If you use the internet and stay updated with the viral happenings, you must have seen a video of an old woman singing Lata Mangeshkar’s songs in a very sweet voice, or recording a song with Himesh Reshammiya. One of the most viral videos in India nowadays is that of Ranu Mondal. The internet sensation is a live example of ‘Rome was build in a day’. She became famous in just one night.
But who is Ranu Mondal? And what is her story? Here, we will answer this question by discussing her early life, her career and what is it that makes her so famous?
Who is Ranu Mondal?
In the briefest way possible, Ranu Mondal is a woman who used to sing on a railway station and beg. She was spotted and invited to a reality show. Himesh Reshammiya offered her to sing for a Bollywood movie and she became a sensation on the internet after her first song got released.
Ranu Mondal’s early life:
Ranu Mondal was born in Kartikpara, a village near Krishnanagar in Nadia district in West Bengal. She is the daughter of Aditya Kumar, a hawker in Nadia, West Bengal. She was born on 5th November 1960 i.e. she is 58 years old in 2019. Ranu became an orphan after the death of her parents in her childhood. She got married at a very young age of 19 to a man named Babul Mondal. After her marriage, Ranu had to shift to Mumbai with her husband.
Ranu was always interested in music and singing. Therefore, in Mumbai, she used to work as a singer in a club. Ranu was famous by the name Bobby in her field. Soon after her marriage, Ranu’s husband also died. After becoming a widow, Ranu’s financial condition worsened and she got too short of money. Therefore, Ranu decided to return back to Nadia i.e her birthplace.
When she came back to Nadia, she had nothing to do and had to face a lot of problems in getting her two ends meet. Ranu once again resolved to sing as a solution to her problems. she started singing on the Ramaghat railways station and accepted whatever she got in return. Her voice once again became her strength and so did her passion for singing.
Ranu had a daughter through her husband. But her daughter left her and she was all alone for ten years. She was unable to see her mother begging on the railway station and therefore, she abandoned her. Ranu begged by singing for many years before she got discovered and became famous for her voice. After she was discovered by an unknown man who noticed her for her voice, Ranu became a star overnight. Ranu’s daughter has returned to her mother again.
Ranu Mondal: Summary
- Name – Ranu Mondal
- Full name – Ranu Mariya Mondal
- Pet name- Ranu Bobby
- Profession – singing
- Birthdate – 5th November 1960
- Age – 58 years
- Marital Status – widow
- Husband’s name – Late Babul Mondal
- Daughter’s name – Sathi Roy
- Religion – Christianity
- Hobby – Music and Singing
- Birthplace – Krishnanagar, Nadia, West Bengal, India
- Present Address – Ranaghat, Nadia, West Bengal
- Nationality – Indian
How did she get famous?
For many years, Ranu Mondal earned her living by singing and begging on the Ranaghat railway station. She was spotted by Atindra Chakraborty, a software engineer, on the Ranaghat railway station.
Ranu was singing the famous song of Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Ek Pyar K Nagma Hai’. Atindra got attracted by her sweet voice and acknowledged her talent. He recorded a video of her singing and uploaded it on the internet. This was the life-changer for Ranu. The video became viral on the net in no time and Ranu became famous throughout the country. After the video getting viral, Ranu Mondal was called on reality shows to give her appearance.
In one such reality show, Himesh Reshammiya heard her singing and got very impressed by her song. On that very show, Ranu was offered a proposal to sing in a Bollywood movie by Himesh. Therefore, the credit of Ranu’s debut and the credit for changing her life goes to Himesh Reshammiya. Ranu’s voice is there in three of the songs of the film ‘Happy Hardy and ‘.
A video starring Ranu Mondal and Himesh Reshammiya, where Ranu’s first debut song, ‘Teri Meri Kahani’s recording is shown, has got very famous on the internet. After ‘Teri Meri Kahani’, Ranu has given her voice for two more songs of the same film.
Ranu Mondal’s works:
Ranu made her debut in the Bollywood industry under the music director Himesh Reshammiya. Her first song is the song ‘Teri Meri Kahani’ of the film ‘Happy hardy and Heer’.
Ranu has recorded two more songs of the same film under Himesh. The next two songs of Ranu Mondal are: ‘Aadat’ and ‘Ashiqui Mein Teri’. In all the three songs, Himesh Reshammiya is the co-singer of Ranu.
Ranu Mondal’s story is a live example that talent pays off. It was her talent that brought her from a railway station to a recording studio. And her talent will take her even ahead.