Jonita Gandhi

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Jonita Gandhi
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Gandhi at a studio
NationalityIndian
OccupationPlayback singer
Years active2011–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
Websitejonitagandhi.com

Jonita Gandhi is an Indian playback singer predominantly in Tamil , Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Punjabi languages. She is well known for her YouTube presence. Her singing debut started through Chennai Express title track (in 2013).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Deepak Gandhi, a musician by hobby and an electrical and electronics engineer by profession, recognized her potential and encouraged her to sing.[2]

Jonita attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her degrees in health science and business. During university, she worked as an intern at CIBC World Markets but continued to sing and perform throughout her education. She has had formal training in Western and Hindustani classical singing.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Gandhi performs at Aurora, IIIT Gwalior in 2018.
Jonita at IIFA 2017 Green Carpet

Jonita Gandhi grew up around music as both her father and brother were part time musicians. They would often perform cover songs together at live community events. At age 16, she auditioned for Canadian Idol but didn't get past the audition rounds. She began making YouTube covers from her bedroom, sometimes featuring other local musicians including Akash Gandhi.[5] The videos quickly went viral and led to a myriad of opportunities to perform. Her hits on YouTube began with covers of well-known Hindi-film songs, such as, Pani Da Rang, Tujhko Jo Paaya, Tum Hi Ho, Suhaani Raat, Yeh Honsla and many others. Her beginning concerts typically consisted of these covers.[3]

Her jump to playback singing began with an opportunity to perform alongside Sonu Nigam. This tour crossed various countries including Russia, UK, US and the Caribbean. Afterwards, her sights were set on starting a career in the Bollywood music industry. On the heels of Sonu Nigam's world tour, Jonita stepped into the world of playback singing with a debut in Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. The music for this film was composed by Vishal–Shekhar and her feature in the song was happen-stance; it was during a meeting with Vishal-Shekhar's mix engineer Abhishek Ghatak. She further solidified her place in Bollywood with the movie Highway, singing both Kahaan Hoon Main and Implosive Silence.[6]

Jonita worked as a playback singer with music directors including A. R. Rahman and Pritam. Rahman featured Jonita in the concert film One Heart (film). Jonita performed at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai with Salim–Sulaiman and with Amit Trivedi on MTV Unplugged.[7]

In 2020, Jonita was involved in mentoring and judging the Indian kids singing reality show Taare Zameen Par on StarPlus[8]

Discography[edit]

List of songs recorded by Jonita Gandhi. The list includes tracks recorded for film and non-film albums".

Year Song title Film/Soundtrack/Album Language Composer Notes
2013 "Chennai Express" Chennai Express Hindi Vishal-Shekhar
"Pinjra" MTV Coke Studio India (Season 3) HindI Clinton Cerejo
"E Mon Aajkal" Majnu Bengali Rishi Chanda
2014 "Eai Ki Prem" Bangali Babu English Mem Bengali
"Implosive Silence" Highway Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Kahaan Hoon Main"
"Aa Bhi Jaa" Raunaq Hindi
"Geet Gaaon"
"Dil Chaspiya" Kochadaiiyaan Hindi
"Maaloom" Lekar Hum Deewana Dil Hindi
"Tasalli" Bonus Track
"Simply Sufi" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Simply Sufi TVC ad
"Rimco" Gang of Ghosts Hindi Dharam Sandeep
2015 "Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2 Telugu S. Thaman
"Can't Forget You (Tujhe Bula Diya)" Single Hindi, English Arjun Music Video
"Ye Kadhaa" Kerintha Telugu Micky J. Meyer
"Mental Manadhil" O Kadhal Kanmani Tamil A. R. Rahman
"Mental Madhilo" OK Bangaram Telugu
"Premika" Dilwale Hindi Pritam
"Woh Tho Yahin Hai Lekin" Main Aur Charles Hindi Vipin Patwa
2016 "First Date" First Date: Musical Short Film[9] Hindi Vinay Jaiswal
"Deewaren: Unity Song for Holi"
"Blessings from the Sky" Pelé: Birth of a Legend English A. R. Rahman
"Deivam Raasina Kavitha" 24 (Telugu version) Telugu
"Manasuke"
"Mei Nigara" 24 (Tamil version) Tami
"Idhu Naal" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada Tamil
"Sau Tarah Ke" Dishoom Hindi Pritam
"Tu Hai" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Jammin'
"Yaara" Single Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Meetha Zeher" Playing Priya: Short Film Hindi Joi Barua
"Away & Beyond" Single English Arjuna Harjai Maruti Ciaz
"Satellite" Dance Under the Influence English Sanjoy Music Album
"Pink Anthem" Pink Hindi Anupam Roy
"The Breakup Song" Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Hindi Pritam Nominated, Most Entertaining Singer (Female) at Big ZEE Entertainment Awards

