Mehnaz Hoosein

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Mehnaz Hoosein
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Mehnaz at Neumos, Seattle, Washington (March 4, 2011)
Background information
Birth name Mehnaz Hoosein
Born (1973-01-30) 30 January 1973 (age 43)
Mumbai, India
Origin India
Genres Indipop, Progressive Rock, Worldbeat
Occupation(s) Singer, song-writer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996-present

Mehnaz Hoosein (born 30 January 1973) is an Indian pop singer and songwriter from Mumbai, India, popularly known for her hit song 'Banoongi Main Miss India'. She is a graduate from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. At the age of 13, Mehnaz started her vocal training in Hindustani classical music under the tutelage of Pandit Bhavdeep Jaipurwale. She began training as a dancer with Shiamak Davar from 1998 and performed with the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts till 1995. Mehnaz achieved success with her song Miss India which won her the 1996 Channel V Music Award for Best Female Pop Vocalist.[1][2][3] At the time, Mehnaz was managed by Diana Hayden who was crowned Miss India the same year. It was in the nineties that Indi-pop began to emerge as an alternative to film music in India when a large number of pop singers emerged on the music scene.

Early Life and Career[edit]

In 1996, Mehnaz won the Screen Videocon Award for Best Pop Singer for her debut album Miss India in the Non-Film Music category. Her song Main Hoon (composed by Merlin D'Souza) from the album Miss India was featured on the soundtrack of Deepa Mehta's movie Fire.[4] In 1997 she was featured in a multi-artist video called Wajah Muskurane Ki (A Reason to Smile) to celebrate 50 years of Indian independence and the video aired on Indian television channels. Mehnaz recorded a duet titled Senada Cinta with BMG Malaysia's recording artist Iwan in 1998.[5] In 1998, she sang the number Paisa paisa paisa for the soundtrack of the indie film Bombay Boys.[6] In 1999, Mehnaz recorded a duet called You Are The Reason with Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of the band Air Supply for the soundtrack of Dev Benegal's award-winning film Split Wide Open.[7] She released her second solo album titled Mausam with BMG Crescendo in 1999. In the year 2000, Mehnaz recorded the song Dreamcatcher for the soundtrack of the indie film Snip!, directed by Sunhil Sippy.[8][9] She was also featured on the duet You Are The Reason on Yours Truly, the fifteenth album by Air Supply released in 2001.[7] Mehnaz was a judge on Channel V's, Coke V Popstars 2 in 2003.[10] In 2006, Mehnaz' released her third solo album Sajnaa with Universal Music India.[11][12][13]

Mehnaz and Manooghi Hi[edit]

In 2007, Mehnaz travelled to the United States and collaborated with local musicians who eventually formed the core of the Seattle-based band, Manooghi Hi.[14] As lead singer of Manooghi Hi, Mehnaz brought her background and knowledge of Indian pop and Hindustani classical music to the all-American pure rock sensibilities of the band; Jonathan Zwickel of the Seattle Times said 'their sound has never before been attempted'.[15][16] Mehnaz and Manooghi Hi vocalize in several South Asian languages, including English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Hindi and Bengali. Manooghi Hi released two albums titled Hi in 2009 [17][18] and Silence in 2011.[19] Mehnaz was featured on the 2012, the Barrett Martin album release “Artifact “on Sunyata Records.

In 2012, Mehnaz moved to New Orleans to pursue her dream of living in one of the most musical cities in the world. She has performed at Voodoo Fest with Leslie Blackshear Smith[20] Mehnaz has also performed with Master Sarode player Aashish Khan and (Shringar) Larry Sieberth, Andrew McLean, Michael Skinkus and Tim Green. Mehnaz has been collaborating with pianist, composer and producer Lawrence Sieberth and was featured at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015[21]



  • Miss India (1996) Crescendo Music
  • Mausam (1999) BMG Crescendo Music
  • Sajnaa (2006) Universal Music, India[11]
  • Hi (2009) Manooghi Hi Records[17]
  • Silence (2011) Mowlawner Records


Featured on Albums[edit]

  • (2001) Air Supply, Giant Records / Warner Bros.[7]
  • Clockwork (2011), Slow Bunny Records.[22]
  • Artifact (2012), Barrett Martin Group, Sunyata Records.[23]


  1. ^ Debesh Banerjee, July 9, 2009, Second Innings, The Indian Express. Retrieved March 18, 2013
  2. ^ The Record Music Magazine (January 2007). "Indipop, pop, snap and crackle!". Retrieved March 19, 2013
  3. ^ Biswadeep Ghosh, December 18, 1996, 10 questions, Mehnaaz, Channel Vs Best Female Voice award winner, is poised to go international, Retrieved March 18, 2013
  4. ^ Rachel Malik (1996). "Fire". BFI Film Forever. Retrieved March 11, 2013
  5. ^ P.B. Shukla (2008). "Miss India Mehnaz well on her way to being Miss World". Retrieved March 19, 2013
  6. ^ a b '"Bombay Boys by Ashutosh Phatak". Retrieved March 18, 2013
  7. ^ a b c "Yours Truly" AirSupply, "You Are The Reason" (Featuring Mehnaz) (Album Version). Amazon Music. 2001). Retrieved March 15, 2013
  8. ^ a b iTunes Preview (2000). Snip (OST), Various Artists. Universal Music India Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved March 18, 2013
  9. ^ Mandeep Bahra, Music review of Snip, Retrieved March 18, 2013
  10. ^ TNN (March 26, 2003). "Channel V tie up for Popstars 2". The Economic Times, Retrieved March 15, 2013
  11. ^ a b "Mehnaz, Most downloaded album, Sajnaa". Universal Music India Ltd., Nokia Music. (January 2006). Retrieved March 12, 2013
  12. ^ Aelina, (November14, 2006). "Sajnaa, Mehnaz". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved March 12, 2013
  13. ^ Kimi Dangor (November 6, 2006). Pops a new tune, Mehnaz all set for come back with latest offering "Sajnaa", Retrieved March 15, 2013
  14. ^ Nicole Dastur (April 30, 2009). "From Banoongi Main, to Manooghi Hi!". The Times of India. Retrieved March 12, 2013
  15. ^ Manooghi Hi. Retrieved March 19, 2013 Archived June 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Jonathan Zwickel (March 29, 2009). "SXSW notebook: A Seattle writer encounters Seattle bands ... in Austin The Seattle Times." Retrieved Date March 18, 2013
  17. ^ a b Manooghi Hi (2009). "Manooghi Hi". Retrieved March 12, 2013
  18. ^ Eric Davis (March 13, 2009). Manooghi Hi East meets West and swaps clothes. Retrieved March 19, 2013
  19. ^ Brian McKinnon (July 11, 2011)., Manooghi Hi. Silence. Retrieved March 12, 2013
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  21. ^ Michele Derrough (May 2, 2015). Retrieved May 3, 2015
  22. ^ Clockwork, Slow Bunny. Rhapsody. (December 2011). Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  23. ^ Barrett Martin Group, Artifact (May15, 2012), Featuring Hindustani Vocalist Mehnaz Hoosein, Amazon Music, Retrieved March 12, 2013