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Shilpa Rao


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This up-and-coming singer who has lent her voice to songs such as ‘Saiyan Re’ (‘Salam-E-Ishq’), ‘Tose Naina Lage’ (R 16;Anwar’) and ‘Woh Ajnabi’ (‘The Train’) is definitely on the roll. She won the Screen award for Best Femal Singer for “Khuda jaane” from Bachna E Hasseno.

It was her father, S.V. Rao, who initiated Shilpa into the world of music. A post-graduate in music, he gave Shilpa the grounding needed to be a fine singer. But it was Hariharan, however, who discovered the innate potential in her and encouraged her to fine tune her skills. And fine tune her skills she did under Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

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“Then I got the opportunity to perform with Shanker Mahadevan at a Spirit of Unity concert. He said I had talent and told me that if I was interested in making it into the music industry, I should move to Mumbai,” says this Telugu girl who was brought up in Jamshedpur where her father worked at Tata Motors.

Having moved to Mumbai, Shilpa started off her career doing jingles for advertisements. Her dream debut into the music industry began with Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy’s peppy ‘Saiyan Re.’ “I had butterflies in my stomach. But the trio made the studio so homely that I felt comfortable and relaxed within minutes,” says this 22-year-old.

The singer then went on to do songs for Mithoon Sharma (‘Tose Naina Lage,’ ‘Woh Ajnabi’ and ‘Nach Le’), Piyush Kanojia (‘Raghupati Raghav’ and ‘Vaishav Jan’) and Raghav Sachar (‘Gupchup’).

“All these music directors have their own style of working. But as music is a common ground for both the director and me, it’s just a matter of getting into the groove of the music.”


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