KD Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das started his life in Indian Cinema at a young age in Calcutta West Bengal India as a Music Composer and Song Writer for Bengali film, TV Serials, and Drama's beginning in the 1970’s to 1990's. An Award winning Music Composer and Film maker, early in his life he was awarded, "The youngest Music and Film Director in Bengal" at that time. Babukishan recieved many awards for his Music Compositions in Bengal under the name Krishnendu Das even before he arrived in the Bombay. His name in Bombay Cineama became known as Babukishan. In 1981 he started to travel back and forth from Calcutta to Bombay until in 1989 he moved to Bombay permanently.
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 a 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 and 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 super talented Bengali singers 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, Abhijit, 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 Babukishan, 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 Kanpur, State of 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 Music 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 Companies in India.
Babukishan is an author of 3 books in Bengali and English, the last book was sponsored with the help of George Harrison his personal friend and Ravi Shankar a long time family friend from Bengal. Babukishan is a prolific poet and has been travellng worldwide for 40 years as a Indian 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.
Career History – Senior Management – Music & Film Industry India 1978 – 1990 HMV- Composer, Writer of Music for famous India singers. 1986 -1993 Venus/Tips/Music India, Music Producer, and Composer 1986-1993 CBS - Music Producer, Creative Director India, promoter, of artist such as Cindy Lauper, Micheal Jackson, New Kids on the Block, Pink Floyd, Gypsy Kings and others. 1991 -2004 Digital Music Studio – Owned, and Operated by Babukishan – Composer, Music Production for Film. 1994-1996 Time Audio Video – ABCL Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd - Quality Assurance Manager Film & Music Production/Marketing, and Event Management. Film, and Music Promotion. 1997-2004 Universal Music Label - Music Producer, Music Composer, Consultant 1996-1999 PEN Audio Video Film - Music Producer, Promoter, Consultant 1996-2001 T-series- Music Producer - Composer
Produced & Promoted Music & Film Software for all top Indian Channels including Zee / B4U / ATN /etc... including Doordarshan ( Indian National Tv) / JainTv / Sanskar / Astha
Selected Honorable Mentions 2007 - Lifetime achievement Award for dedication to Indian Cinema, Bollywood Buddy, Mumbai 1988 - Adaptation of Award winning novelist Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s ‘Charitroheen’ Best Soap Opera, Best Music Composer, awarded to Babukishan Glaxo Award, Mumbai 1981 - Most promising Music Composer and Movie Design of the Year, Calcutta Entertainment Industry, Bombay Entertainment Industry. 1980 - Best Music Composer, Indian Cinema, Bombay 2012- Nehru Humanitarian Award for 2012 in conjunction with University of British Columbia and The Goel Foundation, Canada
Memberships Life Member of Indian Cine Music Directors Association Life Member of Indian Preforming Rights Society Member of Western India Film Producers Association Member of Bollywood Film Producers and Directors Association
Selected Discography and Filmography Folk music by various singers (HMV, 1981) Rokto Sapoth, Bengali 1979 Folk songs (Gathani, 1982) Amardeep, Bengali, Bengali 1979 Arohan (HMV, 1983) Maarg, Bengali 1980 Baul Music by Purna das Baul (HMV, 1983) Arohan, Hindi, Dir: Shyam Benegal 1980 Folk Music from Bengal (Polygram Music India, 1984) Sudhu Tomake, Bengali, 1980 Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (HMV, 1984) Pyar Bhara khat, Hindi,1989 Spiritual songs of India (Chandra Dhara, Germany, 1984) “30days” Hindi Thriller Movie, 2000 Bauls of Bengal (New York Music, 1985) Chote Nawab Bade Nawab, Hindi,1999 Soul of Bengal(Unique Records, USA, 1985) Schoolgirl, Hindi, 2001 Baul Fusion by the Band/Babukishan (Shymphony,1985) Akhri pratigya, Hindi, Mithun Chakrabortydirected by T.L.V Prasad, 1998 The Bengali Bauls (Maple Music, Canada, 1986 Guru ho ja shuru, Mithun Chakraborty,1995 Modern Songs by Various Singers (Venus, 1987) Mrityu...The Truth, Hindi, T-series 2002 Bauls from Royal Albert Hall (Megaphone, 1987) Gumnaam, Hindi Thriller Movie 2001 Monalisa (CBS, 1988) Aasakti, Hindi, Jackie Shroff 1998 O Go Priyotama (Tips, 1988) Adorini,Bengali 2003 Baul Songs of Bengal (Tips, 1988) Thakur, Hindi, Dharmendra,2002 Amardeep (Weston, 1989) Reflection (Track music, 1990) Pyar Bhara Khat (Oriental, 1992) Qawwalies by Eminent Singers of India (Gramophone Record company,1993) Mr. Panchanan (CBS, 1993) Tribute to Hemant Kumar (CBS, 1993) Festivals of India (1994) O Hasina (Ultra Music, 1996 Dhak Dhak Karne Laga (Ultra, 1996) Tales of River 'Ganga'/new age music(Prism Audio, 1996) Kali Bhajans (Sangeet cassettes, 1997) Tera Ghungta (Pen Audio, 1997) Zara Hat Ke (Pen Audio, 1998) Sharab Aur Shabab (Padmini Music, 1998) Folk music of India by Sapna Awasti (T-series, 1999) Keshariyo Rang (Tarana, 1999) School girl (Star Music, 2000) Romantic Moods (Virgin Music) Priyo Kolkata (Kathaindia, 2001) Jap le sai naam (Universal Music India, 2001) Paimaana (Star Music, 2001) Soul Mate (Universal Music India, 2001) Tumhare Liye (Star Music, 2002) Mirror of the Sky (Star Music, 2002) One & Only (Star Music, 2002) Jai Santoshi Maa by various singers (Lucky Star Music, 2002) Mrityu The Truth (T-series, 2002) Adorini (Saregama/HMV, 2002)
