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Amitabh Bachchan won three National Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards. Initailly he struggled a lot due to his height and complexion. For the film "Mr. Natwarlal" he got the Filmfare Best Actor Award and the Filmfare Best Male Playback Awards. He won Best Actor Award for the film "Kaala Patthar" in 1979. Some of his hit films are "Ram Balaram", "Shaan", and "Shakti".

Besides acting Bachchan is a good playback singer and done playback singing some of the movies such as "Laawaris", "Toofan" and "Silsila". He hosted popular game show "Kaun Banega Karorpati" (KBC) on TV.

Aishwarya Rai was born on November 1st 1973 in Mangalore, India. She did bachelors in Architecture. In 1994, she won the title Miss World and Miss Photogenic at London. She is the first Indian actress to become a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Aishwarya Rai won the best actress award for the films "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" in 2000 and "Devdas" in 2003. She made her debut with "Iruvar" directed by Mani Ratnam. Aishwarya Rai won the Best Female Debutant Award for the film "Aur Pyar Ho Gaya".

Aishwarya Rai won Femina Miss India World in 1994. She is married to Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, son of the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Asha Parekh was born on October 2nd 1942. She was born in a Gujrati family at Bangalore. She is unmarried and first Gujarati to become a superstar in Hindi films. At box office most of her films celebrated Silver jubilee or Golden jubilee and so she is called by the nickname Jublee Girl.

Asha Parekh made her debut in the film "Aasmaan" in Bollywood as child artiste. After some years she again made her debut as lead actress in Vijay Bhatt's film "Goonj Uthi Shehnai". She continued her role as a lead heroine in some more films like "Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai", "Baharon Ke Sapne", "Caravan", "Teesri Manzil", "Pyar Ka Mausam" etc.

Asha Parekh was known for his glamour role and then she did serious image role in the film "Do Badan". She won her Filmfare best actress award for the films "Paagal Kahin Kaa" and "Kati Patang" for her more dramatic roles.

Ayesha Takia was born on April 10th 1986 in a mixed family at Mumbai. Her father is a Gujrati and mother is an Anglo Indian. She is called by her nick name Suvi. She loves reading books, listening music, long drives and meeting friends.

Ayesha Takia started her career through advertisements and her famous advertisement was "I'm a Complan Boy, I'm a Complan Girl". Teh first released movie for her was "Tarzan- The Wonder Car".

In 2004 Ayesha Takyia won the best debutant award for her performance in "Taarzan". She won her Star Screen Best Actress Award and Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award for the film "Dor". Ayesha Takyia also won the Zee Cine Critics Best Actress Award for the same film "Dor".

Esha Deol was born on November 2nd, 1981 in Mumbai. She is the elder daughter of actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini. She did her masters degree in Media Arts at Oxford University.

Esha Doel made her debut in the film "Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche", but the movie was unseccessful. Her first successful film was "Dhoom" at box office followed by "Kaal" and "No Entry". For her performance in "Ankahee", She won the Filmfare Best Villain (female) Award.

The film "Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe" won her Filmfare Best Debut Award, Star Screen Most Promising Newcomer (female) Award and Bollywood Movie Best Debut (female) Award.

Amisha Patel was born on June 9th 1976 in Mumbai, India. She did graduation in Economice in Tufts University, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Amisha Patel's debut film was "kaho Na Pyar Hai" directed by Rakesh Roshan for which she received Kalashree sensational discovery award. She won the Filmfare Special Award for the film "Gadar Ek Prem Katha".

She won her Zee Cine Best female Debut Award for the film "Kaho Na Pyar Hai". The film "Kaho Na Pyar Hai" was her first hit film in her carer followed by the film "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", for which she won many awards for her performance. "Bhool Bhoolaiya" is her recent released film. Born in Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay to parents Amit and Asha Patel, Ameesha studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School, where she was the head girl for one academic year. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer ever since she was five years old. After studying Economics at Tufts University, Medford, USA, she worked as an economic analyst in a company. Ameesha's decision to return to India was a turning point in her life. Despite coming from a conservative family she plunged into theatre and modeling. She featured in ads of Fair & Lovely, Lux, Cadbury, Fem, and so on. Her first break was when Rakesh Roshan offered her a film opposite his son, whom he was going to launch. After initially refusing it, she later decided to go ahead. The result is known to all- the box-office smasher hit Kaho NaaPyaar Hai! The film was a huge success and she became a star overnight. Her performance garnered her much appreciation and awards for Best Debut Female at important award functions. Her second film was a Telugu one named Badri, which grossed more than 120 million, making it a major success. The actress witnessed another high of her career with her next Hindi film, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, in which she starred opposite Sunny Deol. The film was a cross- border love story and went on to become the highest grossing films of all times. It won seven awards at various functions, and was nominated for plenty of categories at the Filmfare, IIFA, Star Screen and Zee Cine Awards. Ameesha received the Filmfare Special Performance Award for her outstanding portrayal of the character. After a few flops, Ameesha tasted success again with Abbas- Mustan directed Humraaz' in which she was paired with Akshaye Khanna and Bobby Deol. The film did average business and Ameesha Patel was nominated for Best Actress awards at award functions. Thereafter, her career slumped and her films failed to create any magic at the box office. A series of flops included Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai', Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage', Kranti', Yeh Hai Jalwa', Parwana', Suno Sasurjee', Vaada' and Elan'. Ameesha was also seen in Aamir Khan- starrer Mangal Pandey: The Rising' where she played the role of a Bengali widow. Although the film did average earnings, it did nothing to salvage her failing career. Some of these films include Tathastu', Ankahee', and Aap Ki Khatir' and so on. The sexy star's career-graph took a positive turning with films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.', Bhool Bhulaiyaa' and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic', in which she was noted for her role and her performance appreciated. She was last seen in Chatur Singh Two Star', which was a commercial failure. Besides these films, she has appeared in many Tamil and Telugu films. Her upcoming projects include Race 2', Shortcut Romeo' and Bhaiyyaji Superhitt'. Ameesha has also been in news for reasons more than one. She had a legal battle with her parents, whom she accused of wasting all her money for their personal satisfaction. She had also patched up with her brother Ashmit Patel in August 2009 on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. Her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt and later with businessman Kanav Puri was the talk of the town. The actress has also appeared in a number of television shows like Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, Indian Idol 2, etc.

Aamir Khan is a famous Indian film actor, Director and Producer. He started his career as a child actor in the film "Yaadon Ki Baaraat" in the year 1973. In 1984 he started his professional career in the film "Holi". He won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the film "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" in 1988 which was his first success followed by "Dil" in 1990 and "Rangeela" in 1995 which is a box-office hit.

The film "Lagaan" gave him the critical and commercial success. Later that year, the next success came in the film "Dil Chahta Hai". In 2007 "Taare Zameen Par" came under his own production which was well received. In 2008 Aamir Khan received his fifteenth Filmfare Best Actoe Nomination award for the film "Ghajini which was a commercial success.

Aamir Khan is also a state tennis champion. He married Reena Dutta and had two children, after 15 years of marriage he divorced and remarried Kiran Rao during the filming of Lagaan. Hailed as one of the most versatile and brilliant actors of Bollywood, Aamir Khan started his career as an assistant to uncle Nasir Hussain in films like 'Manzil Manzil' and 'Zabardast'. He got a break as an actor in his Cousin Mansoor Khan's blockbuster 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak '(1988), released when he was just 23 years. Since then he has blossomed into one of India's finest Actor/ Director.
Aamir did not have to strive for an opportunity to be a hero in films, but at the same time he was humble enough to boost his prospects with talent and a lot of hard work. Always a perfectionist, he picks his roles with utmost care and gives his maximum to it. He usually does one or two films a year and make them super hits.

Born to Tahir and Zeena Hussain Khan on 14th March 1965, Aamir has one younger brother Faizal and two sisters Nikhat and Farhad. At the age of 21, he married Reena Dutt and has two children from the marriage, son Junaid and daughter Aira. But in 2002, the couple legally separated. In December 2005, he married Kiran Rao, assistant director of his super hit film Lagaan.

After his debut in the late 80's, he became a teen idol with his typical 'chocolate hero' looks. His early list of sterling performances include films like Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). His comical roles in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and Ishq (1997) and tapori roles in block busters Rangeela (1995) and Ghulam (1998) with the hit number 'Aati kya khandala' established him as a versatile actor.

In 1996, he got the Best Actor award for his outstanding performance in Raja Hindustani, a smash hit at the box office which placed him among the top heroes of Bollywood. His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man received rave reviews from Indian as well as International critics. Sarfarosh (1999) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001) were again blockbuster films. Dil Chahta Hai created a new trend of looks and hairstyle for youngsters.

'Lagaan' produced and acted by himself, received Oscar Nomination of 2002 in the Best Foreign Film category. Lagaan is the third Indian film to be selected for Oscar Nominations.His next film 'Mangal Pandey- The rising', about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule, flopped at the box-office. In 2006,' Rang De Basanti', despite its unconventional theme and treatment, was embraced whole-heartedly by the audience. The next year the actor entered into the field of direction with 'Taare Zameen Par', a sensitive film about a child with a learning disability which received Best movie/ Best Director awards & rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film acted, produced and directed by him again received the coveted Oscar nomination.

Aamir, the prolific multitalented personality can handle all genres of roles - be it comedy, action, drama and romance- with flying colours. Though he appears only in a few films, Aamir Khan is acknowledged today as one of the most talented Indian actor for his diverse choice of roles and films. With 'Taare Zameen Par', he proves that he can be an equally good director too. Let us hope that this versatile actor will bring us more reasons to be proud of.

Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). He began to achieve success at the box office from his villainous roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), and Anjaam (1994). During his years in the Indian film industry, he won seven Filmfare best actor awards and had significant box-office success. Some of his films include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Om Shanti Om (2007), and Chakde! India (2007). While he does his romantic scenes during songs or in his films, he copies the style of Rajesh Khanna, and his acting style has influences of his inspirations--Dilip Kumar and Rajesh Khanna.
Born and brought up in Delhi, he was a brilliant student and an all rounder. At St. Columba's School he won the prestigious 'Sword of Honour'. He was also the captain of his football, hockey and cricket teams all at the same time. After sustaining a football injury, he started to consider acting as a career. He graduated with honours in Economics from Hansraj College and did his masters in mass communications from Jamiya Miliya Islamia. Khan then went on to study theatre under the reputed Mr. Barry John whom he credits for carving out the actor inside him but his mentor considers his pupil as being solely responsible for his greatness and glory citing Shahrukh to have the perfect combination of 'talent, perseverance, belief in yourself, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, a bit of luck'; factors needed for success.

The King began his journey by landing the lead role of a commando in 1988 drama series Fauji (1988). He was much applauded for his work and soon became the heartthrob of teenage girls bagging roles in other serials as Circus (1989) and 'Dil Dariya', the former being delayed due to various reasons. He also had a minor role in a made for television film called In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989).

His big screen debut came in the form of Deewana (1992) where he acted alongside the then top actress of Bollywood Divya Bharti and won the prestigious Filmfare award for Best Debut Actor Male. He had also starred earlier in a small role in 'Dil Aashna Hai'. This was followed by another hit in the form of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992).

After a few more films which did average or less at the box office, Khan made the unique choice against all advice to opt for negative roles and played obsessive, somewhat psychotic characters in Darr (1993) and Baazigar (1993). To everyone's surprise the films were massive hits and Shahrukh earned his first Best Actor award and was also nominated in the villainous role category. His acting was applauded by all in the film industry and carved a niche for future King. The same year he bagged the Critics Award for best performance in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), a film he often recalls as amongst his favourites.

A series of hits followed to what would be remembered as one of Khan's most iconic performances; a film which is arguably India's biggest blockbuster and truly complete with the very best of drama, comedy, romance, thrills and a bit of action as well. The epic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) was released on 20th October 1995 and as of 2011 still plays in a Mumbai theatre, thus being the longest running film in the history. Coincidentally Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was the initial choice as the main lead but the role went to Shahrukh who is now nicknamed 'Tom Cruise of India'.

Khan has come a long way since then with a string of hits under his belt which include some of Bollywood's biggest in both national and international markets namely Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) , Devdas (2002), Swades (2004), Chakde! India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), My Name Is Khan (2010), Ra.One (2011) , Don 2 (2011), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)and the highest grossing Chennai Express (2013) thus making him the undisputed megastar of India with a record number of Best Actor trophies and numerous Power awards.

His fame does not stop here; following release of his films overseas he has been credited as the world's biggest movie star and was named among the 50 most powerful people by Newsweek.

Even with all the success and a statue among the elite in Madame Tussaud's, he is quoted as being one of the most humble and down to earth personalities although his wit is unmatched by even the best in business. This has led to him being a host of many television programmes, game shows and award functions including India's version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'.

The King is an active philanthropist funding numerous humanitarian projects and charities as well as being personally involved in them though he prefers to keep this aspect out of the lime light.

His larger than life persona continues to win hearts all over the world with a fan following going into billions. He is the face of brands such as Pepsi, Tag Heur and has a 8 billion dirham property development project comprising multiple residential towers in the UAE named after him called 'Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard'. He co-owns two production houses 'Dreamz Unlimited' and 'Red Chillies Entertainment' and the IPL Cricket team 'Kolkata Knight Riders'.

Recipient of Padma Shri (India), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Unesco Pyramide con Marni (UNESCO), L'Etoile d'Or (by King of Morroco) and the Chubb fellowship (Yale) Khan resides in his beachside palatial mansion called 'Mannat' in Mumbai, India with his wife Gauri Khan and two children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam

Armed with long legs and the Miss World crown, Priyanka Chopra followed the precedent set by other beauty contest winners by joining the Bollywood bandwagon.

Priyanka was born in Jamshedpur and is fondly known as Mimi. Her father is Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and her mother is Dr. Madhu Chopra. She has a younger brother, Siddharth. Her father was in the army and thus her family moved quite frequently. She studied at the La Martiniere Girl's School in Lucknow before re-locating to the United States of America. While there, she studied at the Newton North High School in Massachusetts and later in North Delta Senior Secondary School in North Delta. On returning back to India, she continued her schooling in the Army School at Bareilly. She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai but left after winning the Miss India World title. She went on to bring home the Miss World crown in 2000, becoming one of the five Indians to have won that title.

Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta, The Hero. Later that year she was seen along with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta in Andaaz. Her next few films released in 2004 like Plan, Kismat and Asambhav performed poorly at the box office. Later that year she appeared in romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi opposite Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. Her first negative character was in the film Aitraaz in the same year.

In 2005, Priyanka starred in six films. Her four films, Blackmail, Karam, Yakeen and Barsaat failed to do well at the box-office. But her other two releases, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster did decent business. In 2006, Chopra starred in two of the most successful films of the year, Krrish and Don. Her consequent releases in 2007, Salaam-e-Ishq and Big Brother, were flops.

In 2008, Chopra featured in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, failed to do well. Chopra's fifth release of the year, Fashion was a critical success. Her last release of that year was a romantic comedy Dostana, where she starred opposite Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham.

She wowed the audience in What's Your Raashee?, where she was seen in twelve different looks, each representing a zodiac sign. In Kaminey, she did justice to her role as Sweety and was seen completely transformed into a Marathi girl. In 2010, Chopra appeared in Pyaar Impossible and later in Anjaana Anjaani opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

7 Khoon Maaf, was her first release of 2011. The film failed to do much at the box-office but her performance was widely appreciated and she won a Filmfare Critics award for her role. Her other release of 2011 was Don 2 with Shah Rukh Khan.

In early 2012, she was seen opposite Hrithik Roshan in the super-hit fim Agneepath. Her upcoming films are Barfee and Teri Meri Kahaani.

One look at this dimpled beauty and you know she was marked for fame and the world of glamour. And she hasn't disappointed. From the daughter of a famous sportsperson to a supermodel, to an actress, she has done it all with panache.

Deepika was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, India, when she was eleven months old. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a retired badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Padukone also has a younger sister, Anisha. Deepika attended Sophia High School in Bangalore, and completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College Bangalore. While in high school she played badminton at the state level.However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player.

Deepika Padukone has appeared in several print and television commercials like Liril, Limca and Close-up. She was the brand ambassador for Jewels of India, a jewellery exhibition and the also face of Maybelline, an international brand. She also appeared in the 2006 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.

In 2006 itself, Deepika made her cinematic debut in the Kannada film Aishwarya opposite actor Upendra. The very next year, Deepika made a successful Bollywood debut with Farah Khan's blockbuster Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Deepika was then seen romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor and alongside Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba. The film performed reasonably well at the box office.

In 2009, she was once again seen in a double-role along with Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China. Next she was paired with Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal. The movie was well received at the box office.

In 2010, she had a total of five releases; Karthik Calling Karthik, Housefull, Lafangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad and period film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se. Deepika was seen in Desi Boyz and Aarakshan in 2011; while Desi Boyz did well at the box-office the latter failed to do so.

Her upcoming films are Race 2, Cocktail and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) for which Roshan earned his Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. In 2001, he went on to appear in the melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which became India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market and his biggest commercial success to date. Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002-03, he starred in the commercially successful Koi... Mil Gaya and its sequel Krrish, both of which won him numerous Best Actor awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the action film Dhoom 2. He later received critical acclaim for his performance in Jodhaa Akbar, for which he received his first international award at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. These accomplishments have established him as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.

Often described as India's 'most complete actor', Hrithik Roshan is the culmination of old Hindi film industry from both sides of his pedigree.

His maternal grandfather - director-producer J. Om Prakash - first introduced little Hrithik onscreen at age 6 by slyly having his crew shoot without the boy's knowledge as he danced on the set of Aasha (1980) while visiting grandpa. J. Om Prakash later gave young Hrithik his only actual speaking role as a child, directing him in the key role of Rajnikanth's adopted son in Bhagwaan Dada (1986).

Paternal grandfather Roshan Lal Nagrath - the original "Roshan" - was a gifted classical musician and famous composer who as music director in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s helped define the emerging Bollywood film song. He died before Hrithik was born. But even Hrithik's grandmother - variously credited as "Ira Nagrath" and "Ira Roshan" - is herself a musician-composer who completed her husband's films at Roshan's death and continued for many years as assistant music director on her son's projects - Hrithik's uncle, multiple Filmfare Award winning composer Rajesh Roshan.

Hrithik's father - Rakesh Roshan - entered the film industry as an assistant to J. Om Prakash before shifting to actor, a successful leading man in such films as Khubsoorat (1980). Rakesh later organised the family film company, FilmKraft Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd., first as producer and later director.

Meanwhile Hrithik graduated from Mumbai's prestigious Bombay Scottish School and took a Bachelor of Commerce degree first class from Sydenham College. He turned down a UCLA master's degree scholarship to enter films. To learn the craft of film from the ground up, from Khel (1992) through Koyla (1997) Hrithik toiled as a largely uncredited assistant on the family's film projects, gradually progressing from such unglamourous tasks as set-sweeping, tea-fetching, or clapper-loading up to a major role in story development, camera, direction, and editing. All the while Hrithik studied acting, dance, martial arts, and even bodybuilding (having always been hopelessly thin) to prepare himself to become a film actor.
He got a taste of Bollywood as a child, when he appeared in the films Aasha (1980), Aapke Deewane (1980) and Bhagwan Dada (1986). But it was in the year 2000 that Hrithik made his debut as the leading man in the film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, opposite the debutante actress, Amisha Patel. The film was one of the biggest box-office successes of that year. Later that year, Roshan starred in Fiza (2000). Although the film did poorly at the box-office, Hrithik's performance was praised. His last release that year was Mission Kashmir, where he starred with Sanjay Dutt and Preity Zinta.

Yaadein was his first release in 2001, followed by the melodrama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which did extremely well at the box office, becoming the second-highest grossing film of 2001 and the then biggest overseas hit.

Hrithik had an unsuccessful year in 2002 when all three of his releases - Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage - were declared flops.

In 2003, Hrithik made a comeback with the science-fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya, which saw Hrithik play a mentally challenged young man.The film was the highest grosser of the year. Lakshya was Roshan's only release in 2004; the film did not do well at the box office.However, Hrithik's performance was praised by critics.

Roshan took a two-year break from acting before resurfacing with the superhero film Krrish, a sequel to his 2003 film Koi… Mil Gaya which released in June 2006. The film was a major box office success. This was followed by the action flick Dhoom 2, the sequel to Dhoom, wherein he played a negative character. His pairing with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the film was liked by the audiences. He got back with Aishwarya for another film, Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar (2008).

Roshan then appeared in Luck By Chance (2009), in which he made a guest appearance. The following year, he was seen in Anurag Basu's Kites along with Mexican actress Bárbara Mori and Kangna Ranaut. The film failed to do well at the box-office after taking a huge start and was eventually declared a flop. He next acted in Guzaarish opposite Aishwarya. Upon release, the Hrithik's portrayal of a quadriplegic patient, Ethan Mascarenhas, received rave reviews.

In 2011 Hrithik Roshan was seen in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara opposite Katrina Kaif. Hrithik played role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in Karan Johar's remake film, Agneepath. The film turned out to be a super-hit and was the first Bollywood success of 2012.

With his clean cut good looks and his training in martial arts, Akshay Kumar smoothly made a transition from action hero to a romantic hero and then into comedy, keeping movie buffs glued to their seats as they wait for what this Khiladi has to offer next.

Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar, in a Punjabi family. His father was a government employee. Kumar was then raised in Delhi before moving to Mumbai where he studied at Don Bosco School and then Guru Nanak Khalsa College. He studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts. One of his students recommended him to do modelling and a few modelling assignments later, Kumar was offered a role in the film Deedar (1992) and too as the lead actor!

However, Kumar made his Bollywood acting debut with the 1991 film Saugandh, which was followed by the 1992 thriller, Khiladi. In 1994, his action films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Mohra which were among the highest grossing films of the year. Later that year, he was seen in Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. During the same year, Kumar also had success with films like Suhaag and the low budget action film Elaan. All these achievements, promoted Kumar as one of the most successful actors of that year.

In 1995, along with his share of unsuccessful movies, Akshay starred in the third film in his Khiladi series, Sabse Bada Khiladi, which proved to be a hit. The fourth successful film with Khiladi in the title was, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, where Akshay starred opposite Rekha and Raveena Tandon. The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.

In 1997, Kumar was seen in a supporting role Dil To Pagal Hai. In the same year, he attempted a comedy role with the fifth film in the Khiladi series, Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi; the film failed commercially. All his next Khiladi releases in the following years went on to fail at the box office.

In 1999, Kumar received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar. Then Akshay tried his hand at comedy quite successfully in 2000 with Hera Pheri, which was a laugh riot. His film with Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty, Dhadkan, also was a good performer at the box office. His negative role in Ajnabee (2001) was well received and won him a Filmfare.

The years 2003 to 2006 saw him in Awara Paagal Deewana, Andaaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, and the sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. Apart from his action, comedy and romantic roles, Kumar displayed a flair for dramatic roles in films such as, Aankhen, Bewafaa and Waqt: The Race Against Time.

Akshay Kumar proved himself yet again in 2007 with almost all of his films ending up as hits: Namastey London, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Welcome. Though his much-hyped film, Tashan failed to do well in 2008, Singh is Kinng did exceptionally well in India and overseas. Akshay has also become a producer. The actor does not charge any remuneration for most of his movies now and rather steps in as a producer and takes a cut in the profit of the film. His company is called Hari Om Entertainment.

In the meantime Akshay also made his foray into television with the show Khatron Ke Khiladi (a franchisee of Fear Factor). In 2010 he hosted another TV show called Master Chef India. However, in the past two years, Akshay's stardom suffered as the actor saw several of his films flopping one after the other: Kambakkht Ishq, Blue, Action Replayy and Tees Maar Khan.

Kumar's Patiala House and Thank You failed at the box-office in 2011. But in the same year his

other release Desi Boyz manged to do good business at the box-office.
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Shahid Kapoor's father is actor Pankaj Kapoor of Karamchand fame and his mother is actress and classical dancer Neelima Azeem. His parents are divorced. His stepmother is actress Supriya Pathak.

He has a half-sister Sana and two half-brothers, Ishaan and Ruhan. Ishaan acted with Shahid in the film, Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005).

Shahid studied first at Gyanbharati in Delhi and later at Rajhans Vidyalaya in Mumbai. As a child, Shahid starred in the ad for Complan along with Ayesha Takia.

Shahid Kapoor was just 18 when he landed the commercial for Pepsi purely by chance. He starred in the ad along with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. Shahid also starred in a music video for the band Aryans along with his college sweetheart, Hrishita Bhatt.

Shahid is an expert dancer, trained under none other than Shiamak Davar. In 1999, Shahid had a small part in the hit movie Taal as a dancer in the background along with Aishwarya Rai in the son Kahiin Aag Lage Lag Jaawe.

Shahid Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with the moderately successful Ishq Vishk (2003) opposite actress Amrita Rao and won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance.

Shahid first box office success came with the multi-starrer, 36, China Town (2006). Vivah (2006) in which he starred along with Amrita Rao was a blockbuster and Shahid's biggest commercial success at that point.

Shahid Kapoor's latest release, the romantic comedy, Jab We Met, opposite Kareena Kapoor, proved to be a major success both in India and the UK. Shahid's performance won him critical acclaim.

Starting off his career by working in music videos and advertisements, Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as a background dancer in Subhash Ghai's Taal (1999).

Four years later, he made his acting debut in Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.

Following through with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), he had his first commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006), his biggest commercial success, and followed it up with Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009), both of which earned him Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare ceremony.

Fondly known as AB Baby by his fans and friends, Abhishek Bachchan completed his schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai and Modern School, Delhi, then went on to attend Aiglon College, Switzerland and lastly the Boston University.

He made his debut in J. P. Dutta's Refugee (2000). Lady Luck kept evading him film after another and he had a string of unsuccessful films. Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001), Haan... Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002), Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Run (2004) to name a few. However his acting skills were recognized and he finally proved his mettle with his first commercial hit, Dhoom (2004). The following year, Abhishek churned out 4 hits, namely Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, Dus and Bluffmaster. Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna (2006) became the highest grossing film that year. Dhoom 2 (2006) did fairly at the box-office.

Guru (2007), which was based on the life of business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, got him accolades and acclamation. His other film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom also released the same year but didn't did so well at the box-office. The year also marked another important milestone in his life, his marriage to Aishwarya Rai.

In 2008, he starred in Sarkar Raj, Dostana and Drona. Paa (2009) produced by his production company, AB Corp. Ltd. fared well at the box-office. In 2010, he appeared in Raavan along with his wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However the film failed at the box-office. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey also flopped at the box-office.

In 2011, his releases Game and Dum Maaro Dum failed to do well at the box-office.

Abhishek's first release in 2012 was multi-starrer Players, this film also failed to do well at the box-office.

Preity Zinta shot to fame as the refreshing, cool, wet model in the Liril commercial. She also modeled for Perk and her dimpled smile won the hearts of millions. Preity never thought she would be an actress. Kapoor saw her in the Liril commercial and liked her so much that he instantly decided that the next film he would announce would have her in the lead. However, 'Tara Rum Pum' never got made and is still pending since the director got very busy with his other projects.

But another offer soon came by, Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna (2000). Though the film was the first, Preity had actually begun shooting for her first release which was Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. (1998). The film was a hit which won Preity accolades. Later Abbas-Mustan's Soldier (1998) that too was a hit at the box-office confirmed she was here to stay. Though Kya Kehna (2000) was her first film, but it released in 2000 and was the surprise hit of 2000.

Her role in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) was appreciated and liked by all and that has made her an actress to reckon with in Bollywood. Her screen presence, charm and down to earth nature has made her the favorite actress of almost all the directors and producers. With banners and films like Rakesh Roshan's Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) with 'Hrithik Roshan', Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) starring Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Jaya Bhaduri, Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya (2004) with Hrithik Roshan and Amitabh Bachchan, Atul Agnihotri's Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004) starring Salman Khan and Bhoomika Chawla, Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara (2004) with Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, Siddharth Anand's Salaam Namaste (2005) with Saif Ali Khan, and Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) with Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, Preity has already made her place in the hearts of the public and also in Bollywood.

Sonam Kapoor started life with a structured education and firm grounding in the process of film making. After completing her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir and receiving International Baccalaureate from the United World College of South East Asia, she started her career in the film industry by assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the making of Black (2005).

Sonam Kapoor made her debut with Saawariya (2007) alongside debutant male actor, Ranbir Kapoor. The film did not do well at the box-office; however Sonam Kapoor as an actress was recognized. Delhi - 6 (2009), her second film also failed at the box-office. She then appeared in I Hate Luv Storys (2010), which went on to become her first box-office hit. Aisha (2010), in which she starred with Abhay Deol, was again a box-office failure.

In 2011 she was seen in Thank You and Mausam. Both the films failed to do much at the box-office. She was seen in Abbas-Mustan's thriller Players in 2012 but this film also turned out to be a box-office flop.

She was seen in Bhaag Mika Bhaag opposite Farhan Akhtar

She was born into a Bengali family in Durgapur, Bengal. However she was brought up in the small town near Kota, Rajasthan named Rawatbhata. Her father was an engineer at the nuclear power plant and her mother had an inclination towards art and music. Shreya was trained in Hindustan Classical Gharana of music. She won the children's special series of Zee Television's popular reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma'. The show provided her the platform to interact with industry's veteran musicians and music directors. Kalyanji happened to judge her at the event and took the extra mile in convincing her parents to get her down to Mumbai. Kalyanji personally trained her for eighteen months.

She really catapulted to fame overnight with the popularity of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film “Devdas”. Being an period based epic saga, its music was dramatic. Shreya's voice for the songs was not only appreciated by audiences and critics, she became a rage with everyone. She recorded five songs for just this particular film and each of them was a musical hit. She won several awards for her songs in that film. She went on to work with every popular music director in the industry. From A.R Rahman to Shantanu Moitra, she has worked with every director winning them and herself accolades for her singing. She has worked in South Indian playback arena too as well as sung for Bengali cinema. Her songs have a pious beauty and serene charm, so sweet that it almost reaches her listeners to a musical heaven. Shreya Ghoshal is presently Bollywood's top most female playback singer and her presence at the moment is so strong that she is undoubtedly going to remain the numero uno for many more years to come.

Karan Johar born, 25th May 1972 and brought up in Mumbai by his father Yash Johar, founder of the famous Dharma Productions and mother, Hiroo Johar. He schooled at Greenlawns School and Mastered in French from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics.

Commercial Indian cinema has been Karan Johar's playground from childhood. He has always been influenced by the works of veterans like Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and his contemporaries like Sooraj Barjatya. Karan made his formal entry into mainstream Hindi cinema as an actor (Shah Rukh Khan's friend) in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). In addition to this he also assisted Aditya Chopra in directing the film and not to mention selected costumes for Shah Rukh Khan, a practice that he continued for other movies as well. His directorial debut was with the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which bagged 8 Filmfare Awards including Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor Awards for leading and supporting roles. Karan Johar then directed Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001),a family drama which was again a very successful film. After this stint at direction, he then went on to produce Kal Ho Naa Ho - directed by Nikhil Advani (2003), Kaal - directed by Soham Shah (2005). After a break of four years from direction, he started working on directing Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. In 2010, he made My Name Is Khan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. He produced We Are Family, a remake of Hollywood's Stepmom. In 2012 he produced Agneepath (directed by debutant Karan Malhotra) with Hrithik Roshan and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Both these films turned to be commercial successes.In 2013 he produced Student Of The Year

Shilpa Shetty, the Indian actress and model was born on the 8th of June, 1975 at Mangalore, Karnataka.Shilfa is the elder child of Sunanda and SurendraShetty, who were the manufacturers of tamper proof caps which are normally used in the pharmaceutical industry. She went to St. Anthony's Girls High School in Mumbai and later pursued her further studies from the prestigious Podar College located in Matunga.ShamitaShetty, her younger sister is also an actress in the film industry.

At the ripe age of 16, ShipaShetty began her career by doing modelling for Limca in the year 1991, and her first film was Abbas-Mustan's 1993 thriller, ‘Baazigar'. Here she starred opposite Kajol and Shahrukh Khan and in the movie she portrayed the role of a woman named Seema, who was murdered by her boyfriend. This film was a majot hit at the box office and she even got a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

The first movie where she played a leading role was the 1994 drama film by K. Ravi Shankar titled ‘Aag'. This movie did averagely at the theatres. Same year, she appeared opposite Akshay Kumar in Sameer Malkan's action comedy flick, ‘Main KhiladiTuAnari'. This film was followed by some average and poor films.

In the year 1995, Shilpa appeared in Rama RaoTatineni's action flick, ‘Hathkadi'. Here she starred opposite some big names in the industry such as Govinda, Madhoo and Saif Ali Khan, but the film failed to create much of a roar at the box office. During 1997, Shilpa Shetty had a tight schedule as she had to work for six movies simultaneously. That year, one of her major films included Sohail Khan's action thriller flick titled ‘Auzaar'. Here she played the all important character of Prathna Thakur, opposite actors Sanjay Kapoor and Salman Khan. Next year, Shilpa appeared in only one movie: Manoj Agrawal's ‘PardesiBabu', starring Shilpa Shetty herself, Govinda and RaveenaTandon.Shilpa received lots of appreciation for her performance in this film and she also was awarded with the Bollywood Movie Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

In the year 2000, Shilpa got lots of accolades and appreciation for her role in DharmeshDarsan's romantic drama ‘Dhadkan'. This film starring Shilpa Shetty herself, MahimaChaudhry, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty, did reasonably well at the theatres.Shilpa got various nominations in numerous award ceremonies for her performance in this film. Two years later in 2002, she appeared in Indra Kumar's ‘Rishtey' starring KarismaKapoor and Anil Kapoor. Here she played the comic role of a fisherwoman and her performace was received with lots of critical acclaim and she also got nominations in two categories at the Filmfare Awards: one for the Best Supporting Actress category and the other for the Best Comedian category. The year 2004, was good for her as she had a couple of hits that year. She starred opposite Salman Khan in PuneetIssar's action flick, ‘Garv'. Here she played the role of a Muslim orphan and as a table dancer. Next up she appeared in Revathi's ‘PhirMilenge', starring Shilpa Shetty herself, Salman Khan, MitaVasisht and AbhishekBachchan. In this film, Shilpa plays the role of a well to do city high-flyer who gets HIV while having unprotected sex and as a result, turns into a social outcast. ‘PhirMilenge' was adapted from the 1993 Jonathan Demme's American drama film, ‘Philadelphia'.

In 2005, Shilpa made an appearance in the D. RajendraBabu directed Kannada flick titled ‘Auto Shankar' opposite Upendra, the South Indian movie star. This film was a huge success at the theatres and she herself got the title of ‘The Gabbar Singh of the South', thanks to her negative role in the film. The very same year, she did her first film along with her sister; the Dipok Tijori directed ‘Fareb' (2005). The following year, she had only one release, K. S Adhiyaman's ‘ShaadiKarkePhaas Gaya Yaar', starring Shilpa Shetty herself alongwith Salman Khan. This movie was a flop at the box office, but Shilpa received positive feedback for her performance in this film.

In 2006, she was seen on the sets of a television dance reality show named ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', aired on Sony Entertainment Television. Here she was the judge alongside Sanjay LeelaBhansali and Farah Khan. This show was based on the UK Show called ‘Strictly Come Dancing'.

In the year 2007, Shilpa's first release was AnuragBasu's ‘Life in a… Metro' which was quite successful and it went on to become the first ever Bollywood movie to premiere at the Leicester Square. That same year she appeared in ‘Apne', directed by Anil Sharma and produced by Dharmendra. This film, starring the 3 Deols (Sunny, Bobby and Dharmendra) was also a success at the theatres.

Riteish Deshmukh is the son of Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and his mother is Vaishalitai. His brothers are Amit and Dhiraj.

He completed his education from GD Somani High School and Kamala Raheja School of Architecture.

Later, he graduated from Le Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York. In 2003, he made his debut in Tujhe Meri Kasam which was an average hit at the box office.

He became a known face after the comedy Masti. He has mainly taken on comic roles. He had hits with Bluffmaster and Kya Kool Hain Hum and Malamaal Weekly all of which were comedy roles.

Riteish is considered one of the best comedians and a promising actor in Bollywood.

Ritesh Deshmukh an Indian actor and architect who appears in Bollywood films. He is the son of Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, and the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Deshmukh debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) with his later to be wife Genelia D'Souza , but it was not until 2004 that he achieved success, when he appeared in the commercially successful comedy, Masti and the critically acclaimed Bardaasht.

His work in Masti was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category. He later starred in films such as Heyy Babyy, Dhamaal, Rann and House Full.

Deshmukh began his film career with the 2003 romance, Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D'Souza. The film bombed at the box office, however the lead pair's performances were acclaimed.

He later appeared in Out of Control in the same year, which didn't create magic financially either. His third film, Masti which was a comic thriller, managed to strike extremely well at the box office and critically worldwide.

He gained to fame after his performance in Masti, the movie Masti made him win 2 awards , and then made friendly appearances in films such as Bardaasht and Naach.

His first lead role to succeed him was his rebel character in the sex-comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum with Tusshar Kapoor. The film was panned by critics, though loved by public, and was a moderate success at the box office.

After that era, he appeared in mostly comic roles besides a few serious roles. Such as in Malamaal Weekly and Apna Sapna Money Money, he was the scene-stealer and was appreciated.

In 2005, he appeared in a supporting role in Bluffmaster! with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. He was also seen in Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai.

In 2007, he was first seen in a guest appearance in Namastey London and then in the multi-starrer action film Cash which was a box office failure.

Later that year, he appeared in Sajid Khan's directorial debut Heyy Babyy, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Fardeen Khan, which was a huge hit and is his most commercially successful film to date. He also appeared in the comedy film Dhamaal which was also a semi hit.

In 2008, he played a lead role in De Taali, in which his performance was praised, and later in Chamku, both of which failed at the box office.

In 2009, his first release was Aladin, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Jacqueline Fernandez. Including the multi-starcast, Aladin still flopped worldwide.

He then played a supporting role in Ram Gopal Varma's Rann, again co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav.

His final film of 2009 was Do Knot Disturb along with Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Sohail Khan and Lara Dutta.

In 2010, he once again worked with Sajid Khan on the comedy Housefull along with Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Arjun Rampal and Jiah Khan.

The film received negative response from critics, though striked as a Blockbuster commercially.

He has also worked in films like Housefull 2 and will now been in Kya Super Kool Hain Hum.

Lara Dutta Bhupathi is an Indian Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000).

She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.

Her box office hit successes include a series of comedies Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007) and Housefull (2010). Her recent film Don 2 (2011) is a major commercial success in the domestic and international markets.

Dutta won the annual Gladrags modeling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe.

At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, she achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark.

After her final question, in which she delivered a defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe. Dutta's win led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Laura Dutta's father is a retired Wing Commander LK Dutta and her mother is Jennifer. She has two sisters.

She did her Twelfth standard from Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore and has a degree in Economics from Mumbai University. In 1997, Lara won the Miss Gladrags competition, leading her to represent India at the Miss Intercontinental.

Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in the year 2000 in Cyprus.

She made her film debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz.She then appeared in a number of films, some of which include Masti, Kaal, No Entry and Partner.

She is also a part of the hit comedy Bhagam Bhag.At the beginning of this year she starred in Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.Her film, Partner, was a runaway hit.

Her 2010 release Housefull was a Super hit across India. The movie starred Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the 5th biggest hit in the country with Rs 114 Crores of gross revenue .She played the role of Hetal Petal, one of the main characters in the movie.

In 2011, her first movie as a producer, Chalo Dilli, was released.

Bipasha Basu is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She is a former model who had a successful modeling career before venturing into films.

She debuted in a negative role in Ajnabee (2001) which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial success was Raaz (2002). She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, Jism (2003).

She starred in top grossing films like 2005's biggest hit - No Entry, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006) - her biggest commercial success till date and Race (2008). Her performances in Apharan (2005), Corporate (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Lamhaa (2010) won her multiple nominations for several awards. She is frequented in the media as a "sex symbol".

She has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress twice each along with one nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.

Roles apart, she is also renowned for her item songs like "Phoonk De" in No Smoking (2007), and "Beedi" and "Namak Ishq Ka" in Omkara (2006).Basu is slated to make her international film debut with the 2012 Australian film Singularity.

She is the second of three daughters to her parents, the elder being Bidisha, and the younger-Vijayeta.This Bollywood siren, believe it or not, never wanted to get into acting or modelling; studying medicine was her initial preference.

In Kolkata, while she was modelling and doing ramp shows, she met well-known model Mehr Jessia, who suggested that Bips take part in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest. She eventually participated, and won the contest.After winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Basu was flown to New York by the Ford Company, where she started her full-fledged modelling career at the age of 17.

She even did the famous video Tu for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat back in her early days, before she became an actress. After that, film offers kept flowing in and Bipasha made her film debut in Abbas Mastan's Ajnabee, with Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor.

Bipasha's penchant for the unconventional was apparent when she chose this movie (which had her playing the negative role) as her debut film. Her choice was justified as she eventually won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance.In 2002, Basu starred in Vikram Bhatt's thriller Raaz. The film was a big commercial success.

She also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen.In 2006, she won rave reviews for her performance in an item number during the song, Beedi in the film Omkara.

In 2008 Bipasha Basu starred in Race, her second collaboration with duo Abbas Mastan, co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the film performed well at the box office.

She also received rave reviews for her recent role in Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

Basu was in a relationship with her Raaz co-star Dino Morea since 1996 till they broke up in 2002.Soon afterwards during the filming of Jism, Basu began to date her co-star John Abraham, and they were in a relationship till early 2011 when the couple officially broke off.While together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.

Basu has been in the limelight since her bold role in Jism. Her relationships with various co-stars have been featured in the gossip columns. She is known to be freely expressing herself in the public and jovial with her co-stars.

She has been described by the media as sultry, dusky Bengali beauty. She ranked 8 in Times 50 most desirable Women in 2011 and ranked 13 in 2012.UK magazine Eastern Eye named her the "Sexiest Woman in Asia" twice in 2005 and 2007.

Anupam Kher is one of India's most prominent theatre and film personalities. He has performed over 100 plays and featured in nearly 500 Hindi Films, both commercial and non commercial. Kher was born in Shimla to a Kashmiri Pandit family. He later passed out from National School of Drama and years later served as the Chairperson of the same institution.

Anupam Kher started his career in Bollywood in 1982 with Aagman and later came into prominence with his stupendous performance in Saaransh in 1984. He was praised for his commercial roles as well. Playing villain Dr Dang in Karma (1986) got him noticed by all. He exhibited his exemplary acting skills in Daddy (1989) which won him critics' galore. The early half of 1990s saw him winning Best Actor in comic role five times in a row which spoke largely of his meticulous sense of wit and humor.

He shifted to playing supporting roles in films like Darr, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Veer Zaara. Kher has always delivered noticeable performances for his brilliant sense of characters and roles. He fills a lot of life into the role he plays.

In 2005, Kher caught notice of the critics by his brilliant performance as a patient of dementia in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. The film went on to win accolades at many International Film Festivals.

Anupam Kher has already built a name in the International circuits by working in foreign ventures like Bend it Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), The Mistress of Spices (2006) and Lust,Caution (2007). He also appeared in the hit Television Series ER.

Kher has appeared on Indian television since the 1990s. He has hosted Say Something to Anupam Uncle, Sawal Dus Crore Ka and Lead India. He is the co-ownder of Karol Bagh Productions which he jointly owns with Satish Kaushik. Currently, Kher is working in the film Dirty Politics with another veteran actor Om Puri.

Anupam Kher has an nclination towards working for the cause of Kashmiri Pandits and also has a soft corner for children's causes. He is the Goodwill Ambassador of Pratham Educational Foundation which works towards a general social change of all by focusing on the education of children. He wants the cause of displacement of Kashmiri Pandits to be heard all over the world and has been constantly working with issues of his community.

Genelia D'Souza is an Indian actress, model, and host. She has appeared in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, D'Souza began her acting career with Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She was recognized for her role in Boys the same year, and later established herself in Telugu cinema by acting in several Telugu films during 2003-2005. D'Souza received her first Filmfare Award in 2006 for her performance in the Telugu romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim. In 2008, she gave critically acclaimed performances in Santosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu, and the Bollywood movie Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. Having acted in several commercially successful movies in Telugu and Tamil, D'Souza has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.In addition to movie acting, D'Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India

Born in a Marathi-speaking Koknastha Hindu Brahmin family consisting of dad, Shankar, mom, Snehlata, sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and brother, Ajit.

An acclaimed Kathak dancer, acting was not her goal, for she wanted to be a Micro-biologist, and did study in that course in Bombay's Parle College, in Vile Parle (East), Bombay.

She first appeared on Bollywood's tinsel screen in 1986 with two releases 'Abodh' and 'Swati', and from then continued to act in approximately 66 movies, as well has lent her voice as a playback singer in 'Devdas' and 'Wajood'. She has won approximately 12 awards from Filmare, Star Screen and Zee for her performances in 'Dil', 'Beta', 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Devdas', 'Raja', 'Mrityudand', and 'Lajja'.

In 1999 she got married to Dr. Sriram Madhav Nene, a Cardiovascular Surgeon, belonging to the same Caste as the Dixit family, and relocated to Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., where she subsequently gave birth to two sons, Arin and Ryan in March, 2003 and March 8, 2005 respectively.

Since December of 2006, the Nene family temporarily living in India as Madhuri is starring in 'Aaja Nachle' which is being directed by Anil Mehta, and produced by Yash Chopra.

Sonakshi Sinha was born on 2 June 1987. She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and 2009. She was the cover girl of Indian Edition of Maxim Magazine for month December, 2010. She commenced her career in Bollywood by debuting in the mega blockbuster, Dabangg (2010). She is a great animal lover and she posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats.
The stunning beauty Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian bollywood actress. She has marked her debut in Hindi film industry with 2010's Blockbuster hit "Dabangg" opposite Salman Khan, which was the biggest hit of the year. She has won the Filmfare Award for "Best Female Debut". Later, she went on to star in some of the Bollywood's biggest hits including Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar, Dabangg 2 and many more. She was last seen in R Rajkumar movie alongwith shahid kapoor and now she is currently shooting for her new movie 'Tevar' opposite Arjun Kapoor.
The Dabangg girl of bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is the daughter of the popular bollywood actor and a politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. She has two brothers Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. Luv Sinha is a Bollywood actor, who has appeared in the Hindi movie Sadiyaan (2010) for the first time. She is very close to her mother and always seeks her opinion regarding her career. She said that, "I consult my whole family before signing a film because they have been in the industry for long, so it's the logical thing to do".
The glamorous girl Sonakshi Sinha, has begun her career as a costume designer, designed the costumes for the film Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion week in 2008 and 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, which was a blockbuster of that year. She has reduced 30 kgs for weight in preparation for the role as a village girl for this movie . Sinha won quite a few awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others. She was also part of movies like Lootera, Boss.

Ajay Devgn is an Indian Actor born on 2 April 1969 in New Delhi. Ajay Devgn was born to Veeru Devgan, who is a stunt choreographer and mother Veena Devgan who had produced one film. He is having a brother, Anil Devgan who is a film director. He had completed his schooling in Bappu School and his graduation in Mithibai College. He married to Kajol who is an actress on Feb 23, 1999. They are having two children, Nysa and Yug. He had changed his last name devgan to devgn on his family request.He is the first bollywood person who have an aircraft for transportation. Career Ajay Devgn made his debut with Phool Aur Kaante in year 1991. He won a Filmfare Best Debut Award for that film. Then he starred in Jigar with Karishma Kapoor. In 1993 he made a action film Ek Hi Raasta then Platform. In 1994 he made film like Dilwale, Suhaag and Vijaypath which run well on box office. In year 1994 he starred in film Naajayaz and got nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Then 1996 he made a film Diljale. In year 1997 he came into a comedy film Ishq. Then in 1998 he starred in film Major Saab and Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha. Later that year he made another film Zakhm which gave him several awards including the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Star Screen Award for Best Actor. Then in year 1999 he did Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which gave a huge success. Soon after he did more two films Hindustan ki kasam and Kachche Dhage. In 2000 he worked in film Deewane. This film went flop at box office. Later in that year he made his first home production film Raju Chacha with his wife Kajol. It gave a huge success. In year 2001 he starred in film Yeah Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke which went average in box office. He then came in film Lajja for which he got nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. The film did not went well on box office. Then he worked in film Tere Mera Saath Rahen. He made a film Company in year 2002 for which he again got nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award and won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. It went well at box office. Then he released Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi. Later on the same year he also did a film The Legend of Bhagat Singh which did not went well but gave him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance as well as his second National Film Award for Best Actor. Then he came in a negetive role in film Deewangee. For this role he got Filmfare Best Villain Award, Star Screen Award Best Villain and Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role. It went average on box office. In year 2003 he starred in a horror film Bhoot which was a success on box office. Then he came in a action thriller film Qayamat: City under Threat which went a huge success. Then he worked in film Chori Chori which went flop. Then in the same year he made a film Gangaajal which made a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Then he came in Zameen which was a hit.

Sanjay Dutt made his debut in Rocky (1981). After which he acted in Vidhata, Jeeva, Naam and Taaqatwar. His drug addiction which became quite critical had to be corrected and hence he was sent to the United States for rehab.

He then went on to act in Sadak, Khoon Ka Karz, Khal Nayak, Saajan,Vaastav: The Reality in the 1990s. All these films were quiet successful at the box-office. Mission Kashmir, Jodi No. 1, Hathyar, Kaante, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Dus, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Shootout At Lokhandwala, Dhamaal, Blue and All The Best: Fun Begins… were successful at the box-office. However, the 1990s and 2000s were also trying times for him due to his involvement terrorist interactions, and supposed weapons possession because of which he was arrested under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA). At present he still has an appeal for an acquittal pending.

His films Chatur Singh Two Star and Rascals failed at the box-office in 2011, while his other film Double Dhamaal managed to do well.

Sanjay played role of Kancha Cheena in Karan Johar's Agneepath. The film turned out to be a super-hit and Sanjay's role was liked by all.

He was also seen in Ajay Devgan starrer Son Of Sardar(2012).

The Bolly hunk is born of a mixture of culture. Arjun comes from a high class Ramgariha Punjabi Sikh background. He went to the Kodaikanal International School with his sister in Tamil Nadu. Rampal boy collected his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hindu College in Delhi.

Rampal was unsuccessful in his earlier career and was highly criticized for his failed start with lead roles in Moksha:Salvation (2001), Deewaanapan (2001), Vaada (2005), Yakeen (2005), Dil Hai Tumhar (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Asambhav (2004), Fox (2009), EMI (2008). His debut film was Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). But Moksha with Manisha Koirala was his actual first film but as it released later it could not earn the title of Arjun's debut.

Rampal's first critically acclaimed role was of a blind man from the film Aankhen (2002). His career graph moved up from this point. He did various genres of films and worked with varieties of actresses. His films include Ek Ajnabee (2005) opposite Big B, Tehzeeb(2003), asambhav (2004) an action thriller, Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai (2006), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006).

The desired actor's success reached the height as the supporting actor in Don-The Chase Begins Again (2006) which was the remake of 1978 movie Don.

Rampal's producing career begins with I See You (2006), himself as the leading actor and his wife Mehr Jesia as coproducer.

The stylish Rampal's career as the villain hero took the flight with Om Shanti Om (2007) opposite the debuting Deepika Padukone and King Khan. It was the biggest hit of his career.

The next film was Rock On!! In the year 2008 which again after Om Shanti Om earned him awards.

He starred in Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear, English arthouse film with Priety Zinta and Amitabh Bacchan. The film was premiered on different Film Festivals.

Rampal tried his hand on comedy with Housefull (2010), a Sajid Khan film. The film hit the Box Office with bang.

He also featured in We Are Family opposite Kareena and Kajol.

In 2011 again Rampal took a negative acting in Anubhav Sinha's Ra.One.

The choco villain did small roles in movies like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007).

He has not yet bid goodbye to his filmograph and his upcoming movies include Heroine, Ishq In Paris, Chakravyuh. These films are hoped to strike the silver screen this year. The next year upcoming fils are The Legend Of Kunal, Ajab Gajab Love, Zanjeer. Thse films are on processof shooting.

The cool hunk is going to debut in Telegu, Tamil and English with the film Amma 3D. The film is a pre-production and the shooting in different languages are going on simultaneously.

He had a shaky career at the beginning but proved himself the dark horse of a race with his determination, dedication and hard work. Carry on and achieve what you dream!

Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor and photographer. Boman was born into a Parsi family on 1 October 1962. He is a graduate of Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his graduation he pursued a career-initially with the Life Insurance Corporation of India from 1982 to 1985. At the same time he also established an Uncle Chips franchise in Dadar which ran until 1986 before shutting down owing to a loss. Boman moved into Photography in 1987 and persisted with Photography until 1989. He is a professional photographer. Theatrical career Boman's love of acting was always present even during school and college. He trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983 and adopted professional acting methods.

Unlike national theatre, Boman's expertise was more of British theatre and he soon developed fantastic accents. Boman's mentor was Alyque Padamsee - the veteran theatre actor best known for his role as Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Gandhi. Boman's earliest theatrical appearance was in Roshni where he played a Cameo - at the Regional Theatre in Versova. He followed this up with serials like Family Ties and Mahatma vs Gandhi (Playing Gandhi after the role was turned down by Darshan Jariwala. His busy film career has stagnated his theatre career but despite this Boman continues to perform in theatre whenever possible.

He has over 40 plays to his credit- around 15 of them as the lead character. Movie career Boman started out in a number of advertisements like Fanta, Ceat and Krackjack biscuits ('As Mr. Jack of the Krack and Jack duo'). Boman Irani started his career as theatre artiste with a cameo in Alyque Padamsee's play "Roshni" It was with Munnabhai M.B.B.S. that Boman became really popular. His role as J.Asthana was one of his most memorable. Since then Boman has risen to become one of the finest supporting actors in the film industry- most of his roles being: Comedic (Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, Waqt: The Race Against Time, No Entry, 3 Idiots),Supporting (Veer-Zaara, Maine Gandhi ko Nahin Mara, Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Sorry Bhai!, Page 3, My Wife's Murder), Comedic-Villainous (Khosla Ka Ghosla) & Negative Roles (Don - The Chase Begins Again, Eklavya: The Royal Guard). Others Boman is a member of the Parsee Television Actors Community and is also its Secretary. This elite community includes others such as Smriti Zubin Irani and Cyrus Broacha. Boman also hosted the IIFA Awards together with actor Riteish Deshmukh in 2008 and 2009.[4] He has also been on Kaun Banega Crorepati with Sanjay Dutt.

Mallika Sherawat was born into a Jatt family in Rohtak, located in the state of Haryana. Her family is of a renowned philanthropist and holds quite a reputation in the zone. The year of her birth is doubtful. Mallika took up the screen name and added her mother's maiden surname to it, to avoid being introduced in the film world as Reema, , a name which is quite contrary to her persona and attitude. She has always had a very strained relationship with her family, who quite disapprove of her choice of profession and mostly her sexually bold avatar she has adopted post- Bollywood. Her family was apparently quite disappointed with her for her failed marriage as well. Mallika's earlier part of her career in Bollywood is full of controversies and mixed voices. While some give her credit to be a small town naïve and raw girl who has found success in Bollywood, others say she presented a fabricated image of a fighter and has played unfair to thrive.

She was first noticed in "Khwahish" in the year 2003, for appearing in a bold avatar, with minimal clothes and hot make-out scenes with her co-actor. In 2004, she continued to delve into sexual boldness on screen, as she played an unfaithful wife in "Murder". She became a favorite girl with the Bhatt's and the film raked huge profits at the box office that year. She had previously also worked in an array of commercials like Santro, BPL and so on with Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. One can never miss Mallika Sherwat for the sheer confidence she oozes in her presence. Love her or hate her, she is full of charming dynamism.

2005, was big for her as she starred opposite Jackie Chan in "The Myth". This was her first international venture. She walked the red carpet at Cannes and Time Magazine declared her as the next big thing. 2005 was her lucky charm of a year.

In 2006, she was noticed playing a simple Delhi girl in the romantic comedy "Pyaar Ke Side Effects" opposite the multi talented Rahul Bose. The film's flow was catchy and the style was full of humor. And at every point Mallika matched up to Bose's level of performance with ease.

In 2007, she was seen in "Welcome" which was a huge success at the box office. In 2009, she was seen in the Hollywood Venture "Hisss" with Irfan Khan. It was a crossover film, between India and U.S.A and created ripples in the film world. In 2011, she was seen in "Politics of Love", a romantic comedy centered on Barack Obama's election as the President. In 2009, she was also bestowed upon the Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles for her inexplicable work in films and also for her charitable demeanor.

In 2011, she was also seen opposite Sanjay Dutt in "Double Dhamal". The film was a huge hit and her item number "Jalebi Bai" had everyone dancing to it.

Sherawat has always been noted as someone who is very outspoken and opinionated. She is hardworking and one of Bollywood's most ravishing sex bombs. She will soon be seen opposite Vivek Oberoi in "Kismat Love Paisa Dilli"

Anushka Sharma is the girl who got a golden chance to make her debut in a Yash Raj Film, and that too opposite Shah Rukh Khan!

Anushka was born in Bangalore to Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma, a high ranked army officer and Ashima Sharma, a housewife. She did her schooling at the Army School and later graduated from Mount Carmel College with a degree in Arts.

Anushka got herself enrolled in Elite Modelling Agency, where she was groomed by renowned style consultant Prasad Bidapa, who met her when she was just 13. Designer Wendell Rodricks selected her for his Les Vamps Show, and the Lakme India Fashion Week in 2007. She was also seen in ads for Silk & Shine, Whisper and Fiat Palio.

Her first acting role was in Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her second film, Badmaash Company, also under Yash Raj Films, was released on May 7, 2010. She starred in her third Yash Raj Film, Band Baaja Baaraat, directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-starring debutant Ranveer Singh. Band Baaja Baaraat was released on December 10, 2010.

Nikhil Advani's Patiala House was her first venture outside of Yash Raj Films, with Akshay Kumar which released in February, 2011. She is also starring opposite Ranveer Singh again in Yash Raj's Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl.

A well established playback singer, Sunidhi has a beautiful, strong willed and profound voice. She started of her career from a very young age and has crooned innumerable Bollywood songs up to date. An immensely talented singer, Sunidhi started singing when only four years of age until she was discovered by a TV anchor, Tabassum and encouraged to shift base to Mumbai to pursue a career in singing. She was accommodated in Kalyanji's troupe ‘Little wonders' where she was in the lead. She participated and won the music reality show ‘Meri Awaaz Suno' in 1996. She recorded the music album ‘Aira Gaira Nathu Gaira' (HMV) as a part of the prize. But the album being promoted as children's failed to work in Sunidhi's favour.

She sang for the first Bollywood film Shastra but it was only Sandeep Chowta composed RGV's Mast (1999) that gave Sundhi instant fame with the ‘Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi' track. And from there on there was no looking back for her. Some of her memorable tracks in Bollywood include; Beedi Jalai Le (Omkara), Bhaage Re Mann (Chameli), Dhoom Machale (Dhoom), Sajna Vaari (Honeymoon Travels) Aaja Nachle (Aaja Nachle), Crazy Kia Re (Dhoom 2), Chor Bazari (Love Aaj Kaal), Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baaj Baraat), Dance Pe Chance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) and the most recent hit Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Mar Khan). Along with Bollywood she has sang in Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Tamil and Assamese languages. At present, she has recorded about 2,500 tracks.

