Female Playback Singers

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Lata Mangeshkar
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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..

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Holly Robinson Peete
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Birthdate: September 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Neha Kakkar
(Singer)
Neha Kakkar
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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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Dhee
(Singer)
Dhee
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Birthdate: June 26, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Olivia Olson
(Actress)
Olivia Olson
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Birthdate: May 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Olivia Olson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She made her film debut at the age of 10, playing Joanna Anderson in the film, Love Actually, in which she was seen singing All I Want for Christmas Is You; her skills as a singer was praised and Olson landed several voice roles in TV series, such as Phineas and Ferb.

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Asha Bhosle
(Indian playback singer)
Asha Bhosle
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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.
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Aubrey Peeples
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Birthdate: November 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lake Mary, Florida, USA
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Sunidhi Chauhan
(Singer, Actor)
Sunidhi Chauhan
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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.

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Liz Torres
(Actress)
Liz Torres
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Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Monali Thakur
(Indian Playback Singer)
Monali Thakur
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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.

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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
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Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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Chinmayi Sripada
(Playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry)
Chinmayi Sripada
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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.

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Tulsi Kumar
(Playback Singer)
Tulsi Kumar
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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.

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Shashaa Tirupati
(Singer-songwriter)
Shashaa Tirupati
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Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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K. S. Chithra
(Playback singer)
K. S. Chithra
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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.  

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Nazia Hassan
(Pakistani Singer-Songwriter Considered as 'The Queen of South Asian Pop')
Nazia Hassan
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Birthdate: April 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: August 13, 2000
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Remya Nambeesan
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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.

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Vyjayanthimala
(Film actress, Politician)
Vyjayanthimala
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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.   

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Alisha Chinai
(Playback singer, Singer)
Alisha Chinai
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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.

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Swathi Reddy
(Svetlana Reddy)
Swathi Reddy
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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.

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Sadhana Sargam
(Playback singer who got immense popularity after her song 'Saat Samundar Paar' in the film Vishwatma)
Sadhana Sargam
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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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Neha Bhasin
(Indian Playback Singer Known for Her Work in Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood )
Neha Bhasin
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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.

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Usha Mangeshkar
(Singer, Composer)
Usha Mangeshkar
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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.

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Shweta Mohan
(Singer)
Shweta Mohan
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Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Sona Mohapatra
(Singer who first entered the public consciousness with her performances on the show Satyamev Jayate)
Sona Mohapatra
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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.

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Sangeetha Krish
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Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Jade Alleyne
(Actress)
Jade Alleyne
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Birthdate: March 17, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen
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Shalmali Kholgade
(Playback singer, who predominantly sings for Hindi language films)
Shalmali Kholgade
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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.  

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Harshdeep Kaur
(Singer, Playback singer)
Harshdeep Kaur
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Birthdate: December 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi
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Geeta Dutt
(One of the Best Playback Singers of All Time in Hindi Films)
Geeta Dutt
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Birthdate: November 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madaripur District, Bangladesh
Died: July 20, 1972
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Mamta Mohandas
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Birthdate: November 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manama, Bahrain
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Anushka Manchanda
(Singer, Music Producer & a Member of the Indipop Girl Group 'Viva!')
Anushka Manchanda
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Birthdate: February 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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Rekha Bhardwaj
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Birthdate: January 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi,India
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Jyotsna Radhakrishnan
(Playback singer)
Jyotsna Radhakrishnan
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Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuwait
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Runa Laila
(Bangladeshi Playback Singer)
Runa Laila
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Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sylhet, Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila began her career as a Pakistani film singer. She later released some of the biggest hits of the Bengali and Hindi music scene, such as Shaadher Lau. The Bangladesh National Film Award winner is also a Guinness record holder for recording 30 songs in 3 days.

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Rafiath Rashid Mithila
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Rafiath Rashid Mithila was an academically brilliant student and also a talented dancer in her younger days. She had once exhibited her oil paintings and has penned children’s books, too. She has been associated with BRAC and is married to Indian filmmaker Srijit Mukherji.

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Minmini
(Playback singer best remembered for the song Michael Bidwill)
Minmini
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Birthplace: India
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Nanda Malini
(Playback Singer, Songstress)
Nanda Malini
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Birthdate: August 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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Shubha Mudgal
(Singer of Hindustani classical music)
Shubha Mudgal
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Birthdate: January 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Abhisheka Wimalaweera
(Singer, Playback Singer)
Abhisheka Wimalaweera
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Birthdate: November 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Galle, Southern, Sri Lanka
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Subbalakshmi
(Actress)
Subbalakshmi
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Birthdate: April 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Sabina Yasmin
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Birthdate: September 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

The daughter of a singer mother, Sabina Yasmin started her music career as a child artiste, appearing in her first stage performance at age 7. She is a 14-time Bangladesh National Film Award-winning playback singer has also won an Ekushey Padak. She was previously married to Indian singer Kabir Sumon.

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Momtaz Begum
(Singer)
Momtaz Begum
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Birthdate: May 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singair Upazila, Bangladesh

Momtaz Begum is a Bangladeshi politician and folk singer. Nicknamed The Music Queen, Begum has recorded over 700 albums and has won the prestigious Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Female Playback Singer category on three occasions. Momtaz Begum is also a noted philanthropist; she has established the Momtaz Eye Hospital in Joymontop in memory of her father.

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Yekaterina Volkova
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Birthdate: March 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tomsk, Russia
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Sotiria Bellou
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Birthdate: August 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Drosia (Euboia), Greece
Died: August 27, 1997

Sotiria Bellou was a Greek singer and an exponent of the rebetiko style of music, which she helped popularize. In 2010, Bellou was included in Alpha TV's top-certified female Greek artists since 1960 list. She was also an activist who was part of the Greek Resistance during World War II. Her life inspired a theatrical play titled Sotiria me lene.

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T. R. Omana
(Actress)
T. R. Omana
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Birthdate: November 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alappuzha, Kerala, India
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Pasupuleti Kannamba
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Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nandyal, Kurnool, Madras Presidency, British India
Died: May 7, 1964
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Akhi Alamgir
(Singer)
Akhi Alamgir
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Birthdate: January 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi playback singer Akhi Alamgir had interestingly started her career as a child actor. She also won a Bangladesh National Film Award for her role in Bhat De. Being the daughter of an actor father, she was acquainted with the entertainment world. She later also gained fame as a TV host.

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Iqbal Bano
(Pakistani Ghazal Singer Best Remembered for Her Classical Thumris and Semi-Classical Ghazal Songs)
Iqbal Bano
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: April 21, 2009

Iqbal Bano was a Pakistani ghazal singer best remembered for her classical thumris and semi-classical ghazal songs. She was renowned for singing the ghazals of the Lenin Prize-winning poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. In 1974, Iqbal Bano was honored with the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance Award for her contribution to music. 

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Aishwarya Prabhakar
(Television Actress)
Aishwarya Prabhakar
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Birthplace: India