Dogra at Lakme Fashion Week 2017
October 25, 1986|
Olney, Maryland, U.S.
New York University (B.A., Musical Theatre), |
Monica Dogra is an American musician and actress of Indian origin. She has acted in six feature films, as well as released five studio albums with the band Shaa’ir and func. She is a member on the judging panel of India's first English music talent show, The Stage. She hosted four seasons of the music-Docu series “The Dewarists” that was nominated for a Cannes Lion. She also worked on the VICELAND Emmy nominated series “WOMAN” produced by Gloria Steinem.
Monica Dogra is the daughter of Dogra immigrants from Jammu. Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk music singer Prakash Sharma. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Oakleigh Elementary School, Montessori and Dulaney High School. She attended NYU, graduating with a bachelor's degree in musical theatre.
In 2005, she formed the electronic rock group "Shaa'ir+Func", along with guitarist Randolph Correia. In 2007, they released their first album New Day: The Love Album, followed by Light Tribe in 2008 and Mantis in 2010. She also sang a song "Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori" with Vishal Dadlani in the film Break Ke Baad and the theme song in English (with Shahid Mallya) for the film Inkaar.
She made her acting debut with a guest appearance in Rock On!!. In 2008, she was approached by Kiran Rao for the lead role in Rao's directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat - a role Dogra initially turned down, but eventually accepted. In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone's Never Hide Sounds musical talent contest. She is the host of The Dewarists, a musical collaborative show on STAR World India. In 2013, she performed with award-winning violinist Scott Tixier, for a series of shows sponsored by Dos Equis around the US.
|2008||Rock On!!||Shaair||Guest appearance|
|2015||The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim||Sabrina Jiwan|
|2016||Teraa Surroor||Elle Jordan|
Music video appearances
|2016||Lay You Down||DJ Nanok|||
|2006||New Day: The Love Album||Shaair and Func|
|"Dooriyan"||For Bollywood movie Break Ke Baad composed by Vishal-Shekhar|
|2014||Re:cover||Shaair and Func|
|2017||Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8||Contestant||Colors TV||Finalist (4th Place)|
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