In order to convey the magic of melodious voice in a good song, a female singer is needed whose voice is sweet and the heart melts as soon as you hear the song. So today we have brought for you a list of some such playback singers, who are known not only for their voice but all over India, but also in other countries of the world.
Indian cultural scene is packed with heaps of talent when it comes to singing. A huge audience enjoys the singing of female singers and these singers have made music an inseparable part of their fans’ lives. Their singing has the power to lift moods and also touch the deepest human emotions. These female singers rule the hearts. There are many fresh talents as well who are making a place in the cultural panorama and also in the Indian film industry or Bollywood. In fact, Bollywood has produced a lot of female singers who are highly acclaimed for their sweet voices. Here’s a list of the most popular female singers in India. Some of these singers have had a more successful career than their male counterparts. Their songs are still popular in India and even abroad. These singers have touched many lives and many are still coloring the lives of their millions of fans.
Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer, composer and music producer. She has received four National Film Awards, four Kerala State Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, seven Filmfare Awards including six for Best Female Playback Singer and ten Filmfare Awards South....Read More
Lata Mangeshkar (born as Hema Mangeshkar on 28 September 1929) is an Indian playback singer and music director. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. She has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages...Read More
Alka Yagnik (born 20 March 1966) is an Indian playback singer. She is noted in Indian cinema for a career spanning over three decades. She holds a record of being the only nominee in the category of Female Playback Singer, as in the year 1994 she had three solo nominations and the fourth one was with...Read More
Neha Kakkar (born 6 June 1988) is an Indian singer. She began performing at religious events at the age of four and participated in the second season of the singing reality show, Indian Idol, in which she was eliminated early. She made her Bollywood debut as a chorus singer in the film Meerabai Not...Read More
Asha Bhosle (born 8 September 1933) is an Indian playback singer and an entrepreneur. She is best known for her playback singing in Hindi cinema, although she has a wider repertoire. Bhosle’s career started in 1943 and has spanned over seven decades. She has done playback singing for over a...Read More
Anuradha Paudwal (born 27 October 1954) is an Indian playback singer who works predominantly in Bollywood. She was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017. She is a recipient of the National Film Award and a four-time winner of the Filmfare Award. Although primarily a playback singer, she has also sung several bhajans.
Sunidhi Chauhan (born 14 August 1983) is an Indian playback singer. Born in Delhi, she began performing in local gatherings at the age of four and made her career debut at the age of 12, with the film Shastra (1996). During the year, she won the first singing reality show titled Meri Awaz Suno and...Read More
Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam, is an Indian playback singer, trained in classical music. She has recorded more than 25,000 songs in 16 languages, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Odia, Marathi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Nepali, Assamese, Konkani and other languages. She is the...Read More
Sadhana Sargam (born 7 March 1969) is an Indian singer known for playback career in Indian cinema predominantly in Hindi and Tamil films. She is a recipient of the National Film Award and Filmfare Awards South. She has also won five Maharashtra State Film awards, four Gujarat State Film Awards and has also been awarded the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ from the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
Suraiya Jamal Sheikh (15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004), popularly known by the mononym Suraiya, was a popular actress and playback singer in India’s Hindi language films. She was active from 1936 to 1963.In a career spanning from 1936 to 1963, Suraiya acted in 67 films and sang 338 songs. She...Read More
Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer and Carnatic musician from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has recorded more than 25,000 songs in various Indian languages, including...Read More
Dhvani Bhanushali (born 22 March 1998) is an Indian singer. Born in Mumbai, she is popularly known for her single “Vaaste” which has crossed 1 Billion views on YouTube making her the only Indian to make it to the Global List of Fastest 1 Billion views after Jass Manak “Lehanga”...Read More
Palak Muchhal (born 30 March 1992) is an Indian playback singer. She and her younger brother Palash Muchhal perform stage shows across India and abroad to raise funds for the poor children who need financial assistance for the medical treatment of heart diseases. As of 6 October 2020, she has raised...Read More
Suman Kalyanpur (born Suman Hemmady; 28 January 1937) is an Indian playback singer. One of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.
Her voice was often mistaken to be that of Lata Mangeshkar. Suman Kalyanpur’s career started in 1954 and was very popular singer in the...Read More
Monali Thakur (born 3 November 1985) is an Indian singer and actress. She is the recipient of a National Film Award, Filmfare Award and many more awards. Thakur won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha...Read More
Jaspinder Narula (born 14 November 1970) is an Indian singer of playback, classical and Sufi music. She is known for her work in Hindi and Punjabi cinema.
