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Caralisa Monteiro is an Indie musician and playback singer from Mumbai,India, who has sung extensively for Bollywood movies as well as other independent music projects. She has also lent her voice to more than 3500 ad jingles and voice-over projects.
Caralisa Monteiro grew up in Dadar, a suburb in central Mumbai in a house that would resonate at times with the operatic strains of La Traviata (her father had played the part of Marquis D'Obigny) and at other times with the syncopated rhythms of contemporary Jazz (courtesy her sister who was an accomplished vocalist). Deeply passionate about music from an early age, her early music career involved singing in the local choir and handling vocal duties for neighbourhood bands. Cara has been recognized in the Hindi film music industry and amongst ad film-makers in India for bringing a "western vocal sensibility in a landscape dominated by 'Bollywood kitsch'".
Her first break with Bollywood came when the acclaimed trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy invited her to sing the chorus of the song "Jaane Kyon" from the cult film Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. She has since worked with numerous music directors on a variety of projects including films, ad jingles and independent music.
In a career spanning over a decade, which includes extensive work in the Hindi film music industry, advertisement film commercials and musical theater, Cara has sung on everything from Christmas records to mainstream Bollywood films like Rock On, Don 2, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Karthik Calling Karthik, Anjaana Anjaani etc. She has worked with some of the premier names in the industry including A.R.Rehman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Ram Sampath & Clinton Cerejo amongst others.
She was initially known for the rendition of English parts in Hindi songs, however she broke the trend with Phir Dekhiye of Rock On!!. The song received praise from all quarters and was commended for its soulfulness [unreliable source]
|2012||Rise of the Zombie||Playback Singer-Composer "All Alone"|
|2011||Cocktail (2012 film)||Playback Singer|
|2011||"Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Playback Singer|
|2011||Don 2: The Chase Continues||Playback Singer|
|2010||Break Ke Baad||Playback Singer|
|2010||Anjaana Anjaani||Playback Singer|
|2010||Karthik Calling Karthik||Playback Singer|
|2009||New York||Playback Singer|
|2008||Rock On!!||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2007||The Great Indian Butterfly||Playback Singer|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2007||Hattrick||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2006||Sillunu Oru Kaadhal||Playback Singer- as Caralisa|
|2006||Kabul Express||Vocalist: Background Score - as Caralisa|
|2006||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2005||The Blue Umbrella||Musician: singer, choir|
|2005||Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2005||Salaam Namaste||Playback Singer|
|2005||Kaal||Playback Singer - as Caralisa|
|2001||Dil Chahta Hai||Playback Singer - as Caralisa - Debut|
- Caralisa Monteiro at the Internet Movie Database
- Caralisa Monteiro : Filmography and Profile on Bollywood Hungama
- Caralisa Monteiro: Biography on Exitmusic
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