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Who is Babukishan?



Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das started his life in Indian Cinema at a young age in Kolkata,West Bengal, India as a music composer and song writer for Bengali film, serials, and drama’s beginning in the 1970’s to 1990’s. He recieved many awards during these years and was awarded, “The youngest Music and Film Director” in Bengal at that time. Babukishan recieved many awards for his music compositions in Bengal even before he arrived in the Bombay film industry as Babukishan in 1981 it was during this time period that he traveled back and forth then moving permenantly to Mumbai in 1989.

In Bengal he composed super hit music for Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Arti Mukherjee, Banashree Sengupta, Shakti Thakur, Gopa Bose, Hemant Mukherjee, Pandit Amarnath and many more. Babukishan composed all of his father’s music, the legendary world renowned vocalist Purna Das Baul, who is the state artist and representative of Indian and Bengali culture around the world.

Known as Krishnendu Das during his early creative years in Kolkata his music compositions were produced for big banner films such as Amar Deep, Rakto Sapoth, Marg, Manob Premik Nimai, Chapa Dangaar Bou, and drama’s such as Amlo Madhu as producer and music director, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as producer, project design, music and promotion. His serials were Charitroheen, Mejo bou, Didi, Mahalaya, Ek Paloke, Radharani, Guldasta, all which were very popular and which he was awarded best music director.

Babukishan’s started his career in Bombay as a music composer and as a music and film designer, production consultant working with India’s top music labels & film companies for more than 30 years . He has produced over 150 scores for Indian Cinema and Bollywood film. He has composed, produced and promoted over 44 albums for Bollywood’s top singers such as Kumar Sanu, Sunidhi, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Poornima, Abhijit, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle, Mohd.Aziz, Vijay Benedict, Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Suresh Wadkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Ravindra jain, Nitin Mukesh, Alka yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas, Anwar, Anuradha Paudwal, Amit Kumar and many others. Babukishan’s career took him beyond Bombay, he went on to perform and record with some of the best musicians of the west George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Chakka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Tom Petty, Miles Davies, Allan Fakir, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley and others…

While in Bombay he became known as Babukishan his nick name, as the 2 directors named Suraj Sanim and Mahesh Bhatt had a difficult time pronouncing his name Krishnendu, therefore, they started to call him Babu Kishan all the time thus it stuck and became his brand name in the entertainment world.

Babukishan recorded Durga Puja albums with all the top Bollywood playback singers having them sing in Bengali, this was a very new idea at the time and a super hit. However, at first there were many Bengali’s who were very critical because many Bengali singers that were really talented did not have work as singers and Babu was bringing in outsiders. Some of these Indian Cinema singers he recorded in Bengali were Anaradha Paudwal, Md Aziz, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik Purnima, Vijay Bendict, Abijit, Kumar Sanu, for Durga Puja songs HMV/Venus/Tips MusicaIndia/Universal with big promotions. It should be noted that Indian Cinema started from Bengal and now 70% of the people in the modern Indian film industry are from Bengal. Babukishan being one of them who has composed everything from Hanuman Chalisa to Hip Hop.

Babukishan has worked with just about everybody in Indian Cinema as a promotion designer, production designer, music designer, and music director, from Amir Khan to A R Rahman… from the production of music, promotion to the international market. Babukishan is probably the most famous person from Bollywood who is known behind the scenes within Indian Cinema.

BabuKishan already knew RD Burman from Bengal, his family was like family to Babu and when he arrived in Mumbai he started working as R D Burman’s assistant, learning Indian Cinema music from one of the all time greats in Indian film music. Babu spent about 13 years with Legendary Music Director RD Burman during some of RD Burmans most difficult times, until his death in 1994. At first Bombay was a foreign place to Babu, he spoke Bengali and needed to learn Hindi, he was just a kid and had been living in hotels. When RD Burman found out that Babu has been living in a hotel which was expensive he arranged for Babu to meet the upcoming singer Abhijit  from Kanpu,UP but Bengali, he thought Babu and Abhijit could help each other out by becoming house mates. RD Burman also suggested that Babu start working in the music industry while he was getting his music composer career off the ground. Burman introduced Babu to his first contacts, at R.K Electronics. Burman thought Babu was dynamic and energetic he knew that Babu would be perfect for the job. Babu is so greatful to R D Burman. R.K Electronics needed someone to promote their company and Babu already having fame as a composer in Bengal was the guy to do this and Babu Kishan knew all distribution contacts from the Eastern Zone. He introduced R.K Electronics to the Eastern Zone and the combination today is know as TIPS Industry, one of largest Entertainment Company in India.

Babu is an author of 3 books in Bengali and English, the last book was sponsored witht he help of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. He is a prolific poet and has been travellng worldwide for 40 years as a cultural ambassador for Bengal and India. He has performed at all top festivals worldwide and has lectured at Universities world-wide. He has performed at Carnagie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London and many other large venues around the world.