Mahalakshmi Iyer

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Mahalakshmi Iyer
Born Mumbai, India
Genres Playback singing, Indian classical music, folk, Indipop
Occupation(s) Singer, playback singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1997–present

Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Assamese, and Kannada.[1]

Career[edit]

Mahalakshmi made her singing debut with Assamese Film Rang music directed by Zubeen Garg, she sung the song 'Rang Tumi Howane'. While she made her Bollywood debut with the film Dus, which was Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy's debut as music directors in 1997, though the album released in 1999. She went on to work frequently with them. She then sang the track Ae Ajnabee with Udit Narayan for A. R. Rahman in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. (1998).

Since then she has sung many songs in films, serials, jingles and original albums.[2] She was part of several successful soundtracks such as Mission Kashmir, Yaadein and Saathiya and worked with some of the biggest music composers like A. R. Rahman, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Jatin-Lalit and more.

She has sung for many Yash Raj Films' biggest hits like Dhoom 2, Bunty Aur Babli, Salaam Namaste and Fanaa and most recent successful albums like Ta Ra Rum Pum and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

She was known for her performances in songs like "Kabhi Sham Dhale" from Sur – The Melody of Life (2002), "Har Taraf" from Rishtey (2002) and for hit songs like "Chup Chup Ke" from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), "Aaj Ki Raat" from Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006) and "Bol Na Halke Halke" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

She sang on the Academy Award winning song "Jai Ho" for A. R. Rahman in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Specifically, she sang the Hindi words between the short "Jai Ho" chants, as well as portions of the verses (most of which were sung by Sukhwinder Singh).[3]

She rendered background vocal to the very famous Ghazal of Pankaj Udhas named Aur Ahistaa.

She has rendered her voice to many private album remixes notably Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar and Baahon Mein Chali Aao, which was originally rendered by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. Mahalakshmi has recorded hundreds of commercial advertisements on television.

Personal life[edit]

Mahalakshmi comes from a musical family. Her mother is a Carnatic classical singer. She began learning Hindustani music at an early age as did her three sisters, Kalpana, Padmini and Shobha. Iyer grew up in Chembur, Mumbai, and is a graduate of R.A.Podar College & Economics, Mumbai.[citation needed]

Television Songs[edit]

Year Name of Serial Composer Company / Production
2000 Kasamm Lalit Sen Balaji Telefilms
2002-2003 Kuchh Jhuki Palkain Lalit Sen Balaji Telefilms
2002-2005 Kehta Hai Dil Lalit Sen Balaji Telefilms
2002–2006 Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani Pritam Ananda Films & Telecomm. Pvt. Ltd.
2003–2004 Aandhi Lalit Sen Siddhant Cinevision
2006-2007 Thodi Khushi Thode Gham Uttank Vora Shobhana Desai Production Pvt Ltd & Adlabs
2006-2009 Banoo Main Teri Dulhann K.C. Loy & Aashish Rego Shakuntalam Telefilms
2007-2008 Meri Awaz Ko Mil Gayi Roshni Jeet Ganguly Fox Television Studios
2008-2010 Miley Jab Hum Tum Shaleen Sharma Sunshine Productions & Endemol India
2009–2011 Majhiya Priyala Preet Kalena Shreekant Thakare Balaji Telefilms
2010–present Bandh Reshmache Shreekant Thakare Balaji Telefilms
2015-Present Aadhe Adhoore N/A Ananda Films & Zindagi TV Productions

In 2013, Mahalakshmi Iyer sang a song with Udit Narayan titled "Ek dil banaaya, phir pyar basaaya", penned by Raghvendra Singh in music direction of Navin Manish for Rajshri 's TV show Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga on Sahara One.

