Indian Women Playback Singers

Throughout history, there have been many Indian women playback singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female playback singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Alisha Chinai, Harshdeep Kaur, Anjana Sowmya.

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 1 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..

 2 Neha Kakkar

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

Starting her training in singing at age 4, Neha Kakkar later participated in Indian Idol but was eliminated before she could make her mark on the show. She later soared to fame with the track Second Hand Jawaani from Cocktail and never looked back. She has also performed in minor roles.

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 3 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.

 4 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

One of the greatest actors in Telugu and Tamil cinema, Savitri earned the titled of the "First Female Superstar of South Indian cinema" from her fans. The Rashtrapati Award- and Nandi Award-winning actor had also secretly married Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan, who was already married and involved in another affair.

 5 Sunidhi Chauhan

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

A musical prodigy, Sunidhi Chauhan had started performing at events at age 4. Discovered by actor Tabassum, she quit school and plunged into a full-fledged music career, winning several reality shows. She then soared to fame with her playback singing in Mast and now has three Filmfare awards in her kitty.

 6 Nithya Menen

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

Three-time Filmfare winner Nithya Menen is a sensation in South Indian films. Initially a child actor, she later aspired to be a journalist but eventually ended up gaining accolades with her roles in films such as Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and Mynaa. She also appeared in the web series Breathe: Into the Shadows.

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 7 Raashi Khanna

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

Though she initially aspired to be a singer, Raashi Khanna was also studious and later wished to become an IAS officer. She then worked as an ad copywriter for a while before making her film debut with Madras Café. She later soared to fame in the Tamil and Telugu film industries.

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 8 K. S. Chithra

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

Padma Shri- and Padma Bhushan-winning legendary Indian singer K. S. Chithra is also a 6-time National Award winner. Trained in Carnatic music, she earned a government music scholarship. A star in the South Indian music scene, she also gained recognition with her Hindi tracks such as Kehna Hi Kya.  

 9 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.

 10 Padmini Kolhapure

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

Padmini Kolhapure was 15 when she won a Filmfare for Insaf Ka Tarazu. Born to a musician father, she had begun acting and singing in films since childhood and later soared to fame with films such as Prem Rog. She was dragged into a controversy for kissing Prince Charles on the cheeks.

 11 Monali Thakur

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

National Award- and Filmfare-winning singer Monali Thakur is best known for her hit tracks such as Moh Moh Ke Dhaage and Sawaar Loon. She first gained fame with Indian Idol 2 and later also acted in movies such as Lakshmi. She later secretly married a Swiss restaurateur she met on a trip.

 12 Kavya Madhavan

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

Kavya Madhavan made her film debut with Malayalam film Chandranudikkunna Dikhil as a ninth-grader. The Kerala State Film Award-winning actor later soared to fame with films such as Gaddama. She owns a charitable foundation and a textile shop. She has also released a collection of memoirs.

 13 Tulsi Kumar

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

The daughter of music magnate Gulshan Kumar, who launched T-Series, Tulsi Kumar began her playback singing career with the movie Aksar. She later gained fame with hit tracks such as Sanam Re and Soch Na Sake. She is now married to a Delhi businessman and has a son.

 14 Remya Nambeesan

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

Born to a theater artiste, Remya Nambeesan began her career as a child artist in films. As she grew up, she was typecast in roles of the village belle but turned around with the film Traffic. She has also gained fame for her singing in films such as Ivan Megharoopan and Bachelor Party.

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 Shweta Mohan

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

 18 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.

 19 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

Born to an Indian Navy officer in the Soviet Union, Swathi Reddy was initially named Svetlana but changed her name later. Starting her career as a TV host at 17, she later stepped into acting and eventually won a Filmfare for her role in the Telugu film Ashta Chamma.

 20 Harshdeep Kaur

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

 21 Rekha Bhardwaj

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

 22 Sangeetha Krish

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

 23 Mamta Mohandas

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

 24 Subbalakshmi

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

 25 T. R. Omana

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

 26 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

 27 Aishwarya Prabhakar

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

 28 Srilekha Parthasarathy

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

 29 Anjana Sowmya

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

 30 M. Srisha

M. Srisha
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 31 Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala
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Famous As: Film actress, Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Triplicane, Chennai, India