Caralisa Monteiro

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Caralisa Monteiro
Background information
Born Mumbai
Genres Playback Singer
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2001–present

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.

Early life[edit]

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[1][unreliable source]

She has also worked with noted Welsh musician and composer Karl Jenkins performing the track “Hymn” on his project “Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary


Year Film Notes
2012 Rise of the Zombie Playback Singer-Composer "All Alone"
2011 Ra.One Playback Singer
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 Dus Playback Singer
2005 Kaal Playback Singer - as Caralisa
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Playback Singer - as Caralisa - Debut


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