June 14, 2019

Bikram Vicckey Goswami Passes Away in Mumbai

Bikram Vicckey Goswami, an accomplished and popular musician, who has worked with some of the biggest names of Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan, passed away recently in Mumbai.

The 51-year-old Goswami, who was suffering from stomach cancer, is survived by his Thai wife, Sandra Steppe Goswami. A much loved figure in showbiz and social circles, Goswami’s ailment had only been diagnosed a month ago and by then it had been too late.

Hailing from a family dedicated to art and culture in Tezpur, Vicckey, who was drawn to music from a nascent age, had made Mumbai his home after leaving Assam in 1985 just after completing his class X exams. He studied at the Wilson College in Mumbai even as he persevered on transforming his dream of becoming a musician into a reality. A man of multiple talents, he had proved his skills as a drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer. 

His mother Manju Baruah was one of the first artistes to perform at the All India Radio in Guwahati, while his father, late Durga Goswami, is the founder of Hotel Luit.

Vicckey’s musical acumen had taken him far in the world of show business in Mumbai. He was the first Assamese to win a Zee Cine Award for his background score in the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Tere Naam’.

His music is a reflection of his own innocent soul. He decided on a musical career in the extremely competitive jungle of commercial music in Mumbai and without any support from any quarter, fought his own solitary battle with commendable success,” said noted film critic Apurba Sarma.

Vicckey’s unique knowledge and musical skills attracted the notice of some of the biggest names in the arts and entertainment industry, who were eager to collaborate with him. “He was one of the most sought after composers of the advertising industry, apart from composing background scores for mainstream films. We have lost a rare talent in the industry,” said Vicckey’s close aide and Mumbai-based producer, Shahnaab Alam.

Vicckey, who was once very close to Dr Bhupen Hazarika, and who inspired him to take up music as a career, collaborated with Bollywood's prominent singers Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash Kher and Shaan to pay a musical tribute to the Bard with an eponymous composition. The seven-minute and 20 seconds long track, composed in four languages, was also composed and produced by Vicckey. 

His achievements include winning the RAPA Award and MTV awards. One of his biggest achievement was winning the Best Advertisement Film Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Best Jingle Award for an Audi A7 commercial.

Besides composing the background score for the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha’, Vicckey had composed music for ‘Dil Maange More’ featuring Shahid Kapoor, and the Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Pa’. He also composed the signature tune for Idea Network and the Radio Mirchi signature track.

Vicckey’s staggering body of work in commercial music includes over 2000 odd ad-jingles, including jingles for AirTel, Bajaj, Wonder Marbles, World Cup track, Pepsi, Audi, Wateen Network and Philips, among others.

It’s unfortunate that people in Assam don’t know him much, but he’s probably one of the most popular musicians and music directors in Mumbai. He often used to tell me that our work will never be known in Assam, our homeland,” Alam added. The multi-talented and accomplished musician had developed a strong and loyal fan base.

Prantik Deka


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