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Shilpa Rao

Shilpa Rao Indian singer

Born as Apeksha Rao on 11 April 1984, Shilpa Rao is an Indian singer who hails from Jamshedpur. After finishing her Post Graduation in Applied Statistics at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, she embarked on a career as a jingle singer, dedicating three years to this profession. It was during her college years that composer Mithoon presented her with the opportunity to record the song “Tose Naina” from Anwar (2007), marking her debut in the Bollywood music industry. This song quickly gained popularity and became one of the most celebrated tracks of 2007.

Shilpa Rao Biography

Bio/Wiki
Birth name Apeksha Rao 
Profession Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height in centimeters– 158 cm
in meters– 1.58 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 2”
Weight in kilograms– 55 kg
in pounds– 121 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Career
Debut Film: Tose Naina from the Hindi film Anwar
TV: Bekabo’ from StarPlus’ TV show ‘Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal
Awards • 2009: Won Best Female Playback Singer for the song ‘Khuda Jaane’ from the 2008 Bollywood film ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ at the International Indian Film Academy Awards
• 2011: Won Best Singer Award for the song ‘Bekaboo’ from StarPlus’ TV show ‘Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal’ at the Indian Television Academy Awards
• 2014: Won Best Music Debut for the song ‘Dum Dum’ from MTV’s ‘Coke Studio’ season 2 at Global Indian Music Academy Awards
• 2020: Won Best Female Playback Singer Award for the song ‘Ghungroo’ from the 2019 Bollywood film ‘War’ at the Filmfare Awards
• 2021: Nominated for the album ‘Love Letters with Anoushka Shankar’ by Anoushka Shankar at the Grammy Awards
Personal Life
Date of Birth 11 April 1984
Age (as of 2023) 39 Years
Birthplace Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Zodiac sign Aries
Nationality Indian
Hometown Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
School • Little Flower School in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
• Loyola School in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
College/University St. Xavier’s College, the University of Mumbai in Mumbai
Educational Qualification A postgraduate diploma in applied statistics
Food Habit Non-vegetarian 
Hobby Watching movies
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Boyfriends Ritesh Krishnan
Marriage Date 25 January 2021
Family
Husband/Spouse Ritesh Krishnan
Parents Father– S. Venkat Rao
Mother– Rajanala Shyamala
Siblings Brother– Anurag Naidu
Favourites
Food Gulab Jamun, Amritsari Kulcha, Chole Puri, Beera Chicken
Drink(s) Lassi, black coffee
Song(s) • ‘Train Song’ by Raghu Dixit and Karsh Kale
• ‘Ghar More Pardesiya’ by Vaishali Mhade and Shreya Ghoshal
• ‘Zara Zara’ by Bombay Jayashree
Musician(s) Amir Khan, Kishore Kumar, Eddie Vedder, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sting
Travel Destination(s) Goa, Hampi, Bengaluru, Coorg
Web Series Game of Thrones

About Shilpa Rao Some Lesser Known Facts 

  • Shilpa Rao is a renowned playback singer, primarily recognized for her contributions to the Bollywood music scene.
  • Initiated into the world of music at a young age by her father, Shilpa began showcasing her vocal talents early on.
  • In 1997, her family moved from Jamshedpur to Mumbai to facilitate her college education.
  • Her fascination with music blossomed at the age of 13 when she encountered the Indian singer Hariharan, igniting her interest in the field. Subsequently, Shilpa commenced her musical training under the guidance of the distinguished Indian classical musician, Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Shilpa Rao Personal life & Career :

Born on 11 April 1984 in Jamshedpur, Shilpa Rao was originally named Apeksha Rao but later chose to go by Shilpa, citing a stronger connection to the name due to its association with art. As a child, she began her singing journey under the guidance of her father, S Venkat Rao, a music degree holder, who imparted lessons on understanding the intricacies of various ragas. Describing her father’s teaching approach as both casual and effective, Rao expressed that it was tailored to spark her interest.

For her schooling, Rao attended Little Flower School and Loyola School in Jamshedpur, where she actively participated in the school’s choir group. In 1997, she, along with her family, moved to Mumbai, where she pursued a postgraduate diploma in statistics at the University of Mumbai.

Career

During her college years, Rao crossed paths with Mithoon, who invited her to record the song “Tose Naina” for the movie Anwar (2007). Describing it as her “most innocent rendition,” Rao expressed deep personal attachment to the song, stating, “This song is extremely close to my heart and has taught me what thrill and gratitude of music is and can be”. Although Rao considers “Tose Naina” her official debut, it’s worth noting that the soundtrack of the film Ek Ajnabee (2005) features a semi-instrumental track titled “Stranger On The Prowl,” incorporating Rao’s alap. She collaborated with Mithoon on two other projects that year, Aggar and The Train. While “Sehra” from the former received negative reactions from music critics, both “Woh Ajnabee” and “Teri Tamanna” from the latter were well-received, with Raja Sen from Rediff.com particularly praising Rao’s “strong vocals.

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