Meena Rana

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Meena Rana
Born Uttarakhand
Genres Folk, Uttarakhandi
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Narendra Singh Negi, Pritam Bharatwan, Fauji Lalit Mohan Joshi, Anil Bisht, Gajendra Rana

Meena Rana is a prolific Uttarakhandi singer. She can be heard on many Garhwali and Kumaoni music albums.[1] She is considered to be one of the best female singer of Uttarakhand and even said to be the "Lata Mangeshkar" of Uttarakhand.

Early life[edit]

Meena Rana was born on May 24, 1975. She did her schooling from Bathla Memorial Girls Senior Secondary School, Rajpur Road, Delhi till 9th standard and then she moved to Mussoorie, Uttarakhand to stay with her elder sister Uma Rana and her Husband Ram. There she continued her study from Girls Inter College (GIC) Mussoorie. She did rest of her schooling staying with them. She got married to Sh. Sanjay Kumola and after getting married she came and settled in Delhi. Her husband is a Music Director by profession and runs a music studio Surabhi Multi Track Sound Studio named after their daughter.

Singing career[edit]

Meena Rana did not got any formal training from anywhere. Since her childhood she was a big fan of Lata ji. She started singing at a very early age when she was just a student. When she was staying with her elder sister Uma in Mussoorie There was one Akashwani Club where she got her first chance to perform. Mukesh Lal Kumola, who is her relative now, was the President of that club. At that time she was not so fluent in Garhwali so she performed a Hindi song Naino Mein Badra Chhaye. That performance went so good and for that she got appreciation from the people and media.

Mani Bharti ji and Puran Singh Rawat ji witnessed her performance. After few days they contacted Sh. Ram Lal ji and asked him if he can allow her to sing for them. After his permission she came to Delhi for her first recording 1993. It was her first break for the movie "Nauni Pichadi Nauni". She was in class 10th at that time.

In the year 1996 Pritam Bharatwan gave her a chance to sing in one of his album. Then Negi ji heard her and gave her chance to sing with him. Till now she have performed with almost all the renowned singers of Uttarakhand like Gajendra Rana, Anil Bisht, Virendra Rajput, Manglesh Dangwal, Dinesh Uniyal and many others. She have sung many in languages like Garhwali, Kumaoni, Jaunsari, Jaunpuri, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Kargali, Balti and in Hindi.

Collaborations[edit]

She has sung many solo as well as duets with all of the other leading Uttarakhandi singers like Narendra Singh Negi, Pritam Bharatwan, Fauji Lalit Mohan Joshi, Anil Bisht, and Gajendra Rana.

Awards And Nominations[edit]

Throughout her singing career she won many awards. She has won all three "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award" award for "Best Singer Female" form 2010 to 2012 back-to-back in a row.

Young Uttarakhand Cine Award

Year Category Song-Album Won/Nominated
2010 Best Singer Female Palya Gaon Ka Mohana (Mohana) Won[2]
2011 Best Singer Female Hit O Bhina (Tu Meri Naseeb) Nominated[3]
2011 Best Singer Female Aou Bulanu Yo Pahada (Din Jawani Char) Won[4]
2012 Best Lyrist Hum Uttarakhandi Cha (chandra) Nominated[5]
2012 Best Singer Female Hum Uttarakhandi Cha (chandra) Won[6]
2013 Best Singer Female Aye ja re dagadya(negi ki cheli) Nominated*[7]
  • result of 2013 still to be announced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music in Uttaranchal - Garhwali and Kumaoni Uttarakhand Pahari Music". Euttaranchal.com. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2010". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2011". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2011". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2012". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2012". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Young Uttarakhand Cine Award 2013". yucineawards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.