Sunidhi has paired with Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik and most famously with Sonu Nigam in several hit tracks. She even collaborated in the ‘Heartbeat' (India Mix) with Enrique Iglesias. Sunidhi has worked with varied music composers like A.R. Rahman, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Shekhar, Nadeem Shravan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Jatin Lalit, Pritam Chakraborty, Rajesh Roshan, Anand Milind and Anu Malik and well known lyricists like Gulzar, Irshad Kamil, Prasoon Joshi, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Sameer and Anand Bakshi.

One of the leading playback singers of Bollywood, she has voiced most of the leading ladies starting from Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, Bipasha Basu, Preity Zinta to Kareena, Priyanka Chopra, Konkona Sen Sharma and Deepika Padukone. Sunidhi does have a relishing span in the film industry and has continually proved her position despite facing stiff competition from fellow contemporary Shreya Ghoshal.

Sunidhi has made her foray into television judging the participants in the reality show Indian Idol, Season 5 and Season 6 alongside Anu Malik. She has appeared in minor appearances Bas Ek Pal (2006), Ehsaas (2001) and Bhoot (2003). She considers Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey her idols and she wishes to earn international fame in their lines.

The actress cum recent director Dia Mirza Handrich was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. She is the daughter of Frank Handrich, a German and Deepa, a Bengali Hindu. Her mother married secondly to Ahmed Mirza. Thus she adopted the title Mirza to her name.

She went to Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls in Khairtabad, Hyderabad. From there she was shifted afterwards to Nasr School at same place. She had her college life from Stanley Junior College and her graduation was completed from Andhra Pradesh Open University in Hyderabad.

Her career started at the tender age of 16 years while doing her graduation. She started her media run as a marketing executive in a multimedia company named Dr. Neeraj's Multimedia Studio. Dee Mirza then plunged into modeling for both newspaper and media and did ads for Emami, Lipton and Walls.

Her turning point came as she earned the title of Femina Miss India (2000) 2nd runner up and Miss Asia Pacific (2000). Just like her predecessors, the film industry beckoned this fair damsel. Thus her filmy sail started with her debut movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) opposite the Tolly star R. Madhavan aka Maddy. RHTDM was not a Box Office hit but through the passing time created a buzz among the youngsters.

The gorgeous chik did many movies for next following years. Her movies include Deewanapan (2002), Tehzaab (2003), Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye (2003), Dum (2003), Stop! (2004), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004), Naam Gum Yayega (2005), Blackmail (2005), Parinneta (2005), Dus (2005), Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai (2005), Fight Club-Members Only (2006), Alag (2006), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Cash (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan (2007), Krazzy 4 (2008), Kissan (2009), Jai-Veeru (2009), Acid Factory (2009), Fruit And Nut (2009), Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010), Familywala (2011).

The Mirza girl among those who after showing their talent blast and looks are less admired and wanted in silver screen. Thus all these movies could not bring the blast she hoped for, to her fortune. Though she is critically acclaimed but lags behind on the race of super star.

The star also gave special appearances on films like Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na (2004), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Heyy Baby (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), Kurbaan (2009), Luck By Chance (2009). She even appeared at a TV release of Prateeksha (2006). She did an item number in Phir Hera Pheri (2006). She also participated in a TV game show named Kaho Naa Yaar Hai (2008) on Star Plus.

She who failing to shine as the most shining star of tinsel town decided to shine as a director and a producer thus launching her own production house with her partners, boyfriend Sahil Sangha and best friend Zayed Khan, the Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. The motto of the house is to produce films which they believe in. their first production is Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) which was not a Box Office bockbuster but received mixed critical appreciation from both movie freaks and critics.

She is among those actress' who are repeatedly wrapped in false controversies, but she knows very well how to handle the heat.

The brown eyed sweet spoken girl is an utter philanthropist. She is an environment conservationist as well as a socialist. This portion of her earned her award also. She worked with the government to spread awareness against HIV and female foeticide. Shi is also the active member of Spastics Society Of India, The Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA and CRY. She is also an animal lover and recently adopted two cheetah cubs at Prince Of Wales Zoological Park in Lucknow.

Her journey unlike the other superstars is full of struggle just to establish her name, just to attain the height she deserved and desired. She has indeed carved herself a long path from a model, then being an actress and now being a director and producer.

After starting out her career with Ek Je Acche Kanya and Titli, Konkona got her major break through the movie Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The performance received so much acclaim that Filmfare even included it in the ‘Top 80 Iconic Performances' list. Even greater joy followed as she won the National Award for Best Actress that year. After such a brilliant start, she won even more acclaim after her portrayal of a journalist disillusioned by the film fraternity in Page 3. The movie did very well and despite being unconventional in its theme, it fetched the National Award for the Best Movie category. She moved on to doing supporting yet strong roles later, starting out with 15 Park Avenue and the role of a villager in Omkara. She bagged the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Omkara. She gave back-to-back hits with Traffic Signal and Life in a… Metro, both of which received critical acclaim as well as box office success. However, her next two commercial ventures Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle were panned by the critics and the audience alike.

She was back in the limelight after portraying strong lead roles in Luck By Chance where she played the role of a struggling actress and Wake Up Sid where she cast as an ambitious magazine writer. Both movies did well and her performances were greatly appreciated.

Later, she starred in Right Yaa Wrong and Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge?, which didn't do a good business at the box office. However, Konkona has managed to establish herself as highly talented actress and is even considered one of the most versatile actresses in the Bollywood Film industry. Her personal life has been going through a bit of turmoil owing to the constant reports of her impending divorce with husband Ranvir Shorey. Konkona however, looks set to continue her professional career strongly as she multiple big banner projects lined up in future. In the Bengali film industry she has Sunglass and Goynar Baksho, while in Bollywood Ekta Kapoor's ambitious Ek Thi Daayan is also slated to release. Future looks quite solid for Konkona, who has recently become a blessed mother as she gave birth to her baby boy Haroon.

Vivek Anand Oberoi attended Mayo College in Ajmer. He is brought up by a combo of Punjabi father and a Tamil mother. He wnt to an actor's workshop in London and there was chosen by the director of New York University who took Vivek off to New York and there he completed his Masters Degree in film acting. Vivek at his home practised as script writer.

The big break of Prince came with Ram Gopal Varma's gangstar flick Company (2002). This earned him both fame and award and thus he came to limelight with his next Shaad Ali's film Saathiya (2002). The film banged the Box Office. His next film was Dum (2003). He also starred in comedy like Masti (2004), off beat movie like Yuva (2004), title character in the film Krishna:The Warrior Poet (2005).

The success of these films bagged him films like Omkara (2006), an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), Mission Istanbul (2008), Kurbaan (2009), Prince (2010), Rakht Charitra (2010), Kaal (2005), Home Delivery:Apko…Ghar Tak, Pyare Mohan (2006), Darna Mana Hai, (2003), Naksha (2006), Fool N Final (2007), Rakht Charitra 2 (2010).

He gave special appearances in Deewanw Hue Pagal (2005) as a narrator and Luck By Chance (2009).

Vivek Oberoi did Tamil and Telegu films. His Telegu debut was with the Telegu version of Rakta Charitra 1 (2010) and Tamil debut was with the Tamil version of Rakta Charitra 2 (2010).

The Oberoi son produced a film watch Indian Circus (2011). This film won Audience Choice Best Film Award for Busan International Film Festival-Korea, International Children's Film Festival and 47th Chicago International Film Festival.

His upcoming films are Zilla Ghaziabad, Kismat Love Raisa Dilli, Amma 3D. These fims are expected to release on 2012. The movie Amma 3D would be his English debut. The other films of the star are Krrish 3 and Jayantibhai Ki Love Story are on process of shooting and hoped to release on 2013.

The starlet is both shining in the fields of socialism and silver screen.

Six years in Bollywood have earned Emraan Hashmi the title of a “serial kisser” owing to a surplus of scorching, lingering, fleeting kisses that his roles have demanded of him, ensuring that he is always in demand.

Emraan was born to Anwar Hashmi and Maherahh Hashmi. His father is a Muslim and his mother a Roman Catholic. He studied animation and graphics from Sydenham College in Mumbai. Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt is his cousin.

Hashmi made his film debut in 2003 with Footpath, which did not do well at the box-office. He and co-star Mallika Sherawat shot to fame with the thriller, Murder (2004), which went on to become a super hit at the box-office.

In 2005, he appeared in several films such as Zeher, Aashiq Banaya Apne and Kalyug which did moderately well at the box office. In 2006, his film Gangster was a semi-hit,while Aksar and The Killer were flops. In 2007, Hashmi had three back to back releases, while Good Boy Bad Boy and The Train both failed at the box office, the big budgeted, Awarapan did moderately well.

In 2008, Jannat, starring Emraan and Sonal Chauhan, took a good opening, making the film a commercial success.His first release in 2009, Raaz - The Mystery Continues…, opened well and became the first box office success of that year.His second film of the yea, Tum Mile, opened to mixed reviews and was rated a box-office failure.

In 2010, Emraan appeared in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Crook: It's Good To Be Bad, of which the former opened to positive reviews and was declared a hit at the box-office while the latter sank without a trace.

Emraan's first release of 2011 was moderate success Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, followed by a hit Murder 2. Emraan was also seen in the Vidya Balan starrer, The Dirty Picture. The film turned to be a super-hit and Emraan's role was well appreciated.

Devi Sri Prasad (Telugu: దేవి శ్రీ ప్రసాద్) is a film composer and playback singer in Telugu, Tamil films. His soundtracks have been dubbed or remade in several other languages as well. He is making his debut in Malayalam cinema with the forthcoming film Kandahar, which stars Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan and Surya Sivakumar in lead roles. Early life and career He was born Vedurupaka and later moved to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father was a school teacher and a writer. He completed his schooling at Sir M. Venkata Subba Rao Boys High School, T. Nagar, Chennai. He won several prizes in the culturals organised at inter-school level for both dance and singing competitions. His debut music album Dance Party, along with S. P. B. Charan and a few more debutants at the time, was the kick start of his music career. He began his musical-direction career in 1999 in the Telugu film Devi. Devi Sri Prasad was a disciple of the renowned mandolinist, U. Srinivas, and he has directed music for dozens of South Indian films, including several box-office successes. He has also written lyrics for a few songs in Telugu, which include "Vecha Vechaga" in Vamsi (starring Mahesh Babu, Namratha), "Premante Yemitante" in Anandam, "Chaila Chaila" in Shankar Dada MBBS, and "Udayinche Suryudinadigaa" and "Akaasam" in Kalusukovaalani. Devi Sri Prasad is known to be a big fan of Ilaiyaraaja. He has a younger brother named Sagar who is also a playback singer.

Ghulam Ali (Urdu: غلا... علی, Hindi: ग़ुलाम ...ली) is a Pakistani ghazal singer of the Patiala gharana. He is not to be confused with the Indian singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (of whom he was a disciple) or Chhote Ghulam Ali, who is another Pakistani singer in the qawwali style. Early life and background Ali was born in the village of Kaleke in the Sialkot District of Punjab, pre-partition India (now in Pakistan). He belongs to a musical family, his father was a vocalist and a sarangi player who initiated Ghulam Ali to music from his childhood. Ali's father named him after Bade Ghulam Ali. At 15, he became a student of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, a master of the Patiala Gharana (Patiala School) of Hindustani music. Due to the busy schedule of Bade Ghulam Ali, he was trained mainly by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's three brothers, Barqat Ali Khan, Mubarak Ali Khan, and Amanat Ali Khan, in Lahore. All these distinguished classical musicians taught him the finer nuances of classical music. His solid foundation of classical music included studying Thumri and learning to sing raga. Career Ali started singing for Radio Lahore in 1960. Along with singing ghazals, Ghulam Ali composes music for his ghazals. His compositions are raga-based and sometimes include a scientific mixture of ragas. He is known for blending gharana-gaayaki into ghazal and this gives his singing the capability to touch hearts. He beautifully sings Punjabi songs too. Most of his Punjabi songs have been extremely popular. Though from Pakistan, Ghulam Ali remains as popular in India as in Pakistan. He entered Bollywood with a Hindi film song Chupke Chupke Raat Din in B. R. Chopra's film, Nikaah. Other popular ghazals include Hungama hai kyon barpaa, Awaargi, and Yeh dil yeh paagal Dil mera. On being questioned about Pakistani pop groups, Ghulam Ali replied, "Frankly, I am really bewildered at their style of singing. How can you sing a song by running and jumping around the stage? The stage is meant for performing not for acrobatics." Ali has also sung some beautiful ghazals like Kina kina timro tasveer, Gajalu tee thula thula aankha, Lolaaeka aee thula and Ke chha ra diun in Nepali language with Narayan Gopal, a well known Nepali singer, and composer Deepak Jangam. These songs were compiled in an album entitled Narayan Gopal, Ghulam Ali Ra Ma, and are popular among Nepali music lovers to this day. One of his memorable concerts was at the Taj Mahal.

Vishal-Shekhar are a music directing duo (Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani) for Hindi films. They have had a number of successes including Jhankaar Beats, Om Shanti Om, Salaam Namaste, Dus, Bluffmaster, Tashan, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Dostana, Anjaana Anjaani, Ra.One, Don 2 and more. Career: The duo rose to prominence when they composed the score for the film Jhankaar Beats which included the hit song "Tu Aashiqui Hai". Their efforts paid off when they won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. The music for the film Musafir became popular with young people in India and overseas. They combined techno music with Indian sounds. The score included the hits "Saaki" and "Door Se Paas". 2005 was a good year for the duo as they composed the scores for three hit films: Salaam Namaste, Dus and Bluffmaster. , Vishal Dadlani is also the vocalist of Mumbai-based electronic band Pentagram. Shekhar Ravjiani is a trained classical singer and has a sound base of Indian music. Shekhar was a participant of Zee TV singing contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1997. Other acts: Vishal-Shekhar have been judges on the popular star hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and the musical talent show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star with director and choreographer Farah Khan. They are the judges on Amul Star Voice Of India Mummy Ki Superstars. They were mentors and judges in the Zee TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Sajid-Wajid. The have composed title track for Star Plus' upcoming daily Navya. They have also composed the IPL theme song of season 3 and Anthem of Kolkata Knight Riders. Vishal Ashok Somkuwar will be the World's first ever musicians to perform for a live audio concert which will be accessible on mobile phones and the internet. They are excited to be the pioneer in the show which may put them in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Following the terror attacks on Mumbai on 26 November 2008, Vishal Dadlani launched a petition to ban live media coverage during the rescue operations. They are the composers behind the Kailash Kher's song "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. On January 23, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Spring Fest 2012 in IIT Kharagpur. On February 15, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Crossroads 2012 in SRCC, which went on to become the largest college festival in the country that year. On March 25, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar with Shruti Pathak performed live at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Flare (Techno-Cultural Fest). On May 1, 2012 on the occasion of Maharashtra Day, Shekhar Ravjiani released his first solo Marathi single 'Saazani'. Shekhar, who has also sung the number besides composing it, performed for the first time on the Marathi music reality show Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. "I always wanted to do a Marathi song considering Maharashtra has always been special for me. Not just now, in the past too, I have spent a lot of time in the state, especially Nashik. We had a farmhouse there that I would visit a lot as a kid. Plus, I am very fond of Marathi music," says Shekhar, who finds Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar "absolutely amazing".

Bombay S Jayashri is a leading Carnatic music vocalist. She has also recorded songs as a playback singer in South Indian films. She has many albums to her credit, released as cassettes and CDs. Early life Jayashri was born to N N Subramaniam and Seetha, who groomed her in Carnatic music in her initial years. Her initiation into music was under her father's guidance at the age of four. Later Jayashri learned under the tutelage of T R Balamani Ammal of Bombay. She was into concert performances in her teens. In 1989, she enrolled herself as a disciple of the legend Lalgudi G Jayaraman. Since 1989, she has been under the guidance and tutelage of the renowned violin maestro. She is also a student of veena, under G N Dhandapani Iyer. She along with T.M.Krishna feature in the first ever Carnatic concert movie, titled, Margazhi Raagam. The movie has received rave reviews from all quarters. Profile Jayashri has performed in all the major institutions, festivals and sabhas in India and has won rich acclaim from critics and rasikas. Bombay Jayashri is an ‘A' grade artiste of All India Radio and is a regular performer on Doordarshan. She has released several cassettes and CDs on major labels, like HMV, Sangeetha and Inreco and is a popular favourite. Jayashri is a commerce graduate from Bombay University. While at university, she collected an impressive array of awards and titles in the fields of music, dance and dramatics. She also received a Diploma in Music from the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya. Cinema Bombay Jayashree has sung songs for Tamil films, working with noted Chennai film composers A. R. Rahman and Harris Jayaraj. The song "Narumugaiye" from the score of Iruvar (1997), composed by A. R. Rahman was a huge success, as was the song "Vaseegara" from the film Minnale (2001) composed by Harris Jayaraj. She has also featured in the Carnatic concert movie, Margazhi Raagam along with T.M. Krishna in 2008.

Whether it is the spiritually harmonizing 'Ali More Angna' or the romantic 'Seekho Na' or the popular rain song 'Ab Ke Saawan', Shubha Mudgal is the master of all forms. She is a well-known singer of Hindustani classical music, khayal, thumri, dadra & pop music.

A trained Khayal singer & kathak dancer and a versatile performer in all genres, Shubha Mudgal is recognized as one of the most popular concert artists amongst the younger generation of Hindustani musicians. Her first album didn't win her critical acclaim but got her huge fan mails for her power-packed compilation of Sufi songs.

Apart from being a popular concert artist, she has also owned the position and poise of a composer. Her collection of medieval devotional poetry has received acclaim in India and abroad. Shubha's songs like 'Rangeelo Mharo Dhona and 'Mann Ke Manjeere' also won her immense acclaim.

Shubha Mudgal has been trained under Pandit Ramashreya Jha in Allahabad, her first guru, followed by Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar in Delhi, and later continued her education with Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Naina Devi and Pt. Kumar Gandharva.

On completion of her graduation, Shubha tied the knot with Pt. Mudgalya's son Mukul Mudgal, a lawyer. The marriage failed to work and Subha got a divorce. She went on to marry Aneesh Pradhan. Her son from her first marriage, Dhaval, is a member of a Delhi-based band and also a poker player.

Sharry Maan is a well known name in the youth for his singing and lyrics. He is not only a good singer but also a good stage performer. Maan was born in Mohali in the house of Sardar Balbir Singhji and Sardarni Harmel Kaur ji. He has two sisters and one brother. He basically belongs to V.P.O Ghal Khurd Distt. Firozpur. Maan did his schooling in Mohali. After completing his schooling there, his parents enrolled him into a further education institute in moga. where he spent his college life and After finishing his study he came back to mohali and start doing job as a civil engineer. Sharry Mann is very fond of music and he was always sung in his free time. He starting singing in the parties and gathering of friends and his friends love his songs and his voice, they encouraged him to become a professional singer. But at that time Sharry never thought to choose singing as his career.

Gippy Grewal a.k.a. Rupinder Singh Grewal is a Punjabi singer, actor. He was born in village Koom Kallan, Ludhiana, Punjab on January 2, 1982.
Gippy Grewal is one of the best recent Punjabi singers. The real name of Gippy Grewal is Rupinder Singh Grewal. He was born in village Koom Kallan, Ludhiana, Punjab on January 2, 1982. Gippy Grewal blows things off with some phat beats, traditional lyrics, and his Desi voice. Gippy Grewal is a singer who transcends stereotype; the musical tastes that are reflected in his music know no boundaries or succumb to any genre.
Gippy Grewal has carefully developed a diver and successful musical career since his induction to the world of Bhangra by his first album called “Chakk Lai”. Gippy has proven his extraordinary talents to be musical. Gippy Grewal pushes every beat in his own unique style.
Gippy Grewal has released many solo albums like “Chakk Lai”, “Nasha”, “Aaja Ve Mittra”, “Phulkari” and “Phulkari 2 Just Hits” Countdowns @ Top Place. And the “Phulkari” song become favorite to every bhangra lover and Punjabi DJ's across the globe. The “Phulkari” Track becomes one of the biggest hit of 2004-05. The highly acclaimed track got played in every car, every club, every party, every wedding, across everywhere. So the Punjabi Bhangra fans, critics, composers use to call “Phulkari” track the Monster Track.
This time Gippy Grewal is the favorite artist of young generation of Punjab. His big helping hands his brother “Sippy Grewal”. The upcoming efforts of Gippy Grewal have been set to repeat the history.
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With a hotel management degree under his belt, ruling the charts of Punjabi music is something highly unlikely to foresee for anyone. However, it was exactly the dream Gippy Grewal had nurtured since childhood. The success he is basking in now did not come so easily to him. He had his share of hard times too. But great determination and support of his loved ones saw him carve his niche in the music industry and amongst the heart of his fans.
Since his inception in the music world of Punjabi pop, Gippy has carefully developed a diverse and successful music career scoring a hit with ‘Chak Lai', his very first album. A great performer and singer, the power of sensitivity and credibility come naturally to Gippy Grewal. His albums reflect his very own unique style and are a great blend of ‘Punjabiyat' with the latest pop
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Early Llife And Background :

Balasubrahmanyam was born to S. P. Sambamurthy in Konetammapeta, Nellore district, of Andhra Pradesh. Balasubrahmanyam's father was a Harikatha artiste who had also acted in plays. He has two brothers and five sisters, including singer S.P. Sailaja.Balasubrahmanyam developed an interest towards music at an early age, studied notations and learned to play instruments such as the harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. He enrolled at JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur with the intention of becoming an engineer. He discontinued his studies early due to typhoid and joined as an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Chennai.
He continued to pursue music during his engineering studies and won awards at singing competitions. In 1964, he won the first prize in a music competition for amateur singers organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation. He was the leader of a light music troupe composed of Anirutta (on the harmonium), Ilaiyaraaja (on guitar and later on harmonium), Baskar (on percussion), and Gangai Amaran (on guitar).He was selected as the best singer in a singing competition which was judged by S. P. Kodandapani and Ghantasala.Often visiting music composers seeking opportunities, his first audition song was "Nila Nerungadhe". It was rendered by veteran playback singer P. B. Srinivas, who used to write and give him multi-lingual verses in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, English and Urdu .

Early Career: 1960s-1970:

Balasubrahmanyam made his debut as a playback singer in 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film scored by his mentor, S. P. Kodandapani.The first Non-Telugu song that he recorded just eight days after his debut Telugu song was in Kannada in 1966 for the film 'Nakkare Ade Swarga' starring Kannada comedy stalwart T. R. Narasimharaju.He recorded his first Tamil song "Eyarkai ennum illaya kanni" in the 1969 film Shanthi Nilaiyam starring Gemini Ganesan. He sang "Aayiram Nilavae Vaa" for M.G.R in the Tamil film Aadimai Penn. He was then introduced to Malayalam film industry by G. Devarajan in the film Kadalppalam.He has the rare distinction of rendering most number of songs on a single day by any singer. He has recorded 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on February 8, 1981 and 19 songs in Tamil, 16 songs in Hindi in a day which is a notable achievement and a record. He established a prolific career. "There were days when I used to record 15-20 songs, but only for Anand-Milind. And I would take the last flight back to Chennai." In 1970s, he also worked with M. S. Viswanathan in Tamil movies for actors such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan. He recorded duets with P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Vani Jayaram and L. R. Eswari. Balasubrahmanyam's association with Ilaiyaraaja began in the late 1970s when the latter made his cinematic debut.

International Recognition: 1980:

Balasubrahmanyam pictured in 1985Balasubrahmanyam came to international prominence with 1980's Shankarabharanam. The film is considered to be one of the best films ever to emerge from Telugu film industry.[31][32] Directed by K. Vishwanath, the film's soundtrack was composed by KV Mahadevan and led to an increase in usage of Carnatic music in Indian cinema. Not a classically trained singer, he used a 'film music' aesthetic in recording the songs.[33] Balasubrahmanyam received his first National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his work. His first work in Hindi films was the following year, in Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), for which he received another National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.[6]
Balasubrahmanyam began to record more songs in Tamil especially for Ilaiyaraaja with Janaki, the trio considered to be highly successful in the Tamil film industry from the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s in Telugu films based on classical music like Saagara Sangamam (1983), for which both Ilaiayaraaja and S.P.B won National Film Awards, Swathi Muthyam (1986) and Rudraveena (1988) which again won National Awards for Ilaiyaraaja and Balasubrahmanyam.[34]
In 1989, Balasubrahmanyam was the playback singer for Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the blockbuster Maine Pyar Kiya.[35] The soundtrack for the film was very successful and he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song Dil Deewana. For much of the next decade, Balasubrahmanyam continued as the 'romantic singing voice' on the soundtracks of Khan's films.[36] Notable among these was Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time[37] Balasubrahmanyam's duet with Lata Mangeshkar, Didi Tera Devar Deewana, was so popular that Mangeshkar was awarded a Filmfare Special Award. This solidified Balasubrahmanyam as one of the biggest playback singers in India.

Voice Actor:

Balasubrahmanyam accidentally became a dubbing artist with Kamal Hassan's film Manmadha Leela, the dubbed version of Manmadha Leelai. He has also provided voice-overs for various artists, including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, K. Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Anil Kapoor, Girish Karnad, Gemini Ganesan, Arjun Sarja, Nagesh, Karthik and Raghuvaran in various languages. He was assigned as the default dubbing artist for Kamal Hassan in Telugu dubbed versions of Tamil films and vice versa. For the Telugu version of Dasavathaaram he gave voice to seven characters (including the female character) out of 10 characters played by Kamal Hassan. He was awarded Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist for the films Annamayya and Sri Sai Mahima.

Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan (born Madurai Thirumalai Nambi Seshagopalan in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India, 1948) is a noted Carnatic musician and composer. His first music teacher was his own mother, and he later studied under Sri Ramanathapuram C. S. Sankarasivan.

In 1984 he was invited to sing at the Adelaide International Festival in Australia (and included performances Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and New Zealand). In 1987 he was India's cultural ambassador to Russia. He has performed in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Bahrain and Sri Lanka and has visited and performed in the United States of America numerous times.

Seshagopalan continues to increase his wide repertoire with compositions of his own. He is noted for his own elegant thillanas, bhajans, namavalis and abhangs. He is equally at home with North Indian ragas and has participated in several jugalbandhis.

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are one of India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents.

Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal.

The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style . They have recorded about 25 cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras

and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.

They have received M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001. Rajat Kamal - National Film Award for the Best Music Direction ( 2006)

Arijit Singh was born on 25th April 1987 at Murshidabad in West Bengal. He is an Indian playback singer and has lent his voice for numerous Bollywood films.

After extensive training for years, Arijit Singh was lucky to be among the top six contestants on the reality show Fame Gurukul in the year 2005 and won the hearts of the audiences with his dedication and sincerity towards his craft. He was also the winner of the reality show- 10 ke 10 le gaye dil and has performed live at many stage shows.

Arijit became assistant director to the famous music director Pritam and he got his first break from music directors Shankar Ehsaan Loy, in the song All For One' from the album High School Musical volume 2, in the year 2007.

As his popularity grew he has bagged many numbers for films such as Murder 2, Players, Shanghai, 1920: Evil Returns, 3G, Agent Vinod, Aashiqui 2.

Arijit Singh has also sung title song for the television soap Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon which is aired on Colors.

In the year 2012 he won the Mirchi Musical Awards for Upcoming male vocalist of the year for Barfi! And Shanghai.

Arijit is a man of great promise and is a versatile and talented singer who has risen with sheer grit and hard work.

Mika Singh, the prolific songwriter, singer, performer and composer was born and brought up at Durgapur situated in West Bengal, India. Mika Singh is a Sikh and he was born with the name of Amrik Singh. Ajmer Singh, his father was an amateur wrestler as well as a classical musician while Balbir Kaur, his mother had a great interest in the field of folk music and she had also been an amateur wrestler at the state level.

He started getting trained in music since his childhood days. When he was 8 years old, he started playing the tabla and at the age of 12, he also began learning how to play the harmonium. Then again, at 14 years of age, Mika Singh started playing the guitar as well. Initially he used to sing kirtans but later on he moved up the ladder and he became a renowned bhangra/pop artist.

In the year 1998 when he was just 21 years of age, he released his very first album called ‘Sawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag' which was an instant success for him. Following ‘Sawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag', Mika Singh released numerous other hit albums like ‘Dunali', ‘Gabru', ‘Something Something' and ‘Ishq Brandy'.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mika Singh came out with numerous chartbusters, all from his films and private albums. Some of the films which he had worked for are as follows: ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects', ‘Apna Sapna Money Money', ‘Nehlle Pe Dehlla', Dhol', ‘Jab We Met', ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala', ‘Mission Istaanbul', ‘Dus Kahaniyaan', ‘Ugly Aur Pagli', ‘Mr. White Mr. Black', ‘Singh Is King', ‘Woodstock Villa', ‘Wafaa', ‘My Friend Ganesha 2', ‘Dil Kabaddi', ‘C Kkompany', ‘Bad Luck Govind', ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!', ‘Dil Kabaddi', ‘Jugaad', ‘Life Partner', ‘Jai Veeru', ‘Quick Gun Murugun', ‘De Dana Dan', ‘Dil Bola Hadippa!', ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani', ‘Adhurs' (Telegu), ‘Toh Baat Pakki', ‘Housefull', ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai', ‘Lamhaa', ‘F. A. L. T. U.', ‘Tanu Weds Manu', ‘Ready', ‘Ishqiya', ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama', ‘Loot', ‘Desi Boyz', ‘Paglu' (Bengali), ‘Dharti', ‘Thank You', ‘Mausam', ‘Khokababu' (Bengali), ‘Agent Vinod', ‘Vicky Donor', ‘Department', ‘Bittoo Boss', ‘Rowdy Rathore', ‘Department', ‘Ajab Gazabb Love', ‘Son of Sardar', ‘Khiladi 786', ‘Paglu 2' (Bengali), ‘Teri Meri Kahani', ‘Pooja Kiven AA', ‘Mirchi' (Telegu), ‘Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22' and ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti'.

First” and “best are two words pointing uniquely to an unprecedented phenomenon in the cultural history of India. This singular phenomenon is Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. He is the “first” Indian Classical vocalist who is considered the best performer of all kinds of Indian Vocal Music. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is the “first” recipient of the “Kumar Gandharva Award”, the “first” classical vocalist of India to receive the President's award for the best male playback singer in 1990. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is also the “first” person to receive Gold Medal from the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, the “first” Indian classical vocalist to be invited by the Government of Pakistan to perform in Pakistan and the “first” Indian classical vocalist who has been spanning the cultural gulf between India and the west through extensive musical tours by adapting Indian Classical Music to a universal idiom of feeling.
Born in 1952, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty could sing before he could talk. His late father Shri Ajit Chakrabarty was his first Guru, followed by great teachers like Late kanaidas bairagi, Late Guru Jnanprakash Ghosh and Late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan( son of the legend Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) to mention as the lead names. Genius combined with exceptional talent also earned him Gold Medals in B.A. Honours and M.A. examinations of Rabindra Bharat University, Calcutta.

The brilliance of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty lies in his own distinctive blend of styles, his creativity and a magical voice capable of expressing every emotion. He is adept at singing a wide variety of styles, right from Dhrupad, Khayal (meaning imagination), Thumri, Bhajan to a variety of Bengali and Hindi numbers including old and modern songs, folk songs, allowing an exquisite expression of emotion and improvisation, a tradition he has significantly re-enkindled. His listeners are therefore spoilt with the great expectations that Panditji must always bring something fresh and remarkable into each of his recitals, considering the value of the tradition stretching back thousands of years. Numerous albums, records, and CD's of his classical and light classical songs have been published in India and abroad that endear Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty even to those listeners who do not even know the language of the lyrics.

Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is the founder of the musical institution SHRUTINANDAN which is a one-of-its-kind learning centre for students of Indian Classical music. Learning at Shrutinandan is based on a scientific training system evolved by Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.

Rekha Bhardwaj (also known as Rekha Vishal and Rekha Bharadwaj) is an Indian singer. She is the wife of noted director, producer and music director Vishal Bhardwaj. She released her first album in 2004 titled 'Ishqa Ishqa' which won critical acclaim.

Her songs in Omkara, which were written by Gulzar and composed by Vishal, won her accolades. She credits both of them with her success. She considers Lata Mangeshkar as her idol.


The song 'Raat ki Jogan' from the album, Ishqa Ishqa was conceived in 1994, almost 10 years before it released, when Vishal Bhardwaj had started composing Baba Bulleh Shah's poetry for Rekha's album. She used to go with Vishal for music sittings with Gulzar for his movie Maachis where one day Gulzar said he would write the words for Rekha's album.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is a noted sarod player and one of the foremost classical musicians. He is a highly acclaimed Indian musician and composer, coming from a musical family that claims to have invented the sarod. He stands as the sixth-generation sarod player in his family. On successfully carving a niche for himself in the Hall of Fame of Indian classical music, Amjad has gained immense popularity, not just in India but also abroad, and has created a great fan following. With his forefathers are believed to have come from Afghanistan, Amjad has continued to keep the sarod alive, though with some modifications to improve the tonal quality and suit the likes of the listeners.

Early Life
Amjad Ali Khan was born as Masoom Ali Khan in Gwalior, Central Provinces and Berar in British Raj, now Madhya Pradesh, to Hafiz Ali Khan and Rahat Jahan. His father, Hafiz was also an eminent musician in the court of the royal family of Gwalior. He belongs to the Bangash lineage and is in the sixth generation of musicians. He received his school education at home, while music was introduced to him by his father. He had the honor of receiving training from the descendants of Miyan Tansen, considered to be the greatest musician of all times. At the mere age of 12, Amjad Ali Khan gave his first solo recital.

Career
Amjad Ali Khan had a special mastery and love for the instrument that he gave a new and yet timeless interpretation to it. Keeping to the tradition and yet being innovative, he created many enchanting new ragas of his own. He composed the ragas, Priyadarshini and Kamalashree, in memory of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Some of the other melodies composed by him include Kiran Ranjani, Haripriya Kanada, Shivanjali, Shyam Shri, Suhag Bhairav, Lalit Dhwani, Amiri Todi, Jawahar Manjari, Bapukauns, and so on. He has even composed a piece for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumora titled 'Tribute to Hong Kong', with guitarist Charley Byrd, Violinist Igor Frolov, Suprano Glenda Simpson, Guitarist Barry Mason, and UK Cellist Matthew Barley.

Ustad Khan has achieved immense popularity in India as well as abroad. He has the distinction of being the first north Indian artist to have performed in honor of Thyagaraja at the saint musician's Thiruvaiyur shrine. He has traveled widely and performed in several international music festivals in Pakistan, China, New Zealand, London, Rome, USA, Moscow, Germany, Japan etc. His chief innovations are his ekharataans complex high speed staccato passages, something which many sarod players find very difficult to do. Amjad Ali Khan has had a successful career spanning over 40 years and still continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India.

Contributions
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has composed many ragas of his own like Kiran Ranjani, Haripriya Kanada, Shivanjali, Shyam Shri, Suhag Bhairav, Lalit Dhwani, Amiri Todi, Jawahar Manjari, and Bapukauns. In 1977, he founded the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Society which organizes concerts and bestows an annual Hafiz Ali Khan Award on outstanding classical musicians in India and aboard.

Personal Life
Amjad Ali Khan has an arranged marriage which did not last long. Thereafter, he had a second marriage with Subhalakshmi, a Bharatanatyam dancer, on September 25, 1976. They have two children, Amaan and Ayaan, both renowned musicians. They often give performances with their father. The family currently resides in New Delhi, while their Gwalior home has been transformed into a musical center.

Shahid Parvez belongs to the seventh generation of the famous the
great musical family representing the Imdadkhani Gharana, also known
as the Etawah Gharana, of sitar playing. He is the son of the famous
musician and noted composer, Ustad Aziz Khan and is the grandson of
Ustad Wahid Khan, the Surbahar and Sitar virtuoso. Ustad Wahid Khan
was the uncle of Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Ustad Shahid Parvez's father introduced him to vocal music and tabla
at the tender age of three, before he was initiated into Sitar-playing.

He was recognized as a child prodigy and gave his first public
performance at the age of eight. A stickler to the minutest technical
detail and the purity of ragas, he gave utmost attention to the
improvisation of every aspect of ‘layakari'.

In Ustad Shahid Parvez, we find a unique combination of the ‘Gayaki'
Ang (the left hand) and the Tantrakari' Ang (the right hand - the
Mizrab). Over the years, he has created a distinct genre of
instrumental music, and has evolved a distinctive style of his own.

Ustadji is a top grade artiste of All India Radio. He has been honored
with several awards, both national and international and has numerous
LPs, cassettes, and CDs to his credit. He has participated in major
festivals in India and abroad, including the Festival of India, held in U.
S., Canada, USSR and Europe, enthralling audiences everywhere. He is
one of the few maestros to enjoy global reputation, - he has numerous
LP records, Audio and Video Cassettes, and Compact Discs to his
credit. He has been honored with several awards, both national and
international, for instance, the Sur Shringaar, and the 1997 - 98
Kumar Gandharva Sammaan. He has participated in all major festivals
in India and abroad, including the Festival of India, held in U.S., Canada,
USSR, and Europe - enthralling audiences everywhere.

Ustadji teaches workshops regularly at the Sitar School of Toronto.
Since its inception, Ustad Shahid Parvez has returned to the Sitar
School at least three times a year. At the school, the aim is to provide
a passionate, keen and dedicated environment for the students and an
equally vibrant pool of students for Ustad Shahid Parvez, so that he
enjoys teaching as much as the students enjoy learning.

Born and raised in India, Mickey began singing at the tender age of 3. After moving to the US at 14 Mickey explored his musical creativity and developed an artistic blend of South Asian and western sounds. With support from his family to pursue his artistic passion he recognized the importance of heritage and culture no matter where you might live in the world.


Taking a different approach to Urban-Desi fusion Mickey is set to truly bridge the gap between Indian and American music genres. His music energetic and smooth at the same time creatively laces the best of east and west in a way that audiences everywhere can relate to. On stage Mickey creatively incorporates Hip Hop and Bhangra dance and is sure to get you out of your seats. Not being afraid to think outside the box, this singer/songwriter/producer is a breath of fresh-air in a market of overly commercial manufactured sounds. See below for samples of Mickey's songs and live performances.

Kalyanji-Anandji are a legendary composer duo, renowned for their work particularly in action movies of the 70s.

Brothers born to a grocery store owner, Kalyanji-Anandji were one of the hit music director duos of Bollywood. The duo spent their formative years in the settlement of Girgaum, Mumbai amidst Marathi and Gujarati surroundings. Kalyanji-Anandji commenced music training from a teacher, who taught them to compensate for paying his bills to their father.

From the brothers, Kalyanji was the first to commence his innings in Bollywood. He started off with then new electronic instrument, the clavioline used for the famous ‘Nagin Been', in the film Nagin.
Few years later, Kalyanji, started an orchestral group with Anandji called Kalyanji Virji and Party that organized musical shows across Mumbai and other areas. This stands as the first attempt of a live musical show in India.

Kalyanji-Anandji's Bollywood entry was feted as a major turning point in the industry. A time when music biggies like Hemant Kumar, Madan Mohan, S.D. Burman et al ruled the industry, gaining a strong foothold was difficult, but Kalyanji-Anandji swept a million hearts in spite of the tough competition.

Samrat Chandragupta starring Bharat Bhushan and Nirupa Roy came by as Kalyanji's first film that featured hit songs like ‘Chahe Paas Ho' that are reminisced even today. This was followed by films like Post Box 999. The Kalyanji-Anandji duo forayed in full form with films like Satta, Bazar and Madari. The success of Himalay Ki God Mein and Jab Jab Phool Khile, established them as the most celebrated composers of the times.

Kalyanji-Anandji worked on over 250 films, 17 of which were golden jubilees and 39 silver. The brothers brought about a completely new phase in Bollywood music as they organized several charitable concerts in India and abroad with some of the biggies in business like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Rekha and others.

They also played a major role in discovering new talents and grooming them, as well. Before rising to fame, composers Laxmikant Pyarelal, worked as assistants to Kalyanji-Anandji. The duo also helped introduce lyricists like Qamar Jalalabadi, Anand Bakshi, Gulshan Bawra, Anjaan, Verma Malik and M G Hashmat. Sadhna Sargam, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Mukherjee, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan that stand as the most coveted names today were also in fact brought to the limelight by Kalyanji-Anandji.

In the late 90s, they launched three albums in the international markets. While Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars and Sitars was a fusion album mixed by DJ Dan The Automator; Bollywood Funk was an Outcaste compilation album by Sutrasonic DJs Harv and Sunni. The Beginners Guide To Bollywood was compiled by John Lewis from Time Out magazine. The albums focused on Kalyanji -Anandji tracks from 1970s films.

On August 24, 2000, Kalyanji left for his heavenly abode and post his demise, brother Anandji continues to train and promote young talent by the name Little Stars.

R.D. Burman is considered the greatest of all music composers the Indian film industry's ever had. His musical brilliance is evident from the fact that the famous song 'Sar jo tera chakraaye' in Guru Dutt's film, Pyaasa was composed by him as a child. He has belted out some of the jazziest hits in the history of Bollywood music.

Rahul Dev Burman, who is more famous by the name of R.D. Burman, is considered the greatest of all music composers the Indian film industry's ever had. His entry into Bollywood saw the revolutionization of the way music was being composed here. Son of singer and music composer, Sachin Dev Burman and second husband of playback singer, Asha Bhosle, RD Burman is credited for injecting a fresh style and technique into the singing of yesteryears Hindi songs. Burman's melodious songs lack parallel even today.

The biography of RD Burman continues here. Rahul Dev Burman was lovingly called Pancham da by industry insiders and friends because during his childhood, whenever he cried, it sounded in the fifth note 'Pa' of the Indian musical scale. Little Pancham was born at Kolkata in West Bengal state. He started taking sarod lessons from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan after shifting to Mumbai. RD Burman composed his first song 'Aye meri topi palat ke aa' at the age of nine, which his father used in the film 'Funtoosh' released in the year 1956.

Infact, the famous song 'Sar jo tera chakraaye' in Guru Dutt's film, Pyaasa was composed by him as a child. RD Burman also played the mouth organ as a child in another famous song, Hai apna dil to aawara in the film Solva Saal released in the year 1958 starring actor Dev Anand. Pancham began his music career as assistant to his father. However, he began working independently as music director after the film Chhote Nawaab was made and thereafter, handled 331 films and 4 non-film albums on his own.

Even though, RD Burman composed an impressive amount of songs, yet a number of them are yet to be released. These are songs from unreleased movies and a particular short phase when he had little work in hand. R D Burman also did playback for 18 movies and was famous for unique, grunting bass singing style. He even acted in films like Bhoot Bungla (1965) and Pyar Ka Mausam (1967). At times, his songs used to be inspired by western songs. For instance, song 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' was inspired by Demis Rusos's 'Say You Love Me'.

Infact, RD Burman was India's most popular composer in 1970s. During this time, he teamed up with singers like Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and others to belt out some of the jazziest hits in the history of Bollywood music. For example, there were musical hits like Amar prem, Buddha mil gaya, Caravan, and Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Amar Prem is remembered for its complex songs based on Indian classical music. RD Burman has also collaborated with Singer Boy George and other international artists.

Mohit Chauhan is an Indian singer who started his career singing Indian pop songs with the band Silk Route. He released two albums, Boondein and Pehchan with Silk Route. The band dissolved and in 2008 Chauhan released the solo album Kalam, for which he composed and sung. Chauhan took part in the television reality series Mission Ustaad on the entertainment channel 9X. Chauhan had success before acting with the song "Dooba Dooba" from the Silk Route band's album Boondein. The album debuted at number one of the album chart. Boondein featured songs Hindi, English, and Pahadi, and the band won several awards at the Channel V awards in 1998. Chauhan began singing film songs and contributed a song by A. R. Rahman to the 2006 film Rang De Basanti. His songs "Khoon Chala", "Tum Se Hi" from the film Jab We Met, composed by Pritam, "Masakali" from the film Delhi-6, composed by Rahman, were successful. He sang the songs "Tu Ne Jo Na Kaha" for the 2009 film New York, "Ye dooriyan" for Love Aaj Kal, and "Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" for Kaminey. Early life and career Chauhan was born in the mid-1960s in Nahan in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, where he grew up. He completed his education in different districts of Himachal Pradesh. Chauhan went to college in Bilaspur, Mandi, and Nahan and graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Dharamshala College in Himachal. He never took formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar and the flute. After completing his education in Himachal, Chauhan came to Delhi where he formed the band Silk Route in 1996. Boondein was their first album and included the song "Dooba Dooba". In Bollywood, his career started when he sang the A. R. Rahman song "Khoon Chala" in Rang De Basanti. Mohit sang in many Bollywood movies, including Road, Mukt, Let's enjoy, Main Meri Patni Aur Woh, Rang De Basanti, Jab We Met, EMI, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Kismat Konnection, Fashion, Delhi-6, Sikandar, New York, Love Aaj Kal and Kaminey.

Mamta Sharma, the famous Indian playback singer was born on the 7th of September at Birla Nagar situated in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. She pursued her education from St. Pauls's School Morar in Gwalior. She gave her voice to various Bhojpuri albums before coming into the glamorous world of Bollywood. She got her first breakthrough when she was noticed by LalitPandi, the music director and was offered to sing a song in ‘Dabbang'. She sang the item song, ‘MunniBadnaamHui' and overnight the song became a huge success and it helped her bag numerous awards. She also derived much success from her song ‘KevvuKeka' in the Telegu version of ‘Dabbang' titled ‘Gabbar Singh'.

Her discography basically includes “MunniBadnaamHui”from Dabbang; “ChamkiJawaani” and“TinkuJiya” from ‘YamlaPaglaDeewana';“Naa Board Irada Bus” from ‘Hudugaru';“DilKaAchaar” from ‘Bin BulayeBaraati';“Bombay Ponnu” from ‘Vedi';“KattoGilehri” from ‘Miley Naa Miley Hum';“Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le” from ‘Loot';“PyarKaJhatka” from ‘Khokababu';“Badmast” from ‘ChaalisChauraasi';“Chhanno” from ‘GaliGaliChorHai';“Anarkali Disco Chali” from ‘Housefull 2';“Mumbai MonyHai Re” from ‘Daal Mein KuchKaalaHai';“KevvuKeka” from ‘Gabbar Singh';“Ae Re PritamPyaare” from ‘Rowdy Rathore';“Na Champa Na Chameli” from ‘BikramSingha';“BolBolBachchan” from ‘BolBachchan';“AppuAppu” from ‘Shiva';“Sakku Bhai” from ‘Dhamarukam';“TuKamaal Di Kudi” from ‘Son of Sardaar';“Fevicol Se” and“PandeyjeeSeeti” from ‘Dabbang 2';“Hello 1 2 3 Mike Testing” from ‘YaareKoogadali' and“BaapKaMaal” from ‘Zila Ghaziabad'.

Atif Aslam (Urdu: born Mohammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani pop singer. He was born in Wazirabad and educated in Lahore and Rawalpindi. He is widely recognized in South Asia and has given several hit songs such as Aadat, Woh Lamhe, Tere Bin, Pehli Nazar Mein, Tera Hone Laga Hoon, Tu Jaane Na and Meri Kahani. He is best known for his powerful vocal belting technique. Early life Atif Aslam was born in Wazirabad, Pakistan. His kindergarten started in Model town, Lahore at Kimberley Hall School. His first stage manifestation was in a fancy dress show at his school when he was in 1st grade, where he performed as Imran Khan (former captain of the Pakistani Cricket Team). Since then cricket was a passion for him. At that time he did not listen to any particular kind of songs. At the age of 9, he moved to Rawalpindi where he studied at Saint Paul's Cambridge School. He came back to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School (DPS), Model Town, Lahore. He was selected in his school cricket team as a bowler. He cleared his 10th grade in 14 years of age with a distinctive edge that he has always been the youngest boy in the class because of his double promotions while he was in Kimberley Hall. During this period he was putting his best efforts into becoming a professional cricketer. He passed out of DPS after completing his school ending matriculation exams. He also played Table Tennis. He further continued his education at PAF College, Lahore where he completed his F.Sc with the class of 2001. He then did his Bachelors of Computer Science from PCBA/PICS (University of Central Punjab). Music career He used to sing at the college canteen when his friends urged him to participate in the singing competition on Independence Day celebrations at PAF College Lahore in 1998. He performed there and won the competition. Thereafter, he also won several other college competitions. He met Goher- a guitarist who would be his future Jal band-mate, at his college. Together they practiced and started doing mini-concerts for their friends. Atif used to perform on Junoon and Strings songs at these concerts. They started performing in their college, McDonalds, Uncle Bubba's Rabba Dabba and other restaurants. Thus began the original line up of Jal. Jal recorded the song Aadat at Mekal Hassan's Studio. The song became popular on different musical websites in Pakistan. The song was also being on aired on major Radio stations of Pakistan like City FM 89, FM 100, Mast FM 103, FM 105 etc. The video for this song was released on ARY Digital and The Musik and then it was played on almost all the channels. Solo career Atif released his first album Jal Pari on 19 July 2004 under Sound Master and IC records. Its promoters declared it to be the best selling album of the year within just 5 months of the release. In the meantime Atif also cleared his Bachelors in Computer Science (Hons.) from university of Central Punjab. On 14 April 2007 Atif Aslam performed in Royal Albert Hall. His second album, Doorie was released on 22 December 2006. Recently, Atif sang two songs for a Bollywood film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani called Tera Hone Laga Hoon and Tu Jaane Na, both of which have been well-received by the Indian audience. Atif has also sung many more songs for Bollywood like Pehli Nazar Mein (Race) and Bakuda Tum Hi Ho (Kismat Konnection). His latest Bollywood venture is Prince in which he has sung four songs, (Tere Liye, Aa Bhi Ja Sanam, Kaun Hoon Main and O Mere Khuda). The songs are composed by musician Sachin Gupta, who has had a number of hits with Atif in the past. Controversies After the release of the song Aadat by Jal, there were disputes within the band about Atif's brother being the band's manager. At this point Atif broke off from the band to do his own solo album. His solo album was released a few weeks before the release of the new Jal's (Goher Mumtaz, Farhan Saeed, Shazi) Aadat. As both Jal's Aadat, and Atif's album, Jalpari, shared certain tracks (such as Aadat, Wo Lamhey, Rangon Mein and Dil Harey), an unofficial war over rights began between both the groups. Goher Mumtaz sued Atif Aslam for using the name Jal in his album title cunningly (Jal pari, meaning mermaid). Acting career Atif is expected to make his acting debut in the second film of well acclaimed Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor. The film has been titled "Bol" and is expected to be released in 2011. The film will also star famous Pakistani TV anchor Mahira Khan (MTV and Aag). Atif plays the role of a doctor in the film.The film is being shot nowadays in Karachi and Lahore.

A popular ghazal singer, Pankaj Udhas is best known for songs like ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai' and ‘Jiye Toh Jiye Kaise'.

Trained in music by Master Navrang and Urdu lessons by Saeed Mirza, Udhas is credited with bringing the unique singing style of setting Urdu verses to music.
Born in Gujarat, he studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar. After his family moved to Mumbai the singer studied at St. Xavier's College.

During his early years, Udhas developed an interest in ghazals and learned Urdu to try to pursue a career as a ghazal singer. After finding little success, he moved to Canada and, after spending some time there and in the U.S. performing ghazals at small shows, he returned to India.

Udhas' first singing role in a film was in the 1972 film Kamna, which was a flop. Although his first album Aahat was released in 1980, he actually rocketed the skies with the song 'Chitthi Aayee Hai' that he sang for the film Naam (1986).

He is also known to have composed music for a few TV serials, apart from ghazals and film playback, and has also produced and hosted a series to unearth ghazal singing talent Aadaab Arz Hai.

Chitravina N. Ravikiran (born February 12, 1967 in Mysore, Karnataka, India) is a composer of Indian Carnatic music. He has been called the “Indian Mozart”. He is probably most famous for his concept of “melharmony”, which is harmony which stays within the melodic rules of an Indian raga (musical mode). Considered a virtuoso chitravina player, he has been described as “probably the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world today” by Radio Australia. Ravikiran has also played the slide Hawaiian guitar, and is an accomplished vocalist. He invented a variant of the chitravina called the navachitravina, which is smaller and has a clearer tone in the higher frequencies. He currently resides in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Ravi Shankar, the famous sitar player, is most impressed with his talents, and is noted as saying: “If you don't believe in God, just look at Ravikiran.”

Ravikiran is the author of several widely read books, Appreciating Carnatic Music and Perfecting Carnatic Music Level I and II. He is also the founder of the International Foundation for Carnatic Music.

Tarun Bhattacharya has been called "a master of one hundred strings." One of the most influential players of the santoor, India's hammered dulcimer-like instrument, Bhattacharya has continued to expand on the instrument's capabilities. In addition to adding an extra string, whose pitch can be varied by finger pressure, Bhattacharya has incorporated meend, an expressive sliding style of ornamentation. Jazz Times described Bhattacharya's playing as "subtle in inflection and supple in phrasing."

Mental Bliss The first santoor player featured on the influential all-India radio and TV show Raag Rang, Bhattacharya received his earliest musical instruction from his father, Shri Robi Bhattacharya, who played sitar and santoor. Although he started on the tabla, he switched to the santoor at th age eight. After studying with Dulal Roy, Bhattacharya began studies with Rave Shankar, with whom he studied for 13 years. Although he mostly performs and records as a soloist, Bhattacharya has periodically worked with other influential Indian musicians. Together with fellow students of Shankar, V. M. Bhatt (guitar) and Ronu Majumdar (flute), he recorded an album titled The Song of Nature." Bhattacharya recently recorded a duo album, Mental Bliss, with tabla player Bikom Ghosh, based on the theories of higher evolution developed by Sri Aurobindu.

Udit Narayan Jha was born on December 1, 1960 at Saptari, Nepal.He is popularly known as Udit Narayan is a playback singer in commercial Hindi-, Tamil-, Telugu-, Malayalam-, Kannada-, and Nepali-language cinema. He was born in a village called Bharadah in Saptari, Nepal. Udit Narayan has sung more than 15,000 songs in more than 30 different languages.

Udit Narayan began his career by singing Nepali, Maithili,Bhojpuri,Nepal Bhasa at first when he was in his native country, Nepal. After his arrival to India he began singing Hindi songs; a contribution for Bollywood. Then simultaneously he started Bengali, English. He has sung folk songs for Radio Nepal in the early 1970s. In 1978, he moved to Mumbai on a music scholarship. In Bombay, he got trained in Indian classical music for six years at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He currently lives in Bombay.

He got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to do a song for the Hindi movie "Unees Bees", in which he got opportunity to sing with his inspiration, Mohammed Rafi. However the actual success story of his career began in 1988 with the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, fetching him a Filmfare Award[citation needed]. The film also happened to bring actor Aamir Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and playback singer Alka Yagnik to stardom. After the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he became one of the leading playback singers in the Indian film industry, lending his voice mostly in Aamir Khan movies like Dil, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, etc. At the same time, he became a well-known celebrity in Nepal and sang in most popular Nepalese movies. He even acted in some Nepalese movies like "Kusume Rumal" and "Pirati" but did not achieve that much success.

Throughout the 1990s, he was one of the most successful singers in India. In 1995, his song "Mehndi Lagake Rakhna" from the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge won him his second Filmfare Award after 7 years. The following year 1996, he got nominated for three songs out of five and won his third award for the song "Pardesi Pardesi" from Raja Hindustani.

He has worked with musicians like Rahul Dev Burman, Jagjit Singh, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Bhardwaj, A. R. Rahman, Nadeem-Shravan, Rajesh Roshan, Shankar Mahadevan, Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam Chakraborty, Vishal-Shekhar etc., and leading directors like Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar, etc. These include Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades, Veer Zaara, etc.

Udit Narayan is considered as one of the greatest singers of his generation along with Kumar Sanu and Sonu Nigam, whose singing abilities are often compared with legendary singers like Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. Renowned singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas etc., have all collaborated with him.

His repertoire includes songs in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, English and Malayalam. At the same time, his discernible Nepalese accent and distinct pronunciation has many critics who find it difficult to decipher words in his songs.

He has worked in Nepalese films as well, in particular for composer Shambhujeet Baskota. During early singing career, he sang songs composed by Shiva Shankar, Natikaji and Gopal Yonzan. In 2004, he released his first private Nepalese album "Upahaar", in which he also sang duet songs with his wife Deepa Jha. It did well and one of the best selling albums of all time. He even ended up winning awards in two major categories - Record of the year and Album of the year during Hits FM Awards 2004, the most popular music awards in Nepal for the same album Upahaar.

Currently, he is in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Pariwaar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana, (family of singers) he shares judging duties with fellow playback singerKumar Sanu and Jatin Pandit of the famous music duo Jatin-Lalit. At the same time, he is one of the judges

He has most frequently sung for actors like Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan etc,. Throughout the years he has sung numerous hit songs for these actors.

Udit Narayan is married and has one son. His wife Deepa Narayan, whom he married in 1985, is an accomplished Nepalese singer, and the two have recorded an album together titled Dil Deewana.

His son Aditya Narayan has also established himself as the voice of child artists in Hindi movies and acted as child artist in hit movies like Pardes, Rangeela, and Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai. His role as a son of actor Salman Khan in the movie Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai was widely acclaimed. However, Aditya Narayan has grown up and had taken a break from Bollywood since 2001, on account of his changing voice. He's now back on the scene and was hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 then Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs and is now back with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

On April 21,2006 - Ranjana Jha, a resident of Supual district in Nepal created a controversy by claiming to be Udit Narayan's first wife. While Udit initially rejected her claims, probably to avoid negative publicity, to avoid himself from anti-polygamy laws and possibly to protect existing family and his wealth, he finally agreed and reached a settlement with her.

Alka Yagnik is one of the most talented singers of Bollywood. She was born to a Gujarati family on the 20th of March in Calcutta (now Kolkata). She comes from a music background. Both her parents were actively involved in classical music. Since the late 1980s, she has been one of the most leading playback singers of the Indian music industry. Well, in this article, we will present you with the biography of Alka Yagnik, so read on.

Life History
Alka has always been fond of singing. Since young age, music has been her first love. Initially, she thought it to be nothing more than a hobby, but later she realized that if pursued seriously, it can be taken as a profession. When she was six years old, she began singing Bhajans for the Calcutta Radio. From then onwards, she started singing at a professional level.

For establishing her foothold in the field of music, she went to Mumbai. She got her first break, when she was given the assignment for singing a song for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar in 1979. Then, she sang the song "Mere Angene Mein" for the film Laawaris (1981). Her biggest hit was the song Ek Do Teen from the film Tezaab that was released in 1988. The song broke all the records and made her star overnight.

Her voice has been mainly used for the young generation stars. She has done playback singing for many famous actresses like Rakhee, Hema Malini, Farida Jalal, Rekha, Kajol and Preity Zinta. Besides Hindi songs, she has also sung in other languages such as Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Punjabi.

Ustad Zakir Hussain was born on March 9, 1951.He is a famous Indian tabla player. He is widely considered as the world's best tabla player. He has also won awards and recognitions for his contribution to the world of music.He was born in Bombay to the well known tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha in India. He attended St. Michael's High School in Mahim, and graduated from St Xaviers, Mumbai.

A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. Zakir went to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year.

He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. He has composed soundtracks for the films In Custody and The Mystic Masseur directed by Ismail Merchant, Bernardo Bertoluccis Little Buddha (for which Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor), Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), chosen to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 1999, Saaz, and Everybody Says I'm Fine.

Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. He was commissioned to compose music for Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, and to compose an original work for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, both in 1998. He has received numerous grants and awards, including participation in the Meet the Composer programs funded by the Pew Memorial Trust and an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Award) for his composition for Lines Ballet. In 2000, Zakir worked again with choreographer Alonzo King, this time composing music for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2002, his commissioned work for choreographer Mark Morris Kolam premiered as part of Yo Yo Mas Silk Road Project with Yo Yo and Zakir performing together live for the performance. In September, 2006, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed by Zakir, Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by the trio with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. Zakir reunited with choreographer Alonzo King in 2007 for Lines Ballets 25th anniversary celebration, creating acclaimed music for Kings new work, Rasa. Also in 2007, the government of India chose Zakir to compose an anthem to celebrate Indias 60th year of independence. The song, Jai Hind, has been recorded by an array of Indias finest classical vocalists and pop singers.

Zakir is the recipient of the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' highest honor for a master of traditional arts. He has been a professor at Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Washington, and at UC Berkeley in the prestigious post of Regents Lecturer. Zakirs yearly tabla workshop in Marin County, California, draws hundreds of serious students and performers. In 2019, he was selected as a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and from Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh. Zakir is the founder and president of Moment! Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music.

Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and music composer. An accomplished musician in Tamil cinema, he is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood films. Early life Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chennai, India to a Tamil family, and grew up in Mumbai. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He played Veena in the first song of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar togeather composed by Shrinivas Khale]. He went to OLPS High School in Chembur.He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Electronics Engineering from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil,Navi Mumbai), under the auspices of Mumbai University . As of now he sings songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada,Telugu, Marathi, and Carnatic. Career Though a software engineer by profession and having worked with Oracle Corporation, Shankar's Interest in music made him venture into the field of music. He got his first award as a playback singer in Chennai film music, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain. A prominent star in the Kodambakkam film industry, he later gained more recognition by releasing his first music album called Breathless. He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio, composing music for Bollywood films. He enjoys a successful run with Fusion-Jazz band SILK with Louis Banks on Keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on Mridangam and Karl Peters on Bass Guitar. Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several compositions of Remember Shakti which features maestros like [[Zakir Hussain (musician)|John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and Selvaganesh Vinayakram. He is also a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. He was music director for the famous School chale hum song that used to come on Doordarshan (DD). He was singer as well for that song.

Writer Javed Akhtar's and Honey Irani's son 'Farhan Akhtar' is an extremely talented and creative and young director and has made a place for himself in very little time.

He entered Bollywood at the age of 17, assisting directors and cinematographers. He dropped out of college and did various jobs like working for a TV production house and setting up his own production house, Excel Entertainment with childhood friend Ritesh Sidhwani.

Farhan made his directorial debut in Hindi cinema with the 2001 hit, Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which starred Aamir Khan. It was a big success, especially popular among the younger generation. Many rate it as one of the greatest movies ever made in Bollywood. The movie earned quite a few nominations for different awards, and won the Filmfare best screenplay award. His next project was Lakshya (2004) with Hrithik Roshan, which was released in 2004. Though the movie did not do as well at the box office, it won him much critical acclaim. The script of the movie was written by his father Javed Akhtar.

He then directed a remake of the 1978 cult classic Amitabh Bachchan film, Don (1978) called Don (2006) which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the title role. The film released on 20 October 2006 and was a huge success at the box office. He produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) which also did well at the box office.

Then came Rock On!! (2008), in which he starred and produced. The film was a phenomenon and became an instant cult film just like Dil Chahta Hai (2001). And Farhan has a lot to do with its success. He produced it, wrote the dialogues for it, acted in it and learnt how to sing the super hit songs. His husky voice seems perfect for Indian rock music. The performance of Farhan in the movie was a revelation. And a method actor of his own unique style was born. Farhan has won applauds from his viewers for his acting debut and all loved the sound of his voice on songs like 'Rock On' and 'Tum Ho Toh'. As part of promotions for _Rock On_, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny and Purab Kohli (the members of the Rock On!! (2008) cast and the fictitious band 'Magik' depicted in the movie) has toured the country making crowds groove to their rocking and magical music.

He is currently (2008-'09) hosting _Oye! It's Friday! (2008)_ which is a celeb talk show with a tinge of comedy.

On the personal front, Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar and they have two daughters: Shakya and Akira. They live in Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai. He is good friends with the Rock On!! (2008) cast and Shah Rukh Khan.

Recently another film got released featuring Farhan as an actor. It is his sister Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck by Chance (2009) in which he plays a struggling actor. The film did fairly good at the box office, but did not turn out to be a superhit, although it received some great remarks in its various reviews.

He will soon be seen as an actor once again in Vijay Lalwani's thriller Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) co-starring with the actress Deepika Padukone. After that he will be returning to direction with Don 2 (2011) which he is aiming to be a far more bigger and better actioner with a huge budget than its predecessor Don (2006) and is set to release in the later half of the year 2010.

If there is anybody in Bollywood who is truly versatile, it is Farhan Akhtar! He is not only an ace director, a writer and a producer, but also a dynamic actor. And if that wasn't enough, he is also a singer and lyricist.

Farhan Akhtar has Bollywood running in his veins. He is the son of the famous poet, lyricist, & script writer Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. His twin sister, Zoya Akhtar, recently made her directorial debut with "Luck By Chance" in 2009, in which Farhan played the main lead.

Farhan Akhtar started his career at an early age by working on films like "Lamhe" and "Himalayaputra" as an assistant director.

He made his writing and directorial debut with "Dil Chahta Hai" in 2001, which went on to become a cult classic. The movie announced Farhan's arrival in B-Town in style and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed Lakshya in 2004 and the box office hit "Don" in 2006. He has also directed a short film on HIV AIDS - "Positive" in 2007.

Farhan then shifted his focus on the then unconquered avenues. He made his acting and singing debut in the National Award winning movie "Rock On!!" in 2008.

He hosted "Oye! It's Friday!" on NDTV Imagine, and appeared as a judge on "Nach Baliye" Season 1.

He truly is Bollywood's multi-dimensional personality. This master of all trades promises to deliver much, much more.

Honey Singh also known as Yo! Yo! Honey Singh is today's youth icon. His new flavors of music carve him as the remarkable individual he is. He may appear as the new kid on the block conversely he has set the bar so high that within just a few years, he has become the highest paid musician in Bollywood, raking in 70 lakh (127,400 USD). Honey Singh is a Punjabi rapper, music producer, and actor. He was born on 15th march 1983 and began his career in the music industry in 2006. At the same point in time, he studied music at the prestigious School of Trinity (London). In 2006, Honey Singh, dropped his first single called "Glassy". The song was so explosive that it went massive on airwaves; consequently, Honey won the highly prestigious ETC Punjabi award for 'Best Sound Design' that year.

"Angreji Beat" by Gippi Grewal and Yo! Yo! Honey Singh, which was released in 2011 in his International Villager album, was later used in Bollywood film, Cocktail in 2012. Being multi-talented and multi-tasking simultaneously, Honey Singh has stepped into acting, his first films being, Mirza - The Untold Story and Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22. That is not all, there's more than meets the eye with Honey Singh. The hype of "High Heels" featuring Jaz Dhami still hasn't simmered and he's on to the next big song! Honey Singh, Akshay Kumar, and Himesh Reshammiya joined forces together for "Lonely, Lonely", a hot new song for Akshay Kumar's new film, Khiladi 786.

Majority of Honey's raps are stories taken from the lives of the ordinary man. He writes what common men would typically go through and relates those situations through his lyrics.

Honey Singh has become fashionably popular throughout the South Asian film industry, Bollywood. He was first noticed after his debut song in a Bollywood film featuring Gagan Sidhu for the film Shakal Pe Mat Ja.He is also producing music for Bollywood films. His invincible music has given him a strong platform in Bollywood.

Honey Singh released his first solo single "Satan" and it premiered on MTV India and due to huge popularity of this song MTV has decided to release Honey Singh's second solo single "Bring Me Back".

Welcome to Asavari, a school of Indian Vocal (Classical, Bhajan, Ghazal, Bollywood), Keyboard, Harmonium and Dance (Kathak, Ethnic, Bollywood) located in Westchester, New York.

Hema was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her dad's name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha.

After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director, C.V.Sridhar, during 1964 when she first attempted to act, on the grounds that she was too thin to be heroine in Venniradai and the role went to Venniradai Nirmala. Later Hema performed in the song Singara Therukku Selai sung by Seergazhi Govindrajan and L.R.Eshwari as a supporting actor from the 1963 Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam starring S.A.Asokan as the hero. But Hema persisted, debuted opposite Raj Kapoor in 'Sapnon Ka Saudagar' just 4 years after her rejection but the movie was a flop.

Thereafter there has no been looking back for this attractive Libran, who went to star in close to 155 movies; who also produced and directed two movies, and also directed a TV serial 'Noopur'.

After turning down marriage proposals from Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra, she met with hot fellow actor, Dharmendra, both were attracted to each other and wanted to get married. Dharmendra, who was already married to Prakash Kaur, and had two sons, Sunny and Bobby, could not marry Hema as Prakash refused to divorce him. According to the Hindu Marriage Act, a Hindu cannot marry a second time while the first wife is still alive. Dharmendra belongs to a Arya Samaj Hindu Punjabi Jatt family.

She had a hit on-screen pairing with Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor and Dev Anand in the 70's and, post-marriage, she had 8 hits opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1980-87. Dharmendra Hema Malini were paired in lead roles romantically in 31 films but have worked in 35 films. Of them 20 were hits and 15 were flops. Interestingly Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini pair had 2 hits in early 70's and then 3 unfortunate flops in late 70's after which pair was written off but in eighties they gave 8 blockbusters as a pair. In all Hema has 10 hits with Rajesh Khanna.

On August 21, 1979, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam, changed their names to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty and Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn respectively, and got married in accordance with Islamic rites. Three years after their marriage, Hema subsequently gave birth to Esha and then later to Ahana. Esha is an actress in her own rights. The trio, well proficient in the arts of Bharatnatyam dance form, have performed together at a number of dance events and concerts.

Hema is a member of the right-winged Bharatiya Janata Party, and became a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

She was amongst the first actresses to wear bell-bottom and shirts in Hindi movies, and is also amongst the few who have kept their word of not wearing any revealing outfits in public. Hema, who is also called 'Dream Girl' continues to act in movies as of 2013.

Shalmali Kholgade started training in music from the age of 8 years under her mother, Uma Kholgade - an Indian classical singer and theatre personality. She later continued her music education under Shubhada Paradkar. She began performing at the age of 16 and has recently been accepted by the L.A. Music Academy but decided not to attend, due to her recording commitments in India.

A versatile singer who sings both in English and Hindi, Shalmali Kholgade sings at Mumbai's famous pub Blue Frog. She is also a vocalist with Mikey Mcleary's popular act 'The Bar tender' where she has performed beautiful renditions of vintage Bollywood songs revamping it with a flavour of sensuous, old school jazz and will soon be featured in their upcoming album.

Shalmali Kholgade has performed as a soloist with a Latvian troupe in a Cabaret named "Bombaloo" which toured Moscow, Russia and Yerevan, Armenia. Shalmali is also associated with director, Vasan Bala's 'Halahal' ( Peddlers) - a film which has been selected to represent India at the 51st edition of Cannes Critics' Week, a parallel section of the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, and for which she has sung a number of songs, composed by music composer/director - 'Karan Kulkarni'.
Marathi girl Shalmali Kholgade has recently made her entry in Bollywood with her sensuous voice. She's delivering hit numbers like Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade) and now Daaru Desi (Cocktail). Shalmali Kholgade is also singing for Rani Mukherji in Anurag Kashyap's upcoming film 'Aiyya'.

Awarded “The Cultural Ambassador of India” ” by Senator John G Pappageorge, USA , and acclaimed for her cultural sharing by Senator Wayne Allard (USA), Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya has been and continues to take Odissi Dance to stratospheric heights, on a global scale. Aptly has the Edmonton Journal 4th June 2004 (Canada) endorsed‘----she has become an ambassador of Odissi dance around the world.”
The essence of Odissi dancing lies not only in the sculptured postures, the intricacies of body movement and foot work and lyrical grace, but in the depiction of a higher spirituality making it a soul stirring experience. Sanchita Bhattacharya's ability to mesmerize the audience into a higher spiritual trance yet enhancing finesse and subtlety too, makes her repertoire probably one of the most breathtaking and unparalleled, a truly world class experience for the audience. She makes them smile and cry with her. Aptly has the The New York Times remarked “….her dance has been described as perfection”(4th April 02 Woodstock), and The Jagannath Temple Puri( where Odissi originated) awarded her the titled “Shree Kshetra Mahari” (Devadasi) in 2005. Sanchita has wooed the audience from Madison Sq Garden (in NY ,probably the only Indian classical dancer, soloist, to perform at this most prestigious and one of the largest auditoriums in the world),to Arcosanti Arizona, to Esplanade Theater (Singapore), to the World culture concert (at Hull by UK govt ), to Provincial Museum Alberta( Canada), to duet with Tap and Flamingo (Toledo- Spain) to Sankat Mochan Festival (Varanasi India), to Opening Ceremony of ISCKON temple Delhi graced by then PM Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee to the prestigious Dover Lane Festival Kolkata and many many more.
Apart from being an exponent of Odissi par excellence , who has taken this form to the global arena , Sanchita Bhattacharya is also an enthralling Odissi lecturer and orator, a choreographer with creative originality, a researcher and thinker , a social activist and a humanist to the core. Her projects and choreography all speak of social , humanitarian or women oriented issues .
Sanchita is the founder of Sanchita Odissi Dance Foundation in Kolkata (India ) and in USA( Raleigh Durham)where talim (training) is given in Odissi to upcoming danseuses as well as creates a conducive environment to an understanding of India's complex and vast cultural heritage, while simultaneously, pushing those frontiers of understanding to their logical contemporary parameters.

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas or Jesudas, (Malayalam: കാട്ടശ്ശേരി ജോസഫ് യേശുദാസ് ), (born January 10, 1940) is an Indian classical musician and a leading playback singer. His voice lends itself well to both Indian classical, devotional and popular songs. He has recorded more than 40,000 songs in many languages including Tamil,Hindi, Malayalam,Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English through his long career.. He has been singing for most Indian languages except Assamese and Kashmiri. In his heyday, he was known as the Jim Reeves of South India. Fans term his voice as nothing short of "divine". Early life and background K. J. Yesudas was born in Fort Kochi, Kerala, to Augustine Joseph and Elizabeth. His father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor, was his first guru. Later he joined the Music Academy in Thrippunithura and underwent training. For a brief period, he was with Sri Vechur Hari Hara Subramania Iyer after which he took training from Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, a maestro of Classical Music. Although he is a Carnatic Music expert he mastered Hindustani Music. Career Yesudas began his career in playback singing in Kollywood in the early 60's and by mid 70's he entered Bollywood. He has bagged seven National Film Awards for the best singer in the Indian film industry. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at AVM Studio, Chennai. Yesudas has performed in many major cities around the world. In his music concerts in the Middle East he sings Arabic songs in the Carnatic style. He frequently dons the role of a cultural ambassador of India through his numerable performances abroad by promoting Indian Music. He is the only singer who has been accorded the title Asthana Gayakan (Official singer) of Kerala State. He has been awarded the Padma Sri (1973) and Padma Bhushan (2002). In 1965, he was invited by the Soviet Union government to perform at music concerts in various cities in the USSR and also sang a Russian song over Radio Kazakhstan. In 1970, he was nominated to head the Sangeetha Nataka Academy of Kerala and was being the youngest person ever to occupy that post. In 1971, Yesudas with his musical troupe travelled all over Kerala to raise Funds for the Indian Prime Minister's National Defense Fund during the Indo-Pakistani War. He also became Senate member in the International Parliament for Safety and Peace. He has taken the words of Sree Narayana Guru, "One Religion, One Caste for all humans" to heart. On November 14, 1999, Yesudas was presented with an honorary award by UNESCO for "Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace" at the "Music for Peace" event in Paris, a concert held to mark the dawn of the new millennium and whose attendees included artistes such as Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Montserrat Caballé, and Zubin Mehta. His unparalleled record of winning state awards for best singer in five regional languages of India and winning National awards for best singer seven times in three languages places him among the most versatile singers India has ever seen. Role Models Shree Narayana Guru's great message, "One caste, One religion and One God for all Humans", influenced young Yesudas in his dealings with his fellow men. He had his own heroes among the musicians too. Mohammed Rafi, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Balamurali Krishna are the ones he admired the most. Scholarship Completed the Ganabooshanam course at R.L.V. Music Academy, Thripunithura, Cochin. Graduated from the Sree Swathithirunal Music Academy, Trivandrum. Trained under well-known musicians like K.R. Kumaraswamy (former principal of the Music College, Kochi), Kunjuvelan Aasan (a disciple of Nagaswera Vidwan Rajaratnam Pillai), Augustine Joseph, Ramakutti Bagavathar, Sivaraman Nayar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar. Personal life Yesudas is married to Prabha for more than 30 years. They have three sons, Vinod, Vijay and Vishal. The second son Vijay Yesudas, is a budding musician. The family is currently settled in Chennai and Kerala. He also owns estates in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and Flower Mound, TX, USA for personal and business reasons Music Company In 1980 Yesudas established the Tharangni Studio at Trivandrum. In 1992 the office and studio were moved to Chennai and the company was incorporated in the US in 1998. Tharangni Studio and Tharangni Records became a recording center in Kerala which, for the first time, brought out audio cassettes of Malayalam film songs in stereo. The record company also had a voice mixing studio in Chennai, Studio27. The studio continues to produce and present events of Yesudas both for film and Indian classical music concerts throughout the world.

Hridaynath Mangeshkar is a composer and singer hailing from Maharashtra. Born on October 26, 1937, he is better known as Balasaheb in the industry and is the younger brother of two music icons of India: Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. He has been honoured with the National award for Best Direction and also seven Maharashtra State Awards.


As the only son of Deenanath Mangeshkar, he has two more sisters, namely, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar. His wife Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar is the daughter of a famous Marathi comedian Damuanna Malvankar. They have three children, Aadinath and Vaijnath, and a daughter called Radha.

As a newbie in the industry, he began his music career with the Marathi film Akash Ganga in 1955. Since then he has composed songs for many Marathi films including “Sansar” (1980), “Jait Re Jait” (1977), “Umbartha” (1982) and “Nivdung” (1989). He is known for his fondness for setting poems to tune. An example would be Veer Savarkar's poem “Saagara Pran Talamalala”. Similarly, Marathi poet Suresh Bhat's poems gained popularity after they were set to tune by Hridaynath and sung by Lata and Asha. Another one of his fortes has been folk songs. His collection Koli Geets has captured the essence of the lives of Konkan fisher folk. He is most renowned for his compositions in the Marathi movie, “Nivdung”. A few of his contributions to the Hindi film industry include “Lekin” (1991), “Maya Memsaab” (1993) , “Lal Salaam” (2002) , Yash Chopra's “Mashaal” (1984), “Dhanwaan” (1981) and Chaani (1977). Some of his popular Hindi songs include “Kesariya Balma”, “Ja Ja Re” (“Lekin”), “Mitwa” (“Lal Saalam”), “Mujhe Tum Yaad Rakhna” and “Om Namah Shivaye” (“Mashaal”).

He has composed two albums of poet-saint Meerabai's poems and songs called “Chala Vahi Des” and Meera Bhajans. His body of work also includes Meera Soor Kabeera, a collection of works by Meerabai, Kabir and Surdas. He has also produced an album of Mirza Ghalib's ghazals titled Ghalib, sung by his sister Lata Mangeshkar. He places his sister Lata even above his guru Ustad Amir Khan.

He won the National award for Best Music in the year 1991 for the film “Lekin” featuring songs by Gulzar. He has also received the Lata Mangeshkar Award instituted by the State of Madhya Pradesh in the year 2006-07. Also in his kitty are seven Maharashtra State Awards for Best Vocalist and Music Director/Composer. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj have awarded him the title of ‘Pandit' on behalf of the people of Maharashtra. The Shankaracharya has awarded him the title Bhaav Gandharva. In the year 2009 he was honoured by the Government of India with a Padmashri.

Hemachandra Vedala (Devanāgarī: ःएमाचन्द्रा वेद्दल्ल Telugu: హేమచంద్ర)(born 1988) is an Indian playback singer for Tollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood films. Biography Hemachandra was born on 2 June, 1988 and brought up in Hyderabad. He has been learning Carnatic music since the age of 13 under supervision of his mother V. Sasikala Swamy who is a singer by profession. Later in the age of 18 he started learning music in Hindustani Style under Sri. Jangaiah, retired Hindustani Lecturer in Government Music College. He competed in Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, where he was complimented for having such a unique, strong voice. He is the First ever South Indian to become the finalist of a national-level realty show. From the time he was young, Hemachandra has performed many stage performances in the presence of eminent singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, and A.R. Rehman. In the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, Hemachandra was a member of Aadesh Shrivastav's "JAI HO" Gharana (House), and was a favorite of not only Aadesh himself but also the other judges. Though he was not declared the winner of the due to lack of votes, he was considered the winner by the judges, critics, blogs etc. Since finshing third place in the competition, Hemachandra has recorded a few playback songs in Hindi, such as "Sabse Alag" from the Bollywood film Alag along with SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestant Nihira Joshi, and Chalo Dil Daar Chalo from Himesh Reshamiya's Dil Diya Hai along with fellow SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestants, Vinit Singh and Himani Kapoor. He has also been offered a singing job from famous director Subhash Ghai to sing for his banner, Mukta Arts. Hemachandra, being from a telugu background, has also performed several telugu songs, including two songs from the movie Vamsham before SRGMP 2005. He is also the first cousin of N.C Karunya, who was the runner up for Indian Idol 2. His sister Himabindu is a singer too. She also participated in SRGMP 2005. Background * Full Name: Hemachandra Vedala * Age : 21 Location : Hyderabad * Religion : Hindu * Spoken Lanuguages : Telugu, Hindi, English * Occupation : Completed B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia * Hobbies : Loves Chatting, Music and hanging out with friends * Achievements: Was a state skating and a swimming champion * School: All Saints' High School, Hyderabad Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 Right form the start of the competition, Hemachandra proved he had the right qualities to become a successful playback singer. For his audition into the show, he sang "Albela Sajan Aaye Re" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He was selected without any hesitations from the judges. Throughout the first rounds of the show he received green cards, the highest card available which allows the singer to move on to the next round, and was repeatedly given positive feedback for his strong vocal quality. Hemachandra easily made it into the final 12. From this point on in the competition the singers were eliminated by popular public vote, not by the scores of the judges. Although Hema gave mind blowing performances and got amazing marks from the mentors, he was never voted by the audience. After a fantastic performance of Woh Lamhein, he was given the highest number of votes by the viewers and from then he never looked back until top 3. Hemachandra gave several excellent performances and eventually made it into the top 3. After giving a beautiful performance of the song "Nahin Samne" from Taal, a performance which the judges said was the best yet on the show, Hemachandra was eliminated from the show due to an overwhelming number of votes for the other two contestants, Vinit Singh and Debojit Saha, from their respective hometowns. However it was sure that Hema lost not because of the lack of talent but because of the lack of votes, at least from his hometown for sure. Albums Handsome Hyderabadi playback singer Hemachandra's debut Hindi album "HEMACHANDRA, The Debut Album" was launched in Mumbai on 1 November in a glittering function at Planet M attended by several bollywood celebrities including noted music director Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava and the beautiful actress Dia Mirza. The album was produced by Frankfinn Entertainment and the music composed by Mr. Harry Anand. Speaking at the function Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava, who was Hemachandra's mentor on Zee TV's Saregamapa show, said that Hemachandra has the most original voice and that all the songs in the album especially the video song 'Tumse Judaa Hokar' have been composed and sung from the heart and will surely be a hit. Dia Mirza echoed the same sentiment and further added that Hemachandra has the ideal voice for playback singing and will suit any hero. She wished Hemachandra all the success for his debut album. Harry Anand, known earlier for his superhit remix albums, said that with this album he has started his second innings with original compositions and was very happy to have a fantastic singer like Hemachandra launch them. Speaking at the function, Hemachandra said that they have been working very hard on the album for almost a year to make sure that the songs are very good and have his own distinctive style, and be different from other albums that are coming into the market. He also requested all his fans and well wishers to support this album wholeheartedly. After the launch of the album by Ms. Dia Mirza and Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava, Hemachandra performed the video song amid loud cheers from the press and the audience. Hema also sang in the superhit telugu album called Swasa which was directed by Nihal. He also sang in Assamese albums. The closest Hemachandra has come to "Assam" a year ago was through his Assamese co-contestant Debojit Saha in the musical reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. "Apart from my own mother tongue, Telugu, this is the first time that I am singing in any other Indian regional language. Assamese is a sweet language and I had a great time singing the numbers. Although I found it difficult to pick up the language initially, now I can relate with the language," said Hemachandra. Hosting Not only an amaizing singer, Hemachandra also proves himself to be a wonderful host. He has been anchorig the show Sa ri ga ma pa Lil Champs hired on Zee Telugu since 2007. He hosted it in 2008 and is expected to host the next season too. He rocks and shakes the audience with his energetic hosting. This show has the highest TRP Rate upto now. Being a product of Sa re ga ma pa, he is showing his gratitude towards the channel by doing a perfect job as a host. He has been appreciated by many celebrities for his awesome anchoring. Dubbing Hema also proved himself to be a good dubbing artist. He did dubbing in the movie Rainbow for the main lead actor Rahul. Hemachandra -The Music Director After winning accolades for lending voice to soulful numbers, Hemachandra is now all set for a change in role. The 20-year-old Hyderabadi playback singer is turning a music director with Ride. talking about his musical journey into the league of his idols - A.R. Rahman, Mani Sharma and Koti - Hemachandra says he couldn't be happier. The singer who is working with Bellamkonda Suresh in Ride, “never thought of debuting as a composer alongside such a big name”. “The feeling's yet to sink in and I can't believe I actually bagged this project. Nallamalappu Bujji heard a few songs of mine and recommended my name to Suresh. He asked me to meet him. When Suresh and producer Ramesh Varma heard the music I composed for my album, they liked it and I was handed the offer,” says Hemachandra. Ride, which is based on bikes and bikers, needed racy, hip hop and catchy music and Hemachandra who is the youngest composer in T'wood catered to this requirement. “I'm not scared to experiment and plan to introduce hip hop tracks with a desi touch. That apart, there will be a pure commercial number. I have also tried to include rock and melody into my music, so there's something in it for everyone,” he quips. The director and producer of the film seem to be very happy with the music given the youngster. Hema chandra is now scoring background music for the film "maa naanna chiranjeevi" starring jagapathi babu, after Ride movie. Hemachandra's half-century Very recently, Hema had a stepping stone in his life. He completed singing 50 songs in the Telugu film industry. Like very few people, he achieved this success in a very short time. We wish him all the best to complete his century very soon.

Sravana Bhargavi (Born on August 16, 1989 in Andhra Pradesh, India) is a South Indian playback singer, who has recorded several songs in Telugu movies. she has a younger brother and her father is a Sub-Inspector in Hyderabad Police department. She did her schooling at NASR school located in Hyderabad. She has completed her Bachelors of Technology degree in EIE from Vignan Institute of Technology and Science. She initially trained light music under Lalitha and Haripriya. She practiced carnatic music for more than 6 years and took up light music later to improve her singing. She is a multi-talented personality. She is a dubbing artist, radio jockey, lyricist and a playback singer. 'Joramochindi' (Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu), 'Panchcha' (Dhinekaina Ready), 'Areyrey Pasi' (Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum) are her recent popular songs. Sravana Bhargavi was the runner up on a TV reality singing competition called Sapta Swaralu. Her first recording was for the movie Boni. She got a big break with song "Simhamanti Chinnode" in Balakrishna's Simha. Later, she has crooned several songs for Ride, Tejam, Simha, Khaleja, Theenmaar, Badrinath, Solo and Rajanna. She has also penned the lyrics of the song "In the night" in Badrinath. Recently, Sravana Bhargavi has been hosting a Show in 92.7 Big FM in Hyderabad. She has given voice for hero's best friend role in the Telugu movie Love Failure starring actor Siddharth. She has also dubbed for Shruti Haasan in the movie Gabbar Singh. Sravana Bhargavi has got engaged to his co-singer Hemachandra. According reports, their engagement took place in Hyderabad on Sunday, December 9. The singers, who have been seeing each other for the past few years, have reportedly planned to enter the wedlock on the Valentine's Day on February 14th, 2013.

If the aim of musical partnership, better known as Jugalbandi, is to bring home subtleties and refinements of music as naturally and spontaneously as in solo, then Pandit Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra must be acclaimed as the best Indian Classical vocal music has to offer today. With their immense skill, imagination, energy and effortless elegance they have raised the status of Jugalbandi music to new heights.

Representing the Varanasi or Banaras tradition of Khayal singing, these two brothers had their training under the guidance of their father, a well-known vocalist, Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra, and their uncle, Pandit Gopal Prasad Mishra, one of the most celebrated sarangi players of India. Today they are considered the foremost exponents of the Banaras style of singing.

It is a measure of their popularity that Rajan-Sajan Mishra, as these brothers are popularly known, always command huge audiences wherever they perform - be it in India or abroad. In addition to Khayal, Mishra brothers also excel in rendering the light classical forms such as Tappa, Tarana, and Bhajan.

Anup Jalota (Hindi: ...नुप जलोटा}{Urdu: انوپ جلوٹا) (born 29 July 1953) is an Indian singer/musician, best known for his performances in the Indian musical form, the bhajan and the Urdu form of poetry: ghazal. He is popularly known as the Bhajan Samraat (Emperor of Bhajans). Early life Anup Jalota was born in Nainital, Uttarakhand to Purushottam Das Jalota, a renowned exponent of bhajan and hails from the Sham Chowrasi Gharana of Punjab. He was educated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He was married to singer Sonali Jalota until their divorce and Sonali's second marriage with Roop Kumar Rathod, Anup Jalota's closest tabla player and friend. Anup's brother, Ajay Jalota, currently lives in California. He has one older brother Anil Jalota and two sisters Anjali Dhir and Anita Mehra. Career Jalota started his musical career as a chorus singer in All India Radio. He is usually backed by a santoor player, a dholak player, a sarod player, a sarangi player, a violinist, a sitar player, a tabla player and a guitarist. Some of his popular bhajans include: Aisi Lagi Lagan, Main Nahi Makhan Khayo, Rang De Chunariya, Jag Me Sundar Hai Do Naam, and Chadariya Jhini Re Jhini. He can sing in 8 different languages. He has recorded over 1,500 bhajans, ghazals and songs. He has performed over 5,000 live concerts spread over 400 cities on five continents. In over 30 years, he has released more than 200 albums of bhajans and ghazals. Personal life Anup Jalota is married to Medha, niece of former Indian Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. They have an 11 year old son, Aryaman,studying in Mumbai.

Hindustani Light Classical singer Rekha Surya trained under Begum Akhtar and Girija Devi. She is from Lucknow and now lives in New Delhi.

She recorded for the Archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1994. She is a recipient of Karamvir Puraskar 2012 for singing Sufi poetry in Thumri-Dadra style and keeping alive traditional Ghazal-Gayaki. Her booklet “Sung In A Certain Style” is published by both Sangeet Research Academy for their in-house use and commercially by Niyogi Books. In the Established Artist empanelment-category with ICCR, she is an A Grade Artist from All India Radio.

She has been invited to sing by the Smithsonian Institution Washington DC, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cornell University, MIT with International Hindi Association Boston, Columbia University, Yale University, World Music Institute, Harvard University, University of Toronto, Nehru Centre London, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai, Ram Vilas Palace Baroda, Roosevelt House New Delhi, French Ambassador's residence New Delhi, Canadian High Commissioner's residence New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, Jammu University, University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and fund-raising concerts. She represented India at the Asian Music Festival Sri Lanka in 1999 and at the International Falak Festival Tajikistan in 2006. She has been featured twice by BBC London. She also performs in Pakistan.

In India, she has performed in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Ratlam, Vadodara, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nagpur, Srinagar, Chandigargh, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Burhanpur, Ludhiana, Faizabad, Ambala, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi, Agra, Cochin, Trivandrum & Calicut.

Outside India, she has performed in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Madison, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New Foundland, Oslo, U.K., Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Singapore.

Altaf Raja is an Indian Qawwali singer. After his voice training, he began winning awards at various competitions. In 1993 Altaf gained recognition with his debut album Tum To Thehre Pardesi. Since then, he has released at least seven albums. Early life: Altaf Raja was born in Nagpur in 1960 and began musical training at the age of 18. After his voice training, he began winning awards at various competitions. Career: He got the major break through in 1996 through his hit song tum to thehre pardesi. He is known for his excessively nasal style of singing. He has also been linked with the Asian Academy of Film & Television. His songs are popular for both their lyrics and for his unique voice. Apart from his music career he acted in few bollywood movies such as Shapath (1997),Yamraaj (1998), Mother (1999), Ghanchakkar (2013).

Chirag Katti of the 'Imdadkhani Gharana' is one of the most exceptional and brilliant musicians whose young spirit and personality is skilfully articulated through his music and is recognised for playing the sitar with the Gayaki Ang. Hailing from a family of musicians, he has been tutored in sitar by his father Pt. Shashank Katti for over 15 years.
At 22, Chirag has not only won numerous prizes but has also presented on several television channels, radio and concerts in India and abroad. His hand speed (tayari) and sense of taal (rhythm) is breathtaking whereas his alaaps are absolutely magnificent.
Chirag is one of the youngest musicians recorded by Saregama H.M.V and has been recognised as the youngest sitar maestro of India. Chirag is a consistent champion at Mumbai inter-collegiate festivals like 'Mood-Indigo' at I.I.T. Powai, 'Malhar' at St.Xaviers College, 'Umang' at Narsee Monjee College and 'Brouhaha' at Sydenham College.

In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the tender age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist.

The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammer, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other.
His debut in 1973 marked the entry of a radiant, brilliant, incandescent star in the constellation of South Indian Music. He soon won widespread acclaim, and a truly appreciative fan following has increased by leaps and bounds throughout the years. Krishnan has performed many duets and trio concerts along with Sri Lalgudi Jayaramam and his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, solos and has also been featured in several Jugalbandhi's. He has widely travelled to countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and USA rendering many performances and enthralling audiences around the world.

Krishnan's music represents the quintessence of the Lalgudi Style and is a delight to the finer senses. His music is underlined by pristine purity, lucidity, innovation, immaculate laya, superb clarity, melody, perfect rhythm and a deep sense of passion and involvement in his chosen vocation.

In his academic pursuits, Krishnan has been more than exemplary. He is a Post Graduate in Commerce(M.Com), a Cost and Works Accountant (I.C.W.A) and a Company Secretary (ACS). Krishnan's passion and love for Carnatic Music, made him choose music as a profession

Amritha Murali is a disciple of Sri K.R. Kedaranathan, Smt. Meera Kedaranathan and Smt. Rama Ravi. She is currently under the tutelage of Sri P.S. Narayanaswamy. She also trains under Smt. T. Rukmini for violin playing. Amritha has performed for major organizations all over the country and abroad. A recipient of many prizes and awards, Amritha has to her credit 'Isai Chudar' from Kartik Fine Arts, 'Yuva Kala Bharathi' from Bharat Kalachar, 'Naada Oli' from Naada Inbam, Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award, Smt. M.L. Vasantakumari Award from Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 'M.S. Subbulakshmi Award' from Narada Gana Sabha, Yuva Kalakaar Puraskar from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai, All India Radio National Competition Prize, Outstanding sub senior vocalist award from the Music Academy, to name a few. Amritha is an A grade artist of the AIR. Equally adept at playing the violin, she has won numerous awards and prizes for the same and has accompanied on the violin many senior artistes all over the country and abroad. She has been an active member and a past Vice- president of the Youth Association for Classical music (YACM) . Musicians, rasikas and critics have been highly appreciative of her adherence to classical values and the aesthetic appeal of her concerts. A bright student in academics, Amritha is an alumnus of P.S. Senior Secondary School and Ethiraj College, Chennai. She holds a Masters degree in Finance Management.

His clear, sonorous voice belies his age. At 29, S Saketharaman has already impressed leaders in the Carnatic music fraternity with his renditions of compositions. This fortnight, the vocalist will perform after the Sri Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award ceremony. In its thirteenth year, the awards will honour leading Carnatic vocalist M Balamuralikrishna who will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Carnatic Music. Three other musicians, Saketharaman for Carnatic vocal, Varadarajan for Carnatic violin and Aditya Mohan Khandwe for Hindustani vocal, will be conferred with Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani Awards.
When Saketharaman was just a six-year-old, his parents introduced him to the world of music through his first guru Srirangam Krishnamurthy Rao. At the same time, inspiration to pursue music came from his older sister Vishaka Hari, a well-known exponent of Harikatha (religious discourse) who was learning music under Carnatic violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman at the time. “I was fascinated with Carnatic vocals. I used to listen to vocalists GN Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer,” he said. To understand rhythm and perform better, Saketharaman went a step further and learned the Carnatic mridangam, a percussion instrument.
For several years, even during his school and college, Saketharaman followed a rigorous daily schedule of four hours of training. “After a four-hour session my mind was so sharp that I could finish my studies in a very short time,” said Saketharaman. Despite his dedication to music, the vocalist has managed to obtain a master's degree in software engineering and has taken up a full-time position at an investment bank.
According to Saketharaman, a journey into the world of classical music goes through many phases. During the formative years, one follows the guru completely. Then exposure to other musicians follows. “I am currently in the third phase where I am creating my individual style,” said Saketharaman, adding that his guru's training is the main reference point. He has recently been working on composing bhajans and developing the Ragam Tanam Pallavi in several ragas.
A resident of Bengaluru, Saketharaman believes in innovation and yet adheres by the grammar of the ragas. Some of his collaborations include mridangam player Umayalpuram Sivaraman and pianist Anil Srinivasan. He has also worked with vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan and flautist Mysore Chandan Kumar. Saketharaman has also recorded albums like Vandhan Raghuraman, Aatma Nivedhanam and Nadha Geetham among others. For his upcoming concert, Saketharaman will perform the multi-raga Pallavi and will be accompanied by S Varadarajan on the violin and S Shankaranarayanan on the mridangam.

Rasika Kumar is the daughter and student of Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company. She began studying at the early age of four and performed her arangetram in 1996. Additionally, Rasika has studied abhinaya with Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan for several years and has trained under Sri C.V Chandrasekar. She has also attended workshops by several acclaimed artists including Smt. Bragha Bessel, Sri Madurai P Muralidharan, and Smt. Rama Vaidhyanathan.
Rasika performs regularly as a soloist and as part of Abhinaya Dance Company's ensemble in the greater Bay Area. She began performing as a company member in 1996, with major roles in several of Abhinaya's productions from 1996 till 2000. In 2000, she moved to Cambridge, MA to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, as a member and later president of Natya, MIT's classical dance club, Rasika organized, choreographed, and performed in various events in the greater Boston area from 2000 until her graduation in 2005. Rasika spent the fall of 2004 living and training in Chennai, India, studying under Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Sri C.V. Chandrasekar, and performed in the annual Chennai music and dance festival to critical acclaim. In 2005, she returned to Bay Area and continued performing with Abhinaya. Rasika has been a featured soloist since 2005 and assistant choreographer since 2006 for many of Abhinaya's productions. While working as a software engineer at Google, Inc, Rasika continues to perform and tour both as a soloist and as part of Abhinaya's ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States.

Born on 29 September 1985 in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, to Mr. Gopala Krishna and Mrs. Vidyala Sumathi. She spent her childhood in Kakinada, and then moved to Hyderabad after her Studies. She has done B.Tech from Kakinada Institute of Technology and Science and MBA from Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management Visakhapatnam, Diploma in Carnatic Music and an All India Radio Gold Medalist. She received training in Classical Music from Sri. Kakaraparti Veerabhadrarao and Smt. Peddada Suryakumari in Kakinada. She also got trained in Light Music from Smt. Uma in Kakinada. After shifting to Hyderabad she continued her training in Light Music with Sri. Vadali Phaninarayana.
Career:
She performed in a classical music concert when she was in her 5th Standard. She entered Music Industry as a Playback singer in 2006 while pursuing B.Tech. She sang “Mounamenduku” song for “Classmates” movie which was composed by the Great composer Sri. Koti. She bagged a lot of accolades for her voice with her first Song. She took a break after to complete her studies. After completion of MBA, she has been continuously working and recording songs with many music directors.
She has recorded film songs not only in Telugu but also in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, etc. She worked with music directors like Koti, Chakri, Anoop Rubens, Mickey j Mayor, Srikanth Deva, Vidyasagar, Thaman S, Raghu Kunche, S A Raj Kumar and many more. She has been performing all over the world and captivating audience with her charming personality, ability to connect to audience instantly and above all her musical ability.
She has won MAATEA Award for “Maa Pasalapudi Kadhalu” a title song of a Tele Serial telecasted in MAA TV. She has won “Aalapana” award as a Best Female Media Singer.
She wishes to take her musical talent much beyond and expand her horizon in other genre of music.

Born into a family deeply involved in classical music, Ranjani and Gayatri's musical talents were discovered at a very early age. The sisters, even as toddlers, showed an uncanny capacity to grasp the subtle nuances of Carnatic music. Gayatri could identify over a hundred ragas when she was barely two and a half and Ranjani could delineate complex Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi-s when she was barely five years old. Their formal vocal training commenced under their mother, Smt.Meenakshi an accomplished Carnatic vocalist. They started their violin training at the age of nine and six respectively from Sangita Bhooshanam Prof. T.S. Krishnaswami at the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Their musical values gained shape and direction under the watchful guidance of their father and mentor Sri.N.Balasubramanian.

Ranjani and Gayatri's musical career was launched as they barely reached their teens. The sisters' first concert was for the prestigious Indian Music Group, Mumbai in 1986, at the age of thirteen and ten respectively. Through their intense training and fine artistry, they quickly established themselves as top-class violinists of international repute. The sisters achieved spectacular success as violin duet performers, and subsequently they also proved successful as most sought after violin accompanists. Both Ranjani and Gayatri have accompanied various artistes on the violin, including the legendary D.K.Pattammal, M.Balamurali Krishna, T.Vishwanathan and other popular, leading musicians of their generation. They are the recipients of the Government of India Talent Search Scholarship from the age of ten and winners of the first prize in the All India Radio National Competition for Violin. They received the title of “Sangeeta Shanmukha Mani” conferred by Shanmukhananada Fine Arts and Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai, and won the Outstanding Violinists Award for four consecutive years from the Music Academy, Chennai from 1994 to 1998.

Ranjani and Gayatri shifted from Mumbai to Chennai, the Mecca of Carnatic music in the year 1993. Subsequently, they started learning from Padma Bhushan Sri.P.S.Narayanaswamy. They started giving vocal concerts since 1997 and soon won high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Their music, imbued with a deep and abiding classicism, has been described as an exhilarating blend of vitality, melody and emotion. Their concerts have been featured in all prominent sabhas in the December Music Festival in Chennai, and at premier institutions and prestigious festivals all over India. Ranjani and Gayatri are one of the most sought after vocalists today and their concerts are instant sell-outs. They have performed abroad widely in countries including the United States of America, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East

Gurukiran or Gurukiran Shetty is a noted music director of the Kannada film industry in India. He started his career as a music director of the Kannada movie "A", directed and acted by Upendra. The music won hearts of Kannadigas all over the world. His music for the movie Upendra further consolidated his position in Kannada movie industry. He is a native of Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu. He has also acted in several movies in side (character) roles and also sung several songs. He is popular in Kannada cinema for his foot tapping musical scores. After completion of graduation in commerce from Mangalore University, Guru Kiran started performing in orchestras in and around Mangalore as a singer and a keyboard performer. He started off his musical career in 1994 as an assistant to the well known music director Sri V. Manohar well known music director and lyricist. He entered the film industry to be known as a famous actor and had even tried his luck acting in films. He did get a noticeable role in Nishkarsha directed by Sunil Kumar Desai, but luck was not with him as an actor. He had a chance to be a music director in "A' directed by Upendra. Guru Kiran did his best, worked hard spent some sleepless nights to compose some fantastic songs for "A". The rest is history. His recent hit P. Vasu's directed Apthamitra which again reinforced the power of Guru Kiran in the music composition. Jogi released in the year 2005 was a mile stone in the career of Guru Kiran. The film's album audio sales before the release of the film is an all time record in the Kannada film industry. This hit took him to Telugu Film Industry as music director for remake of same movie.

Early Life & Family :

Shamitha was born on 9 June in Thirthahalli, Shimoga to Prof. U.V. Ramachandra & H.G. Sunanda. She is married to Arun Kumar. D.K from Sringeri and has two children. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (B.D.S) from Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College, KIMS, Bangalore. She is a disciple of Hindustani music maestro Late Pandit Sheshadri Gawai. Started her career as a playback singer in the year 1996 by singing for the devotional album "Kanive Kabbali".

Career :

Malnad was first introduced to the film music by the music director Gurukiran in the film Ninagaagi in 2002. She performed for a hit song named "Shukriya Shukriya" for the film. Following this, she sang for more than 500 feature films for almost all music directors such as Hamsalekha, Gurukiran, V. Harikrishna, Mano Murthy, Rajesh Krishnan, Sagar S, Sadhu Kokila, K. Kalyan, V. Manohar, R. P. Patnaik, Arjun Janya, Sandeep Chowta, Yuvan Shankar Raja, L.N.Shasthri among others.
She recorded for Telugu film Nagavalli (Telugu remake version of Aptharakshaka) under the music direction of Gurukiran and has released seven solo albums in Kannada and Telugu which includes few remixed versions of L. R. Eswari's songs.
She also made several appearances on Television as an anchor and guest singer in Singing Reality shows.
Dada J.P Vaswani Pilgrim Of Love
Shubha Mudgal & Bombay Jayashri (Hindustani & Carnatic Jugalbandi)
Babbu Maan Live In New York


P. Unnikrishnan is a Carnatic vocalist and a national award winning playback singer. Early life Unnikrishnan was born to K.Radhakrishnan and Dr.Harini Radhakrishnan, in Kerala. He went to Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai, in 1983. He graduated from Vivekananda College, Chennai, and received his B.Com degree from the Madras University. He earned a General Law and Post Graduate diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. He worked as an executive in Parrys Confectionery Ltd. from 1991-94 and left to become a professional singer. Career Unnikrishnan was initiated into Carnatic Music at age of 12 by Seshadri, Unnikrishnan. He was inspired by Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan. He attended a special workshop for six months on "Veena Dhanammal Bhani" under Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.T.Vishwanathan. He is a national award winning playback singer. He is one of the permanent judges in the reality television show Airtel Super Singer on Vijay TV in both the seasons(2006 & 2008) and 2008 Idea Star Singer on Asianet. Unnikrishnan is also becoming known for his experimental work. In 2008, he presented a novel jazz concert in Trivandrum with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet and pianist Anil Srinivasan. Personal life He is married to Priya, a Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer. He has a son named Vasudev Krishna and a daughter named Uthra. He is a member of the Madras Cricket Club and Life Member of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

Methil Devika has become the talk of the town after her marriage with actor Mukesh. She is an artistic director who hails from Palakkad and is very much into her dancing profession. Mukesh and Methil Devika got married last Friday, at a register Office at Tripunithara. The actor, who earlier married actress Saritha, is said to have received his divorce officially in 2009. But, now Saritha has come forward claiming that the marriage is illegal and so, the second marriage stands illegal. Let's know more about the Methil Devika. Methil Devika is a passionate dancer. She has submitted PhD thesis to Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, 2013. She worked as lecturer in the Department of Post-graduate Studies (Mohiniyattam/Kathakali/Koodiyattam) and at the Research Department, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, Kerala. Methil Devika also worked as Course Counsellor at the Department of International Students, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University. She is active in Arts-in-Education and Arts-for-Specific Groups programs providing therapy through Arts for people with mental illnesses. Methil Devika considers actress Shobana's comment on her in an interview as the biggest compliment she has ever received. In an interview Shobana said, "Methil Devika is a brilliant performer. She excels in Mohiniattam and has a solid background in Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. She is known in artistic circles, but I would really like to see her get more popular with the art-loving masses.

Munni Begum (Devanagari:) Munni Begum is a Famous Ghazal Singer from Pakistan and now based in Chicago, IL, USA. Her real name is Nadira (Devanagari:) but she prefers to go by 'Munni Begum.

Early life

Though she is a renowned and world famous performer, Munni Begum has a uniquely unassuming and understated manner. She was Born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. The youngest child of seven children, she first started taking music lessons from the famous singer Ustad Khwaja Ghulam Mustafa Warsi. Subsequently, she studied in the school of music for three years and thereafter she launched her career.

Personal Life

Little is known about her personal life except that she was born in Lucknow and educated at La Martiniere Girls School she left for Dhaka, Bangladesh after the partition of India and Later on moved to Karachi, Pakistan in 1971 after Bangladesh Liberation war and in 1999 she moved to Chicago USA where she is staying lately.

Career

She began career as a singer in Karachi in 1970s. Begum released her first album of ghazals in 1976. It became a smashing hit and broke all previous records

Vishaka Hari is a prominent Carnatic music vocalist and established exponent of Harikatha, otherwise known as a story teller of Kathakalakshepam.

Vishaka Hari learnt Carnatic music under the legendary Carnatic violinist, Padma Vibhushan Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, while her spiritual guru and father-in-law is Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal(Sri Sri Anna).[1][2] She learnt the art of Harikatha by her husband, Sri Hariji, himself an experienced Harikatha exponent who delivers discourses in Tamil, English and Hindi. Vishaka Hari has performed in several sabhas during the Chennai Music Season since 2006.

On occasions, Vishaka Hari also performs with her husband, Sri Hari (Krishna Premi's son), who uses his English literary background to supplement her kathakalakshepam performances.[3] An "A" Grade artist of All India Radio, she has also given discourses and concerts abroad. She has also received many prizes and awards for her contributions to the Harikatha and Carnatic music field.

Vishaka Hari learnt Bharatha Natyam from prominent dancer, Professor Sudharani Raghupati

Pandit Habib Khan has emerged among his peers as one of the most influential musicians and an ambassador of Indian classical music in this century. Pandit Habib Khan is well-known amongst musicians of his generation as one who constantly strives to expand the boundaries of music.
An all India Radio performer since the age of seven, Pandit Habib Khan was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India. He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffer Khan. Hailing from Indore, the Jaffer Khan family is well known for their unique style of playing the sitar, melding the effect of the human voice and the instrumental tone into a harmonious whole.
Pandit Habib Khan creates music which spans many genres. He has become an important contributor to the Indo American Classical music world as well as to the Jazz scene and the fusion movement in the United States. As an accomplished composer and vocalist, he is as much at ease with light classical and devotional music as he is with pure classical renderings of Ragas. His talent further extends beyond the traditional genres of India to embrace a highly creative exploration of eastern/western modes of music.
Pandit Habib Khan frequently uses Western guitar, drums, violin & Japanese Taiko drums in his orchestral compositions. He has personally taught many Western musicians how to play ragas on these instruments.
Pandit Habib Khan lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founder and artistic director of the Habib Khan Saraswati Temple and Gurukul, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the classical music of North India. The Habib Khan Saraswati Temple and Gurukul is committed to providing a conservatory in which the classical music traditions of India can continue to flourish in a modern cross cultural context. Indian Classical music has no written form and hence is taught in a traditional "Gurukul" setting. The "Gurukul Way" involves a high degree of commitment, and dedication between the guru and the shishya (teacher and student).
Opportunities are offered for the students to learn Indian Classical music as well as orchestral compositions where Indian Classical music is blended with instruments and voices from around the world. They are given an opportunity to perform on stage with musicians hailing from different parts of the world. The exposure of students to this form of music allows them to gain an appreciation of not only the classical music of India but to music of different generations and genres.
The teaching methodology in the Gurukul is traditional. Students are given an opportunity to explore Ragas, Thumris, Ghalzals and Bhajans. Music is taught to children and adults.
We assure in every way possible the survival of this timeless method of propagation of musical knowledge and the unique enrichment it provides for generations to come.

Foremost exponent of Mewati gharana; Recipient of Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru , Sangeet Martand , Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar , and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.

Pandit Jasraj is one of India's premier classical vocalists and the foremost exponent of Mewati Gharana.

Pandit Jasraj was born in 1930 to a musical family. At the age of six Pandit Jasraj was mesmerized by the soulful voice of the famous ghazal singer Begum Akhtar. He was initiated into vocal music by his father Pandit Motiramji. However, after the sudden demise of his father, Pandit Jasraj opted for the tabla under the training of Pandit Pratapnarayan, as an additional means of livelihood in order to lighten the burden of family responsibilities.

But, at the age of fourteen as a rebellion against the humiliating treatment given to accompanying artists, young Jasraj vowed never to be an accompanist, and decided to sing. He took his vocal training under the guidance of his elder brother Pandit Muniram and Maharaja Jaywant Singhji Waghela.

Pandit Jasraj is blessed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. The highlight of Pandit Jasraj's vocalizing is his perfect diction, clarity in sur and extreme tunefulness. Pandit Jasraj's greatest contribution to Indian music is his conception of an unique and novel jugalbandhi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time.

Pandit Jasraj is the recipient of several honors and awards. These include Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru , Sangeet Martand , Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar , and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award

Sudha's voice of gold enthralls her listeners from all over the globe. There is tantalizing mystery behind that cherubic smile. Her deep relish for tradition and mystical old-world charm is supremely addictive. Her foundation in the world of music was laid at a very young age and it was her mother Smt. Choodamani who groomed her, after which she came under the tutelage of Vidwan Sri. B.V. Lakshman.

In 1977, Sudha won a Central Government scholarship that gave her the opportunity to come under the wings of Padmavibushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari, hailed by many as a musical genius, a doyen of Carnatic music. From this point on; there was no turning back. Sudha had the golden opportunity to provide vocal support to MLV for about a decade.

Of MLV, (as she was affectionately called by all) Sudha often said “Music was only one of the few things she taught me. She taught me how to live life to its fullest.” Sudha, with a touch of nostalgia, vividly recalls how while singing an Ashtapathi in ragamalika, there would come a sangathi in Yaman Kalyani at a higher octave.
Spontaneously, MLV would stop and allow Sudha to take over. “She was such a generous person on stage in some sense it also reflected how she was in life as well.” From 1990, Sudha's rise was phenomenal, and following her Guru's demise, she has been considered as MLV's vaarisu.

Her authentic renditions of 'krithis' and refined elaborations of 'ragas', the élan with which she breezes through the 'kalpana swaras', her command over the octaves and her supremely confident stage presence combined with unstated humility has given her an enviable pre-eminence in the world of Carnatic music. Call it her 'Guru Dakshina' to her mentor, Dr.M.L.Vasantha Kumari.

In the world of voices, can you hear my song? “The enthralling, enchanting voice of Sudha and her entrancing harmonies have graced several 'kutcheries' and celebrations. She was the auspicious voice at the first live broadcast of the National Program Series of concerts hosted at Chennai.

Sudha also has the unique honor of rendering 'Vande Mataram' at the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi on 27th January 2000 to mark the completion of 50 years of the free Indian Republic.

T. V. Sankaranarayanan (Tiruvalangadu Vembu Iyer Sankaranarayanan), was born on March 7 1945 in Mayiladuturai of Thanjavur district in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. At the age of nine, he started learning music from his uncle, Madurai Mani Iyer is an eminent and popular Carnatic vocalist (South Indian classical singer), known for his vibrant music that essentially stems from the style of his late uncle-guru, Madurai Mani Iyer.

He made his debut on the concert platform in 1968 and then gradually established himself as a Carnatic vocalist. His emotion-laden style of singing has won him a large following among music lovers. He has performed widely at home and abroad and has several albums to his credit. In a profile published in the Financial Express, Subbudu, a music critic, once wrote: "Sankaranarayanan is indeed an asset to the Carnatic music world, where the tribe of good vocalists is dwindling."

In his music, life or physical appearance, T. V. Sankaranarayanan or TVS (as he is popularly known), strongly resembles his uncle - the legendary Madurai Mani Iyer who is his guru, mentor and for all practical purposes his God in human form. A biography of TVS cannot be sketched without touching upon the life of Madurai Mani Iyer, for the lives of both were inextricably linked right from the birth of Sankaranarayanan or Raman as he is known among close circles.

One day, Madurai Mani Iyer started the lessons for his young nephew with "Giriraja Suta ... Tanaya ... ". By the time he was ten, Sankaranarayanan had learnt 50 kritis from his uncle, some of them melody mammoths like "O Jagadamba" (Ananda Bhairavi), "Kamalambam Bhajare" (Kalyani) and so on. By 1955-56, the family shifted back to Madras. This period also saw a perceptible shift in young Sankaranarayanan's attitude towards music. Cricket had become an obsession with young Sankaranarayanan to the extent that one day his uncle Madurai Mani Iyer beckoned him and said, "Rama, make your choice. If you want to sing, give up cricket. But if you want to play cricket, give up music." Sankaranarayanan took a decision to opt for music and the third generation of musicians in the family, commencing from Madurai Pushpavanam Iyer, had now begun. From 1961, Sankaranarayanan put his heart and soul into music and by his 16th year even started providing vocal support for his uncle. In 1959, Sankaranarayanan, on behalf of Madurai Mani Iyer, whose eyesight was dimming by this time, also read out the Sangita Kalanidhi address on the stage; the memory of which, he cherishes to this day.

The decision again went in favour of music. Mani Iyer also suggested that his nephew regularly listen to concerts of other musicians. In fact, recalls Sankaranarayanan, "Even after his own concert, Mani Iyer would ask, `Rama what did you like in my concert today?' Such was his greatness."

One day, senior violinist T. N. Krishnan, also a regular visitor to Mani Iyer's house, remarked, "Iyerval, Raman is singing so well. Why can't he sing solo?" Mani Iyer thought for a while and on February 1, 1968, asked his nephew to sing at home to the accompaniment of T. N. Krishnan and mridangist Vellore Ramabhadran. Sankaranarayanan had passed the acid test. On the very day, his arangetram took place with the above mentioned stalwarts and also Alangudi Ramachandran readily accompanying him in this young artiste's maiden concert.

In fact, even in the successive years and, in the initial stages of his career, Sankaranarayanan has had the rare privilege of stalwarts like Lalgudi Jayaraman, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, T. K. Murthy, Murugabhoopathy, Palghat Raghu, Umayalapuram Sivaraman and a host of other seniors willingly providing him accompaniment. At this juncture, Mani Iyer offered him a few pearls of advice. He said, "Raman, take to music; sing well; if you sing well concerts will come in search of you instead of vice-versa. Don't worry if other people have more concerts than you. You concentrate on your work. The rest will automatically follow. Again, do not worry if only ten people attend your concerts. If you sing well these ten in course of time will increase to hundred and will proceed to grow. Never cause inconvenience to the organisers." To Sankaranarayanan, to this day, these words are gospel not to be violated at any cost.

On June 8, 1968, Madurai Mani Iyer died. Vembu Iyer decided to give up his own career and focus all his energy and talent in grooming his son. Sankaranarayanan remembers with gratitude the long practice sessions he had at home with his father strumming the tambura. It was his father who taught him the nuances of music and also groomed him as a concert artiste. His career graph gradually started registering an upward curve. It was a jam-packed hall. "Oru Kal Urai... " _ the sruti and bhava music of Sankaranarayanan touched the heart and soul of the audience. The time was 10 p.m. But the audience was thirsting for more music. "Eppo Varuvaro," shouted a voice, "notes, notes", another voice was heard. Sankaranarayanan, unmindful of the time, happily obliged his fans. A thundering ovation followed.

