Took up a job to sell Eureka Forbes vacuum cleaners after completing graduation. Applied at National School of Drama (NSD) twice and got admission after his second attempt; studied design and direction there. Did theatre for 2 years after graduating from NSD; was spotted by Doordarshan's Manju Singh who invited him to write a serial for her. On reaching Mumbai, started working with director Sudhir Mishra as his assistant. Sudhir liked a song "Baanwara Mann" that he had written. This marked the beginning of his career as a lyricist. Shantanu Moitra gave him a break as a singer and he is now a well-established singer in the Indian film industry.