India has been rumored as the country where women don’t get the opportunity to move forward in their lives and make their own decision. This deteriorating image of India however was true if we would be talking about the earlier and India before freedom but it is the 21st century and women in our country are not only making their own decisions but are proving their worth in the decisions they make. Singing and music is no different field when it comes to woman finding recognition. In fact our country has been blessed with some of the best female singers in the world and even the world population will testify for this fact.
Since decades; India has been witnessing evolution in each and every field and the same theory of evolution can be applied to the music industry too. Earlier however the singers were only sticking to their business of singing and never even bothered to come on the silver screen but with the advent of music albums and pop culture and stage performances;Female Playback Singers found a way to move ahead. So here are the 10 famous Female Playback Singers in India:
20 Shruti Hassan
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This diva is the daughter of Kamal Hassan and Sarika and she has been gifted with a beauty that is flawless and unparallel. This diva was born in Chennai in 1986 and with an environment of upbringing by the superstar of South; it was her destiny to come in movies. Shruti has sung many songs in South Indian movies. After being launched in Bollywood with the multistarrer Luck in 2009; people were amazed that even from her first movie; she was too confident not only to act in the movie but also to sing for it and that too with such an incredible confidence. Some of her famous songs include Aajma Luck Aajma, Jeene laga Hoon etc.
19 Priyanka Chopra
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There are many attributes to her personality and if we start talking about the awards she has won; it will take quite long for us. This former Miss World is a famous Indian actress who has recently got famous for her serial that is shown on ABC named as Quantico. She was born in Jamshedpur region of India in 1982 on 18th of July. Though she has been known as a great singer worldwide after her music numbers Exotic and In My City; she made her singing debut in Bollywood in 2014 in her movie Marykom from the song Chaoro. Though her singing record is not too large; but yeah we like it when PC sings.
18 Sonu Kakkar
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This 36 year old singer was born in Hrishikesh on 11th of August 1979. This singer found her roots with the music when parents shifted to Delhi and at the age of 5; she started singing at the Jagarans. It was in Mumbai that her singing potential was realized by Bollywood’s music director Sandeep Chowta. She got her first break in the industry with the song Babuji Jara Dheere Chalo which was filmed on Yana Gupta in the movie Dum. Some of the famous songs by Sonu include ye kasoor Mera, Akhiyan Nu Rehn De and the very famous song from Queen London Thumakda.
17 Shalmali Kholgade
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This 27 year old singer was born on 2nd of January in 1988 in Mumbai of India and only a few would be aware that this lady has also appeared in a Konkani Marathi movie in 2009 in a supporting role. Born in a family with musical background; she got her first break in the movie ishaqzaade that was released in 2012 starring Parineeti and Arjun Kapoor. The song got Filmfare award for best Playback Singer Female. And from that moment; she has never looked back and now fans can recognize her for her famous songs like balam Pichkari, Aga bai, Naach Meri jaan etc.
16 Anushka Manchanda
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This is what you can call a complete package or a star material as all the qualities of a celebrity are present in her personality. She is an actress, model, singer, ex VJ for channel V and she was also a member of the Indian Pop Girl Group Viva. This 31 year old singer was born in Delhi on 11th of February in New Delhi and it was in 2006 that she was given the first opportunity in Bollywood by Vishal Shekhar to sing the title song of super hit comedy Golmaal. Some of her best songs from her are Jazbaa, Lucky tu Lucky Mei, Dance basanti etc.
15 Neha Kakkar
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This 27 year old singing sensation was born in Rishikesh region of India in 1988 on 6th of June. She is the younger sister of Sonu Kakkar and like her she also discovered her singing talent since a very young age. TV fans remember her from a participant of Indian Idol show and very few would be aware that at that time she was studying in class 11th at new Holy Public School of Delhi. Some of her famous songs include Sunny Sunny, Manali Trance etc.
