Arjun Kanungo (sic: Qanungo) is an Indian singer, composer, actor, and entrepreneur. [1] By 18, Arjun had set up a professional recording studio.[2][3]

Arjun Kanungo
Arjun Kanungo at Forum Vijaya.jpg
Kanungo at the Forum Vijaya
Background information
Born (1990-09-06) September 6, 1990 (age 29)
Mumbai, India
Genres
  • Pop
  • rock
  • dance
Occupation(s)Singer, Composer, Producer, Actor
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active2010–present
LabelsSony


Early lifeEdit

Arjun was born and raised in Mumbai.[4] He is a trained method actor from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.[5] He is a 3-time national Gold Medal winner in Centre Fire Pistol and a national level Basketball player.

He is a trained Indian classical singer[6][6] and plays the piano & guitar. He is a promoter of green energy and alternate sources of energy. [7]

CareerEdit

At the age of 18, Arjun explored his entrepreneurial side by opening up a recording studio in Mumbai called Promethean Audio. Soon after, he diversified into acoustic design and construction with his second venture Promethean Design. He gained popularity after his stint as a playback singer for movies like Go Goa Gone and Pizza. As a vocalist, Arjun has toured India, Dubai, Australia and Sri Lanka with Asha Bhosle,[8][5][4] in addition to solo shows. He is also active as a composer for TV ads and background scores also has worked with brands like Nike Cricket[citation needed] and ESPN.[citation needed]

Arjun's first commercial success came with "Khoon Choos Le" in the 2013 film Go Goa Gone, starring Saif Ali Khan.[8][9] Since then he has churned out 3 hit singles in 2 years- Baaki Baatein Peene Baad ft. Badshah, Fursat, and Ek Dafaa (Chinnama). Arjun has lent his voice to several Bollywood films. His Tamil Debut came with 'Sirrikadhey', composed by Anirudh Ravichander, from the film 'Remo'.[10]

His debut single Baaki Baatein Peene Baad was released on 25 September 2015 by Sony Music India. The song was written by Mayur Puri and was composed, written, recorded and produced in Sweden [11] The song features the rapper Badshah.[12] Baaki Baatein Peene Baad went viral on YouTube upon its release and subsequently climbed the TV & radio charts.

His second single, Fursat, was eventually released on 18 March by Sony Music India.

He made his UK debut with a live stage performance at the Asian Network 2017, in March. [13]

InfluencesEdit

Kanungo names Iron Maiden, Metallica, Justin Timberlake, Ustad Rashid Khan, Kumar Gandharv, Andy McKee, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach[5] as well as Kishori Amonkar, Amit Trivedi, Clinton Cerejo and AR Rahman as his music influences.[14]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Song/Film Category
Global Indian Music Academy Awards 2015 Baaki Baatein Peene Baad Jagjit Singh Award for Best Music Debut - Non Film (Won)[15]

DiscographyEdit

Year Song Film Music Director References
2013 Khoon Choos Le[9] Goa Goa Gone Sachin - Jigar[9]
2013 Learn To Adjust[citation needed] Mai[4] Nitin Shankar
2014 Tum Chal Diye[16] Pizza Saurabh Kalsi[16]
2015 Jahan Tum Ho[17] Coffee Bloom Prasad Ruparel
2015 Baaki Baatein Peene Baad[18] Arjun Kanungo - The Rising Star Arjun Kanungo, Ludwig Lindell, Ylva Dimberg
2016 Fursat [19] Single Arjun Kanungo, Ludwig Lindell, Ylva Dimberg
2016 Sanam Mere sanam Single Mithoon
2016 Sirikkadhey Remo Anirudh Ravichander
2016 yaara Jammin album song A.R. Rahman various artists A.R. Rahman
2016 Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti) Single Badshah, Arjun Kanungo & Aastha Gill ft. Pulkit Samrat
2017 Ek Dafaa Single Arjun Kanungo
2017 Gallan Tipsiyaan Single Arjun Kanungo, LH4L
2017 O Saathi Cover Single Arjun Kanungo
2018 La La La Duet Arjun Kanungo, Bilal Saeed, Desi Music Factory [20]
2018 Aaya Na Tu Duet Arjun Kanungo
2018 Aaya Na Tu Reprise Single Arjun Kanungo Rithvik Abhishek Monteiro
2018 Photograph Single Arjun Kanungo Rithvik Abhishek Monteiro
2019 House Party Song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Sukhwinder Singh, Arjun Kanungo, Parry G
2019 Tu na mera Single Arjun Kanungo Rithvik Abhishek Monteiro
2019 Woh Baarishein Single Arjun Kanungo Rithvik Abhishek Monteiro
2019 Nadaaniyaan The Sky Is Pink Pritam

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.thestatesman.com/exclusive-interviews/zero-music-sense-till-18-arjun-kanungo-1502663030.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". The Bollywood Project. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ . Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/music/i-am-a-singer-today-only-because-of-asha-bhosle-ji-arjun-kanungo/story-wKhPykjhusw5Wq253gGsdM.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Arjun Kanungo: 'Umeedien' is about hope and ambition - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Arjun Kanungo to release 26 videos through one-year deal with Sony Music India". Radioandmusic.com. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Arjun Kanungo". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Arjun Kanungo makes his home environment-friendly". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b {{cite web|url=http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150529/jsp/t2/story_22611.jsp#.VWgLqs-qpBc |title=Youtube's singing star |publisher=Telegraphindia.com |date=1999-03-01 |accessdate=2015-05-29}}
  9. ^ a b c "Hindi Film Song - Khoon Choos Le (Go Goa Gone, 2013)". MySwar. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ {{cite web|url=https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/music/Anirudh-patiently-taught-me-Arjun-Kanungo/articleshow/54831074.cms |title= Anirudh patiently taught me: Arjun Kanungo |publisher=timesofindia.indiatimes.com |date=1999-03-01 |accessdate=2017-01-14}}
  11. ^ . IBN Live. ff IANS http://www.ibnlive.com/news/music/singer-arjun-kanungo-collaborates-with-badshah-for-his-debut-single-baaki-baatein-peene-baad-1112698.html. Retrieved 21 October 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Banan, Aastha. "YouTube sensation Arjun Kanungo, speaks about busking in New York". Mid-Day. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Arjun Kanungo - Asian Network Live 2017 Highlights". BBC.
  14. ^ "I'm stupidly self-critical: Arjun Kanungo - Life and style". Mid-day.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  15. ^ "GiMA :: NON FILM MUSIC WINNERS 2016". www.gima.co.in. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Hindi Film Song - Tum Chal Diye - Reprise (Pizza, 2014)". MySwar. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Hindi Film Song - Jahan Tum Ho (Coffee Bloom, 2015)". MySwar. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Hindi Film Song - Baaki Baatein peene baad". MySwar. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Hindi Film Song - Fursat". Indian Express. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  20. ^ Karishma Upadhyay (13 May 2018). "Arjun Kanungo's high notes". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 13 May 2018.