Audience appreciation apart, several honours, awards and titles have also sought him in abundant measure. In 1975, he was the first male vocalist to be invited to the United States on a full-fledged concert tour. Till date, the demand for his concerts abroad continues unabated and he has visited several countries like Canada, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. In September 1999, he was chosen to perform at the `Millennium 2000' concert at the Lincoln Centre, New York.

Nithyasree was born to Lalitha Sivakumar and I. Sivakumar. Her paternal grandmother, D K Pattammal and her granduncle, D K Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists. Her maternal grandfather was Palaghat Mani Iyer, the Mridangam maestro.

Her mother, Lalitha Sivakumar, was her first Guru. Like her mother, Nithyashree came under the tutelage of D K Pattammal, and would accompany her in concerts. Nithyashree's father, an accomplished Mridangist and disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, would constantly show his support and accompany Nithyashree when she performed.
Nithyashree and her husband, Mahadevan, have two daughters, Tanujasree and Tejasree

Ustad Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini Qawwal is a Pakistani Qawwal.[1] He belongs to Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi. They are the flag-bearers of a school of music ( gharana ) which also derives its name from the city â€" Dilli Gharana. He performs various genres of classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumri and dadra.

Early life
Fareed Ayaz started his training in classical music his father, Ustad Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan. Their roots can be traced to the family tree of one of the earliest disciples of Amir Khusro.

Career
Fareed Ayaz Qawwal & Brothers are popular for their Sufi performances.[3] They have performed in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Austria, India, Kenya, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Belgium, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Romania.

They also performed at the Aman ki Aasha organised by Times of India and Pakistan's Jang group.

Sunitha Upadrashta is a renowned Playback Singer, Anchor and Dubbing Artist in Tollywood. Singer Smt. Sunitha has traveled abroad extensively as a Singer and claimed International recognition. She was invited to Telugu Association of North America -TANA in 1999, 2001. For TANA 1999 she was a part of the troop with Nagarjuna, RamyaKrishna and Tabu. Smt. Sunitha is a renowed Singer, Anchor and Dubbing Artist. She has started her Cultural pursuit at a very early age of 3 years and got training in Music from Pemaraju Surya Rao in Karnatic Vocal and Light music from Kalaga Krishna Mohan for 8 years. Having thus trained, she gave her first programme in Karnatic Classical Music in AIR in the year 1995 at the age of 16. She has given about 500 programmes so far in AIR, Dooradarshan, ETV, Gemini TV, and MAA TV. With the advent of TV and films, her latent talents in the music blossomed into perfection with fragrance. Apart from giving about 500 programmes both in classical and light Music, Smt. Sunitha got National Award in the year 1994 at the age of 15 years from AIR. Smt. Sunitha became popular with her very first song "Ee Velalo Neevu" (a romantic song from Gulabi). Some of her most famous hits include, "Naa Paata Theta Telugu Paata" from Athade Oka Sainyam, "Maaghamasam" from Egire Pavurama, "Naa Peru Cheppukondi" from Pallakilo Pellikuthuru, etc.

Akkarai S Subhalakshmi, one of the young stars of India, is a Carnatic (South Indian classical) violinist and vocalist par excellence whose soulful music has touched the hearts of listeners around the world.
A child prodigy, Subhalakshmi hails from a musical family; her grandfather Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramaniam was a prolific musician and composer, and her grandmother Smt R Sornambal a harikatha exponent and music teacher. Subhalakshmi is the disciple of her father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha school of music, and his intensive training enabled her to debut as a performing vocalist and violinist at the tender age of eight. She also trained under Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramanian and his daughter Smt Padma Natesan in New Delhi, and, later on, Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran, who in particular featured her as an accompanist in many of his concerts and provided her with invaluable musical guidance.
One of the leading Carnatic violinists today, Subhalakshmi's playing is characterized by a rich tone from precise bowing, as well as sensitive fingering, giving it a near-vocal quality. She has played alongside many legendary artistes, such as Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Chitravina N Ravikiran, T V Gopalakrishnan, Dr N Ramani, and R K Srikanthan, and is known for her unique acumen in blending seamlessly with the music, while enlivening and enhancing it skillfully. Her perfectionism and deep understanding of the nuances of music has enabled her to become a much sought-after vocalist as well.
Subhalakshmi's concerts have taken her all over the world, including Japan, Singapore, U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Italy, U.K., South Korea, the Middle East, Australia, Sri Lanka, and many more. She had played in the Indo-Russian cultural exchange programme at the age of thirteen, and has been featured in events like the Théâtre de la Ville Festival (Paris), the farewell concert for Zubin Mehta (Munich), the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Sangeet Utsav (Mauritius), and the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (U.S.A.). Subhalakshmi has also played in jugalbandi and fusion concerts with Chitravina Ravikiran alongside artistes like Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pt Ronu Majumdar. Subhalakshmi has also given many vocal and violin duet concerts alongside her younger sister Akkarai S Sornalatha, a prodigious artiste herself, and they are well-known as ‘Akkarai Sisters'.
Numerous accolades have come her way; she received the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar award from the President of India at the age of thirteen, and has since earned a host of awards, including Yuva Kala Bharathi (2002), the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award (2007), the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Sangeet Natak Akademy (2007), Vani Kala Nipuna (2012), the Shanmukha Shiromani (awarded to the sisters together in 2009), Kala Rathna from the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (2013). She was identified as one of India's 50 emerging stars by The Week magazine's issue commemorating the Indian nation's 50th anniversary. She is an A-Grade artiste for All India Radio.
Subhalakshmi has released many albums, both violin and vocal, such as ‘Keeravani' and ‘Varali', and duet albums with her sister, such as ‘Inta Saukhyam' and Charsur's ‘December Season 2012'. She is also much sought-after as a teacher for both vocal and violin.
She attributes all her success to her gurus, especially her father Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, who established her as a musician and continues to guide her.

Sonal Chauhan is a well-known Indian actress as well as a fashion model. She was born on the 16th of May, 1987 at Muzaffar Nagar. His family originates from the ancient royal Chauhan Rajput family of Manipuri. Her father works in the police department and she has 3 siblings: 2 sisters and one elder brother. She did her schooling from DPS (Delhi Public School) in Noida. Later on she pursued her graduation in Philosophy honours from Gargi College situated in the capital city, New Delhi.

She was the first Indian to have received the prestigious title of Miss World Tourism. She was given this honour in 2005 at Miri, Malaysia. In Delhi, Sonal Chauhan is a well-known face in the domain of modelling and she has made her appearance in numerous advertisements both in electronic media as well as in print. Ponds and Nokia are two such brands where Sonal appeared on-screen. She has also made her appearance on the cover pages of both ‘The Man' magazine as well as of ‘For Him Magazine' (popularly known as FHM). She had even walked the ramp for YS18, the jewellery brand, at the India International Jewellery week 2011. Apart from this, she had also walked the ramp for several other fashion shows and has modelled in various print campaigns for well-known brands such as ‘Reliance CDMA', ‘LG', ‘Nokia', ‘Delhi Times', ‘Hindustan Times', ‘Hero Honda Passion and several others.

Her first on-screen appearance was in Himesh Reshammiya's ‘Aap Kaa Surroor'. She was noticed by Kunal Deshmukh, the director of the film ‘Jannat' and soon after she was offered the lead role opposite Emraan Hashmi in the film. Soon after Jannat's release, she was given a role in the Telegu film ‘Rainbow' by V. N. Aditya. She is also playing a role in ‘Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu' which is a Kannada film starring Shivraj kumar. In the year 2012, during the time between May-June, she along with Neil Nitin Mukesh were shooting at Fiji, in the sets of the upcoming horror film titled ‘3G'.

Her filmography includes ‘Jannat' (2008), ‘Rainbow'(2008), ‘Cheluveye Ninne Nodala'(2010), ‘Pehla Sitara' (2011), ‘Bbuddah…Hoga Terra Baap' (2011) and ‘3G' (2013).

Born in a Tamil speaking Iyer family, Vidya Balan finished her schooling and college at St. Anthony's Girls School and St. Xavier's College respectively and thereafter went on to do her Masters.

Although, she got her first offer to act in a Malayalam movie, Chakram, Vidya Balan's career could not take off and hence she turned her attention to television. She appeared in a number of advertisements, also acted in a television serial, Hum Paanch and appeared in music videos.

Vidya Balan made her debut in the Bengali film, Bhalo Theko (2003). Her role was much appreciated. She then made her debut in Bollywood in Parineeta (2006) and excelled in her role, winning the Award for Best Female Debutant. She appeared in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). In 2007, she acted in Mani Ratnam's Guru as a girl suffering from multiple sclerosis, Salaam-e-Ishq, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. All these films proved her versatility and her defiance to not fit into the glam doll mould of Bollywood actresses.

Vidya then played the role of a young independent single mother struggling with her son's progeria syndrome in Paa (2009). Her portrayal of the role stood apart from the usual Bollywood maa roles and got her rave reviews from critics as well as the audience. True to her spirit of doing something different, Vidya then acted in Ishqiya (2010) and won accolades for the portrayal of the seductive widow.

Her movie, No One Killed Jessica (2011), did well at the box-office and her role in the movie was appreciated too. In 2011 her last release was super-hit film The Dirty Picture.Vidya was widely appreciated for her role and won almost all major awards in best actress category for her role in this film. She will be next seen in Kahaani and Ferrari Ki Sawaari.

Falguni Pathak album was released in 1998,and she has also recorded numerous songs for Bollywood movies. The theme of most of her songs is love. She has performed in many shows in India and other countries, backed by a band called Tha Thaiyaa. She has made her appearance in television shows like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Kaun Banega Crorepati & Star Dandiya Dhoom.
She has some very popular singles to her credit, still heard and appreciated all over India. Her albums are not only famous for the melodious songs but also for the cute love stories depicted with them. She is very popular with the Gujarati community where she is called to perform for popular festivals like Navratri
Some of her popular songs include "Chudi jo khanki haath ma", "Maine payal hai chhankai", "Meri chunar udd udd jaye","Ayi pardesh se pariyon ki rani", etc.
In August 2013, it was reported that she would allegedly make Rs 2 crore during the year's Navratri festivities. The singer was reportedly offered Rs 22 lakh for each day she sings and performs for an event management company. The organisers were planning to utilize her popularity by wooing sponsors.

Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanadesikan) is an Indian film composer who works predominantly in the South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and a songwriter. He has composed more than 4500 songs and is the only composer in the history of cinema to provide film scores for over 1000 films, particularly being acclaimed for his background scoring. His songs and background score played a very crucial role in the success of many films.

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, television personality, singer and philanthropist. Salman Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak. His paternal ancestors were Pathan who had immigrated to India and settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Khan's mother is a Maharashtrian Hindu. His stepmother is Helen, a former actress, who co-starred with him in a few films. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan who is married to Malaika Arora Khan who is an actress, VJ and host, and Sohail Khan who is married to Seema Sachdev and they have two sons: Nirvaan and Yohan, two sisters, Alvira and Arpita.

Salman finished his schooling at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai, as did his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail. Earlier, he studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior for a few years along with younger brother Arbaaz.
Salman Khan made his debut in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) in which he played a supporting role. He made his debut in lead role in Sooraj Barjatva's romantic family drama movie Maine Pyar Kiya for which he won Filmare Best Male Debut Award & was also nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990), in which he starred opposite southern actress, Nagma, was a major box-office success.

In 1991, Salman gave a hat trick with Patthar Ke Phool, Sanam Bewafa & Saajan. The next couple of years were quiet unsuccessful for Salman. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) directed by Sooraj Barjatya and co-starring Madhuri Dixit was the most successful film of the year. Salman's role in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) was well received and praised. Rakesh Roshan's blockbuster Karan Arjun (1995) cemented his success.Salman then went on to act in a number of films including Bhansali's directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Judwaa (1997), Auzaar (1997), Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).

All the films did pretty well at the box-office. His cameo in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai won him the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.1999 was a fruitful year for Salman as it churned out three major successful films - Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Biwi No. 1 and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the latter getting him a Filmfare Best Actor's nomination.In 2000, he starred in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. The movies were moderately successful at the box-office. Salman's role in Tere Naam (2003) got him critical acclamation and the movie was a box-office success.

This successful run continued with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2007) & No Entry (2005). Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) failed at the box office. However, Partner (2008) was a hit.Wanted (2009) remains one of Salman's blockbuster hits. But Main Aur Mrs. Khanna & London Dreams released in the same year did not do so well. And then Dabangg (2010) happened! The movie broke all box-office records, thus becoming the second highest grossing Indian movie of all time. Salman received the Star Screen Best Actor Award for the movie and was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award as well.He has had relationships with a number of females in the past, which include Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali, Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif.

Katrina Kaif is a British-Indian actress who has appeared as a leading lady in a number of Bollywood films. A foreigner, she had to suffer a lot of hardships to achieve fame. While she could hardly speak Hindi when she debuted, she dedicated herself to the task of refining her accent and now she not only memorizes her own lines, but also of her co-actors. No one who has ever worked with her can deny that she is one of the few hard-working people in the industry. Debuting with the multi-starrer crime thriller 'Boom', she went on to create successful on-screen pairs with co-actors Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor, with whom she has worked on multiple films over the years. She has also worked with many of the other Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan. While she still does not own a house in India and works on a visa, she has earned a permanent place in the hearts of Indian movie fans for her charming appearance as well as strong performances.

Daisy Shah Age 33 Years Old, Her Height 5 ft 7 in approx. 170 cm and Weight 60 Kg approx. 132 Pounds. Her Body Measurements 36-25-36 Inches. Daisy Shah Bra Size 36B, Waist 25 Inches and Hip 36 Inches. Her Shoe Size 8 (US) and Dress Size 4 (US). Daisy Shah hair Color Black and Eye Color Dark Brown. Her Star Sign Virgo and Religion is Hinduism.

Daisy Shah Father works as Manager and her mother is housewife. She has an elder sister Deepali. Daisy Shah completed Bachelor of Arts from Guru nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai. She is currently Unmarried.

Jacqueline Fernandez is an Indian ,actress, model ,and the winner of Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant. One of the most popular actresses in India, she is the recipient of the several awards. Alongside her screen acting career, Fernandez has worked as a judge in the ninth season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016-2017), is a popular celebrity endorser for various brands and products, has participated in stage shows, and is active in humanitarian work.

Prabhu Deva Sundaram was born in Mysore, India on April 3, 1973, and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was inspired by his father, Sundaram who was a dance master for popular south-indian movies. He took dancing as his career and passion, by learning Bharatanatyam and Western dance styles.

His brothers Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are also South-Indian choreographers. From choreography he went on to establish himself as an actor. His dance steps helped him become a star in Kollywood (the Tamil film industry). His first movie as a dance director was Vetri Vizha. He has since choreographed over 100 movies.

Before starting as a full time actor, he did song sequences in films. His first movie as a hero was in Kadhalan with actress Nagma. Sundaram's success resulted largely from his dancing. He has a significant fan following in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industry. He acted alongside his brothers in the movie 123.

Sonakshi Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna, Bihar, India. Sonakshi Sinha works in Bollywood Film Industry. She is daughter of Actor Shatrughan and actress Poonam. Sonakshi Sinha is very popular & commercial successful highest-paid Celebrities in Bollywood. She was made her screen debut with Hindi Action-drama film Dabangg (2010), alongside with Salman Khan. Sonakshi Sinha appeared many commercial successful movies such as Rowdy Rathore (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), Lootera (2013).

Sonakshi Sinha Father Shatrughan Sinha, an actor & Politician and her mother Poonam Sinha. She has two elder brothers named Luv Sinha and Kush Sina. Sonakshi Sinha completed Graduation in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT), Mumbai. She is unmarried.. She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and 2009. She was the cover girl of Indian Edition of Maxim Magazine for month December, 2010. She commenced her career in Bollywood by debuting in the mega blockbuster, Dabangg (2010). She is a great animal lover and she posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats.
The stunning beauty Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian bollywood actress. She has marked her debut in Hindi film industry with 2010's Blockbuster hit "Dabangg" opposite Salman Khan, which was the biggest hit of the year. She has won the Filmfare Award for "Best Female Debut". Later, she went on to star in some of the Bollywood's biggest hits including Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar, Dabangg 2 and many more. She was last seen in R Rajkumar movie alongwith shahid kapoor and now she is currently shooting for her new movie 'Tevar' opposite Arjun Kapoor.
The Dabangg girl of bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is the daughter of the popular bollywood actor and a politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. She has two brothers Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. Luv Sinha is a Bollywood actor, who has appeared in the Hindi movie Sadiyaan (2010) for the first time. She is very close to her mother and always seeks her opinion regarding her career. She said that, "I consult my whole family before signing a film because they have been in the industry for long, so it's the logical thing to do".
The glamorous girl Sonakshi Sinha, has begun her career as a costume designer, designed the costumes for the film Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion week in 2008 and 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, which was a blockbuster of that year. She has reduced 30 kgs for weight in preparation for the role as a village girl for this movie . Sinha won quite a few awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others. She was also part of movies like Lootera, Boss.

Manish Paul is well known Indian TV actor and anchor. he was born in Delhi on 3 august 1981. He started his career through radio, after that he moved to acting on TV. After this he took step into anchoring and become a successful anchor. He worked in many TV serials as well as in movies but he is famous for his anchoring skills. He has hosted Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and many other comedy reality shows. Manish had to skip the hosting of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa due to conflict with Shahid Kapoor. He won the best anchor award in 2011 for Dance India Dance Li'l Masters on Zee TV.

Guru Randhawa was born on 30 August 1991 at Noorpur in District Gurdaspur, Punjab, to a Sikh family. Guru had always aspired to become a singer and used to participate in school singing competitions. He started learning the basics of music by watching TV and listening to famous singers. He kept on practising music, but his first preference was to complete his education. Randhawa has given many stage performances in India and abroad. He became famous for his single track Patola (2015) with Bohemia.

Vijay Prakash is an Indian playback singer and film composer from Mysore who moved to Mumbai in 1996. He has sung in Hindi films such as Blue, Yuvvraaj, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, Cheeni Kum, Raavan and Force. He has also performed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. He has also hosted the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada and has also performed shows with Zakir Hussain.

Prakash was born in Mysore, India to Carnatic singers L. Ramasesha and Lopa Mudra Prakash, and is himself trained in Carnatic music. He attended Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) in Mysore.

After moving to Mumbai in 1996, he became a student of Suresh Wadkar.Prakash was a participant in the program Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV, hosted by Sonu Nigam. He made it to the mega-finals in 1999. Later he compered Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada. He got his first break in Hindi cinema with Karisma Kapoor starrer Baaz in 2002, and his first song for A. R. Rahman was in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades followed by the same composer's Tamil title track for the movie New.His song "Kavite" in Kannada movie Gaalipata too became famous.

Neha Kakkar is an Indian Playback Singer. She was born on 6th June 1988 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Neha Kakkar made her singing debut with Film Isi Life Mein (2010) and Her Television Debut Indian Idol 2 (2005-06). She is highest-paid and commercial successful Singer. Her Father Rishikesh Kakkar and Her Mother is Niti Kakkar. She has one brother Tony Kakkar and one sister Sonu Kakkar. Neha Kakkar did her schooling at New Holy Public. Neha Kakkar is Hindu by Religion, Sun Sign Gemini and Nationality Indian.

Neha Kakkar has featured for Songs Sunny Sunny, Monali Trance, Dhating Naach, London Thumakda, Hanju etc. Neha Kakkar is currently appearing as Judge of the Reality Singing Show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was born on December 3, 1973, in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, Nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and grandson of singer Fateh Ali Khan. Fateh Ali was born in a traditional music loving family most of the male members are associated with music. Being inspired by the musician family member, he came to the music industry and leads the industry by his mind blowing voice. Rahat took a lesson on music from his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan used to perform in a different program with his uncle and was associated with the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Qawwali group. In 1985, Rahat toured in the United Kingdom with his uncle and performed well in the solo song.

The singer made his playback debut with the Bollywood movie Paap' for the song Mann Ki Lagan' in 2003. With his uncle, Rahat worked for the American rock band, Pearl Jam. He was the judge for the music show Chhote Ustaad 2' alongside Sonu Nigam. The singer was invited as a first Pakistani singer to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform its concert.Rahat showed off magnificent singing performance in the song Zaroori Tha' that is a heart touching song. The song is so hit on Youtube and it conveys positive acclamation for the singer. Naina Re' is his another popular song which sang with Himesh and Shreya Ghoshal. Already the singer presented lots of popular single track including Noor e Khuda' and Dillagi'.

In the month of April in 2012, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan went on a tour in UK and he performed at the Manchester Arena as well as the Wembley Area, in front of a huge audience.He along with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vector (belonging to the American rock band called Pearl Jam') contributed to the soundtrack of Dead Man Walking' a 1995 Hollywood flick directed by Tim Robbins. In the year 2002, he along with James Horner (an American composer) joined hands and worked together on the soundtrack of Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers'.

Later on he had also given his bit of contribution to various songs in various albums and movies such as: for "Maki Madni" for the album called Joyful Noise', and for the Mel Gibson directed Aplocalypto'.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had also appeared on television as a judge along with Sonu Nigam, for the reality show Chhote Ustad 2'. In the year 2008 he had also judged the singing reality television show called Junoon- Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka', aired on NDTV Imagine.

For Sivamani, music is a passion and self-learnt. It runs in his blood as his father S.M. Anandan, a renowned drummer in the South Indian Film Industry. At an early age of seven, his father initiated him into music. Apart from drums, he started learning violin and harmonium. Again his father showed the path to his gurus Noel Grant, Billy Cobham, Trilok Gurtu, and Lewis Pragasam.


Sivamani started his musical career at the age of 12, and later shifted to Mumbai. His first studio break was playing for one of South Indias leading music composers K. V.Mahadevan. By the age of 13, he had started building his professional music career with S.P. Balasubramaniam, who he considers to be his godfather.


He started as a substitutein music maestro Ilayarajas group. But soon, his talent was spotted by Ilayaraja and he found a permanent position in the group. Also, it marked the beginning of a successful career building strong relationships with a lot of music composers in both Tamil and Malayalam film industry including T. Rajendhar, Sam Joseph and Sankar Ganesh.


Sivamani always showed keen interest in taking inspiration from Indian classical music. He would never miss a chance to taking leads from the legends of classical music VikkuVinayakram, UmaiyalpuramSivaraman and T.K. Moorthy. Impressed by his dedication, tabla stalwart UstadZakir Hussain invited Sivamani to join him for a concert.


Also Sivamani enjoys a special relationship with the multi-Oscar and multi-Grammy winnerA.R. Rahman. He played for A.R. Rahmans some of the most popular scores MustafaMustafa, of KadhalDesam, Humma..Humma of Bombay and ChaiyaChaiya of Uyire.


He was also a prominent team member of Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams. On a different note, he collaborated with singer Hariharan for the ghazal album Kaash was much appreciated for his experimentation with beats in ghazals.


One of Sivamanis cherished experiences is sharing the stage with Billy Cobham for a concert in Mumbais Rang Bhavan. From then on there was no looking back, as he collaborated with renowned musicians of the country and continued with his experimentations. Siva (as he is fondly called) creates magic with just about anything from his conventional cymbals to the timbale to the batajon to the vastly unconventional shells and conches and "Biryani Kadai". His style is deceptive for the uninitiated. Deeply profound and mysterious at one moment; tantalizing and exuberant at the next. However, augmenting the brute power, are his rhythmic style and harmony, which surround the discerning listener with warmth, joy and bliss.

Karthik developed an interest in music, early in his life. He is a trained Carnatic music vocalist and has been training since his school days. He was part of a college band and regularly participated in IIT Madras Fest Saarang. An ardent fan of A. R. Rahman, Karthik's dream was to meet Rahman and sing for him. Playback singer Srinivas, who collaborated often with Rahman was Karthik's close friend's cousin. Srinivas encouraged Karthik to look at singing as a career, which prompted Karthik to resume his singing lessons. One year later, Srinivas recommended Karthik's name to Rahman, who needed fresh voices for backing vocalists for a song from Pukar. Karthik eventually got the opportunity and recorded for the song. Having spent over a year being a backing vocalist, Karthik got his break during the re-recording of One 2 Ka 4. For the background score, A. R. Rahman wanted a high-pitched alap and he eventually chose Karthik to sing the alap. Soon after, Rahman asked him to sing the song "Nendhukittaen" from the film Star.

Karthik has sung a number of songs for many popular music directors, including A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Hamsalekha, Vidyasagar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Harris Jeyaraj and Manisharma. Karthik has sung songs in several languages - Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. "Ennaku Oru Girlfriend" from the Tamil film Boys was one of the biggest hits of the year as was "Oru Maalai" (Ghajini; 2005). His songs for Telugu films for Kotha Bangaru Lokam (Nijanga Nenenaa), Happy Days (Arare Arare, Oh My Friend), "Badhulu Tochanai" (Mr.Perfect), "Manase Guvvai" (Naa Peru Shiva), "Oh Oh My Friend" (Oh My Friend), "Yedhuta nlichindhi choodu" (Vaana), "Meghama" (Journey), "Yevvaro" (Bodyguard (Telugu)) are very popular. His other popular songs include "Ava Enna" from the Vaaranam Aayiram (2009), the title track from Unnale Unnale, "Behka" from Ghajini.

Karthik has sung more than 400 Kannada songs and has many super hit chart buster songs to his credit like Ale Ale, Anuraaga Aralo Samaya, Thangaliyalli Theli Hode, Nee Chummu Chummu Munjaaneli, Manasaithu Ninna Myaale, Sum Sumne Yaako, Hosadondu hesaridu Nanange, Kanne Koodiruvaaga, Madhumasa, Nenapidu Nenapidu, Thanthaane Thannamthaane, Baruve Odi Odi Nalidu, Raktha Sambandhagala, Saluge Saluge, Mannige Mara Bhaarave and many more.

In 2010, he sang a track "Behene De", from Hindi film Raavan, which is widely considered as the biggest song in his career.[2] The track, which toped music charts for many continuous weeks, also received rave critical reviews.[2] Karthik also performed the Tamil and Telugu versions of the same song, titled "Usure Poghudhey" and "Usire Poyene" respectively. He also sang "Adhigora Choodu" in the movie Mirapakaay.

Shakthisree Gopalan is an Indian vocalist, Song writer and performer in both Indian contemporary, Pop and Soft rock genres. She is a lead vocalist for the freestyle band group called Off The Record (formed:2009). After having won the "SS Music Voice Hunt" title in the year 2008, Gopalan debuted into film playback in the same year. She was placed third in the Chennai Live's Band hunt.In the year 2014, she performed at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli cultural fest Festember, SASTRA University cultural fest Kuruksastra'14 and VIT University cultural fest Riviera 14.
She performed live concert at Software Paradigms Infotech Pvt Ltd (SPI), Mysuru on 2 January 2015 along with Benny Dayal. She has won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil and the Vijay Award for Best Female Playback Singer for singing "Nenjukkulle" from Kadal.

Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has sung in different languages in a following order Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil , Oriya, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Badaga, Sanskrit, Tulu, Urdu and Punjabi languages. She has recorded more than 25,000 songs for various films and albums. She is a recipient of six National Film Awards (the most by any female singer), six Filmfare Awards South and 31 different state film awards. She has won all the four south Indian state film awards.
Chithra is often known as Chinna Kuyil (English: Little Nightingale) or Keralathinte Vanambadi (English: Nightingale of Kerala)

Atul Khatri, a middle-aged businessman-turned-comedian who now makes a living making people laugh harder than they ever have. Member of one of the leading comedy collectives in the country, East India Comedy, Atul has often been spotted on many Youtube series like EIC Outrage, and specials such as EIC vs Bollywood.

Bringing his 40+-year-old perspective with every show, he performs globally at comedy clubs and festivals where his jokes and punchlines have even gained cult status. The comedian has recently showcased his skills at the prestigious Utrecht International Comedy Festival and the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival.

CNN-IBN rated him as one of the Top Comedians of India. Join in as he makes fun of super-relatable observations and situations from all walks of life, truly making it a show for everyone.

Beginning singing and performing when she was just 5 years old, Aditi is not your average American pop singer. The 17-year-old Indian-American girl is classically trained, not only in Indian music, but also in Western contemporary pop. Beginning performing live in the ancient temples of India, and the big Bollywood Shows, Aditi calls America home, where she has become a rapidly rising role model for young girls not only in the U.S but around the world.
Her name itself Aditi, is a special Indian name meaning an Angel. It is also, ironically, a slang word for a girl who is picked on, but is beautiful, and a surprise gift to the world, with her smile being the greatest smile of any female. Not fitting the age-old Hollywood trend of suffering for beauty with starving or other means, Aditi is every girl across America and the world. A normal teenager, with passion in her heart, shouting to be heard and above all respected.
Smashing stereotypes, phobias, and discrimination with that magical smile, this 17-year-old girl next door is also, in a way anything but ordinary. There is after all that voice. Aditi reveals, "I have always loved to sing, it just completes me. Every time I'm performing, it feels like I am surrounded by magic!" She confesses, “Singing is what I wanted to do since I was a kid.

Javed Ali is one of the best play back singers in Indian film industry who is prominent due to his devotion towards music industry as a singer. He started his career by singing at very early age along with his father. He was recognized by legend Ghulam Ali, who gave him a chance to make his career debut as a professional singer. Javed Ali stepped into bollywood film industry by singing Chori Chori Aankh in 2000. After this he never stopped and gave hits after hit. This versatile singer not only sung for bollywood film industry but also showed his talent in Tamil, Telugu and Marathi film industry. He has also hosted many shows to like Sa Re Ga MA Pa 2012 and many others

Ranjit Barot is one of India's premiere drummer , started to play drums from his 12. At 17 he became known in India, playing with Jazz Yatra Sextet and Pandit Ravi Shankar's ensemble, Jazzmine.

On the Jazz Sextet?s first European tour, Ranjit met Don Cherry. He immediately took a liking to Ranjit and invited him to jam at a jazz club in Warsaw. This connection eventually led to a performance at the 1982 Jazz Yatra in Bombay.
Between 1980-82, Ranjit performed at European festivals which also featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Cecil Taylor and Louie Bellson, among others. Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility in Mumbai.

If you live outside of India chances are you probably wouldn't know about him and his music. But with the release of Floating Point, John McLaughlin's studio CD on Abstract Logix with Ranjit on drums, he became better known all around the world.

Ranjit released his debut album, titled "Bada Boom", worldwide in November 2010, featuring some of the greatest musicians on the scene today, from India and the West. This album is a collection of Ranjit's Jazz Fusion and World compositions with performances by Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas, U. Rajesh, Scott Kinsey, Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Dominique DiPiazza, Harmeet Manseta, Taufique Qureshi, Sanjay Divecha, Tim Garland, Gwilym Symcock, Ayden Esen and Elie Afif, to name a few.

Nagoor Babu known by his stage name Mano (born 26 October 1963) is an Indian playback singer, voice-over artist, actor, producer, television anchor and music composer. He is a recipient of several awards such as the Nandi Awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Mano has recorded more than 30,000 songs for various Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Oriya and Bollywood films.

He has also performed for over 3000 live concerts across the continents.

Haricharan is an Indian leading play back singer and a classical musician; performing for many concerts and Kutcheris all over the world. Hari Charan has sung for many songs in Tamil and some in Telugu making his voice familiar all over the south Indian film industry. Hari is chosen by the Tamil Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram in the year 2005 and has given performances all over Tamil Nadu and also holds a scholarship for classical music under the government of Tamil Nadu. Hari has also given his voices in many classical music albums and dance albums done by leading classical musicians.

Jonita Gandhi is an indian-born Canadian playback singer. She along with her family moved to Canada in her childhood. She has sung many songs for Bollywood films. Apart from songs in Indian language, she's sung in English, French, German, and Italian.

Her latest song is "The Break up song" in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Abhishek Upmanyu is an Indian Stand-up comedian. He entered in comedy in 2013 with the Delhi comedy circuit. He performs in kitty, birthday and other kind of parties.

Abhishek belongs to Delhi, India. He completed his graduation from Punjab University. He was working as a chemical engineer in Delhi when he chose to leave that job behind and begin doing standup comedy in Mumbai. He has his own youtube channel. He is also a co-founder of the popular Twitter handle GareebGuy.

Neeti Mohan is an Indian playback singer. She was born on 18 November 1979 in Delhi. She was one of the winners of the show ‘Pop Stars' aired on Channel V. She is elder among her four sisters. Her sister Shakti is the winner of ‘Dance India Dance' aired on Zee TV. Neeti made her Bollywood singing debut with ‘Ishq Wala Love' for the movie Student of the Year. Some of her famous songs are 'Jiya Re' from movie 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Saadi Galli Aaja' from movie 'Nautanki Saala' and 'Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari' from movie 'Chennai Express'.

Umer Shareef is a Pakistani stand-up comedian, film and television actor.
He was born in Liaquatabad, Karachi. His stage shows are considered most popular show in Pakistan. He started at parties with his friends as background musicians. He got famous from extremely popular 1989 comedy stage plays Bakra Qistoon Pay and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai

He started at parties with his friends as background musicians. Some of them now live in America. Born in an Urdu speaking family, Sharif became one of the most well known stage performers in Pakistan after his extremely popular 1989 comedy stage plays Bakra Qistoon Pay and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai. He is known in South Asia as the King of Comedy.

Alexander Babu, popularly known as Alex or The Yogi. He is a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, yoga teacher and ex software engineer

Osman Mir is Bollywood playback singer. He was born on May 22, 1974 in in Mandvi, Kutchh. He started his career as Table player and then became singer. He, today, singes all kind of music like Ghazal, Falk songs, Bhajans, Classical songs.

Osman Mir won many awards as playback singer and Falk singer, He has also nominated at THE GIONEE STAR GLOBAL INDIAN MUSIC AWARDS for "Man mor bani thangat kare" song of movie Ram-Leela.

Shaan (Shantanu Mukherjee) was born to a musical family. His grandfather Jahar Mukherjee was the lyricist, his father Manas Mukherjee was the music director, and his sister Sagarika is also a singer.

Shaan made his singing debut at the age of 17 from song ‘Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari Dosti' in movie Parinda (1989). He started his career by singing jingles for
for commercial aids. Then he started singing remix songs of old bollywood hits which got him famous. He then sang duet songs with his sister Sagarika in his album. He has sung songs in many languages.

He has appeared as host in singing TV shows like Saregamapa and Star Voice of India.
He got MTV Asia Music Award in 2000 for his song ‘Tanha Dil' for Best solo albums in the category.

In the year 2013, he participated in the dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'.

His famous songs are 'Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh','Aal Izz Well','Bum Bum Bole','Where's The Party Tonight','Chand Sifarish' etc.

Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. He is a software engineer. He was included in "10 Best Indian-Origin Comedians of the Last Decade" by BookMyShow and ​"10 Indian Comedians Who Found Success in the U.S." by Silicon India.

Arvind SA is a popular standup comedian. His first standup comedy video "I was not ready da" went viral in 2013. He then chose standup comedy as career. He soon became famous in south India.

Arvind is popular not only in India but also in USA. He has performed 29 shows in USA. He also appears in one hour special show of Amazon Prime.

Palak Muchhal, born on March 30, 1992 in Indore, is an Indian Playback singer. She started singing songs when she was four years old. She has a younger brother, Palash Muchhal who is also a singer. She got popularity from songs of EK THA TIGER which was a huge hit in the box office. She is now a renowned bollywood singer. She has also appeared on Zee TV as jury member for signing competition show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs'.


She is also a well known social worker, who has made her entry in Guinness Book of World records and Limca Book of World records, for her great achievements in social works.

Palash Muchhal, born on 22 May 1995 in Indore, is a famous music composer and Singer. His father name is Rajkumar Muchhal who is an accountant & mother name is Amita Muchhal, she is a house wife. Palash has one sister Palak Muchhal. She is also renowned bollywood singer.

Besides singing, Palak and Palash duo works for charity to help children suffering from heart ailments. They have helped around 1000 children through charity shows.

Palash has recently entered his name in golden book of world records as the youngest music composer of Bollywood.

Sairam Dave was born in Kathiawad Gujarat. He is working as a Principal in a primary school in Gondal Gujarat. He is a poet who writes folk songs and humorous songs. He is youngest humorist in Gujarat receiving huge popularity from his fans. People generally know him as comedian however as the matter of the fact, he has published a book of poems by the name "Sairam Na Hasata Akshar". In 2008 Narendra Modi Inaugurated the 2nd Edition of "Sairam naa Hastaa Akshar". In 2007 Gujarat Government Honored him with a Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar. He has also written "Gujarat Chalisa".

His famous jocks include Prem Atle Veham, , Jav Jalsa Karo, Kathiyawad Airlines Lagna Etle Lolipop, Aa Bhavma Khotu Nahi, Hasya Ni Firing etc

He is also raising awareness for child education, female feticide and AIDS awareness.

Naila Khalid is a versatile and popular singer from the East Coast Tri-State Area performing for the first time on the West Coast. She was born in Pakistan and has a beautiful voice quality. The development of her unique singing style is a direct result of her passion that continued to grow since her childhood as well as a lifetime of musical influence and professional training. Naila Khalid has performed in many cities all over the US. Please welcome her for the first time in LA by being there.

On August 25th, 2018, she is will come to LA for and have an exclusive performance at the beautiful, TIKKA GUYS in Anaheim, California, close to Disneyland. She would delight you with Pakistani Folk, Sufi, Ghazals, Punjabi songs as well as all Bollywood classic hits new and old.

TIKKA GUYS will feast you with a very Special, Extravagant, and Delicious EID Dinner in a pleasing ambience that is equipped with advanced concert grade sound, intelligent stage/lighting, and video projection (designed by the electronics professional FAHEEM HAYAT himself.

Rajendra Gangani is an Indian Kathak dancer known for his innovative style and technical wizardry.
Gangani is one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana style of Kathak. For his contribution to the field of Kathak, Gangani received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the highest award given for performing arts in India.

Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma is one of the highest selling recording artist ever in Spiritual and Devotional categories. His trendsetting albums such as "Gayatri Mantra" have sold Millions of copies world over. He has more than 300 BEST SELLING ALBUMS to his credit. It is believed that listening to his blessed voice and chants brings in prosperity and peace in every house hold.


He has received several awards but the closest to his heart is the title of "Badshaah-e-Taraana" which was given to him by his fans for creating a breath taking unique style of "Taraana" like never before. A composer, singer and a performer par excellence. His melodious rendition of "Haveli Sangeet" and "Rajasthani Folk" has always left audiences worldwide spellbound and over whelmed in his life concerts. More than 5000 of his performances world wide have been in temples, colleges, prestigious music festivals.

Mythili Prakash is recognized as one of the world's leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam - the classical dance of South India. Her classical, yet inventive approach to Bharata Natyam and revitalizes the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style that is distinct and meaningful to audiences across the world. Mythili's command of the art form is evident whether you are an aficionado or new to Indian classical dance. The elegant and sculpted chiseled lines of her dance is an irrepressible force of precision and dynamism. Her magnetism on stage and her choreography, both in the vibrant, rhythmic athleticism of the form, and the sensitive, nuanced expressive element of the form, are compelling. Mythili uses traditional repertoire while extending the technique to create new structures connecting her extraordinarily rich and intense style with a sharp contemporary intellect.

While highly acclaimed for her technical and virtuosic skill as a performer, Mythili stays deeply rooted in the inherent spirituality of the art form, which is the driving inspiration of both her choreographic explorations and her own practice. It is this, that she believes fuels her artistic and personal journey.

Mythili has toured her work internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She began her training in the Thanjavur tradition of Bharata Natyam at the age of four under the tutelage of her mother, Smt. Viji Prakash - a virtuoso of this dance form and disciple of grand masters Guru Kalyanasundaram and Guru Mahalingam Pillai, directors of the Sri Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Bombay, India.

Badshah is a famous Indian rapper, his real name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, but he is better known by his stage name 'Badshah'. He started his career with rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh and launched his first song with him in 2006.

Badshah was born and brought up in Delhi. He was born to a Haryanvi father and a Punjabi mother and thus he has mixed cultures of both. Badshah father was against his decision of becoming a rapper, but Badshah stuck to his dream of becoming a rapper and successfully achieved it.

Badshah was a part of Honey Singh band group ‘Mafia Mundeer', but left the group and started working on his own. Before leaving his band, Honey Singh and Badshah worked together for 4-5 years and gave some smashing hits like ‘Angreji weed' and ‘Brown rang'. Before making his mark in Bollywood, he was quite famous for his Punjabi music. In 2006, he launched his first track with Honey Singh and it was one of the Badshah hit songs. Singer Badshah album ‘Born Star' was launched in 2012 through which he made his Bollywood debut. He gained recognition in Bollywood from his famous track ‘Saturday Saturday' from the film ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania' and ‘Abhi toh party Shuru hui hai' from the movie ‘Khoobsurat'. His ‘Dj Waley Babu song' received more than 7.1 million views within a month of its release on YouTube.


Kanika Kapoor is an Indian Playback Singer. She was born on 23 March 1978 in Lacknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Her first commercial successful song was "Jugni Ji" released in 2012. Then she sung "Baby Doll" song for Hindi Movie "Ragini MMS 2" in 2014 which was a viral song of the year. She also won Filmfare award for Best female Playback Singer for that song.

Her other successful Hindi Songs are "Lovely", "Kamlee", "Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan", "Desi Look", "Nachan Farrate", "Jugni Peeke Tight Hai", "Jab Chhaye Tera Jadoo", "Beat Pe Booty" etc.

Poly Varghese was initially trained in percussion in south Indian classical music. Later his interest and love for north Indian and folk music led him in playing Hindustani classical music on electric guitar.

A chance meeting with Grammy winner Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt made him fall head over heels in adoration with the Slide Guitar & Sitar combo instrument called Mohan Veena. Over a decade of study with the Master made him a truly international artist and musician performing over a hundred concerts.

Travels. Poly travelled and performed in Middle East, Europe, Asia, America, Mozart Chamber, Vienna, Gras in Austria and in over 43 countries. In 2017 he performed at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, UK.

Awards. In August 2013, Poly Varghese was invited by India International Center New Delhi (IIC Delhi) for prestigious Monsoon Music festival where he was awarded the prestigious Presidential award. In April 2018 He was again awarded Life time Achievement award.

Inventor. While perfecting and pursuing the depths of music with his guitar he developed his own inimitable style of improvisation. Poly's unique experiences and experiments in creating music led him to develop the 40 stringed three-neck guitar which he has named "Poly String Guitar".

Folk. Having travelled and lived with Folk Baul singers of West Bengal, India, he loves to render high-pitched Baul songs. He also plays Kabeer songs and Rabindra Nath Tagore Poetry.

Atul purohit is a popular name in the world of Gujarati folk music, dandiya & garba. He is famous for Sunderkand katha and devotional songs.

He was born in Dabhoi in Vadodara Gujarat on February 27, 1957. Dabhoi has 6 major temples and is a great pilgrimage for Jains. It seems Purohit was born with a divine vocal chord. With music running in his veins right from childhood , he got his first musical instrument - the harmonium at the tender age of 10. Since then his harmonium has been his true companion. As he grew, he realized he was born to sing and joined the college for training in dramatics.

Still, the journey from anonymity to stardom was not an easy road for the talented young singer. However, his love and dedication for music made this struggle exciting and memorable. Atul Purohit began with performing on the local street with the local artists absolutely free of cost. He entertained audience with his Graba, Bhajans, Sugam sangeet, Classical songs, sufi and folk songs.

Later in 1985, he formed a group with five of his close friends. Atul Purohit then made his mark in the world of music with his album "Tara Vina Shyam" and after that there was no looking back. He established his own troop that is called the Rutambara Group. The group is a major attraction at the United Way of Vadodara and performs during the auspicious season of Navratri.
Atul Purohit is such a living legend of this era who is from the land of Gujarat and with his excellent voice and incomparable music sense makes Garba popular to the young generation as well as to the Non-Gujaratis.

Kinjal Dave is one of the most popular singers of
Gujarat today. She sings Garba songs and other Traditional Gujarati
songs and has a huge fan following. She has a total of 100+ Gujarati
folk album songs published till now. When Kinjal was 7 years old she
found her interest in music when her father and uncle used to write
Gujarati songs. She became famous with her lagngeet album 'janediyo' at
an early age. Kinjal Dave's Most Famous Song: Char Bangdi Wadi Gadi (
151M Youtube Views). Her other famous songs are Chote Raja (108M
Youtube Views), Leri Lala (51M Youtube Views), Mojma (32M Youtube Views)
and many more

Sonu Nigam is one of the most popular singers of Bollywood. He is a teen idol who has inspired thousands of young singers across the country. This talented singer was born in Faridabad district of Haryana on July 30th, 1973. He did his schooling from J.D. Tytler School in Delhi. Thereafter he moved to Bombay to pursue his dream of making a career in music. Given here is a short biography of Sonu Nigam.

Sonu Nigam's father Agam Kumar is a renowned singer who performed on many stage shows in his prime. Sonu Nigam used to accompany his father to his shows and once gave a moving performance at the tender age of three. He sang the superhit song of Mohammed Rafi "Kya Hua Tera Wada" of the movie "Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi". It was appreciated by all and Sonu Nigam tasted fame. He was encouraged to hone his singing though many claimed he was just a Rafi clone.

He got his first break to sing for the movie Janum in the year 1990. Though the film flopped, he got noticed by the famous Gulshan Kumar. He offered Sonu to sing in the film Bewafa Sanam. The song "Accha Sila Diya" became that year's biggest hit. He shot to fame and was noticed by one and all. Sonu Nigam was poured with offers thereafter and got another great opportunity to make his mark in the form of television host for the musical talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. In the year 1997, he got his biggest hit with the film "Border". His song "Sandese Aate Hain" was touted as the biggest hit of that year and he won the Zee Cine award for the song.

He proved critics wrong who said he was a Rafi clone with the song "Yeh Dil" from the film "Pardes". With more and more offers pouring in and films like Taal, Pukar and Saathiya, he carved a niche for himself. Sonu Nigam has also released many pop albums namely Deewana, Jaan, Yaad, Mausam and Chanda Ki Doli, which have become major hits. He also tried his hand at acting and has done films like Jaani Dushman, Love in Nepal and Kash Aap Hamare Hote. Sonu Nigam has recently started his own radio show on Radio City 91 FM which is known as Life Ki Dhun.

He has interviewed many eminent personalities of the film industry. One can also tune into this show on the Internet. His recent soundtracks of the movies Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna are chart toppers and have made him a favorite among the younger generation. He plans to release a semi-classical album and an English album in the near future. Sonu Nigam has truly made an indelible mark in the industry and continues to add the melody in life with his flawless voice.

Kunal Kamra, Indian stand-up comedian grew up in Mumbai. Kunal, drooped out his college in his second year of graduation to start working as a production assistant in production house Corcoise Films. He worked there for eleven years.

In 2013, he started his career as standup comedian in Mumbai. Kunal started his web series named "Shut Up Ya Kunal" in 2017 on youtube which features conversation with one or more invited guests with clips of news edited for humour.

Rahul Subramanian is Mumbai based Stand-Up Comedian. He started doing Stand-Up comedy in 2014. Rahul obtained an MBA in marketing from the Institute of Management Technology in Ghaziabad. He worked as a marketing manager for the automotive conglomerate Mahindra Rise.

Rahul got fame by winning stand up competitions like Virgin Pants and Canvas Laugh Club. He also runs YouTube comedy channel Random Chikibum. He also created Amazon Prime comedy show Kal Main Udega

Karthik Kumar is stand-up comedian as well as Indian Movie actor, who predominantly works in Tamil and Hindi film industry.

Karthik pursed Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Chennai.

After his graduation he started event management company 'Evam' which is today now renown theatre company.

Karthik then made his debut in movie with Alaipayuthey in year 2000. He has been doing supporting roles in Tamil and Hindi movies.

He is also a stand-up comedian. His special shows include 'PokeMe', 'Second Edition' and 'Blood Chutney'.
He has performed over 1000 shows across India, UK and USA.

Sathyaprakash is a playback singer, stage performer & carnatic vocalist known in the music fraternity for his hits in movies, independent albums and on-stage performances. He is the voice behind the song Aalaporaan Tamizhan (Mersal) and several other chartbuster Tamil hit songs like Raasali (Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada), Nallai Allai (Kaatru Veliyidai), Ammadi Un Azhagu (Vellakaara Durai) and so on. He is based in Chennai - performing classical/fusion concerts.

He travels extensively to perform shows across the globe. With consistent enthusiasm and gripping knowledge in music, he presently works with leading music directors like Ilayaraja, AR Rahman, Vidhyasagar, D Imman, Anirudh, GV Prakashkumar, Sam CS, Darbuka Siva and many others in the industry. Sathyaprakash is now competitively proving his skills in other languages including telugu and kannada movie albums. He is recognised for his quick grasp of arrangement and technicalities of projects.

Additionally, he produces cover versions of various songs using new and different arrangements. His experience in conducting and supervising vocal recordings has given him an upper hand in music production as well.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Recipient of the “Yuva Kala Rathna” awarded at PSG Kadambari 2019 music festival, in Coimbatore in January 2019
MGR-Shivaji academy award” from TTPTU for the category “Best playback singer - Male” in January 2019
“Edison awards 2018” presented under the category “Best playback singer - Male” in January 2018 for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal.
“Techcofes 2018 award” for “Best playback singer- male category” for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal
“Benze award” for the best playback singer category for the year 2017 from for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal.
“Scintillating singer award” for the year 2017 from Rotary Club of Coimbatore West - RI 3201
“Best Playback singer award” for the year 2016-2017 from Provoke Lifestyle magazine for the song “Nallai allai” from the movie Kaatru veliyidai
“Best male playback singer award” for the year 2017 from Hello fm 106.4 for the song “Nallai allai” from the movie Kaatru veliyidai
“MGR-Shivaji academy award” (January 2016) from TTPTU for the best playback singer for the song “Aanaalum indha mayakkam” from10 Endrathukkulla.
“The Vijay Tele award” (September 2015) from Vijay tv for the favorite singer category for the song “Ammadi un azhagu” from the movie Vellaikkaradurai.
“Best Performer of the Grand Finale” award at the Supersinger 3 special program held based on discussions by the judging panel and the Star vijay television crew.
“Youth excellence award” for the year 2012-2013 from Lions club, Coimbatore (December 2012)
“Voice of the world” by the Lions club, Chennai (September 2011)
Rotary club of metropolis, Coimbatore awarded him with the title “Young achiever” (October 2011)
First in the state level classical music competition held by “The New Indian Express“during the years 2003, 2004 & 2005 in Coimbatore.
He won the first Prize in carnatic music competition held by Kerala Cultural Centre in the year 2003 with the “Kalaprathibha award“.

Roopa was born to a mid-class Brahmin family from Kerala. Though music did not run in the family, it was probably her parent's keen interest in Carnatic music, which she grew up listening that had an impact on her. She started her vocal training in Carnatic music at a tender age of five under Dr. Malini Hariharan and Shri. Tamarakkadu Govindan Namboothiri and now continues to learn from Shri. P. Unnikrishnan. She started learning Carnatic violin under the tutelage of Shri Suni Bhaskar later Shri. T.H Subrahmaniyam and now takes advance lessons from Shri. Kalaimamani Embar Kannan.

Roopa knew her destiny was in music, and choose to do both her Bachelors and Masters in music from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and RLV College, Tripunithura, respectively, each time emerging as a first rank holder.


Roopa emerged as a winning musician right from her school days, where she bagged awards for many music competition, including emerging the State winner in Carnatic Music for the M.G Unversity youth festivals. Her talent also received National recognition when she received the National Scholarship for the young Carnatic musician. She bagged the Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award for the best upcoming female voice.

However, Roopa rose to fame through the Reality show series Super Star Global aired on Amrita Television. She was often noted for her selection of songs, which were not intimidated by peer pressure or competition, but a rare collection of songs, those which were described as gems in the film music discography. Along with winning the title, she also won tens of thousands of fans who follow her to date.

The growing number of hits on her Social Media Accounts are a testimony for the same. However, she did not continue to haul on it by doing back to back live shows, instead focused on polishing her talent through deeper studies and her then-new priority, her family.

Mickey J Meyer is a film composer, music producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer who predominantly works for the South Indian movie industry also known as Tollywood.

Known for producing music that is soulful, classy, long lasting and full of inspirational values, Mickey has come a long way to be one of the most sought-after music composers in the Indian music industry.

Having won two FilmFare Awards, three Nandi Awards, and many other various awards, composing scores for two films that have earned the national awards for best film, Mickey's music has seen a great amount of success throughout the last decade, and has earned him the respect and favour of millions of fans worldwide.

Mickey's work is notable for having a harmonious blend of Western and Eastern music influences mixed with a unmatched quality of modern and vintage sounds. His music has been widely appreciated by multiple age group listeners for the quality and goodness in the song and lyrics that are created and produced by him.

Mickey started his career in 2005 and scored music for one of the biggest hit film in the Tollywood industry Happy Days which was released in 2007. Post Happy Days, Mickey has been continuing his successful stint as a music producer in the Tollywood film industry and is currently the most sought after quality music composer.

Sreerama Chandra Mynampati is a professional singer and 2010 Indian Idol winner from Hyderabad who debuted his playback career in the Telugu film industry.Sreeram won the fifth season of music reality show Indian Idol 5 and was awarded by one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan. In 2013, he made his Telugu cinema acting debut with the film Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara. He has altogether played as the lead actor in 2 Tollywood movies Prema Geema Jantha Nai and Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara. He acted with Salman Khan for an advertisement with Suzuki.

Mohana Bhogaraju born in Eluru, India is an Indian playback singer. She has sung for Telugu, Tamil, Kannada films. The song "Manohari" from the film Baahubali: The Beginning has not only knocked the door of further opportunities but also made her win "Radio Mirchi -Mirchi Music upcoming female vocalist 2015" award in Telugu Cinema.
Mohana was born in Eluru, AP, India and was raised in Hyderabad. Since childhood Mohana has always had a fascination towards Music and had participated in many competitions held at schools and at various ethnic auditoriums such as Ravindra Bharati, Thyagaraja Ghana Sabha and so forth at a very young age. Mohana began singing at the age of 6, her mother was the first person to recognise her talent and always accommodated her to many singing competitions held at various places. Though Mohana possesses a great talent, outcomes from the competitions were futile, but this did not cease her passion to become a singer instead, helped her to successfully step up into Playback singing.

Anurag Kulkarni, the winner of idea super singer season eight in Maa TV, he studied music and started learning by getting trained in Hindustani classical music with late Sri.Kakunoori jangaiah ji, a renowned Hindustani vocalist and a music guru in Hyderabad. Anurag learnt music for over 3 years, where he was introduced to kirana gharana style of singing. Before participating in show, he was an engineer in a MNC, his interest in music made him quit his job and pursue music as a career. Later he won many music competitions and started singing in movies.

Ramya Behara is a young and budding singer of Telugu cine industry. She has also sung for other regional films including Hindi. She sang the popular Bollywood track - Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karti for Akshay Kumar starrer Baby. Ramya shot to fame after rendering her voice for the popular ‘Dheevara' track of Telugu mega blockbuster Baahubali: The Beginning, aside Aditya. She also sang the Tamil version of the same duet ‘Dheerane' with the same singer. It's one of the top romantic tracks of the year 2015. Coffee song, Soodu Soodu (Loukyam), Choolenge asama and Osi prema rakshasi are her other popular Telugu tracks.

Jaspreet Singh is a stand up comedian known for his fresh and universal content striking the right chord with people across all age groups and ethnicity. With over 50 million views by just 4 videos, Jaspreet has done 400+ shows and performed in over 30 cities in India, Australia, United Kingdom and U.A.E.

Chennai based violinist. I got into music at a relatively young age, started off with carnatic vocals and then moved to violin. My parents sort of eased me into music since there obviously was the initial hesitation at that age, but over the years the love for music only grew stronger and stronger. I feel it is the musical instrument that is closest to the human voice amongst all. Through an instrument like the violin, I'm able to convey a whole range of emotions and feelings and there is no language barrier whatsoever.

Mahesh Raghvan is a Carnatic Music Fusion artist whose artistic goal is to present and create Indian Classical Fusion Music in contemporary ways for modern audiences. He plays new electronic musical instruments and runs a fusion project called FLAIR - Carnatic Music 2.0. His experiments with Carnatic Music on the iPad are published on his YouTube and Facebook pages.

He has an MSc. in Digital Composition and Performance from the University of Edinburgh. Besides his specialization, he is extremely passionate about related fields such as visual arts, mobile application development, digital media, sound design and film. He is the Creative Director of IndianRaga, and also works with major music technology companies to make Indian Classical Music playable on their hardware/software. Besides being a performing musician, He also gives music technology related workshops at various universities and schools.

Sumangali is Indian playback singer who sings mostly for Telugu and Tamil movies. She has sung many good hits in Telugu. She has performed in many talent and stage shows. Her hit songs include Andhala Bommaro O Muddu Gummaro, Bommarillu Theme, Duvvina Talane Duvvadam, Gundello Emundo, Mellaga Karagani Rendu Manasula Dooramm, Nammaka Tappani, Niluvaddam Ninu Epudaina, Nuvvu Nuvvu Nuvve Nuvvu, Yepudu Neekune Telupanidi and few other top hits.

Sajjad Ali is a Playback Singer from Pakistan. He was born on 24th August 1966 at Karachi, Pakistan.

His father's name is Shafqat Hussain who was a cricketer and a leading movie actor at the time he was born. Sajjad Ali has two brothers. Their names are Waqar Ali and Lucky Ali. When Sajjad was in his sixth year, Tasadduq Husain, his uncle, a cricketer and a music lover was overwhelmed by his musical abilities. Due to this, Husain started teaching music to Sajjad with his classical collection.

Sajjad sings pop as well as classic songs. Some of the famous song by Sajjad are Jhullay Lal, ChalUrrja, Chief Saab, Dua Karo, Jeenay Do, Rang Laaga and Tere Naam

Born in Mumbai on 17 December 1955, son of Professor Madhukar Randeria (Jai hind college) a renowned writer, poet and pioneer of modern Gujarati theatre.

Started acting with Indian National Theatre's Children plays during his schooling years.

Took part in plays for All India Radio from the age of 9 years.

Participated in inter-college drama competitions held by Mumbai University, INT, IPTA, etc. and won several best actor awards.

Worked as a Production Asst. For the Gujarati section of Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra during 1975.

His career on the professional stage started in 1974. When he acted in plays directed by the esteemed late Pravin Joshi, namely

Santu Rangili (Tee Phulrani),

Jooth bole kaua kate with Paresh Rawal and

Vairi (co- staring Arundhati Rao and Shankar Nag)

Over the years he has acted in and directed over 75 full length plays like:

Gurubramhma (Shafi Inamdar), Mantra Mugdha (Mohan Vagh, Mahesh Manjrekar) Mahamaanav (Kanti Madia), Savita Damodar Paranjape, Cheel Zadap (Rima Lagoo), Natsamraat (V.V Shirvadkar).

He is the only actor-director of Gujarati stage to have given more than 15 consecutive Hit plays, each crossing 300 shows.

The only actor to achieve the distinction of completing 10,000 performances in his career spanning 35 years.

His drama "Lage Rhaho Gujjubhai" has set a new record on Gujarati theatre by completing 700 shows in a span of 3 years.

After that, series of Gujjubhai is getting massive response from all over the Gujarati World.

Currently (In September 2015), Gujjubhai is rocking in All cinemas and multiplexes with his first super comedy urban movie named Gujjubhai The Great.

Sonali Kulkarni is an Indian actress. She was born in Pune on 18 May 1988. She made her debut Marathi Film Gauri, she won Debut Best Actress Marathi Filmfare awards. She has worked in Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, and Tamil films. She is known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, Dil Chahta Hai, Singham, and Taxi No 9211.