Nominated, Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Female

Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer

Nominated, Best Playback – Female at Stardust Awards

"Neenene Hosa Kanasu" Niruttara Kannada Niladri Kumar
"Aalangisu Baa Nannanu"
2017 "Kannadi Poovukku" Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Tamil Santhosh Dayanidhi
"Gilehriyaan" Dangal Hindi Pritam Chakraborty Winner, Critics' Choice Female Vocalist of The Year at Mirchi Music Awards
"Tere Bina" Shorgul Hindi Niladri Kumar
"Saajan Aayo Re" Ok Jaanu Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Hamsaro" Cheliyaa Telugu
"Azhagiye" Kaatru Veliyidai Tamil
"Takdi Ravan" Jindua Punjabi Arjuna Harjai
"One More Thumka" Mahi NRI Punjabi
"Ye Jawaani Teri" Meri Pyaari Bindu Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Udd Chal" Single Hindi Srihari Jagannathan Chennai Street Band
"Bhalobeshe Felechi" Ami Je Ke Tomar Bengali Indradeep Dasgupta
"Raat Abhi Baaki Hai" Single Hindi Shayadshah Shahebdin Times Music
"Kehne Ko" Dear Maya Hindi Anupam Roy
"Yaara Meherbaan" Boss 2: Back to Rule Bengali Jeet Gannguli
"Ela Thelchaali" Kaadhali Telugu Prasan Praveen Shyam
"Affoo Khudaya" FU: Friendship Unlimited Marathi Samir Saptiskar
"Raakh Baakhi" Mom Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Lafz Unkahe" Lafz Unkahe Hindi Ajay Singha Music Album
"Ae Dil" Punjab Nahi Jaungi Hindi Shiraz Uppal
"Chandralekha" A Gentleman Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Ashi Kashi" Dry Day Marathi Ashwin Srinivasan
"Yaadon Mein" Jab Harry Met Sejal Hindi Pritam
"Lagdi Hai Thaai" Simran Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Will you marry me" Bhoomi Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Bagiya Mein" Rangreza Hindi Qurram Hussain Nominated, Best Singer (Female) at Lux Style Awards
"Iraiva" Velaikkaran Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
2018 "Andekha, Ansuna, Anchua" Single Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj Zee Brand Anthem
"I Love You, Re Mari Savaar" Love Ni Bhavai Gujarati Sachin–Jigar
"Yevevo" Hello Telugu Anup Rubens Co-singer: Akhil Akkineni
"Bhinjaaun" Mijaaj Gujarati Meghdhanush
"Sayaani" Padman Hindi Amit Trivedi
"Aayat Bane Hum" Single Hindi Mickey J. Meyer T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Azhagae" Irumbu Thirai Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Castles" Future Perfect English Anish Sood Music Album
"Lamhein Beetey Hue" Single Hindi Anurag Godbole
"Kaadhal" Single Tamil A.H.Kaashif
"Bas Tu Hai" 3 Storeys Hindi Clinton Cerejo
"Haq Hai" Budh: Short Film Hindi Shreyas Puranik Times Music
"Raahat" Single Hindi Ashish-Vijay T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Nokho Anokho" Oxygen Gujarati Parth Bharat Thakkar
"Dil Beparwah" Phamous Hindi Sundeep Gosswami and Surya Vishwakarma
"Padharo Mawla" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
"Nasha Tera" When Obama Loved Osama Hindi Rishabh Sambhav Jain
"Jeeya Mar Ke (Tum Mile Dil Khile)" Single Hindi Parichay Saregama Music
"Lag Ja Gale" Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Hindi Rana Mazumder
"Orey Oru" Kolamavu Kokila Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
"Kanne Kanne" Single Tamil Leon James 7UP Madras Gig
"Allah Duhai Hai" Race 3 Hindi JAM8
"Aahista" Laila Majnu Hindi Niladri Kumar
"Sacchi Mohabbat" Manmarziyaan Hindi Amit Trivedi
"Ninne Vidavanule" Anaganaga O Premakatha Telugu KC Anjan
"OMG Pilla" Sarkar (Telugu version) Telugu A. R. Rahman
"OMG Ponnu" Sarkar (Tamil version) Tamil
"Taajub Hai" Single Hindi Gulraj Singh OnePlus Playback
"Chogada (Unplugged)" Loveyatri Hindi Lijo George -Dj Chetas
"Sar Utha Ke Jiyo" Single Hindi Arjun Kanungo HDFC Life
"Love'Otsavam" Next Enti? Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry
"Jheeni Jheeni" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
"Rekkai Thulirtha" Kaatrin Mozhi Tamil A.H. Kaashif
"Nis Din Nis Din" Single Hindi A. R. Rahman Jammin'
"Eh le Himmat" Single Hindi Ranjit Barot