Selected Film Songs[edit]

Year Song Film Language Music director Co-singer(s)
1996 "Rang Tumi Howane" Rang Assamese Zubeen Garg Zubeen Garg
1997 "Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo (Hindustani)" Dus Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique Cerejo
1998 "Ae Ajnabee" Dil Se.. Hindi A. R. Rahman Udit Narayan
"Meettatha Oru Veenai" Poonthottam Tamil Ilaiyaraaja Hariharan
1999 "Velli Malare" Jodi Tamil A. R. Rahman S. P. Balasubramanyam
"Vanna Poonga" Jodi Tamil A. R. Rahman Srinivas
"Tumne Na Humse" Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi Hindi Vishal Shekhar Solo
"Dil Se Mere" Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi Hindi Vishal Shekhar Shekhar Ravjiani
"Kurukku Siruthhavale" Mudhalvan Tamil & Telugu A. R. Rahman Hariharan
"Dillagi Dillagi" Dillagi Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Jaspinder Narula
"Kya Yeh Sach Hai" Dillagi Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan
2000 "So Jaa Chandaa" Mission Kashmir Hindi Loy Mendonsa Solo
"Yaaro Yaarodi" Alaipayuthey Tamil A. R. Rahman Richa Sharma, Vaishali
"Kandukonden Kandukonden" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil & Telugu A. R. Rahman Hariharan
"Ennavo Ennavo" Priyamanavale Tamil S. A. Rajkumar Hariharan
"Enakoru Snegidhi" Priyamanavale Tamil S. A. Rajkumar Hariharan
"Pollatha Madhana Paanam" Hey Ram Tamil Ilaiyaraaja Annupamaa
2001 "Hasde Hasde" Abhay Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
"Siri Siri" Aalavandhan Tamil Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
"Poove Vai Pesum" 12B Tamil Harris Jayaraj Harish Raghavendra
"Mutham Mutham" 12B Tamil Harris Jayaraj KK
"Dhin Dhinak" Manasantha Nuvve Telugu R. P. Patnaik Solo
"Yaar Teri Bewafai" Love You Hamesha Hindi A. R. Rahman Solo
"E Chota Nenunna" Ninnu Choodalani Telugu S. A. Rajkumar Hariharan
"Yaadein Yaad Aati Hai" Yaadein Hindi Anu Malik Sunidhi Chauhan
"Malai Kattru Vandhu" Vedham Tamil Vidhyasagar Hariharan
2002 "Har Taraf Tu Hi" Rishtey Hindi Sanjeev Darshan Shaan
"Daayi Daayi Dhamma" Indra Telugu Mani Sharma KK
"Chalka Chalka Re" Saathiya Hindi A. R. Rahman Richa Sharma, Vaishali
"Kabhie Sham Dhale" Sur – The Melody of Life Hindi M. M. Kreem Solo
"Goyyaka Koiyaakkaa" Alaudin Tamil Mani Sharma Karthik
"Oohh Yeah" Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy KK
"Ghatothkacha Kalaadhara" Pammal K. Sambandam Tamil Deva Srinivas
2003 "Aao Milke Gaayein" Armaan Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Mahadevan
"Main Gaaon" Armaan Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan, Shaan
"Okkasari Pilichavante" Chantigadu Telugu Vandemataram Srinivas Udit Narayan
"Nenjam Oru Murai" Vaseegara Tamil S. A. Rajkumar Srinivas
"Tere Ishq Mein" Supari Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Vishal Dadlani
"Jab Kabhi" Jhankaar Beats Hindi Vishal-Shekhar KK
"Mujhe Tumse Muhabbat Hai" Qayamat: City Under Threat Hindi Nadeem Shravan Kumar Sanu
"Mera Dil Dil Toh Lele" Qayamat: City Under Threat Hindi Nadeem Shravan Shaan
"ABBG" Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Udit Narayan
"Baat Meri Suniye" Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan
"Manmadha Manmadha" Tagore Telugu Mani Sharma Malikkarjun
"Nindu Noorella " Praanam Telugu Kamalakar Sonu Nigam
2004 "Yeh Dhuaan" Charas Hindi Raju Singh Solo
"Aakasam Sakshi Ga" Adavi Ramudu Telugu Mani Sharma Sonu Nigam
"Luxembourg Lux Sundari" Samba Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Athi Methani" Balu ABCDEFG Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Asaanaa Asaanaa" Kuththu Tamil Srikanth Deva Subeeb Khan
"Kuchh To Ho Raha Hai" Shaadi Ka Laddoo Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Shaan