Engineer turned Stand-Up Comic, Appurv Gupta has one of the unique voices in the Stand-Up Comedy scene in India. CNN-IBN has listed him in the Top 20 Stand-Up Comedians to watch out for. Comedy Central India says that he is India's leading Hinglish Stand Up Comic. NDTV Prime shows him regularly with his exclusive show ''The Rising Stars of Comedy with Appurv Gupta." His recent video on Aeroplane Journey, Tinder, Chai, Maggi and Biryani along with his solo shows "AppurView", "RelationShip Or RelationShit" and Best of GuptaJi has already got multiple reviews and millions of views on social media. Till Now, His video touched around 100 Million+ Views on Social Media. He is also famous for his web series - Mudde Ki Baat - #Gupta_Ji_Ke_Sath on various trending issues. Recently, Forbes India had listed his name in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominees list.

Noreen Khan is a hugely popular radio and TV presenter. She currently presents her show on BBC Asian Network weekdays from 1:30-5pm and listening figures regularly prove she has the most listened to Asian radio show in the UK. Her warm and natural presenting style has made her an instant hit with the audience and she is also one of the most sought after comperes to host high profile events up and down the country.

Bhavana Reddy, younger daughter and disciple of legendary dancing couple Padmabhushans Drs. Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy, is one of Indias leading young Kuchipudi performers and torchbearer of the Reddy tradition.

She is the recipient of the coveted National Award Sangeet Natak Akademis Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, highest honor for the Indian performing artist under the age of 40. She has received Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Kuchipudi Dance by Telugu Cultural Association, Houston Texas, FICCI Young Women Achievers Award, Femina North Powerlist Award to name a few.

Ms. Reddy will present a thematic Kuchipudi Classical dance based on the works of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, choreographed by Drs. Raja Radha Reddy

Sorabh Pant is "one of India's top comedians" (Times Of India, Khaleej Times others). He has done over 2000 shows in 100 cities across the globe. And performed at 400+ corporate shows and headlined at various colleges.


He has two specials on Amazon Prime Video - My Baby Thinks I'm Funny & Make India Great Again.

Chakraborty was born 1980 in Kolkata, India. She is the daughter of Chandana Chakraborty and the renowned Indian classical singer Ajoy Chakraborty. At age seven, she started learning Indian classical music at the academy of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, later joining ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan (born 21 January 1968) is a Carnatic vocalist from India. He has performed widely in India and overseas and has won many awards for his performances.


Sanjay Subrahmanyan was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He began learning music at the age of seven. Initial training was under V. Lakshminarayana on the violin as well as in vocal music. He later switched to vocal music and was trained by Rukmini Rajagopalan for a period of almost eight years. He learnt from senior Guru Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthy for 10 years until his demise in 1999. He then continued to study under Nadaswaram maestro Semponarkoil S. R. D. Vaidyanathan until the latter's demise in 2013. Outside of music, Sanjay is an avid cricket fan.

A.R.Rahman (born Jan 6, 1967) is an Indian film composer, record producer, musician and singer. His film scoring career began in the early 1990s. He has won twenty five Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, two Grammys and two Academy Awards.

Working in India's various film industries, international cinema and theatre, by 2003, Rahman, in a career spanning over a decade, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million cassettes, making him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists.

Time Magazine has referred to him as the "Mozart of Madras" and several Tamil commentators have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal ( English: Music Storm).

Devesh - Delhi-based comic, he has been called a 'level 3' comic by some comedians. He doesn't know what it means, but thinks it's a good thing. Devesh Dixit is a Delhi based Stand Up Comedian. He has been writing and telling jokes for over 4 years now. His act, like his life, revolves around himself.

Sharma's first role was in the Telugu film Chirutha, released in 2007. Her first Hindi film was Mohit Suri's Crook, released in 2010. Sharma made a cameo appearance in Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani, and was cast in a full fledged role in Ekta Kapoor's Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum.



Her hobbies are cooking, listening to music, reading and dance. Sharma is trained in Indian classical dance form called Kathak. Apart from that she has also learned street hip hop, Latin dancing-salsa, merengue, jive and jazz in London. She considers Kate Moss as her style inspiration. Sharma also aspires to launch her own clothing label.

Currently based in Los Angeles, Cj is a renowned Indian Artist and consistently called upon to lend his talents in major Hollywood movies and to the very renowned and Oscar nominated music directors like, Hans Zimmer, Kike Santander, and great music directors like BC Smith, John Henry, Jimmy Lewins, Lorne Balph and many more. Cj has also collaborated with famous songwriter Dianne Warren, who wrote songs for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears etc.


Through his hard work and dedication, Cjs talent can be heard on TV as well as at his many performances throughout the United States and Canada.


In 1995, Charenjeet 'Cj' decided to put it all on the line and to share his talents overseas; he made the move to the United States. Quickly establishing as the best singer in the United States & Canada to this date (Bollywood and Punjabi Genre), Cj chalked up major Hollywood credits, earned the respect of his peers and has had the privilege of performing with legendary artists like Late. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Late. Pt. Ravi Shankar (Sitar Maestro) etc.

Though Sonu Sood made his debut in Tamil film Prashanth starer Majunu his second film Kallazhagar 1999, got released along with Laila Mehdin, opposite to Vijayakanth which did not fetch him any recognition and the third film as an antagonist in Telugu film Hands Up (2000), which was a box office dud. Sonu got introduced in Tamil Majnu (2001). The film was a smashing musical hit. That gave him lots of identity and he made his acting debut in Hindi films with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in 2002, which won critical acclaim for his performance.
In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work.In this film, his co-star was Nagarjuna as a high-tech thief. However, the film didn't perform as well as expected. His next film was Athadu, which was a super-hit, but didn't help in building his image. In 2006 he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. It was an average grosser, but by now he had become popular in Telugu films.
It was Arundhati that took him to the greatest unimagined heights in a non-local industry. He played the role of Pasupathy. This film turned out to be the biggest Telugu hit of that year.

Pawandeep Rajan is basically the brand ambassador of the team, he is an extremely talented vocalist with amazing singing skills. He is the bestseller artist from Bollywood live performing fraternity. He has such a blessed voice which is so lively and soothing to everyone who is music lover or even close to music. Pawandeep Rajan is the Brand Ambassador of the state Uttarakhand (by the Government of Uttarakhand). Performed in 13 Countries and 14 states of India with a count of 1200 shows Worldwide. He is youngest music director to debut in Marathi music industry, he has covered many bollywood songs, Marathi songs, Pahadi, regional kumaoni and Garhwali folk, and songs in few pahadi films as well, adding more to this he has jingled for various campaigns and has even composed music for them. He is amongst the young achievers who are known for playing almost all the instruments. He also holds the record of playing tabla since the age of 3. He is our bestseller and high in demand artist who does almost 14 shows in a year in Dubai. We are extremely delighted to have Pawandeep as a Management director in our board of Management

Indian Idol 12 finalist Sayli Kamble, who entertained the audiences with her soulful voice during the singing reality show was often linked to her BFF Nihal Tauro during the show. However, the singer had always dismissed these link-up rumours and stated that they are best friends. She has now shared a post on her Instagram account revealing the love of her life. The Mumbai-based-singer shared a picture and introduced her fans and everyone with her boyfriend.


Sayli Kamble is in a relationship with her friend, Dhawal for quite some time now. She finally revealed the same by sharing a cute picture with him and announced her love for him.

Mohd. Danish is an Indian playback singer and was previously seen in another singing reality show, The Voice India 2. While the talented singer is back to win all the hearts and the trophy of Indian Idol, here is everything you need to know about him.


Mohd. Danish has completed his graduation in music from Indra Kala Sangeet Vishv Vidyalaya, Chhattisgarh.


Being from a family of musicians, he himself professed in the art of music. From a very young age itself, he started his training of learning classical music. He got inspiration and a teacher from his own grandfather, Ustad Abdul Karim Khan who taught him since he was 4 years old.

Naveen Kumar is a flautist, music composer and singer based in Mumbai, India. A prolific recording artiste who has contributed immensely to the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu film industries, he is best known for his collaborations with Academy-Award winning music composer AR Rahman. Apart from Indian flutes, Naveen is also proficient at playing rare and exotic varieties from across the world. He is the inventor of many unique wind instruments, the most renowned being The Naveen Flute, which combines the flute tone with the vibration of strings.

Thaman is a music composer who composes music for Tamil and Telugu films in India. Despite debuting his film career as an actor in Shankar's Boys, he has since established himself as a prominent music director in the South Indian film industries. Ghantasala Sai Srinivas Thaman Siva Kumar, popularly known and credited as S. Thaman.

He is the Grandson of the famous director and producer Ghantasala Balaramaiah. He is married to playback singer Srivardhini.

Although Thaman entered the film industry as an actor in a supporting role in the film Boys, he soon turned film composer and became popular for his work as a music director. His debut film as music director was the Tamil film Sindhanai Sei, while his first Telugu film was Kick.

Personal life and career

He was born in Andhra Pradesh, India into a Telugu Brahmin family. He is the grand child of Ghantasala Balaramayya, director and producer, known for producing the Telugu film Seetarama Jananam, the debut film of Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Thaman hails from a family of musicians from Pottepalem, Nellore District.

His father Ghantasala Siva Kumar was a Drummer, who worked for seven hundred films, under composer, K. Chakravarthy, his mother Ghantasala Savitri is a playback singer and his aunt is singer P. Vasantha. Thaman is married to Play back singer Sri Vardhini.

At the age of nine, He joined S.P. Balasubramaniam, Ilaiyaraaja's brother, and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player, and discontinued studies when he lost his father at the age of 13. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to meet the crisis in his family.

He then joined Raj-Koti team, and worked for three years on sixty films and then joined M. M. Keeravani and worked with him for three years completing thirty films. He has also gained experience from composers like Vandemataram Srinivas, Chakri, R. P. Patnaik and Devi Sri Prasad.

He then spent six and a half years under the tutelage of Manisharma and worked on eighty films with him. On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.

Thaman was added to the cast of Boys after a successful audition in which he had to play the drums and went on to help out with the background score of the film.

He began his career as a composer with the Tamil film Sindhanai Sei, while his first Telugu film was Kick in 2009. Aagadu in 2014 was Thaman's 50th film as a music director.

Shrikant Narayan (born 17 January 1968) is an Indian stage and playback singer, known for the Marathi song Dol Doltay Warya Vari.

Mukhtar Shah completed his B.Com./LL.B in Ahmedabad & has started practicing as an advocate at Criminal Court, Ahmedabad since 1988. He had fallen in love with Mukesh's voice from his early childhood and also started singing at various social events and later in college annualfunctions. When he sang one of mukesh's song “Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon” of “Kabhi Kabhi” at a function the immediate reaction fromaudience was to say ” Mukesh, Mukesh.”.

He has a voice that could on one hand be deeply melancholic and on the other hand exude a profoundlyinnocent and mellifluous sweetness.


Mukhtar Shah's voice was identified same as “Mukesh” from audience when he sung mukesh's song “Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon” from Kabhi Kabhi. His voice from one hand is deeply sorrowful and on the other hand conveys strongly innocent and honeyed sweetness for which he received so many awards, appreciation and recognition certificates and trophies. He started his career performing publicly in 1984, as a singer at various shows with BABRA and PARTY. He has performed more than 5000 shows till now. He have sung around 17 Audio Albums and sung in Two Gujarati films till now.

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Zakir Khan is an Indian comedian and actor. In 2012, he rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central's India's Best Stand Up Comedian competition. He has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB.

He became a known face in India's stand-up comedy circuit in 2012 when he won the title of 'India's Best Stand Up', a comedy competition organized by Comedy Central. Zakir created waves in 2016 with his appearance on AIB Diwas, as he swiftly went on to become what AIB founder Tanmay Bhat described as The biggest stand-up comedy act in India. Period. A writer by profession, this 'Confused Desi' serves his take on modern India, with a hard-to-resist style of humour that'll have you nodding your heads and clapping as you relate to everything he says. His work includes comedy specials like Kaksha Gyarvi; an acclaimed Amazon Prime series, Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare and a podcast, Umeed. Zakir is indeed a unique act, and it's easy to see why. Besides performing at many stand-up comedy shows, he has also ghostwritten and produced radio shows. His comedy style was applauded in NDTV Prime's The Rising Stars of Comedy television show. He is known for his punchline "Sakht Launda", which refers to a guy with immense self-control who doesn't easily fall for girls. He also performed with Joke Singh at Gurgaon.

Vir Das is an Indian comedian, actor and comedy musician. After beginning a career in standup comedy, Das moved to Hindi cinema starring in films like Badmaash Company, Delhi Belly, Go Goa Gone and Mastizaade in supporting roles.

Ranjit Bawa's fame from his single "Jatt Di Akal" which broke many Punjabi records. He made his debut in the 2015 Album, Mitti Da Bawa which was award 'Best World Album' award in the 2015 Brit Asia Awards. He has also received "PTC Best Folk oriented Song Award" in 2013 for his Song in 2013, Jatt Di Akal.He was connected with the music since his childhood. He used to sing songs in his school days too. In Class 6, he sang a song at his school for which he was praised by his teachers and others. Then his music teacher Master Mangal trained him and he motivated him to participate in music competitions.

Ravi Shankar, whose name is often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian sitarist and composer. A sitar virtuoso, he became the world's best-known exponent of North Indian classical music in the second half of the 20th century, and influenced many musicians in India and throughout the world.

Shankar was born to a Bengali Brahmin family[5][6] in India,[7] and spent his youth as a dancer touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.

Awards: Bharat Ratna, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, MORE

actor and YouTuber. He won the Punch Line Bangalore Competition. He is known for hosting the YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews campy Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath.

Ricky Kej is a Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer and environmentalist. He has performed at venues in over 30 countries including at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva.

The most acquainted playback singer in the Indian Music Industry has worked with different set of Music directors including Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman, R.D. Burman and Hamsalekha. Kavita Krisnamurthy is basically trained in Indian Classical music and she started her career at the age of alongside one of the legends of well-known singers, Lata Mangeshkar under the composition of Music director and Singer, Hemant Kumar. Her birth name was Sharada Krishnamurthy.
Though Kavitha Krishnamurthy is basically a playback singer, she sung as a soloist with orchestras. The collaboration with Western Artists from pop, jazz and classical fields proved her versatility. Apart from the traditional playback singing in films and albums, she had also rendered her voice for many devotional Music albums and Ghazal. She recently sung a song for the album Women's Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere (2014) under the composition of Nayab Raja and penned by Dipti Mishra. Kavitha Krishnamurthy has performed throughout India.
Some of the popular hits of Kavitha Krishnamurthy are Yaarana, Agni Sakhi, 1942: A Love Story, Khamoshi and Bhairavi. She was born in a Tamil Iyer family in New Delhi. She is the recipient of three consecutive Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Awards in the period of 1994-1996. She received Padmashri Award in2006. Kavitha Krishamurthy got married to L. Subramaniyam, a violinist in 1999. After she had quit singing for films, Kavitha Krishnamurthy has been performing in various shows across the globe and especially in US, a number of NRI fans will be eager to catch her voice. Tickets for her shows can be purchased through this page.

Sadhana has sung in many Indian languages for films, television serials, devotionals and pop music albums. She is well known for her 1990s Hindi songs and South Indian songs. She holds a record for being the only North Indian to have won the National Award for a South Indian song.[3] She is also a trained Hindustani classical singer. Beginning her career in the early 1980s, Sargam has recorded her voice in various Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Oriya, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati,Nepali and many others.
Sadhana is the daughter of reputed classical singer and music teacher Neela Ghanekar. Influenced by the musical environs of her home, Sadhana began to learn singing and classical music from the age of four. She won a Central Government scholarship at the age of 10 and this led to a 7 - year learning stint under Pandit Jasraj. From childhood she was also learning and performing with the late maestro Vasant Desai for his documentaries, children's films and stage shows. Desai advised her mother that Sadhana was competent enough to handle both classical and light music and should remain in touch with both, as her mother wanted her to take up light singing. In fact, it was Desai who recommended that she learn under Pandit Jasraj.

Padmini Kolhapure (born 1 November 1965) is an Indian actress and singer, who appeared primarily in Hindi films. During her successful career, she received two Filmfare Awards and was the popular actress in the 1980s. kolhapure, at the age of fifteen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the revenge drama Insaf Ka Tarazu (1981), and at the age of seventeen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the tragic romance Prem Rog (1983), thus becoming the second youngest actress to win the awards in the respective categories.


Padmini was known for her professionalism and diligence. She even worked when she had fever on Do Dilon Ki Dastaan. She had more box office hits, such as Vidhaata (1982) and Souten (1983). She had a huge hit with Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985) with Mithun Chakraborty, and they were paired together in several more films. She agreed to work with Anil Kapoor when he was a newcomer in his first film Woh Saat Din (1983).

Kiran Deol is a comedian who was recently named one of Entertainment Weekly's "11 Asian American Comics Who Killed It This Year." As an actor, she starred on the NBC/Hulu comedy Sunnyside, in addition to other shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Modern Family.

She's a co-host on Crooked Media's Hysteria podcast and a touring stand-up comedian who headlined the NY Comedy Festival, the Kennedy Center, and more. As a writer/director, Kiran has made films for HBO and Sundance, been nominated for an Emmy, and shortlisted for an Academy Award. She loves naps and ice cream.

Armaan Malik (born 22 July 1995) is an Indian singer, songwriter, record producer, voice-over, performer and actor.[1] He is known for his singing in multiple languages, including Hindi, Telugu, English, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Malayalam.

He started singing at the age of 4. He went to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs in 2006 without the title Malik. However, he didn't win the show. Later Armaan learnt Hindustani classical music for 10 years and went to learn western music from Berklee College of Music, Boston.

He is the youngest singer to win two debut awards at Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) and the best playback singer award at BIG Star Entertainment Award in 2015.

Maestro Kala Ramnath with her ''Singing Violin'' stands among the world's finest, most inspirational instrumentalists. Her playing has been featured on the Grammy-nominated Miles from India project, and her compositions have appeared in the Grammy-winning album 27 Pieces and the Kronos Quartet's 50 for the Future. The UK-based Songlines magazine called Kala Ramnath one of the world's fifty best instrumentalists and selected her album Kala as one of its fifty best recordings. She was the first Indian violinist ever to be featured in the violinists' "Bible," The Strad. She was the subject of a solo essay in the third edition to The Encyclopedia - Rough Guide to World Music. Her contributions feature in Hollywood soundtracks like the Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond, and many more.

Most significantly in an Indian context, in May 2017 she was awarded the most illustrious Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar for her contributions to the violin in Hindustani Classical Music.

Born into a dynasty of prodigious musical talent, one which has given Indian music such violin legends as her paternal uncle Prof. T. N. Krishnan and paternal aunt Dr. N. Rajam, Kala's violinistic vision began manifesting early. Recognizing her innate talent, her astute grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayan Iyer, took her under his tutelage. Thus began her most auspicious journey on the road to astounding renown and international acclaim.
She became a pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. During this mentorship Kala began revolutionizing approaches to vocalized Hindustani violin technique. During this time she began to formulate a voice quite unlike any other Indian or non-Indian violinists. Justifiably, her voice came to be dubbed Singing Violin.

Acknowledged as a virtuoso of staggering proportions, Kala has performed at the most prestigious music festivals in India. She has appeared on world stages including the Sydney Opera House, Paris's Theatre de la Ville, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, Singapore's Esplanade, New York's Carnegie Hall, the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany, and the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland.

Kala is at the vanguard of the present generation of Indian instrumental superstars. Due to her rigorous training in the Hindustani classical tradition and familiarity with the Karnatic classic tradition, she comfortably forges musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe, incorporating elements of Western classical. Jazz. Flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied repertoire. In that vein. She has performed and experimented with such orchestras as the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and such musical legends as George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt. Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, Terry Bozzio, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Abbos Kosimov, and Ray Manzarek of the Doors.

With her mesmerizing glides, the timing and purity of her notes, and her soulful playing, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh has been captivating audiences around the world for thirty years now and is one of the leading Veena (roughly, the Indian lute) artists today. A sixth-generation musician, she began playing the Veena at the age of three and is one of the youngest Veena artists ever to receive the A-TOP GRADING, the highest from All-India Radio.

Apart from several prestigious venues and festivals in India, Jayanthi has performed at many international festivals, including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Darbar Festival, the Queensland Music Festival, the Darwin Music Festival, and the Adelaide Music Festival, and at prestigious venues such as the United Nations in New York, the Palladium, Indiana, the Theatre de la Ville, Paris, and the Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle.

She has received many awards in India, including the Sangeetha Choodamani, the Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Veena Naada Mani, the Kala Ratna, the Sathyashree, and the Gaana Varidhi, to name a few. She is a seven-time recipient of The Music Academy, Chennai's Award for Veena.

A collaborator, she has performed with legends such as table Ustad Zakir Hussain, Violin Maestro Shri. R. Kumaresh, Flautist Ronu Mujamdar, and the like.

Kanwar Grewal is a Sufi Singer.Kanwar Grewal was born on January 1, 1984 at Mehma Sawai, India. Also we can address Kanwar Grewal by other professions like, Film Actor & Executive Producer, Film Producer, who works predominantly in India.

Mannara Chopra (born 25 May 1991) is an Indian actress and model who predominantly works in Telugu films as well as a few Hindi and Tamil films. She is the paternal cousin of actresses Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra. She made her Bollywood debut with the film Zid.

Jaskaran Singh "Karan" Aujla (born 18 January 1997) is an Indian singer, rapper and lyricist known for his work in Punjabi music. He is best known for his many single tracks, 14 of which have been featured in the UK Asian chart by Official Charts Company, while seven have featured in the Global YouTube music chart. His debut album BacTHAfucUP peaked at 20th on Billboard Canadian Albums chart and 34th on New Zealand albums chart, earning him the title of the Largest Digital Artist 2021 on Spotify. He is one of Most Popular Artists in Punjabi Music Industry in today's date.

Aujla started his career by writing lyrics for Jassi Gill's "Range", from his album Replay. Then he emigrated to Canada, and wrote lyrics for various other artists including Deep Jandu and Elly Mangat. In 2016, he released his debut song "Property of Punjab" as a lead artist, and started featuring as guest artist in songs. He came into limelight with his tracks like "Yaarian Ch Fikk", "Unity", "Alcohol 2", and "Lafaafe"; subsequently he achieved mainstream popularity in 2018 with "Don't Worry", his first song to enter UK Asian chart. In 2020, his singles "Jhanjar", "Red Eyes" and "Kya Baat Aa" entered top 10 in the chart, while "So Far" entered top 5.

Kapil Sharma (born 2 April 1981) is an Indian stand-up comedian, television presenter, TV actor and film and television producer known for hosting The Kapil Sharma Show. He previously hosted the television comedy shows Comedy Nights with Kapil and Family Time with Kapil.
Ormax Media rated Sharma the most popular Indian television personality in April 2016. Forbes India ranked him at 11th and 18th in their Celebrity 100 list in the year 2016 and 2017 respectively. In 2013, he was awarded the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in the entertainment category, and was ranked third in the Most Admired Indian Personality List by The Economic Times in 2015. Sharma was nominated in 2014 for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness among people for cleanliness and other hygiene related social issues. For his contribution towards the mission through his show, he was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee in September 2015 to acknowledge his contribution

Aakash is a stand-up comedian from Delhi. An eccentric performer, He always had that knack of making people laugh. Desperate for laughs, he started his comedy career started by mimicking his maasi on family get-togethers. Fortunately, the path has been upwards since then. "Par ye humesha gusse mei kyu rehta hai" is what you must be thinking. Yes he always looks grumpy and that's not because his face is like that. It's because he takes his comedy way too seriously. Otherwise, he is very jolly in nature.

Satinder Pal Singh, popularly known as Satinder Sartaaj, is an Indian singer, songwriter, actor and poet of Punjabi language films and songs. He gained fame with his song "Udaarian". Since then he has performed across the world. He made his film debut as Maharaja Duleep Singh in The Black Prince in 2017.

A multi-gifted artist, artist, songwriter, singer, composer and poet. Today Dr.Satinder Sartaaj possesses an unprecedented list of achievements and remains in the fore front of his craft, a true inspiration. As an artist he excites, enlightens, leads and embraces his fans with insights into life's meaning and deepest feelings. Ancestral values are seen embedded deep in his poetry. Satinder Sartaaj captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of his words and lyrics. His songs stir the souls, energize the bodies, liberate the minds and heal the hearts.

Satinder Sartaaj is an internationally known singer best recognized for his well-decorated career in Punjabi-Sufi music. His stock took a recent rise after his Hollywood acting debut depicting the Maharaja Duleep Singh in the universally acclaimed motion picture The Black Prince. The famed poet holds a Doctorate in Sufi Music and is most widely sighted for his spellbinding performances in front of the many thousands that gather at his concerts all over the world Sartaaj's emergence has been tied to the long list of hit songs that date back a decade, however, the Punjab native has always demonstrated an uncanny ability to transcend. The practicing music professor's reverence for his craft and culture has always been on display in his music but his recent acceptance by greater audiences have catapulted this superstar. His collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Talib Kweli, and other American music stars combined with his collaboration with Indian Cinema queen Shabana Azmi on the film The Black Prince have helped graduate this prolific performer to a grander playing field. His humble reflection of being the first Indian man with a turban to walk the red carpet at Cannes is in stride with the modesty Sartaaj champions. His 2014 Royal Albert Hall sellout performance was the first of the many eyebrow-raising accomplishments that have since become a common step. His achievements with the United Nations to help raise funds for their fight against Human Trafficking saw him work alongside cultural royalty like A.R.Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Quincy Jones, President Jimmy Carter and much more to help eradicate the world's second-biggest crime. The year ahead looks incredibly exciting with a calendar that looks to further his international presence. The upcoming digital release of The Black Prince will punctuate one of the defining films of the Indian diaspora of this last year, and with a mini-series on the horizon, the visibility looks sure to grow. Sartaaj's next music album promises to deliver the sound that has defined his name, except this much more around the world will be listening.

Satinder Sartaaj was born in the village of Bajrawar, Distt Hoshiarpur (Punjab eastern). Living in the sleepy village, as a child he was hooked to the melody emanating from the flute and sarangi of the wandering artists.

Talking about his schooling from his own village and nearby villages of Chabewal and Patti, he says, “I began performing at the Bal-Sabha in 3rd grade and this marked the beginning of my journey.” He then graduated in Music with Honours from Govt College Hoshiarpur. Alongside he also completed his 5-year diploma in classical music from Sangeet Vishard in Jalandhar. After completing his graduation and diploma Satinder headed to Punjab University, Chandigarh for his Masters in Music. After his Masters and M.Phil. He completed his PhD with specialization n Sufi poetry. To further understand the deep thoughts of Sufi poetry, he completed a certificate course and Diploma in Persian (Farsi) language. Dr. Satinder Sartaaj taught in the Music Department in Punjab University for 6 years.

Laxmikant Shantaram Patil Kudalkar was born on the day of Laxmi Pujan, Dipawali on 3 November 1937. Probably, because of the day of his birth, his parents named him Laxmikant, after the goddess Laxmi. He spent his childhood amidst dire poverty in the slums of Vile Parle (East) in Mumbai.[citation needed] His father died when he was a child. Because of the poor financial condition of the family he could not complete his academic education either.[citation needed] Laxmikant's father's friend, a musician himself, advised Laxmikant and his elder brother to learn music. Accordingly, Laxmikant learned to play the mandolin and his elder brother learned to play the tabla. He spent two years in the company of the well-known mandolin player Hussain Ali. He began organising and performing in Indian Classical instrumental music concerts to earn some money. Later, in the 1940s, he also learned mandolin from Bal Mukund Indorker and violin from Husnalal (of the Husanlal Bhagatram fame). Laxmikant began his film career as a child actor in the films Bhakt Pundalik (1949) and Aankhen (1950). He also acted in some Gujarati films

Diljit Dosanjh (born 6 January 1984) is an Indian singer-songwriter, actor, film producer and television presenter who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema.[1][2] He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being commercially successful, including Jatt & Juliet, Jatt & Juliet 2, Punjab 1984, Sardaar Ji, Ambarsariya, Sardaar Ji 2, Super Singh, Sajjan Singh Rangroot, Shadaa and Honsla Rakh- which are among the most successful Punjabi movies in history.[3]

He made his Bollywood debut in 2016 with the crime thriller Udta Punjab for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut, in addition for a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, this was followed by films that failed to propel his career forward in the Hindi film industry. This changed with his supporting role in the comedy Good Newwz (2019), for which he received his second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. As of 2020, he has won the most five PTC Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared as a judge in three seasons of the reality show Rising Star.[4] In 2020, Dosanjh entered Social 50 chart by Billboard, following the release of his 11th album G.O.A.T..[5] Also, the album entered top 20 in Canadian Albums Chart. (2021) His 12th Album MoonChild Era Entered in Billboard Canadian Top Albums Chart

Zarna Garg is a mom and lawyer turned award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian, highlighting the immigrant and American experience with her own signature style.

Since the pandemic, she's brought her comedy shows online, a move which was covered in the New York Times and outdoors to venues including Central Park and the MET. Zarna has taken TikTok by storm, with her comedy videos gaining more than 60 million views and counting!

Zarna performs for sold out audiences at top clubs across the country, and you can find her each month at the famous Caroline's on Broadway with her second hit show “Sari, Not Sorry,” following her headlining debut, “My American Dream.” She is a featured comic on Kevin Hart's Lyft Comic Series. She won Best Newcomer at Ladies of Laughter. She is also one of the winners of the #TY100 I Love NYC's SMB's 100 Small Business Owners. Zarna was the featured performer for the Outstanding Mother Awards in support of the Save the Children foundation with attendees including Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Kris Jenner and more.

Her debut romantic comedy screenplay “Rearranged” won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award at the 2019 Austin Film Festival (placing #1 out of 11,000 scripts), and was also a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist. The script has been optioned by Marginal Mediaworks.

She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians worldwide, and quite possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law. Zarna is a rare voice tackling the type of humor few (if any) other Indian immigrant women have attempted before, and represents a demographic with few comedic influences.

Ram Miriyala is an Indian playback singer, record producer, music composer, film scorer, and songwrite

Samarth Nagarkar is a performing vocalist in the Hindustani classical genre of music. Trained under illustrious masters, he has been described by critics as an able flag-bearer of the traditions he represents. To experience his music, please visit his music page for recommended listening.

In 2020, as live performances moved online he performed 3 live-streamed concerts. He also regularly holds music learning sessions via his Patreon page.

Rahul developed his interest in vocal music by studying the music of Kumar Gandharva. Initially, he sought guidance of Pandit Gangadharbuva Pimpalkhare and Dr. Madhusudhan Patwardhan. He further learnt under the tutelage of Smt. Ushatai Chipalkatti and Pandit Mukul Shivputra. He also learned the tabla from Suresh Samant. His repertoire includes khayal, tap khayal, dhruvpad, thumri, kajri, hori, tappa, ghazal, abhanga, bhajan, natyasangeet and bhavgeet. Rahul has judged Zee Marathi's popular reality TV show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - Little Champs" and Zee Yuva's “Sangeet Samrat parva2”. His work in the re-opening of the musical play Katyar Kaljat Ghusali was appreciated.[4][5][6] He was the playback singer for the songs of "Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale", played by Sachin Pilgaonkar in the film. The role was played by Rahul himself in the play Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.
Also, every year he arranges the "Vasantotsav" in the memory of his late grandfather Pandit Vasantrao Deshpande

Kumar Sanu, is an Indian playback singer. He is known as the King of Melody in Bollywood. His voice and singing style are heavily influenced by singer Kishore Kumar. He is famous for singing thousands of Bollywood Hindi songs.

Kumar Sanu is one of the most popular playback singers of Bollywood. He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day, which are 28. He was born on 23rd September, 1957 and was named Kedernath Bhattacharjee. His father, Pashupati Bhattacharjee was a renowned classical singer and composer who noticed his son's talent at a very young age. When he was still very young, his father trained him to sing classical music and play the tabla. Given here is a small biography which captures the life history of Kumar Sanu.

Kumar Sanu graduated in commerce from Calcutta University and then started giving public performances at small shows and restaurants in Calcutta itself. His style of singing was greatly influenced by the legendary Kishore Kumar. He badly wanted to become a playback singer but the competition in the Indian film is more than just fierce; it is ruthless. It took several years and a lot of struggle before Kumar Sanu was noticed by the great Jagjit Singh. He offered Kumar Sanu a chance to sing in the Hindi film Aandhiyan.

Kumar Sanu came to Bombay when Kalyanji - Anandji offered him to sing for the movie "Jadugar". He was then asked to adopt a different name that was much more acceptable due to caste/region preferences. Thus, he started to work under the name Kumar Sanu instead of Kedernath Bhattacharjee. This gave him a wider appeal with the masses and he did not remain restricted to the Bengali mass. His real achievement however, came in the year 1990 with the movie "Aashiqui".

The talented music directors Nadeem - Shravan gave him all but one song of the movie Aashiqui. Kumar Sanu proved himself with this opportunity and the songs took the entire nation by rage. Everyone hummed the songs that were touted as that year's biggest hits. Kumar Sanu became a star and also won his first Filmfare award as the Best Male Playback singer. He began recording for many more films and achieved much success with more and more hits. Some movies that are worth the mention are Saajan, Deewana, Baazigar, and 1942: A Love Story.

He won five Filmfare awards for five consecutive years and by the end of 1990, he had sung for hundreds of films in different languages. However, during the prime of his career, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was under medication after which he sang chosen songs. He cut down on singing and branched out, giving public performances and also acting in Bengali and Hindi serials.

Gopinath Chandran is an Indian television anchor, radio jockey, journalist, reporter, news presenter/moderator, entrepreneur, and a writer, currently featured on the STAR Vijay debate show Neeya Naana. He is popularly known as "Neeya Naana Gopinath.

Gopinath began his career in 2002 with Raj Television Network and did reporting assignments at Jaya TV, NDTV and CNBC-TV-18 Later he joined Vijay TV and anchored Makkal Yaar Pakkam, a political analysis programme. In 2006, he started his position with Neeya Naana.

He has been an anchor for television series such as Makkal Yaar pakkam, Nadanthadhu enna, Sigaram thotta Manidargal and En Desam! En Makkal in 2013.

He has written four books. The first was a collection of poems, Theruvellam Devathaigal, and was published in 2007. The second book, Please indha Puthagathai vaangatheengawas based on personality development. The third was a self-motivating and self-analysing book called Neeyum Naanum. Gopinath's fourth book is Ner Ner Thema, a collection of interviews.

Gopi Started 'Taalk Shop Academy of Communication' to touch with educational institutions to enter into a memorandum of understanding. And develop syllabus and also provide all technical support including guest speakers to address the students to equip them better.

Sukhbir Singh is an Indian singer. He is often referred to as the "Prince of Bhangra". His Bhangra music varied from fusion to pure Punjabi at times.

Sukhbir's Bhangra is a fusion of Bhangra with rap, techno and reggae. In Oi Triesto, his music was complemented by Spanish and Portuguese rhythms, while he also uses instruments like: tablas, congos, guitars and keyboards in his music.
He sang the song Dil laga from Dhoom 2. He has also sung a song with Indian band Josh. When the tsunami occurred he sang a song with Jassi Sidhu, Shin, DCS and Taz, stereo nation. His new album is Tere naal nachna. He sung the song 'Pattengi Putt Sardaara cha' for a punjabi film 'Pata Nahi Rab Kedeyan Ranga'ch Razi' in which he has a cameo role as himself. Currently collaborating with DJs Aqeel & Suketu for our brand IHM

His first album. New Stylee, was recorded in Dubai and had many foreign influences. The album though, was nominated and won the 1996 Channel V Awards in three categories: Best Debut Album, Best Male Vocalist and Best Music Video (for "Punjabi Munde") This album was followed by another, Gal Ban Gayi (This album was awarded a Gold Disc by the Indian Music Industry for outstanding sales in February 1998), and then a third called Hai Energy.

His other album, Dil Kare, includes hits such as the title song and Nachle Soniye. The video to the song 'Girls Girls Girls' features various Indian beauties, such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Celina Jaitley.

Hanna Haas is a songwriter drawn to the dance of light and dark. Currently based in Portland Oregon, she has come to call the entire West Coast her home. Hanna describes her music as "contemplative folk," identifying with artists Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and Feist for their alternate tunings and mesmerizing melodies.

Saloni Thakkar is versatile and beautiful singer. She has been singing since past couple of years. Saloni has sung with Sukhwinder Singh in MTV Unplugged Season 5 and is a part of his band. She who has worked predominantly in Bollywood. Saloni Thakkar's film to hit the theaters was Veerey Ki Wedding in the year 2018. She has also given her voice to the song So Gaya Yeh Jahan (From "Bypass Road")

Born and raised in Canada, Dhillon is at once relatable and down to earth. Specializing in Electro-Bollywood, she has made a name for herself in an industry that still boasts of only a handful of female DJs. But Dhillon was not always a music pioneer-in college, she majored in biology and minored in business, end route to becoming a doctor.

Nishat Khan was born in the mid-1960s in Kolkata. As the son and disciple of Imrat Khan, he is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year old tradition of India's most renowned musical family. Khan has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom but also realms as diverse as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, abstract jazz, and Flamenco. His remarkable intuition for other musical traditions has led to collaborations with leading performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Pena, Evelyn Glennie, and Django Bates.


Khan has performed at major venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2004, he was invited to perform alongside Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and others at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. In 2007, he toured across India with violinist Vanessa Mae and in 2008 toured Europe with his pioneering Spirit & Passion featuring Flamenco guitar great Paco Pena, and later that year performed a solo concert at the BBC Proms.

Sunil Jogi is an Indian author. He is a poet of comic verses and the ex-president of the Hindustani Academy, a post holding the rank of a Minister of State in the Government of Uttar Pradesh. He is also a Hindi adviser to the Ministry of Railways & Parliamentary Affairs.

Born: 19 November 1985 (age 36 years), New Delhi Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, known by his stage name Badshah, is an Indian rapper, singer, film producer and businessman known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi music. He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his Hip Hop group Mafia Mundeer.

Renowned meditation guru, humanitarian and thought leader, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world through his meditations, breathing techniques and wisdom. He is an Indian yoga guru, a spiritual leader. He is frequently referred to as Sri Sri, Guru ji, or Gurudev. From around the mid 1970s, he worked as an apprentice under Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation.

He is an icon of non-violence and seeks global peace through service and fostering human values.

Gurudev believes inner peace is the key to peace in the world outside. He has progressed peace in conflict-stricken areas such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, Venezuela and Colombia. As a tireless ambassador of Peace, Gurudev has delivered his message of peace to the United Nations, The European Parliament, The World Economic Forum, as well as universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.

Amit Prakash Mishra, a well known Indian singer, songwriter, voice actor and live performer. He became more well known after the release of the song "Bulleya" sung by him from the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for his rendition of the song he won a Filmfare Award for new music talent Screen Award for Best Male Playback and IIFA Award for Best Male Playback. He got nominated for the same song in different award shows. He has also sung in some of Telugu, Bengali and Marathi films. He born on 15th February 1989 at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India,

Amit graduated in B.Com from Lucknow University and also learned music from Bhatkhande Music Institute located at Lucknow. He is also a member of a World Music band called Soham.

Amit was also part of a band called TRISHNA in Lucknow. Along with his band, Amit got a chance to perform in "Idea Rocks India 2009" which was aired on Colours where Amit was the lead vocalist of the band. They were among the top 4 bands in that season.

Amit Mishra is a trained musician and a classical vocalist. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals to the album "eternal love" by Parthiv Shah. Amit was also part of the MTV Unplugged Season 6. Mishra's most popular songs include "Sau Tarah Ke" from Dishoom, "Manma Emotion Jaage" from Dilwale, "Bulleya" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, "Seedha Saadha" from Commando 2. He recorded a song for the film Tubelight called "Radio" along with Kamaal Khan. As well as singing he plays a number of musical instruments. He can compose songs and has also worked as an arranger from soft instrumental to remixes. Mishra has worked nationwide and lent his voice to movies, television advertisements and daily soap titles. Amit recorded "Rabba Ve", the track for popular daily soap opera of Star Plus, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3.

Isha Koppikar is an Indian actress, model and politician. She has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi films.

Coming from a Konkani-speaking Mangalorean family of learned academicians, Isha has herself completed a course in Life Sciences from Ruia College, and was born on September 19, 1976 in Bombay, India. She has a younger brother.

After completing her college course, she contested the 1995 Miss India contest, and won the Miss Talent crown.

This win got her lead roles in two 1998 Tamil movies 'Kaadhal Kavidai' and 'En Swasa Katre' opposite Prasanth and Arvind Swamy respectively. Both movies got her a lot of positive reviews, and she even won the Best Female Debut from Filmfare for her role in 'Kandhal Kavidai'.

She shot to fame after a modeling shoot with Gautam Rajyadhaksa when she was still in Junior College.

So far She has modeled for "Camay", "Rexona", "L'Oreal", "Tips & Toes", "Coke" "Synergy", "Ponds", "Deepam Sarees", and also took part in several ramp shows. she has also modeled for Anita Dongre.

Talented, stunningly beautiful, and tall, a majestic five feet seven inches in height, which is literally head and shoulders above the average Indian woman (and a lot of men, too!), she has better chances of becoming a leading lady opposite the taller Bollywood heroes.

Isha got her fame in Bollywood when she did the Ram Gopal Varma number (Khallas) in the movie named "Company", and since then has been referred to as the "Khallas Girl" .

Isha towers over many Bollywood actresses, has come far beyond just a sizzling "item" girl, to become a household name. She fills the niche (and much more) created by the exit of another attractive Bollywood actress, Sonam.

Isha's name bounced back into lime-light when she starred in a controversial film named "Girlfriend", which is the story of two lesbian lovers - a subject that is still very taboo in India and some other parts of the world.

Isha was nominated for her part in "Qayamat" in which she plays a negative role. She also received accolades for her role in "Pinjar".

Taking the cue from other personalities from Indian Cinema, she changed her name to Isha Koppikhar. She subsequently obtained a black-belt in Taekwondo.


Lina Mogre and Preity Zinta introduced her to hotelier Timmy Narang, both clicked, dated for about a year, got formally engaged in a glittering 'Ken and Barbie' party; followed by a Sangeet ceremony at Worli's Mayfair on November 27; and on November 29, 2009, tied the knot at Juhu's Hare Krishna Mandir in the presence of close friends and relatives.

Tejinder Singh Maan, commonly addressed as Babbu Maan is considered the Punjabi Music Legend for the contribution he has made to the Punjabi Music Industry with his tracks and brought laurels that deserve recognition. Raised in Khant Maanpur in the Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab, his main target audience is the Punjabi-speaking population globally.

Babbu Maan is a Punjabi Singer, Lyricist, Poet, and Actor associated with Punjabi Music and Flim Industry. He was born on 29 March 1975 and his birthplace is Village Khant, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab. His height is about 5′ 11”. He completed his schooling at Government Public School and completed his graduation in Music with Honours from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Babbu Maan has worked with various renowned labels such as Catrack, T-Series, Point Zero, Eros International, Swag Music, Speed Records,Zee Music Company. Working with these labels, Maan has released eight studio albums and six compilation albums; has written screenplays for, acted in and produced Punjabi films; and has contributed significantly to regional and Bollywood film soundtracks. Banjara, his upcoming Punjabi Movie has been shot entirely in Vancouver, Canada in 2017, releases November 2018.

Mouni Roy (Born 28 September 1985) is an Indian actress, singer, Kathak dancer and model, who primarily works in Hindi films and television. She debuted into television in 2007 with the role of Krishna Tulsi in the soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus.

Mouni Roy is an actress, known for Naagin (2015), GOLD (2018) and K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018). She made her first film debut with a Punjabi movie named Hero Hitler in Love. She made her first Bollywood debut with movie named Gold directed by Reema Kagti in the role of Monobina Das. Because of her excellent performance, she got role in many movies such as Tum Bin II, K.G.F: Chapter 1, Romeo Akbar Walter etc. She is also known for her portrayal of Sati in the television show Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. She worked in many Television series such as Kasturi in the role of Shivani Sabbarwal, Do Saheliyaan in the role of Roop, All 3 seasons of Naagin in the role of Shivanya Ritik Singh and many more. In 2013, She starred as Meera in Junoon - Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq alongside popular actor Aditya Redij.

Mouni Roy was born and brought up in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. She did her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Baburhat, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, and Miranda House, Delhi University, New Delhi further started her graduation in English Honours Course in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi but dropped midway. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

Shehnaaz Gill is an Indian actress, model and singer who works in television and films. She began her modeling career with the 2015 music video, Shiv Di Kitaab. In 2017, she debuted as an actress in Punjabi film Sat Shri Akaal England.

In 2017, she debuted as an actress in Punjabi film Sat Shri Akaal England. In 2019, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13 where she finished in third place.

In September 2019, Gill entered as a celebrity participant on Bigg Boss 13. While she was in the Bigg Boss house, her first single, "Veham" came out, followed by some other singles including "Sidewalk", "Range" and "Ronda Ali Peti". The season ended in February 2020, where Gill finished up as second runner-up. In February 2020, she appeared in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge but it terminated within a month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gill then appeared in a number of music videos including "Bhula Dunga", "Keh Gayi Sorry", "Kurta Pajama", "Waada Hai", "Shona Shona" and "Fly".[20][21]

In 2021, Gill appeared in Punjabi film Honsla Rakh opposite Diljit Dosanjh.

Gill was ranked 13th and 11th in the Times Top 20 Most Desirable Women on TV in 2019 and 2020 respectively. She was ranked at No. 45 in The Times Most Desirable Women in 2020.[25] In 2021, Gill appeared on the digital cover of Filmfare and was awarded the "Promising Fresh Face" at the ET Inspiring Women Awards.

Arshad Warsi (born 19 April 1968) is an Indian actor, producer, dancer, television personality, choreographer, and playback singer who appears in Hindi films.

Arshad Warsi did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, Deolali in Nashik district, Maharashtra. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Mumbai during his early days. He is an actor, dancer, film producer, television personality, choreographer, and playback singer.

Financial circumstances forced Warsi to start work as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman at age 17. Later he worked in a photo lab. Meanwhile, he had a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami's Dance group in Mumbai, which started his dancing and choreographing career. He also assisted Mahesh Bhatt in Thikana (1987) and Kaash (1987). Then in 1991, he won the Indian dance competition, followed by the fourth prize in the Modern Jazz category in 1992 World Dance championship, London, at the age of 21. Soon, he started his own dance studio, 'Awesome' with that money and also formed a dance troupe. It was here, his future wife, Maria Goretti, a St. Andrew's College student joined him, before she became a VJ. He was also associated with English theater group in Mumbai, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and got an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993). He made his screen debut with the 1996-film Tere Mere Sapne where he starred opposite Simran & Chandrachur Singh.

Hariharan is an Indian playback singer in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam,Kannada and Telugu movies, an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. Early life Hariharan grew up in Mumbai in a Tamil brahmin Iyer family, and has bachelor degrees in science and law. The son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H.A.S. Mani (full name:anantha Subramani Iyer), Hariharan inherited his parents' musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan's first guru (mentor). From here he picked up Carnatic music skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in nine hours of singing practice everyday. The committed Hariharan also put heart and soul into learning Urdu when he decided to become a ghazal singer. He has perfected his Urdu diction to such standards that even his audiences in Lucknow, the heartland of the language, have been wowed over. In 1977, Hariharan bagged the top prize in the All-India Sur Singaar competition and was promptly signed on by the late music director Jaidev to sing for the Hindi film Gaman. His debut song "Ajeeb Saaneha Mujh Par Guzar Gaya Yaaron" in that movie became such a hit that it won Hariharan an Uttar Pradesh state award, as well as a Best Singer National Award nomination, and Hariharan's playback singing career took off. Rise to fame At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and also performed on TV. He sang for a number of TV serials (e.g., Junoon).

In addition, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan's first ghazal albums was "Abshaar-e-Ghazal" with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was "Gulfam", which not only hit double platinum in sales but also fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994. Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R Rahman with the patriotic song "Thamizha Thamizha" in Maniratnam's film Roja. He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition of the song "Uyire Uyire" also by music director A.R Rahman in Maniratnam's Bombay (Hariharan sang the song with K.S. Chitra). Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singer of A R Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Roja, Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Mudhalvan, Taal, Bombay, Rangeela, Indira, Iruvar, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal,Guru etc. In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer for the soulful rendition of the song "mere dushman mere bhai" from the Hindi movie Border, composed by Anu Malik. He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs which is his highest in his career. The year 1996 was a career milestone; he released the fusion album Colonial Cousins with Bombay-based composer/singer Leslie Lewis. This was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. It won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award. Hariharan has also acted in a Tamil film with Khushboo, titled Power of Women & also played cameo roles in the Tamil film Boys & the Malayalam film Millennium Stars.

Recent years In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri and Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music. Hariharan also collaborated with Pakistan based band Strings for a track called "bolo bolo". Hariharan released an album called destiny with Punjabi / bhangra artiste Daler Mehndi. His newest Ghazal album "Lahore ke rang, Hari ke sang" with renowned ghazal composers from Pakistan won him rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside india. He also coined the terminology "Urdu Blues" with his immensely successful album "Kaash" which featured musicians like Anandan Sivamani the percussion maestro, Ustaad Rashid Mustafa on tabla, Ustad Liyaqat Ali Khan on Sitar & Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi. Hariharan also worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his ghazal album Haazir. He also had the chance to sing in front of Sathya Sai Baba 2 years ago.

Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Academy Award & Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner SAMPOORAN SINGH KALRA aka GULZAR Sahab is a winner of Four National awards, one Academy award, one Grammy award, 21 Film Fare awards, and numerous other State & International awards during his illustrious career of over 55 years in the Indian film industry. Producer, Director, Writer, Scriptwriter, Poet & Lyricist Gulzar Sahab.

His films, sensitive, lyrical, and yet successful, were a welcome relief from the violent films that filled the 1970s and 1980s.

Born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Deena, in the Jhelum District in what is now Pakistan, he came to Delhi after the partition during independence as a poet. He joined Bimal Roy Productions in 1961 and got his first break as a lyricist writing for Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963). The success of this film made him Bimalda's full-time assistant and got him writing for films by acclaimed directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Asit Kumar Sen. Some of the films he has written include Anand (1971), Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), and Namak Haraam (1973) for Mukherjee; and Do Dooni Char (1968), Khamoshi (1970), and Safar (1970) for Sen.

Gulzar made his directorial debut with Mere Apne (1971). Based on Tapan Sinha's "Apanjan," the film looks at an old woman (played by Meena Kumari) caught between two street gangs of unemployed and frustrated youths. He then went on to make Parichay (1972) (loosely based on The Sound of Music (1965)) and Koshish (1972), which gave a superb look at the trials of a deaf and dumb couple (played by Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar). From this film came a mutually beneficial partnership with Kumar, which resulted in fine films like Mausam (1975), Angoor (1982)Namkeen (1982), and the classic film Aandhi (1975), which had been banned for a while. However, Gulzar didn't always depend on Sanjeev Kumar: the stars of the time, such as Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, and Hema Malini, worked with him in unglamorous roles and gave some of their best and introspective performances in films like Achanak (1973), Khushboo (1975), and Kinara (1977).

Musically, Gulzar was unbeatable. Being a lyricist and collaborating with film composers, he always had a high quality of music in his films, especially with Rahul Dev Burman. And while Burman became a pop icon with his tunes from Procession of Memories (1973) and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977), he also gave Gulzar classic pieces with which to work in Khushboo (1975) and Permission (1987).

Sadly, the 1980s and 1990s saw a decline in Gulzar the director, and although films such as Lekin (1990) and Maachis (1996) had their moments, his last film to date, Hu Tu Tu (1999), was a misfire. However, he tried his hand at television with the much acclaimed television film Mirza Ghalib (1988). Made about the poet's life and starring Naseeruddin Shah in the title role, the serial was a landmark in Indian Television. Gulzar has also directed documentaries on Amjad Khan and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi as well as "Shaira," a film based on Meena Kumari. He has also turned his creativity into other channels--he has written screenplays for films like Masoom (1983) and Rudaali (1993), and has written the lyrics for films like Dil Se.. (1998) and Saathiya (2002).

Afsana Khan is a Punjabi Singer and Songwriter associated with Punjabi Music Industry. She was born on 13 June 1994 and her birthplace is Village Badal, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab. Her height is about 5′ 5”. She did her schooling at Government Senior Secondary School, Badal, and did her Bachelor of Arts graduation. Her father's name is Sheera Khan and her mother's name is Asha Begum.

SThe singer hails from Badal Village in Sri Muktsar Sahib. Afsana Khan has 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Afsana Khan's family has a background in music. Her grandfather and father were singers. She was too young when her father passed away and she then started to sing locally to help her family financially. However, she didn't recieve any formal education in music. Afsana Khan used to do live shows across Punjab.

Afsana Khan was first seen in the singing reality show, Voice Of Punjab Season 3. She was one of the top 5 finalists of the show. Next, she appeared on singing reality show, Rising Star.

Saajz is a Singer, Actor, and Music Director associated with the Punjabi Music Industry. He was born in 1993 and his birthplace is Mohali, Punjab, India. His height is about 5′ 8”. Now, he engaged with a very popular and talented singer named Afsana Khan who already got her success in the music industry because of her beautiful and soulful voice.

Saajz started his singing career from a very young age by participating in school functions and youth festivals in college. He made Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as a mentor. His first song was Yarri Anthem, which was a huge hit. Later he came out with Rule, Jatt High Rate, Gold Smith, Dukh Kinu Kinu, and Allah Khair Kare.

Khuda Baksh was born on 17-03-1995 in Badal Village, Muktsar in the state of Punjab, India. He is an Indian Singer & Playback Singer who is known for his work in Punjabi cinema. He is popularly known as a contestant of Indian Idol 9. He is a younger brother of well-known Punjabi singer Afsana Khan.

Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam artist, composer, and scholar. Rajna has been described as “a vital new voice” (Pop Matters), creating “music of gravity and rigor… yet its overall effect is accessible and uplifting” (Wall Street Journal). In her music and research, she explores the undercurrents of rhythmic experience and emergent textures in collective improvisation.

One of only a few women who play the mrudangam professionally, Rajna received her creative foundation on the instrument from her father, P.K. Swaminathan, and mrudangam legend Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Through extensive experience performing in the Karnatik music and bharatanatyam scenes, an affinity for various streams of South Asian film/popular music, and deep collaborative work in New York's jazz and creative music scene, Rajna developed experimental approaches to improvising on the mrudangam, piano, and voice.

Rajna's orientation as an improviser-composer blossomed through a search for resonance and fluidity among musical forms and aesthetic worlds. Her ensemble RAJAS has been a prominent medium for her expansive compositions, which involve a lattice of rhythmic, textural, and modal approaches. The ensemble's sound has been described as “unlike any other on the scene” (New York Times), and their debut album, Of Agency and Abstraction (Biophilia Records, 2019), received much critical acclaim. The ensemble recently premiered and began touring a new suite, Apertures, commissioned and supported by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program (2019-2022).

Prateek Kuhad is an Indian singer-songwriter and musician who makes independent music in Hindi and English. He is best known for his track "cold/mess".

After graduating from New York University, he returned to India, releasing a pair of EPs before releasing his debut album. He also signed a publishing deal with Los Angeles-based company Cutcraft Music. Kuhad became the first Indian to get signed by the American record label Elektra Records in 2020.

For Just Over A Decade, Prateek Kuhad Has Been Quietly Carving Out A Unique Role For Himself As A Globally Recognized Pop Musician From India. Originally From The Northern City Of Jaipur, Kuhad, Who Sings In Hindi And English, Easily Connects With Fans Of All Ages And Backgrounds. Praised By Rolling Stone India As “One Of The Country's Leading Singer-Songwriters,” Kuhad Found A New Wave Of Global Recognition In 2019 When Former President Barack Obama Added The Heartfelt Breakup Ballad “Cold/Mess” To His Annual List Of Favorite Songs. Following His Acclaimed 2021 Hindi EP, Shehron Ke Raaz, Kuhad Now Arrives With His Third Studio Album, The Way That Lovers Do, Via Elektra Records.
Kuhad, Who Cites Elliott Smith As A Major Influence, Did Not Necessarily Set Out To Shatter Conceptions Of Popular Indian Music, Which Is Generally Embedded In Bollywood Film Culture. Growing Up In Jaipur, Kuhad Began Playing Guitar As A Teenager And Listened To His Parents' Cliff Richard And Harry Belafonte CDs. Through His Older Sister, He Found Contemporary Pop Tapes And CDs Of The Backstreet Boys And Other ‘90s Top 40 Radio Fare, But It Wasn't Until He Moved To New York To Attend College Where He Really Began To Blossom As A Musician, Playing Local Shows Around The City In The Early ‘10s

In The Years Since, Kuhad Moved Back To India But Has Continuously Spent Time Playing And Recording In Numerous US Cities. To That End, The Way That Lovers Do Features 11 Brand-New Tracks About Human Love, Friendship, And Connectivity, Recorded At Seattle's Secluded Bear Creek Studio With Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy). Each Song, Written Over The Last Three Years, Is Elegant And Intricately Layered, Highlighting Kuhad's Whisper-Soft Tenor.

Shanmukha Priya is an Indian singer with specializations in the Carnatic music, jazz, rock, pop and yodeling. She has appeared on numerous reality television shows, which include popular ones like Padutha Theeyaga S6, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2017 and Indian Idol 12. The nation has already fine-tuned its ears to witness the stunning performances of the contestants who hit the Indian Idol Season 12's stage. A voice singing "Main Hoon Jhoom Jhoom Jhumroo" appeared on the stage and the voice yodelled the song seamlessly receiving a standing ovation from the judges Vishal Dadlani, Neha Kakkar and Himesh Reshammiya.

Born in Vishakapatnam in a Hindu family, Shanmukha Priya completed her schooling from Sri Chaitanya Techno School. She learnt music from her mother Ratnamala, who is a music teacher herself while her father plays Veena and Violin. When she was three years old her father, Srinivas Kumar noticed her humming to the tune the alarm clock played. He instantly took out the veena and gave Shanmukha Priya the notes and rhythm.

Priya was seen as a little and the youngest participant in the Zee Telugu Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs for the first time in the year 2008 and from there she continued to amaze everyone with her astonishing renditions. She appeared in music reality shows like TV's Voice India Kids, Paaduta Teeyaga, Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs, and many more. She also sang the title song in a Telugu film called "Tejam" in 2010. Along with Carnatic Classical, Priya also received training in Hindustani classical as well as in opera, jazz and yodelling.

Manoj Bajpayee was born on April 23, 1969 in Belwa, Bihar, India. He is known for Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Satya (1998) and Aks (2001). He has been married to Shabana Raza since February 23, 2005.

Manoj Bajpayee is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema and is often regarded as a method actor known for his unconventional, versatile roles. He has worked in more than 60 films, including Pinjar, 1971 Prisoners of War, Rajneeti and Gangs of Wasseypur, among many others, and his debut in the global phenomenon series 'The Family Man' won him critical acclaim. Bajpayee is the recipient of the Padma Shri Award, the National Film Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category & the Best Actor category for films Satya, Pinjar, and Bhonsle.
Manoj Bajpayee, also called as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films. He is the recipient of three National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards, and two Asia Pacific Screen Awards his performance in Satya and Aks.

Bajpayee has bagged International awards in the Best Actor category at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016 for the film Aligarh & the Best Actor award at the New York Indian Film Festival and Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for the film Gali Guleiya.

