Jonita Gandhi

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Jonita Gandhi
Born (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 29)
New Delhi, India
Occupation(s)Playback Singer
Years active2011–present
Websitewww.jonitagandhi.com

Jonita Gandhi is an Indian-born Indo-Canadian singer. She is an adaptable virtuoso who sings in a variety of languages including English, French, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada and Malayalam. She is known to the Indo-Canadian community as Toronto's Nightingale. A young and promising new talent, her name has taken music lovers worldwide by storm. Hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe have come to know her through her YouTube presence, even A.R. Rahman discovered her vocal talent through her YouTube channel. She has grown in her career as an award-winning Playback Singer. Her singing debut in Bollywood started through 'Chennai Express' Title track(in 2013).[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Jonita Gandhi was born in New Delhi, India. She moved to Canada with her family when she was a few months old and grew up in Brampton-Toronto area. Her father, a musician by hobby and an electronics engineer by profession, recognized her potential and encouraged her to sing. Jonita first performed in 2005 at a gig at her father's show in Toronto at a Christmas event and the years to follow became prosperous for her.[4]

Jonita attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her degrees in health science and business. During university, she worked an internship at CIBC World Markets, but continued to sing and perform throughout her education. She has had formal training in Western and Hindustani classical singing.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Jonita Gandhi's professional music career started with YouTube cover songs in collaboration with Aakash Gandhi when she was 17. 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 Someone Like You, Pani Da Rang, Tujhko Jo Paaya, Tum Hi Ho, Suhaani Raat, Yeh Honsla and many others. Her beginning concerts typically consisted of these covers.[5]

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. Afterward, 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.[7]

Jonita's work as a playback singer has significantly expanded since and she has been nominated for several awards. Her relevance stems from positive association with multiple extremely successful music directors, ranging from A. R. Rahman to Pritam and more. Rahman featured Jonita in the concert film One Heart (film) and, like many other music directors, typically requests Jonita to perform with him at concerts; in example Jonita performed at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai with Salim–Sulaiman and Amit Trivedi on MTV Unplugged.[2]

The Breakup Song is her most successful song to-date and has brought her many award nominations and wider recognition. It is expected that with her success she will release more independent music.

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 Composer Notes
2019 "Dil Ka Telephone" Dream Girl Meet Bros
"Hey Amigo" Kaappaan (Tamil) Harris Jayaraj
"Kaattalakal" Pathinettam Padi (Malayalam) A.H. Kaashif
"Angrezi Luv Shuv" The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Amit Trivedi
"Haaye Oye (Acoustic)" Single QARAN
"Ganga: The River of People" Single A. R. Rahman Apollo Tyres
"Rajvaadi Odhni" Kalank Pritam
"Speaker Phat Jaaye" Total Dhamaal Gourov-Roshin
"Sadke Jawaan" SP Chauhan Vibhas
"Jhumka Bareli Wala"
"Main To Jee Rahi" End Counter Rahul Jain
2018 "Eh le Himmat" Single Ranjit Barot Jammin'
"Nis Din Nis Din" Single A. R. Rahman
"Rekkai Thulirtha" Kaatrin Mozhi (Tamil) A.H. Kaashif
"Jheeni Jheeni" Single Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
"Love'Otsavam" Next Enti? (Telugu) Ramajogayya Sastry
"Sar Utha Ke Jiyo" Single Arjun Kanungo HDFC Life
"Chogada (Unplugged)" Loveyatri Lijo George -Dj Chetas
"Taajub Hai" Single Gulraj Singh OnePlus Playback
"OMG Ponnu" Sarkar (Tamil) A. R. Rahman
"OMG Pilla" Sarkar (Telugu)
"Ninne Vidavanule" Anaganaga O Premakatha (Telugu) KC Anjan
"Sacchi Mohabbat" Manmarziyaan Amit Trivedi
"Aahista" Laila Majnu Niladri Kumar
"Allah Duhai Hai" Race 3 JAM8
"Kanne Kanne" Single (Tamil) Leon James 7UP Madras Gig
"Orey Oru" Kolamavu Kokila (Tamil) Anirudh Ravichander
"Lag Ja Gale" Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Rana Mazumder
"Tip Tip" Lockdown (Reality Show) Badshah (rapper)
"Kala Jora" ZEE5 Originals.

