Shilpa Rao

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Shilpa Rao
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Rao at Loreal Paris Femina Women Awards in 2014
Background information
Birth name Apeksha Rao
Born Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
Genres Pop, Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Years active 2006 – present

Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao) is an Indian female playback singer in Hindi films.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born on 11 April 1984 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.[citation needed] Her father, S. V. Rao, who held a degree in music, introduced her to music. For her education, she went to Little Flower School and Loyola School, Jamshedpur.


The playback singer Hariharan arranged for Rao to study under his music teacher, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. After performing with Shankar Mahadevan in concert, she moved to Mumbai on his advice.

Although she started her career singing advertising jingles, Rao soon moved on to film music. In 2006 she recorded the song "Tosey Naina Lagey" for the movie Anwar and "Saiyaan Re" for the film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. She went on to perform songs in films like The Train ("Woh Ajnabee"), Aamir ("Ek Lau"), Dev D ("Dhol Yaara Dhol", "Ranjhana"), Gulal ("Aisi Saaza").[2] She has sung one Tamil song in Naan Mahaan Alla ("Oru Maalai Neram") for Yuvan Shankar Raja.She recently appeared on Star World's popular TV series "The Dewarists" in collaboration with "Agnee" and "Parikrama". She has also sung some Bengali songs mostly with Jeet Ganguly. She also Sung a Song Bekaboo from the Serial Navya.

An article published in the Hindustan Times in 2009 described her as one of the most prominent singers in the "wave" of "young, little-known singers" then sweeping through Bollywood.[3] She is also a part of band, Band Called Nine, with lyricist Neelesh Misra and composer Amartya Rahut, working with traditional Indian craft of Qissa Goi (storytelling).[4] In 2011, the band released its debut album, Rewind, consisting of songs and storytelling, put together with a narrative.[5][6]

In 2012, Rao sang 'Yaariyaan' for Cocktail.The song got critical success and went on to became a chart-buster eventually.She ended the year 2012 by working with academy award winner A. R. Rahman for the song 'Ishq Shava' in Yash Chopra's last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The song was received well by the critics and public. In 2013, Rao sang 'Malang' – Dhoom 3 which gave her critical success. The song went on to become a rage and then a chart-buster. She also sang "Manmarziyan" a beautiful track composed by Amit Trivedi for the film Lootera. Rao also appeared on Indian Idol Junior and sang along with contestant Akash Sharma.

The year 2014 was a successful year for Rao. Her song "Meherbaan" from Bang Bang! was a chartbuster and got critical acclaim. She also sang for the Indian television serial, Diya Aur Baati Hum. The track was a sad version of the title track which was sung by Kailash Kher and Shubha Mudgal.



Year Category Nominated Song Film Result Ref
Filmfare Awards
2010 Best Female Playback Singer "Mudi Mudi" Paa Nominated [7]
2009 "Khuda Jaane" Bachna Ae Haseeno [8]
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2010 Best Female Playback Singer "Mudi Mudi" Paa Nominated [9]
2009 "Khuda Jaane" Bachna Ae Haseeno [10]
Screen Awards
2010 Best Female Playback Singer "Mudi Mudi" Paa Nominated [11]
2009 "Khuda Jaane" Bachna Ae Haseeno Won [12]
Global Indian Musical Awards (GiMA Awards)
2014 Best Music Debut "Dum Dum" Coke Studio (Season 2) Won [13]
2012 Best Pop/Rock Single "I Believe" With Parikrama, Agnee The Dewarists Nominated [14]
Indian Television Academy Awards
2011 Best Singer "Bekaboo" Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal Won [15]


  1. ^ "Tracking playback singer Shilpa Rao's success Published: Wednesday,". DNA. 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ George, Liza (7 April 2008). "New Kid on the Block". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Nanda, Malvika (8 August 2009). "Coup in Bollywood". Hindustan Times. p. 17. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Shilpa Rao to sing for webcert online". Hindustan Times. 19 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Band Called Nine releases its debut album". The Indian Express. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Neelesh Misra: Reviving the traditional storytelling". CNN-IBN (IBN LIVE). 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2010 Nominations". Awards And Shows. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "54th Filmfare Awards 2009 Nominations". Glamsham. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "IIFA Awards 2009 Nominees". Desiblitz. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "IIFA Awards 2010 Nominees". Business Of Cinema. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2010". Indicine. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2009". Awards And Shows. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "GiMA Awards 2014 Winners". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "GiMA Awards 2012 Nominations". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "ITA Award for Best Singer". Awards And Winners. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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