Abhishek Ray

Abhishek Ray is an Indian film composer, playback singer, instrumentalist, music arranger, and producer working in Bollywood . He is well known for having composed the music and done playback vocals for popular and award-winning Bollywood films such as: Paan Singh Tomar, Welcome Back, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Wedding Anniversary, I Am Kalam, Shagird, Chaar Din Ki Chandni, Prem Mayee, Thoondil, Yeh Saali Zindagi, and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. Apart from original music, his wildlife preservation and restoration efforts have been recognised across the world and he has been recently awarded with the prestigious '"Swabhiman Bharat "' for rewilding an entire hill as wild tiger-leopard corridor. Abhishek is known to have invested all his savings in creating the famous Sitabani Wildlife Reserve, India's first private wildlife reserve with wild tiger and leopard presence and home to about 600 bird species.

Abhishek Ray
OccupationSinger, composer, wildlife conservationist
Years active2002–present
Label(s)
Websiteabhishekray.business.site

Apart from superhit feature films, Ray has composed and sung for prestigious solo albums like Udaas Paani, Raat Chand Aur Main,[1] Kab aate ho with the legendary poet Gulzar. In May 2016, he launched his very own music label AR Productions with a set of seven classic singles written once again by the lyricist Gulzar featuring the voices of Shreya Ghoshal, Hariharan, Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan and Kavita Krishnamurthy.[2][3][4] Since then,his company has been producing one large single every month in collaboration with top Bollywood artists. Ray has many other world music albums to his credit like Jaisalmer-Call of the desert,[5] Symphonies of the Taj[6], Echoes of Khajuraho[7], Ritu: The Magic of the Six Indian Seasons,[8]Raga Rendezvous.[9]

He composed "Aye Jahaan Aasmaan", the concerto of love with a hundred piece live orchestra and the voices of Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. This song won the best song of the year at Mirchi Music Awards 2017[10][11][12] and his song Yeh Dil Ajeeb Hai[13] written by Gulzar and sung by Hariharan simultaneously won the nomination in the same category.

He has also composed music for numerous documentaries like The Maharaja Of Jodhpur: The Legacy Lives On for which he received the 2006 Indian Telly Award for best Music. Others include The Shiamans Of The Himalayas, Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh, Forced to Kill, and Nirvana for the Discovery Channel. He began his career composing and singing for TV shows and advertisements. Today he is one of the most well known Bollywood composers and fusion artiste.

Ray sings, composes, arranges, and mixes his songs and film scores. He works out of his recording studios in Versova, Andheri, Mumbai and Asiad Village, New Delhi.[citation needed] He plays instruments including the piano, electronic keyboards, accordion, wavedrum, conga, thumba, darbouka, electronic drum, and bass.

Ray is also a naturalist and a bonafide government tiger and leopard tracker. He is an avid birder and wildlife conservationist and runs his own wildlife reserve next to Corbett National Park called the Sitabani Wildlife Reserve.[14][15][16][17] He is known to have invested all that he earned from Bollywood into rewilding an entire barren hill into dense forest. Today Sitabani Wildlife Reserve is known for wild Bengal tiger and Leopard presence.[citation needed]

He is also the composer singer of India's national anthem on tiger conservation.[18]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Notes
2017 Wedding Anniversary
2016 Saat Uchakkey
2015 Welcome Back
2012 Paan Singh Tomar
2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni
2012 Prem Mayee
2011 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
2011 Shagird
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi
2010 I Am Kalam
2009 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
2008 Thoondil
2006 Ahista Ahista
2003 Haasil

