|Born||April 5, 1967|
|Genres||Pop singer, Indipop|
Early life and career
Suneeta Rao was born in Germany. She completed her schooling in Mumbai and higher studies at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. During and after college, she acted in many plays such as Evita and musicals such as They're playing our Song and Greased Lightning.
Singing and stage career
Rao started her career with Suneeta Senorita in 1989. She became popular with the song Paree Hoon main'.
Released a Hindi Pop album entitled' Dhuan' in 1991 with HMV, that sold over 75,000 copies, music by Leslie Lewis. The song and the video of Paree from the album made Suneeta Rao a household name, thus leading the press to affectionately crown her the "Paree of the Masses".
Released a Hindi Pop album entitled 'Talaash' in 1999 with HMV, music by Ranjit Barot.
Two videos that hit the screen were the songs Dehka Dehka and Kesariya, two folksy upbeat tracks that reinstated Suneeta Rao at the top of the charts. She then released a new single and music video entitled 'Chhoti Chhoti Baatein' as part of the Magnasound album 'A Reason To Smile' on the occasion of 50 years of Indian Independence. She also featured in a group song in the album called 'Wajah Muskurane Ki'.
Besides going platinum, all the above albums were at the top of the Hindi Music Charts. Her album 'Ab Ke Baras' has lilting, sensuous, joyous music that blends traditional folk music with modern production values.
Her career includes songs from films like Ghulam-e-Mustafa, Dulhan Hum le Jayenge and Kahin pyar na ho jaye.
Suneeta Rao also has shows in Pakistan and Africa in the offing, as well as several other projects for television, theatre and films.
She performed for NDTV in 2008.
Suneeta has just written and recorded an anthem song for global warming. This is a campaign initiated by the ICAI and GYAAN called PLANET ALERT. The song launched the campaign in a radiothon that was aired from June 5, 2009 on BIG 92.7 FM! The song has been produced by Dhruv Ghanekar, and sung by Suneeta herself.
Suneeta Rao launched her new album "WAQT" on the 15th of July 2008 at the Hard Rock Cafe. These Raag-based contemporary songs have been composed by Suneeta Rao, with music arranged by NEXUS, DJ Gaurav Issar and Dudul Saikia. The CD's are available in stores under the Crescendo Music label. The first video will be of the song "SUN ZARA", which is a song for the Girl Child, and is supported by the UNFPA, to address the issue of sex - selection. It has been directed by Rachel Reuben, Shot by Jason West, and stars Suneeta Rao and leading actress Suchitra Pillai.
Earlier this year, Suneeta Rao gave 12 performances in the NDTV Imagine reality show Dhoom Macha De and received the runner up award for the DHOOM FINALE STOPPER!
In 2005, she acted in an off broadway play in New York called Sidd.
She is married to Jason West, a cinematographer based in Mumbai. She is also actively involved and is the spokesperson of an initiative called "Laadli" organized by an NGO called Population First, started by her uncle, Bobby Sista, whose main agenda is "Saving the Girl Child", population control and other social movements in India.
- Suneeta Senorita (1989)
- Ab ke baras
- Paree and other hits
- Choti Choti Batein