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In India, one performer dominates the rap scene: the Lucknow-born Baba Sehgal. Baba Sehgal's rap is far removed from the sting and grit of Public Enemy, Ice-T, or, to take an example of rap transplanted into another language, French wit MC Solaar. Sehgal's safe, inoffensive pop/rap employs a cutesy-pie image with cheeky Hindi lyrics about hobnobbing with Madonna on the telephone. Interjections of a Hinglish nature (a relative of Japlish, the seemingly dyslexic or random plucking of English words in adverts or on bomber jackets or baseball caps in Japan), like "Five star hotel," "James Bond," "Madonna is a very good friend of mine," abound. Superstardom is his self-professed goal. Despite the transparency of his aims, his is a rare instance of non-filmi success in India.
Baba Sehgal is an Indian rapper, film composer, actor and playback singer, known for his works in Indipop, Telugu cinema, Bollywood and Tamil cinema. Brought up in Lucknow, he began his career in mid-1990s. He is credited as the first Indian rapper to jump on the Indipop bandwagon, and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India. Since then he has dominated the Indian rap scene with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice), 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/music/news/Baba-Sehgals-extra-marital-woes/articleshow/15471885.cms Dutt, Tushar (13 July 2007). "Baba's back with a bang". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "A sip of Indi-pop". The Indian Express. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Abbas, M. Ackbar; John Nguyet Erni; Wimal Dissanayake (2005). Internationalizing Cultural Studies (link to Google snippet). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-23623-8. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Hunt, Ken (2003). Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush (eds.), ed. All Music Guide to Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-87930-759-2. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Garber, Marjorie; Paul B. Franklin; Rebecca L. Walkowitz (1996). Field Work. Routledge. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-415-91454-3. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
Baba Sehgal is an electrical engineer from G.B.Pant University of agriculture & technology, Pantnagar, Nainital. Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1990) followed by Alibaba (1991), Thanda Thanda Pani (1992), Main Bhi Madonna (1993), Double Gadbad (1999) and many more albums. He almost always writes, composes and sings the songs in his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995) which had a popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..". He has the distinction of having the first Indian music video ever to be shown on MTV Asia (which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time). He was also the television host of the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime. He has also worked as a stage performer and a model.
He was in New York from 2001 to 2005 and when he came home to Mumbai, he released his album 'Welcome to Mumbai', which was his 22nd and latest music album.
He also directed the music for the Bollywood film Bhoot Uncle (2006). He is also anchoring the TV show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom. In 2009 he was one of the performers on the NDTV Imagine show Dhoom Macha De. He is featured on the Imagine Showbiz series Baba's Cross Connection.
Baba Sehgal sung many songs for Tollywood. Some of the instant hits include Rikshavodu, Jalsa, Aarya 2, Adhurs, and Don Seenu, Gabbar Singh. He was mostly hired by music director Devi Sri Prasad. It was under Devi Sri Prasad's composition that Sehgal sung the Tamil songs "Jalsa Jalsa" from Villu, "Kadhal Vandhale" from Singam, "Osthe Mama" from Osthe. He has also sung the Tamil song "sokku Podi" from Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal' and Kannada song "Chanagidyalle" for the movie "Lucky", "Nee oodi bandaga" for film Shiva. He recently sang the Gabbar Singh title song from the movie Gabbar Singh. It became one of his most popular songs.
He admits that he likes pawan kalyan and composed a song on " PAWANISM " which is chanted by all Pawan Kalyan Fans. The song "Pawa Pawa Pawan Kalyan" was released by Aditya Music on Pawan Kalyan's birthday (2 September 2012) and is expected to be whistled by Baba Sehgal in the audio release of Pawan Kalyan's new film "Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu".
In 1998, Sehgal made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Miss 420 alongside Sheeba. He also did playback singing for the film's soundtrack which was released in 1994, four years before the film's delayed theatrical release. In 1999 he acted in the film Double Gadbad playing a double role. He also composed and sang all the songs for the film's soundtrack. In 2005 he appeared in the Punjabi film Nalaik. In 2009, he played a role in the SAB TV television comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. Sehgal also making his Telugu film debut in a Heroine centric magnum opus movie Rudhramadevi, Anushka Shetty in the lead. It will be directed by National award winner Gunasekhar. Baba Sehgal has been signed to play a major negative role in an another telugu film titled OVERDOSE.Nair, Vinod (14 June 2003). "Arre Baba, he's back!". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Cultures of the Commonwealth. Université de Cergy-Pontoise. 1998. p. 11. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Robertson, Roland; Kathleen E. White (2003). Globalization. Taylor & Francis. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-415-30222-7. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Dance Party". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Sharma, Amitabh (26 December 1994). "India's Turning 'Asian Kool' Into Very Hot Sounds Pop music: Record chiefs bet the next global hits will be rap monologues tinged with a Punjabi folk genre known as bhangra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Baba Sehgal is back". The Hindu. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Straight Answers". The Times of India. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Baba Sehgal comes back in a new player movement". The Hindu. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2008. "Welcome To Mumbai – Baba Saigal". IndiaGlitz. 8 January 2007. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Deladia, Priyanka (15 April 2006). "Straight Answers". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. Mulchandani, Amrita (19 May 2008). "'Baba and I are like husband and wife'". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2008. http://zoot.mtsindia.in/artist-Baba%20Sehgal-biography-835