She shot to fame after the duet “Pyar to hona hi tha” with Remo Fernandes from the 1998 film Pyar To Hona Hi Tha for which she...Read More
Usha Uthup (born 7 November 1947) is an Indian pop, filmi, jazz, and playback singer who sang songs in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. “Darling”, which she recorded with Rekha Bhardwaj for the film 7 Khoon Maaf, won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2012.
Kanika Kapoor (born 21 August 1978) is an Indian singer. She was born and raised in Lucknow. She always aspired to pursue a career in singing, but she married businessman Raj Chandok in 1997 and moved to London, where she gave birth to three children. After getting a divorce from Raj in 2012, she...Read More
Geeta Dutt (born Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri; 23 November 1930 – 20 July 1972) was a prominent Indian playback singer and a famous Hindi and Bengali classical artist, born in Faridpur before the Partition of India. She found particular prominence as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. She also sang many modern Bengali songs, both in the film and non-film genre.
Neeti Mohan (born 20 November 1978) is an Indian singer. She sings mainly in Hindi films, but has also done songs in Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, and English. Born in Delhi, she was one of the winners of the Channel V’s reality show Popstars, subsequently being chosen for...Read More
Shamshad Begum (Śamśād Bēgam; 14 April 1919 – 23 April 2013) was an Indian singer who was one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry. She was born in 1919 in a ‘Punjabi Mann Jatt Muslim’ family. She had a distinctive voice and was a versatile artist, singing over...Read More
Tulsi Kumar Dua (born 15 March 1986) is an Indian playback singer, RJ and host who works in the Bollywood industry. She was born to businessman, film producer and the founder of T-Series Gulshan Kumar and Sudesh Kumari. She has two siblings, Khushali Kumar and Bhushan Kumar. She is married to Hitesh Ralhan since 2015 with whom she has a son named Shivaay Ralhan.
Poornima Shrestha (born 6 September 1960), also known as Sushma Shrestha, is an Indian playback singer. Starting as a child singer, she later reinvented into a leading playback singer in Bollywood during the 90s. She started her career as a child singer in Ramesh Sippy’s Andaz (1971) under legendary...Read More
Usha Mangeshkar (15 December 1935) is an Indian singer who has recorded many Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Nepali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Assamese songs. Usha has a strong interest in painting. She is known for her famous song “Mungda” and songs for the Marathi movie Pinjara. She had also produced musical drama Phoolwanti for Doordarshan.
Noor Jehan (born Allah Wasai; 21 September 1926 – 23 December 2000; sometimes spelled Noorjehan), also known by her honorific title Malika-e-Tarannum (the queen of melody), was a Pakistani playback singer and actress who worked first in British India and then in Pakistan. Her career spanned more...Read More
Falguni Pathak (born 12 March 1964) is an Indian singer, performing artist, and composer based in Mumbai. Her music is based on traditional musical forms from the Indian state of Gujarat. Since her professional debut in 1987, she has developed into an artist with a large fan base across India. Once...Read More
Sona Mohapatra (born 17 June 1976) is an Indian singer, music composer and lyricist born in Cuttack, Odisha. In addition to her own material, Mohapatra has recorded remixes of songs by David Bowie, with “Let’s Dance”, and INXS, with “Afterglow”, with the latter proving...Read More
Kaushiki Chakraborty (born 24 October 1980) is an Indian classical vocalist. Groomed at Sangeet Research Academy, she is one of the exponents of Patiala gharana. Her repertoire covers Khyals and semi-classical Thumris. She is the recipient 2005 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in the Asia-Pacific category. She is the daughter of Hindustani classical vocalist, Ajoy Chakraborty and she has held performances with her husband, Parthasarathi Desikan.
Sundarabai was born in Born in 1890. Sundarabai was a famous Marathi singer, musician and actress. Although she is mainly known as a planting singer, she has sung ghazals, qawwalis, thumri, bhajans, hori, kajri etc. The variety of songs they performed was equally powerful. Her original name was Sundarabai Jadhav, but she was especially known as ‘Bai Sundarabai’. She was also known as ‘Swaradevata’ Sundarabai. His native village was Pune.
Alisha Chinai is an Indian pop singer known for her Indi-pop albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema. She began her singing career with the album Jadoo in 1985, and by the 1990s she had become known as the ‘Queen of Indipop’. Her best known songs were with producers Anu Malik and Biddu during the 1990s.
