Indian Female Singers

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Throughout history, there have been many Indian women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, M. S. Subbulakshmi, Begum Akhtar, Shirley Setia.
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 1 
Lata Mangeshkar
(One of the Greatest Playback Singers of India)
Lata Mangeshkar
81
Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore
Died: February 6, 2022

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

 2 
Nora Fatehi
(Actress, Model, and Producer Known for Her Work in the Indian Film Industry)
Nora Fatehi
31
Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nora Fatehi is a popular figure in the Indian film industry. Although born and raised in Canada. Nora has worked in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi language films. She was part of one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever - Baahubali: The Beginning. Apart from appearing in films, she has also made a mark in the TV industry.

 3 
Neha Kakkar
(Singer)
Neha Kakkar
63
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.

 4 
K. S. Chithra
(Playback singer)
K. S. Chithra
11
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.  

 5 
Shreya Ghoshal
(Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer)
Shreya Ghoshal
82
Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durgapur

National Award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal grew up in Rajasthan and later moved to Mumbai, where her electrical engineer father was posted. After gaining attention with the talent show Sa Re Ga Ma, the classically trained artist was catapulted to fame with her playback singing in Devdas, and never looked back.

 6 
Sunidhi Chauhan
(Singer, Actor)
Sunidhi Chauhan
40
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.

 7 
Shirley Setia
(Singer, Actress)
Shirley Setia
11
Birthdate: July 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Daman, India
 8 
Asha Bhosle
(Indian playback singer)
Asha Bhosle
37
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.
 9 
Neeti Mohan
(Singer, known for her time as a member of the group Aasma, a position she earned after winning the show Popstars in 2003)
Neeti Mohan
6
Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India
 10 
M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
8
Birthdate: September 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

 11 
Alka Yagnik
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Alka Yagnik
44
Birthdate: March 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

Alka Yagnik is an Indian playback singer. One of the most popular female playback singers in Bollywood, Yagnik has won a record seven Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards in an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Alka Yagnik has also won other prestigious awards, such as Bollywood Movie Awards, Global Indian Film Awards, and Zee Cine Awards.

 12 
Tulsi Kumar
(Playback Singer)
Tulsi Kumar
8
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.

 13 
S. Janaki
(Actor, Singer)
S. Janaki
6
Birthdate: April 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Repalle

Better known as Janaki Amma, playback singer S. Janaki had begun her career with the Tamil film Vidhiyin Vilayattu. Also known as the Nightingale of South India, she has lent her voice to over 48,000 songs. Following her retirement, she has been the victim of death hoaxes at least twice.

 14 
Palak Muchhal
4
Birthdate: March 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indore
 15 
Monali Thakur
(Indian Playback Singer)
Monali Thakur
11
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.

 16 
Anuradha Paudwal
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Anuradha Paudwal
5
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Anuradha Paudwal is an Indian playback singer who has contributed to the soundtrack of many Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi films. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards and a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 2017, Anuradha Paudwal was honored with India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.

 17 
Chinmayi Sripada
(Playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry)
Chinmayi Sripada
3
Birthdate: September 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian singer, voice actor, radio jockey, and TV presenter who works predominantly in the South Indian film and TV industry. Chinmayi is also credited with founding Blue Elephant, a translation services company, for which she serves as the CEO. Also known for her activism, Chinmayi Sripada has been an important figure in India's Me Too movement.

 18 
Rohini
(Actress)
Rohini
4
Birthdate: December 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: thummapala, Andhra Pradesh, India
 19 
Kavita Krishnamurthy
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Kavita Krishnamurthy
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Kavita Krishnamurthy is an Indian playback and classical singer with an extensive career spanning half a century. She began her formal training in Hindustani classical music as a child and began her career as a teenager. She has since recorded more than 50,000 songs in over 36 languages, including Hindi, Tamil, and Kannada. She received the Padmashri in 2005. 

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Falguni Pathak
(singer, composer)
Falguni Pathak
5
Birthdate: March 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vadodara

Known as the Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak rocked the 1990s with her chartbusting tracks such as Chudi Jo Khanki Haathon Mein, which still light up Navratri celebrations in India. She is also known for her signature androgynous looks. Though she’s based in Mumbai, her songs reflect the Gujarati folk culture.

 21 
Remya Nambeesan
7
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.

 22 
Manorama
(Actress, Playback Singer)
Manorama
3
Birthdate: May 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu, India
Died: October 10, 2015
 23 
Usha Uthup
(actor, singer, composer)
Usha Uthup
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
 24 
Anusha Dandekar
(MTV VJ, Actress and Singer)
Anusha Dandekar
1
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian VJ, actress, and singer. She is popularly known for hosting many TV shows. Beginning her career as a TV anchor and VJ, she branched out into acting as well, making her film debut with a role in the Bollywood film Mumbai Matinee. Since then, she has appeared in a few other movies.

