Roopkumar Rathod

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Roop Kumar Rathod is an Indian music director and playback singer.[1] He has performed a number of songs in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Nepali, Bhojpuri and Kannada films.

Roop Kumar Rathod
Indian Playback Singer
Rathod in 2014
Rathod in 2014
Background information
Born (1973-06-10) 10 June 1973 (age 49)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
GenresPlayback singer, Ghazal[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Rathod is the second son of the late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod,[2] a proponent of the oldest major vocal style associated with Hindustani classical music, Dhrupad. He belonged to the "Aditya Gharana of Jamnagar." He has two brothers, music composer Shravan Rathod, part of the Nadeem-Shravan duo, and singer Vinod Rathod. Roopkumar is married to Sunali Rathod, formerly the first wife of bhajan singer, Anup Jalota. Together they have a daughter named Reewa.

Musical beginningsEdit

Roopkumar was introduced to the world of music during his early years. His journey began as a tabla player and he became sought after by many ghazal singers in the 1980s. He first began playback singing in 1989 with the song, "Main Tera Aashiq Hoon", composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal for the movie Gumrah.


The song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the movie Border, became one of the major breakthroughs of Rathod's career. With it, he received his only Filmfare award nomination to date at the 43rd Filmfare Awards. In addition, he sang "Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai" for the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Apart from playback singing for films, Roopkumar has long played live concerts across the world with his wife Sunali, performing a mix of ghazal, Sufi, light classical music, and film songs.

Roopkumar has also performed with the artists Trilok Gurtu, Ranjit Barot and Abhijit Pohankar in fusion concerts. He and Gurtu released the fusion album Beat of Love in December 2001 and the jazz album Broken Rhythms, in October 2004.

In August 2005, the comedy serial Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai featured Roopkumar and Sunali Rathod in one of their episodes that showcased a friendly musical contest.

Roopkumar, along with wife Sonali, won the title of 'Ustaad Jodi' on 'Mission Ustaad',[citation needed] a musical television reality show aired in February 2008, that aimed to create awareness about social causes.

In 2011 he released a sufi album along with Sunali Rathod called Kalma.[3]


Playback singerEdit


  1. ^ a b "Roop Kumar Rathod". Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  2. ^ "रूप कुमार राठोड's biography and latest film release news". (in Hindi). Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Sufi Album- Kalmaa". Archived from the original on 18 November 2011.

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