Vibha Saraf is an Indian singer-songwriter and Bollywood playback singer. She performs folk songs and writes and performs music for soundtracks, primarily Kashmiri folk-inspired songs. Her work has been featured on the soundtracks for the films Raazi, which went to win Best Film in the 64th Filmfare Awards, and Gully Boy, the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019. In 2019, she was jointly nominated with Harshdeep Kaur for Best Female Playback Singer for the 65th Filmfare Awards and Best Female Playback Singer for the 20th International Indian Film Academy Awards for the song Dilbaro, from the 2018 drama thriller Raazi.[1][2]

Vibha Saraf
Vibha Saraf performing in 2018
Vibha Saraf performing in 2018
Background information
Born (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 35)
OriginSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
GenresPop, Bollywood, Kashmiri
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Composer
Years active2017–present

Early life and education edit

Vibha Saraf was born in the Fateh Kadal neighbourhood of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir in India. During the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the region, her family relocated to New Delhi, India, when Saraf was three years old.[3][4]

She began taking classes at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, studying Hindustani classical music for four years before studying pop music for five years. Saraf worked as a management consultant for five years before quitting to pursue music.[5]

Career edit

In 2013, Saraf moved to Mumbai to pursue her career in music.[4] One year later, she had recorded her first soundtrack song, a duet with Arijit Singh titled "O Soniye" for Titoo MBA. The next year, in 2015, she sang "Feeling Avnavi," alongside Advait Nemlekar, for the soundtrack Gujjubhai the Great.[citation needed]

She released her debut single "Harmokh Bartal," in 2016. A bhajan from Kashmir that Saraf selected to celebrate Kashmir's culture and music, Saraf reinterpreted the song, with Tapas Relia composing it and Ashwin Srinivasan playing flute and Ankur Mukherjee, guitar.[4][5]

In 2018, Saraf performed "Dilbaro" for the film Raazi. The song was written by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy and was inspired by the Kashmiri folk wedding song "Khanmoj koor."[3] She was nominated for an International Indian Film Academy Award for the performance in 2019.[2]

In February 2019, Saraf released "Kab Se Kab Tak," a duet with Ranveer Singh.[3] Saraf also co-sang the song "Dil Mein Mars Hai" alongside Benny Dayal for the Mission Mangal soundtrack, which was released in the summer of 2019.[6] That same year, Saraf performed on the Gully Boy soundtrack in the duet "Kab Se Kab Tak" with Ranveer Singh.[7]

Saraf has written music for Nucleya, whom she met briefly at an airport after a performance.[citation needed] The two exchanged music over WhatsApp and Saraf wrote lyrics. She has since written two songs for Nucleya and performed on one, the latter which was "Behka," for the film High Jack.[5]

Music & Discography edit

Vibha Saraf has appeared in music videos in her songs. She appears in the music video of the song 'Mumal' where she is a co-singer with a Rajasthani folk singer Dapu Khan. [8] Vibha also appears in her own music video 'Jalwe' along with Absar Zahoor.[9]

She has sung for Bollywood and also in other Indian languages including Kashmiri, Telugu, Bengali & Tamil. She writes lyrics for both film and non-film songs & also composes songs for both the film industry and Independent music.[citation needed]

Singer edit

Bollywood Songs

Year Song title Movie Co-singer(s) Composer(s) Lyricist(s)
2017 Jia o Jia Jia o Jia Sachin Gupta Hasrat Jaipuri
2018 Behka High Jack Nucleya Vibha Saraf
Dilbaro Raazi Harshdeep Kaur Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Gulzar
2019 Kab se kab tak Gully Boy Ranveer Singh Karsh Kale
2020 O Soniye Arijit Singh Arjuna Harjai
2021 Gustakh Mausam Nail Polish Ronit Chaterji Sanjay Wanderkar

Songs edit

Her non film songs where Vibha has composed, sung and written lyrics.

Year Song title Artist(s) Note(s)
2017 Dhoop Nucleya ft. Vibha Saraf Single
2019 Lori Nucleya ft. Vibha Saraf From the EP Tota Myna by Nucleya
2020 Chandni Rajeev Bhalla ft. Vibha Saraf Single

Lyricist edit

Year Song title Movie Co-singer(s) Composer(s) Note(s)
2018 24 Kisses Theme Song 24 Kisses Joi Barua
2018 Aksharaalu Lene Leni Female Telugu Language
2019 Bumro Notebook Kamaal Khan Vishal Mishra Kashmiri language
2020 Rabba Maine Chand Vekhya Dheet Patangey Jubin Nautiyal Vayu Kashmiri language

Other language songs edit

In addition to Hindi and Kashmiri, she has sung songs in Bangla, Telugu and Tamil.[citation needed]

Musical influence edit

Saraf's music is influenced by traditional music of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. Saraf cites the music she heard growing up, as sung by her grandparents and mother, as making Kashmiri music "subconsciously" in her.[3] She wants more people to understand the sufism in the songs.[5] She also finds inspiration in Kashmiri literature, including the poetry of Habba Khatoon and Lalleshwari.[3]

In an interview with The Hindu in 2019, Saraf described her interest in sharing Kashmir-inspired folk music with a broader listenership as a responsibility that "falls on our generation" to "stick to our roots." In the interview, she expresses an appreciation for the preservation and popularity of Punjabi music.[3]

Awards edit

Vibha Saraf won the Best Female Playback Singer[10] award for the song Dilbaro, Raazi at the 20th IIFA Awards held on 18 September 2019 in Mumbai, India.[citation needed]

Saraf and Harshdeep Kaur also jointly won the Best Female Playback Singer[11] at REEL Movie Awards 2019 for Dilbaro, Raazi, as well as the Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Female[12] for the same song.

References edit

  1. ^ "Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf- Best Playback Singer Female 2018 Nominee | Filmfare Awards". Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "IIFA 2019 nominations list out: Andhadhun bags 13 noms, Raazi and Padmaavat get 10 noms each". Hindustan Times. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Akundi, Sweta (25 February 2019). "Kashmiri music has subconsciously always been in me, says 'Gully Boy' singer Vibha Saraf". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Chakraborty, Riddhi (16 March 2016). "Watch: Mumbai Singer Vibha Saraf's Captivating Tribute to Kashmir, 'Harmokh Bartal' –". My Site. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Saksena, Shalini. "Want to carry forward traditions". The Pioneer. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Inspirational track 'Dil Mei Mars Hai' from 'Mission Mangal' is out!". Big News Network. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ Chauhan, Guarang. "Gully Boy Music Review: A one of its kind blend of melodious songs and powerful raps". Times Now. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Mumal Dapu Khan Vibha Saraf Santosh J Mukta Bhatt". Times Now. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Jalwe Official Music Video Vibha Saraf Absar Zahoor". Youtube. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  10. ^ "IIFA 2019 full winners list: Alia Bhatt's Raazi wins big". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  11. ^ "REEL Movie Awards 2019: Harshdeep Kaur and Vibha Saraf win Best Playback Singer Female for Dilbaro from Raazi". News18. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Zee Cine Awards full winners list: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win big". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 16 October 2019.