Selected Promotion Designer & Music Promotions 80’s/90’s A&R for Music, Video, Film Rights More than 500 Super Hit Albums & Films... Arohan - Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Victor Banerjee Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya - Anil Kapoor, Sharon Prabhakar Salaam Bombay - Nana Patekar Khuda Gawah - Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Danny Andaz Apna Apna - Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon Indrajit - Amitabh Bachchan, Neelam Awaj De Kahan Hain - after long time gap Naushad Ali’s Composed Music Patthar ke Phool - Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon Khatarnak - Sanjay Dutt Madam X- Rekha, Jaya Mathur, Shakti Kapoor, Mohsin Khan Zahreelay- Sanjau Dutt Jai Kali- Hema Malini Tejaa - Sanjay Dutt Geet- Divya Bharti, Kamal Sadanah Fateh - Sanjay Dutt Balwaan- Sunil Shetty, Divya Bharti Benaam Badshah - Anil Kapoor Aparadhi - Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Rangeela - It was Popular Music Director A.R.Rahman's First Introductions in Bollywood Cinema, Casting-Amir Khan, Jackie Shroff, Urmila Gambler - Govinda, Shilpa Shetty, Aditya Pancholi 100days - Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Raveena Tandon Shreeman Aashiq - Rishi Kapoor, Urmila, Anupam Kher Baaz - Govinda Coolie#1 - Govinda, Karishma Kapoor Hero#1 - Govinda Sandwich - Govinda, sushmita Sen, Raveena Tandon Gharwali Baharwali, Anil Kapoor Elaan E Jung - Dharmendra Awaargi- Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Seshasdri Hukumat - Dharmendra Awaal Number- Amir Khan, Devanand Sanam Bewafa - Salman Khan Aatank Hi Aatank- Amir Khan Raakh- Amir Khan Tum Mere Ho- Tahir Hussain's Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Ajit Vachani CID- Juhi Chawla Saajan - Madhuri Dikshit, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt I Love You - Karishma Kapoor Ek Ladka Ek Ladki - Salman Khan, Neelam Dil Tera Ashiq - Salman Khan Isi Ka Naam Zindgi, Amir Khan, Pran Karan Arjun - Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amrish Puri, Jack Gaud, Rakhi Gulzar, Mamta Kulkai, Kajal Deewana - Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti Jallad - Mithun Chakraborty Khabhi ha Khabhi na - Sharukh Khan, Ashutosh Gawrikar Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla Panah - Shidarth, Pallavi Lahu Luhan- Kimi Katkar Jhooth Bole Kawa Kate - Anil Kapoor Junoon- Popular TV Series Music Auzaar - Salman Khan Gunah ka Devta - Paap Ki Kamaee - Mithun Chakraborty VijayPath- Tabu, Ajay Davgan, Gulshan Grover, Reema Lagoo, Danny Saugandh - Akshay Kumar, Yaalgar- Sanjay Dutt, Manisha, Nagma Aatish- Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon Gumrah- Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi Phool aur Kaante- Ajay Devgan, Madhu, Amrish Puri Indian's First time Fitness audio/video project with Actress Rekha on CBS First Time 'Srimad Bhagva Gita' through AudioVisual Promoted & Marketed Indian Classiacl Music through CBS Music Label,from Ravi Shankar to Zakir Hussain Many More....
Selected Films Produced - Project Designer - Music Composer - Music Director Jaagoron by Lata Mangeshkar Introduced OSHO's Music to the World Now & Then by Hari Prasad Chaurasia Nursery Rhymes & Kiddyland by Top singers from Various like Alisha Chinoy,Sharon Prabhakar,Remo Shakti by Shankar,Zakir Hussain School Girl - Shakti Kapoor, Laxmikant Berde Andheri Rathon Mein - Moon Moon Sen Akhri Pratigya, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Suni Shetty, Hemant Birje, Rambha 30Days - Milind Gunaji, Aloknath, Sweta Menon Chhote Nawab Bade Nawab - Shakti Kapoor, Shiva, Mohan Joshi TV Series 'Aurat' Tale of Indian Women, Story by Suraj Sanim TV Series for Children 'Five Stars' Story Suraj Sanim TV Series 'Time Machine' Thriller,Story by Suraj Sanim Miya Anari Biwi Khilari - Yunus Parvez, Chhotu, Birbal, Yogini Mrityu The Truth- Mustaq Khan, Hemant Pandey, Aroon Bakshi, Liliput Adorini - Prasenjit, Biswajit Canadian Dream - Documentary on New Immigrants life in Canada Monalisa by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vijay Benedict Toom Toom Tara Rara " Life is Cool" by K D Babukishan (Canada's first Mega Mystical Multicultural Musical TV Series)
Education 1981 - Bachelor of Arts, Major Indian Philosophy, Kolkata University, India 1984 - Master of Arts, Indian Music, Kolkata University, India Fluent in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English and many other Indian Languages which he has written in and composed music for.
Babukishan Bollywood Entertainment Productions International
Babukishan Bollywood Entertainment Productions International
Babukishan with Famous Painting of M.F.Hussain at Taj International Hotel,just 2days before Mumbai Attack 2008.