Sonu Kakkar is indian playback singer and songwriter. She is the elder sister of the Bollywood singers, Neha Kakkar and Tony Kakkar. Sonu Kakkar’s upcoming music video ‘Sun Baliye’ sung by Gajendra Verma, Sonu Kakkar. The music video features Gajendra Verma And Apoorva Arora.
Asees Kaur (born 26 September 1988) is an Indian singer who has participated in various singing reality shows like Indian Idol and Awaz Punjab Di.In 2020, “Jaan Ban Gaye” from movie Khuda Haafiz has sung by Vishal Mishra & Asees Kaur .
Asees aspired to become a playback singer...Read More
Harshdeep Kaur (born 16 December 1986) is an Indian singer known for her Bollywood Hindi, Punjabi, and Sufi songs. She is popularly known as “Sufi Ki Sultana” because of her soulful Sufi renditions. After winning titles in two reality shows, Kaur established herself as a lead singer in Bollywood soundtracks. Kaur was sixteen years old when she released her first Bollywood song, “Sajna Mai Haari.”
Anushka Manchanda (born 11 February 1984) is an Indian singer, model, actress and former VJ. She came to prominence as a member of the Indipop girl group Viva!. Manchanda was also a participant in the reality television series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and the winner of Khatron ke khiladi 2. In 2020 she participated in Bigg Boss.
Richa Sharma (born 29 August 1974) is an Indian film playback singer as well a devotional singer. In 2006, she sang Bollywood’s longest track, the bidaai song, in film Baabul (2006). Under the tutelage of Pandit Aaskaran Sharma, Richa went on to get proper training in Indian classical and light music. Richa added ghazals; film songs, Punjabi and Rajasthani folk songs to her repertoire, thus making her voice reach out to more and more people in a variety of sounds.
Sistla Janaki (born 23 April 1938), popularly known as S. Janaki, is an Indian playback singer and occasional music-composer from Andhra Pradesh. She is referred to respectfully as “Janakiamma” and is one of the best-known playback singers in India. She is referred to as ‘Gaana Kogile’...Read More
Hemlata (born 16 August 1954) is an Indian playback singer in Bollywood best known for her songs in the late 1970s. She is classically trained. She established herself in film, concerts, television and music.She was nominated for Filmfare Best Female Playback Award five times in the period of 1977–81 and won once for Chitchor in 1977 for her classical rendition of “Tu Jo Mere Sur Mein” which was duet with K.J. Yesudas, composed by Ravindra Jain.
Pulapaka Susheela (born 13 November 1935), popularly known as P. Susheela, is an Indian playback singer associated with the South Indian cinema primarily from Andhra Pradesh for over six decades. She has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as well as by the Asia Book of Records for...Read More
Zohrabai Agrewali (1868–1913), also known mononymously as Zohrabai, was one of the most noted and influential singers of Hindustani Classical Music from the early 1900s. Along with Gauhar Jan, she marks the dying phase of the courtesan singing tradition in Indian classical music. She is known for her masculine style of singing.
Ila Arun is an Indian actress, TV personality and Rajasthani folk and folk-pop singer. She has appeared in many prominent Bollywood movies such as Lamhe, Jodhaa Akbar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Begum Jaan. She has produced several successful singles such as “Vote for Ghagra”. She also sang the promotional hit song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League She hails from Rajasthan and sings Rajasthani songs in her albums and movies.
Malka Jaan of Agra was one of Gauhar Jaan’s contemporaries. Born in Azamgarh, she studied under several ustads of Agra. Later she became a court musician at the durbar of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in Calcutta. Malka Jaan Agrewali became popular for developing her new full-throated thumri singing...Read More
Bangalore Nagarathnamma (3 November 1878 – 19 May 1952) was an Indian Carnatic singer, cultural activist, scholar, and courtesan. A descendant of courtesans, she was also a patron of the arts and a historian. Nagarathnamma built a temple over the samadhi of the Carnatic singer Tyagaraja at Thiruvaiyaru...Read More
It was in 1911 when Maurice Delage, a pianist and composer in Paris, came across a gramophone record of an artist from India. Delage was the heir of a shoe-polish manufacturing company in France. Born with severe vision impairment, Delage studied music for 10 years under renowned French composer Joseph...Read More
Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee and Indai Haza, but her birth name is Chinmayi. She rose to fame for her critically acclaimed song “Oru Deivam Thantha Poovae” from the National Award winning movie Kannathil Muthamittal.
Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao; 11 April 1984) is an Indian singer, born and raised in Jamshedpur. She completed her Master’s in Applied Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, before working as a jingle singer for three years. During her college days, Mithoon offered her to record...Read More
Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Assamese and Kannada. Her first song as a singer was from the Assamese album Zubeenor Gaan in 1996. Mahalakshmi...Read More
Rekha Bhardwaj (born 24 January 1964) is an Indian singer and live performer. She has received two Filmfare and one National Awards. In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and Malayalam languages. Bhardwaj’s first album titled ‘Ishqa Ishqa’ was released...Read More
Swarnalatha (29 April 1973 – 12 September 2010) was an Indian playback singer. In a career spanning almost 22 years (from 1987 till her death), she recorded over 10,000 songs in many languages, including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, and Badaga.She won...Read More
Shirley Setia is a singer and actress from Auckland. Setia featured in the Forbes Magazine, where she was referred to as “Bollywood’s Next Big Singing Sensation. Setia made her film debut with Maska which released on Netflix on 27 March 2020 and will be making her Bollywood film debut with Nikamma.
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004) was an Indian Carnatic singer from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay...Read More
Maithili Thakur is an Indian singer trained in Indian Classical music. She sings in Maithili and Bhojpuri languages, along with variety of other covers, and traditional folk music from other states. In 2011, Thakur appeared in Little Champs, a singing competition television series telecast in Zee...Read More
Bela Shende is an Indian playback singer. She performed several songs in Bollywood and regional films. “Mann Mohana” from the film Jodhaa Akbar, “Su Che” from the film What’s Your Raashee?, “Wajle Ki Baara” and “Apsara Aali” from Natarang are some...Read More
Aditi Singh Sharma (born 2 June 1986) is an Indian playback singer. She made her playback singing debut in Bollywood with Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. Sharma is known for her work in movies like Dev.D, No One Killed Jessica, Dhoom 3 and 2 States. She has performed in numerous live concerts. She has...Read More
Shweta Mohan (born 19 November 1985) is an Indian playback singer. She has received four Filmfare Awards South for Best Female Playback Singer, one Kerala State Film Award and one Tamil Nadu State Film Award. She has recorded songs for film music and albums in all the four south Indian languages namely Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada in addition to the Hindi films and has established herself as a leading playback singer of South Indian cinema.
Neha Bhasin (born 18 November 1982) is an Indian singer and songwriter. Known for her playback work in Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood and independent songs in the genre of indian pop and punjabi folk music, she is the recipient of two Filmare and Stardust Awards and many other prestigious awards...Read More
Shalmali Kholgade is an Indian playback singer, who predominantly sings for Hindi language films. In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in other Indian languages such as Marathi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil. Through her singing career, she has received one Filmfare Award from two nominations, and has been praised for her singing style.
Iman Chakraborty (born 13 September 1989) is an Indian singer. Chakraborty won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in the year 2017 for her Bengali song “Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho” from Praktan film which is India’s most prestigious award for the singers who lend their vocals for films soundtrack. Accordingly She is one of the few singers who have won a national award for the debut film song in India.
Kavita Seth (born 1970) is an Indian singer, who is most known as a playback singer in Hindi cinema, as well as a performer of Ghazals and Sufi music, and leads a Sufi musical group, Karwaan Group.She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2010 for her classical Sufi rendition “Gunja...Read More
Sujatha Mohan (credited as Sujatha) is an Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. She has also sung for Kannada and Hindi movies. She has sung many songs in Malayalam, making her one of the most prolific Malayalam singers.
Andrea Jeremiah is an Indian actress, playback singer and musician. She works predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. She also appeares in Telugu films. She began her career as a playback singer, and has subsequently appeared in films.
