World Music Singer

Shilpa Rao

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Age 39
Birthday April 111984
Birth Sign Aries
City India
Country India
Profession World Music Singer

Shilpa Rao is a famous World Music Singer, born on April 11, 1984 in India. As of December 2022, Shilpa Rao’s net worth is $5 Million. She was also part of the band Band Called Nine and worked with the traditional Indian craft of Qissa Goi.

Parents S. V. Rao, R. Shyamala
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Shilpa Rao Biography

Award-winning Indian singer who has appeared in many Hindi films including Gandhi My Father and Desi Boyz. 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..

Her father, S.V. Rao earned a degree in music and started her interest in a music career.

Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao; 11 April 1984) is an Indian singer. Raised in Jamshedpur, she moved to Mumbai at the age of 13. She completed her 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.

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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.

Shilpa Rao Net Worth

Shilpa Rao is one of the richest World Music Singer & listed on most popular World Music Singer. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Shilpa Rao‘s net worth $5 Million.

Net Worth $5 Million
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She started her singing career doing advertising jingles.

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. She worked as a jingle singer for three years and established a life of her own. She sang songs for products such as Cadbury’s Munch, Sunsilk, Anchor Gel and No Marks.

While Rao was studying at college, she met with Mithoon, who called her for recording of the song “Tose Naina” from Anwar (2007). Considering the song as her “most innocent rendition” she had done, Rao said, “This song is extremely close to my heart and has taught me what thrill and gratitude of music is and can be”. Though Rao credits “Tose Naina” as her career debut song, the soundtrack of the film Ek Ajnabee (2005) has a semi-instrumental track titled “Stranger On The Prowl” which has Rao’s alap incorporated within it. She collaborated with Mithoon in two other projects during the year; Aggar and The Train. Though “Sehra” from the former met with negative reactions from music critics, both “Woh Ajnabee” and “Teri Tamanna” from the latter was well received; Raja Sen from Rediff.com praising Rao’s “strong vocals” in particular. While shooting for Salaam-e-Ishq, music composer Shankar Mahadevan from the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy suggested Rao’s name to director Nikhil Advani, landing up with the song “Saiyaan Re”. Sukanya Verma who praised Rao’s “perfectly impish delivery” of the song wrote: “Despite Shankar Mahadevan’s dynamic presence, [Rao], to watch out for, is never once intimidated”. She again teamed up with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the Hindi version of the track “All For One” from the soundtrack of High School Musical 2.

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Rao, a friend of music composer Amit Trivedi, introduced him to Anurag Kashyap, director of the film Dev.D (2009) who was searching for a new composer with a “distinct vision” for his film. The song, “Dhol Yaara Dhol” from the soundtrack of the film was recorded three years ago, “free of cost”. She was next heard in Piyush Mishra-composed Gulaal, where she performed the track “Aisi Sazaa”. Sen from Rediff.com credited Rao’s “distinctively dulcet tones” for making the song a memorable track. After recording “Manzaraat” from Sikandar, Rao performed the track “Mudi Mudi Ittefaq Se” for Ilaiyaraaja’s Paa. She described the song as the “most difficult experience” and believed that lyrics and “musical bounces” in the song was a “test” in proving her versatility. The song garnered positive response from critics; Chandrima Pal from Rediff.com picked the track as the “most significant song of the album”. The soundtrack album had another track titled “Udi Udi Ittefaq Se” by Rao, with slight variations in the arrangements and lyrics. “Mudi Mudi Ittefaq Se” garnered her second Filmfare Award nomination in Best Female Singer category.

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Ranked on the list of most popular World Music Singer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in India. Shilpa Rao celebrates birthday on April 11 of every year.

