Roopkumar Rathod

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Roopkumar Rathod is an Indian music director and playback singer and Indian pop 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
Rathod in 2014
Rathod in 2014
Background information
Born (1973-06-10) 10 June 1973 (age 51)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
GenresPlayback singer, Ghazal[1]
Spouse(s)Sunali Rathod

Personal life


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.[3]

Roopkumar was introduced to music during his early years. He began playing the tabla and he became sought after by many ghazal singers in the 1980s.[citation needed] He first began playback singing in 1992 with the film Angaar.



Rathod has appeared as a vocalist on albums from 1999. He has sung songs in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Nepali and Bhojpuri films.[4][5]

The song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the movie Border, became one of the major breakthroughs of Rathod's career.[6] He received his only Filmfare Award nomination to date at the 43rd Filmfare Awards.[citation needed] In addition, he sang the song "Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai" for the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.[5]

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.[5]

Roopkumar has also performed with the artists Trilok Gurtu, Ranjit Barot and Abhijit Pohankar in fusion concerts.[7] He and Gurtu released the fusion album Beat of Love in December 2001 and the jazz album Broken Rhythms, in October 2004.[8]

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.[9]

Roopkumar, along with wife Sonali, won the title of 'Ustaad Jodi' on 'Mission Ustaad',[5] a musical television reality show aired in February 2008, that aimed to create awareness about social causes. Donations were received by the United Nations Charities.[8]

In 2011 he released a sufi album along with his wife Sunali Rathod called ''Kalma''.[10]



As playback singer



  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. ^ "Vinod Rathod nixes remix funda". Hindustan Times. 15 January 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Roop Kumar Rathod Albums and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Roopkumar, Sunali Rathod to headline TOI's anniversary concert". The Times of India. 26 November 2017. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  6. ^ "Anu Malik reveals Javed Akhtar asked for his autograph after he composed Border's Sandese Aate Hai song". Firstpost. 16 June 2023. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Percussionist Trilok Gurtu talks music". DNA India. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  8. ^ a b shail (5 August 2020). "SHRI ROOPKUMAR RATHOD". All About Music. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Genres of music". The Hindu. 1 July 2002. Archived from the original on 19 October 2003.
  10. ^ "Sufi Album- Kalmaa". Archived from the original on 18 November 2011.