Born on June 1, 1964, Ismail Darbar is a music composer and violinist in the Hindi film industry. Hailing from Surat, Gujarat, Ismail was born into a family of musicians and was introduced to music by his father. He spent almost a decade as a session violinist for prominent music directors like Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan, A.R.Rahman, Anand-Milind and Jatin-Lalit.
As a violinist he has played the violin for Jatin-Lalit in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie “Khamoshi: The Musical”. It was also Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 1999 film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” that catapulted him into the limelight as a music director with a National Award. His next film with Bhansali, “Devdas” was also well-received. However, the duo fell apart soon after. In 2005 he worked with A.R. Rahman on the music of Subhash Ghai’s “Kisna: The Warrior Poet”.
Some of his famous songs include “Tera Jaadu Chal Gaya” (“Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa”, 2000), “Woh Kisna Hai”, “Chilman Uthegi Nahin” (“Kisna”, 2005), “Aankhon Ki Gustaakhiyaan”, “Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Se”, “Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje”, “Nimbuda” from“Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (1999) and “Dola Re Dola”, “Bairi Piya” and “Maar Daala” from “Devdas” (2002).
He has been a judge on many music reality shows on television including Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge (2005, 2007), Amul Star Voice of India 2 and Idea Bharat Ki Shaan Singing Star.
He won the National Award for Best Music Director for the movie “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (1999) and also the R.D. Burman Award at Filmfare that year. In 2003 he won Screen Awards and V. Shantaram Award for his music in the movie “Devdas”. The next year he won the Stardust Award.