Some Music Composers and their Favorite Singers

Daboo Malik with his Kids
Daboo Malik with his Kids

Most people have their favorites among singers. We decided to speak to 4 prominent Bollywood music composers – Daboo Malik, Rahul Seth, Sandesh Shandilya and Shantanu Moitra and asked them about their favorites among Bollywood singers. We also asked them more about their choices.

Daboo Malik: Daboo Malik (pictured above), the father of Amaal and Armaan Malik, composed Thoda sa pyar hua hai thoda hai baki… from Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (2002).

Favorite Singers: 1. At the top is, Sonu Nigam, 2. Arijit Singh 3. And of course my son Armaan Malik.

Voice Quality: Sonu Nigam’s voice is like the 8th wonder of the world. He can sing any genre of songs – classical, light classical, all of them. He is that complete singer for me.

Arijit Singh is an all-time favorite singer of mine because he can cultivate the voice quality for any mood or situation.

And of course, I love my son Armaan’s voice for its freshness. He has got a very simplistic approach, which is often not found. He sings with his heart. It came as a surprise to me when I heard him.

Favorite Songs: 1. Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi from Kal Ho Na Ho (2003).

  1. Binte dil… from Padmavat (2018) and Roke na ruke naina… from Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017).
  2. Main hoon hero tera… (sad version) from Hero (2015).
Rahul Seth with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Rahul Seth

Rahul Seth: Rahul Seth is the composer of songs from Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) and Dhingtara dhingtara… from Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999).

Favorite Singer: 1. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 2. Shashaa Tirupati.

Voice Quality: In Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice, I like the earthy rawness of texture as well as the finesse and fluidity of rendition, especially in the higher notes.

Shashaa Tirupati’s voice tonality and singing are very versatile, be it hardcore western or Indian classical and is very sweet sounding to the ears.

Favorite Song: Apart from their many well-known songs, my personal favorites are these, especially more so because they are written and composed by me.

  1. Chadha De Rang… Yamla Pagla Deewana(2011).
  2. Don’t wanna be without you… for the Indo-Australian film – Dreamcatcher
Sandesh Shandilya
Sandesh Shandilya

Sandesh Shandilya: My favorite song composed by Sandesh Shandilya is Suraj hua madham… from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001). Initially, Sandeshji was diplomatic, saying, “I ask singers to sing for my songs according to their vocal range and situations in the movies. I have many favorites as such.” Then, he gave the following replies.

Favorite Singer: Mohammad Rafi.

Voice Quality: I cannot describe the quality of his voice in words. It is difficult to analyze the voice quality of Rafi Sahab. I cannot explain it technically. I feel good when I hear him. My soul feels good.

Favorite Songs: O duniya ke rakhwale… Baiju Bawra (1952), Tum jo mil gaye ho… Haste Zakham (1973), Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai… Loafer (1973).

Shantanu Moitra with Shreya Ghoshal
Shantanu Moitra with Shreya Ghoshal

Shantanu Moitra: Some of the most popular songs of Shantanu Moitra are from 3 Idiots (2009).

Favorite Singer: Shreya Ghoshal.

Voice Quality: I cannot pinpoint the specific quality in her voice. As a composer, I can say that a particular song fits her well.

Favorite Song: Naam Ada likhna… Yahan (2005).


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2 responses to “Some Music Composers and their Favorite Singers”

  1. Daboo Malick should not forget the legendary ALka Yagnik.. because of whom the song “Thoda sa Pyar” was superhit. Taking only Sonu Nigam’s name is not fair…

    Sandesh’s actually fav singer is Alka Yagnik.. She sang amazingly “Suraj Hua Madha” also Sandesh composed a wonder ful song “Aisi Hui hai Prem Ki varsha” on Raveen Tandon… which is sang by ALka Yagnik.. one of the remarkable song..

    Well if we could have ask, Anu Malick , Nadeem & Shravan, Jatin and Lalit, Anand and Milind.. all could have say “Alka Yagnik…

    • You seem to be a very big Alka Yagnik fan. 🙂 And you have misinterpreted the sentence. Suraj hua madham… is my favorite song. Sandeshji did not mention it during the interview. I love this song due to the great lyrics and soul-touching music. The music creates a flutter in my heart.

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