"Anthe Kadha Mari" Lover Telugu Ankit Tiwari
2019 "Main To Jee Rahi" End Counter Hindi Rahul Jain
"Jhumka Bareli Wala" SP Chauhan Hindi Vibhas
"Sadke Jawaan (Reprise)"
"Speaker Phat Jaaye" Total Dhamaal Hindi Gourov-Roshin
"Rajvaadi Odhni" Kalank Hindi Pritam
"Ganga: The River of People" Single Hindi Prakash Apollo Tyres
"Haaye Oye (Acoustic)" Single Hindi QARAN
"Engleesu Lovesu" Pakkiri Tamil Amit Trivedi
"Angrezi Luv Shuv" The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Hindi
"Jilebara" Thumbaa Tamil Vivek–Mervin
"Kaattalakal" Pathinettam Padi Malayalam A.H. Kaashif
"Hey Amigo" Kaappaan Tamil Harris Jayaraj
Bandobast Telugu
"Nach Baliye" Single Hindi Lijo George -Dj Chetas Nach Baliye season nine theme song
"Dil Ka Telephone" Dream Girl Hindi Meet Bros
"Sandakari Neethan" Sanga Thamizhan Tamil Vivek–Mervin
"Humraahi" Single Hindi Arjuna Harjai OnePlus Playback
"Priyasakhi" Single Tamil
"Tere Bina" (Acoustic) Single Hindi Zaeden
"Bachpan Ki Dhun" Single Hindi Ankur Tewari CRY - Child Rights and You
"Pink Gulaabi Sky" The Sky Is Pink Hindi Pritam
"The Naari Naari Song" Made In China Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Nee Sirichalum" Action Tamil Hiphop Tamizha
"Ab Aaja" Flip Hindi Gajendra Verma Music Album
2020 "Sun Sajna" Bhangra Paa Le Hindi Rishi Rich, Kiranee, Yash Narvekar
"Peg Sheg" A Bazz, Nilotpal Munshi (Jam8)
"Dil Kho Ke" Single Hindi Arjun Kanungo
"Marandhaye" Teddy Tamil D. Imman
"Bhankas" Baaghi 3 Hindi Tanishk Bagchi
"Roiyaan Ve" Single Hindi Arjuna Harjai
"Chuney Chuney" Maska Hindi Mikey McCleary A Netflix original film
"Hum Haar Nahin Maanenge" Single Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Main Tumhara" Dil Bechara Hindi Winner, Best Original Song at FOI Online Awards
"Dusk Stories" Single Hindi Sanjoy
"Bin Bole Baby Tu" Single Punjabi Jitendra Vishwakarma & Arvind Kumar Music Video
"Mai Ni Meriye" Single Hindi Lost Stories
"Jab Tum Paas Ho" Single Hindi Salim - Sulaiman Music Video
"India Together" Single Hindi Gajendra Verma
"Aage Ki Soch" Single Hindi Akshay The One & Shashwat Singh
"En Peru Enna Kelu" Kaatteri Tamil S. N. Prasad
"Manasu Eegaaitu" Butterfly Kannada Amit Trivedi
"Mastiyaapa" Bandish Bandits Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy An original Indian web series on Amazon Prime Video
"Couple Goals"
"Sajan Bin"
"Chellama" Doctor Tamil Anirudh Ravichandar
"Sansaar" EK Hindi Ricky Kej Music Album
"Ladd Chaley" Single Hindi Siddharth Mahadevan & Souumil The Indian Express: 26/11 Stories of Strength
"Naino" Waah Zindagi Hindi Parag Chhabra
"Single Ladies " Indoo Ki Jawani Hindi Rochak Kohli
"Kaun Tujhe (Finding The Light)" Single Hindi, English Arjun Original Music: Amaal Mallik
"Jheeni Jheeni" Bhoomi Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
2021 "Pudhidhaai" Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee Tamil Darbuka Siva
"Enil Paaindhidum" Sinam Tamil Shabir
"Mahi Mera Ranjha" The Girl on the Train (2021 film) Punjabi Sunny and Inder Bawra
"Tu Kabhi Kabhi" Songs of Love Hindi Amit Trivedi Music Album
"Arakkiye" Single Tamil AniVee Music Video
"Top Tucker" Single Hindi, Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Baggage (Ishq Mushkil Hai)" Single Hindi, English Arjun
"Main Janu Na" Single Hindi Arjuna Harjai
"Baby! Tu Na Jaa" Time to Dance Hindi Gurinder Seagal
"Evo Evo Kalale" Love Story Telugu Pawan Ch
"Seemanthapoo" 99 Songs Tamil A. R. Rahman
"Meherma" Single Hindi Samira Koppikar Zee Music Originals
"Hum Tum" Single Hindi Naresh-Anand Times Music
"Dildariyaan" MOODZ Hindi Parichay Music Album
"Wo Deewana Ladka" My Indian Boyfriend Hindi Shravan Bharadwaj
"Mera Jee Karda" Single Punjabi J Statik Music Video, Co-singer: Deep Jandu
"Kinni Soni" Feels Like Ishq Punjabi,English Sameer Kaushal & Ayushmann Khurrana A Netflix original series
"Na Na" Single Punjabi Dj Lyan & Mickey Singh Music Video
"Gallaan Teriyaan" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
"Ganeshay Dheemahi" Single Sanskrit Ajay - Atul Times Music Spiritual,

