Tanvi Shah

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Tanvi Shah
Genres International Recording Artist
Occupation(s) Singer/ Songwriter
Website tanvishah.com

Tanvi Shah is the first Indian woman to win a Grammy.[1] She has sung in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu and added to it, she sings in Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and other Latin languages. Her first song was "Fanaa" for the movie Yuva.[2][3][4]


She has a running collaboration with A.R. Rahman and has sung a number of songs for him, including songs from Sillunu Oru Kadhal, Slumdog Millionaire and recently Delhi-6. She wrote the Spanish lyrics for "Jai Ho".[5]

Her success with A.R. Rahman got her invitations from leading music directors and she has sung for Yuvan Shankar Raja, Amit Trivedi and other music directors.

She shared the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media with A.R. Rahman and Gulzar in the 52nd Grammy Awards for the song Jai Ho, for writing the Spanish lyrics for the song. With the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Shah has been featured in Snoop Dogg's song "Snoop Dogg Millionaire". Apart from the Grammy, she also received the BMI Award in 2009 in London for the same and also shares the World Soundtrack Award (2009) with Rahman and Gulzar.

She performed for the Yuvan - Live in Concert in January 2011 in Chennai and in Malaysia at the KLIMF in 2012. She also performed at Coke Studio concert at IIM Bangalore on 22 November 2013, featuring Amit Trivedi .

She was invited to speak at the TEDxSF conference on Global Health in Nov '12.[6]

While she has done her fair share of playback singing for the film industry in India, she is an international star. This versatile singer’s appeal lies in the fact that she can sing in several different languages, which has won her fans across the world.

Tanvi sings in Spanish, Portuguese, Afro-Cuban, Arabic besides Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and experiments with a wide range of music with her band. Her adaptability has been proven in her collaborative work with international music producers such as Gio Ortega (USA), Jeremy Hawkins (USA), Che Pope (USA), David Batteau (USA), and DJ Salah of Germany.

Tanvi has walked the green carpet at the Latin Grammy in 2011 while promoting her song, “Lluvia Lejana”, with Gustavo Alarco, and recently shared the stage with Lebohang Morake, South African singer and composer, famous for arranging and performing the music for The Lion King movies and stage productions.

She firmly believes that we all need to give back to society. She is actively involved with the Cancer Institute and with the “End Polio” campaign of Rotary International along with Amitabh Bachan, A. R. Rahman and Anil Kapoor. She has donated her song, “Zindagi”, produced by JHawk, to the End Polio campaign album that features international artistes such as Itzhak Perlman, David Sanborn, Ziggy Marley, Donovan and members of the Congolese band, Staff Benda Bilili.


Grammy Awards
BMI Award
  • BMI Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media|Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media – 'Jai Ho' – Slumdog Millionaire (2010)


Film scores[edit]

Film Song Year Music Director Language
Aayutha Ezhuthu "Yakkai Thiri" 2004 A. R. Rahman Tamil
Yuva "Fanaa" 2004 A. R. Rahman Hindi
Pudhupettai "Pul Pesum Poo Pesum" 2005 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Ashok "Mumtaju Mahalu" 2006 Mani Sharma Telugu
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal "Jillendru Oru Kaadhal" 2006 A. R. Rahman Tamil
Sivaji: The Boss "Style" 2007 A. R. Rahman Tamil
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na "Pappu Can't Dance" 2008 A. R. Rahman Hindi
Saroja "My Life" 2008 Yuvan Shankar Raja English
Slumdog Millionaire "Gangsta Blues" 2008 A. R. Rahman English & Hindi
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" 2008 A. R. Rahman Spanish & Hindi
Delhi-6 "Dilli-6" 2009 A. R. Rahman Hindi
Delhi-6 "Rehna Tu" 2009 A. R. Rahman Hindi
Snoop Dogg Millionaire "Snoop Dogg Millionaire" 2009 Chase & Status English & Hindi
Muthirai "July Madathil" 2009 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai "Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai" 2009 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Paiyaa "Thuli Thuli" 2010 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Paiyaa "En Kadhal Solla" 2010 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Raavanan "Keda Kari" 2010 A. R. Rahman Tamil
Puli "Power Star" 2010 A. R. Rahman Telugu
Naan Mahaan Alla "Iragai Pole" 2010 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Enthiran "Boom Boom Roboda" 2010 A. R. Rahman Tamil
Goa "Goa" 2010 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Goa "Goa (Club Mix)" 2010 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Panjaa "Veyyira Chey Veyyira" 2011 Yuvan Shankar Raja Telugu
Billa II "Yedho Yedho Oru Maikam" 2012 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Kadal "Magudi Magudi" 2012 A R Rahman Tamil
Biriyani "Biriyani" 2013 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Arrambam "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" 2013 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil "Mawwali Qawwali" 2014 A R Rahman Hindi
Lingaa "Mona Gasolina" 2014 A R Rahman Tamil
Vai Raja Vai "Pookkamazh" 2015 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Yatchan "Konjalaai" 2015 Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
Cheliyaa "Tango Kalalo" 2017 A. R. Rahman Telugu

Non-film scores[edit]

Song Year Music Director Language
"Llamalo Amor (Call It Love)" 2013 JHawk Spanish
"Sheher" 2013 Amit Trivedi Hindi


  1. ^ "Double Play: GRAMMY- And Oscar-Winning Songs". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Golden moments". The Hindu. 19 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "'Rap is rhythm 'n' poetry'". The Hindu. 29 April 2006. 
  4. ^ "Language no bar". Screen. 18 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Tejonmayam, U (3 February 2009). "The Jai Ho girl". Express Buzz. The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Unwinding with Tanvi Shah". Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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