14 Monali Thakur
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She is a 30 year old singer who has been gifted with a very sweet voice and has made a strong position for herself as a singer in the industry. Monali was born in a Bengali family in Kolkata on 3rd of November in1985. She comes from a family with a musical background where her sister and father are both trained and professional singers. She also embarked her journey through Indian Idol and secured 9th position in its second season. She received her first chance to sing in a Bollywood movie in 2008 when she was approached by Pritam to sing for songs in Race. Some of the best songs sung by Monali are Khwab Dekhe, Zara Zara, Sanwar loon etc.
13 Ila Arun
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She is one of the few singers that have the talent and daring of mixing folk music with pop. Born and brought up in Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan; she grew up to be an actress and singer. She is known for her unique masculine and husky voice which brought her immediate attention. She has gotten the opportunity to sing with Lata Mangeshkar in Lamhe for Morni baaga mein. The Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millonaire also had a song Ringa Ringa in her voice. Some of her famous songs include Gup Chup Gup Chup, Chamma Chamma etc.
12 Alisha Chinai
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Now there are many names from which this singing divas has been known amongst her fans; most famous of which are Indian Madonna, baby Doll etc. She is a pop singer who has also given voices to film actressed in various Indian movies. This 50 year old singer was born on 18th of March in 1965 in Ahmedabad region of India. She has sung with legends like Kishore Kumar, Bappi Lahiri etc. Some of the famous songs which became hit due to her sweet voice include Made In India, Tinka Tinka etc.
11 Usha Uthap
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This lady was born in Mumbai region of India on 7th of November in the same year when India got independence i.e. in 1947. She has been awarded with Padma Shri which is also the fourth highest civilian award presented by Indian government for people making remarkable contribution in a particular field. Known with the nick name didi amongst people familiar with her; she has also received Filmfare award for best female playback singer for singing Darling in Saat Khoon Maaf. Some of her best and popular songs are One two Cha Cha Cha, Hari Om hari etc.
10 Falguni Pathak
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At the time in 90s when pop albums were quite popular in India; this lady had reached the peak of her popularity. This 51 year old lady was born in Mumbai in 1964. And it is a strange co incidence that this owner of beautiful voice was also born on 12th March (same as Shreya). She is often regarded as Dandiya Queen and you will definitely find her pretty busy during the Navratra time in India especially Gujarat. Some of her famous songs are Indhwa Windhwa, O Piya, Yaad Piya Ki etc.
09 Mahalaxmi Iyer
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This versatile singer was born in Mumbai of India and has been rendering her services to the music industry since last 2 decades. Basically she is quite famous in Hindi and Tamil music and movie industry but she has also sung in the Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Odia, Kannada and Assamese. It was the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio that gave Iyer her first break in Bollywood in 1997 though the music album was released only in 1999. After that she got a break for singing in Dil Se and thus she got the opportunity to sing in the direction of the musical Mozart A.R. Rahman. Some of the most popular songs of Mahalaxmi are Bol Na Halke Halke, E Ajnabi, Chalka Chalka re etc.
08 Rekha Bhardwaj
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This versatile singer is the wife of famous director of Hindi Film Industry; Vishal Bhardwaj. She completed her education from Hindu college. Though she has been active as a singer in movies since 1997 but she sang rarely and that too mostly in the musical direction of her husband Vishal. It was only in 2006 that she became a household name after singing Namak Ishq ka for the directorial presentation of her husband Omkara. Some of the popular songs by Rekha are Ghagra, Kabira, Judaai, Genda Phool etc.
07 Anuradha Porwal
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It will not be completely wrong that she is one of the most popular female singers in India. This 63 year old lady was born on 27th of October in 1952 in the Karwar region of Karnataka. She has sung in numerous languages including Nepali, Telugu, Marathi, Marwari, Gujarati, Pahari, Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi and some other languages too. She is a 5 time winner of Filmfare award for Best Female Playback Singer and also has received National Award once. She is mostly known for singing devotional songs for T Series. Some of her best known movie songs are mainu Ishq Da Lagiya Rog, Tu Pyaar hai Kisi Aur ka etc.