"Tum Kaho To" Shaadi Ka Laddoo Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Udit Narayan
"Pyar Mein Sau Uljhane" Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Prakash
"Ishq Khudai" Rudraksh Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Krishna, Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Pandit
"Ninna Mareyalare" Kanchana Ganga Kannada S. A. Rajkumar Udit Narayan
"Abhi Nahi Aur Kabhi" Stop! Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sowmya Raoh
2005 "Chup Chup Ke" Bunty Aur Babli Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Sonu Nigam
"Thadava Thadava" Style Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Aakashaveedilo" Orey Pandu Telugu Anand Raj Anand Sonu Nigam
"Miraksam" Waqt: The Race Against Time Hindi Anu Malik Sudesh Bhosle, Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan
"Chandamama" Athadu Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Koi Aisa Alam" Karam Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
"Mudoche Kopalu" Narasimhudu Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Tu Jahaan" Salaam Namaste Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
"Neredu Pallu" Subash Chandra Bose Telugu Mani Sharma Hariharan
"Jaaniya Ve" Dus Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Hariharan
"Ee Nanna Kannaane" Abhi Kannada Gurukiran Udit Narayan
"Dil Ke Arma Tarse" Aanch Hindi Sanjeev Darshan Sonu Nigam
"Thumbs Up Thunder" Jai Chiranjeeva Telugu Mani Sharma Nihar
"Koi Aisa Alam" Karam Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
2006 "Uyirilae" Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil & Telugu Harris Jayaraj Srinivas
"Choododdhu" Pokiri Telugu Mani Sharma Karthik
"Dil Laga Na" Dhoom 2 Hindi/Tamil/Telugu Pritam Jolly Mukherjee, Suzanne D'Mello, Sukhbir
"Go Go Gova" Stalin Telugu Mani Sharma Ranjith
"Aaj Ki Raat" Don: The Chase Begins Again Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Alisha Chinai, Sonu Nigam
"Des Rangila" Fanaa Hindi Jatin-Lalit Solo
"Chanda Chamke" Fanaa Hindi Jatin-Lalit Babul Supriyo
"Varevva" Ranam Telugu Mani Sharma Mallikarjun
"Rock N' Roll Soniye" Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan
2007 "Bol Na Halke Halke" Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
"Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shankar Mahadevan, KK, Sukhwinder Singh
"Mudhal Naal Indru" Unnale Unnale Tamil Harris Jayaraj KK, Pop Shalini
"Baat Pakki" Just Married Hindi Pritam Shaan, Sukhwinder Singh
"Yeko Yeno" Arasu Kannada Joshua Sridhar Solo
"Jab Chhaye" Hattrick Hindi Pritam Solo
"Zara Gungunalein" Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Hindi Shantanu Moitra Babul Supriyo
"Tenu Leke" Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Sonu Nigam
"Ta Ra Rum Pum" Ta Ra Rum Pum Hindi & Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Shaan
"Hey Shona" Ta Ra Rum Pum Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Shaan
"Kannadaasa Kannadaasa" Thavam Tamil D. Imman Harish Raghavendra
"Teri Yaadein" Kaisay Kahein... Hindi Pritam Sukhwinder Singh
"Manasa" (Film Version) Munna Telugu Harris Jayaraj Naresh Iyer, Krish
2008 "Jai Ho" Slumdog Millionaire Hindi A. R. Rahman Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Prakash, Tanvi Shah
"Shaava Shava" Chintakayala Ravi Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Shankar Mahadevan
"Enduko" Chintakayala Ravi Telugu Vishal-Shekhar Sonu Nigam
"Gup Chup" One Two Three Hindi Raghav Sachar Raghav Sachar
"Jo Gumshuda" Mission Istaanbul Hindi Anu Malik Shaan, Ege
"Endammaya" Salute Telugu Harris Jayaraj Naveen
"Oh Ho Sanam" Dasavathaaram Tamil, Telugu & Hindi Himesh Reshammiya Kamal Haasan
"Falak Tak Chal" Tashan Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Udit Narayan
