Arijit Singh Trivia: All the Facts a Superfan Should Know

So, you call yourself an Arijit Singh fan…

Maybe you’ve heard all his songs a hundred times over.

Maybe you can, without hesitation, recite the titles of the films his songs have appeared in, the directors he’s worked with, and the music composers he’s collaborated with.

You may even be able to remember which songs he sang when he participated in Fame Gurukul, all the way back in 2005.

But did you know:

  • What his favorite instrument is, or when he bought it? (A piano; after “Tum Hi Ho” from Aashiqui 2 became a hit).

  • Why his songs at concerts often sound completely different than the album version? (He feels it’s impossible to create a song exactly the same way more than once).

  • That he was an athlete in school, and still carries a sportsperson-like mindset of never feeling satisfied with success?

  • That he wanted to learn how to play the cello, but realized it was too difficult an instrument to master? 

  • That Arijit Singh often lists his favorite artists as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, and Hemant Kumar (whose songs he often sings at his concerts)…

    … but that his favorite song is “Koi Fariyaad” by Jagjit Singh?

Read on for more about the life of Bollywood music’s man of the moment.

The Early Years

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You probably remember that a baby-faced Arijit Singh participated in Fame Gurukul at 18.

Back then, even though he was seen as a major threat to the other singers with his training in classical music, he was unable to secure a position among the top five finalists in the competition.

Soon after that, he participated in Dus Ke Dus Le Gaye Dil, where the contestants from Indian Idol competed with those from Fame Gurukul, and won the contest.

Unexpectedly, this did not immediately launch his Bollywood career!  Which is when Arijit set up his own music-recording studio, and composed ad jingles and soundtracks for news shows, before eventually working with well-known composers like Pritam and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Arijit, the Man who Lets His Music Do the Talking

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Arijit Singh is rumored to be notoriously media-shy. As a fan, you may have heard suggestionse that Arijit goes to great lengths to avoid interacting with media, including allegedly visiting recording studios at midnight!

But in real life, Arijit Singh established that there was no truth to that. At his Google Talks series in New York, he told a fan that he goes to the studio during the day and has great respect for ethical and professional members of the media.

Arijit Loves Public Transport

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Unlike other successful Bollywood personalities, Arijit Singh did not buy a car with his first salary!

In fact, according to most reports, he still doesn’t own a car (well, at least until quite recently). He is widely reported to have said that he prefers public transport to his own vehicle. Autos, one of his favorite ways to get around the city of Mumbai, have a special place in his life story. It was reported that “Phir Le Aya Dil” from Barfi!, which got him one of his earliest nominations for Upcoming Singer of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the album. Singh recorded the song in less than 20 minutes, as he had an auto waiting outside to take him to a movie he had tickets for. As luck would have it, not only did it make it to the movie, but it also got him recognized on a national level.

He almost left Mumbai Behind

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It’s widely known that Arijit Singh began his training in classical music at an early age, from teachers like Rajendra Prasad Hazari, Dhirendra Prasad Hazari, and Birendra Prasad Hazari (the famous brothers), and that he comes from a family of classical singers, including his mother, who sings and plays the tabla.

But few know that the years after winning Dus Ke Dus Le Gaye Dil weren’t the easiest for the now-popular singer. Recognizing his talent and singing chops from his reality shows, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered him “Yoon Shabnami” in Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s debut film, Saawariya. Unfortunately, the song did not make it to the album, so Arijit decided to return to Murshidabad.

However, his vocal talent did not go unnoticed for long, and producer Kumar Taurani of Tips Music Company soon signed him on for an album. But as luck would have it, this album too failed to see the light of the day. This time, however, Singh decided to stay back in Mumbai, and the rest, as they say, is history!

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