06 Alka Yagnik
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There was a time in Bollywood when every other movie had the name of Alka as a playback singer in it. This 49 year old singer was born in Kolkata on 20th of March in 1966. Her fame and popularity are easily indicated by the fact that she has been nominated for Best Female Playback Singer by Filmfare for a record 36 times and not only this; but she also won the same award for a record 7 times. 2 times in her career till now; she has received national awards too for her tremendous singing potential. Some of her best songs are Bole Chudiyaan, pardesi Pardesi, Taal se Taal Mila etc.
05 Kavita Krishnamurthy
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Kavita is a trained classical singer who has been quite famous and popular in Bollywood movies. This 57 year old singer was born in New Delhi on 25th of January in 1958. In a career that has seen almost 2 decades; she has given her voice on the silver screen for actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Karishma Kapoor and many more. She has worked with various music directors including R. D. Burman and A.R. Rahman. Not only that she is the recipient of 4 Filmfare best Female Playback Singing Award but she has also received Padma Shri by Indian Government. Some of her best songs are Bole Chudiyaan, Aankho Ki Gustakhiyaan, Sunta Hai Mera Khuda etc.
04 Sunidhi Chauhan
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This young woman has the looks that can make any actress jealous and at the same time she also has been gifted with a voice that is one in a million. Sunidhi has been singing in the movie since the age of 13 when she got the first chance to sing in the movie Shastra and it was the same year when she won the singing reality show Meri Awaj Suno. She was born on 14th of August in 1983 in New Delhi and has been bestowed with many Filmfare awards and others for her singing talents. Some of the best songs sung by her include Ruki Ruki, Beedi, Aaja Nachle etc.
03 Shreya Ghoshal
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If you ever have a doubt that melody and sweetness are not found in the modern day songs; listen to a song in the voice of this young lady and your doubt will be cleared instantly. Shreya is gifted with a magical voice that has made millions of people her fans. Her talent has been well received too as she has won 4 National Awards, 5 Filmfare Awards and eight Filmfare Awards South. Shreya is 31 year old now and is the most talented singer right now in the industry. She was born on 12th of March in 1984 in the Behrampur region of West Bengal and was later raised in Rawatbhata region of Rajasthan. Some of her famous songs include Sunn Raha hai, Teri Meri, Saans, Bahara etc.
02 Asha Bhosle:
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Asha Bhosle was born in 1933 on 8th of September in Sangli region of the then British India. This 82 year old woman has reportedly sung more than 12000 songs for which she has also gotten a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in Music History. All these songs by her are sung in more than 20 languages which include some foreign languages too. Indian Government has honored her with Dadasaheb Phalke award and Padma Vibhsuhan in 2000 and 2008 respectively. Even with all these awards and records she is at the second place and even we know why it is so. Some of her best songs (yeah out of 12000) are In Aankhon ki Masti, Radha kaise na Jale, Dil Cheej kya Hai etc.
01 Lata Mangeshkar
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Even if this article will be written after 100 years and even singers from all over the world will be available for selection; for sure the first position will be reserved for this lady. Lata Mangeshkar is the synonym of music in India and people and her fans here consider her as an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati herself. This 86 year old lady was born on 28th September of 1929. She has a singing career that goes back to seven decades earlier and she has recorded songs in 36 languages some of which are foreign languages. She has been awarded with the highest civilian award in India; Bharat Ratna that she truly deserved. Some of her best songs are Lag ja Gale, Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, Didi tera Dewar etc.
So these were some of the most famous female singers in India without whom it would be impossible to imagine the existence of Indian music industry. We are extremely thankful to them for providing to us some of the songs that we like listening at some of the most important occasions of our lives and now we can say that these moments and occasions would have been kind of incomplete without their songs.