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Shilpa Rao was born Apeksha Rao; 11 April 1984 is an Indian singer. Raised in Jamshedpur, she moved to Mumbai at the age of 13 and completed Master’s in Applied Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, before working as a jingle singer for three years. During her college days, Mithoon offered her to record the song “Tose Naina” from Anwar (2007), making her Bollywood career debut. Rao rose to widespread prominence with the release of “Khuda Jaane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). She was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer award for the song, in 54th Filmfare Awards. The following year, she collaborated with Ilaiyaraaja for Paa(2009), where she performed the song “Mudi Mudi Ittefaq Se” for which she received another nomination in the same category during 55th Filmfare Awards ceremony. In 2012, Rao teamed up with A.R. Rahman and came up with the song “Ishq Shava” from Jab Tak Hai Jaan which was a commercial success, followed by Pritam-composed “Malang” from Dhoom 3 (2013) and Vishal-Shekar’s “Meherbaan” in Bang Bang! (2014). Rao’s collaborations with Amit Trivedi were particularly described “delightful hearings” with songs like “Manmarziyan” from Lootera (2013), being critically acclaimed. She had the honour of becoming the first and the only musician from India to get a chance of singing in the famous and critically acclamed Coke Studio Pakistan with the song “Paar Chanaa De” (2016). Rao received critical acclaim for her voice in the song “Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo” from the deluxe edition of the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil soundtrack (2016). These accomplishments have lead Rao to become one of the top female singers in India.

Rao is particularly known in the media for trying new styles in her songs and singing for different genres. Rao, who considers her father as her biggest inspiration in the music career, has supported charitable organisations for a number of causes.Born on 11 April 1984 in Jamshedpur, Rao was initially named as Apeksha Rao but later changed to Shilpa Rao. According to her, she relates to the name Shilpa more, since the name has “to do with art”. She started singing while she was a kid, tutored and instructed by her father, S Venkat Rao, who holds a degree in music.  He taught Rao to understand the “nuances” of different ragas: “His method of teaching was casual and at the same time very effective because it was designed to pique my interest”. For her education, Rao went to Little Flower School and Loyola School, Jamshedpur, where she was part of the choir group in school. In 1997, she visited to Mumbai along with her family, to do a postgraduate diploma in statistics from the University of Mumbai. Rao was motivated to be a singer upon meeting with Hariharan, at the age of 13, and commenced training under Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, insisted by Hariharan. Initially, she found herself struggling in “finding references” and meeting music composers since she was not “so active” in social networking media during the time. About her early days in the city, Rao said: “Jamshedpur is home for me but Mumbai with the people, the place, the pace everything has made a more patient person and a more hardworking artist I could ever be”. In 2001 she began performing live with Hariharan at different venues, subsequently winning a national-level talent hunt in New Delhi. Shankar Mahadevan—one of the judges in the contest—asked her to settle in Mumbai.  In 2004, she shifted to Mumbai and completed Master’s in Applied Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Mahadevan gave Rao few contacts of people who helped her in getting to sing jingles. Rao mentioned that singing jingles was “perhaps the best way” to start in Mumbai as it helped her making the best contacts in the studios.


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