month's edition of Illuminated Artiste we bring to you a singer who has
donned various hats of composer, lyricist and actress, and whose song
Kiss" from Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
still amongst the top 10 of many playlists. She is none other than the extremely
talented Saba Azad, whose peppy voice has brought a fresh life into the Bollywood
Delhi, Saba Azad's talents were shown at an early
age when she performed
stages in and out of the country after being trained in various dance
forms like Odissi, ballet, jazz and many more. She had also acted in
productions as a child. After her schooling, she even worked in a short
film as the lead actress.
came down to Mumbai, she featured in various commercials and soon landed a role
in Dil Kabaddi (2008), but her true
calling was in music. In the next few years, Azad lent her voice to Ashutosh
Pathak's The Petri Dish Project, an electronic band in the indie circuit. She
also sang as a guest singer with many other bands.
While in the
world of Bollywood, Azad stepped into the spotlight with a lead role in Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (2011), a
Y-Films production, which is a subsidiary of YRF Films. In the world of indie music,
Azad joined hands as Mink with Imaad Shah aka Madboy in music circuit and
Madboy/Mink was formed. Theirs is a band which fuses various music forms like electro,
funk, swing, pop and many more providing the listeners with a new kind of music.
Since 2013, Azad and her band have performed many gigs in Mumbai and many other places. The
same year, Azad got a chance to lend vocals to songs of Nautanki Saala. Yash Raj Films roped her in to perform the "Dhoom
Anthem" which she not only sang but also danced in its music video.
Azad's band launched their first album All
Ball and has been touring all over India promoting it. The song "Calcutta
Kiss" is actually a variation of her album song, "Taste Your Kiss", both written,
composed and sung by Azad and Shah. With the release of the soundtrack of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, Azad has finally
made an impact in mainstream Bollywood music.
may have many songs in her kitty, below is the list of Azad's songs that she
has sung for Bollywood.
Film: Nautanki Saala! (2013)
Saba Azad, Geet Sagar, Bruno Carvalo, Santosh Sawant, Jovian Soans
"Dil Ki Toh
Film: Nautanki Saala! (2013)
Composer(s): Mikey Mccleary
Film: Dhoom 3 (2013)
Composer(s): Raghav Sachar
Film: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)
Saba Azad, Imaad Shah
Did you know?
Saba Azad had
knee length hair which she had to cut for her role in Mujhse Fraandship Karoge. She loved her hair's length so much that
she cried while getting them cut.
Madboy/Mink performed in Pune last month and has been doing gigs in Mumbai this
She is in a relationship with her band member, Imaad Shah.
music career in Bollywood might be only in its nascent stages, the
response from music lovers for her latest song has shown that she is in
Bollywood for the long
haul! BollyCurry wishes her the best and hopes to listen to more of her
What do you think of her and her songs? Leave a comment and let us know!
Writer: Kalpana K.C.
Editor(s): Aishwarya S. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Komal P.
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