Winner, Best Singer- Jury at Indian Television Academy Awards

"Jab Ghar Ki Raunak" Single Ana Rehman Nerolac
"Anthe Kada Mari" Lover (Telugu) Ankit Tiwari
"Jeeya Mar Ke (Tum Mile Dil Khile)" Single Parichay Saregama Music
"Nasha Tera" When Obama Loved Osama Rishabh Sambhav Jain
"Padharo Mawla" Single Salim–Sulaiman
"Dil Beparwah" Phamous Sundeep Gosswami and Surya Vishwakarma
"Nokho Anokho" Oxygen (Gujarati) Parth Bharat Thakkar
"Raahat" Single Ashish-Vijay T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Haq Hai" Budh: Short Film Shreyas Puranik Times Music
"Bas Tu Hai" 3 Storeys Clinton Cerejo
"Kaadhal" Single A.H.Kaashif
"Lamhein Beetey Hue" Single Anurag Godbole
"Castles" Future Perfect Anish Sood Music Album
"Azhagae" Irumbu Thirai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Aayat Bane Hum" Single Mickey J. Meyer T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Sayaani" Padman Amit Trivedi
2017 "Bhinjaaun" Mijaaj (Gujarati) Meghdhanush
"Yevevo" Hello (Telugu) Anup Rubens Co-singer: Akhil Akkineni
"I Love You, Re Mari Savaar" Love Ni Bhavai (Gujarati) Sachin–Jigar
"Andekha, Ansuna, Anchua" Single Vishal Bhardwaj Zee Brand Anthem
"Iraiva" Velaikkaran (Tamil) Anirudh Ravichander
"Bagiya Mein" Rangreza (Pakistani) Qurram Hussain Nominated, Best Singer (Female) at Lux Style Awards
"Will you marry me" Bhoomi Sachin–Jigar
"Lagdi Hai Thaai" Simran Sachin–Jigar
"Yaadon Mein" Jab Harry Met Sejal Pritam
"Ashi Kashi" Dry Day (Marathi) Ashwin Srinivasan
"Chandralekha" A Gentleman Sachin–Jigar
"Ae Dil" Punjab Nahi Jaungi (Pakistani) Shiraz Uppal
"Lafz Unkahe" Lafz Unkahe Ajay Singha Music Album
"Raakh Baakhi" Mom A. R. Rahman
"Affoo Khudaya" FU: Friendship Unlimited (Marathi) Samir Saptiskar
"Ela Thelchaali" Kaadhali (Telugu) Prasan Praveen Shyam
"Yaara Meherbaan" Boss 2: Back to Rule (Bengali) Jeet Gannguli
"Kehne Ko" Dear Maya Anupam Roy
"Raat Abhi Baaki Hai" Single Shayadshah Shahebdin Times Music
"Bhalobeshe Felechi" Ami Je Ke Tomar (Bengali) Indradeep Dasgupta
"Udd Chal" Single Srihari Jagannathan Chennai Street Band
"Ye Jawaani Teri" Meri Pyaari Bindu Sachin–Jigar
"Takdi Ravan" Jindua (Punjabi) Arjuna Harjai
"One More Thumka" Mahi NRI (Punjabi)
"Azhagiye" Kaatru Veliyidai A. R. Rahman
"Hamsaro" Cheliyaa
"Saajan Aayo Re" Ok Jaanu
2016 "Tere Bina" Shorgul Niladri Kumar
"Gilehriyaan" Dangal Pritam Chakraborty Winner, Critics' Choice Female Vocalist of The Year at Mirchi Music Awards
"Kannadi Poovukku" Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Santhosh Dayanidhi
"Neenene Hosa Kanasu" Niruttara (Kannada) Niladri Kumar
"Aalangisu Baa Nannanu"
"The Breakup Song" Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 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

"Pink Anthem" Pink Anupam Roy
"Meetha Zeher" Playing Priya: Short Film Joi Barua
"Yaara" Single A. R. Rahman Jammin'
"Tu Hai" Single Salim–Sulaiman
"Sau Tarah Ke" Dishoom Pritam
"Idhu Naal" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada A. R. Rahman
"Mei Nigara" 24 (Tamil)
"Manasuke" 24 (Telugu)
"Deivam Raasina Kavitha"
"Blessings from the Sky" Pelé: Birth of a Legend
"Deewaren: Unity Song for Holi" First Date: Musical Short Film[8] Vinay Jaiswal
"First Date"
2015 "Woh Tho Yahin Hai Lekin" Main Aur Charles Vipin Patwa
"Premika" Dilwale Pritam
"Mental Manadhil" O Kadhal Kanmani (Tamil) A. R. Rahman
"Mental Madhilo" OK Bangaram (Telugu)
"Ye Kadhaa" Kerintha (Telugu) Micky J. Meyer
"Can't Forget You" Tujhe Bula Diya with Arjun Arjun
"Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2 (Telugu) S. Thaman
2014 "Rimco" Gang of Ghosts Dharam Sandeep
"Tasalli" Lekar Hum Deewana Dil A. R. Rahman Bonus Track
"Maaloom"
"Dil Chaspiya" Kochadaiiyaan
"Geet Gaaon" Raunaq
"Aa Bhi Jaa"
"Kahaan Hoon Main" Highway
"Implosive Silence"
"Eai Ki Prem" Bangali Babu English Mem Rishi Chanda
2013 "E Mon Aajkal" Majnu (Bengali)
"Pinjra" MTV Coke Studio India (Season 3) Clinton Cerejo
"Chennai Express" Chennai Express Vishal-Shekhar

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. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "Jonita Gandhi". Jonita Gandhi.
  4. ^ Panjwani, Radhika (16 April 2014). "Bollywood crooner from Brampton enroute to stardom | BramptonGuardian.com". BramptonGuardian.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Jonita Gandhi: Lucky my first Bollywood song for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer". NDTV.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  6. ^ "A voice that touched Big B's heart". The Hindu.com. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  7. ^ "My efforts have paid off with 'Highway', says singer Jonita Gandhi". IBN Live.in.com. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  8. ^ "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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