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Rekha Bhardwaj performing at Alive India in Concert (Season 2) at Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore on 1 February 2014
|Genres||Playback Singing in Bollywood and Regional Films|
Rekha Bhardwaj (also spelled 'Bharadwaj') is a noted Indian playback singer. She is known in the industry for her distinctive tone, singing style and choice of songs. She was first noted for her song Namak Ishq Da from Omkara and received further acclaim and recognition for her songs Genda Phool (2009), Badi Dheere (2010), Ranjha Ranjha (2010), Darling (2011), Phir Le Aya (2012), Ghaghra (2013), Kabira (2013), Hamari Atariya (2014) and Judaai (2015). Her latest song is Dil Todne Ki from Hawaizaada.
Rekha was a student of music at Hindu College, Delhi. She released her first album titled 'Ishqa Ishqa' in 2002 and won critical acclaim. Her song in the movie Omkara, "Namak Issq Ka", written by Gulzar and composed by her husband, Vishal, won her accolades. She credits both of them with her success. She considers Lata Mangeshkar her idol.
The song "Raat Ki Jogan" from the album, Ishqa Ishqa was conceived in 1994, almost 10 years before it released, when Vishal Bhardwaj had started composing Baba Bulleh Shah's poetry for Rekha's album. She used to go with Vishal for music sittings with Gulzar for his movie Maachis where one day, Gulzar said he would write the words for Rekha's album.
She has also worked as a music assistant to Vishal on the film Hu Tu Tu.
Rekha Bhardwaj then sang for A. R. Rahman in films like Delhi 6 and Raavan. Her song, Genda Phool, from Delhi 6 won her several accolades. The year 2012 saw her sing for music composer Pritam for a film titled Barfi!. The song was titled "Phir le aaya Dil" and won her a few nominations. Bhardwaj again collaborated with Pritam for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. She rendered "Kabira" with Tochi Raina and "Ghagra" with Vishal Dadlani. The former got her and Raina the GIMA Award for Best Duet 2014. The latter was picturised on actress Madhuri Dixit. She again gave her voice to Dixit on the year 2014. She sang "Hamari Atariya" and "Jagaave Saari Raina" for Dedh Ishqiya. Both songs were picturised on Dixit. The songs were composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. She later went on to receive a nomination at the Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer Female for "Humari Atariya". She is currently managed by Mourjo Chatterjee of Tarsame Mittal Talent Management.
|1997||Ek Woh Din Bhi||Chachi 420||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|1999||Ye Kaisi Chaap||Jahan Tum Le Chalo||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Daaru Rum||Godmother||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|2002||Chutta Hai||Makdee||Vishal Bhardwaj||as Rekha Vishal|
|2003||Rone Do||Maqbool||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|2006||Namak Ishq Ka||Omkara||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|2007||Sadiyon Ki Pyaas||Red Swastik||Shammir Tandon|
|2008||Aankhon Se Khwaab||Superstar||Shammir Tandon|
|Phoonk De||No Smoking||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Ta Na Na||Money Hai Toh Honey Hai||Nitin Arora & Sony Chandy|
|2009||Sasural Genda Phool||Delhi-6||A R Rahman||Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer|
|Raat Ke Dhaai Baje||Kaminey||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Piya Jaise Laddoo||Radio||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2010||Ab Mujhe Koi||Ishqiya||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Badi Dheere Jali||National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer|
|Waqt Ne Jo||Sadiyaan||Adnan Sami|
|Ranjha Ranjha||Raavan||A R Rahman|
|2011||Darling||7 Khoon Maaf||Vishal Bhardwaj||Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer with Usha Uthup|
|2012||Swapno Bheja Alo||Doshomi||Debarpito||Bengali Film song|
|2012||Unn Matalabi||Kuni Mulgi Deta Ka Mulgi||Abhijit Pohankar||First Marathi Film Song|
|Phir Le Aaya Dil||Barfi||Pritam|
|2013||Oye Boy Charlie||Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Mast Kalandar||David||Mikey McCleary|
|Kabhi Ashna Kabhi Ajnabi||Humnasheen||Pakistani TV Drama
Nominated-Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack
|Mora Jiya||Maazii||Faizan Hussain – Agnel Roman||Nominated - Best Raag Based Song 2013 at Radio Mirchi Music Awards|
|Kabira||Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani||Pritam|
|Ek Ghadi||D - Day||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy|
|Hamari Atariya Pe||Dedh Ishqiya||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Jagaave Saari Raina|
|2014||Banna Banni||Revolver Rani||Sanjeev Srivastava|
|2014||Aaj Ke Naam||Haider|
|2014||Mileya Mileya||Happy Ending|
- Rekha Bhardwaj at IMDB
- "Music Profile: Rekha Bharadwaj". Hindisong.com. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Lataji can give anyone a complex". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Gulzarsaab is my Santa Claus". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 20 October 2012.