Sophie Choudry was born on 8th February 1982 in Manchester, England, United Kingdom. She is a British-born Indian Film Actress, Singer, Video Jockey, Songwriter, Television Presenter & Television Actress. She is well-known for her work in Bollywood as well as Tamil & Telugu cinema.

She has been active primarily in Hindi language films and is also a former MTV India VJ and occasional model, and television presenter. She began her career on Zee Tv UK in the late 1990s presenting Zee Top 10, a chart show also based in the UK/ Europe which became the number 1 show on the channel for several years before she launched her own career in Music.

Her father was a huge admirer of Sophia Loren and that is the reason why he named his daughter Sophie. She attended the London School of Economics and graduated in European Politics and French. Choudry started her career by becoming a VJ for Zee UK. She learned Kathak and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.

Her dream was to make it big in singing. She was launched by Bidoo at the age of 12. She started her singing career as a pop singer with her band ‘'Sansara''. The most popular track of this album was Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hain. After separating from the band she started solo singing. She then became MTV VJ in 2002. Dr. Love has been her most successful album.

In addition to Video Jockey and singing, she has also acted in Hindi and Telugu films. Though she has mostly appeared in movies with minor roles or item numbers, she still was noticed and her glamorous roles gained her huge fame. She made her acting debut in 2001, with the comedy-drama film Shaadi No.1. After which she has appeared in several films like Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Speed, Kidnap and Daddy Cool just to name a few.

Sophie has also participated as a contestant in dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in 2007.


Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.



Shujaat Khan's musical pedigree extends seven generations. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan, were all leading artists of their respective generations.



Khan's musical career began at the age of three when he began practicing on a specially made small sitar. By the age of six, he was recognized as a child prodigy and began formal performances.

Rajat Kapoor was born 11 February 1961, is an Indian actor, screenwriter and film director who works in Hindi films. Kapoor was born in Delhi, India. He mainly focused on acting at first. In 2013 he joined the theatre group Chingari in Delhi, later moving to Pune to attend the Film and Television Institute of India.Kapoor started out in Parallel Cinema making his debut in the 1989 Kumar Shahani film Khayal Gatha. When he had trouble finding acting jobs in the 1990s, Kapoor began writing and directing shorts. He made his full-length directorial debut with Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997), which had Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in minor roles. In 2001, Kapoor got his big mainstream break-in Dil Chahta Hai, which starred Aamir Khan, as uncle of Preity Zinta's character. He received international attention in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in which he played an abusive uncle. Since then, he has written, directed, and appeared in many critically acclaimed films including Corporate, Bheja Fry, and also as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film The Last Days of the Raj in 2007. In 2003, he wrote and directed the independent film Raghu Romeo which he financed by sending e-mail requests for money to his friends. Although it was not a box office success, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Kapoor then directed and starred in Mixed Doubles, a film that deals with Swinging in contemporary Mumbai.[2] In 2008 he directed a Sleeper hit called Mithya. Many international critics call it one of the greatest Black Comedy of all times, a rarely explored genre. He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for Siddharth: The Prisoner at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In the year 2010, he has also starred in a Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini opposite Konkona Sen directed by acclaimed Bengali film writer Aparna Sen. Kapoor frequently collaborates with actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey.

Paul Varghese born January 4, 1977 in Dallas, Texas is an American comedian and actor of Indian descent who appeared on the hit reality show Last Comic Standing 2, where he made it to the semi-finals.[2] He taped his first full set for national television on March 8, 2007, for Comedy Central's Live at Gotham which aired July 13, 2007. He was a regular on the Pugs and Kelly radio show, noon-3 p.m. weekdays on Live 105.3/Free FM in Dallas when that radio station and show was still on the air.

Varghese is Indian American, the son of Malayali immigrant parents from Kerala, and grew up in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. He earned a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas in 2000. He spent his junior year of college at William Paterson University of New Jersey, during which he interned on Sally Jessy Raphael's talk show. His sister Winnie Varghese is the rector of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, an Episcopal parish in New York City.

Amit Tandon was born (14 December 1975) in Patiala and brought up in Patiala, Chandigarh, Punchkula and Delhi. He obtained his degree (Mechanical Engineering & MBA) from IIT Delhi. After graduating, for over 10 years Amit was engaged with start-ups as well as global organizations in operations and business development roles. Amit was also a Convener for Executive Recruiters Association (ERA). He is an avid Blogger and his views have been quoted a number of times in ET and Singapore HR Magazine.Amit Tandon is a well known standup Comedian. A leading comedian in the industry, who's based at India but winning heart globally. A major reason being popular in his audience is his humor from day to day life, which he is converting into comedy and making people laugh. Amit is an Indian Standup Comedian spreading laughter across the Globe.Amit Tandon is leading comedian is known as "The Married guy ". While running a successful and a leading recruitment consulting firm in Delhi - Empyrean Partners, he decided to explore his old interest- COMEDY. His stories on middle class, husband & wife, current affairs make his jokes more interesting and funny. Amit's Humor is universal- Connecting with all segments of audience, be it middle aged, young-at- heart to young college going crowds. And now, he is a well known Humorist & Professional Standup Comedian. His videos are going viral over social media with over 50 million views

Pathak was born in Bhojpur district, Bihar, India. He attended the boarding school Vikas Vidyalaya, Ranchi until 1982. After graduating from Allahabad University he moved to United States for higher studies.[2] Perhaps chief among his mentors in his BFA program Stony Brook University was Farley Richmond, who also urged him to return to India and Hindi theater and film in 1995.While studying at State University of New York at Stony Brook Pathak had many acting roles, notably in the comedies Khosla Ka Ghosla and Bheja Fry.[4] In 1999, he played the role of Vinny in the television series Hip Hip Hurray. He also produced the film Dasvidaniya, which told the story of a common man bidding farewell before dying.[5]

Along with good friend Ranvir Shorey, he anchored the show OYE. Together they hosted the talk show Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun?.,[6] as well as House Arrest, Duniya Goal Hain and Cricket Crazy. He also teamed up with his friends Ranvir, Suresh Menon, and Gaurav Gera to be a part of a gag-based show The Great Indian Comedy Show.

Pathak starred in a minor role as Inspector Gurpal Badash in a made-for-TV movie Murder Unveiled (2005), featuring the Sikh community in Canada.

Pathak acted in the movies Johnny Gaddaar, Aaja Nachle , Khoya Khoya Chand and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

His next film produced by Pritish Nandy Communications Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, was released in India in December 2009.


Neil is a television, stage, and film actor known for his versatile acting skills across all formats. Neil received tremendous praise for his roles in Shaitan and No One Killed Jessica. He has also acted in the Indian adaptation of the international hit series 24, alongside Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi. He played the lead role in NH10 opposite Anushka Sharma, which won praise from both audiences and critics. Most recently he starred in Kaalakaandi with Saif Ali Khan and Lust Stories with Bhoomi Pednekar, and was also a part of an Amazon series - 4 More Shots Please directed by Anu Menon. He is presently shooting for a film for Drishyam Films.

Sanjeevani Bhelande is an Indian singer. She is known for her songs from movie Kareeb, her English book and album Meera and me and has given over 2000 live concerts.Playback singer Sanjeevani Bhelande has to her credit several original Hindi film songs like "Chori chori Nazrein mili" (Kareeb), "Nikamma kiya", "Yara rub russ jane de" (Socha na tha), Uljhanoko de diya (Rules), "Makhmali yeh badan" (Road), "Chidiya tu hoti" (Nayak), "Churalo na dil mera Sanam", "Haan judaise", "Tum juda hokar" and many more.

She won the Best playback singer Ashirwad award in 1999 for "Chori chori nazrein mili" and was a Filmfare and Screen nominee for "Churalo na dil mera sanam". Sanjeevani is the first ever winner of Zee TV's "Sa Re Ga Ma" and the first to have been selected for playback in Hindi films from a talent show. Music director Khayyam-ji adjudged her the winner in the 1995 finals of the first season and she was invited by filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra to sing 5 playback songs for his film Kareeb.

Having performed thousands of live concerts, Sanjeevani is an erudite and charming live performer. She is known to give insights into the lyrics and compositions of songs through her YouTube tutorials.

Ali Zafar is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, model, actor, producer, screenwriter and painter. Zafar started out on Pakistani television before becoming a popular musician. He later also established a career in Bollywood and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Hindi films.He has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.

Zafar started his career as a music composer and gained popularity with his single "Channo" from his debut album Huqa Pani, which sold over five million copies worldwide. "Channo" turned out to be a huge success, topping many music charts and earned him several awards for Best Music Album and Artist. Zafar made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2010 Bollywood satire film Tere Bin Laden, a moderate box office success. His performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned him several nominations in the Best Male Debut category, including Filmfare. He then also worked in several films, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, and Dear Zindagi.

Alongside his acting and singing career, Zafar participates in tours, concerts and stage shows, is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals. In 2013, Zafar was voted as the "Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet", based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye.

Pratik Bachan (born 7 February 1986), best known by his stage name B Praak (formerly Prakky B), is an Indian singer and music director associated with the Punjabi and Hindi music industry. He started his career as a music producer, and later debuted as a singer with the song Mann Bharrya .[1] He is a frequent collaborator of lyricist Jaani, and has since entered into Hindi cinema in 2019 with two songs as singer in the films Kesari and Good Newwz starring Akshay Kumar, and as a guest composer in the satire Bala.Praak was born as Pratik Bachan in Chandigarh. His father, Varinder Bachan, is a Punjabi music producer and composer.[citation needed]

He started his career as music director with name of "Prakky B".He produced music for a few songs but songs got no recognition.[citation needed] In 2012, he met lyricist Jaani and started collaborating with him under the name 'B Praak'.[citation needed] In 2013, they released their first song "Soch" sung by Harrdy Sandhu and composed by him.[citation needed] The song became a chartbuster and is considered best Punjabi song of year 2013.

In later years, he composed and produced music for numerous of tracks of singers like Jassie Gill, Harrdy Sandhu, Amrinder Gill, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh, Ammy Virk etc. with lyrics by Jaani.[citation needed] He composed hit tracks such as "Taara", "Joker", "Na Ji Na", "Ik Saal", "Do You Know", "Supna", "Backbone", "Horn Blow" and many more.

He later debuted as singer in 2018 with the single Mann Bharrya.[citation needed] He also sang more songs such as "Bewafaai "," Mastaani" and composed tracks such as "Qismat", "Naah", "Kya Baat Ay", "Hath Chummne", "Guitar Sikhda" in same and following year. He also produced music for Qismat, a film inspired by his song of the same name, for the first time in his career with lyrics by Jaani

Sara Ali Khan was born on 12 August 1995[a] in Bombay, Maharashtra, India to Saif Ali Khan, son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, and Amrita Singh, daughter of Sardar Shivinder Singh Virk and socialite Rukhsana Sultana; both actors of the Hindi film industry.[5][6][7] She is also the great-granddaughter of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi and Sajida Sultan, and the niece of Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan.[8] She has a younger brother, Ibrahim.[9] Her two half brothers Taimur (born 2016) and Jehangir (born 2021), are Saif's sons from his second marriage to Kareena Kapoor.[10] Sara Ali Khan is of Barech Pashtun Afghan, Bengali Hindu, and Assamese Muslim descent on her father's side, and of Punjabi Sikh and Punjabi Muslim descent on her mother's side.[11][12] Sara was raised as a Muslim.[13]

When Khan was a four-year-old, she acted in an advertisement.[14] According to Saif, actress Aishwarya Rai proved to be her inspiration for pursuing a career in film after she saw her perform on stage in Chicago.[14][15] In 2004, when Khan was nine, her parents divorced, and Singh was granted legal guardianship of her children.[16] Saif was initially not allowed to see her or her brother;[16] they have since reconciled, and, according to Saif, "are more like friends [than father and daughter]".[17] Khan also shares a healthy relationship with Kapoor, her step-mother; she stated in 2018, "I would like to imbibe her professionalism in me".[18]

Allu Arjun (born 8 April 1982) is an Indian actor who predominantly works in Telugu films. He is one of the highest paid actors in South India[3] and is also known for his dancing.[4] He is a recipient of several awards, including five Filmfare Awards South and five Nandi Awards.

Allu Arjun made his debut with Gangotri in 2003. He rose to prominence starring in Sukumar's cult classic Arya (2004), for which he earned a Nandi Special Jury Award.[6] He consolidated his reputation with the action films Bunny (2005) and Desamuduru (2007). In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama Parugu, for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.

Allu Arjun went on to star in notable films such as Arya 2 (2009), Vedam (2010), Julayi (2012), Race Gurram (2014), S/O Satyamurthy (2015), Rudhramadevi (2015), Sarrainodu (2016), DJ: Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), and Pushpa: The Rise (2021). His performances as a lower class cable operator in Vedam and as a carefree street smart man in Race Gurram won him two more Filmfare Awards for Best Actor - Telugu. He also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of prince Gona Ganna Reddy in Rudhramadevi. He received huge acclaim for his performance in Pushpa: The Rise, which emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film in 2021, and ranks among the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time.After playing as a child artist in Vijetha (1985) and as a dancer in Daddy (2001), he made his adult debut in Gangotri.[21] The film was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao with his father Allu Aravind producing, along with C. Ashwini Dutt.[22] Praising his acting performance, Jeevi of Idlebrain criticized his looks in the film and added that "Arjun should choose roles that amplify his strength and nullify his weaknesses."[23] He then appeared in Sukumar's Arya.[24] He plays "Arya", an outgoing and free-spirited boy falling in love with Geetha (Anu Mehta), an introverted girl who is on the shield of another person Ajay (Siva Balaji).[25] The film was his breakthrough, earning a first Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award nomination and winning a Nandi Special Jury Award at the Nandi Awards of 2008 ceremony, two CineMAA Awards for Best Actor and Best Actor Jury.[26] The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over ₹30 crore,[28] with a production budget of ₹4 crore.[29] In 2006, the film was dubbed and released in Malayalam in Kerala. Owing to the film's success, he received wide acclaim across the region and the Malayali people.

Manjeet Singh Ral born 24 January 1975), better known by his stage-name Manj Musik, is a British Indian composer, singer and Filmi scorer. He was one of the music composer for the bhangra music group RDB, which was formed with his two brothers Surjeet Singh (SurjRDB) and Kuldeep Ral in 2000.He started his musical journey with RDB group singing at the gurudwara, he used to assist his father with his brothers in performing in front of the community at their local gurudwara. This give him a great understanding of musical creativity. He actually got involved in music because of his brother Kuljeet Ral (Kuli Paji). He used to sit day and night and watch his brother messing with software and machines.

Rajesh Cherthala (born 9 July 1978) is a musician and flutist from Cherthala, Kerala, in India, who has been recorded on more than 150 Indian film songs. He is known for his live performances of fusion music incorporating a variety of genres like Western, Carnatic and Hindustani.Rajesh was born as eldest son of Cherthala Math Dasappan and Nirmala in Cherthala, Alappuzha district, Kerala.[2] He studied at St. Mathews High School, Kannankara and SN College, Cherthala.[2] His parents encouraged him to learn music in his childhood days.

His wife is Raji Rajesh. hey have two daughters Amala. R.Das and Amrutha.R.DasHis first teacher was an artist named 'Sunbright' from Puthanangadi, Cherthala.[2] Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is his Guru now.[2] He studies flute at Chaurasya's Vrindavan Gurukul in Mumbai, staying with him.[2] His first studio recording was that conducted by violinist Thiruvizha Ullas at Kalabhavan Kochi, Rajesh was introduced into cinema by Jassie Gift, one of the well-known Malayalam playback singers from Kerala, in 2004. Later, he went on to play for over 300 films, completing more than 1,000 songs (not to include the albums).

Benny Dayal (born 13 May 1984) is an Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi and more languages films. He has sung more than 3500 songs in 19+ Indian languages. He is a member of the band S5, launched by SS Music TV channel.[1] He made his acting debut in the Malayalam movie By the People, a suspense thriller. All the songs were sung by S5 members and it was then that A.R. Rahman noticed him and took an audition.Dayal's parents hail from Kollam district in Kerala.[2] He was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE and completed his schooling there from Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS). He went on to complete his B.Com. and Masters in Journalism from Madras Christian College.[3]

Dayal worked as an Events Coordinator with RR Donnelley. He quit his job in BPO to accomplish his career with music.[4] On 5 June 2016, the singer married his model girlfriend Catherine Thangam in a close-knit ceremony in Bengaluru.[5][6]

Discography

Aishwarya Majmudar (born 5 October 1993) is an Indian singer. She gained popularity after winning the 2007-08 musical reality show STAR Voice of India - Chhote Ustad at the age of 15.[2] She was highly praised for her performances by the judges throughout the show won the competition with Anwesha Datta Gupta. She also took part in Music Ka Maha Muqabala in Himesh Reshamiya's "Himesh's Warriors" team. She has sung several songs for Gujarati and Hindi films. She was also seen in Antakshari - The Great Challenge.Both of Majmudar's parents are singers, and she started her vocal training in Hindustani classical music from Smt. Monika Shah at the age of three;. She took voice lessons from Purushottam Upadhyay and Aniket Khandekar. She took part in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa at the age of seven. Before entering the Chhote Ustaad competition, she was recognised for her talent by the Gujarati music industry. Majmudar delivered her first solo concert at Nagpur at the age of 11, and has performed several solo concerts across India and abroad.

Anubhav Singh Bassi is an Indian comedian. Bassi was born in Parikshitgarh, Meerut. He is 31 years old (2022). He specializes in anecdotal comedy.[2] His career as a standup comic started after an open mic in 2017. Bassi's YouTube videos have got 200 million+ views and he has over 3 million subscribers along with 1 million+ followers on Instagram.

Along with this, he has done a monologue for Amazon Funnies. and a cameo in Zee5's Comedy Couple. He has done his show tour Bas Kar Bassi in more than 35 cities across India. He also delivered a TED talk with great panache about his struggles. Bassi was awarded 'Youth Icon of the Year' by Golden Glory Awards (2021).Bassi was born on 9 January, 1991 in a Hindu, Jat family in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He completed his schooling from Dewan Public School, where he was the head boy. He graduated with a BA LLB degree from NLU-Lucknow in 2015. Bassi has also been an UPSC aspirant and an entrepreneur, before entering into standu

Gadhvi was born and raised in Valvod, Anand district, Gujarat. Kirtidan received his BPA and a MPA in music from the Faculty of Performing Arts, M. S. University, Vadodara under B. I. Mahant and Rajesh Kelkar.He debuted at a cow protection rally in Jamnagar, Gujarat, in 2015 that raised Rs 45 million.[3] He sang the song "Laadki" on the TV show MTV Coke Studio along with Sachin-Jigar, Tanishka, and Rekha Bhardwaj in April 2015.[4]

He is known for the dayras, folk songs and classical nuances.

He moved to Bhavnagar and became a music teacher at the Bhavnagar University. "Laadki", "Nagar Me Jogi Aaya" and "Gori Radha Ne Kaalo Kaan" are among his popular songs.Currently he is living in Rajkot for his travelling convenience of his musical events in Kutch district, Kathiawar.

He was awarded "World Amazing Talent" Award in US and became the brand ambassador of World Talent Organization, USA.[5]

Some of his tracks include "Hogabeda Hudugi Nanna Bittu" (Annavra Makkalu), "Sumsumne Nagthale" (A), "Usire Usire" (Huccha), "Kariya, I Love You" (Duniya), "Ondhondhe Bachitta Mathu" (Inthi Ninna Preethiya), "Prema Chandrama" (Yajamana), "Onde Usrirante" (Snehaloka), "Nagu Nagu" (Aramane), "Let's Dance Jothe Jothe" (Ee Bandhana) and "Usire" (Huccha). He has sung the song "Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu' (Ninne Pelladata), which is in Telugu.

Acting
Rajesh Krishnan made his debut as an actor in Telugu and then acted the Kannada movies like Santosha and Gaalipata, which also starred "Comedy Time" Ganesh and Diganth which was the biggest hit in the year 2008 and for which he was even nominated for the Filmfare for Best Supporting Actor Award

Personal life
Rajesh Krishnan has been married and divorced to Sowmya Raoh (Singer), Haripriya (dentist) and Ramya Vasishta (TV anchor and singer).[2][5][6][7][8]

S. Thaman is very popular in Kollywood and Tollywood for his peppy numbers and soul stirring BGM. A Telugu Brahmin by origin, his full name is Ghantasala Sai Srinivas Thaman Siva Kumar and he is the grandson of the director/producer Ghantasala Balaramayya who introduced the legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao to the Telugu movie industry. His father is a drummer who has been part of over 700 movies and his mother a popular playback singer.S S Thaman is an Indian music composer, professional drummer, and playback singer who predominantly works in Telugu films, along with Tamil and Kannada films. Thaman entered the film industry as a supporting musician with the Telugu film Bhairava Dweepam in 1994, and later became a film music composer. His debut films as music director were Malli Malli in Telugu and Sindhanai Sei in Tamil. He made his acting debut in Boys.

Mani Sharma Yanamandra is an ace music director known for his works in Telugu and Tamil films. He is popularly known as "Melody Brahma" (God of Melody) for his contributions to music in Tollywood. He himself stated in tv9 interview that he admires S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra, Shankar Mahadevan very much. Legendary singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & K. S. Chithra recorded maximum number of songs in his composition. Mani has scored music for more than 175 films in Telugu, Tamil and other South Indian Languages. He has received two Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards and three Music Mirchi Awards.

Career

Mani Sharma started his career as a keyboard player in the late 1980s under the guidance of music director Sri Satyam. As a keyboard player, he toured with Padma Bhushan Dr. S.P.Balasubrahmanyam. He used to work with Murali Krish and Chakri Policherla under Maestro Ilaiyaraaja in Chennai.Mani was also a keyboard player for Raj-Koti and M. M. Keeravani. He was approached by Ram Gopal Varma for the background score of Antham. Varma asked him to compose a single song for his film and he agreed. Then he continued to compose background music for other films like Raathri (Raat), Preminchukundam Raa etc. His first film as a full-time music composer was Super Heroes. Later he got the breakthrough with Chiranjeevi's 1998 film Bavagaru Bagunnara.

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Parthiv Gohil (born 18 February 1976) is a playback singer for Indian films including Devdas, Saawariya, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, and Kisaan. He is known in Gujarati Cinema for hit songs Aasmani, Thai Jashe, and Soni Gujarati Ni.[1] He co-produced 2020 Romantic Gujarati movie Golkeri.Gohil was introduced to classical music by his great-grandfather and father. Aged 10, he began lessons with Smt. Bhanuben Solanki, Smt. Dakshaben Mehta, and Shri Laxmipati Shukla, a disciple of Omkarnath Thakur. Aged 14, he won the Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Competition, which was followed by the state talent search competition.

Under SPICMACAY's gurukul scholarship scheme, he was chosen to be trained under Zia Fariduddin Dagar, a descendant of Tansen. From him, Gohil learned the tenets of voice culture. Under the aegis of SPICMACAY, he accompanied maestros such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, the Gundecha Brothers and V. G. Jog on tanpura.

Musical concerts - Garba / raas during wedding functions or any other function.

Garba for private companies/corporate/institutes for their staff welfare events.

Planning and executing theme based events at all occasions.

Sangeet Sandhya

Featuring Gazals, Light classical Gujarati songs and old film Classical Hind Songs.

A smiling young man opens the door to a beautiful home and sings 10-12 second snippets of 73 Indian classical ragas in quick succession, effortlessly and instantaneously when prompted, while casually walking around the house. The camera follows him, shooting without any cuts, for the entire 14 minutes. Abby V's 73 Ragas video received millions of views online after it was posted in January last year.

Sithara Krishnakumar (born 1 July 1986) is an Indian playback singer, composer, dancer and an occasional actor.[1] She predominantly works in Malayalam cinema in addition to Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Sithara is trained in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music traditions and is also a recognised ghazal singer.[2][3] She is the recipient of several awards, including three Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer.

She travels extensively and has performed in concerts and stage shows across the world. Folk and fusion being her other areas of interest.[4] She has collaborated with various popular musical bands in Kerala. In 2014, she formed a musical band Eastraga which focuses on a mix of female oriented songs backed by a team of renowned musicians.[5] She is also part of the 6-member band Project Malabaricus, an independent venture which features contemporarised folk and classical songs.[6][7]

Harish Sivaramakrishnan is an Indian playback singer and lead vocalist of the Bangalore-based popular Carnatic progressive rock band Agam.[1][2]Harish was born and brought up at Shoranur in Palakkad, Kerala.[3] He is 38 years old. He is a chemical engineering graduate from BITS Pilani.[4]Harish was born and brought up at Shoranur in Palakkad, Kerala.[3] He is 38 years old. He is a chemical engineering graduate from BITS Pilani.[4]

Job Kurian (born 29 July 1982) is an Indian singer composer/Play back singer who has a mark in Independent stream and is a part of the Indian Film industry, mainly in the Malayalam language.[1] He is the front man of his live act 'Job Kurian Live'.Job Kurian was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He attended St Shantal, Christ Nagar and Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan for schooling. Prithviraj Sukumaran was his batchmate during his school days.

He pursued his BTech at Malanad College of Engineering, Karnataka. Job's family consists of his father, mother, two sisters and his wife Athira[2] and their sons.Job Kurian has been prevalent in the Malayalam Playback Industry and independent music scene of Kerala for the past 13 years, maintaining a high reputation. The TV shows such as straight from the heart, Music Mojo (3 seasons),[3] Thalam (album), hope project,[4] along with more than 40 tracks in the Malayalam Film industry and his energetic live concerts have earned him the reputation he still holds in the hearts of all the music lovers in Kerala.

Job Kurian works with a regular set of wonderful co-artists who has a great rapport with him, both personally and musically, and travels together frequently in India and Abroad, further strengthening the bond, giving the audience an impeccable and mesmerizing experience, the name of his live act is 'Job Kurian Live'. Job has featured along with a lot of popular bands like Avial, Shankar Tucker Band and so on, sharing beautiful chemistry with such legendary artists on and off stage.[5]

Trivedi is hailed from a musical family in Vadodara of Gujarat.[1] She started to learn music while she was in 8th grade. Her father is a Railways employee who is fond of singing and her mother is a folk singer who has her own music group.[2] Her elder sister is an engineer and a trained Bharata Natyam dancer.[3][4]

In 2007, Trivedi got selected from audition to perform in Indian Idol 3, however quit the show as she was suffering from jaundice. The following year she was again auditioned to perform in Indian Idol 4, but again had to quit the show since her aunt died because of breast cancer.[3] She returned to the Indian Idol 5 where she ends up the competition as the Runner-up.[5] In the audition she sang a mix of the Gujarati portion of the multi-lingual rap song, Blood Brothers, by Karmacy and Wannabe by Spice Girls.

Trivedi, began her Bollywood career with 2012 film Prem Mayee with the song "Bahne Dey".[1] However, she rose to fame with her rendition in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2013 released film Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela, where she lent her voice for the song Ram Chahe Leela which was picturized on Priyanka Chopra.[6] She was initially approached to pen Gujarati lyrics and sing that bit for a song arranged by Shail Hada when she was told that Bhansali was looking for a different voice to sing a song for his next film.[2] The song was well received by the audience and critics, while reviewers praised Trivedi's rendition in the song.[7] Other than Bollywood songs, she also had recorded for several Gujarati films including the song 'Vaagyo Re Dhol' from the national award-winning film Hellaro.[8][9]

Sandeep Narayan was born into a family of musicians and music lovers. A house nearly always filled with visiting musicians and students of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, Sandeep was exposed to this ancient tradition from before he was born. Although his decision to relocate from Los Angeles to Chennai in 2006 in order to take up music as his full-time profession was unprecedented, it did not come as a shock to those who knew the extent of his passion. After undergoing his initial training in Los Angeles from his mother Smt. Shubha Narayan, Sandeep received advanced lessons from the revered musicologist Calcutta Sri K.S. Krishnamurthy in Chennai. After Sri Krishnamurthy's demise in 1999, Sandeep began training under the well known vocalist, Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan.

Vir Das was born in Dehradun, India. He was raised in Nigeria and studied at the Indian Language School in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as at The Lawrence School, Sanawar and in Delhi. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Knox College, Illinois, in Economics and Theatre with a concentration in performance.

It was at Knox that Das first explored stand-up comedy with his first special, Brown Men Can't Hump, which debuted in Knox's Harbach Theatre. He received a Richter Scholarship for Theatre and later went on to win the Colton Performance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting from Knox. He was also a teaching assistant for Beginning Acting at Knox.

After graduating from Knox, Das was accepted into the Stanislavsky Program of the Moscow Arts Theatre and performed eight plays. At Havard, Das trained as a method actor for six months.

Das returned to India in April 2003 and since then has performed over 100 comedy shows in all the major cities. He debuted six comedy specials written, directed by and starring him at the India Habitat Center. These include Brown Men Can't Hump, Not for Members Only, Bored of The Things!, Who Let the Das Out?, Son of a Switch! and VIRagra.

He started his career on TV when he hosted two TV shows for Indian TV channel 'Zoom' The first one was 'Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain' where he was an agony uncle. The second was his own stand-up comedy late night show 'Ek Rahin Vir'. Das also hosted 'Top Drive - Getaway' for Indian channel ' Star World'.

Das has appeared on a variety of comedic television programs before being cast in acting roles, as the comic relief in 'The Curse of King Tut's Tomb', a Hallmark mini-series filmed in India. He began filming for his first two Bollywood roles in early 2006. He played a small role Vipul Shah's 2007 movie 'Namastey London'. Das moved to Hindi Cinema starring in films like 'Delhi Belly', 'Badmaash Company' and 'Go Goa Gone'.

Ustad Hamid Ali Khan was born in 1953. Being a distinguished representative of the Patiala Gharana, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan Saheb is one of the finest exponents of Ghazal and classical singing alike. He is considered to be the leading example of one of Hindustani music`s most famous traditions of classical singing. He has released several records and besides performing with other famous Indian artists, he has also collaborated with many UK based international artists, some of the recent ones being Partha Sarathi Mukherjee (Tabla) and Fida Hussain (Harmonium). With his voice, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan possesses a gift which only few other contemporary singers in the Indian subcontinent possess.

Ustad Hamid Ali Khan was born in 1953. Being a distinguished representative of the Patiala Gharana, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan Saheb is one of the finest exponents of Ghazal and classical singing alike. He is considered to be the leading example of one of Hindustani music`s most famous traditions of classical singing. He has released several records and besides performing with other famous Indian artists, he has also collaborated with many UK based international artists, some of the recent ones being Partha Sarathi Mukherjee (Tabla) and Fida Hussain (Harmonium). With his voice, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan possesses a gift which only few other contemporary singers in the Indian subcontinent possess.

Ehsan Khajeh Amiri was born on 29 October, 1984 in Tehran, Iran, is an Iranian singer. Discover Ehsan Khajeh Amiri's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 36 years old.His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Ehsan Khajeh Amiri worth at the age of 37 years old? Ehsan Khajeh Amiri's income source is mostly from being a successful Singer. He is from Iran. We have estimated Ehsan Khajeh Amiri's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

Sikkil C. Gurucharan born 21 June 1982 is among the foremost young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India today. He is the grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani, elder of the internationally acclaimed flautists the Sikkil Sisters. Gurucharan has been under the tutelage Vaigal Shri S. Gnanaskandan and is currently being mentored by Shri B. Krishnamurthy. He is an grade All India Radio artist. The magazine India Today featured him among 35 Game Changers Under the age of 35 in India, a list of young achievers from different walks of life.. In 2020, he acted in a tamil anthology film, Putham Pudhu Kaalai.

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Amisha Patel was born on June 9th 1976 in Mumbai, India. She did graduation in Economice in Tufts University, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Amisha Patel's debut film was "kaho Na Pyar Hai" directed by Rakesh Roshan for which she received Kalashree sensational discovery award. She won the Filmfare Special Award for the film "Gadar Ek Prem Katha".

She won her Zee Cine Best female Debut Award for the film "Kaho Na Pyar Hai". The film "Kaho Na Pyar Hai" was her first hit film in her carer followed by the film "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", for which she won many awards for her performance. "Bhool Bhoolaiya" is her recent released film. Born in Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay to parents Amit and Asha Patel, Ameesha studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School, where she was the head girl for one academic year. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer ever since she was five years old. After studying Economics at Tufts University, Medford, USA, she worked as an economic analyst in a company. Ameesha's decision to return to India was a turning point in her life. Despite coming from a conservative family she plunged into theatre and modeling. She featured in ads of Fair & Lovely, Lux, Cadbury, Fem, and so on. Her first break was when Rakesh Roshan offered her a film opposite his son, whom he was going to launch. After initially refusing it, she later decided to go ahead. The result is known to all- the box-office smasher hit Kaho NaaPyaar Hai! The film was a huge success and she became a star overnight. Her performance garnered her much appreciation and awards for Best Debut Female at important award functions. Her second film was a Telugu one named Badri, which grossed more than 120 million, making it a major success. The actress witnessed another high of her career with her next Hindi film, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, in which she starred opposite Sunny Deol. The film was a cross- border love story and went on to become the highest grossing films of all times. It won seven awards at various functions, and was nominated for plenty of categories at the Filmfare, IIFA, Star Screen and Zee Cine Awards. Ameesha received the Filmfare Special Performance Award for her outstanding portrayal of the character. After a few flops, Ameesha tasted success again with Abbas- Mustan directed Humraaz' in which she was paired with Akshaye Khanna and Bobby Deol. The film did average business and Ameesha Patel was nominated for Best Actress awards at award functions. Thereafter, her career slumped and her films failed to create any magic at the box office. A series of flops included Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai', Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage', Kranti', Yeh Hai Jalwa', Parwana', Suno Sasurjee', Vaada' and Elan'. Ameesha was also seen in Aamir Khan- starrer Mangal Pandey: The Rising' where she played the role of a Bengali widow. Although the film did average earnings, it did nothing to salvage her failing career. Some of these films include Tathastu', Ankahee', and Aap Ki Khatir' and so on. The sexy star's career-graph took a positive turning with films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.', Bhool Bhulaiyaa' and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic', in which she was noted for her role and her performance appreciated. She was last seen in Chatur Singh Two Star', which was a commercial failure. Besides these films, she has appeared in many Tamil and Telugu films. Her upcoming projects include Race 2', Shortcut Romeo' and Bhaiyyaji Superhitt'. Ameesha has also been in news for reasons more than one. She had a legal battle with her parents, whom she accused of wasting all her money for their personal satisfaction. She had also patched up with her brother Ashmit Patel in August 2009 on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. Her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt and later with businessman Kanav Puri was the talk of the town. The actress has also appeared in a number of television shows like Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, Indian Idol 2, etc.

Aamir Khan is a famous Indian film actor, Director and Producer. He started his career as a child actor in the film "Yaadon Ki Baaraat" in the year 1973. In 1984 he started his professional career in the film "Holi". He won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the film "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" in 1988 which was his first success followed by "Dil" in 1990 and "Rangeela" in 1995 which is a box-office hit.

The film "Lagaan" gave him the critical and commercial success. Later that year, the next success came in the film "Dil Chahta Hai". In 2007 "Taare Zameen Par" came under his own production which was well received. In 2008 Aamir Khan received his fifteenth Filmfare Best Actoe Nomination award for the film "Ghajini which was a commercial success.

Aamir Khan is also a state tennis champion. He married Reena Dutta and had two children, after 15 years of marriage he divorced and remarried Kiran Rao during the filming of Lagaan. Hailed as one of the most versatile and brilliant actors of Bollywood, Aamir Khan started his career as an assistant to uncle Nasir Hussain in films like 'Manzil Manzil' and 'Zabardast'. He got a break as an actor in his Cousin Mansoor Khan's blockbuster 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak '(1988), released when he was just 23 years. Since then he has blossomed into one of India's finest Actor/ Director.
Aamir did not have to strive for an opportunity to be a hero in films, but at the same time he was humble enough to boost his prospects with talent and a lot of hard work. Always a perfectionist, he picks his roles with utmost care and gives his maximum to it. He usually does one or two films a year and make them super hits.

Born to Tahir and Zeena Hussain Khan on 14th March 1965, Aamir has one younger brother Faizal and two sisters Nikhat and Farhad. At the age of 21, he married Reena Dutt and has two children from the marriage, son Junaid and daughter Aira. But in 2002, the couple legally separated. In December 2005, he married Kiran Rao, assistant director of his super hit film Lagaan.

After his debut in the late 80's, he became a teen idol with his typical 'chocolate hero' looks. His early list of sterling performances include films like Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). His comical roles in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and Ishq (1997) and tapori roles in block busters Rangeela (1995) and Ghulam (1998) with the hit number 'Aati kya khandala' established him as a versatile actor.

In 1996, he got the Best Actor award for his outstanding performance in Raja Hindustani, a smash hit at the box office which placed him among the top heroes of Bollywood. His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man received rave reviews from Indian as well as International critics. Sarfarosh (1999) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001) were again blockbuster films. Dil Chahta Hai created a new trend of looks and hairstyle for youngsters.

'Lagaan' produced and acted by himself, received Oscar Nomination of 2002 in the Best Foreign Film category. Lagaan is the third Indian film to be selected for Oscar Nominations.His next film 'Mangal Pandey- The rising', about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule, flopped at the box-office. In 2006,' Rang De Basanti', despite its unconventional theme and treatment, was embraced whole-heartedly by the audience. The next year the actor entered into the field of direction with 'Taare Zameen Par', a sensitive film about a child with a learning disability which received Best movie/ Best Director awards & rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film acted, produced and directed by him again received the coveted Oscar nomination.

Aamir, the prolific multitalented personality can handle all genres of roles - be it comedy, action, drama and romance- with flying colours. Though he appears only in a few films, Aamir Khan is acknowledged today as one of the most talented Indian actor for his diverse choice of roles and films. With 'Taare Zameen Par', he proves that he can be an equally good director too. Let us hope that this versatile actor will bring us more reasons to be proud of.

Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). He began to achieve success at the box office from his villainous roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), and Anjaam (1994). During his years in the Indian film industry, he won seven Filmfare best actor awards and had significant box-office success. Some of his films include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Om Shanti Om (2007), and Chakde! India (2007). While he does his romantic scenes during songs or in his films, he copies the style of Rajesh Khanna, and his acting style has influences of his inspirations--Dilip Kumar and Rajesh Khanna.
Born and brought up in Delhi, he was a brilliant student and an all rounder. At St. Columba's School he won the prestigious 'Sword of Honour'. He was also the captain of his football, hockey and cricket teams all at the same time. After sustaining a football injury, he started to consider acting as a career. He graduated with honours in Economics from Hansraj College and did his masters in mass communications from Jamiya Miliya Islamia. Khan then went on to study theatre under the reputed Mr. Barry John whom he credits for carving out the actor inside him but his mentor considers his pupil as being solely responsible for his greatness and glory citing Shahrukh to have the perfect combination of 'talent, perseverance, belief in yourself, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, a bit of luck'; factors needed for success.

The King began his journey by landing the lead role of a commando in 1988 drama series Fauji (1988). He was much applauded for his work and soon became the heartthrob of teenage girls bagging roles in other serials as Circus (1989) and 'Dil Dariya', the former being delayed due to various reasons. He also had a minor role in a made for television film called In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989).

His big screen debut came in the form of Deewana (1992) where he acted alongside the then top actress of Bollywood Divya Bharti and won the prestigious Filmfare award for Best Debut Actor Male. He had also starred earlier in a small role in 'Dil Aashna Hai'. This was followed by another hit in the form of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992).

After a few more films which did average or less at the box office, Khan made the unique choice against all advice to opt for negative roles and played obsessive, somewhat psychotic characters in Darr (1993) and Baazigar (1993). To everyone's surprise the films were massive hits and Shahrukh earned his first Best Actor award and was also nominated in the villainous role category. His acting was applauded by all in the film industry and carved a niche for future King. The same year he bagged the Critics Award for best performance in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), a film he often recalls as amongst his favourites.

A series of hits followed to what would be remembered as one of Khan's most iconic performances; a film which is arguably India's biggest blockbuster and truly complete with the very best of drama, comedy, romance, thrills and a bit of action as well. The epic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) was released on 20th October 1995 and as of 2011 still plays in a Mumbai theatre, thus being the longest running film in the history. Coincidentally Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was the initial choice as the main lead but the role went to Shahrukh who is now nicknamed 'Tom Cruise of India'.

Khan has come a long way since then with a string of hits under his belt which include some of Bollywood's biggest in both national and international markets namely Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) , Devdas (2002), Swades (2004), Chakde! India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), My Name Is Khan (2010), Ra.One (2011) , Don 2 (2011), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)and the highest grossing Chennai Express (2013) thus making him the undisputed megastar of India with a record number of Best Actor trophies and numerous Power awards.

His fame does not stop here; following release of his films overseas he has been credited as the world's biggest movie star and was named among the 50 most powerful people by Newsweek.

Even with all the success and a statue among the elite in Madame Tussaud's, he is quoted as being one of the most humble and down to earth personalities although his wit is unmatched by even the best in business. This has led to him being a host of many television programmes, game shows and award functions including India's version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'.

The King is an active philanthropist funding numerous humanitarian projects and charities as well as being personally involved in them though he prefers to keep this aspect out of the lime light.

His larger than life persona continues to win hearts all over the world with a fan following going into billions. He is the face of brands such as Pepsi, Tag Heur and has a 8 billion dirham property development project comprising multiple residential towers in the UAE named after him called 'Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard'. He co-owns two production houses 'Dreamz Unlimited' and 'Red Chillies Entertainment' and the IPL Cricket team 'Kolkata Knight Riders'.

Recipient of Padma Shri (India), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Unesco Pyramide con Marni (UNESCO), L'Etoile d'Or (by King of Morroco) and the Chubb fellowship (Yale) Khan resides in his beachside palatial mansion called 'Mannat' in Mumbai, India with his wife Gauri Khan and two children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam

Armed with long legs and the Miss World crown, Priyanka Chopra followed the precedent set by other beauty contest winners by joining the Bollywood bandwagon.

Priyanka was born in Jamshedpur and is fondly known as Mimi. Her father is Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and her mother is Dr. Madhu Chopra. She has a younger brother, Siddharth. Her father was in the army and thus her family moved quite frequently. She studied at the La Martiniere Girl's School in Lucknow before re-locating to the United States of America. While there, she studied at the Newton North High School in Massachusetts and later in North Delta Senior Secondary School in North Delta. On returning back to India, she continued her schooling in the Army School at Bareilly. She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai but left after winning the Miss India World title. She went on to bring home the Miss World crown in 2000, becoming one of the five Indians to have won that title.

Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta, The Hero. Later that year she was seen along with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta in Andaaz. Her next few films released in 2004 like Plan, Kismat and Asambhav performed poorly at the box office. Later that year she appeared in romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi opposite Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. Her first negative character was in the film Aitraaz in the same year.

In 2005, Priyanka starred in six films. Her four films, Blackmail, Karam, Yakeen and Barsaat failed to do well at the box-office. But her other two releases, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster did decent business. In 2006, Chopra starred in two of the most successful films of the year, Krrish and Don. Her consequent releases in 2007, Salaam-e-Ishq and Big Brother, were flops.

In 2008, Chopra featured in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, failed to do well. Chopra's fifth release of the year, Fashion was a critical success. Her last release of that year was a romantic comedy Dostana, where she starred opposite Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham.

She wowed the audience in What's Your Raashee?, where she was seen in twelve different looks, each representing a zodiac sign. In Kaminey, she did justice to her role as Sweety and was seen completely transformed into a Marathi girl. In 2010, Chopra appeared in Pyaar Impossible and later in Anjaana Anjaani opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

7 Khoon Maaf, was her first release of 2011. The film failed to do much at the box-office but her performance was widely appreciated and she won a Filmfare Critics award for her role. Her other release of 2011 was Don 2 with Shah Rukh Khan.

In early 2012, she was seen opposite Hrithik Roshan in the super-hit fim Agneepath. Her upcoming films are Barfee and Teri Meri Kahaani.

One look at this dimpled beauty and you know she was marked for fame and the world of glamour. And she hasn't disappointed. From the daughter of a famous sportsperson to a supermodel, to an actress, she has done it all with panache.

Deepika was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, India, when she was eleven months old. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a retired badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Padukone also has a younger sister, Anisha. Deepika attended Sophia High School in Bangalore, and completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College Bangalore. While in high school she played badminton at the state level.However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player.

Deepika Padukone has appeared in several print and television commercials like Liril, Limca and Close-up. She was the brand ambassador for Jewels of India, a jewellery exhibition and the also face of Maybelline, an international brand. She also appeared in the 2006 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.

In 2006 itself, Deepika made her cinematic debut in the Kannada film Aishwarya opposite actor Upendra. The very next year, Deepika made a successful Bollywood debut with Farah Khan's blockbuster Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Deepika was then seen romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor and alongside Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba. The film performed reasonably well at the box office.

In 2009, she was once again seen in a double-role along with Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China. Next she was paired with Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal. The movie was well received at the box office.

In 2010, she had a total of five releases; Karthik Calling Karthik, Housefull, Lafangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad and period film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se. Deepika was seen in Desi Boyz and Aarakshan in 2011; while Desi Boyz did well at the box-office the latter failed to do so.

Her upcoming films are Race 2, Cocktail and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) for which Roshan earned his Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. In 2001, he went on to appear in the melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which became India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market and his biggest commercial success to date. Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002-03, he starred in the commercially successful Koi... Mil Gaya and its sequel Krrish, both of which won him numerous Best Actor awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the action film Dhoom 2. He later received critical acclaim for his performance in Jodhaa Akbar, for which he received his first international award at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. These accomplishments have established him as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.

Often described as India's 'most complete actor', Hrithik Roshan is the culmination of old Hindi film industry from both sides of his pedigree.

His maternal grandfather - director-producer J. Om Prakash - first introduced little Hrithik onscreen at age 6 by slyly having his crew shoot without the boy's knowledge as he danced on the set of Aasha (1980) while visiting grandpa. J. Om Prakash later gave young Hrithik his only actual speaking role as a child, directing him in the key role of Rajnikanth's adopted son in Bhagwaan Dada (1986).

Paternal grandfather Roshan Lal Nagrath - the original "Roshan" - was a gifted classical musician and famous composer who as music director in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s helped define the emerging Bollywood film song. He died before Hrithik was born. But even Hrithik's grandmother - variously credited as "Ira Nagrath" and "Ira Roshan" - is herself a musician-composer who completed her husband's films at Roshan's death and continued for many years as assistant music director on her son's projects - Hrithik's uncle, multiple Filmfare Award winning composer Rajesh Roshan.

Hrithik's father - Rakesh Roshan - entered the film industry as an assistant to J. Om Prakash before shifting to actor, a successful leading man in such films as Khubsoorat (1980). Rakesh later organised the family film company, FilmKraft Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd., first as producer and later director.

Meanwhile Hrithik graduated from Mumbai's prestigious Bombay Scottish School and took a Bachelor of Commerce degree first class from Sydenham College. He turned down a UCLA master's degree scholarship to enter films. To learn the craft of film from the ground up, from Khel (1992) through Koyla (1997) Hrithik toiled as a largely uncredited assistant on the family's film projects, gradually progressing from such unglamourous tasks as set-sweeping, tea-fetching, or clapper-loading up to a major role in story development, camera, direction, and editing. All the while Hrithik studied acting, dance, martial arts, and even bodybuilding (having always been hopelessly thin) to prepare himself to become a film actor.
He got a taste of Bollywood as a child, when he appeared in the films Aasha (1980), Aapke Deewane (1980) and Bhagwan Dada (1986). But it was in the year 2000 that Hrithik made his debut as the leading man in the film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, opposite the debutante actress, Amisha Patel. The film was one of the biggest box-office successes of that year. Later that year, Roshan starred in Fiza (2000). Although the film did poorly at the box-office, Hrithik's performance was praised. His last release that year was Mission Kashmir, where he starred with Sanjay Dutt and Preity Zinta.

Yaadein was his first release in 2001, followed by the melodrama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which did extremely well at the box office, becoming the second-highest grossing film of 2001 and the then biggest overseas hit.

Hrithik had an unsuccessful year in 2002 when all three of his releases - Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage - were declared flops.

In 2003, Hrithik made a comeback with the science-fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya, which saw Hrithik play a mentally challenged young man.The film was the highest grosser of the year. Lakshya was Roshan's only release in 2004; the film did not do well at the box office.However, Hrithik's performance was praised by critics.

Roshan took a two-year break from acting before resurfacing with the superhero film Krrish, a sequel to his 2003 film Koi… Mil Gaya which released in June 2006. The film was a major box office success. This was followed by the action flick Dhoom 2, the sequel to Dhoom, wherein he played a negative character. His pairing with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the film was liked by the audiences. He got back with Aishwarya for another film, Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar (2008).

Roshan then appeared in Luck By Chance (2009), in which he made a guest appearance. The following year, he was seen in Anurag Basu's Kites along with Mexican actress Bárbara Mori and Kangna Ranaut. The film failed to do well at the box-office after taking a huge start and was eventually declared a flop. He next acted in Guzaarish opposite Aishwarya. Upon release, the Hrithik's portrayal of a quadriplegic patient, Ethan Mascarenhas, received rave reviews.

In 2011 Hrithik Roshan was seen in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara opposite Katrina Kaif. Hrithik played role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in Karan Johar's remake film, Agneepath. The film turned out to be a super-hit and was the first Bollywood success of 2012.

With his clean cut good looks and his training in martial arts, Akshay Kumar smoothly made a transition from action hero to a romantic hero and then into comedy, keeping movie buffs glued to their seats as they wait for what this Khiladi has to offer next.

Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar, in a Punjabi family. His father was a government employee. Kumar was then raised in Delhi before moving to Mumbai where he studied at Don Bosco School and then Guru Nanak Khalsa College. He studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts. One of his students recommended him to do modelling and a few modelling assignments later, Kumar was offered a role in the film Deedar (1992) and too as the lead actor!

However, Kumar made his Bollywood acting debut with the 1991 film Saugandh, which was followed by the 1992 thriller, Khiladi. In 1994, his action films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Mohra which were among the highest grossing films of the year. Later that year, he was seen in Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. During the same year, Kumar also had success with films like Suhaag and the low budget action film Elaan. All these achievements, promoted Kumar as one of the most successful actors of that year.

In 1995, along with his share of unsuccessful movies, Akshay starred in the third film in his Khiladi series, Sabse Bada Khiladi, which proved to be a hit. The fourth successful film with Khiladi in the title was, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, where Akshay starred opposite Rekha and Raveena Tandon. The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.

In 1997, Kumar was seen in a supporting role Dil To Pagal Hai. In the same year, he attempted a comedy role with the fifth film in the Khiladi series, Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi; the film failed commercially. All his next Khiladi releases in the following years went on to fail at the box office.

In 1999, Kumar received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar. Then Akshay tried his hand at comedy quite successfully in 2000 with Hera Pheri, which was a laugh riot. His film with Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty, Dhadkan, also was a good performer at the box office. His negative role in Ajnabee (2001) was well received and won him a Filmfare.

The years 2003 to 2006 saw him in Awara Paagal Deewana, Andaaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, and the sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. Apart from his action, comedy and romantic roles, Kumar displayed a flair for dramatic roles in films such as, Aankhen, Bewafaa and Waqt: The Race Against Time.

Akshay Kumar proved himself yet again in 2007 with almost all of his films ending up as hits: Namastey London, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Welcome. Though his much-hyped film, Tashan failed to do well in 2008, Singh is Kinng did exceptionally well in India and overseas. Akshay has also become a producer. The actor does not charge any remuneration for most of his movies now and rather steps in as a producer and takes a cut in the profit of the film. His company is called Hari Om Entertainment.

In the meantime Akshay also made his foray into television with the show Khatron Ke Khiladi (a franchisee of Fear Factor). In 2010 he hosted another TV show called Master Chef India. However, in the past two years, Akshay's stardom suffered as the actor saw several of his films flopping one after the other: Kambakkht Ishq, Blue, Action Replayy and Tees Maar Khan.

Kumar's Patiala House and Thank You failed at the box-office in 2011. But in the same year his

other release Desi Boyz manged to do good business at the box-office.
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Shahid Kapoor's father is actor Pankaj Kapoor of Karamchand fame and his mother is actress and classical dancer Neelima Azeem. His parents are divorced. His stepmother is actress Supriya Pathak.

He has a half-sister Sana and two half-brothers, Ishaan and Ruhan. Ishaan acted with Shahid in the film, Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005).

Shahid studied first at Gyanbharati in Delhi and later at Rajhans Vidyalaya in Mumbai. As a child, Shahid starred in the ad for Complan along with Ayesha Takia.

Shahid Kapoor was just 18 when he landed the commercial for Pepsi purely by chance. He starred in the ad along with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. Shahid also starred in a music video for the band Aryans along with his college sweetheart, Hrishita Bhatt.

Shahid is an expert dancer, trained under none other than Shiamak Davar. In 1999, Shahid had a small part in the hit movie Taal as a dancer in the background along with Aishwarya Rai in the son Kahiin Aag Lage Lag Jaawe.

Shahid Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with the moderately successful Ishq Vishk (2003) opposite actress Amrita Rao and won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance.

Shahid first box office success came with the multi-starrer, 36, China Town (2006). Vivah (2006) in which he starred along with Amrita Rao was a blockbuster and Shahid's biggest commercial success at that point.

Shahid Kapoor's latest release, the romantic comedy, Jab We Met, opposite Kareena Kapoor, proved to be a major success both in India and the UK. Shahid's performance won him critical acclaim.

Starting off his career by working in music videos and advertisements, Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as a background dancer in Subhash Ghai's Taal (1999).

Four years later, he made his acting debut in Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.

Following through with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), he had his first commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006), his biggest commercial success, and followed it up with Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009), both of which earned him Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare ceremony.

Fondly known as AB Baby by his fans and friends, Abhishek Bachchan completed his schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai and Modern School, Delhi, then went on to attend Aiglon College, Switzerland and lastly the Boston University.

He made his debut in J. P. Dutta's Refugee (2000). Lady Luck kept evading him film after another and he had a string of unsuccessful films. Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001), Haan... Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002), Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Run (2004) to name a few. However his acting skills were recognized and he finally proved his mettle with his first commercial hit, Dhoom (2004). The following year, Abhishek churned out 4 hits, namely Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, Dus and Bluffmaster. Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna (2006) became the highest grossing film that year. Dhoom 2 (2006) did fairly at the box-office.

Guru (2007), which was based on the life of business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, got him accolades and acclamation. His other film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom also released the same year but didn't did so well at the box-office. The year also marked another important milestone in his life, his marriage to Aishwarya Rai.

In 2008, he starred in Sarkar Raj, Dostana and Drona. Paa (2009) produced by his production company, AB Corp. Ltd. fared well at the box-office. In 2010, he appeared in Raavan along with his wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However the film failed at the box-office. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey also flopped at the box-office.

In 2011, his releases Game and Dum Maaro Dum failed to do well at the box-office.

Abhishek's first release in 2012 was multi-starrer Players, this film also failed to do well at the box-office.

Preity Zinta shot to fame as the refreshing, cool, wet model in the Liril commercial. She also modeled for Perk and her dimpled smile won the hearts of millions. Preity never thought she would be an actress. Kapoor saw her in the Liril commercial and liked her so much that he instantly decided that the next film he would announce would have her in the lead. However, 'Tara Rum Pum' never got made and is still pending since the director got very busy with his other projects.

But another offer soon came by, Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna (2000). Though the film was the first, Preity had actually begun shooting for her first release which was Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. (1998). The film was a hit which won Preity accolades. Later Abbas-Mustan's Soldier (1998) that too was a hit at the box-office confirmed she was here to stay. Though Kya Kehna (2000) was her first film, but it released in 2000 and was the surprise hit of 2000.

Her role in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) was appreciated and liked by all and that has made her an actress to reckon with in Bollywood. Her screen presence, charm and down to earth nature has made her the favorite actress of almost all the directors and producers. With banners and films like Rakesh Roshan's Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) with 'Hrithik Roshan', Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) starring Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Jaya Bhaduri, Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya (2004) with Hrithik Roshan and Amitabh Bachchan, Atul Agnihotri's Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004) starring Salman Khan and Bhoomika Chawla, Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara (2004) with Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, Siddharth Anand's Salaam Namaste (2005) with Saif Ali Khan, and Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) with Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, Preity has already made her place in the hearts of the public and also in Bollywood.

She was born into a Bengali family in Durgapur, Bengal. However she was brought up in the small town near Kota, Rajasthan named Rawatbhata. Her father was an engineer at the nuclear power plant and her mother had an inclination towards art and music. Shreya was trained in Hindustan Classical Gharana of music. She won the children's special series of Zee Television's popular reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma'. The show provided her the platform to interact with industry's veteran musicians and music directors. Kalyanji happened to judge her at the event and took the extra mile in convincing her parents to get her down to Mumbai. Kalyanji personally trained her for eighteen months.

She really catapulted to fame overnight with the popularity of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film “Devdas”. Being an period based epic saga, its music was dramatic. Shreya's voice for the songs was not only appreciated by audiences and critics, she became a rage with everyone. She recorded five songs for just this particular film and each of them was a musical hit. She won several awards for her songs in that film. She went on to work with every popular music director in the industry. From A.R Rahman to Shantanu Moitra, she has worked with every director winning them and herself accolades for her singing. She has worked in South Indian playback arena too as well as sung for Bengali cinema. Her songs have a pious beauty and serene charm, so sweet that it almost reaches her listeners to a musical heaven. Shreya Ghoshal is presently Bollywood's top most female playback singer and her presence at the moment is so strong that she is undoubtedly going to remain the numero uno for many more years to come.

Karan Johar born, 25th May 1972 and brought up in Mumbai by his father Yash Johar, founder of the famous Dharma Productions and mother, Hiroo Johar. He schooled at Greenlawns School and Mastered in French from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics.

Commercial Indian cinema has been Karan Johar's playground from childhood. He has always been influenced by the works of veterans like Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and his contemporaries like Sooraj Barjatya. Karan made his formal entry into mainstream Hindi cinema as an actor (Shah Rukh Khan's friend) in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). In addition to this he also assisted Aditya Chopra in directing the film and not to mention selected costumes for Shah Rukh Khan, a practice that he continued for other movies as well. His directorial debut was with the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which bagged 8 Filmfare Awards including Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor Awards for leading and supporting roles. Karan Johar then directed Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001),a family drama which was again a very successful film. After this stint at direction, he then went on to produce Kal Ho Naa Ho - directed by Nikhil Advani (2003), Kaal - directed by Soham Shah (2005). After a break of four years from direction, he started working on directing Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. In 2010, he made My Name Is Khan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. He produced We Are Family, a remake of Hollywood's Stepmom. In 2012 he produced Agneepath (directed by debutant Karan Malhotra) with Hrithik Roshan and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Both these films turned to be commercial successes.In 2013 he produced Student Of The Year

Shilpa Shetty, the Indian actress and model was born on the 8th of June, 1975 at Mangalore, Karnataka.Shilfa is the elder child of Sunanda and SurendraShetty, who were the manufacturers of tamper proof caps which are normally used in the pharmaceutical industry. She went to St. Anthony's Girls High School in Mumbai and later pursued her further studies from the prestigious Podar College located in Matunga.ShamitaShetty, her younger sister is also an actress in the film industry.

