Rekha Bhardwaj

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Rekha Bharadwaj
Rekha Bhardwaj performing at Alive India in Concert - Season 2, Phoenix Marketcity. Bangalore.JPG
Rekha Bhardwaj performing at Alive India in Concert (Season 2) at Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore on 1st Feb 2014
Background information
Genres Playback Singing in Bollywood and Regional Films
Occupations Singer
Years active 1997–present

Rekha Bhardwaj (also spelled 'Bharadwaj') is an Indian playback singer. She is known in the industry for her distinctive singing style. She is the recipient of a National Film Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for the film Ishqiya in 2011. In 2012, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) along with Usha Uthup for the song "Darling" from 7 Khoon Maaf. She is married to the famous director, producer, and music composer, Vishal Bhardwaj.

Professional career[edit]

Rekha was a student of music at Hindu College, Delhi.[1] She released her first album titled 'Ishqa Ishqa' in 2002[2][3] 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.[4]

The song "Raat Ki Jogan" from the album, Ishqa Ishqa was conceived in 1994,[5] 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.

She is currently managed by Mourjo Chatterjee of TM Talent Management.

Her North American tour is currently under production and should start in June of 2014.

Selected discography[edit]

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Year Song Film Music Director Notes
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
Chingari
2006 Namak Ishq Ka Omkara Vishal Bhardwaj
Laakad
O Saathi Re
2007 Sadiyon Ki Pyaas Red Swastik Shammir Tandon
Ehi Thaiyaa Moti Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman Shantanu Moitra
2008 Aankhon Se Khwaab Superstar Shammir Tandon
Phoonk De No Smoking Vishal Bhardwaj
Haal-e-dil Haal–e–dil 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
Aarti Tumhari
Ranaji Gulaal
Beedo Piyush Mishra
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
Kanha Veer Sajid-Wajid
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
Yeshu
Doosri Darling
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 (2013 Hindi film) Mikey McCleary
Kabhi Ashna Kabhi Ajnabi Humnasheen Pakistani TV Drama
Nominated-Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack
Mora Jiya Maazii Faizan Hussain - Agnel Roman
Kabira Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Pritam
Ghagra
Ek Ghadi D - Day Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Hamari Atariya Pe Dedh Ishqiya Vishal Bhardwaj
Jagaave Saari Raina
2014 Banna Banni Revolver Rani Sanjeev Srivastava

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2007/nov/332637.htm
  2. ^ Rekha Bhardwaj at IMDB
  3. ^ "Music Profile: Rekha Bharadwaj". Hindisong.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Lataji can give anyone a complex". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Gulzarsaab is my Santa Claus". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.