|Birth name||Sandeep Thakur|
|Born||26 July 1978|
Sandeep Thakur (born 26 July 1978) is an Indian violinist from a western classical circuit. He has worked in movies like Mohabbatein, Chak De India, Aashiqui 2 and Dangal.
Early life & career
Sandeep has worked with A R Rahman, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mithoon, Salim-Suleiman, Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, DJ Chetas and Amaal Malik to name a few. He has performed at venues like The Royal Albert Hall, London with Nitin Sawhney and The Esplanade, Singapore for R D Burman instrumentals. Sandeep was one of the musicians playing for the "Raga Symphony", which presented compositions in the form of a symphony by Shaarangdev. He also played for the Bombay Dub Orchestra which released "3 Cities", a part of the Six Degrees Travel Series, bringing people traditional and contemporary musical excursions from around the world. Sandeep was as musician in the Jagjit Singh Ghazal Symphony and a founder musician with Late Jagjit Singh for four concerts. Sandeep's Bollywood rock band named Jashan was adjudged as the runner-up for the reality show Idea Rocks India 2009 which aired on Colors Channel.
Sandeep has also been a part of the Dandiya Queen Falguni Pathak’s Ta Thaiya. Also he has done videos in collaboration with Sanam, Studio Unplugged, Being Indian, The Kroonerz Project and Aakash Gandhi’s 88 Keys to Euphoria. Sandeep was also one of the artists who performed at Zee The Great Mela 2016 in Dubai. In 2017 Sandeep performed with DJ Kshmr at the Sunburn Festival Pune. Sandeep was part of the 40 member grand symphony of strings, piano and a choir section that performed along with Shreya Ghoshal's core band in the Netherlands and UK tour in 2018. He has even joined hands with Bassist Suraaj Parab and EDM producer Devansh Bhatia aka DAWgeek to play a new-age genre that blends orchestral and electronic tunes.
Sandeep featured in Dance plus season 4 as a solo guest artist with the group GANG 13 performing with a live act. Being part of the Cine Musicians Orchestra (Mumbai Strings), he has also featured in the Indian Idol Season 11, a reality show in Indian television and Superstar Singer, another singing reality show both aired on Sony TV.
- Ishq (1997)
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
- Mann (1999)
- Mohabbatein (2000)
- Iqbal (2005)
- Kaal (2005)
- Little Box of Sweets (2006)]
- Chak De! India (2007)
- Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman (2007)
- Om Shanti Om (2007)
- Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
- 3 Idiots (2009)
- Thank You for Now (2009)
- Wake Up Sid (2009)
- Agent Vinod (2012)
- Barfi (2012)
- Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
- Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
- Student of the Year (2012)
- Aashiqui 2 (2013)
- Dangal (2016)
- Sultan (2016)
- Tiger Zinda hai (2017)
- Dhadak (2018)
- De De Pyaar De (2019)
- Saand Ki Aankh (2019)
Discography, Violin Covers and Collaborations
In August 2014, he started recording and publishing violin covers of Bollywood and English pop hits on YouTube, under the name Sandeep Thakur Violinist. His covers include:
|3 Oct 2019||Lili Lembdi Mix 2019||This is another original composition by Sandeep blended with the Gujrati folk song called ‘Lili Lembdi re.’
Sandeep has also written and sung the RAP here.
|29 Aug 2019||Aum Ekdantaye||An original composition by Sandeep who has penned the lyrics, composed the music, sung and played
the violin. This is a devotional song on Lord Ganesha.
|8 Sep 2016||The Radiance Of Ganesha||Sandeep made his debut as a singer, composer and producer through this album.|
|22 Jul 2018||Dhadak||This is a title song cover from the movie Dhadak in which Sandeep Thakur debuted as a singer. Sandeep was also originally
a part of this song in the film for the strings section with composers AJAY –ATUL.
|21 Nov 2019||Filhall||A violin cover of the song Filhall, sung by B Praak and composed by Jaani. Sandeep has performed
in the original song as well.
|26 Aug 2019||Senorita||A violin cover of the song Senorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.|
|27 Jul 2019||Indian Folk Mashup||A mashup of folk songs in an instrumental mix of violin, saxophone, and flute.