Jeremiah has stated that her focus was...Read More
Vani Jairam (born as Kalaivani on 30 November 1945), also credited as Vani Jayaram, is an Indian singer. She is best known as a playback singer in South Indian cinema. Vani’s career started in 1971 and has spanned over four decades. She has done playback for over thousand Indian movies recording...Read More
Anuradha Sriram (born 9 July 1970) is an Indian carnatic and playback singer who hails from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She has sung more than 4,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. Anuradha has performed extensively all over India and US, and has given many radio and...Read More
Girija Devi (8 May 1929 – 24 October 2017) was an Indian classical singer of the Seniya and Banaras gharanas. She performed classical and light classical music and helped elevate the profile of thumri. She died on 24 October 2017. Girija Devi made her public debut in 1949 on All India Radio Allahabad,...Read More
“Bombay” Jayashri Ramnath is an Indian musician. Born into a family of musicians, Jayashri represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. Trained by Lalgudi Jayaraman and T R Balamani, she has become one of the most sought after Carnatic musicians today. She has...Read More
Sandhya Mukherjee (born 4 October 1931), also known as Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, is an Indian playback singer and musician, specialising in Bengali music.She is the prima dona of Bengali playback industry. No other female vocalist has attend her caliber in Bengali music industry. She received Banga Bibhushan,...Read More
Shubha Mudgal (born 1 January 1959) is an Indian singer of Hindustani classical music. Her repertoire includes the genres of khyal, thumri, dadra, and Indian pop. She has received the Padma Shri in 2000. Shubha Mudgal started performing as a Hindustani classical singer in the 1980s, and gained a certain...Read More
Taran Kaur Dhillon (born 29 July 1979), known by her stage name Hard Kaur, is an Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in Bollywood. She recorded the song “Ek Glassy” and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan’s movie Johnny...Read More
Veena Sahasrabuddhe (14 September 1948 – 29 June 2016 (aged 67) was a leading Indian vocalist and composer of Hindustani classical music from Kanpur. Her singing style had its roots in Gwalior gharana, but it also borrowed from Jaipur and Kirana gharanas. Sahasrabuddhe was known as a singer of khyal...Read More
Prabha Atre (born 13 September 1932) is an Indian classical vocalist from the Kirana gharana. Dr. Prabha Atre holds the world record to have released 11 books (from a single stage). She released 11 books on music in Hindi and English at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 18 April 2016.
Gangubai Hangal (5 March 1913 – 21 July 2009) was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music from Karnataka, who was known for her deep and powerful voice. Hangal belonged to the Kirana gharana. Hangal’s mother’s family was considered to be of low social status...Read More
Curiously titled ‘Chappan Churi’ because of the 56 scars that were allegedly made on her face by a lover who felt rebuffed when she did not respond, Janki Bai of Allahabad was one of the most leading Hindustani vocalists and most popular singers to record on the gramophone. She was also a talented...Read More
Bhavatharani Raja is an Indian Tamil singer and music director. She is the daughter of film composer Ilaiyaraaja and her brothers are the noted film composers Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. She has mostly sung songs under the direction of her father and brothers. She was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her rendition of the song “Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu” from the film Bharathi, composed by her father Ilaiyaraaja.
She was one of the most recorded artiste of her generation (1910-1920 being her peak recording period). Most of her gramophone records were on Pathe, HMV and Beka labels. She specialized in Tappa and Tap-khayals sung in Bengali and her voice production was immaculate even in the period of inferior...Read More
Manjari (born 17 April 1986) is an Indian playback singer and Hindustani vocalist. Her first stage performance was with Shiva, the Kolkata – based rock band, when she was in class eight.
Gauhar Jaan (born Angelina Yeoward; 26 June 1873 – 17 January 1930) was an Indian singer and dancer from Kolkata. She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India, which was later released by the Gramophone Company of India. Having recorded more than 600 songs in more than ten languages between 1902 and 1920, Jaan is credited with popularising Hindustani classical music such as thumri, dadra, kajri, tarana during the period.
Siddheswari Devi (1908– 18 March 1977) was a legendary Hindustani singer from Varanasi, India, known as Maa (mother). Born in 1908, she lost her parents early and was brought up by her aunt, the noted singer Rajeshwari Devi. She sang khyal, thumri (her forte) and short classical forms as dadra, chaiti, kajri etc. On several occasions she would sing perform through the night, for example on the overnight boating expeditions of Maharaja of Darbhanga.
Vasundhara Das (born 27 October 1977) is an Indian singer, actress, composer, entrepreneur, speaker, songwriter and environmental activist.
Vasundhara’s films include Hey Ram (Tamil/Hindi), Monsoon Wedding (English), Citizen (Tamil), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada)...Read More
P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (7 September 1924 – 24 December 2005) was an Indian film actress, director, music director, singer, producer, novelist and lyricist. Widely known as the first female super star of Telugu cinema and South Indian film Industry, she was also known for her works in Tamil cinema. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003 for her contribution in Indian cinema. She was honored among “women in cinema” at the 30th International Film Festival of India.
Kesarbai Kerkar (13 July 1892 – 16 September 1977) was an Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. A protege of Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855–1946), the founder of the gharana, from age sixteen, she went on to become one of the most noted khayal singers of the second half of the 20th century.She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1953, followed by Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in India, in 1969.
