Suneeta Rao

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Not to be confused with Sunitha Rao.
Suneeta Rao
Suneeta Rao in 2009.jpg
Background information
Born (1967-04-05) 5 April 1967 (age 49)
Genres Pop singer, Indipop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1989–present
Website Official site

Suneeta Rao (born 5 April 1967) is an Indian popstar, dancer and stage actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Suneeta Rao was born in Germany.[1] She completed her schooling in Mumbai and higher studies at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. During and after college, she acted in many plays such as Evita and musicals such as They're playing our Song and Greased Lightning.

Singing and stage career[edit]

Rao in 2012

Rao started her career with Suneeta Senorita in 1989.[2] She became popular with the song Paree Hoon main'.

Released a Hindi Pop album entitled' Dhuan' in 1991 with HMV, that sold over 75,000 copies, music by Lesle Lewis. The song and the video of Paree from the album made Suneeta Rao a household name, thus leading the press to affectionately crown her the "Paree of the Masses".

Her first and only association with A. R. Rahman was "Adi Paru Mangatha", from 1994 Tamil film, May Madham.

Released a Hindi Pop album entitled 'Talaash' in 1999 with HMV, music by Ranjit Barot.

Two videos that hit the screen were the songs Dehka Dehka and Kesariya, two folksy upbeat tracks that reinstated Suneeta Rao at the top of the charts. She then released a new single and music video entitled 'Chhoti Chhoti Baatein' as part of the Magnasound album 'A Reason To Smile' on the occasion of 50 years of Indian Independence. She also featured in a group song in the album called 'Wajah Muskurane Ki'.

Besides going platinum, all the above albums were at the top of the Hindi Music Charts. Her album 'Ab Ke Baras' has lilting, sensuous, joyous music that blends traditional folk music with modern production values.

Her career includes songs from films like Ghulam-e-Mustafa, Dulhan Hum le Jayenge and Kahin pyar na ho jaye.

Suneeta Rao also has shows in Pakistan and Africa in the offing, as well as several other projects for television, theatre and films.

She performed for NDTV in 2008.

Suneeta has just written and recorded an anthem song for global warming. This is a campaign initiated by the ICAI and GYAAN called PLANET ALERT. The song launched the campaign in a radiothon that was aired from 5 June 2009 on BIG 92.7 FM! The song has been produced by Dhruv Ghanekar, and sung by Suneeta herself.

Suneeta Rao launched her new album "WAQT" on 15 July 2008 at the Hard Rock Cafe. These Raag-based contemporary songs have been composed by Suneeta Rao, with music arranged by NEXUS, DJ Gaurav Issar and Dudul Saikia. The CD's are available in stores under the Crescendo Music label. The first video will be of the song "SUN ZARA", which is a song for the Girl Child, and is supported by the UNFPA, to address the issue of sex - selection. It has been directed by Rachel Reuben, Shot by Jason West, and stars Suneeta Rao and leading actress Suchitra Pillai.

Earlier this year, Suneeta Rao gave 12 performances in the NDTV Imagine reality show Dhoom Macha De and received the runner up award for the DHOOM FINALE STOPPER!

In 2005, she acted in an off broadway play in New York called Sidd.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Jason West, a cinematographer based in Mumbai.[3] She is also actively involved and is the spokesperson of an initiative called "Laadli" organized by an NGO called Population First, started by her uncle, Bobby Sista, whose main agenda is "Saving the Girl Child", population control and other social movements in India.


  • Suneeta Senorita (1989)
  • Dhuan
  • Talaash
  • Ab ke baras
  • Paree and other hits
  • Choti Choti Batein
  • Waqt


  1. ^ [1] Archived 27 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Plan B - Your First Option. "Singer, Performer, Actress, Indian Pop Diva". Suneeta Rao. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Hot shots". Hindustan Times. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 

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