Born on 25 April 1987 in Jiaganj, Murshidabad, West Bengal to Kakkar Singh a Punjabi Sikh father and a Bengali mother, Arijit Singh is an Indian singer known for singing predominantly in Hindi and Bengali. He was schooled at Raja Bijay Singh High School and later at the Sripat Singh College, a University of Kalyani affiliate. He learnt Indian classical music from Rajendra Prasad Hazari and got trained in tabla from Dhirendra Prasad Hazari.
Singh got his major breakthrough after participating in a singing reality show Fame Gurukul in 2005. He was later discovered by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kumar Taurani; however, his songs for their films went unreleased. After winning another reality show 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil, he began composing music and singing pieces for advertisements, news channels and radio stations. He debuted as a singer for Mithoon’s composition, “Phir Mohabbat” from Murder 2. He then went on to sing for successful films like Agent Vinod, Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, R… Rajkumar, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Dil Juunglee, 3 Storeys, Hichki, Raazi, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, Veere Di Wedding, 102 Not Out, Baazaar, Kedarnath, Karwaan and among others. He has been bestowed with several accolades including Global Indian Music Academy Awards, Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, Stardust Awards and National Award.
Some of his notable songs include:
Tum Hi Ho
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Besides singing, Singh is a badminton player, a writer, a movie freak and a documentary maker. Earlier, Arijit married a fellow reality-show contestant; however, the marriage couldn’t last long and ended in divorce. In 2014, Arijit tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Koel Roy. They have two children. He serves the poor through his NGO named Let There Be Light, which aims to include activities like blood bank camp, distribution of clothes, books, stationery, etc. to Below Poverty Line children and recurring human ground activities.