Birth: 10-06-1973, Mumbai
Roopkumar Rathod is an Indian playback singer and music director.
Roopkumar is the son of the late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod. He is famous throughout Bollywood as an excellent playback singer, music director having also performed extensively with Anup Jalota as a percussionist. Roopkumar has two brothers, music composer Shravan Rathod and singer Vinod Rathod. He is married to Sunali Rathod.
The fourth son to the Dhrupad Maestro, Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod, Roopkumar, was initiated into the world of music in his early years itself. His journey began as a tabla player and he went on to become one of the most sought after tablists by almost all the ghazal singers in the 80’s. His tryst with playback singing began in the year 1989 with the song, Main Tera Aashiq Hoon, composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal for the movie Gumraah.
The song Sandese Aate Hain, from the movie Border, became one of the major breakthroughs of Roopkumar's career. It soared to an unprecedented level of popularity, becoming an anthem of sorts for the nation. Riding on this wave of popularity and tirelessly pursuing his passion for music, Roopkumar lent his voice to a number of songs in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese and Bhojpuri films. Apart from playback singing for films, Roopkumar's other thrust of interest is live concerts. With his equally gifted wife Sunali Rathod, he travels all over the world and performs at a number of concerts. Together, they have enchanted audiences across countries like USA, UK, Dubai, East Africa, Singapore, etc. They are proficient in various genres of music spanning ghazal, sufi, light classical and film songs.
In August 2005 the popular sitcom, Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai, featured Roopkumar and Sunali Rathod in one of their episodes that showcased a friendly musical contest. Roop Kumar, along with wife Sunali, added another feather to his cap by together winning the coveted title of 'Ustaad Jodi' on Mission Ustaad, a much acclaimed musical television reality show aired in February 2008, that aimed to create awareness about social causes.
Apart from music, Roopkumar also believes in doing his bit towards society. He is a philanthropist at heart and regularly performs for NGOs and charities.