Non film albumsEdit

Year Album Comments Label
2021 "Wanderer" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2021 "Jaane Gaya Dil Kahaan" Single AR Productions
2021 "Dhaagey" with Pratibha Baghel AR Productions
2021 "Mehki-Mehki" with Annkita AR Productions
2020 "Athrangee" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2020 "Pulse EP" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2020 "Ilzaam" with Pratibha Baghel AR Productions
2020 "Badali" with Annkita AR Productions
2020 "Royi Royi" with Aaria AR Productions
2019 "Meghaa" with Shreya Ghoshal, Gulzar AR Productions
2019 "Emeralds EP" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2019 "Moha" with Shaan AR Productions
2019 "Tasavvur" with Anwesha AR Productions
2019 "Badra Hua Man" with Shaan AR Productions
2019 "Tum Chalna" with Aaria AR Productions
2019 "Lady" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2019 "Aanch Lagi" with Anwesha AR Productions
2019 "Raat Mujhe Unplugged" with Shreya Ghoshal Single
2018 "Chalki Chalki" with Shaan AR Productions
2018 "Jismojaan" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2018 "Ujli Ujli" with Shaan AR Productions
2018 "Sochona Rokona" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2018 "Aye Jahaan Aasmaan Trance Reprise" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2018 "Chulbula" with Ankita AR Productions
2018 "Earth Voices" with Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2018 "Manbasiyaan" with Anwesha AR Productions
2018 "Dushwaari" with Anwesha AR Productions
2018 "Resha Resha" with Kavita Krishnamurthy AR Productions
2018 "Yaadon Ke Panchi" with Anwesha AR Productions
2017 "Reshmi Dhaage" with Anwesha AR music
2017 "Larzish" with Anwesha AR Productions
2017 "Sukha Patta" with Anwesha AR Productions
2018 "Kuch Thikana Nahi" with Anwesha AR Productions
2018 "Bandagi" Single AR Productions
2017 "Sapney Suhaaney" with Kavita Krishnamurthy AR Productions
2016 Aye Jahaan Aasmaan with Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2016 "Jhine-Jhine" with Kavita Krishnamurthy AR Productions
2016 "Pyaasi-Pyaasi"[19] with Gulzar, Shreya Ghoshal AR Productions
2016 "Saat-Din"[20] with Gulzar, Alka Yagnik AR Productions
2016 "Asharfee"[21] with Gulzar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan AR Productions
2016 "Yeh Dil"[22] with Gulzar, Hariharan AR Productions
2016 "Kaare-Megha"[23] with Gulzar, Abhijeet Bhattacharya AR Productions
2016 "Doob Gaye"[24] with Gulzar, Hariharan AR Productions
2016 "Sooraj-Sitarey"[25] with Gulzar AR Productions
2016 "Ajnabee Zameen" fusion-pop AR Productions
2016 "Paathar" with Bhoomi Trivedi AR Productions
2015 Sounds of Nature world music Music Today
2013 Raat, Chand Aur Main[1] with Gulzar Times Music
2007 Ritu Magic of the Six Indian Seasons Solo Music Today
2006 Amazing India: Symphonies of the Taj[26] Solo Music Today
2006 Kab Aate Ho with Gulzar Times Music
2005 Amazing India: Khajuraho Solo Music Today
2004 Amazing India: Jaisalmer Solo Music Today
2002 Udaas Paani[27] with Gulzar Times Music
2000 Raga Rendezvous Solo T-Series

Film background scoresEdit

Year Films
2017 Wedding Anniversary
2011 Shagird
2009 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
2006 Ahista Ahista
2003 Haasil

PlaybackEdit

Abhishek Ray as playback singerEdit

Year Film/Album Song Label
2017 "Wedding Anniversary" "The Rainbow Song" with Bhoomi Trivedi
2017 "Wedding Anniversary" "Ittefaqan- Valentine Waltz " with Amika Shail
2015 Welcome Back "Welcome Back Theme Song" solo
2013 Raat Chand aur Main[1] All Songs with Gulzar
2012 Paan Singh Tomar "Dhai Dhai"[28] with Kailash Kher
2012 Paan Singh Tomar "Jaao Dhal Jaao"[29] with Kailash Kher
2012 Prem Mayee "Palchin"[30] with Shreya Ghoshal
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi "Yeh Saali Zindagi"[31] with Chitrangada Singh
2010 I Am Kalam "Chini Bhini"[32] with Shreya Ghoshal
2010 I Am Kalam "Chand Taare"[33] with KK (singer)
2008 Thoondil "Kadhal Kadavulai Pole" with Sunidhi Chauhan
2008 Thoondil "Time is Now" with Harshdeep Kaur, Pop Shalini
2008 Thoondil "Ratham Sindhaatha" with Sunidhi Chauhan
2008 Thoondil "Athuva Ithu Edhu" with Pop Shalini
2007 Ritu[34] All Songs with Shanti Sharma[35]
2006 Amazing India – Symphonies of the Taj All Songs with Radhika Chopra, Sangeeta Pant
2005 Amazing India – Jaisalmer All Songs with Rehmat Khan Langa[36]
2005 Amazing India – Khajuraho All Songs with Radhika Chopra, Sangeeta Pant
2002 UDAAS PAANI[27] All Songs with Gulzar
2000 RAGA RENDEZVOUS All Songs Solo

Music for documentariesEdit

Year Documentary Channel
2012 Shamans of the Himalaayas Discovery Channel
2012 The Apatanis of Arunachal[37] Discovery Channel
2012 The Konyak of Nagaland[38] Discovery Channel
2011 Carnival of Spirituality Discovery Channel
2010 Masters of the Jungle Discovery Channel
2009 In Their Elements National Geographic Channel
2009 Forced to Kill Discovery Channel
2008 Chinese Checkers, Tibetan Ambivalence & Indian Delusions Aim TV
2004 The Maharaja of Jodhpur: The Legacy Lives On[39] Discovery Channel
2000 The Maharaja of Jodhpur: The Legacy Lives On[40] Aim TV
1999 Shahjahanabad: The Twilight Years Teamwork Films

SourcesEdit

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