Recreated by Shailesh Dani

"Ghost Party" Annabelle Sethupathi Tamil Krishna Kishor
"Mehndi Te Vavi" Single Gujarati Lost Stories Music Video
"4 AM" Single Punjabi Mickey Singh
"Sai Shirdi Sai" 99 Songs Kannada A. R. Rahman
"Chittemma" Varun Doctor Telugu Anirudh Ravichander
"Nenjae Nenjae" Borrder Tamil Sam C. S.
"Chal Koi Na (Let it Go)" Single Punjabi DJ Lyan, Jay Skilly & Mickey Singh Music Video
"Bach Ke Rehna (Red Notice)" Single Hindi R. D. Burman, Badshah, DIVINE,

Mikey McCleary

Music Video, Promotional Track for Red Notice (A Netflix original film)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From a YouTube sensation to a Bolly playback, Toronto girl Jonita Gandhi sings to t2". The Telegraph India.com. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ Panjwani, Radhika (16 April 2014). "Bollywood crooner from Brampton en route to stardom | BramptonGuardian.com". BramptonGuardian.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jonita Gandhi: Lucky my first Bollywood song for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer". NDTV.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  4. ^ "A voice that touched Big B's heart". The Hindu.com. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  5. ^ Exclusive JONITA GANDHI Interview | In Conversation with Amin Dhillon (Ep. 5), retrieved 9 April 2021
  6. ^ "My efforts have paid off with 'Highway', says singer Jonita Gandhi". IBN Live.in.com. 5 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Jonita Gandhi sings on the tunes of AR Rahman in the upcoming Bollywood film 'Highway'". News Wala.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Now, Shankar Mahadevan turns mentor for child singers on reality show Taare Zameen Par, along with Tony Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi". mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com. 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Seven Singers Come Together this Holi to Celebrate Unity with Deewaren". The Times of India. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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