 25 
Suraiya
(Actor, Singer)
Suraiya
4
Birthdate: June 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gujranwala
Died: January 31, 2004
 26 
Sadhana Sargam
(Playback singer who got immense popularity after her song 'Saat Samundar Paar' in the film Vishwatma)
Sadhana Sargam
2
Birthdate: March 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dabhol, Maharashtra, India

Sadhana Sargam is an Indian playback singer best known for recording nearly 15,000 songs in 34 Indian languages. In 2002, Sadhana Sargam became the first non-South Indian singer to receive the National Award for a song composed by a South Indian. She has also won other prestigious awards like Maharashtra State Film Awards, Lata Mangeshkar Award, and Gujarath State Film Award.

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Vyjayanthimala
(Film actress, Politician)
Vyjayanthimala
2
Birthdate: August 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Triplicane, Chennai, India

Vyjayanthimala is an Indian actress and dancer who played a major role in the Hindi film industry during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the most popular actresses of all time, Vyjayanthimala is also known for her contribution to South Indian movies. She is the recipient of several awards, including Filmfare Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards at International film festivals.   

 28 
Sunitha Upadrashta
(Actor, Singer)
Sunitha Upadrashta
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guntur
 29 
Usha Mangeshkar
(Singer, Composer)
Usha Mangeshkar
4
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.

 30 
Anuradha Sriram
3
Birthdate: July 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai

Born to a playback singer mother, Anuradha Sriram began performing on radio and TV shows since age 12. The renowned singer from Tamil Nadu is a Carnatic music specialist and has performed in more than 1000 concerts. As a child artist, she had also appeared in a Rajinikanth movie.

 31 
Alisha Chinai
(Playback singer, Singer)
Alisha Chinai
5
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.

 32 
Neha Bhasin
(Indian Playback Singer Known for Her Work in Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood )
Neha Bhasin
3
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.

 33 
Roopa Ganguly
(Actress)
Roopa Ganguly
3
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
 34 
Harshdeep Kaur
(Singer, Playback singer)
Harshdeep Kaur
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi
 35 
Sangeetha Krish
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 36 
Sona Mohapatra
(Singer who first entered the public consciousness with her performances on the show Satyamev Jayate)
Sona Mohapatra
5
Birthdate: June 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cuttack, India

Sona Mohapatra is an Indian music composer, singer, and lyricist. She is best known for recording remixes of popular songs by famous artists like David Bowie and INXS. Although she is known for her musical career, Sona Mohapatra achieved national recognition when she appeared in a TV show titled Satyamev Jayate, which was hosted by popular Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

 37 
Shweta Mohan
(Singer)
Shweta Mohan
5
Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 38 
Richa Sharma
(singer)
Richa Sharma
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Faridabad
 39 
P. Susheela
(Actor, Singer)
P. Susheela
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vizianagaram

P. Susheela is an Indian singer who has been recognized by the Asia Book of Records as well as by the Guinness Book of World Records for recording more than 50,000 film songs in various Indian languages. Dubbed The Melody Queen of South India, Susheela has won five National Film Awards and several state awards.

 40 
Miss Pooja
(Singer)
Miss Pooja
3
Birthdate: December 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rajpura
 41 
Rekha Bhardwaj
3
Birthdate: January 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi,India
 42 
Shilpa Rao
(Singer)
Shilpa Rao
3
Birthdate: April 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jamshedpur
 43 
Devika Rani
(Actress)
Devika Rani
3
Birthdate: March 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Visakhapatnam, British India
Died: March 9, 1994
 44 
Ila Arun
(Actor, Singer)
Ila Arun
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jaipur
 45 
Shalmali Kholgade
(Playback singer, who predominantly sings for Hindi language films)
Shalmali Kholgade
3
Birthdate: January 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shalmali Kholgade is an Indian playback singer. She predominantly sings in Hindi with sporadic performances in other Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi. She has been classically trained since childhood and began her career as a teenager. Her singing style has been appreciated by the music experts in the Indian film industry.  

 46 
Shakthisree Gopalan
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter)
Shakthisree Gopalan
3
Birthdate: October 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kochi
Vijayata Pandit
2
Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai
 48 
Shweta Pandit
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter)
Shweta Pandit
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai
 49 
Geeta Dutt
(One of the Best Playback Singers of All Time in Hindi Films)
Geeta Dutt
4
Birthdate: November 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madaripur District, Bangladesh
Died: July 20, 1972
 50 
Begum Akhtar
(Singer)
Begum Akhtar
3
Birthdate: October 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhadarsa
Died: October 30, 1974