The mashup is of four folk songs, "Ghoomar" from the movie Padmaavat, "Maaeri" from the Euphoria (Indian Band),
"Jag Ghoomeya" from the movie Sultan (2016), and "Yaara Sili Sili" from the movie Lekin.
|15 May 2019||Kalank Title||A title song from the movie Kalank, the music originally composed by Pritam and sung by Arijit Singh.|
|2 May 2019||Lamberghini||A violin cover of the song "Lamberghini" by The Doorbeen band.|
|5 Apr 2019||Ek Pyaar ka Nagma||A violin cover of the song "Ek Pyaar ka Nagma" from the movie Shor (film) of the yesteryears.|
|3 Oct 2018||Chogada Tara REPRISE||A downtempo version of the Garba song from the film LOVEYATRI.|
|3 Sep 2018||Tera Ghata||A violin cover of the song "Tera Ghata" from the album "From Lost to Found" sung by Gajendra Verma.|
|15 Aug 2018||Suit / Bom Diggy Diggy||A Moombahton mashup of the songs "Suit" by Guru Randhawa and Arjun and "Bom Diggy Diggy"
from the movie Sonu ke Titu ki sweety with lyrics by Zack Knight and Kumaar.
|29 Jul 2018||Dhadak||A violin cover from the movie Dhadak in which Sandeep was also originally a part of the strings section.|
|10 Apr 2018||Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga - Humnava||A violin cover of two romantic tracks from the movies Half girlfriend and Hamari Adhuri Kahani
both films by Mohit Suri with music by Mithoon.
|24 Jan 2018||Dil Diyan Gallan||A violin cover from the Bollywood movie Tiger Zinda Hain originally sung by Atif Aslam and music by Vishal Shekar.|
|25 Jul 2017||GAME OF THRONES - Epic Theme||Violin cover from the Game of Thrones main title music (written by Ramin Djawadi).|
|5 Jul 2017||Despacito | Cheap Thrills | The Ketchup Song |||A mashup of Despacito, Cheap Thrills and The Ketchup Song (Aserejé).|
|28 Mar 2017||Shape Of You||A violin cover of the song by Ed Sheeran.|
|15 Feb 2017||Rise In Love||A potpourri of the romantic songs from Bollywood and English pop hits.|
|27 Oct 2016||Wakhra Swag||A violin cover, joined by singer Navv Inder and music by BADSHAH.|
|15 Oct 2016||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||A deep mix violin cover of the title song of the movie "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", music by Pritam.|
|14 Aug 2016||INDI - Pendence Theme||A combination of patriotic songs joined by violinists Mr. Suraj Singh Thakur, Yutika Banerjee
and Saxophone by Ajay Shrivastav.
|10 Mar 2016||Bolna||A song from the movie "Kapoor & Sons", music by Tanishk Bagchi.|
|22 Feb 2016||Yeh Fitoor Mera / Nothing Else Matters||A mashup of "Nothing Else Matters" by American heavy metal band Metallica and "Yeh Fitoor Mera"
from the movie Fitoor, music by Amit Trivedi.
|8 Jan 2016||Janam Janam / Don't You Worry Child||This is a Deep House genre mashup of "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish electronic music
group Swedish House Mafia and "Janam Janam" from the movie Dilwale, music by Pritam.
|9 Oct 2015||Main Hoon Hero Tera / This Is What It Feels Like||A mashup of songs "This Is What It Feels Like", a song by Dutch DJ and producer Armin van Buuren
and "Main Hoon Hero Tera", from the movie Hero music composed by Amaal Mallik.
|11 Sep 2015||Lean On / Bezubaan Phir Se||Mashup of songs "Lean On", by American electronic music group Major Lazer and
French producer DJ Snake and "Bezubaan Phir Se" from the movie "Any Body Can Dance 2",
music by Sachin Jigar.
|8 May 2015||Maa||A song from the movie "Taare Zameen Par", music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.|
|17 Feb 2015||Galiyaan||This song from the movie Ek Villain, music by Ankit Tiwari. The singer in this cover is Avanie Joshi.|
|22 Jan 2015||Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin||A song from the movie "Agneepath" with music by Ajay - Atul.|
|4 Nov 2014||Mitti Di Khushboo||Violin cover of the song "Mitti di Khushboo" sung by Ayushmann Khurrana with music direction by Rochak Kohli.|
|18 Aug 2014||Banjaara - Baarish||Mashup of songs Banjaara and Baarish from movies "Ek Villain" and "Yaariyan" composed by Mithoon.|
|15 Aug 2019||Believe||Suraaj (BasSuraaj)||An original composition in collaboration with Suraaj.|
|13 Aug 2019||Bekhayali Violin Mix||KNEON||A violin remix of the song Bekhayali from the movie Kabir Singh in collaboration with
|21 Dec 2018||Bol Do Na Zara||T-Series||The violin version of this song from the movie Azhar. The music was composed originally
by Amaal Mallik and sung by Armaan Mallik.
|20 Dec 2018||Kaun Tujhe||T-Series||This is an instrumental version of the song Kaun tujhe yun pyaar karega from
the movie M.S.Dhoni. The song originally composed by Amaal Mallik was sung by Palak Mucchal.
|18 Dec 2018||Sanam Re||T-Series||An instrumental version of the title song from the movie Sanam re featuring Sandeep Thakur.
