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|Birth name||Raageshwari Loomba|
|Also known as||Ragz|
|Born||25 July 1977|
|Origin||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Genres||pop, Sufi, Spiritual|
|Occupations||Singer, actress, VJ, model, television presenter and yoga expert.|
|Labels||BMG, HMV, Music Today, SAREGAMA|
|Associated acts||Trilok Loomba, Rishabh Loomba|
Raageshwari Loomba (born 25 July 1977) is an Indian pop singer, actress, model, television anchor, former MTV and Channel V VJ, a yoga expert and a motivational speaker. She entered in the fifth season of the reality television show Bigg Boss and was named 'Positive Raaga and the messenger of peace'.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Filmography
- 3 Television
- 4 Theatre
- 5 Discography
- 6 Modeling
- 7 Charitable causes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Raageshwari was born in Mumbai to Trilok Singh Loomba, a National Award-winning musician and government servant, and his wife Veera. She has an elder brother, Rishabh who is a filmmaker. The Sanskrit word Raageshwari means 'the goddess of Ragas' and 'wife of the Lord'.
Raageshwari attended the Auxilium Convent High School. As a child model, she did the rounds of several advertising agencies with her father. At the age of 13, she was noticed by director Shekhar Kapoor and auditioned at a photo shoot for the lead role opposite Bobby Deol but did not secure the part. As a teenager, Raageshwari signed her first film as an actor, Zid (released in 1994). She took a month off from school to complete the shooting but managed to secure a distinction in her Class X exams. She then acted in hit films, including David Dhawan's Aankhen (1993) and Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994).
Later, Raageshwari forayed into television, acting as VJ for the popular countdown shows, BPL Oye. In a later version of the show, she also wrote her own scripts and won innumerable awards. She was given the nickname "Ragz", while working on BPL Oye with Sunil Sahjwani and his team. She was an instant hit with teenagers and young kids.
She then decided to launch herself as a musician. She recorded a scratch demo of the song "Ta Ta Ra Ri Ra Ra" (later the title song of her first album, Duniya) and did the rounds of music companies. However, she faced rejection from them. She and her brother Rishabh then shot the music video in Maldives. The video became very popular and launched Raageshwari's singing career. It was followed by another video, titled "Oye shava." The album went platinum in just a month after its release. Raageshwari then signed a deal with Coca-Cola to do a series of concerts all over India.
In 1998, Raageshwari released her second album, Pyar Ke Rang, in collaboration with her father and brother. The video for the title track was a spin-off on the character of Aida from Giuseppe Verdi's opera, with Raageshwari switching between the characters of Aida and a college girl. The second music video, for the song "Mere Mehboob," depicted her as a young woman separated from her lover. At this point, Raageshwari began touring the world with her dance troupe.
In 2000, Raageshwari and her father collaborated on another album, Y2K Saal Do Hazaar. Raageshwari was suffering from malaria, while shooting for the video "Ikki chikki chikita." The album was released with a concert on the eve of the year 2000. Just a week after the concert, Raageshwari was diagnosed with Bell's palsy, which left her with a paralyzed left side of the face and a slur in her voice. Over the next year, she rehabilitated herself with help of physiotherapy, electrical stimulation and yoga. She did television shows such as Ek do teen and Baar baar dekho on MTV, Kuch Kehti Hai Yeh Dhun on Sony, Quest for BBC and One on One With Raageshwari on TEN Sports.
She then came back with an album in 2006, 'Sagari Rayn' which is a fusion world music album. Her video for the same created quite a stir as it was lavishly shot in the Sultanate of Oman by her brother Rishabh Loomba. The video was the first in Indian history to be released in cinema theatres all over.
