat - Dharmendra
Awaal Number- Amir Khan, Devanand

Sanam Bewafa - Salman Khan
Aatank Hi Aatank- Amir Khan

Raakh- Amir Khan
Tum Mere Ho- Tahir Hussain's Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Ajit Vachani
CID- Juhi Chawla
Saajan - Madhuri Dikshit, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt
I Love You - Karishma Kapoor
Ek Ladka Ek Ladki - Salman Khan, Neelam
Dil Tera Ashiq - Salman Khan
Isi Ka Naam Zindgi, Amir Khan, Pran

Karan Arjun - Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amrish Puri, Jack Gaud, Rakhi Gulzar, Mamta Kulkai, Kajal
Deewana - Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti
Jallad - Mithun Chakraborty
Khabhi ha Khabhi na - Sharukh Khan, Ashutosh Gawrikar
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla
Panah - Shidarth, Pallavi
Lahu Luhan- Kimi Katkar

Jhooth Bole Kawa Kate - Anil KapoorJunoon- Popular TV Series Music
Auzaar - Salman Khan
Gunah ka Devta - Paap Ki Kamaee - Mithun Chakraborty
VijayPath- Tabu, Ajay Davgan, Gulshan Grover, Reema Lagoo, Danny

Saugandh - Akshay Kumar,
Yaalgar- Sanjay Dutt, Manisha, Nagma
Aatish- Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon
Gumrah- Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi
Phool aur Kaante- Ajay Devgan, Madhu, Amrish PuriIndian's First time Fitness audio/video project with Actress Rekha on CBS
First Time 'Srimad Bhagva Gita' through AudioVisual
Promoted & Marketed Indian Classiacl Music through CBS Music Label,from Ravi Shankar to Zakir Hussain

Many More....
Selected Films Produced - Project Designer - Music Composer - Music Director
Jaagoron by Lata Mangeshkar
Introduced OSHO's Music to the World
Now & Then by Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Nursery Rhymes & Kiddyland by Top singers from Various like Alisha Chinoy,Sharon Prabhakar,RemoShakti by Shankar,Zakir Hussain
School Girl - Shakti Kapoor, Laxmikant Berde
Andheri Rathon Mein - Moon Moon Sen
Akhri Pratigya, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Suni Shetty, Hemant Birje, Rambha
30Days - Milind Gunaji, Aloknath, Sweta Menon
Chhote Nawab Bade Nawab - Shakti Kapoor, Shiva, Mohan Joshi
TV Series 'Aurat' Tale of Indian Women, Story by Suraj Sanim

TV Series for Children 'Five Stars' Story Suraj Sanim
TV Series 'Time Machine' Thriller,Story by Suraj Sanim
Miya Anari Biwi Khilari - Yunus Parvez, Chhotu, Birbal, Yogini
Mrityu The Truth- Mustaq Khan, Hemant Pandey, Aroon Bakshi, Liliput
Adorini - Prasenjit, Biswajit
Canadian Dream - Documentary on New Immigrants life in CanadaMonalisa by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vijay Benedict
1981 - Bachelor of Arts, Major Indian Philosophy, Kolkata University, India
1984 - Master of Arts, Indian Music, Kolkata University, India
Fluent in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English and many other Indian Languages which he has written in and composed music for.

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