Shweta Pandit

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Shweta Pandit is a child prodigy artist - singer, song-writer and actor from India
Shweta Pandit
Birth name Shweta Vishwaraj Pandit
Born 7 July 1986 (age 31)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Genres Indian classical, Pop, Bollywood playback
Occupation(s) Singer, Song-writer, Actor
Years active 2000–present

Shweta Pandit (born 7 July 1986) is a Bollywood playback/recording vocalist, songwriter, performing artist and actress.[1] She is the grand-niece of renowned Indian classical vocalist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Pandit Jasraj. She has also recorded popular songs for various Telugu and Tamil film songs and many other Indian languages.

At the young age of 4, Shweta worked with Indian composer, Ilayaraja for the award-winning film Anjali, which was re-recorded in Hindi. She dubbed for the lead role in the film in Hindi.[2] making her one of the youngest singers in the Bollywood Music Industry. She also recorded for legendary tabla player Ustad Zakkir Hussain at the age of 9 for his first film as composer, Saaz.

Shweta married Ivano Fucci, an Italian producer on 25th July 2016 and they currently live in Mumbai, India.

Music career[edit]

She had her breakthrough with Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein (2000) with five songs at the age of 12. She was chosen to sing in the film after she auditioned for the final selection amongst several singers. Her debut record album Main Zindagi Hoon released when she was only 16 years old with EMI Virgin Records, India, making her the youngest Indian Pop star. She released 3 videos from this album, featuring herself. Her other albums include Aplam Chaplam. She sang and featured for various television commercials.

In 2012, she sang her first Tamil song for the movie Vettai for composer Yuvan Shankar Raja.[3] and Billa II and Aadhi bhagavan getting her the finest reviews for her renditions and also winning awards for the same. In 2011, Shweta collaborated with popular Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann for the song Sun Mere Chann Mahiya for the album Heer Ranjha (OST).[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Shweta won her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the Telugu hit Kotha Bangaru Lokam, for the song Nenani Neevani, by Mickey J Meyer. She also won the Radio Mirchi Best Female Playback Singer for her first Tamil hit solo Idhayam, from Billa 2 and the MAA Award for Telugu Best Female Playback Singer 2013 for the Nagarjuna starrer Shirdi Sai for the song Amararama, composed by Keeravani

Television[edit]

Her first reality television show as a playback singer in 2008, Mission Ustaad on Channel 9x, was produced by the United Nations and judged by A. R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar. The show was one of the biggest television series presented by the United Nations and had accomplished singers from Bollywood performing together for various causes for the United Nations.[citation needed]

Shweta hosted and presented the television singing show Asia's Singing Superstar in 2016 with Pakistani actor Ahsan Khan telecasted in Dubai, Pakistan and several Asian countries, judged by Shankar Mahadevan and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan on ZEE TV and GEO TV

Shweta hosted the Mirchi Music Awards 2016 with popular singer/host Sonu Nigam as well.

Shweta was invited on Indian Idol - Junior in 2015 as a guest artist, singing with the young talents of India.

Popular live performances[edit]

In 2009-10: Shweta Pandit became part as lead vocals/performer for Best Music Oscar Winner, A R Rahman's – Jai Ho Journey Home Concert – World Tour. Touring as the lead female vocalist, across the globe, including USA, Canada, UK, Europe, UAE, South Africa, Australia and several countries in Asia.[citation needed]

Shweta performed the Oscar winning song Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire with A.R. Rahman at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010 in Oslo, Norway, hosted by Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway, sharing the stage with Jamiroquai, Florence and the machine, India Arie, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow and Colbie Caillat singing the Michael Jackson hit Man in the Mirror at the end of the concert.

Shweta also featured as the lead female vocalist for the grand IPL (Indian Premiere League) Opening Ceremony 2016 with America's Major Lazer, performing their No. 1 Hit "Lean On" to a live television audience of over a billion people across India.

Featured commercials and acting career[edit]

Shweta Pandit Productions also released the debut album of her sister Shraddha Pandit's Teri Heer in October 2008, with Sony Music India. She featured in the Coca-cola (TVC) featuring Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir and directed by director Dibakar Banerjee. Her other commercials include Greelam laminates, directed by National award-winning director Ram Madhvani, who praised her for her comic timing in the commercial.

She acted in David, directed by Bejoy Nambiar.[4] her first acting role in 3 Indian languages, featuring Neil Mukesh, Chiyaan Vikram, Jiiva, Lara Dutta, Tabu and Naasar, who played her father.

She has also acted with Anil Kapoor in 24 (Indian TV series), directed by Abhiney Deo on Colors channel.

In 2015, she did a powerful role as Madhu, with actor Sara Loren in Barkhaa, gathering rave reviews for her performance.

Discography[edit]

Hindi[edit]

Telugu[edit]

Tamil[edit]

Punjabi[edit]

Bengali[edit]

Dubbing[edit]

Spiritual and Sanskrit devotional albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songs of Shweta Pandit-Bollywood Songs". Jhunkar.com. 7 July. Retrieved 21 September 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Shweta Pandit: High notes of success". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Would love to sing more Tamil songs: Shweta". IBN Live. ibnlive.in. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Singer Shweta Pandit turns chawl girl for David". NDTV.com. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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