The music was originally composed by Mithoon and sung by Arijit Singh.
|25 Aug 2018||One who will be beautiful
|Suraaj (BasSuraaj)||An original composition in collaboration with Suraaj.|
|11 May 2018||O Meri Maa||Ambili Menon||A Mother's Day rendition - music, lyrics and vocals by Ambili Menon.|
|15 Apr 2018||Tumse Milke Aisa Laga||Devotees Insanos Records||Deepshikha Raina lends voice to the song from the Bollywood movie Parinda with music by RD Burman.|
|26 Sep 2017||Suraj Hua Maddham||thekroonerzproject||Sandeep has played the violin for this song from the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.|
|23 Sep 2017||A Walk in The Rain
|Suraaj (BasSuraaj)||An original composition in collaboration with Suraaj.|
|30 Jul 2017||Tribute to Mohammed Rafi||thekroonerzproject||Tribute album of Mohammed Rafi by Abhay Jodhpurkar joined by Sandeep on the violin.|
|5 May 2017||Aa Bhi Jaa
(Bollywood Retro Lounge)
|Being Indian||'Aa Bhi Jaa' from Bollywood Retro Lounge, sung by Anwesshaa joined by
Sandeep Thakur on violin.
|29 Apr 2017||Hotel California /
Tune Mujhe Pehchana
|Anirudh Bhola||A mashup of two songs, from Hollywood and Bollywood sung by Anirudh Bhola
featuring Sandeep Thakur on Violin.
|11 Dec 2016||Teri Deewani||Sanam||This is Sanam Band's rendition of Kailash Kher's "Teri Deewani" from the Kailasa album. Sanam Puri has sung and
played the guitars, Venky S on bass Keshav Dhanraj and drums and Sandeep Thakur on violin.
|24 Oct 2016||Humein Aur Jeene Ki||thekroonerzproject||Manoj Verma and Bhoomi Trivedi sing for Agar Tum Na Hote. Rohit Dubey is on the bass, Sahiljeet Singh on the guitar
and Sandeep Thakur plays the violin.
|17 Mar 2016||Bolna||Being Indian||A cover rendition of the song from the movie Kapoor & Sons, Susmita Dey delivers the song
with Sandeep Thakur on the violin and viola.
|5 Mar 2016||Roz Roz Aankhon
|Being Indian||A yesteryear song recreated in the vocals of Sandeep Kulkarni and Roopali Deshmukh Mehendale.
Sandeep Thakur had played the violin with Suraaj Parab on bass and Gaurang Desai on drums.
|19 Jan 2016||Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare||Shweta Subram||An old song in the voice of Shweta Subram with Glenn Fernandes on the guitar, Jerson Anthony on bass guitar
and Sandeep Thakur on violin.
|12 Jan 2016||Pareshaan Violin Mix||Yash Raj Films (YRF)||This violin mix of the song is from the movie Ishaqzaade. Sandeep is joined here by singer
|7 Jan 2016||Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai
|Being Indian||A song from the movie "Rocky" in the voice of Sandeep Kulkarni and Savaniee Ravindrra.
Violin and strings arrangement by Sandeep Thakur.
|19 Nov 2015||Hello - Adele
|88KeysToEuphoria||This is Aakash Gandhi's acoustic interpretation of the song, with vocals by Shashaa Tirupati
and Aditya Rao, and violin/viola played by Sandeep Thakur.
|26 Jul 2015||Yanni - Rainmaker Cover||BasSuraaj||This is a cover version of Rainmaker originally by Yanni. Bass guitar and editing by
Suraaj Parab, vocals by Sandeep Kulkarni and Wrisha Dutta, Sandeep Thakur on violin and viola.
|6 May 2015||Judaai||Being Indian||A song from the movie Badlapur, music directed by Vishal - Shekhar. The song here is sung by
Akasa Singh and music re-produced by Jai-Parthiv. Sandeep Thakur is on the violin and viola.
|1 May 2015||Jeena Jeena - Badlapur
|88KeysToEuphoria||A re-creation of the song "Jeena Jeena" from the film Badlapur, Aakash Gandhi also on the piano,
with vocalist Shweta Subram, Sahil Khan on the flute, the cajon performed by Rupak Dhamankar.