At the ripe age of 16, ShipaShetty began her career by doing modelling for Limca in the year 1991, and her first film was Abbas-Mustan's 1993 thriller, ‘Baazigar'. Here she starred opposite Kajol and Shahrukh Khan and in the movie she portrayed the role of a woman named Seema, who was murdered by her boyfriend. This film was a majot hit at the box office and she even got a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

The first movie where she played a leading role was the 1994 drama film by K. Ravi Shankar titled ‘Aag'. This movie did averagely at the theatres. Same year, she appeared opposite Akshay Kumar in Sameer Malkan's action comedy flick, ‘Main KhiladiTuAnari'. This film was followed by some average and poor films.

In the year 1995, Shilpa appeared in Rama RaoTatineni's action flick, ‘Hathkadi'. Here she starred opposite some big names in the industry such as Govinda, Madhoo and Saif Ali Khan, but the film failed to create much of a roar at the box office. During 1997, Shilpa Shetty had a tight schedule as she had to work for six movies simultaneously. That year, one of her major films included Sohail Khan's action thriller flick titled ‘Auzaar'. Here she played the all important character of Prathna Thakur, opposite actors Sanjay Kapoor and Salman Khan. Next year, Shilpa appeared in only one movie: Manoj Agrawal's ‘PardesiBabu', starring Shilpa Shetty herself, Govinda and RaveenaTandon.Shilpa received lots of appreciation for her performance in this film and she also was awarded with the Bollywood Movie Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

In the year 2000, Shilpa got lots of accolades and appreciation for her role in DharmeshDarsan's romantic drama ‘Dhadkan'. This film starring Shilpa Shetty herself, MahimaChaudhry, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty, did reasonably well at the theatres.Shilpa got various nominations in numerous award ceremonies for her performance in this film. Two years later in 2002, she appeared in Indra Kumar's ‘Rishtey' starring KarismaKapoor and Anil Kapoor. Here she played the comic role of a fisherwoman and her performace was received with lots of critical acclaim and she also got nominations in two categories at the Filmfare Awards: one for the Best Supporting Actress category and the other for the Best Comedian category. The year 2004, was good for her as she had a couple of hits that year. She starred opposite Salman Khan in PuneetIssar's action flick, ‘Garv'. Here she played the role of a Muslim orphan and as a table dancer. Next up she appeared in Revathi's ‘PhirMilenge', starring Shilpa Shetty herself, Salman Khan, MitaVasisht and AbhishekBachchan. In this film, Shilpa plays the role of a well to do city high-flyer who gets HIV while having unprotected sex and as a result, turns into a social outcast. ‘PhirMilenge' was adapted from the 1993 Jonathan Demme's American drama film, ‘Philadelphia'.

In 2005, Shilpa made an appearance in the D. RajendraBabu directed Kannada flick titled ‘Auto Shankar' opposite Upendra, the South Indian movie star. This film was a huge success at the theatres and she herself got the title of ‘The Gabbar Singh of the South', thanks to her negative role in the film. The very same year, she did her first film along with her sister; the Dipok Tijori directed ‘Fareb' (2005). The following year, she had only one release, K. S Adhiyaman's ‘ShaadiKarkePhaas Gaya Yaar', starring Shilpa Shetty herself alongwith Salman Khan. This movie was a flop at the box office, but Shilpa received positive feedback for her performance in this film.

In 2006, she was seen on the sets of a television dance reality show named ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', aired on Sony Entertainment Television. Here she was the judge alongside Sanjay LeelaBhansali and Farah Khan. This show was based on the UK Show called ‘Strictly Come Dancing'.

In the year 2007, Shilpa's first release was AnuragBasu's ‘Life in a… Metro' which was quite successful and it went on to become the first ever Bollywood movie to premiere at the Leicester Square. That same year she appeared in ‘Apne', directed by Anil Sharma and produced by Dharmendra. This film, starring the 3 Deols (Sunny, Bobby and Dharmendra) was also a success at the theatres.

Riteish Deshmukh is the son of Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and his mother is Vaishalitai. His brothers are Amit and Dhiraj.

He completed his education from GD Somani High School and Kamala Raheja School of Architecture.

Later, he graduated from Le Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York. In 2003, he made his debut in Tujhe Meri Kasam which was an average hit at the box office.

He became a known face after the comedy Masti. He has mainly taken on comic roles. He had hits with Bluffmaster and Kya Kool Hain Hum and Malamaal Weekly all of which were comedy roles.

Riteish is considered one of the best comedians and a promising actor in Bollywood.

Ritesh Deshmukh an Indian actor and architect who appears in Bollywood films. He is the son of Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, and the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Deshmukh debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) with his later to be wife Genelia D'Souza , but it was not until 2004 that he achieved success, when he appeared in the commercially successful comedy, Masti and the critically acclaimed Bardaasht.

His work in Masti was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category. He later starred in films such as Heyy Babyy, Dhamaal, Rann and House Full.

Deshmukh began his film career with the 2003 romance, Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D'Souza. The film bombed at the box office, however the lead pair's performances were acclaimed.

He later appeared in Out of Control in the same year, which didn't create magic financially either. His third film, Masti which was a comic thriller, managed to strike extremely well at the box office and critically worldwide.

He gained to fame after his performance in Masti, the movie Masti made him win 2 awards , and then made friendly appearances in films such as Bardaasht and Naach.

His first lead role to succeed him was his rebel character in the sex-comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum with Tusshar Kapoor. The film was panned by critics, though loved by public, and was a moderate success at the box office.

After that era, he appeared in mostly comic roles besides a few serious roles. Such as in Malamaal Weekly and Apna Sapna Money Money, he was the scene-stealer and was appreciated.

In 2005, he appeared in a supporting role in Bluffmaster! with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. He was also seen in Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai.

In 2007, he was first seen in a guest appearance in Namastey London and then in the multi-starrer action film Cash which was a box office failure.

Later that year, he appeared in Sajid Khan's directorial debut Heyy Babyy, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Fardeen Khan, which was a huge hit and is his most commercially successful film to date. He also appeared in the comedy film Dhamaal which was also a semi hit.

In 2008, he played a lead role in De Taali, in which his performance was praised, and later in Chamku, both of which failed at the box office.

In 2009, his first release was Aladin, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Jacqueline Fernandez. Including the multi-starcast, Aladin still flopped worldwide.

He then played a supporting role in Ram Gopal Varma's Rann, again co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav.

His final film of 2009 was Do Knot Disturb along with Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Sohail Khan and Lara Dutta.

In 2010, he once again worked with Sajid Khan on the comedy Housefull along with Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Arjun Rampal and Jiah Khan.

The film received negative response from critics, though striked as a Blockbuster commercially.

He has also worked in films like Housefull 2 and will now been in Kya Super Kool Hain Hum.

Lara Dutta Bhupathi is an Indian Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000).

She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.

Her box office hit successes include a series of comedies Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007) and Housefull (2010). Her recent film Don 2 (2011) is a major commercial success in the domestic and international markets.

Dutta won the annual Gladrags modeling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe.

At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, she achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark.

After her final question, in which she delivered a defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe. Dutta's win led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Laura Dutta's father is a retired Wing Commander LK Dutta and her mother is Jennifer. She has two sisters.

She did her Twelfth standard from Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore and has a degree in Economics from Mumbai University. In 1997, Lara won the Miss Gladrags competition, leading her to represent India at the Miss Intercontinental.

Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in the year 2000 in Cyprus.

She made her film debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz.She then appeared in a number of films, some of which include Masti, Kaal, No Entry and Partner.

She is also a part of the hit comedy Bhagam Bhag.At the beginning of this year she starred in Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.Her film, Partner, was a runaway hit.

Her 2010 release Housefull was a Super hit across India. The movie starred Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the 5th biggest hit in the country with Rs 114 Crores of gross revenue .She played the role of Hetal Petal, one of the main characters in the movie.

In 2011, her first movie as a producer, Chalo Dilli, was released.

Bipasha Basu is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She is a former model who had a successful modeling career before venturing into films.

She debuted in a negative role in Ajnabee (2001) which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial success was Raaz (2002). She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, Jism (2003).

She starred in top grossing films like 2005's biggest hit - No Entry, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006) - her biggest commercial success till date and Race (2008). Her performances in Apharan (2005), Corporate (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Lamhaa (2010) won her multiple nominations for several awards. She is frequented in the media as a "sex symbol".

She has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress twice each along with one nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.

Roles apart, she is also renowned for her item songs like "Phoonk De" in No Smoking (2007), and "Beedi" and "Namak Ishq Ka" in Omkara (2006).Basu is slated to make her international film debut with the 2012 Australian film Singularity.

She is the second of three daughters to her parents, the elder being Bidisha, and the younger-Vijayeta.This Bollywood siren, believe it or not, never wanted to get into acting or modelling; studying medicine was her initial preference.

In Kolkata, while she was modelling and doing ramp shows, she met well-known model Mehr Jessia, who suggested that Bips take part in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest. She eventually participated, and won the contest.After winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Basu was flown to New York by the Ford Company, where she started her full-fledged modelling career at the age of 17.

She even did the famous video Tu for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat back in her early days, before she became an actress. After that, film offers kept flowing in and Bipasha made her film debut in Abbas Mastan's Ajnabee, with Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor.

Bipasha's penchant for the unconventional was apparent when she chose this movie (which had her playing the negative role) as her debut film. Her choice was justified as she eventually won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance.In 2002, Basu starred in Vikram Bhatt's thriller Raaz. The film was a big commercial success.

She also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen.In 2006, she won rave reviews for her performance in an item number during the song, Beedi in the film Omkara.

In 2008 Bipasha Basu starred in Race, her second collaboration with duo Abbas Mastan, co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the film performed well at the box office.

She also received rave reviews for her recent role in Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

Basu was in a relationship with her Raaz co-star Dino Morea since 1996 till they broke up in 2002.Soon afterwards during the filming of Jism, Basu began to date her co-star John Abraham, and they were in a relationship till early 2011 when the couple officially broke off.While together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.

Basu has been in the limelight since her bold role in Jism. Her relationships with various co-stars have been featured in the gossip columns. She is known to be freely expressing herself in the public and jovial with her co-stars.

She has been described by the media as sultry, dusky Bengali beauty. She ranked 8 in Times 50 most desirable Women in 2011 and ranked 13 in 2012.UK magazine Eastern Eye named her the "Sexiest Woman in Asia" twice in 2005 and 2007.

Anupam Kher is one of India's most prominent theatre and film personalities. He has performed over 100 plays and featured in nearly 500 Hindi Films, both commercial and non commercial. Kher was born in Shimla to a Kashmiri Pandit family. He later passed out from National School of Drama and years later served as the Chairperson of the same institution.

Anupam Kher started his career in Bollywood in 1982 with Aagman and later came into prominence with his stupendous performance in Saaransh in 1984. He was praised for his commercial roles as well. Playing villain Dr Dang in Karma (1986) got him noticed by all. He exhibited his exemplary acting skills in Daddy (1989) which won him critics' galore. The early half of 1990s saw him winning Best Actor in comic role five times in a row which spoke largely of his meticulous sense of wit and humor.

He shifted to playing supporting roles in films like Darr, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Veer Zaara. Kher has always delivered noticeable performances for his brilliant sense of characters and roles. He fills a lot of life into the role he plays.

In 2005, Kher caught notice of the critics by his brilliant performance as a patient of dementia in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. The film went on to win accolades at many International Film Festivals.

Anupam Kher has already built a name in the International circuits by working in foreign ventures like Bend it Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), The Mistress of Spices (2006) and Lust,Caution (2007). He also appeared in the hit Television Series ER.

Kher has appeared on Indian television since the 1990s. He has hosted Say Something to Anupam Uncle, Sawal Dus Crore Ka and Lead India. He is the co-ownder of Karol Bagh Productions which he jointly owns with Satish Kaushik. Currently, Kher is working in the film Dirty Politics with another veteran actor Om Puri.

Anupam Kher has an nclination towards working for the cause of Kashmiri Pandits and also has a soft corner for children's causes. He is the Goodwill Ambassador of Pratham Educational Foundation which works towards a general social change of all by focusing on the education of children. He wants the cause of displacement of Kashmiri Pandits to be heard all over the world and has been constantly working with issues of his community.

Sonakshi Sinha was born on 2 June 1987. She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and 2009. She was the cover girl of Indian Edition of Maxim Magazine for month December, 2010. She commenced her career in Bollywood by debuting in the mega blockbuster, Dabangg (2010). She is a great animal lover and she posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats.
The stunning beauty Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian bollywood actress. She has marked her debut in Hindi film industry with 2010's Blockbuster hit "Dabangg" opposite Salman Khan, which was the biggest hit of the year. She has won the Filmfare Award for "Best Female Debut". Later, she went on to star in some of the Bollywood's biggest hits including Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar, Dabangg 2 and many more. She was last seen in R Rajkumar movie alongwith shahid kapoor and now she is currently shooting for her new movie 'Tevar' opposite Arjun Kapoor.
The Dabangg girl of bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is the daughter of the popular bollywood actor and a politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. She has two brothers Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. Luv Sinha is a Bollywood actor, who has appeared in the Hindi movie Sadiyaan (2010) for the first time. She is very close to her mother and always seeks her opinion regarding her career. She said that, "I consult my whole family before signing a film because they have been in the industry for long, so it's the logical thing to do".
The glamorous girl Sonakshi Sinha, has begun her career as a costume designer, designed the costumes for the film Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion week in 2008 and 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, which was a blockbuster of that year. She has reduced 30 kgs for weight in preparation for the role as a village girl for this movie . Sinha won quite a few awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others. She was also part of movies like Lootera, Boss.

Ajay Devgn is an Indian Actor born on 2 April 1969 in New Delhi. Ajay Devgn was born to Veeru Devgan, who is a stunt choreographer and mother Veena Devgan who had produced one film. He is having a brother, Anil Devgan who is a film director. He had completed his schooling in Bappu School and his graduation in Mithibai College. He married to Kajol who is an actress on Feb 23, 1999. They are having two children, Nysa and Yug. He had changed his last name devgan to devgn on his family request.He is the first bollywood person who have an aircraft for transportation. Career Ajay Devgn made his debut with Phool Aur Kaante in year 1991. He won a Filmfare Best Debut Award for that film. Then he starred in Jigar with Karishma Kapoor. In 1993 he made a action film Ek Hi Raasta then Platform. In 1994 he made film like Dilwale, Suhaag and Vijaypath which run well on box office. In year 1994 he starred in film Naajayaz and got nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Then 1996 he made a film Diljale. In year 1997 he came into a comedy film Ishq. Then in 1998 he starred in film Major Saab and Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha. Later that year he made another film Zakhm which gave him several awards including the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Star Screen Award for Best Actor. Then in year 1999 he did Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which gave a huge success. Soon after he did more two films Hindustan ki kasam and Kachche Dhage. In 2000 he worked in film Deewane. This film went flop at box office. Later in that year he made his first home production film Raju Chacha with his wife Kajol. It gave a huge success. In year 2001 he starred in film Yeah Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke which went average in box office. He then came in film Lajja for which he got nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. The film did not went well on box office. Then he worked in film Tere Mera Saath Rahen. He made a film Company in year 2002 for which he again got nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award and won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. It went well at box office. Then he released Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi. Later on the same year he also did a film The Legend of Bhagat Singh which did not went well but gave him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance as well as his second National Film Award for Best Actor. Then he came in a negetive role in film Deewangee. For this role he got Filmfare Best Villain Award, Star Screen Award Best Villain and Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role. It went average on box office. In year 2003 he starred in a horror film Bhoot which was a success on box office. Then he came in a action thriller film Qayamat: City under Threat which went a huge success. Then he worked in film Chori Chori which went flop. Then in the same year he made a film Gangaajal which made a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Then he came in Zameen which was a hit.

The Bolly hunk is born of a mixture of culture. Arjun comes from a high class Ramgariha Punjabi Sikh background. He went to the Kodaikanal International School with his sister in Tamil Nadu. Rampal boy collected his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hindu College in Delhi.

Rampal was unsuccessful in his earlier career and was highly criticized for his failed start with lead roles in Moksha:Salvation (2001), Deewaanapan (2001), Vaada (2005), Yakeen (2005), Dil Hai Tumhar (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Asambhav (2004), Fox (2009), EMI (2008). His debut film was Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). But Moksha with Manisha Koirala was his actual first film but as it released later it could not earn the title of Arjun's debut.

Rampal's first critically acclaimed role was of a blind man from the film Aankhen (2002). His career graph moved up from this point. He did various genres of films and worked with varieties of actresses. His films include Ek Ajnabee (2005) opposite Big B, Tehzeeb(2003), asambhav (2004) an action thriller, Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai (2006), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006).

The desired actor's success reached the height as the supporting actor in Don-The Chase Begins Again (2006) which was the remake of 1978 movie Don.

Rampal's producing career begins with I See You (2006), himself as the leading actor and his wife Mehr Jesia as coproducer.

The stylish Rampal's career as the villain hero took the flight with Om Shanti Om (2007) opposite the debuting Deepika Padukone and King Khan. It was the biggest hit of his career.

The next film was Rock On!! In the year 2008 which again after Om Shanti Om earned him awards.

He starred in Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear, English arthouse film with Priety Zinta and Amitabh Bacchan. The film was premiered on different Film Festivals.

Rampal tried his hand on comedy with Housefull (2010), a Sajid Khan film. The film hit the Box Office with bang.

He also featured in We Are Family opposite Kareena and Kajol.

In 2011 again Rampal took a negative acting in Anubhav Sinha's Ra.One.

The choco villain did small roles in movies like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007).

He has not yet bid goodbye to his filmograph and his upcoming movies include Heroine, Ishq In Paris, Chakravyuh. These films are hoped to strike the silver screen this year. The next year upcoming fils are The Legend Of Kunal, Ajab Gajab Love, Zanjeer. Thse films are on processof shooting.

The cool hunk is going to debut in Telegu, Tamil and English with the film Amma 3D. The film is a pre-production and the shooting in different languages are going on simultaneously.

He had a shaky career at the beginning but proved himself the dark horse of a race with his determination, dedication and hard work. Carry on and achieve what you dream!

Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor and photographer. Boman was born into a Parsi family on 1 October 1962. He is a graduate of Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his graduation he pursued a career-initially with the Life Insurance Corporation of India from 1982 to 1985. At the same time he also established an Uncle Chips franchise in Dadar which ran until 1986 before shutting down owing to a loss. Boman moved into Photography in 1987 and persisted with Photography until 1989. He is a professional photographer. Theatrical career Boman's love of acting was always present even during school and college. He trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983 and adopted professional acting methods.

Unlike national theatre, Boman's expertise was more of British theatre and he soon developed fantastic accents. Boman's mentor was Alyque Padamsee - the veteran theatre actor best known for his role as Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Gandhi. Boman's earliest theatrical appearance was in Roshni where he played a Cameo - at the Regional Theatre in Versova. He followed this up with serials like Family Ties and Mahatma vs Gandhi (Playing Gandhi after the role was turned down by Darshan Jariwala. His busy film career has stagnated his theatre career but despite this Boman continues to perform in theatre whenever possible.

He has over 40 plays to his credit- around 15 of them as the lead character. Movie career Boman started out in a number of advertisements like Fanta, Ceat and Krackjack biscuits ('As Mr. Jack of the Krack and Jack duo'). Boman Irani started his career as theatre artiste with a cameo in Alyque Padamsee's play "Roshni" It was with Munnabhai M.B.B.S. that Boman became really popular. His role as J.Asthana was one of his most memorable. Since then Boman has risen to become one of the finest supporting actors in the film industry- most of his roles being: Comedic (Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, Waqt: The Race Against Time, No Entry, 3 Idiots),Supporting (Veer-Zaara, Maine Gandhi ko Nahin Mara, Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Sorry Bhai!, Page 3, My Wife's Murder), Comedic-Villainous (Khosla Ka Ghosla) & Negative Roles (Don - The Chase Begins Again, Eklavya: The Royal Guard). Others Boman is a member of the Parsee Television Actors Community and is also its Secretary. This elite community includes others such as Smriti Zubin Irani and Cyrus Broacha. Boman also hosted the IIFA Awards together with actor Riteish Deshmukh in 2008 and 2009.[4] He has also been on Kaun Banega Crorepati with Sanjay Dutt.

Mallika Sherawat was born into a Jatt family in Rohtak, located in the state of Haryana. Her family is of a renowned philanthropist and holds quite a reputation in the zone. The year of her birth is doubtful. Mallika took up the screen name and added her mother's maiden surname to it, to avoid being introduced in the film world as Reema, , a name which is quite contrary to her persona and attitude. She has always had a very strained relationship with her family, who quite disapprove of her choice of profession and mostly her sexually bold avatar she has adopted post- Bollywood. Her family was apparently quite disappointed with her for her failed marriage as well. Mallika's earlier part of her career in Bollywood is full of controversies and mixed voices. While some give her credit to be a small town naïve and raw girl who has found success in Bollywood, others say she presented a fabricated image of a fighter and has played unfair to thrive.

She was first noticed in "Khwahish" in the year 2003, for appearing in a bold avatar, with minimal clothes and hot make-out scenes with her co-actor. In 2004, she continued to delve into sexual boldness on screen, as she played an unfaithful wife in "Murder". She became a favorite girl with the Bhatt's and the film raked huge profits at the box office that year. She had previously also worked in an array of commercials like Santro, BPL and so on with Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. One can never miss Mallika Sherwat for the sheer confidence she oozes in her presence. Love her or hate her, she is full of charming dynamism.

2005, was big for her as she starred opposite Jackie Chan in "The Myth". This was her first international venture. She walked the red carpet at Cannes and Time Magazine declared her as the next big thing. 2005 was her lucky charm of a year.

In 2006, she was noticed playing a simple Delhi girl in the romantic comedy "Pyaar Ke Side Effects" opposite the multi talented Rahul Bose. The film's flow was catchy and the style was full of humor. And at every point Mallika matched up to Bose's level of performance with ease.

In 2007, she was seen in "Welcome" which was a huge success at the box office. In 2009, she was seen in the Hollywood Venture "Hisss" with Irfan Khan. It was a crossover film, between India and U.S.A and created ripples in the film world. In 2011, she was seen in "Politics of Love", a romantic comedy centered on Barack Obama's election as the President. In 2009, she was also bestowed upon the Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles for her inexplicable work in films and also for her charitable demeanor.

In 2011, she was also seen opposite Sanjay Dutt in "Double Dhamal". The film was a huge hit and her item number "Jalebi Bai" had everyone dancing to it.

Sherawat has always been noted as someone who is very outspoken and opinionated. She is hardworking and one of Bollywood's most ravishing sex bombs. She will soon be seen opposite Vivek Oberoi in "Kismat Love Paisa Dilli"

A well established playback singer, Sunidhi has a beautiful, strong willed and profound voice. She started of her career from a very young age and has crooned innumerable Bollywood songs up to date. An immensely talented singer, Sunidhi started singing when only four years of age until she was discovered by a TV anchor, Tabassum and encouraged to shift base to Mumbai to pursue a career in singing. She was accommodated in Kalyanji's troupe ‘Little wonders' where she was in the lead. She participated and won the music reality show ‘Meri Awaaz Suno' in 1996. She recorded the music album ‘Aira Gaira Nathu Gaira' (HMV) as a part of the prize. But the album being promoted as children's failed to work in Sunidhi's favour.

She sang for the first Bollywood film Shastra but it was only Sandeep Chowta composed RGV's Mast (1999) that gave Sundhi instant fame with the ‘Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi' track. And from there on there was no looking back for her. Some of her memorable tracks in Bollywood include; Beedi Jalai Le (Omkara), Bhaage Re Mann (Chameli), Dhoom Machale (Dhoom), Sajna Vaari (Honeymoon Travels) Aaja Nachle (Aaja Nachle), Crazy Kia Re (Dhoom 2), Chor Bazari (Love Aaj Kaal), Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baaj Baraat), Dance Pe Chance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) and the most recent hit Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Mar Khan). Along with Bollywood she has sang in Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Tamil and Assamese languages. At present, she has recorded about 2,500 tracks.

Sunidhi has paired with Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik and most famously with Sonu Nigam in several hit tracks. She even collaborated in the ‘Heartbeat' (India Mix) with Enrique Iglesias. Sunidhi has worked with varied music composers like A.R. Rahman, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Shekhar, Nadeem Shravan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Jatin Lalit, Pritam Chakraborty, Rajesh Roshan, Anand Milind and Anu Malik and well known lyricists like Gulzar, Irshad Kamil, Prasoon Joshi, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Sameer and Anand Bakshi.

One of the leading playback singers of Bollywood, she has voiced most of the leading ladies starting from Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, Bipasha Basu, Preity Zinta to Kareena, Priyanka Chopra, Konkona Sen Sharma and Deepika Padukone. Sunidhi does have a relishing span in the film industry and has continually proved her position despite facing stiff competition from fellow contemporary Shreya Ghoshal.

Sunidhi has made her foray into television judging the participants in the reality show Indian Idol, Season 5 and Season 6 alongside Anu Malik. She has appeared in minor appearances Bas Ek Pal (2006), Ehsaas (2001) and Bhoot (2003). She considers Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey her idols and she wishes to earn international fame in their lines.

The actress cum recent director Dia Mirza Handrich was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. She is the daughter of Frank Handrich, a German and Deepa, a Bengali Hindu. Her mother married secondly to Ahmed Mirza. Thus she adopted the title Mirza to her name.

She went to Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls in Khairtabad, Hyderabad. From there she was shifted afterwards to Nasr School at same place. She had her college life from Stanley Junior College and her graduation was completed from Andhra Pradesh Open University in Hyderabad.

Her career started at the tender age of 16 years while doing her graduation. She started her media run as a marketing executive in a multimedia company named Dr. Neeraj's Multimedia Studio. Dee Mirza then plunged into modeling for both newspaper and media and did ads for Emami, Lipton and Walls.

Her turning point came as she earned the title of Femina Miss India (2000) 2nd runner up and Miss Asia Pacific (2000). Just like her predecessors, the film industry beckoned this fair damsel. Thus her filmy sail started with her debut movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) opposite the Tolly star R. Madhavan aka Maddy. RHTDM was not a Box Office hit but through the passing time created a buzz among the youngsters.

The gorgeous chik did many movies for next following years. Her movies include Deewanapan (2002), Tehzaab (2003), Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye (2003), Dum (2003), Stop! (2004), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004), Naam Gum Yayega (2005), Blackmail (2005), Parinneta (2005), Dus (2005), Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai (2005), Fight Club-Members Only (2006), Alag (2006), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Cash (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan (2007), Krazzy 4 (2008), Kissan (2009), Jai-Veeru (2009), Acid Factory (2009), Fruit And Nut (2009), Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010), Familywala (2011).

The Mirza girl among those who after showing their talent blast and looks are less admired and wanted in silver screen. Thus all these movies could not bring the blast she hoped for, to her fortune. Though she is critically acclaimed but lags behind on the race of super star.

The star also gave special appearances on films like Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na (2004), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Heyy Baby (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), Kurbaan (2009), Luck By Chance (2009). She even appeared at a TV release of Prateeksha (2006). She did an item number in Phir Hera Pheri (2006). She also participated in a TV game show named Kaho Naa Yaar Hai (2008) on Star Plus.

She who failing to shine as the most shining star of tinsel town decided to shine as a director and a producer thus launching her own production house with her partners, boyfriend Sahil Sangha and best friend Zayed Khan, the Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. The motto of the house is to produce films which they believe in. their first production is Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) which was not a Box Office bockbuster but received mixed critical appreciation from both movie freaks and critics.

She is among those actress' who are repeatedly wrapped in false controversies, but she knows very well how to handle the heat.

The brown eyed sweet spoken girl is an utter philanthropist. She is an environment conservationist as well as a socialist. This portion of her earned her award also. She worked with the government to spread awareness against HIV and female foeticide. Shi is also the active member of Spastics Society Of India, The Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA and CRY. She is also an animal lover and recently adopted two cheetah cubs at Prince Of Wales Zoological Park in Lucknow.

Her journey unlike the other superstars is full of struggle just to establish her name, just to attain the height she deserved and desired. She has indeed carved herself a long path from a model, then being an actress and now being a director and producer.

After starting out her career with Ek Je Acche Kanya and Titli, Konkona got her major break through the movie Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The performance received so much acclaim that Filmfare even included it in the ‘Top 80 Iconic Performances' list. Even greater joy followed as she won the National Award for Best Actress that year. After such a brilliant start, she won even more acclaim after her portrayal of a journalist disillusioned by the film fraternity in Page 3. The movie did very well and despite being unconventional in its theme, it fetched the National Award for the Best Movie category. She moved on to doing supporting yet strong roles later, starting out with 15 Park Avenue and the role of a villager in Omkara. She bagged the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Omkara. She gave back-to-back hits with Traffic Signal and Life in a… Metro, both of which received critical acclaim as well as box office success. However, her next two commercial ventures Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle were panned by the critics and the audience alike.

She was back in the limelight after portraying strong lead roles in Luck By Chance where she played the role of a struggling actress and Wake Up Sid where she cast as an ambitious magazine writer. Both movies did well and her performances were greatly appreciated.

Later, she starred in Right Yaa Wrong and Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge?, which didn't do a good business at the box office. However, Konkona has managed to establish herself as highly talented actress and is even considered one of the most versatile actresses in the Bollywood Film industry. Her personal life has been going through a bit of turmoil owing to the constant reports of her impending divorce with husband Ranvir Shorey. Konkona however, looks set to continue her professional career strongly as she multiple big banner projects lined up in future. In the Bengali film industry she has Sunglass and Goynar Baksho, while in Bollywood Ekta Kapoor's ambitious Ek Thi Daayan is also slated to release. Future looks quite solid for Konkona, who has recently become a blessed mother as she gave birth to her baby boy Haroon.

Vivek Anand Oberoi attended Mayo College in Ajmer. He is brought up by a combo of Punjabi father and a Tamil mother. He wnt to an actor's workshop in London and there was chosen by the director of New York University who took Vivek off to New York and there he completed his Masters Degree in film acting. Vivek at his home practised as script writer.

The big break of Prince came with Ram Gopal Varma's gangstar flick Company (2002). This earned him both fame and award and thus he came to limelight with his next Shaad Ali's film Saathiya (2002). The film banged the Box Office. His next film was Dum (2003). He also starred in comedy like Masti (2004), off beat movie like Yuva (2004), title character in the film Krishna:The Warrior Poet (2005).

The success of these films bagged him films like Omkara (2006), an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), Mission Istanbul (2008), Kurbaan (2009), Prince (2010), Rakht Charitra (2010), Kaal (2005), Home Delivery:Apko…Ghar Tak, Pyare Mohan (2006), Darna Mana Hai, (2003), Naksha (2006), Fool N Final (2007), Rakht Charitra 2 (2010).

He gave special appearances in Deewanw Hue Pagal (2005) as a narrator and Luck By Chance (2009).

Vivek Oberoi did Tamil and Telegu films. His Telegu debut was with the Telegu version of Rakta Charitra 1 (2010) and Tamil debut was with the Tamil version of Rakta Charitra 2 (2010).

The Oberoi son produced a film watch Indian Circus (2011). This film won Audience Choice Best Film Award for Busan International Film Festival-Korea, International Children's Film Festival and 47th Chicago International Film Festival.

His upcoming films are Zilla Ghaziabad, Kismat Love Raisa Dilli, Amma 3D. These fims are expected to release on 2012. The movie Amma 3D would be his English debut. The other films of the star are Krrish 3 and Jayantibhai Ki Love Story are on process of shooting and hoped to release on 2013.

The starlet is both shining in the fields of socialism and silver screen.

Six years in Bollywood have earned Emraan Hashmi the title of a “serial kisser” owing to a surplus of scorching, lingering, fleeting kisses that his roles have demanded of him, ensuring that he is always in demand.

Emraan was born to Anwar Hashmi and Maherahh Hashmi. His father is a Muslim and his mother a Roman Catholic. He studied animation and graphics from Sydenham College in Mumbai. Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt is his cousin.

Hashmi made his film debut in 2003 with Footpath, which did not do well at the box-office. He and co-star Mallika Sherawat shot to fame with the thriller, Murder (2004), which went on to become a super hit at the box-office.

In 2005, he appeared in several films such as Zeher, Aashiq Banaya Apne and Kalyug which did moderately well at the box office. In 2006, his film Gangster was a semi-hit,while Aksar and The Killer were flops. In 2007, Hashmi had three back to back releases, while Good Boy Bad Boy and The Train both failed at the box office, the big budgeted, Awarapan did moderately well.

In 2008, Jannat, starring Emraan and Sonal Chauhan, took a good opening, making the film a commercial success.His first release in 2009, Raaz - The Mystery Continues…, opened well and became the first box office success of that year.His second film of the yea, Tum Mile, opened to mixed reviews and was rated a box-office failure.

In 2010, Emraan appeared in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Crook: It's Good To Be Bad, of which the former opened to positive reviews and was declared a hit at the box-office while the latter sank without a trace.

Emraan's first release of 2011 was moderate success Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, followed by a hit Murder 2. Emraan was also seen in the Vidya Balan starrer, The Dirty Picture. The film turned to be a super-hit and Emraan's role was well appreciated.

Ghulam Ali (Urdu: غلا... علی, Hindi: ग़ुलाम ...ली) is a Pakistani ghazal singer of the Patiala gharana. He is not to be confused with the Indian singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (of whom he was a disciple) or Chhote Ghulam Ali, who is another Pakistani singer in the qawwali style. Early life and background Ali was born in the village of Kaleke in the Sialkot District of Punjab, pre-partition India (now in Pakistan). He belongs to a musical family, his father was a vocalist and a sarangi player who initiated Ghulam Ali to music from his childhood. Ali's father named him after Bade Ghulam Ali. At 15, he became a student of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, a master of the Patiala Gharana (Patiala School) of Hindustani music. Due to the busy schedule of Bade Ghulam Ali, he was trained mainly by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's three brothers, Barqat Ali Khan, Mubarak Ali Khan, and Amanat Ali Khan, in Lahore. All these distinguished classical musicians taught him the finer nuances of classical music. His solid foundation of classical music included studying Thumri and learning to sing raga. Career Ali started singing for Radio Lahore in 1960. Along with singing ghazals, Ghulam Ali composes music for his ghazals. His compositions are raga-based and sometimes include a scientific mixture of ragas. He is known for blending gharana-gaayaki into ghazal and this gives his singing the capability to touch hearts. He beautifully sings Punjabi songs too. Most of his Punjabi songs have been extremely popular. Though from Pakistan, Ghulam Ali remains as popular in India as in Pakistan. He entered Bollywood with a Hindi film song Chupke Chupke Raat Din in B. R. Chopra's film, Nikaah. Other popular ghazals include Hungama hai kyon barpaa, Awaargi, and Yeh dil yeh paagal Dil mera. On being questioned about Pakistani pop groups, Ghulam Ali replied, "Frankly, I am really bewildered at their style of singing. How can you sing a song by running and jumping around the stage? The stage is meant for performing not for acrobatics." Ali has also sung some beautiful ghazals like Kina kina timro tasveer, Gajalu tee thula thula aankha, Lolaaeka aee thula and Ke chha ra diun in Nepali language with Narayan Gopal, a well known Nepali singer, and composer Deepak Jangam. These songs were compiled in an album entitled Narayan Gopal, Ghulam Ali Ra Ma, and are popular among Nepali music lovers to this day. One of his memorable concerts was at the Taj Mahal.

Vishal-Shekhar are a music directing duo (Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani) for Hindi films. They have had a number of successes including Jhankaar Beats, Om Shanti Om, Salaam Namaste, Dus, Bluffmaster, Tashan, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Dostana, Anjaana Anjaani, Ra.One, Don 2 and more. Career: The duo rose to prominence when they composed the score for the film Jhankaar Beats which included the hit song "Tu Aashiqui Hai". Their efforts paid off when they won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. The music for the film Musafir became popular with young people in India and overseas. They combined techno music with Indian sounds. The score included the hits "Saaki" and "Door Se Paas". 2005 was a good year for the duo as they composed the scores for three hit films: Salaam Namaste, Dus and Bluffmaster. , Vishal Dadlani is also the vocalist of Mumbai-based electronic band Pentagram. Shekhar Ravjiani is a trained classical singer and has a sound base of Indian music. Shekhar was a participant of Zee TV singing contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1997. Other acts: Vishal-Shekhar have been judges on the popular star hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and the musical talent show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star with director and choreographer Farah Khan. They are the judges on Amul Star Voice Of India Mummy Ki Superstars. They were mentors and judges in the Zee TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Sajid-Wajid. The have composed title track for Star Plus' upcoming daily Navya. They have also composed the IPL theme song of season 3 and Anthem of Kolkata Knight Riders. Vishal Ashok Somkuwar will be the World's first ever musicians to perform for a live audio concert which will be accessible on mobile phones and the internet. They are excited to be the pioneer in the show which may put them in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Following the terror attacks on Mumbai on 26 November 2008, Vishal Dadlani launched a petition to ban live media coverage during the rescue operations. They are the composers behind the Kailash Kher's song "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. On January 23, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Spring Fest 2012 in IIT Kharagpur. On February 15, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Crossroads 2012 in SRCC, which went on to become the largest college festival in the country that year. On March 25, 2012, Vishal and Shekhar with Shruti Pathak performed live at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Flare (Techno-Cultural Fest). On May 1, 2012 on the occasion of Maharashtra Day, Shekhar Ravjiani released his first solo Marathi single 'Saazani'. Shekhar, who has also sung the number besides composing it, performed for the first time on the Marathi music reality show Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. "I always wanted to do a Marathi song considering Maharashtra has always been special for me. Not just now, in the past too, I have spent a lot of time in the state, especially Nashik. We had a farmhouse there that I would visit a lot as a kid. Plus, I am very fond of Marathi music," says Shekhar, who finds Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar "absolutely amazing".

Bombay S Jayashri is a leading Carnatic music vocalist. She has also recorded songs as a playback singer in South Indian films. She has many albums to her credit, released as cassettes and CDs. Early life Jayashri was born to N N Subramaniam and Seetha, who groomed her in Carnatic music in her initial years. Her initiation into music was under her father's guidance at the age of four. Later Jayashri learned under the tutelage of T R Balamani Ammal of Bombay. She was into concert performances in her teens. In 1989, she enrolled herself as a disciple of the legend Lalgudi G Jayaraman. Since 1989, she has been under the guidance and tutelage of the renowned violin maestro. She is also a student of veena, under G N Dhandapani Iyer. She along with T.M.Krishna feature in the first ever Carnatic concert movie, titled, Margazhi Raagam. The movie has received rave reviews from all quarters. Profile Jayashri has performed in all the major institutions, festivals and sabhas in India and has won rich acclaim from critics and rasikas. Bombay Jayashri is an ‘A' grade artiste of All India Radio and is a regular performer on Doordarshan. She has released several cassettes and CDs on major labels, like HMV, Sangeetha and Inreco and is a popular favourite. Jayashri is a commerce graduate from Bombay University. While at university, she collected an impressive array of awards and titles in the fields of music, dance and dramatics. She also received a Diploma in Music from the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya. Cinema Bombay Jayashree has sung songs for Tamil films, working with noted Chennai film composers A. R. Rahman and Harris Jayaraj. The song "Narumugaiye" from the score of Iruvar (1997), composed by A. R. Rahman was a huge success, as was the song "Vaseegara" from the film Minnale (2001) composed by Harris Jayaraj. She has also featured in the Carnatic concert movie, Margazhi Raagam along with T.M. Krishna in 2008.

Gippy Grewal a.k.a. Rupinder Singh Grewal is a Punjabi singer, actor. He was born in village Koom Kallan, Ludhiana, Punjab on January 2, 1982.
Gippy Grewal is one of the best recent Punjabi singers. The real name of Gippy Grewal is Rupinder Singh Grewal. He was born in village Koom Kallan, Ludhiana, Punjab on January 2, 1982. Gippy Grewal blows things off with some phat beats, traditional lyrics, and his Desi voice. Gippy Grewal is a singer who transcends stereotype; the musical tastes that are reflected in his music know no boundaries or succumb to any genre.
Gippy Grewal has carefully developed a diver and successful musical career since his induction to the world of Bhangra by his first album called “Chakk Lai”. Gippy has proven his extraordinary talents to be musical. Gippy Grewal pushes every beat in his own unique style.
Gippy Grewal has released many solo albums like “Chakk Lai”, “Nasha”, “Aaja Ve Mittra”, “Phulkari” and “Phulkari 2 Just Hits” Countdowns @ Top Place. And the “Phulkari” song become favorite to every bhangra lover and Punjabi DJ's across the globe. The “Phulkari” Track becomes one of the biggest hit of 2004-05. The highly acclaimed track got played in every car, every club, every party, every wedding, across everywhere. So the Punjabi Bhangra fans, critics, composers use to call “Phulkari” track the Monster Track.
This time Gippy Grewal is the favorite artist of young generation of Punjab. His big helping hands his brother “Sippy Grewal”. The upcoming efforts of Gippy Grewal have been set to repeat the history.
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With a hotel management degree under his belt, ruling the charts of Punjabi music is something highly unlikely to foresee for anyone. However, it was exactly the dream Gippy Grewal had nurtured since childhood. The success he is basking in now did not come so easily to him. He had his share of hard times too. But great determination and support of his loved ones saw him carve his niche in the music industry and amongst the heart of his fans.
Since his inception in the music world of Punjabi pop, Gippy has carefully developed a diverse and successful music career scoring a hit with ‘Chak Lai', his very first album. A great performer and singer, the power of sensitivity and credibility come naturally to Gippy Grewal. His albums reflect his very own unique style and are a great blend of ‘Punjabiyat' with the latest pop
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Early Llife And Background :

Balasubrahmanyam was born to S. P. Sambamurthy in Konetammapeta, Nellore district, of Andhra Pradesh. Balasubrahmanyam's father was a Harikatha artiste who had also acted in plays. He has two brothers and five sisters, including singer S.P. Sailaja.Balasubrahmanyam developed an interest towards music at an early age, studied notations and learned to play instruments such as the harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. He enrolled at JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur with the intention of becoming an engineer. He discontinued his studies early due to typhoid and joined as an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Chennai.
He continued to pursue music during his engineering studies and won awards at singing competitions. In 1964, he won the first prize in a music competition for amateur singers organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation. He was the leader of a light music troupe composed of Anirutta (on the harmonium), Ilaiyaraaja (on guitar and later on harmonium), Baskar (on percussion), and Gangai Amaran (on guitar).He was selected as the best singer in a singing competition which was judged by S. P. Kodandapani and Ghantasala.Often visiting music composers seeking opportunities, his first audition song was "Nila Nerungadhe". It was rendered by veteran playback singer P. B. Srinivas, who used to write and give him multi-lingual verses in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, English and Urdu .

Early Career: 1960s-1970:

Balasubrahmanyam made his debut as a playback singer in 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film scored by his mentor, S. P. Kodandapani.The first Non-Telugu song that he recorded just eight days after his debut Telugu song was in Kannada in 1966 for the film 'Nakkare Ade Swarga' starring Kannada comedy stalwart T. R. Narasimharaju.He recorded his first Tamil song "Eyarkai ennum illaya kanni" in the 1969 film Shanthi Nilaiyam starring Gemini Ganesan. He sang "Aayiram Nilavae Vaa" for M.G.R in the Tamil film Aadimai Penn. He was then introduced to Malayalam film industry by G. Devarajan in the film Kadalppalam.He has the rare distinction of rendering most number of songs on a single day by any singer. He has recorded 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on February 8, 1981 and 19 songs in Tamil, 16 songs in Hindi in a day which is a notable achievement and a record. He established a prolific career. "There were days when I used to record 15-20 songs, but only for Anand-Milind. And I would take the last flight back to Chennai." In 1970s, he also worked with M. S. Viswanathan in Tamil movies for actors such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan. He recorded duets with P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Vani Jayaram and L. R. Eswari. Balasubrahmanyam's association with Ilaiyaraaja began in the late 1970s when the latter made his cinematic debut.

International Recognition: 1980:

Balasubrahmanyam pictured in 1985Balasubrahmanyam came to international prominence with 1980's Shankarabharanam. The film is considered to be one of the best films ever to emerge from Telugu film industry.[31][32] Directed by K. Vishwanath, the film's soundtrack was composed by KV Mahadevan and led to an increase in usage of Carnatic music in Indian cinema. Not a classically trained singer, he used a 'film music' aesthetic in recording the songs.[33] Balasubrahmanyam received his first National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his work. His first work in Hindi films was the following year, in Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), for which he received another National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.[6]
Balasubrahmanyam began to record more songs in Tamil especially for Ilaiyaraaja with Janaki, the trio considered to be highly successful in the Tamil film industry from the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s in Telugu films based on classical music like Saagara Sangamam (1983), for which both Ilaiayaraaja and S.P.B won National Film Awards, Swathi Muthyam (1986) and Rudraveena (1988) which again won National Awards for Ilaiyaraaja and Balasubrahmanyam.[34]
In 1989, Balasubrahmanyam was the playback singer for Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the blockbuster Maine Pyar Kiya.[35] The soundtrack for the film was very successful and he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song Dil Deewana. For much of the next decade, Balasubrahmanyam continued as the 'romantic singing voice' on the soundtracks of Khan's films.[36] Notable among these was Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time[37] Balasubrahmanyam's duet with Lata Mangeshkar, Didi Tera Devar Deewana, was so popular that Mangeshkar was awarded a Filmfare Special Award. This solidified Balasubrahmanyam as one of the biggest playback singers in India.

Voice Actor:

Balasubrahmanyam accidentally became a dubbing artist with Kamal Hassan's film Manmadha Leela, the dubbed version of Manmadha Leelai. He has also provided voice-overs for various artists, including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, K. Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Anil Kapoor, Girish Karnad, Gemini Ganesan, Arjun Sarja, Nagesh, Karthik and Raghuvaran in various languages. He was assigned as the default dubbing artist for Kamal Hassan in Telugu dubbed versions of Tamil films and vice versa. For the Telugu version of Dasavathaaram he gave voice to seven characters (including the female character) out of 10 characters played by Kamal Hassan. He was awarded Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist for the films Annamayya and Sri Sai Mahima.

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are one of India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents.

Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal.

The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style . They have recorded about 25 cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras

and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.

They have received M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001. Rajat Kamal - National Film Award for the Best Music Direction ( 2006)

Mika Singh, the prolific songwriter, singer, performer and composer was born and brought up at Durgapur situated in West Bengal, India. Mika Singh is a Sikh and he was born with the name of Amrik Singh. Ajmer Singh, his father was an amateur wrestler as well as a classical musician while Balbir Kaur, his mother had a great interest in the field of folk music and she had also been an amateur wrestler at the state level.

He started getting trained in music since his childhood days. When he was 8 years old, he started playing the tabla and at the age of 12, he also began learning how to play the harmonium. Then again, at 14 years of age, Mika Singh started playing the guitar as well. Initially he used to sing kirtans but later on he moved up the ladder and he became a renowned bhangra/pop artist.

In the year 1998 when he was just 21 years of age, he released his very first album called ‘Sawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag' which was an instant success for him. Following ‘Sawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag', Mika Singh released numerous other hit albums like ‘Dunali', ‘Gabru', ‘Something Something' and ‘Ishq Brandy'.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mika Singh came out with numerous chartbusters, all from his films and private albums. Some of the films which he had worked for are as follows: ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects', ‘Apna Sapna Money Money', ‘Nehlle Pe Dehlla', Dhol', ‘Jab We Met', ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala', ‘Mission Istaanbul', ‘Dus Kahaniyaan', ‘Ugly Aur Pagli', ‘Mr. White Mr. Black', ‘Singh Is King', ‘Woodstock Villa', ‘Wafaa', ‘My Friend Ganesha 2', ‘Dil Kabaddi', ‘C Kkompany', ‘Bad Luck Govind', ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!', ‘Dil Kabaddi', ‘Jugaad', ‘Life Partner', ‘Jai Veeru', ‘Quick Gun Murugun', ‘De Dana Dan', ‘Dil Bola Hadippa!', ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani', ‘Adhurs' (Telegu), ‘Toh Baat Pakki', ‘Housefull', ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai', ‘Lamhaa', ‘F. A. L. T. U.', ‘Tanu Weds Manu', ‘Ready', ‘Ishqiya', ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama', ‘Loot', ‘Desi Boyz', ‘Paglu' (Bengali), ‘Dharti', ‘Thank You', ‘Mausam', ‘Khokababu' (Bengali), ‘Agent Vinod', ‘Vicky Donor', ‘Department', ‘Bittoo Boss', ‘Rowdy Rathore', ‘Department', ‘Ajab Gazabb Love', ‘Son of Sardar', ‘Khiladi 786', ‘Paglu 2' (Bengali), ‘Teri Meri Kahani', ‘Pooja Kiven AA', ‘Mirchi' (Telegu), ‘Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22' and ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti'.

First” and “best are two words pointing uniquely to an unprecedented phenomenon in the cultural history of India. This singular phenomenon is Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. He is the “first” Indian Classical vocalist who is considered the best performer of all kinds of Indian Vocal Music. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is the “first” recipient of the “Kumar Gandharva Award”, the “first” classical vocalist of India to receive the President's award for the best male playback singer in 1990. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is also the “first” person to receive Gold Medal from the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, the “first” Indian classical vocalist to be invited by the Government of Pakistan to perform in Pakistan and the “first” Indian classical vocalist who has been spanning the cultural gulf between India and the west through extensive musical tours by adapting Indian Classical Music to a universal idiom of feeling.
Born in 1952, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty could sing before he could talk. His late father Shri Ajit Chakrabarty was his first Guru, followed by great teachers like Late kanaidas bairagi, Late Guru Jnanprakash Ghosh and Late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan( son of the legend Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) to mention as the lead names. Genius combined with exceptional talent also earned him Gold Medals in B.A. Honours and M.A. examinations of Rabindra Bharat University, Calcutta.

The brilliance of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty lies in his own distinctive blend of styles, his creativity and a magical voice capable of expressing every emotion. He is adept at singing a wide variety of styles, right from Dhrupad, Khayal (meaning imagination), Thumri, Bhajan to a variety of Bengali and Hindi numbers including old and modern songs, folk songs, allowing an exquisite expression of emotion and improvisation, a tradition he has significantly re-enkindled. His listeners are therefore spoilt with the great expectations that Panditji must always bring something fresh and remarkable into each of his recitals, considering the value of the tradition stretching back thousands of years. Numerous albums, records, and CD's of his classical and light classical songs have been published in India and abroad that endear Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty even to those listeners who do not even know the language of the lyrics.

Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is the founder of the musical institution SHRUTINANDAN which is a one-of-its-kind learning centre for students of Indian Classical music. Learning at Shrutinandan is based on a scientific training system evolved by Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is a noted sarod player and one of the foremost classical musicians. He is a highly acclaimed Indian musician and composer, coming from a musical family that claims to have invented the sarod. He stands as the sixth-generation sarod player in his family. On successfully carving a niche for himself in the Hall of Fame of Indian classical music, Amjad has gained immense popularity, not just in India but also abroad, and has created a great fan following. With his forefathers are believed to have come from Afghanistan, Amjad has continued to keep the sarod alive, though with some modifications to improve the tonal quality and suit the likes of the listeners.

Early Life
Amjad Ali Khan was born as Masoom Ali Khan in Gwalior, Central Provinces and Berar in British Raj, now Madhya Pradesh, to Hafiz Ali Khan and Rahat Jahan. His father, Hafiz was also an eminent musician in the court of the royal family of Gwalior. He belongs to the Bangash lineage and is in the sixth generation of musicians. He received his school education at home, while music was introduced to him by his father. He had the honor of receiving training from the descendants of Miyan Tansen, considered to be the greatest musician of all times. At the mere age of 12, Amjad Ali Khan gave his first solo recital.

Career
Amjad Ali Khan had a special mastery and love for the instrument that he gave a new and yet timeless interpretation to it. Keeping to the tradition and yet being innovative, he created many enchanting new ragas of his own. He composed the ragas, Priyadarshini and Kamalashree, in memory of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Some of the other melodies composed by him include Kiran Ranjani, Haripriya Kanada, Shivanjali, Shyam Shri, Suhag Bhairav, Lalit Dhwani, Amiri Todi, Jawahar Manjari, Bapukauns, and so on. He has even composed a piece for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumora titled 'Tribute to Hong Kong', with guitarist Charley Byrd, Violinist Igor Frolov, Suprano Glenda Simpson, Guitarist Barry Mason, and UK Cellist Matthew Barley.

Ustad Khan has achieved immense popularity in India as well as abroad. He has the distinction of being the first north Indian artist to have performed in honor of Thyagaraja at the saint musician's Thiruvaiyur shrine. He has traveled widely and performed in several international music festivals in Pakistan, China, New Zealand, London, Rome, USA, Moscow, Germany, Japan etc. His chief innovations are his ekharataans complex high speed staccato passages, something which many sarod players find very difficult to do. Amjad Ali Khan has had a successful career spanning over 40 years and still continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India.

Contributions
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has composed many ragas of his own like Kiran Ranjani, Haripriya Kanada, Shivanjali, Shyam Shri, Suhag Bhairav, Lalit Dhwani, Amiri Todi, Jawahar Manjari, and Bapukauns. In 1977, he founded the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Society which organizes concerts and bestows an annual Hafiz Ali Khan Award on outstanding classical musicians in India and aboard.

Personal Life
Amjad Ali Khan has an arranged marriage which did not last long. Thereafter, he had a second marriage with Subhalakshmi, a Bharatanatyam dancer, on September 25, 1976. They have two children, Amaan and Ayaan, both renowned musicians. They often give performances with their father. The family currently resides in New Delhi, while their Gwalior home has been transformed into a musical center.

Shahid Parvez belongs to the seventh generation of the famous the
great musical family representing the Imdadkhani Gharana, also known
as the Etawah Gharana, of sitar playing. He is the son of the famous
musician and noted composer, Ustad Aziz Khan and is the grandson of
Ustad Wahid Khan, the Surbahar and Sitar virtuoso. Ustad Wahid Khan
was the uncle of Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Ustad Shahid Parvez's father introduced him to vocal music and tabla
at the tender age of three, before he was initiated into Sitar-playing.

He was recognized as a child prodigy and gave his first public
performance at the age of eight. A stickler to the minutest technical
detail and the purity of ragas, he gave utmost attention to the
improvisation of every aspect of ‘layakari'.

In Ustad Shahid Parvez, we find a unique combination of the ‘Gayaki'
Ang (the left hand) and the Tantrakari' Ang (the right hand - the
Mizrab). Over the years, he has created a distinct genre of
instrumental music, and has evolved a distinctive style of his own.

Ustadji is a top grade artiste of All India Radio. He has been honored
with several awards, both national and international and has numerous
LPs, cassettes, and CDs to his credit. He has participated in major
festivals in India and abroad, including the Festival of India, held in U.
S., Canada, USSR and Europe, enthralling audiences everywhere. He is
one of the few maestros to enjoy global reputation, - he has numerous
LP records, Audio and Video Cassettes, and Compact Discs to his
credit. He has been honored with several awards, both national and
international, for instance, the Sur Shringaar, and the 1997 - 98
Kumar Gandharva Sammaan. He has participated in all major festivals
in India and abroad, including the Festival of India, held in U.S., Canada,
USSR, and Europe - enthralling audiences everywhere.

Ustadji teaches workshops regularly at the Sitar School of Toronto.
Since its inception, Ustad Shahid Parvez has returned to the Sitar
School at least three times a year. At the school, the aim is to provide
a passionate, keen and dedicated environment for the students and an
equally vibrant pool of students for Ustad Shahid Parvez, so that he
enjoys teaching as much as the students enjoy learning.

Kalyanji-Anandji are a legendary composer duo, renowned for their work particularly in action movies of the 70s.

Brothers born to a grocery store owner, Kalyanji-Anandji were one of the hit music director duos of Bollywood. The duo spent their formative years in the settlement of Girgaum, Mumbai amidst Marathi and Gujarati surroundings. Kalyanji-Anandji commenced music training from a teacher, who taught them to compensate for paying his bills to their father.

From the brothers, Kalyanji was the first to commence his innings in Bollywood. He started off with then new electronic instrument, the clavioline used for the famous ‘Nagin Been', in the film Nagin.
Few years later, Kalyanji, started an orchestral group with Anandji called Kalyanji Virji and Party that organized musical shows across Mumbai and other areas. This stands as the first attempt of a live musical show in India.

Kalyanji-Anandji's Bollywood entry was feted as a major turning point in the industry. A time when music biggies like Hemant Kumar, Madan Mohan, S.D. Burman et al ruled the industry, gaining a strong foothold was difficult, but Kalyanji-Anandji swept a million hearts in spite of the tough competition.

Samrat Chandragupta starring Bharat Bhushan and Nirupa Roy came by as Kalyanji's first film that featured hit songs like ‘Chahe Paas Ho' that are reminisced even today. This was followed by films like Post Box 999. The Kalyanji-Anandji duo forayed in full form with films like Satta, Bazar and Madari. The success of Himalay Ki God Mein and Jab Jab Phool Khile, established them as the most celebrated composers of the times.

Kalyanji-Anandji worked on over 250 films, 17 of which were golden jubilees and 39 silver. The brothers brought about a completely new phase in Bollywood music as they organized several charitable concerts in India and abroad with some of the biggies in business like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Rekha and others.

They also played a major role in discovering new talents and grooming them, as well. Before rising to fame, composers Laxmikant Pyarelal, worked as assistants to Kalyanji-Anandji. The duo also helped introduce lyricists like Qamar Jalalabadi, Anand Bakshi, Gulshan Bawra, Anjaan, Verma Malik and M G Hashmat. Sadhna Sargam, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Mukherjee, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan that stand as the most coveted names today were also in fact brought to the limelight by Kalyanji-Anandji.

In the late 90s, they launched three albums in the international markets. While Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars and Sitars was a fusion album mixed by DJ Dan The Automator; Bollywood Funk was an Outcaste compilation album by Sutrasonic DJs Harv and Sunni. The Beginners Guide To Bollywood was compiled by John Lewis from Time Out magazine. The albums focused on Kalyanji -Anandji tracks from 1970s films.

On August 24, 2000, Kalyanji left for his heavenly abode and post his demise, brother Anandji continues to train and promote young talent by the name Little Stars.

R.D. Burman is considered the greatest of all music composers the Indian film industry's ever had. His musical brilliance is evident from the fact that the famous song 'Sar jo tera chakraaye' in Guru Dutt's film, Pyaasa was composed by him as a child. He has belted out some of the jazziest hits in the history of Bollywood music.

Rahul Dev Burman, who is more famous by the name of R.D. Burman, is considered the greatest of all music composers the Indian film industry's ever had. His entry into Bollywood saw the revolutionization of the way music was being composed here. Son of singer and music composer, Sachin Dev Burman and second husband of playback singer, Asha Bhosle, RD Burman is credited for injecting a fresh style and technique into the singing of yesteryears Hindi songs. Burman's melodious songs lack parallel even today.

The biography of RD Burman continues here. Rahul Dev Burman was lovingly called Pancham da by industry insiders and friends because during his childhood, whenever he cried, it sounded in the fifth note 'Pa' of the Indian musical scale. Little Pancham was born at Kolkata in West Bengal state. He started taking sarod lessons from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan after shifting to Mumbai. RD Burman composed his first song 'Aye meri topi palat ke aa' at the age of nine, which his father used in the film 'Funtoosh' released in the year 1956.

Infact, the famous song 'Sar jo tera chakraaye' in Guru Dutt's film, Pyaasa was composed by him as a child. RD Burman also played the mouth organ as a child in another famous song, Hai apna dil to aawara in the film Solva Saal released in the year 1958 starring actor Dev Anand. Pancham began his music career as assistant to his father. However, he began working independently as music director after the film Chhote Nawaab was made and thereafter, handled 331 films and 4 non-film albums on his own.

