Mahalakshmi Iyer

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Mahalakshmi Iyer
Born Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Genres Playback singing, Indian classical music, folk, Indipop
Occupations Singer, playback singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1998-present

Mahalakshmi Iyer (Hindi: महालक्ष्मी अय्यर, also Mahalaxmi Iyer) is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi and Tamil songs. She has sung in many Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, and Kannada.[1]

Career[edit]

Mahalakshmi made her singing debut with Dus, which was Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy's debut as music directors in 1997, though the album released only in 1999. Later, she went on to work frequently with them. She then sang the track Ae Ajnabee with Udit Narayan for A. R. Rahman in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. (1998).

Since then she has sung many songs in films, serials, jingles and original albums.[2] She was part of several successful soundtracks such as Mission Kashmir, Yaadein and Saathiya and worked with some of the biggest music composers like A. R. Rahman, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit and more.

She has also sung for many Yash Raj Films' biggest hits like Dhoom 2, Bunty Aur Babli, Salaam Namaste and Fanaa and most recent successful albums like Ta Ra Rum Pum and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

She was known for her performances in songs like "Kabhi Sham Dhale" from Sur – The Melody of Life (2002), "Har Taraf" from Rishtey (2002) and for hit songs like "Chup Chup Ke" from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), "Aaj Ki Raat" from Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006) and "Bol Na Halke Halke" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

She also sang on the Academy Award winning song "Jai Ho" for A. R. Rahman in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Specifically, she sang the Urdu words between the short "Jai Ho" chants, as well as portions of the verses (most of which were sung by Sukhwinder Singh).[3]

She has also rendered background vocal to the very famous Ghazal of Pankaj Udhas named Aur Ahistaa

She has also rendered her voice to many private album remixes notably Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar and Baahon Mein Chali Aao, which was originally rendered by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. Mahalakshmi has also recorded hundreds of commercial advertisements on television.

Personal life[edit]

Mahalakshmi comes from a musical family. Her mother is a Carnatic classical singer. She began learning Hindustani music at an early age as did her three sisters, Kalpana, Padmini and Shobha. Iyer grew up in Mumbai and is a graduate of R.A.Podar College & Economics, Mumbai.

Television Singer[edit]

Year Name Of Serial Company / Production
2009 - 2011 Majhiya Priyala Preet Kalena Balaji Telefilms
2010–present Bandh Reshmache Balaji Telefilms
Off Air Banu Main Teri Dulhan Shakuntalam Telefilms

Notable Filmography[edit]