Sandeep Thakur (violin) and Aakash Gandhi have also composed a string section.
|17 Apr 2015||Kishore Kumar (Mashup)||Being Indian||A mashup of some of the songs of Kishore Kumar. Singer Sandeep Kulkarni is joined by Kinjal Shah,
Chaittali Shrivasttava, Bhakti Parekh, with Milton Daniel playing the guitar and bass by Suraaj Parab
and Sandeep Thakur on the violin.
|4 Mar 2015||Balam Pichkari||Being Indian||Holi song from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Sandeep Thakur on the violinis joined by Jai Kothari
on the piano and Parthiv Shah on pianica. The music was originally directed by Pritam.
|18 Feb 2015||Duaa||Being Indian||A song from the movie Shanghai, music directed by Vishal-Shekhar. The song here is sung by
Varsha Tripathi and music re-arranged and re-programmed by Jai-Parthiv. Sandeep Thakur
is on the violin and viola and also responsible for string arrangement.
|7 Feb 2015||Kahin Door Jab
Din Dhal Jaye
|thekroonerzproject||A golden melody from the movie Anand, Amit Dhanraj Golchha has provided the vocals, with
flutist Vashisth Trivedi, bassist Cleon D'Souza, guitar by Sahiljeet Singh and Sandeep Thakur
playing the violin.
|28 Jan 2015||Isharon Isharon Mein
|Being Indian||A song from the movie Kashmir Ki kali in the voices of Abhay Jodhpurkar and Bhavya Pandit with
Sandeep Thakur on the violin/viola, Rupak Dhamankar on tabla and Rahul Singh on the guitar.
|30 Sep 2014||Kora Kagaz Tha
Ye Man Mera
|thekroonerzproject||The recreation of the song originally from the movie Aradhana is sung by Siddharth Slathia and
joined by Sandeep on violin.
|27 Sep 2014||Ranbir Kapoor
|Being Indian||A mashup of some of the songs of actor Ranbir Kapoor. Sandeep is joined by Parthiv Shah on melodica and
Jai Kothari on the keyboard.
|13 Feb 2014||Suhani Raat |
Chaudhvin Ka Chand
|88KeysToEuphoria||An acoustic mashup of the songs "Suhani Raat" and "Chaudhvin Ka Chand",
collaborating with Jai-Parthiv (Studiounplugged) on the string section with acoustic interpretation
by Aakash Gandhi. The song also features Jonita Gandhi on vocals and Sahil Khan on flute.
|21 Jan 2014||Fix You / Jiyen Kyun||Being Indian||A mashup of songs "Fix You", by British rock band Coldplay and "Jiyen Kyun" from the movie
Dum Maaro Dum, Sandeep Kulkarni is the singer joined by Sandeep Thakur on violin,
Rahul Singh on the guitar and backing vocals by Francisco Nicholson and Jai Kothari.
|3 Sep 2013||Lag Ja Gale||Studio unplugged||A song from the movie Woh Kaun Thi. Singer in this recreation is Bhavya Pandit,
Vishal Lalwani has played the piano and the music is re-arranged, re-programmed by Jai-Parthiv.
|23 Jul 2013||Chanda Niharu||Being Indian||A song rendered by Varsha Singh and Swaroop Khan with Sanjoy Das on guitar, Gaurang Desai on duff,
Harsh Mishra on tabla and Sandeep Thakur playing the violin.
|21 Jun 2013||Tum Hi Ho Meri
|Studio unplugged||An instrumental cover version of the song from the movie Aashiqui 2, Sandeep Thakur on the
violin is joined by Vashisth Trivedi on the flute and re-arranged, re-programmed by Jai-Parthiv.
|16 Apr 2013||Saadi Galli Aaja
|Being Indian||Shweta Subram on vocals for this breezer mix joined by Sandeep Thakur on violin and
Premal Parekh on guitar.
Oratory and Interviews
|April 2017||Dukascopy TV||Sandeep Thakur was interviewed by Dukascopy TV, a Swiss TV focused on global economic issues, market forecasts and analysis. The interview with Sandeep Thakur was impromptu throwing light on his journey as a violinist and his creative ventures.|
|August 2016||TEDx||At TEDxJaiHindCollege 2016, Sandeep Thakur was one of the speakers invited for the theme "Latent Manifestations". The
subject he was chosen to talk was, "The life of an entertainer" giving insight on his life as an artist (violinist) and experiences.
- "DJ Chetas and DJ Joel teamed up with Sandeep Thakur when they performed at a State of Music in Delhi". Times of India. New Delhi. 2014-09-03.
- Lusk, Jon. "BBC - Music - Review of Bombay Dub Orchestra - 3 Cities".
- Jazz, All About. "Three of a Perfect Pair". All About Jazz.
- "Mumbai: A new sound of music gig at Andheri West". Mid-Day. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
- "10 Indian Origin Singers On YouTube Who'll Make You Listen To Them On Loop". Huffington Post. 2016-08-10.
- "15 Covers Of Popular Hindi Songs That You Must Immediately Add To Your Playlist". Huffington Post. 2016-03-16.
- "YouTube Sensation of The Week". mid-day. 2017-06-13.
- "True Violinist". mid-day. 2017-03-04.
- "Mumbai: Watch out for these speakers at TEDx event". mid-day. 2016-08-12.
- Sandeep Thakur. Impromptu
- "Life of an Entertainer | Sandeep Thakur | TEDxJaiHindCollege". Rincon Tech News. 2016-10-27.
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