Topu

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Topu
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Background information
Native name রাশেদ উদ্দিন আহমেদ তপু
Birth name Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu
Born (1982-06-02) 2 June 1982 (age 36)
Bhola, Bangladesh
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels G-Series
Associated acts Yaatri, Fuad al Muqtadir, Anila Naz Chowdhury
Website facebook.com/TopuOfficial

Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu (born 2 June 1982)[1] popularly known as Topu is a Bangladeshi musician, singer-songwriter and composer.[2] He is the lead vocalist of 'Yaatri', a Bangladeshi band.[3] In 2004 Topu formed the band "Yaatri" and began his career with a compilation album Shopnochura released in 2004. He rose to fame with the release of the singles "Ek Paye Nupur".[4] Topu signed with G-Series and released the first band album "Daak" in 2006.[5] In 2008 he released his debut studio album Bondhu Bhabo Ki.

Life and career

1982–2004: Early life

Topu was born on 2 June 1982 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His father, Shamshuddin Ahmed served as a Lieutenant colonel of Bangladesh Army.[6][7] He has an elder sister. Being the son of an army officer, He moved a lot around the country. He spent his childhood in the midst of hills and trees at Comilla Cantonment.[8] Topu went to Ispahani Public School & College, Chittagong and Barisal Cadet College. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from North South University.

Topu's enthusiasm to music began at an early age. He discovered his love for music back in high school when he started to compose and sing on his guitar.[3] He was literally inspired to write from his surroundings. His aptitude to music grew more when his father gave an acoustic guitar as gift for his glorious result in SSC examination.[9] He started his musical life in college, composing and writing lyrics and gave his first stage performance at Barisal Cadet College.

2005–07: Career beginnings

While studying in North South University in 2003, Topu became a member of North South University Shangskritik Shangothon (NSUSS), one of the biggest clubs promoting culture and music in the university. In 2004, Topu and Emran met at the NSUSS, started jamming together and formed the band "Yaatri". The first line up of their band was Bipu (guitars), Mitu (bass), Emran (keys) and Topu (vocals). It was then when Tony, drummer of Black collaborated with them for their first single "Ek Paye Nupur" which was released in the compilation album Shopnochura at the end of 2004.

Yaatri was not officially formed until 2005 when Tony asked for another song in his sequel album Shopnochura II. After that they composed another single titled "Ekta Gopon Kotha" which was one of the highlights of that album, and this fame and recognition brought Khaled, owner of G-Series to offer them a record deal in November 2005. For the next eight months, both Topu and Emran worked with Buno in his studio Dhun, who mixed and mastered the album. Collaborating with other guitarists, bassists and drummers, Yaatri finished their debut album Daak in October 2006 which consists of 10 compositions. It was released on 19 October on the occasion of Eid-ul-fitr. The album featuring songs Ei Ki Beshi Na, Bhalobasha Shunechi Ja, Ojana Mone, Ke Daake, Miththey Prem was a hit.

2008–12: Bondhu Bhabo Ki? and She Ke?

2013–present: Aar Tomake, Dekha Hobe Boley

Personal life

Topu has three siblings and he is the youngest of them. He got married to Naziba Selim on 24 August 2012 in Dhaka.[10] The post-wedding reception was held on 20 June 2013 at a city restaurant in Dhaka.[11][12]

Discography

Band albums
  • 2006: Daak
Solo Studio albums
  • 2008: Bondhu Bhabo Ki?
  • 2010: She Ke?
  • 2013: Aar Tomake
  • 2015: Dekha Hobe Boley[13]
Compilation album
  • 2004: Shopnochura[14] – (track – Ek paye Nupur)
  • 2005: Shopnochura II[15] – (track – Ekta Gopon Kotha)
  • 2006: Underground[16] – (track – Jonmechi Tai)
  • 2007: Underground 2[17] – (track – Chetona)
  • 2007: Shopnochura III[18] – (track – Jonmechi Tai)
  • 2008: Bondhuta[19] – (track – Manush Matro Bhul)
  • 2008: The Hit Album[20] – (track – Mon Bhalo Nei)
  • 2008: Rock 101 – (track – Bodle Jai)
  • 2009: Rock 202 – (track – Keu Na Keui)
  • 2010: The Hit Album III – (track – Ei Shono)
  • 2012: Studio 58 & Singers – (track -Songopone)
  • 2012: Oporajita[21] – (track -Bhubondangar Hashi)
  • 2012: Letters From Siliguri 2 – (track -Toke Vabi Ami aka Dekhechi Toke)
  • 2012: Hatiar – (track -Na)
  • 2013: Nimontron – (track -Nimontron)
  • 2013: The Hit Album IV – (track – Joldighi)
  • 2014: Shopnochura IV[22] – (track -Ora Bodle Geche )
  • 2014: Keya Patar Nouko – (track -Bhalo Achi, Keya Pata )
Film Soundtrack Album

