Roopkumar Rathod

Roop Kumar Rathod is an Indian music director and playback singer.[2] He has sung 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
GenresPlayback singer, Ghazal[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Rathod is the third son of the late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod,[3] a classical luminary who was a proponent of arguably the oldest style of singing, 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 into the world of music during his early years. His journey began as a tabla player and he became sought after by almost all of the ghazal singers in the 1980s. His tryst with playback singing began in the year 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 other thrust of interest is live concerts. With his wife Sunali Rathod, he travels all over the world and performs at a number of concerts including in countries like US, UK, Dubai, East Africa, Singapore, etc. with their renditions of various genres of music spanning ghazal, sufi, light classical and film songs.

Roopkumar also performs live-on-stage, with artists like Trilok Gurtu, Ranjit Barot and Abhijit Pohankar in fusion concerts. He has collaborated with Gurtu for a fusion based album, 'Beat of Love', released in December 2001 and a jazz based album, 'Broken Rhythms', released 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.

He recently released a sufi album along with Sunali Rathod called Kalma.[4]


Playback singerEdit


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

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