Hirābai Barodekar (1905 – 1989) was an Indian Hindustāni classical music singer, of Kirana gharana. She was disciple of Ustād Abdul Wahid Khān. She was an expert in Khyāl, Thumri, Marāthi Nātya Sangeet, and Bhajan. She is credited with having popularised Hindustāni Classical Music among...Read More
Shobha Gurtu (1925–2004) was an Indian singer in the light Hindustani classical style. Though she had equal command over pure classical style, it was with light classical music that she received her fame, and in time came to be known as the Thumri Queen, and for the ‘Abhinaya’ ang in...Read More
Kishori Ravindra Amonkar (10 April 1932 – 3 April 2017) was a leading Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Jaipur gharana, or a community of musicians sharing a distinctive musical style.She was a performer of the classical genre khyal and the light classical genres thumri and bhajan. Amonkar trained under her mother, classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar also from the Jaipur gharana, but she experimented with a variety of vocal styles in her career.
Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal (1908–1980) was an Indian theatre and film actress and singer from Erode district, Tamil Nadu. She performed in Tamil cinema and was referred to as the “Queen of the Indian stage.” A political activist during the Indian independence movement, K.B. Sundarambal was the first film personality to enter a state legislature in India.
Very little is known about this talented musician who was perhaps born around 1900 and appears to be musically active during 1925-40. Her very first 78 rpm disc was recorded by HMV in Feb 1932 – Shri Girija jane Shriram- in Raag khambavati, and Dattaguru in Raag Sohoni. She sang in Hindi, Urdu,...Read More
Shakthisree Gopalan (born 25 October 1988) is an Indian vocalist, songwriter and performer, famous for her collaborations with the top south-Indian music directors/composers like A. R. Rahman. Aside from the film music, she is a regular in the independent music scene, performing with various bands...Read More
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar (born January 27, 1963 in Vijayapura, Karnataka) is a two-time National Award-winning Indian classical singer who is active mostly in Marathi, Konkani and Hindi film Industry; known for high-pitch singing and style, earned in Agra as well as Gwalior and Jaipur.
Nilanjana Sarkar aka Neelanjona Sabyasachi Thakur is a playback singer who received the 57th National Film Awards (2009) for her song in the Bengali film Houseful. She has several ad jingles to her credit. The song bish, for which she won the national award, was composed by the band Kaya. She is also famed as RJ Neel of 92.7 Big Fm. Her show Raater Otithi ruled the airwaves over a decade. She married Sabyasachi Chakraborty Thakur on December 2, 2018.
Bengaluru Ramamurthy Chaya, popularly known as B. R. Chaya, is an Indian, Kannada playback singer, stage performer and a popular Sugama Sangeetha singer from Karnataka state. She has performed pop, folk, devotional and bhavageethe (light music). She is affectionately known as the “Nightingale...Read More
Tarali Sarma is a singer from Assam, who won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in the year 2003 for the Assamese film Akashitorar Kothare. Her father is Prabhat Sarma who is a folk exponent, flutist, music director and a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee. Tarali is a versatile singer...Read More
Anjali Marathe is an Indian playback singer and Hindustani vocalist. Anjali, a psychology graduate wanted to pursue medicine, but in Std XI she realised that her calling was music. She won the National Film Award for Best Playback Singer in 1996 at the age of 16 for her rendition of a song in the...Read More
Hema Sardesai, also known as Hemaa Sardesai, is an Indian playback singer and lyricist. Hema hails from the coastal state of Goa, in India, and was born in Mumbai. She shot to fame in 1997 with songs from movies like Sapnay, Biwi No. 1 and Jaanam Samjha Karo. Sardesai has sung several songs for Bollywood...Read More
Sonal Mansingh (born 30 April 1944) is an Indian classical dancer and Guru Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancing style. She has been nominated by the President of India to become a Member of parliament, Rajya Sabha. Sonal Mansingh dancing career which started in 1962, after her arangetram in Mumbai, and in 1977, she founded, Centre for Indian Classical Dances (CICD) in New Delhi.
Dhankoti Ammal was one of the earliest recording stars in South India. She was also active as ‘Dhankoti Sisters’ along with her sister Kamakshi.
Rajkumari Dubey (1924 – 2000), better known by her first name, Rajkumari, was an Indian playback singer who worked in Hindi cinema of 1930s and 1940s. Best known for her songs, “Sun Bairi Baalam Sach Bol Re” in Bawre Nain (1950), “Ghabaraa Ke Jo Hum Sar Ko Takraayan” in Mahal (1949) and “Najariya Ki Maari” in Pakeezah (1972).