Famous Indian Playback Singers

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 1 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: September 25, 2020

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was an Indian playback singer, music director, actor, television presenter, film producer, and voice-over artist. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted singers of his generation, Balasubrahmanyam received six National Film Awards in an illustrious singing career that spanned more than five decades. He was posthumously honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.

 2 Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar.
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Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. Such has had a long career of more than 60 years and have been honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

 3 Neha Kakkar

Neha Kakkar.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

 4 Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khandwas, India
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

 5 Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar.
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Famous As: actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, singer, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 6 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 7 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chirravuru, Guntur district, Madras Presidency
Died: December 26, 1981
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 8 Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 9 Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baradah, Saptary, Nepal

 10 Nithya Menen

Nithya Menen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

 11 Raashi Khanna

Raashi Khanna
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Delhi

 12 K. S. Chithra

K. S. Chithra
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

 13 Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer Salmaan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India

 14 Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sangli, Maharashtra
Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle holds the Guinness record for the most recorded artist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning singer had initially started singing along with sister Lata Mangeshkar, another iconic singer, to make ends meet. Bhosle, a versatile artist, has sung in 20 languages and experimented with almost all genres.

 15 Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India

 16 Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi.
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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: July 31, 1980
Legendary Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi was known for his versatility. The winner of one National Film Award and four Filmfare awards, Rafi often collaborated with ace composer S.D. Burman. He also received the Padma Shri and sang in countless Indian and foreign languages, including Arabic, Persian, and Dutch.

 17 Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 18 Sid Sriram

Sid Sriram
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai district Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Born in Chennai, to a Carnatic music teacher mother, Sid Sriram later moved to the US with his family. The talented singer-songwriter is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and is known for his skills mixing pop/soul and Indian classical elements. His Indian playback credits include Adiye from the film Kadal.

 19 Yuvan Shankar Raja

Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India

Yuvan Shankar Raja is a music composer and singer-songwriter. He is credited with introducing hip-hop to the Tamil music industry and became one of the most sought-after Tamil composers in 2000s. In 2006, he won the Cyprus International Film Festival Award, becoming the first Indian composer to win the award. He has also won other awards like Filmfare Awards South.

 20 Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 21 Aditya Narayan

Aditya Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 22 Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasargod, Kerala, India

 23 Tulsi Kumar

Tulsi Kumar
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 24 Puneeth Rajkumar

Puneeth Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

 25 Remya Nambeesan

Remya Nambeesan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chottanikkara, India

 26 Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalakudy, Kerala, India
Died: March 6, 2016

 27 Uttam Kumar

Uttam Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: July 24, 1980

 28 Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sitamarhi, Bihar, India

 29 Dinesh Lal Yadav

Dinesh Lal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 30 Manoj Tiwari

Manoj Tiwari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atarwalia, Bihar, India

 31 Pritam Chakraborty

Pritam Chakraborty
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Known for blending Indian classical music with contemporary undertones, Indian music director, composer, and record producer, Pritam Chakraborty is also a well-known singer and instrumentalist.  Beginning his career with ad jingles, he later partnered with Jeet Ganguly to compose music for Hindi films before going solo. He has won numerous awards for his work, concurrently helping budding musicians through his organization JAM8.

 32 Alisha Chinai

Alisha Chinai
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Famous As: Playback singer, Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

Known as the Queen of Indipop and India's Madonna, Alisha Chinai rocked the 1990s with her chartbusting hit Made in India. She also made headlines when she accused music director Anu Malik of sexual harassment. Kaate Nahin Katthe from the film Mr. India was one of her other big hits.

 33 Usha Mangeshkar

Usha Mangeshkar
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: December 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Usha Mangeshkar belongs to the iconic Mangeshkar musical family of India and is the second-youngest child of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. She, and her famous siblings, Lata and Asha, once rocked the Hindi playback scene. Her song Mai Toh Aarti from Jai Santoshi Maa earned her a Filmfare nomination.

 34 Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Prabhu
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Playback singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai

 35 Neha Bhasin

Neha Bhasin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Neha Bhasin first gained the spotlight when she became one of the five winners of the Channel V show Popstars, thus becoming part of India’s first all-girl pop band, Viva. She is also an avid dancer and is known for her Bollywood tracks such as Kuch Khaas Hai from Fashion.

 36 Shweta Mohan

Shweta Mohan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 37 Sangeetha Krish

Sangeetha Krish
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 38 Swathi Reddy

Swathi Reddy
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Famous As: Svetlana Reddy
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Far Eastern Federal District, Russia

 39 Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur
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Famous As: Singer, Playback singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

 40 Rekha Bhardwaj

Rekha Bhardwaj
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi,India

 41 Mamta Mohandas

Mamta Mohandas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manama, Bahrain

 42 Shabbir Kumar

Shabbir Kumar
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: October 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vadodara, Gujarat, India

 43 Hemant Kumar

Hemant Kumar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: September 26, 1989

 44 Subbalakshmi

Subbalakshmi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 45 T. R. Omana

T. R. Omana
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alappuzha, Kerala, India

 46 Pasupuleti Kannamba

Pasupuleti Kannamba
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nandyal, Kurnool, Madras Presidency, British India
Died: May 7, 1964

 47 Anil Biswas

Anil Biswas
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: July 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barishal, Bangladesh, India
Died: May 31, 2003

 48 Aishwarya Prabhakar

Aishwarya Prabhakar
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Famous As: Television Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 49 Srilekha Parthasarathy

Srilekha Parthasarathy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 50 Anjana Sowmya

Anjana Sowmya
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Famous As: Playback singer, Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kakinada