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Third Person Singular Number Himself Film debut

Music videos

Title Other performer(s) Director(s) Album
Nupur 2 Anila Naz Chowdhury Nazim & Taposh Bondhu Bhabo Ki
Meye Farmhouse Bondhu Bhabo Ki
Ekta Gopon Kotha Shamimul Hoque Swapnochura II
Jonmodin Nazmus Shadat Nazim She ke?
She Ke Nazmus Shadat Nazim She Ke?
Tumi Chole Jao Nazmus Shadat Nazim She ke?
Bhalobashi Nazmus Shadat Nazim She ke?
Ami Ke Anila Naz Chowdhury Nazmus Shadat Nazim She ke?
Mon Valo Nei Mamunur Rashid Khan The Hit Album
Mitthe Prem Rommo Khan Daak
Ei Shono Iqbal Ahmed (ColdFire Productions UK) The Hit Album 3
Bhuban Dangar Hashi Nancy Tawhidur Rahman Rubel Oporajita
Nimontron Nancy Rommo Khan Nimontron
Ar Tomake Rommo Khan Ar Tomake
Evabe Na Single Light Production Ar Tomake

Other works

Book
  • 2010: Ekti Gopon Kotha

Topu made his debut as a writer with the book "Ekti Gopon Kotha" which was published in 2010 under Ajob Productions at the Ekushey Book Fair. The book contains lyrics of 36 of his songs. They are mostly romantic songs and all the lyrics are written by him.[23]

As host
  • 2010: Monbondhur Moner Deshe – (TV Program; aired on 15 September 2010)[24]
  • 2010: Monbondhur Moner Deshe – (TV Program; aired in November 2010)
  • 2012: Amar Guitar Amar Gaan – (TV Program; aired on 11 March 2012)[25]

Awards and nominations

Meril Prothom Alo Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010[26] Third Person Singular Number Best Film Actor (Critics Choice ) Won

See also

References

  1. ^ "Topu official facebook page". Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  2. ^ "Topu's forth project". Dhaka Tribune. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  3. ^ a b "Topu talks about his songs, Yaatri and going solo". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  4. ^ তপুর দেখা হবে বলে. Daily Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 4 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  5. ^ "Daak: A Soothing Creation". Daily Star. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  6. ^ "Topu – Famous Singer of Bangladesh and The Vocal of Yaatri". bikkhato.com/. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  7. ^ "সামসুদ্দিন আহমেদ" – প্রিয়.কম (in Bengali). priyo.com. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  8. ^ "Topu talks about his childhood". bdnewslive.com. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  9. ^ যাত্রীর লিড ভোকালিস্ট তপু. BBC (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  10. ^ "Topu ties the knot". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  11. ^ আজ তপু নাজিবার বিবাহোত্তর সংবর্ধনা. Daily Amar Desh (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  12. ^ সঙ্গীত তারকা তপুর বিবাহোত্তর সংবর্ধনা. Daily Amar Desh (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  13. ^ "Topu back with 'Dekha Hobe Bole'". Daily Prothom Alo. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  14. ^ আবার'স্বপ্নচূড়া' – স্বপ্নচূড়ার প্রথম অ্যালবামটি প্রকাশিত হয় ২০০৪ সালে।. Bdnews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  15. ^ ৯ বছর পর তপু- ২০০৫ সালে 'স্বপ্নচূড়া-২' অ্যালবামে 'গোপন কথা' শীর্ষক গানটি গান তিনি।. Daily Jaijaidin (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  16. ^ "Underground [Band Mixed Album]". Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  17. ^ "Underground 2 [Band Mixed Album]". Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  18. ^ স্বপ্নচূড়া-৩ প্রকাশের দীর্ঘ ৭ বছর পর স্বপ্নচূড়া-৪. banglanews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  19. ^ ব্যান্ড ও সলো শিল্পীদের "বন্ধুতা" (in Bengali). projanmo.com. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  20. ^ ঈদে জি সিরিজের যত অ্যালবাম. banglanews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  21. ^ প্রিন্স মাহমুদের 'অপরাজিতা'. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  22. ^ প্রকাশ হলো স্বপ্নচূড়া-৪. banglanews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  23. ^ "Boi Mela new arrival – Musician Topu's 'secret' is out". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  24. ^ উপস্থাপনায় তপু. bangladesh-pratidin.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  25. ^ আমি উপস্থাপনা করছি. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  26. ^ "Meril Prothom Alo Awards". The Daily Star. 11 April 2010.

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