Raageshwari has acted in following Hindi-language films:
- Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (2003), Star TV Reporter Priya Narayan
- Tum Jiyo Hazaron Saal (2002), Sunanda Kohli
- Dil Kitna Nadan Hai (1997)
- Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Shivangi
- Zid (1994), Sonia Modi
- Aankhen (1993), Priya Mohan
Raageshwari has hosted following shows on television:
- Baar Baar Dekho Tum, MTV
- MTV Ek Do Teen, MTV
- BPL Oye, Channel [V]
- Show on Indian Mythologies on BBC Quest, BBC
- Kuch Kehti HaiYe Dhun, musical game show on Sony
- Mini Super Stars, kids' show for Kerry Packer
- One on One with Rags, TEN Sports
- Queen's Baton Relay launch (September 2005)
- Sab Gol Maal Hai, SAB TV
- Zip Zap Zoom, a music and entertainment show for kids by ARY Digital (Pakistan)
- Heart Throbs: Hrithik Roshan World Tour Live (2002) Raageshwari was the hostess and one of the performers on the concerts.
- In October 2011 she appeared as a contestant in Indian version of reality show Big Brother, Big Boss (season 5).
- Jeene Ki Aasha NDTV . Raageshwari was a speaker at the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation presentation programme on maternal mortality and infant morbidity in India.
- As Contestant
Evicted Day 21
Raageshwari debuted as a lead in the musical comedy The Graduate alongside Zeenat Aman.
Playback singing in Hindi film:
- Duniya (March 1997)
- Pyaar Ka Rang (July 1998)
- Sach Ka Saath (January 1998)
- Y2K- saal do hazaar (December 1999)
- Sagari Rayn (December 2006)
- Lifting the Veil - Ismaili Ginans(to be released)
Duniya is a pop album released in March 1997. Tracks include:
- Duniya (music video)
- Kudi E' Punjab Di
- Poore Karen Khwaab
- Oye Saathi
- Kal Ki Na Fiqar
- Oye Shaava (music video)
Sach Ka Saath
Sach Ka Saath is a Patriotic Folk Music album by National Award winning Music director/Singer 'Trilok Singh Loomba'. The album released in January 1998. The album featured 'Raageshwari' as a guest singer for the track 'Sach Ka Saath' The other tracks include:
- Sach Ka Saath (music video)
- Bharat Banaayen Milkar
- Yeh Desh Hamaara
- Maya Jaal
- Pyaari Duniya
- Zindagi Kya Se Kya Hui
- Aatanki Aadam
Pyaar Ka Rang
Pyaar Ke Rang is a pop album released in July 1998. Tracks include:
- Pyaar Ka Rang (music video)
- Jawanion Ke Din
- Baby Go For It
- Saat Samundar Par
- Pyaar Ka Khel (music video)
- Mere Mehboob (music video)
Y2K: Saal Do Hazaar
Y2K: Saal Do Hazaar is a pop album released in December 1999. Tracks include:
- Y2K Saal Do Hazaar (music video)
- Y2K Dance Mix (music video)
- Haakan (remix)
- Dil Sheesha
- Ikki Chikki Chikita (music video)
Sagari Rayn is a world music album released in December 2006. Tracks include:
- Sagari Rayn (music video)
- Kadmon Ke Nishan
- Mast Qalandar
- Maavan Te Dhiyan
- Dandiya Medley
- Balle Balle
Lifting the Veil - Ismaili Ginans
Lifting the Veil - Ismaili Ginans (to be released with HMV Saregama) is a spiritual, devotional, Sufi album based on Ginans words of wisdom from the 12th and 13th century. Raageshwari being one of the first Non-Muslims to sing 'Ginans' dedicates it to the people of all religions and intends releasing it to spread the message of love, brotherhood, peace and secularism.
