Kavita Seth

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Kavita Seth
Kavita Seth in a concert.JPG
Born (1970-09-14) September 14, 1970 (age 43)
Bareily, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Occupation Playback singer, singer of ghazals, Sufi music

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 has formed her musical group, Karwaan Group, a band of Sufi musicians [1][2]

She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2010 for her classical Sufi rendition "Gunja Sa Koi Iktara" for the film Wake Up Sid (2009),[3] she also won the Star Screen Award for Best Female Playback for the same song, which was one of the biggest chartbusters in 2009.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh,[4] where she was brought up and did her schooling as well as her graduation.

After her marriage she moved to Delhi, where she started performing for All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan. Meanwhile she also did her post graduation in Music, Sangeet Alankar from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi and received M.A. degree in Hindi literature from the University of Delhi.

She received her musical training in Hindustani classical music under N.D.Sharma of Gwalior Gharana, Vinod from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, and Iqbal_Ahmad_Khan.


She first started performing at the Khan-kahe Niyazia Dargah, in Bareilly, which soon lead singing in public shows and musical concerts.

Kavita specializes in Sufi-style singing though she also sings geet, ghazal and folk songs. Over the years she has performed at live shows at London, Birmingham, Scotland, Berlin, Oslo and Stockholm and places across India. It was at one of her performance at Muzaffar Ali's International Sufi Festival concert, in Delhi that director Satish Kaushik heard her and offered a song "Zindagi ko Maula", in his film, the Amisha Patel starrer, Vaada (2005), marking her debut as a playback singer.[1][6] Subsequently she moved to Mumbai, as this was followed by, "Mujhe Mat Roko" in Anurag Basu's Gangster (2006), for which she received rave reviews.[7]

Besides singing she also composes music. She has composed three songs in N. Chandra's film "Yeh Mera India" (2009).[8] She has also released private albums, including, Woh Ek Lamha, Dil-e-Nadan both Sufi ghazal albums, followed by Sufi music albums, Sufiana (2008) and Hazrat. Her 2008 album Sufiana, composed of couplets of Sufi poet-mystic, Rumi was released at the 800-year-old Khaman Pir Ka Dargah in Lucknow.[9][10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Wake Up Sid Filmfare Awards

Best Female Playback Singer - "Iktara"

Star Screen Award

Best Female Playback Singer - "Iktara" Best New Talent In Music

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Best Female Playback Singer - "Iktara"

Stardust Award

New Musical Sensation (Female) - "Iktara"

Global Indian Music Award

Best Playback Singer (Female) - "Iktara" Popular Singer Of The Year Song Of The Year - "Iktara"

GR8 FLO Women Award

Women Achiever Award

2012 Cocktail Big Entertainment Awards 2012

"Tumhi Ho Bandhu"



Playback singer[edit]

Film Year
Vaada 2005
Gangster 2006
Wake Up Sid 2009
Yeh Mera India [11]
Admissions Open [12] 2010
I Am
Trishna 2012
Bombay Talkies 2013

Music director[edit]

Film Year
Yeh Mera India 2009
My Friend Pinto 2011
Cigarette ki Tarah 2012

Personal life[edit]

She has two sons, Kavish and Kanishk, both of whom perform with her.[13] Her husband K.K.Seth died of pancreatitis on 15 December 2011. He was 48.[14]



  1. ^ a b Udasi, Harshikaa (April 1, 2010). "Sufi and soul". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Kavita Seth performs at Sufi concert Screen (magazine), Jan 30, 2009.
  3. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan claim top honours". Chennai, India: The Hindu. February 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Music and Lyrics". Indian Express. Mar 26, 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Song Sung True". Indian Express. Sep 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "VISHESH Break". Screen. March 24, 2006. 
  7. ^ When new female singers announced their arrival in 2006: 8. Kavita Seth Bollywood Hungama, January 3, 2007.
  8. ^ ‘Hard work always pays!’ Screen, Sep 04, 2009.
  9. ^ "Recreating Rumi's poetry". DNA (newspaper). November 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ Mission Sufi Screen (magazine), January 04, 2008.
  11. ^ Kavita Seth Filmography Bollywood Hungama
  12. ^ Music Review of Admissions Open
  13. ^ "Juhi at a musical do!". The Times of India. Mar 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ http://movies.ndtv.com/movie_story.aspx?ID=ENTEN20110190329&keyword=music&subcatg=MUSICINDIA&nid=158688.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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