Shabbir Kumar


Artist Birtday : 26/10/1954 (Age 69)
Born In : Baroda, Gujarat
Occupation(s) : Playback Singer
Genres : Indian Film Pop, Ghazal, Pop

Shabbir Kumar (born 26 October 1954) is an Indian playback musician, famous for his work in Hindi cinema.
Shabbir Kumar began his music profession in Baroda but came into the spotlight after being selected by one of India’s frontiersperson and directing orchestras called Melody Makers which functioned especially in Pune & Mumbai. He afterward bound hands with other Mohammed Rafi’s fans as a supporter for the Ek Shaam Rafi Ke Naam concert held as a commendation to Mohammed Rafi. Shabbir declares that when he attended Rafi’s funeral in 1980, his wristwatch fell into Rafi’s open burial. He deciphered the happening as a heavenly message that he was to be Rafi’s heir.

Music director Usha Khanna gave Shabbir Kumar a break in the movie Tajurba (1981). Shabbir got a significant interval, when the director Manmohan Desai, who was peeking for a Rafi replacement, saw him and urged him to music director duo Laxmikant–Pyarelal (L-P). Within a few days, L-P gave Shabbir Kumar songs in the movie Coolie, which was unleashed in 1983. Shabbir’s first unleashed movie with L-P was Main Intequam Loonga.

Shabbir Kumar was first stated for a duet with Lata Mangeshkar, Shaam Hai Ye Kuch Khoyi Khoyi from Prem Tapasya (1983). He even sang a song from the movie Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983) which was directed by Anu Malik. Shabbir Kumar was recognized as the foremost playback vocalist in the movie Betaab. Music director Rahul Dev Burman got him to sing all the five songs for Sunny Deol. Also, in 1983, Coolie was unleashed, in which Laxmikant–Pyarelal had proposed to him to sing all seven songs, six for Amitabh Bachchan, and one for Rishi Kapoor.

He has sung in various languages like Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujrati, Hariyanvi, Oriya, Malayalam, and English. He has Rewarded 34 Gold Discs, 16 Platinum, and 1 Kohinoor Disc, and also obtained a number of other awards. Acquired award as “The Best Playback Vocalist” in Dubai, U.A.E. “Mohammad Rafi Award” in Bombay foremost term ever in India, “Kalaa Ratan Award” from President of India Giani Zail Singh as Best Playback Singer. His Subsidies to the Music industry are over 6 thousand songs and more than 1500 Movies in his portfolio.


Shabbir Kumar