Year Song Film Language Music director Co-singer(s)
1997 "Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo (Hindustani)" Dus Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique Cerejo
1998 "Ae Ajnabee" Dil Se.. Hindi A. R. Rahman Udit Narayan
1999 "Velli Malare" Jodi Tamil A. R. Rahman S. P. Balasubramanyam
"Tumne Na Humse" Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi Hindi Vishal Shekhar Solo
"Dil Se Mere" Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi Hindi Vishal Shekhar Shekhar Ravjiani
"Vanna Poonga" Jodi Tamil A. R. Rahman S. P. Balasubramanyam
"Kurukku Siruthhavale" Mudhalvan Tamil A. R. Rahman Hariharan
2000 "So Jaa Chandaa" Mission Kashmir Hindi Loy Mendonsa Solo
"Yaaro Yaarodi" Alaipayuthey Tamil A. R. Rahman Richa Sharma, Vaishali
"Kandukonden Kandukonden" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil A. R. Rahman Hariharan
"Ennavo Ennavo" Priyamanavale Tamil S. A. Rajkumar Hariharan
2001 "Hasde Hasde" Abhay Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
"Poove Vai Pesum" 12B Tamil Harris Jayaraj Harish Raghavendra
"Mutham Mutham" 12B Tamil Harris Jayaraj KK
"Siri Siri" Aalavandhan Tamil Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
"E Chota Nenunna" Ninnu Choodalani Telugu S. A. Rajkumar Hariharan
"Yaadein Yaad Aati Hai" Yaadein Hindi Anu Malik Sunidhi Chauhan
"Malai Kattru Vandhu" Vedham Tamil Vidhyasagar Hariharan
2002 "Har Taraf Tu Hi" Rishtey Hindi Sanjeev Darshan Shaan
"Daayi Daayi Dhamma" Indra Telugu Mani Sharma KK
"Chalka Chalka Re" Saathiya Hindi A. R. Rahman Richa Sharma, Vaishali
"Kabhie Sham Dhale" Sur – The Melody of Life Hindi M. M. Kreem Solo
"Oohh Yeah" Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy KK
"Ghatothkacha Kalaadhara" Pammal K. Sambandam Tamil Deva Srinivas
2003 "Aao Milke Gaayein" Armaan Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Mahadevan
"Okkasari Pilichavante" Chantigadu Telugu Vandemataram Srinivas Udit Narayan
"Main Gaaon" Armaan Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Shaan
"Nenjam Oru Murai" Vaseegara Tamil S. A. Rajkumar Srinivas
"ABBG" Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan
"Baat Meri Suniye" Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan
"Manmadha Manmadha" Tagore Telugu Mani Sharma Malikkarjun
"Nindu Noorella " Praanam Telugu Kamalakar Sonu Nigam
2004 "Yeh Dhuaan" Charas Hindi Raju Singh Solo
"Aakasam Sakshi Ga" Adavi Ramudu Telugu Mani Sharma Sonu Nigam
"Luxembourg Lux Sundari" Samba Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Athi Methani" Balu ABCDEFG Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Pyar Mein Sau Uljhane" Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Prakash
"Ishq Khudai" Rudraksh Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Krishna, Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Pandit
2005 "Chup Chup Ke" Bunty Aur Babli Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Sonu Nigam
"Thadava Thadava" Style Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Aakashaveedilo" Orey Pandu Telugu Anand Raj Anand Sonu Nigam
"Chandamama" Athadu Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Mudoche Kopalu" Narasimhudu Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Tu Jahaan" Salaam Namaste Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
"Neredu Pallu" Subash Chandra Bose Telugu Mani Sharma Hariharan
"Jaaniya Ve" Dus Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Hariharan
"Ee Nanna Kannaane" Abhi Kannada Gurukiran Udit Narayan
"Dil Ke Arma Tarse" Aanch Hindi Sanjeev Darshan Sonu Nigam
"Thumbs Up Thunder" Jai Chiranjeeva Telugu Mani Sharma Nihar
"Koi Aisa Alam" Karam Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
2006 "Uyirilae" Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil Harris Jayaraj Srinivas
"Choododdhu" Pokiri Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Dil Laga Na" Dhoom 2 Hindi/Tamil/Telugu Pritam Jolly Mukherjee, Suzanne D'Mello, Sukhbir
"Go Go Gova" Stalin Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Aaj Ki Raat" Don: The Chase Begins Again Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Alisha Chinai, Sonu Nigam
"Des Rangila" Fanaa Hindi Jatin-Lalit Solo
"Chanda Chamke" Fanaa Hindi Jatin-Lalit Babul Supriyo
"Varevva" Ranam Telugu Mani Sharma Mallikarjun