- Aa ae rahem rahemaan
- Ab teri mahobat laagi
- Avichal Allah avichal khaalak
- Sahebji tu(n) more man bhaave
- Dhan dhan aajno daadlore ame harivar paaya
- Aasmaani tambal vaajiya swaami tame bhale aaya
- Aash pooni ham Shah dar paaya
- Ya Aly khoob majaalis zeenat (Munaajaat)
5 Ancient Tibetan Rites - The Secrets to Eternal Youth
Raageshwari released her 2011 DVD dedicated to health and wellness called 5 Ancient Tibetan Rites for people of all age groups. The Five Rites are an ancient set of yogic practices which are predominantly used by Tibetan monks. They are magical practises for retaining youth and to fill one with a dynamic energy.
These potent rites were formulated over 2500 years ago by the monks, and were first revealed to the world by a retired British army officer who went high into the Himalayas to learn them from the monks. Subsequently, a book called the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth was published by Peter Kelder. The DVD showcases how to do the rites in a simple and harmonious manner. In essence they slow down the ageing process and fill one with a vibrant young-looking energy. As a result one can accomplish a lot more, and one looks and feels young despite the passing years very much like Raageshwari. The DVD is available on Sa Re Ga Ma (www.saregama.com).
Om Mani Padme Hum - Tibetan Chants
After the very well received Ancient Tibetan Rites by Raageshwari, her sweet voice will again resonate with spirituality and peace.
Raageshwari's angelic face and youthful looks in the DVD have charmed the music buffs all over. And those who have longed to hear her sweet renditions again, can enjoy a musical treat now. Raageshwari, along with Saregama, has released the magnificent and magical ancient Tibetan chant 'Om Mani Padme Hum' on CD. This ancient chant, which is chanted in monasteries by monks world over, including His Holiness Dalai Lama, is sung for the very first time by an Indian mainstream singer. Raageshwari, in her divine and calming voice, will fill your aura with peace and serenity through this chant. The mantra is said to be a harness for kindness, peace, magnificent strength, beauty and prosperity. Raageshwari is certainly a living example of these qualities. Her rendition of 'Om Mani Padme Hum' (youtube.com) is said to have a calming effect on frayed nerves.
Raageshwari has modeled for many products including Cadbury's Perk chocolates, Casio Rhythm Machines, Voltas Refrigerators, TVS Scooty, Dabur Hair Shampoo, Paas Paas (mouth freshener), Safal Mango Nectar (freshness drink), Freyas (fairness creams), Dance Action Shoes, Tata Sky, and Oman Air. She has also been a brand ambassador for Switzerland Tourism.
Raageshwari has been performing several charitable concerts in aid of the leprosy-afflicted, for 'Alert India' and is a dedicated supporter of the leprosy mission in Nasik and the Mumbai Ackworth Hospital. Raageshwari has also undertaken work for the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation on issues related to Maternal mortality and child morbidity cases in India. She has also put up performances in aid of 'Breast Cancer' for Devika Bhojwani's organization.
Raageshwari has been a loyal supporter of the 'Terry Fox Run' which aids in generating funds for Cancer research. Raageshwari is the brand ambassador for 'India Deaf Expo'. An organization for the welfare and education of the Hearing impaired.
She is a member and supporter of 'PALS' (Plants & Animal Lover's Society) to support the cause of stray animals in India, had adopted a stray dog (Harpo 2007–present). Raageshwari to promote a green eco-friendly Earth had recorded a song on global warming 'We are together'.
Raageshwari is the brand ambassador of the 'Dance with Joy' festival which holds concerts in aid of street children and lately autistic of Mumbai. Raageshwari is now the brand ambassador of the Mumbai Aids Control Society and 'Shakti' Clinics which offer free testing and counseling for AIDS patients. Raageshwari is also a motivational speaker for the AIDS Patients at 'Shakti'.
- "18 till i die with Raageshwari Loomba". DNA. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
- "About Ragz - Getting started". Retrieved 2007-08-17.
- Surabhi Khosla (31 March 2000). "Life is a song". Indian Express. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
- Reema Gehi (12 May 2007). "A magical bond". LifeStyle. Hindustan Times, Mumbai. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
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