"Pyar Ki Dastan" Luck by Chance Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Amit Paul
"Dheem Dheem" Accident Kannada V. Harikrishna Sonu Nigam
2009 "Abacha" Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Telugu Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shilpa Rao
"Mujh Jaisa Hero" Love Khichdi Hindi Pritam Gopal Rao
"Maza Aa Gaya" Victory Hindi Anu Malik Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkar, Sudesh Bhosle, Sumitra Iyer, Altaf Raja
2010 "Sadka Kiya" I Hate Luv Storys Hindi Vishal-Shekhar Suraj Jagan
"Chal Chal Bhosle Market" Khichdi: The Movie Hindi Raju Singh Shaan
"Tera Mera Pyar" Action Replayy Hindi Pritam Karthik
"Aaradha Kobamillai" Bale Pandiya Tamil Devan Ekambaram Raman Mahadevan
"Charha De Rang" Yamla Pagla Deewana Hindi Nouman Javaid Ali Pervez Mehdi, Shweta Pandit, Rahul Seth
2011 "Laung da Lashkara" (orig&remix) Patiala House Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Hard Kaur, Jassi Sidhu
"Rola Pe Gaya" (orig & remix) Shankar Mahadevan, Hard Kaur, Earl
"Mauka" (orig & remix) Aarakshan Raman Mahadevan, Tarun Sagar, Gaurav Gupta, Rehan Khan
"Mala Sang Na" Sharyat Marathi Chinar - Mahesh Solo
2012 "Tore Niye Jai" Khokababu Bengali Rishi Chanda Zubeen Garg
"Guti Guti Paye" Bikram Singha Bengali Shree Pritam Shaan
"Dhuan Dhuan" Bikram Singha Bengali Shree Pritam Shaan
"Kaal Mulaitha Poova" Maattrraan Tamil & Telugu Harris Jayaraj Javed Ali
"Bechayan Sapne" Chittagong Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Abhijeet Sawant, Gulraj Singh, Sameer Khan, Shankar Mahadevan
"Khud Ko Tere" 1920: Evil Returns Hindi Chirantan Bhatt Solo
"Meri Duniya Terey Dam Se" Delhi Safari Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Shekhar Ravjiani, Shivam Mahadevan
"Sajna Paas Aa Tu Jara" Idiot Bengali Shree Pritam Shaan
"Jhor Othe Mone" Idiot Bengali Shree Pritam Zubeen Garg
2013 "O Bondhu Amar" Khoka 420 Bengali Shree Pritam Shaan
"Govinda Jay Jay" Khoka 420 Bengali Shree Pritam Abhijeet Bhattacharya
"Pagal Ami Already" Khiladi Bengali Shree Pritam Zubeen Garg
"Mayanga (Malang)" Dhoom 3 Tamil Pritam Abhishek Nailwal
2014 "Daatale Reshami" Timepass Marathi Chinar - Mahesh Chinar Kharkar
"Concert Song" 2 States Tamil & Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Solo
"Do Akhiyyan" Badlapur Boys Hindi Sachin Gupta Shaan
"Nakhriley" Kill Dil Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Ali Zafar, Shankar Mahadevan, Gulzar
2015 "Xaliki Puwar" Gaane Ki Aane Assamese Zubeen Garg Solo
"Angat Rangat" Kaay Raav Tumhi Marathi Kanak Raj Solo
"Praju" Timepass 2 Marathi Chinar - Mahesh Rishikesh Kamerkar
"Hapoon Namise Sua" Khel - The Game Assamese Dhruva Phukan Solo
"Sune Sune" Welcome Zindagi Marathi Soumil Shringarpure-Siddharth Mahadevan Solo
"Dooriyan" I Love Desi Hindi Sham Balkar Javed Ali, Sonu Kakkar
"Un Mele Oru Kannu" Rajinimurugan Tamil D. Imman Jithin Raj
"Abhas Ha" 3:56 Killari Marathi Chinar - Mahesh Solo
2016 "Ore Oru Vaanam" Thirunaal Tamil Srikanth Deva Shakthisree Gopalan

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Alpha award for Best Playback, for Adhar
  • Maharashtra Kala Niketan Award, for Suna Yeti Gharaat

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""I am known as Mahalukhimi in Assam and Mahalokhi in Calcutta. I have heard stories where they have asked people that when did this Assam native move to Bombay?" – Mahalaxmi Iyer". IndiaFM. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "'My day will come too!'". rediff.com. 7 April 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Vij, Manish (24 January 2009). "Jai ho Rahman". Ultrabrown. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 

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