"Rock N' Roll Soniye" Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan
2007 "Bol Na Halke Halke" Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
"Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan, KK, Sukhwinder Singh
"Mudhal Naal Indru" Unnale Unnale Tamil Harris Jayaraj KK, Pop Shalini
"Baat Pakki" Just Married Hindi Pritam Shaan, Sukhwinder Singh
"Yeko Yeno" Arasu Kannada Joshua Sridhar Solo
"Jab Chhaye" Hattrick Hindi Pritam Solo
"Zara Gungunalein" Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Hindi Shantanu Moitra Babul Supriyo
"Tenu Leke" Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Sonu Nigam
"Ta Ra Rum Pum" Ta Ra Rum Pum Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Shaan
"Kannadaasa Kannadaasa" Thavam Tamil D. Imman Harish Raghavendra
"Teri Yaadein" Kaisay Kahein... Hindi Pritam Sukhwinder Singh
"Manasa" (Film Version) Munna Telugu Harris Jayaraj Naresh Iyer, Krish
2008 "Jai Ho" Slumdog Millionaire Hindi A. R. Rahman Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Prakash, Tanvi Shah
"Shaava Shava" Chintakayala Ravi Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Shankar Mahadevan
"Enduko" Chintakayala Ravi Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
"Oh Ho Sanam" Dasavathaaram Tamil Himesh Reshammiya Kamal Haasan
"Falak Tak Chal" Tashan Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Udit Narayan
"Pyar Ki Dastan" Luck by Chance Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Amit Paul
"Dheem Dheem" Accident Kannada V. Harikrishna Sonu Nigam
2009 "Abacha" Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Telugu Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shilpa Rao
"Mujh Jaisa Hero" Love Khichdi Hindi Pritam Gopal Rao
"Maza Aa Gaya" Victory Hindi Anu Malik Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkar, Sudesh Bhosle, Sumitra Iyer, Altaf Raja
2010 "Sadka Kiya" I Hate Luv Storys Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Suraj Jagan
"Chal Chal Bhosle Market" Khichdi: The Movie Hindi Raju Singh Shaan
"Tera Mera Pyar" Action Replayy Hindi Pritam Karthik, Antara Mitra
"Charha De Rang" Yamla Pagla Deewana Hindi Nouman Javaid Ali Pervez Mehdi, Shweta Pandit, Rahul Seth
2011 "Laung da Lashkara" (orig&remix) Patiala House Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Hard Kaur, Jassi Sidhu
"Rola Pe Gaya" (orig&remix) Shankar Mahadevan, Hard Kaur, Earl
"Mauka" (orig&remix) Aarakshan Raman Mahadevan, Tarun Sagar, Gaurav Gupta, Rehan Khan
"Mala Sang Na" Sharyat Marathi Chinar-Mahesh Solo
2012 "Tore Niye Jai" Khokababu Bengali Rishi Chanda Zubeen Garg
"Guti Guti Paye" Bikram Singha Bengali Sree Pritam Shaan
"Dhuan Dhuan" Bikram Singha Bengali Sree Pritam Shaan
"Kaal Mulaitha Poova" Maattrraan Tamil & Telugu Harris Jayaraj Javed Ali
"Bechayan Sapne" Chittagong Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Abhijeet Sawant, Gulraj Singh, Sameer Khan, Shankar Mahadevan
"Khud Ko Tere" 1920: Evil Returns Hindi Chirantan Bhatt Solo
"Meri Duniya Terey Dam Se" Delhi Safari Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shekhar Ravjiani, Shivam Mahadevan
"Sajna Paas Aa Tu Jara" Idiot Bengali Sree Pritam Shaan
"Jhor Othe Mone" Idiot Bengali Sree Pritam Zubeen Garg
2013 "O Bondhu Amar" Khoka 420 Bengali Sree Pritam Shaan
"Govinda Jay Jay" Khoka 420 Bengali Sree Pritam Abhijeet Bhattacharya
"Pagal Ami Already" Khiladi Bengali Sree Pritam Zubeen Garg
"Mayanga (Malang)" Dhoom 3 Tamil Pritam Abhishek Nailwal
2014 "Daatale Reshami" Timepass Marathi Chinar - Mahesh Chinar Kharkar
"Concert Song" 2 States Tamil & Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Solo

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • Alpha award for Best Playback, for Adhar
  • Maharashtra Kala Niketan Award, for Suna Yeti Gharaat

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""I am known as Mahalukhimi in Assam and Mahalokhi in Calcutta. I have heard stories where they have asked people that when did this Assam native move to Bombay?" – Mahalaxmi Iyer". IndiaFM. March 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  2. ^ "'My day will come too!'". rediff.com. April 7, 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  3. ^ Vij, Manish (2009-01-24). "Jai ho Rahman". Ultrabrown. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 

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