Rao’s first release of 2008 came with Raghav Sachar-composed remix version of “Gup Chup” from One Two Three, followed by “Ek Lau” from Aamir, composed by Amit Trivedi. According to Rao, “Ek Lau” was a song of “hope for many people for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks”. She affirmed that the song will inspire people and picked “Ek Lau” as one of the “few compositions” that is “close” to her. Apart from rendering “Main Sajda” for Anu Malik in Good Luck!, she was heard in a “faint alaap” at the beginning of the song “Koi Na Jaane” from Hijack, along with KK. The duo, earlier worked during the year, in Vishal-Shekhar’s “Khuda Jaane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno. Rao, calling the song a “timeless classic”, felt it was beautifully composed and written. She mentioned that she feels “fortunate to be a part” of the song. It fetched her first nomination in Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.

What is singer Shilpa Rao’s real name?

Apeksha Rao

How old is Shilpa Rao?

38 years (April 11, 1984)

Is Shilpa Rao classically trained?

Trained in Indian classical music by her father, S Venkat Rao, and ghazals by Hariharan, the 35-year-old counts Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and British singers Sting and Sade among her inspirations.

Where is Shilpa Rao from?

Jamshedpur, India

Is Shilpa Rao a good singer?

Rao’s vocals in the energetic track was critically acclaimed; Vivek Warrier from Koimoi declared that her vocals are “refreshing” and “have great presence”.

In 2010, Rao collaborated with Pritam for the first time, and performed “Ittefaq Tu Nahin” for Mallika and “Dil Le Jaa” for Toh Baat Pakki!. She again teamed up with Trivedi for Admissions Open and Vishal-Shekhar for Anjaana Anjaani. Though her previous releases during the year received mixed response from critics, “I Feel Good” and “Anjaana Anjaani” from the latter was positively received; Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama ascribed the “beauty of the songs” to Rao for holding fort and giving “good company” to her co-singers. She did playback for Bappi Lahiri in “Ankhiya Na Maar” of Apartment and performed two tracks for Lahore; Piyush Mishra’s Sufi song “O Re Bande” and M.M. Kreem’s Punjabi flavored “Rang De”. The Times of India appraised the work of Rao in Lahore, since she tried performing different tracks within the same album. In the year, Rao made her Tamil music debut with the song “Oru Maalai Neram” from Yuvan Shankar Raja-composed Naan Mahaan Alla along with Javed Ali.

Rao’s third collaboration with Pritam came along with the song “Allah Maaf Kare” from Desi Boyz (2011). She lent her voice for Trivedi in “Yeh Pal” from No One Killed Jessica, where NDTV noted that the song is “effectively voiced” by Rao. The year marks her first collaboration with Salim–Sulaiman, by recording “Jazba” from Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. Rao’s vocals in the energetic track was critically acclaimed; Vivek Warrier from Koimoi declared that her vocals are “refreshing” and “have great presence”. During the year, she teamed up with Raghu Dixit as the composer and Ash King as the co-singer in “Uh-Oh Uh-Oh” from Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. Rao collaborated with lyricist Neelesh Misra and composer Amartya Rahut and formed the Band Called Nine, which works for the traditional Indian craft of storytelling. During the year, they released their debut album, Rewind, consisting of songs and storytelling, put together with a narrative. Besides, Rao appeared in several TV series including MTV Unplugged and The Dewarists, where she performed acoustic versions for some of her previously released songs for the former and the song “I Believe” with Parikrama and Agnee for the latter. Rao considered MTV Unplugged “very challenging” to do since she had to create a totally different version of songs and “present it to people, who have heard it earlier and liked it”.

In addition to singing for films, Rao has supported charitable organisations for a number of causes. In March 2010, she appeared on NDTV’s Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and investigate poor electricity supplies in rural villages, to lend her support. In October 2011, Rao performed the track “Haseen Zindagi” along with Teesha Nigam, Shruti Pathak, Neha Bhasin, Shefali Alvares and Akriti Kakkar, composed by Sonu Nigam for the project in aid of breast cancer awareness. She performed in Delhi at the “100 Pipers Play for a Cause” which is a musical extravaganza dedicated to raise funds for people affected by the Nepal earthquake. On 2 March 2012, celebrated as Seagram’s Fuel Music Day, Rao performed live along with 50 other artistes, on a digital platform ArtistAloud.com, to show their support for independent music in India.

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