Even though, RD Burman composed an impressive amount of songs, yet a number of them are yet to be released. These are songs from unreleased movies and a particular short phase when he had little work in hand. R D Burman also did playback for 18 movies and was famous for unique, grunting bass singing style. He even acted in films like Bhoot Bungla (1965) and Pyar Ka Mausam (1967). At times, his songs used to be inspired by western songs. For instance, song 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' was inspired by Demis Rusos's 'Say You Love Me'.

Infact, RD Burman was India's most popular composer in 1970s. During this time, he teamed up with singers like Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and others to belt out some of the jazziest hits in the history of Bollywood music. For example, there were musical hits like Amar prem, Buddha mil gaya, Caravan, and Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Amar Prem is remembered for its complex songs based on Indian classical music. RD Burman has also collaborated with Singer Boy George and other international artists.

Mohit Chauhan is an Indian singer who started his career singing Indian pop songs with the band Silk Route. He released two albums, Boondein and Pehchan with Silk Route. The band dissolved and in 2008 Chauhan released the solo album Kalam, for which he composed and sung. Chauhan took part in the television reality series Mission Ustaad on the entertainment channel 9X. Chauhan had success before acting with the song "Dooba Dooba" from the Silk Route band's album Boondein. The album debuted at number one of the album chart. Boondein featured songs Hindi, English, and Pahadi, and the band won several awards at the Channel V awards in 1998. Chauhan began singing film songs and contributed a song by A. R. Rahman to the 2006 film Rang De Basanti. His songs "Khoon Chala", "Tum Se Hi" from the film Jab We Met, composed by Pritam, "Masakali" from the film Delhi-6, composed by Rahman, were successful. He sang the songs "Tu Ne Jo Na Kaha" for the 2009 film New York, "Ye dooriyan" for Love Aaj Kal, and "Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" for Kaminey. Early life and career Chauhan was born in the mid-1960s in Nahan in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, where he grew up. He completed his education in different districts of Himachal Pradesh. Chauhan went to college in Bilaspur, Mandi, and Nahan and graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Dharamshala College in Himachal. He never took formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar and the flute. After completing his education in Himachal, Chauhan came to Delhi where he formed the band Silk Route in 1996. Boondein was their first album and included the song "Dooba Dooba". In Bollywood, his career started when he sang the A. R. Rahman song "Khoon Chala" in Rang De Basanti. Mohit sang in many Bollywood movies, including Road, Mukt, Let's enjoy, Main Meri Patni Aur Woh, Rang De Basanti, Jab We Met, EMI, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Kismat Konnection, Fashion, Delhi-6, Sikandar, New York, Love Aaj Kal and Kaminey.

Mamta Sharma, the famous Indian playback singer was born on the 7th of September at Birla Nagar situated in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. She pursued her education from St. Pauls's School Morar in Gwalior. She gave her voice to various Bhojpuri albums before coming into the glamorous world of Bollywood. She got her first breakthrough when she was noticed by LalitPandi, the music director and was offered to sing a song in ‘Dabbang'. She sang the item song, ‘MunniBadnaamHui' and overnight the song became a huge success and it helped her bag numerous awards. She also derived much success from her song ‘KevvuKeka' in the Telegu version of ‘Dabbang' titled ‘Gabbar Singh'.

Her discography basically includes “MunniBadnaamHui”from Dabbang; “ChamkiJawaani” and“TinkuJiya” from ‘YamlaPaglaDeewana';“Naa Board Irada Bus” from ‘Hudugaru';“DilKaAchaar” from ‘Bin BulayeBaraati';“Bombay Ponnu” from ‘Vedi';“KattoGilehri” from ‘Miley Naa Miley Hum';“Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le” from ‘Loot';“PyarKaJhatka” from ‘Khokababu';“Badmast” from ‘ChaalisChauraasi';“Chhanno” from ‘GaliGaliChorHai';“Anarkali Disco Chali” from ‘Housefull 2';“Mumbai MonyHai Re” from ‘Daal Mein KuchKaalaHai';“KevvuKeka” from ‘Gabbar Singh';“Ae Re PritamPyaare” from ‘Rowdy Rathore';“Na Champa Na Chameli” from ‘BikramSingha';“BolBolBachchan” from ‘BolBachchan';“AppuAppu” from ‘Shiva';“Sakku Bhai” from ‘Dhamarukam';“TuKamaal Di Kudi” from ‘Son of Sardaar';“Fevicol Se” and“PandeyjeeSeeti” from ‘Dabbang 2';“Hello 1 2 3 Mike Testing” from ‘YaareKoogadali' and“BaapKaMaal” from ‘Zila Ghaziabad'.

Atif Aslam (Urdu: born Mohammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani pop singer. He was born in Wazirabad and educated in Lahore and Rawalpindi. He is widely recognized in South Asia and has given several hit songs such as Aadat, Woh Lamhe, Tere Bin, Pehli Nazar Mein, Tera Hone Laga Hoon, Tu Jaane Na and Meri Kahani. He is best known for his powerful vocal belting technique. Early life Atif Aslam was born in Wazirabad, Pakistan. His kindergarten started in Model town, Lahore at Kimberley Hall School. His first stage manifestation was in a fancy dress show at his school when he was in 1st grade, where he performed as Imran Khan (former captain of the Pakistani Cricket Team). Since then cricket was a passion for him. At that time he did not listen to any particular kind of songs. At the age of 9, he moved to Rawalpindi where he studied at Saint Paul's Cambridge School. He came back to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School (DPS), Model Town, Lahore. He was selected in his school cricket team as a bowler. He cleared his 10th grade in 14 years of age with a distinctive edge that he has always been the youngest boy in the class because of his double promotions while he was in Kimberley Hall. During this period he was putting his best efforts into becoming a professional cricketer. He passed out of DPS after completing his school ending matriculation exams. He also played Table Tennis. He further continued his education at PAF College, Lahore where he completed his F.Sc with the class of 2001. He then did his Bachelors of Computer Science from PCBA/PICS (University of Central Punjab). Music career He used to sing at the college canteen when his friends urged him to participate in the singing competition on Independence Day celebrations at PAF College Lahore in 1998. He performed there and won the competition. Thereafter, he also won several other college competitions. He met Goher- a guitarist who would be his future Jal band-mate, at his college. Together they practiced and started doing mini-concerts for their friends. Atif used to perform on Junoon and Strings songs at these concerts. They started performing in their college, McDonalds, Uncle Bubba's Rabba Dabba and other restaurants. Thus began the original line up of Jal. Jal recorded the song Aadat at Mekal Hassan's Studio. The song became popular on different musical websites in Pakistan. The song was also being on aired on major Radio stations of Pakistan like City FM 89, FM 100, Mast FM 103, FM 105 etc. The video for this song was released on ARY Digital and The Musik and then it was played on almost all the channels. Solo career Atif released his first album Jal Pari on 19 July 2004 under Sound Master and IC records. Its promoters declared it to be the best selling album of the year within just 5 months of the release. In the meantime Atif also cleared his Bachelors in Computer Science (Hons.) from university of Central Punjab. On 14 April 2007 Atif Aslam performed in Royal Albert Hall. His second album, Doorie was released on 22 December 2006. Recently, Atif sang two songs for a Bollywood film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani called Tera Hone Laga Hoon and Tu Jaane Na, both of which have been well-received by the Indian audience. Atif has also sung many more songs for Bollywood like Pehli Nazar Mein (Race) and Bakuda Tum Hi Ho (Kismat Konnection). His latest Bollywood venture is Prince in which he has sung four songs, (Tere Liye, Aa Bhi Ja Sanam, Kaun Hoon Main and O Mere Khuda). The songs are composed by musician Sachin Gupta, who has had a number of hits with Atif in the past. Controversies After the release of the song Aadat by Jal, there were disputes within the band about Atif's brother being the band's manager. At this point Atif broke off from the band to do his own solo album. His solo album was released a few weeks before the release of the new Jal's (Goher Mumtaz, Farhan Saeed, Shazi) Aadat. As both Jal's Aadat, and Atif's album, Jalpari, shared certain tracks (such as Aadat, Wo Lamhey, Rangon Mein and Dil Harey), an unofficial war over rights began between both the groups. Goher Mumtaz sued Atif Aslam for using the name Jal in his album title cunningly (Jal pari, meaning mermaid). Acting career Atif is expected to make his acting debut in the second film of well acclaimed Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor. The film has been titled "Bol" and is expected to be released in 2011. The film will also star famous Pakistani TV anchor Mahira Khan (MTV and Aag). Atif plays the role of a doctor in the film.The film is being shot nowadays in Karachi and Lahore.

Udit Narayan Jha was born on December 1, 1960 at Saptari, Nepal.He is popularly known as Udit Narayan is a playback singer in commercial Hindi-, Tamil-, Telugu-, Malayalam-, Kannada-, and Nepali-language cinema. He was born in a village called Bharadah in Saptari, Nepal. Udit Narayan has sung more than 15,000 songs in more than 30 different languages.

Udit Narayan began his career by singing Nepali, Maithili,Bhojpuri,Nepal Bhasa at first when he was in his native country, Nepal. After his arrival to India he began singing Hindi songs; a contribution for Bollywood. Then simultaneously he started Bengali, English. He has sung folk songs for Radio Nepal in the early 1970s. In 1978, he moved to Mumbai on a music scholarship. In Bombay, he got trained in Indian classical music for six years at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He currently lives in Bombay.

He got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to do a song for the Hindi movie "Unees Bees", in which he got opportunity to sing with his inspiration, Mohammed Rafi. However the actual success story of his career began in 1988 with the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, fetching him a Filmfare Award[citation needed]. The film also happened to bring actor Aamir Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and playback singer Alka Yagnik to stardom. After the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he became one of the leading playback singers in the Indian film industry, lending his voice mostly in Aamir Khan movies like Dil, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, etc. At the same time, he became a well-known celebrity in Nepal and sang in most popular Nepalese movies. He even acted in some Nepalese movies like "Kusume Rumal" and "Pirati" but did not achieve that much success.

Throughout the 1990s, he was one of the most successful singers in India. In 1995, his song "Mehndi Lagake Rakhna" from the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge won him his second Filmfare Award after 7 years. The following year 1996, he got nominated for three songs out of five and won his third award for the song "Pardesi Pardesi" from Raja Hindustani.

He has worked with musicians like Rahul Dev Burman, Jagjit Singh, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Bhardwaj, A. R. Rahman, Nadeem-Shravan, Rajesh Roshan, Shankar Mahadevan, Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam Chakraborty, Vishal-Shekhar etc., and leading directors like Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar, etc. These include Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades, Veer Zaara, etc.

Udit Narayan is considered as one of the greatest singers of his generation along with Kumar Sanu and Sonu Nigam, whose singing abilities are often compared with legendary singers like Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. Renowned singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas etc., have all collaborated with him.

His repertoire includes songs in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, English and Malayalam. At the same time, his discernible Nepalese accent and distinct pronunciation has many critics who find it difficult to decipher words in his songs.

He has worked in Nepalese films as well, in particular for composer Shambhujeet Baskota. During early singing career, he sang songs composed by Shiva Shankar, Natikaji and Gopal Yonzan. In 2004, he released his first private Nepalese album "Upahaar", in which he also sang duet songs with his wife Deepa Jha. It did well and one of the best selling albums of all time. He even ended up winning awards in two major categories - Record of the year and Album of the year during Hits FM Awards 2004, the most popular music awards in Nepal for the same album Upahaar.

Currently, he is in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Pariwaar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana, (family of singers) he shares judging duties with fellow playback singerKumar Sanu and Jatin Pandit of the famous music duo Jatin-Lalit. At the same time, he is one of the judges

He has most frequently sung for actors like Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan etc,. Throughout the years he has sung numerous hit songs for these actors.

Udit Narayan is married and has one son. His wife Deepa Narayan, whom he married in 1985, is an accomplished Nepalese singer, and the two have recorded an album together titled Dil Deewana.

His son Aditya Narayan has also established himself as the voice of child artists in Hindi movies and acted as child artist in hit movies like Pardes, Rangeela, and Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai. His role as a son of actor Salman Khan in the movie Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai was widely acclaimed. However, Aditya Narayan has grown up and had taken a break from Bollywood since 2001, on account of his changing voice. He's now back on the scene and was hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 then Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs and is now back with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

On April 21,2006 - Ranjana Jha, a resident of Supual district in Nepal created a controversy by claiming to be Udit Narayan's first wife. While Udit initially rejected her claims, probably to avoid negative publicity, to avoid himself from anti-polygamy laws and possibly to protect existing family and his wealth, he finally agreed and reached a settlement with her.

Alka Yagnik is one of the most talented singers of Bollywood. She was born to a Gujarati family on the 20th of March in Calcutta (now Kolkata). She comes from a music background. Both her parents were actively involved in classical music. Since the late 1980s, she has been one of the most leading playback singers of the Indian music industry. Well, in this article, we will present you with the biography of Alka Yagnik, so read on.

Life History
Alka has always been fond of singing. Since young age, music has been her first love. Initially, she thought it to be nothing more than a hobby, but later she realized that if pursued seriously, it can be taken as a profession. When she was six years old, she began singing Bhajans for the Calcutta Radio. From then onwards, she started singing at a professional level.

For establishing her foothold in the field of music, she went to Mumbai. She got her first break, when she was given the assignment for singing a song for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar in 1979. Then, she sang the song "Mere Angene Mein" for the film Laawaris (1981). Her biggest hit was the song Ek Do Teen from the film Tezaab that was released in 1988. The song broke all the records and made her star overnight.

Her voice has been mainly used for the young generation stars. She has done playback singing for many famous actresses like Rakhee, Hema Malini, Farida Jalal, Rekha, Kajol and Preity Zinta. Besides Hindi songs, she has also sung in other languages such as Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Punjabi.

Ustad Zakir Hussain was born on March 9, 1951.He is a famous Indian tabla player. He is widely considered as the world's best tabla player. He has also won awards and recognitions for his contribution to the world of music.He was born in Bombay to the well known tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha in India. He attended St. Michael's High School in Mahim, and graduated from St Xaviers, Mumbai.

A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. Zakir went to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year.

He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. He has composed soundtracks for the films In Custody and The Mystic Masseur directed by Ismail Merchant, Bernardo Bertoluccis Little Buddha (for which Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor), Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), chosen to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 1999, Saaz, and Everybody Says I'm Fine.

Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. He was commissioned to compose music for Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, and to compose an original work for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, both in 1998. He has received numerous grants and awards, including participation in the Meet the Composer programs funded by the Pew Memorial Trust and an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Award) for his composition for Lines Ballet. In 2000, Zakir worked again with choreographer Alonzo King, this time composing music for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2002, his commissioned work for choreographer Mark Morris Kolam premiered as part of Yo Yo Mas Silk Road Project with Yo Yo and Zakir performing together live for the performance. In September, 2006, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed by Zakir, Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by the trio with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. Zakir reunited with choreographer Alonzo King in 2007 for Lines Ballets 25th anniversary celebration, creating acclaimed music for Kings new work, Rasa. Also in 2007, the government of India chose Zakir to compose an anthem to celebrate Indias 60th year of independence. The song, Jai Hind, has been recorded by an array of Indias finest classical vocalists and pop singers.

Zakir is the recipient of the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' highest honor for a master of traditional arts. He has been a professor at Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Washington, and at UC Berkeley in the prestigious post of Regents Lecturer. Zakirs yearly tabla workshop in Marin County, California, draws hundreds of serious students and performers. In 2019, he was selected as a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and from Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh. Zakir is the founder and president of Moment! Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music.

Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and music composer. An accomplished musician in Tamil cinema, he is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood films. Early life Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chennai, India to a Tamil family, and grew up in Mumbai. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He played Veena in the first song of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar togeather composed by Shrinivas Khale]. He went to OLPS High School in Chembur.He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Electronics Engineering from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil,Navi Mumbai), under the auspices of Mumbai University . As of now he sings songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada,Telugu, Marathi, and Carnatic. Career Though a software engineer by profession and having worked with Oracle Corporation, Shankar's Interest in music made him venture into the field of music. He got his first award as a playback singer in Chennai film music, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain. A prominent star in the Kodambakkam film industry, he later gained more recognition by releasing his first music album called Breathless. He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio, composing music for Bollywood films. He enjoys a successful run with Fusion-Jazz band SILK with Louis Banks on Keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on Mridangam and Karl Peters on Bass Guitar. Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several compositions of Remember Shakti which features maestros like [[Zakir Hussain (musician)|John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and Selvaganesh Vinayakram. He is also a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. He was music director for the famous School chale hum song that used to come on Doordarshan (DD). He was singer as well for that song.

Writer Javed Akhtar's and Honey Irani's son 'Farhan Akhtar' is an extremely talented and creative and young director and has made a place for himself in very little time.

He entered Bollywood at the age of 17, assisting directors and cinematographers. He dropped out of college and did various jobs like working for a TV production house and setting up his own production house, Excel Entertainment with childhood friend Ritesh Sidhwani.

Farhan made his directorial debut in Hindi cinema with the 2001 hit, Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which starred Aamir Khan. It was a big success, especially popular among the younger generation. Many rate it as one of the greatest movies ever made in Bollywood. The movie earned quite a few nominations for different awards, and won the Filmfare best screenplay award. His next project was Lakshya (2004) with Hrithik Roshan, which was released in 2004. Though the movie did not do as well at the box office, it won him much critical acclaim. The script of the movie was written by his father Javed Akhtar.

He then directed a remake of the 1978 cult classic Amitabh Bachchan film, Don (1978) called Don (2006) which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the title role. The film released on 20 October 2006 and was a huge success at the box office. He produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) which also did well at the box office.

Then came Rock On!! (2008), in which he starred and produced. The film was a phenomenon and became an instant cult film just like Dil Chahta Hai (2001). And Farhan has a lot to do with its success. He produced it, wrote the dialogues for it, acted in it and learnt how to sing the super hit songs. His husky voice seems perfect for Indian rock music. The performance of Farhan in the movie was a revelation. And a method actor of his own unique style was born. Farhan has won applauds from his viewers for his acting debut and all loved the sound of his voice on songs like 'Rock On' and 'Tum Ho Toh'. As part of promotions for _Rock On_, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny and Purab Kohli (the members of the Rock On!! (2008) cast and the fictitious band 'Magik' depicted in the movie) has toured the country making crowds groove to their rocking and magical music.

He is currently (2008-'09) hosting _Oye! It's Friday! (2008)_ which is a celeb talk show with a tinge of comedy.

On the personal front, Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar and they have two daughters: Shakya and Akira. They live in Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai. He is good friends with the Rock On!! (2008) cast and Shah Rukh Khan.

Recently another film got released featuring Farhan as an actor. It is his sister Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck by Chance (2009) in which he plays a struggling actor. The film did fairly good at the box office, but did not turn out to be a superhit, although it received some great remarks in its various reviews.

He will soon be seen as an actor once again in Vijay Lalwani's thriller Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) co-starring with the actress Deepika Padukone. After that he will be returning to direction with Don 2 (2011) which he is aiming to be a far more bigger and better actioner with a huge budget than its predecessor Don (2006) and is set to release in the later half of the year 2010.

If there is anybody in Bollywood who is truly versatile, it is Farhan Akhtar! He is not only an ace director, a writer and a producer, but also a dynamic actor. And if that wasn't enough, he is also a singer and lyricist.

Farhan Akhtar has Bollywood running in his veins. He is the son of the famous poet, lyricist, & script writer Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. His twin sister, Zoya Akhtar, recently made her directorial debut with "Luck By Chance" in 2009, in which Farhan played the main lead.

Farhan Akhtar started his career at an early age by working on films like "Lamhe" and "Himalayaputra" as an assistant director.

He made his writing and directorial debut with "Dil Chahta Hai" in 2001, which went on to become a cult classic. The movie announced Farhan's arrival in B-Town in style and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed Lakshya in 2004 and the box office hit "Don" in 2006. He has also directed a short film on HIV AIDS - "Positive" in 2007.

Farhan then shifted his focus on the then unconquered avenues. He made his acting and singing debut in the National Award winning movie "Rock On!!" in 2008.

He hosted "Oye! It's Friday!" on NDTV Imagine, and appeared as a judge on "Nach Baliye" Season 1.

He truly is Bollywood's multi-dimensional personality. This master of all trades promises to deliver much, much more.

Honey Singh also known as Yo! Yo! Honey Singh is today's youth icon. His new flavors of music carve him as the remarkable individual he is. He may appear as the new kid on the block conversely he has set the bar so high that within just a few years, he has become the highest paid musician in Bollywood, raking in 70 lakh (127,400 USD). Honey Singh is a Punjabi rapper, music producer, and actor. He was born on 15th march 1983 and began his career in the music industry in 2006. At the same point in time, he studied music at the prestigious School of Trinity (London). In 2006, Honey Singh, dropped his first single called "Glassy". The song was so explosive that it went massive on airwaves; consequently, Honey won the highly prestigious ETC Punjabi award for 'Best Sound Design' that year.

"Angreji Beat" by Gippi Grewal and Yo! Yo! Honey Singh, which was released in 2011 in his International Villager album, was later used in Bollywood film, Cocktail in 2012. Being multi-talented and multi-tasking simultaneously, Honey Singh has stepped into acting, his first films being, Mirza - The Untold Story and Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22. That is not all, there's more than meets the eye with Honey Singh. The hype of "High Heels" featuring Jaz Dhami still hasn't simmered and he's on to the next big song! Honey Singh, Akshay Kumar, and Himesh Reshammiya joined forces together for "Lonely, Lonely", a hot new song for Akshay Kumar's new film, Khiladi 786.

Majority of Honey's raps are stories taken from the lives of the ordinary man. He writes what common men would typically go through and relates those situations through his lyrics.

Honey Singh has become fashionably popular throughout the South Asian film industry, Bollywood. He was first noticed after his debut song in a Bollywood film featuring Gagan Sidhu for the film Shakal Pe Mat Ja.He is also producing music for Bollywood films. His invincible music has given him a strong platform in Bollywood.

Honey Singh released his first solo single "Satan" and it premiered on MTV India and due to huge popularity of this song MTV has decided to release Honey Singh's second solo single "Bring Me Back".

Hema was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her dad's name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha.

After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director, C.V.Sridhar, during 1964 when she first attempted to act, on the grounds that she was too thin to be heroine in Venniradai and the role went to Venniradai Nirmala. Later Hema performed in the song Singara Therukku Selai sung by Seergazhi Govindrajan and L.R.Eshwari as a supporting actor from the 1963 Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam starring S.A.Asokan as the hero. But Hema persisted, debuted opposite Raj Kapoor in 'Sapnon Ka Saudagar' just 4 years after her rejection but the movie was a flop.

Thereafter there has no been looking back for this attractive Libran, who went to star in close to 155 movies; who also produced and directed two movies, and also directed a TV serial 'Noopur'.

After turning down marriage proposals from Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra, she met with hot fellow actor, Dharmendra, both were attracted to each other and wanted to get married. Dharmendra, who was already married to Prakash Kaur, and had two sons, Sunny and Bobby, could not marry Hema as Prakash refused to divorce him. According to the Hindu Marriage Act, a Hindu cannot marry a second time while the first wife is still alive. Dharmendra belongs to a Arya Samaj Hindu Punjabi Jatt family.

She had a hit on-screen pairing with Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor and Dev Anand in the 70's and, post-marriage, she had 8 hits opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1980-87. Dharmendra Hema Malini were paired in lead roles romantically in 31 films but have worked in 35 films. Of them 20 were hits and 15 were flops. Interestingly Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini pair had 2 hits in early 70's and then 3 unfortunate flops in late 70's after which pair was written off but in eighties they gave 8 blockbusters as a pair. In all Hema has 10 hits with Rajesh Khanna.

On August 21, 1979, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam, changed their names to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty and Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn respectively, and got married in accordance with Islamic rites. Three years after their marriage, Hema subsequently gave birth to Esha and then later to Ahana. Esha is an actress in her own rights. The trio, well proficient in the arts of Bharatnatyam dance form, have performed together at a number of dance events and concerts.

Hema is a member of the right-winged Bharatiya Janata Party, and became a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

She was amongst the first actresses to wear bell-bottom and shirts in Hindi movies, and is also amongst the few who have kept their word of not wearing any revealing outfits in public. Hema, who is also called 'Dream Girl' continues to act in movies as of 2013.

Shalmali Kholgade started training in music from the age of 8 years under her mother, Uma Kholgade - an Indian classical singer and theatre personality. She later continued her music education under Shubhada Paradkar. She began performing at the age of 16 and has recently been accepted by the L.A. Music Academy but decided not to attend, due to her recording commitments in India.

A versatile singer who sings both in English and Hindi, Shalmali Kholgade sings at Mumbai's famous pub Blue Frog. She is also a vocalist with Mikey Mcleary's popular act 'The Bar tender' where she has performed beautiful renditions of vintage Bollywood songs revamping it with a flavour of sensuous, old school jazz and will soon be featured in their upcoming album.

Shalmali Kholgade has performed as a soloist with a Latvian troupe in a Cabaret named "Bombaloo" which toured Moscow, Russia and Yerevan, Armenia. Shalmali is also associated with director, Vasan Bala's 'Halahal' ( Peddlers) - a film which has been selected to represent India at the 51st edition of Cannes Critics' Week, a parallel section of the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, and for which she has sung a number of songs, composed by music composer/director - 'Karan Kulkarni'.
Marathi girl Shalmali Kholgade has recently made her entry in Bollywood with her sensuous voice. She's delivering hit numbers like Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade) and now Daaru Desi (Cocktail). Shalmali Kholgade is also singing for Rani Mukherji in Anurag Kashyap's upcoming film 'Aiyya'.

Awarded “The Cultural Ambassador of India” ” by Senator John G Pappageorge, USA , and acclaimed for her cultural sharing by Senator Wayne Allard (USA), Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya has been and continues to take Odissi Dance to stratospheric heights, on a global scale. Aptly has the Edmonton Journal 4th June 2004 (Canada) endorsed‘----she has become an ambassador of Odissi dance around the world.”
The essence of Odissi dancing lies not only in the sculptured postures, the intricacies of body movement and foot work and lyrical grace, but in the depiction of a higher spirituality making it a soul stirring experience. Sanchita Bhattacharya's ability to mesmerize the audience into a higher spiritual trance yet enhancing finesse and subtlety too, makes her repertoire probably one of the most breathtaking and unparalleled, a truly world class experience for the audience. She makes them smile and cry with her. Aptly has the The New York Times remarked “….her dance has been described as perfection”(4th April 02 Woodstock), and The Jagannath Temple Puri( where Odissi originated) awarded her the titled “Shree Kshetra Mahari” (Devadasi) in 2005. Sanchita has wooed the audience from Madison Sq Garden (in NY ,probably the only Indian classical dancer, soloist, to perform at this most prestigious and one of the largest auditoriums in the world),to Arcosanti Arizona, to Esplanade Theater (Singapore), to the World culture concert (at Hull by UK govt ), to Provincial Museum Alberta( Canada), to duet with Tap and Flamingo (Toledo- Spain) to Sankat Mochan Festival (Varanasi India), to Opening Ceremony of ISCKON temple Delhi graced by then PM Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee to the prestigious Dover Lane Festival Kolkata and many many more.
Apart from being an exponent of Odissi par excellence , who has taken this form to the global arena , Sanchita Bhattacharya is also an enthralling Odissi lecturer and orator, a choreographer with creative originality, a researcher and thinker , a social activist and a humanist to the core. Her projects and choreography all speak of social , humanitarian or women oriented issues .
Sanchita is the founder of Sanchita Odissi Dance Foundation in Kolkata (India ) and in USA( Raleigh Durham)where talim (training) is given in Odissi to upcoming danseuses as well as creates a conducive environment to an understanding of India's complex and vast cultural heritage, while simultaneously, pushing those frontiers of understanding to their logical contemporary parameters.

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas or Jesudas, (Malayalam: കാട്ടശ്ശേരി ജോസഫ് യേശുദാസ് ), (born January 10, 1940) is an Indian classical musician and a leading playback singer. His voice lends itself well to both Indian classical, devotional and popular songs. He has recorded more than 40,000 songs in many languages including Tamil,Hindi, Malayalam,Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English through his long career.. He has been singing for most Indian languages except Assamese and Kashmiri. In his heyday, he was known as the Jim Reeves of South India. Fans term his voice as nothing short of "divine". Early life and background K. J. Yesudas was born in Fort Kochi, Kerala, to Augustine Joseph and Elizabeth. His father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor, was his first guru. Later he joined the Music Academy in Thrippunithura and underwent training. For a brief period, he was with Sri Vechur Hari Hara Subramania Iyer after which he took training from Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, a maestro of Classical Music. Although he is a Carnatic Music expert he mastered Hindustani Music. Career Yesudas began his career in playback singing in Kollywood in the early 60's and by mid 70's he entered Bollywood. He has bagged seven National Film Awards for the best singer in the Indian film industry. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at AVM Studio, Chennai. Yesudas has performed in many major cities around the world. In his music concerts in the Middle East he sings Arabic songs in the Carnatic style. He frequently dons the role of a cultural ambassador of India through his numerable performances abroad by promoting Indian Music. He is the only singer who has been accorded the title Asthana Gayakan (Official singer) of Kerala State. He has been awarded the Padma Sri (1973) and Padma Bhushan (2002). In 1965, he was invited by the Soviet Union government to perform at music concerts in various cities in the USSR and also sang a Russian song over Radio Kazakhstan. In 1970, he was nominated to head the Sangeetha Nataka Academy of Kerala and was being the youngest person ever to occupy that post. In 1971, Yesudas with his musical troupe travelled all over Kerala to raise Funds for the Indian Prime Minister's National Defense Fund during the Indo-Pakistani War. He also became Senate member in the International Parliament for Safety and Peace. He has taken the words of Sree Narayana Guru, "One Religion, One Caste for all humans" to heart. On November 14, 1999, Yesudas was presented with an honorary award by UNESCO for "Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace" at the "Music for Peace" event in Paris, a concert held to mark the dawn of the new millennium and whose attendees included artistes such as Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Montserrat Caballé, and Zubin Mehta. His unparalleled record of winning state awards for best singer in five regional languages of India and winning National awards for best singer seven times in three languages places him among the most versatile singers India has ever seen. Role Models Shree Narayana Guru's great message, "One caste, One religion and One God for all Humans", influenced young Yesudas in his dealings with his fellow men. He had his own heroes among the musicians too. Mohammed Rafi, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Balamurali Krishna are the ones he admired the most. Scholarship Completed the Ganabooshanam course at R.L.V. Music Academy, Thripunithura, Cochin. Graduated from the Sree Swathithirunal Music Academy, Trivandrum. Trained under well-known musicians like K.R. Kumaraswamy (former principal of the Music College, Kochi), Kunjuvelan Aasan (a disciple of Nagaswera Vidwan Rajaratnam Pillai), Augustine Joseph, Ramakutti Bagavathar, Sivaraman Nayar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar. Personal life Yesudas is married to Prabha for more than 30 years. They have three sons, Vinod, Vijay and Vishal. The second son Vijay Yesudas, is a budding musician. The family is currently settled in Chennai and Kerala. He also owns estates in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and Flower Mound, TX, USA for personal and business reasons Music Company In 1980 Yesudas established the Tharangni Studio at Trivandrum. In 1992 the office and studio were moved to Chennai and the company was incorporated in the US in 1998. Tharangni Studio and Tharangni Records became a recording center in Kerala which, for the first time, brought out audio cassettes of Malayalam film songs in stereo. The record company also had a voice mixing studio in Chennai, Studio27. The studio continues to produce and present events of Yesudas both for film and Indian classical music concerts throughout the world.

Hridaynath Mangeshkar is a composer and singer hailing from Maharashtra. Born on October 26, 1937, he is better known as Balasaheb in the industry and is the younger brother of two music icons of India: Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. He has been honoured with the National award for Best Direction and also seven Maharashtra State Awards.


As the only son of Deenanath Mangeshkar, he has two more sisters, namely, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar. His wife Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar is the daughter of a famous Marathi comedian Damuanna Malvankar. They have three children, Aadinath and Vaijnath, and a daughter called Radha.

As a newbie in the industry, he began his music career with the Marathi film Akash Ganga in 1955. Since then he has composed songs for many Marathi films including “Sansar” (1980), “Jait Re Jait” (1977), “Umbartha” (1982) and “Nivdung” (1989). He is known for his fondness for setting poems to tune. An example would be Veer Savarkar's poem “Saagara Pran Talamalala”. Similarly, Marathi poet Suresh Bhat's poems gained popularity after they were set to tune by Hridaynath and sung by Lata and Asha. Another one of his fortes has been folk songs. His collection Koli Geets has captured the essence of the lives of Konkan fisher folk. He is most renowned for his compositions in the Marathi movie, “Nivdung”. A few of his contributions to the Hindi film industry include “Lekin” (1991), “Maya Memsaab” (1993) , “Lal Salaam” (2002) , Yash Chopra's “Mashaal” (1984), “Dhanwaan” (1981) and Chaani (1977). Some of his popular Hindi songs include “Kesariya Balma”, “Ja Ja Re” (“Lekin”), “Mitwa” (“Lal Saalam”), “Mujhe Tum Yaad Rakhna” and “Om Namah Shivaye” (“Mashaal”).

He has composed two albums of poet-saint Meerabai's poems and songs called “Chala Vahi Des” and Meera Bhajans. His body of work also includes Meera Soor Kabeera, a collection of works by Meerabai, Kabir and Surdas. He has also produced an album of Mirza Ghalib's ghazals titled Ghalib, sung by his sister Lata Mangeshkar. He places his sister Lata even above his guru Ustad Amir Khan.

He won the National award for Best Music in the year 1991 for the film “Lekin” featuring songs by Gulzar. He has also received the Lata Mangeshkar Award instituted by the State of Madhya Pradesh in the year 2006-07. Also in his kitty are seven Maharashtra State Awards for Best Vocalist and Music Director/Composer. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj have awarded him the title of ‘Pandit' on behalf of the people of Maharashtra. The Shankaracharya has awarded him the title Bhaav Gandharva. In the year 2009 he was honoured by the Government of India with a Padmashri.

Hemachandra Vedala (Devanāgarī: ःएमाचन्द्रा वेद्दल्ल Telugu: హేమచంద్ర)(born 1988) is an Indian playback singer for Tollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood films. Biography Hemachandra was born on 2 June, 1988 and brought up in Hyderabad. He has been learning Carnatic music since the age of 13 under supervision of his mother V. Sasikala Swamy who is a singer by profession. Later in the age of 18 he started learning music in Hindustani Style under Sri. Jangaiah, retired Hindustani Lecturer in Government Music College. He competed in Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, where he was complimented for having such a unique, strong voice. He is the First ever South Indian to become the finalist of a national-level realty show. From the time he was young, Hemachandra has performed many stage performances in the presence of eminent singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, and A.R. Rehman. In the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, Hemachandra was a member of Aadesh Shrivastav's "JAI HO" Gharana (House), and was a favorite of not only Aadesh himself but also the other judges. Though he was not declared the winner of the due to lack of votes, he was considered the winner by the judges, critics, blogs etc. Since finshing third place in the competition, Hemachandra has recorded a few playback songs in Hindi, such as "Sabse Alag" from the Bollywood film Alag along with SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestant Nihira Joshi, and Chalo Dil Daar Chalo from Himesh Reshamiya's Dil Diya Hai along with fellow SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestants, Vinit Singh and Himani Kapoor. He has also been offered a singing job from famous director Subhash Ghai to sing for his banner, Mukta Arts. Hemachandra, being from a telugu background, has also performed several telugu songs, including two songs from the movie Vamsham before SRGMP 2005. He is also the first cousin of N.C Karunya, who was the runner up for Indian Idol 2. His sister Himabindu is a singer too. She also participated in SRGMP 2005. Background * Full Name: Hemachandra Vedala * Age : 21 Location : Hyderabad * Religion : Hindu * Spoken Lanuguages : Telugu, Hindi, English * Occupation : Completed B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia * Hobbies : Loves Chatting, Music and hanging out with friends * Achievements: Was a state skating and a swimming champion * School: All Saints' High School, Hyderabad Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 Right form the start of the competition, Hemachandra proved he had the right qualities to become a successful playback singer. For his audition into the show, he sang "Albela Sajan Aaye Re" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He was selected without any hesitations from the judges. Throughout the first rounds of the show he received green cards, the highest card available which allows the singer to move on to the next round, and was repeatedly given positive feedback for his strong vocal quality. Hemachandra easily made it into the final 12. From this point on in the competition the singers were eliminated by popular public vote, not by the scores of the judges. Although Hema gave mind blowing performances and got amazing marks from the mentors, he was never voted by the audience. After a fantastic performance of Woh Lamhein, he was given the highest number of votes by the viewers and from then he never looked back until top 3. Hemachandra gave several excellent performances and eventually made it into the top 3. After giving a beautiful performance of the song "Nahin Samne" from Taal, a performance which the judges said was the best yet on the show, Hemachandra was eliminated from the show due to an overwhelming number of votes for the other two contestants, Vinit Singh and Debojit Saha, from their respective hometowns. However it was sure that Hema lost not because of the lack of talent but because of the lack of votes, at least from his hometown for sure. Albums Handsome Hyderabadi playback singer Hemachandra's debut Hindi album "HEMACHANDRA, The Debut Album" was launched in Mumbai on 1 November in a glittering function at Planet M attended by several bollywood celebrities including noted music director Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava and the beautiful actress Dia Mirza. The album was produced by Frankfinn Entertainment and the music composed by Mr. Harry Anand. Speaking at the function Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava, who was Hemachandra's mentor on Zee TV's Saregamapa show, said that Hemachandra has the most original voice and that all the songs in the album especially the video song 'Tumse Judaa Hokar' have been composed and sung from the heart and will surely be a hit. Dia Mirza echoed the same sentiment and further added that Hemachandra has the ideal voice for playback singing and will suit any hero. She wished Hemachandra all the success for his debut album. Harry Anand, known earlier for his superhit remix albums, said that with this album he has started his second innings with original compositions and was very happy to have a fantastic singer like Hemachandra launch them. Speaking at the function, Hemachandra said that they have been working very hard on the album for almost a year to make sure that the songs are very good and have his own distinctive style, and be different from other albums that are coming into the market. He also requested all his fans and well wishers to support this album wholeheartedly. After the launch of the album by Ms. Dia Mirza and Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava, Hemachandra performed the video song amid loud cheers from the press and the audience. Hema also sang in the superhit telugu album called Swasa which was directed by Nihal. He also sang in Assamese albums. The closest Hemachandra has come to "Assam" a year ago was through his Assamese co-contestant Debojit Saha in the musical reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. "Apart from my own mother tongue, Telugu, this is the first time that I am singing in any other Indian regional language. Assamese is a sweet language and I had a great time singing the numbers. Although I found it difficult to pick up the language initially, now I can relate with the language," said Hemachandra. Hosting Not only an amaizing singer, Hemachandra also proves himself to be a wonderful host. He has been anchorig the show Sa ri ga ma pa Lil Champs hired on Zee Telugu since 2007. He hosted it in 2008 and is expected to host the next season too. He rocks and shakes the audience with his energetic hosting. This show has the highest TRP Rate upto now. Being a product of Sa re ga ma pa, he is showing his gratitude towards the channel by doing a perfect job as a host. He has been appreciated by many celebrities for his awesome anchoring. Dubbing Hema also proved himself to be a good dubbing artist. He did dubbing in the movie Rainbow for the main lead actor Rahul. Hemachandra -The Music Director After winning accolades for lending voice to soulful numbers, Hemachandra is now all set for a change in role. The 20-year-old Hyderabadi playback singer is turning a music director with Ride. talking about his musical journey into the league of his idols - A.R. Rahman, Mani Sharma and Koti - Hemachandra says he couldn't be happier. The singer who is working with Bellamkonda Suresh in Ride, “never thought of debuting as a composer alongside such a big name”. “The feeling's yet to sink in and I can't believe I actually bagged this project. Nallamalappu Bujji heard a few songs of mine and recommended my name to Suresh. He asked me to meet him. When Suresh and producer Ramesh Varma heard the music I composed for my album, they liked it and I was handed the offer,” says Hemachandra. Ride, which is based on bikes and bikers, needed racy, hip hop and catchy music and Hemachandra who is the youngest composer in T'wood catered to this requirement. “I'm not scared to experiment and plan to introduce hip hop tracks with a desi touch. That apart, there will be a pure commercial number. I have also tried to include rock and melody into my music, so there's something in it for everyone,” he quips. The director and producer of the film seem to be very happy with the music given the youngster. Hema chandra is now scoring background music for the film "maa naanna chiranjeevi" starring jagapathi babu, after Ride movie. Hemachandra's half-century Very recently, Hema had a stepping stone in his life. He completed singing 50 songs in the Telugu film industry. Like very few people, he achieved this success in a very short time. We wish him all the best to complete his century very soon.

Sravana Bhargavi (Born on August 16, 1989 in Andhra Pradesh, India) is a South Indian playback singer, who has recorded several songs in Telugu movies. she has a younger brother and her father is a Sub-Inspector in Hyderabad Police department. She did her schooling at NASR school located in Hyderabad. She has completed her Bachelors of Technology degree in EIE from Vignan Institute of Technology and Science. She initially trained light music under Lalitha and Haripriya. She practiced carnatic music for more than 6 years and took up light music later to improve her singing. She is a multi-talented personality. She is a dubbing artist, radio jockey, lyricist and a playback singer. 'Joramochindi' (Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu), 'Panchcha' (Dhinekaina Ready), 'Areyrey Pasi' (Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum) are her recent popular songs. Sravana Bhargavi was the runner up on a TV reality singing competition called Sapta Swaralu. Her first recording was for the movie Boni. She got a big break with song "Simhamanti Chinnode" in Balakrishna's Simha. Later, she has crooned several songs for Ride, Tejam, Simha, Khaleja, Theenmaar, Badrinath, Solo and Rajanna. She has also penned the lyrics of the song "In the night" in Badrinath. Recently, Sravana Bhargavi has been hosting a Show in 92.7 Big FM in Hyderabad. She has given voice for hero's best friend role in the Telugu movie Love Failure starring actor Siddharth. She has also dubbed for Shruti Haasan in the movie Gabbar Singh. Sravana Bhargavi has got engaged to his co-singer Hemachandra. According reports, their engagement took place in Hyderabad on Sunday, December 9. The singers, who have been seeing each other for the past few years, have reportedly planned to enter the wedlock on the Valentine's Day on February 14th, 2013.

Anup Jalota (Hindi: ...नुप जलोटा}{Urdu: انوپ جلوٹا) (born 29 July 1953) is an Indian singer/musician, best known for his performances in the Indian musical form, the bhajan and the Urdu form of poetry: ghazal. He is popularly known as the Bhajan Samraat (Emperor of Bhajans). Early life Anup Jalota was born in Nainital, Uttarakhand to Purushottam Das Jalota, a renowned exponent of bhajan and hails from the Sham Chowrasi Gharana of Punjab. He was educated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He was married to singer Sonali Jalota until their divorce and Sonali's second marriage with Roop Kumar Rathod, Anup Jalota's closest tabla player and friend. Anup's brother, Ajay Jalota, currently lives in California. He has one older brother Anil Jalota and two sisters Anjali Dhir and Anita Mehra. Career Jalota started his musical career as a chorus singer in All India Radio. He is usually backed by a santoor player, a dholak player, a sarod player, a sarangi player, a violinist, a sitar player, a tabla player and a guitarist. Some of his popular bhajans include: Aisi Lagi Lagan, Main Nahi Makhan Khayo, Rang De Chunariya, Jag Me Sundar Hai Do Naam, and Chadariya Jhini Re Jhini. He can sing in 8 different languages. He has recorded over 1,500 bhajans, ghazals and songs. He has performed over 5,000 live concerts spread over 400 cities on five continents. In over 30 years, he has released more than 200 albums of bhajans and ghazals. Personal life Anup Jalota is married to Medha, niece of former Indian Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. They have an 11 year old son, Aryaman,studying in Mumbai.

Hindustani Light Classical singer Rekha Surya trained under Begum Akhtar and Girija Devi. She is from Lucknow and now lives in New Delhi.

She recorded for the Archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1994. She is a recipient of Karamvir Puraskar 2012 for singing Sufi poetry in Thumri-Dadra style and keeping alive traditional Ghazal-Gayaki. Her booklet “Sung In A Certain Style” is published by both Sangeet Research Academy for their in-house use and commercially by Niyogi Books. In the Established Artist empanelment-category with ICCR, she is an A Grade Artist from All India Radio.

She has been invited to sing by the Smithsonian Institution Washington DC, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cornell University, MIT with International Hindi Association Boston, Columbia University, Yale University, World Music Institute, Harvard University, University of Toronto, Nehru Centre London, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai, Ram Vilas Palace Baroda, Roosevelt House New Delhi, French Ambassador's residence New Delhi, Canadian High Commissioner's residence New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, Jammu University, University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and fund-raising concerts. She represented India at the Asian Music Festival Sri Lanka in 1999 and at the International Falak Festival Tajikistan in 2006. She has been featured twice by BBC London. She also performs in Pakistan.

In India, she has performed in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Ratlam, Vadodara, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nagpur, Srinagar, Chandigargh, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Burhanpur, Ludhiana, Faizabad, Ambala, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi, Agra, Cochin, Trivandrum & Calicut.

Outside India, she has performed in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Madison, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New Foundland, Oslo, U.K., Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Singapore.

In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the tender age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist.

The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammer, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other.
His debut in 1973 marked the entry of a radiant, brilliant, incandescent star in the constellation of South Indian Music. He soon won widespread acclaim, and a truly appreciative fan following has increased by leaps and bounds throughout the years. Krishnan has performed many duets and trio concerts along with Sri Lalgudi Jayaramam and his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, solos and has also been featured in several Jugalbandhi's. He has widely travelled to countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and USA rendering many performances and enthralling audiences around the world.

Krishnan's music represents the quintessence of the Lalgudi Style and is a delight to the finer senses. His music is underlined by pristine purity, lucidity, innovation, immaculate laya, superb clarity, melody, perfect rhythm and a deep sense of passion and involvement in his chosen vocation.

In his academic pursuits, Krishnan has been more than exemplary. He is a Post Graduate in Commerce(M.Com), a Cost and Works Accountant (I.C.W.A) and a Company Secretary (ACS). Krishnan's passion and love for Carnatic Music, made him choose music as a profession

His clear, sonorous voice belies his age. At 29, S Saketharaman has already impressed leaders in the Carnatic music fraternity with his renditions of compositions. This fortnight, the vocalist will perform after the Sri Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award ceremony. In its thirteenth year, the awards will honour leading Carnatic vocalist M Balamuralikrishna who will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Carnatic Music. Three other musicians, Saketharaman for Carnatic vocal, Varadarajan for Carnatic violin and Aditya Mohan Khandwe for Hindustani vocal, will be conferred with Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani Awards.
When Saketharaman was just a six-year-old, his parents introduced him to the world of music through his first guru Srirangam Krishnamurthy Rao. At the same time, inspiration to pursue music came from his older sister Vishaka Hari, a well-known exponent of Harikatha (religious discourse) who was learning music under Carnatic violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman at the time. “I was fascinated with Carnatic vocals. I used to listen to vocalists GN Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer,” he said. To understand rhythm and perform better, Saketharaman went a step further and learned the Carnatic mridangam, a percussion instrument.
For several years, even during his school and college, Saketharaman followed a rigorous daily schedule of four hours of training. “After a four-hour session my mind was so sharp that I could finish my studies in a very short time,” said Saketharaman. Despite his dedication to music, the vocalist has managed to obtain a master's degree in software engineering and has taken up a full-time position at an investment bank.
According to Saketharaman, a journey into the world of classical music goes through many phases. During the formative years, one follows the guru completely. Then exposure to other musicians follows. “I am currently in the third phase where I am creating my individual style,” said Saketharaman, adding that his guru's training is the main reference point. He has recently been working on composing bhajans and developing the Ragam Tanam Pallavi in several ragas.
A resident of Bengaluru, Saketharaman believes in innovation and yet adheres by the grammar of the ragas. Some of his collaborations include mridangam player Umayalpuram Sivaraman and pianist Anil Srinivasan. He has also worked with vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan and flautist Mysore Chandan Kumar. Saketharaman has also recorded albums like Vandhan Raghuraman, Aatma Nivedhanam and Nadha Geetham among others. For his upcoming concert, Saketharaman will perform the multi-raga Pallavi and will be accompanied by S Varadarajan on the violin and S Shankaranarayanan on the mridangam.

Rasika Kumar is the daughter and student of Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company. She began studying at the early age of four and performed her arangetram in 1996. Additionally, Rasika has studied abhinaya with Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan for several years and has trained under Sri C.V Chandrasekar. She has also attended workshops by several acclaimed artists including Smt. Bragha Bessel, Sri Madurai P Muralidharan, and Smt. Rama Vaidhyanathan.
Rasika performs regularly as a soloist and as part of Abhinaya Dance Company's ensemble in the greater Bay Area. She began performing as a company member in 1996, with major roles in several of Abhinaya's productions from 1996 till 2000. In 2000, she moved to Cambridge, MA to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, as a member and later president of Natya, MIT's classical dance club, Rasika organized, choreographed, and performed in various events in the greater Boston area from 2000 until her graduation in 2005. Rasika spent the fall of 2004 living and training in Chennai, India, studying under Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Sri C.V. Chandrasekar, and performed in the annual Chennai music and dance festival to critical acclaim. In 2005, she returned to Bay Area and continued performing with Abhinaya. Rasika has been a featured soloist since 2005 and assistant choreographer since 2006 for many of Abhinaya's productions. While working as a software engineer at Google, Inc, Rasika continues to perform and tour both as a soloist and as part of Abhinaya's ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States.

Born on 29 September 1985 in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, to Mr. Gopala Krishna and Mrs. Vidyala Sumathi. She spent her childhood in Kakinada, and then moved to Hyderabad after her Studies. She has done B.Tech from Kakinada Institute of Technology and Science and MBA from Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management Visakhapatnam, Diploma in Carnatic Music and an All India Radio Gold Medalist. She received training in Classical Music from Sri. Kakaraparti Veerabhadrarao and Smt. Peddada Suryakumari in Kakinada. She also got trained in Light Music from Smt. Uma in Kakinada. After shifting to Hyderabad she continued her training in Light Music with Sri. Vadali Phaninarayana.
Career:
She performed in a classical music concert when she was in her 5th Standard. She entered Music Industry as a Playback singer in 2006 while pursuing B.Tech. She sang “Mounamenduku” song for “Classmates” movie which was composed by the Great composer Sri. Koti. She bagged a lot of accolades for her voice with her first Song. She took a break after to complete her studies. After completion of MBA, she has been continuously working and recording songs with many music directors.
She has recorded film songs not only in Telugu but also in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, etc. She worked with music directors like Koti, Chakri, Anoop Rubens, Mickey j Mayor, Srikanth Deva, Vidyasagar, Thaman S, Raghu Kunche, S A Raj Kumar and many more. She has been performing all over the world and captivating audience with her charming personality, ability to connect to audience instantly and above all her musical ability.
She has won MAATEA Award for “Maa Pasalapudi Kadhalu” a title song of a Tele Serial telecasted in MAA TV. She has won “Aalapana” award as a Best Female Media Singer.
She wishes to take her musical talent much beyond and expand her horizon in other genre of music.

Born into a family deeply involved in classical music, Ranjani and Gayatri's musical talents were discovered at a very early age. The sisters, even as toddlers, showed an uncanny capacity to grasp the subtle nuances of Carnatic music. Gayatri could identify over a hundred ragas when she was barely two and a half and Ranjani could delineate complex Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi-s when she was barely five years old. Their formal vocal training commenced under their mother, Smt.Meenakshi an accomplished Carnatic vocalist. They started their violin training at the age of nine and six respectively from Sangita Bhooshanam Prof. T.S. Krishnaswami at the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Their musical values gained shape and direction under the watchful guidance of their father and mentor Sri.N.Balasubramanian.

Ranjani and Gayatri's musical career was launched as they barely reached their teens. The sisters' first concert was for the prestigious Indian Music Group, Mumbai in 1986, at the age of thirteen and ten respectively. Through their intense training and fine artistry, they quickly established themselves as top-class violinists of international repute. The sisters achieved spectacular success as violin duet performers, and subsequently they also proved successful as most sought after violin accompanists. Both Ranjani and Gayatri have accompanied various artistes on the violin, including the legendary D.K.Pattammal, M.Balamurali Krishna, T.Vishwanathan and other popular, leading musicians of their generation. They are the recipients of the Government of India Talent Search Scholarship from the age of ten and winners of the first prize in the All India Radio National Competition for Violin. They received the title of “Sangeeta Shanmukha Mani” conferred by Shanmukhananada Fine Arts and Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai, and won the Outstanding Violinists Award for four consecutive years from the Music Academy, Chennai from 1994 to 1998.

Ranjani and Gayatri shifted from Mumbai to Chennai, the Mecca of Carnatic music in the year 1993. Subsequently, they started learning from Padma Bhushan Sri.P.S.Narayanaswamy. They started giving vocal concerts since 1997 and soon won high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Their music, imbued with a deep and abiding classicism, has been described as an exhilarating blend of vitality, melody and emotion. Their concerts have been featured in all prominent sabhas in the December Music Festival in Chennai, and at premier institutions and prestigious festivals all over India. Ranjani and Gayatri are one of the most sought after vocalists today and their concerts are instant sell-outs. They have performed abroad widely in countries including the United States of America, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East

Gurukiran or Gurukiran Shetty is a noted music director of the Kannada film industry in India. He started his career as a music director of the Kannada movie "A", directed and acted by Upendra. The music won hearts of Kannadigas all over the world. His music for the movie Upendra further consolidated his position in Kannada movie industry. He is a native of Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu. He has also acted in several movies in side (character) roles and also sung several songs. He is popular in Kannada cinema for his foot tapping musical scores. After completion of graduation in commerce from Mangalore University, Guru Kiran started performing in orchestras in and around Mangalore as a singer and a keyboard performer. He started off his musical career in 1994 as an assistant to the well known music director Sri V. Manohar well known music director and lyricist. He entered the film industry to be known as a famous actor and had even tried his luck acting in films. He did get a noticeable role in Nishkarsha directed by Sunil Kumar Desai, but luck was not with him as an actor. He had a chance to be a music director in "A' directed by Upendra. Guru Kiran did his best, worked hard spent some sleepless nights to compose some fantastic songs for "A". The rest is history. His recent hit P. Vasu's directed Apthamitra which again reinforced the power of Guru Kiran in the music composition. Jogi released in the year 2005 was a mile stone in the career of Guru Kiran. The film's album audio sales before the release of the film is an all time record in the Kannada film industry. This hit took him to Telugu Film Industry as music director for remake of same movie.

Pandit Habib Khan has emerged among his peers as one of the most influential musicians and an ambassador of Indian classical music in this century. Pandit Habib Khan is well-known amongst musicians of his generation as one who constantly strives to expand the boundaries of music.
An all India Radio performer since the age of seven, Pandit Habib Khan was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India. He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffer Khan. Hailing from Indore, the Jaffer Khan family is well known for their unique style of playing the sitar, melding the effect of the human voice and the instrumental tone into a harmonious whole.
Pandit Habib Khan creates music which spans many genres. He has become an important contributor to the Indo American Classical music world as well as to the Jazz scene and the fusion movement in the United States. As an accomplished composer and vocalist, he is as much at ease with light classical and devotional music as he is with pure classical renderings of Ragas. His talent further extends beyond the traditional genres of India to embrace a highly creative exploration of eastern/western modes of music.
Pandit Habib Khan frequently uses Western guitar, drums, violin & Japanese Taiko drums in his orchestral compositions. He has personally taught many Western musicians how to play ragas on these instruments.
Pandit Habib Khan lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founder and artistic director of the Habib Khan Saraswati Temple and Gurukul, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the classical music of North India. The Habib Khan Saraswati Temple and Gurukul is committed to providing a conservatory in which the classical music traditions of India can continue to flourish in a modern cross cultural context. Indian Classical music has no written form and hence is taught in a traditional "Gurukul" setting. The "Gurukul Way" involves a high degree of commitment, and dedication between the guru and the shishya (teacher and student).
Opportunities are offered for the students to learn Indian Classical music as well as orchestral compositions where Indian Classical music is blended with instruments and voices from around the world. They are given an opportunity to perform on stage with musicians hailing from different parts of the world. The exposure of students to this form of music allows them to gain an appreciation of not only the classical music of India but to music of different generations and genres.
The teaching methodology in the Gurukul is traditional. Students are given an opportunity to explore Ragas, Thumris, Ghalzals and Bhajans. Music is taught to children and adults.
We assure in every way possible the survival of this timeless method of propagation of musical knowledge and the unique enrichment it provides for generations to come.

Foremost exponent of Mewati gharana; Recipient of Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru , Sangeet Martand , Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar , and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.

Pandit Jasraj is one of India's premier classical vocalists and the foremost exponent of Mewati Gharana.

Pandit Jasraj was born in 1930 to a musical family. At the age of six Pandit Jasraj was mesmerized by the soulful voice of the famous ghazal singer Begum Akhtar. He was initiated into vocal music by his father Pandit Motiramji. However, after the sudden demise of his father, Pandit Jasraj opted for the tabla under the training of Pandit Pratapnarayan, as an additional means of livelihood in order to lighten the burden of family responsibilities.

But, at the age of fourteen as a rebellion against the humiliating treatment given to accompanying artists, young Jasraj vowed never to be an accompanist, and decided to sing. He took his vocal training under the guidance of his elder brother Pandit Muniram and Maharaja Jaywant Singhji Waghela.

Pandit Jasraj is blessed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. The highlight of Pandit Jasraj's vocalizing is his perfect diction, clarity in sur and extreme tunefulness. Pandit Jasraj's greatest contribution to Indian music is his conception of an unique and novel jugalbandhi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time.

Pandit Jasraj is the recipient of several honors and awards. These include Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru , Sangeet Martand , Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar , and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award

Sudha's voice of gold enthralls her listeners from all over the globe. There is tantalizing mystery behind that cherubic smile. Her deep relish for tradition and mystical old-world charm is supremely addictive. Her foundation in the world of music was laid at a very young age and it was her mother Smt. Choodamani who groomed her, after which she came under the tutelage of Vidwan Sri. B.V. Lakshman.

In 1977, Sudha won a Central Government scholarship that gave her the opportunity to come under the wings of Padmavibushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari, hailed by many as a musical genius, a doyen of Carnatic music. From this point on; there was no turning back. Sudha had the golden opportunity to provide vocal support to MLV for about a decade.

Of MLV, (as she was affectionately called by all) Sudha often said “Music was only one of the few things she taught me. She taught me how to live life to its fullest.” Sudha, with a touch of nostalgia, vividly recalls how while singing an Ashtapathi in ragamalika, there would come a sangathi in Yaman Kalyani at a higher octave.
Spontaneously, MLV would stop and allow Sudha to take over. “She was such a generous person on stage in some sense it also reflected how she was in life as well.” From 1990, Sudha's rise was phenomenal, and following her Guru's demise, she has been considered as MLV's vaarisu.

Her authentic renditions of 'krithis' and refined elaborations of 'ragas', the élan with which she breezes through the 'kalpana swaras', her command over the octaves and her supremely confident stage presence combined with unstated humility has given her an enviable pre-eminence in the world of Carnatic music. Call it her 'Guru Dakshina' to her mentor, Dr.M.L.Vasantha Kumari.

In the world of voices, can you hear my song? “The enthralling, enchanting voice of Sudha and her entrancing harmonies have graced several 'kutcheries' and celebrations. She was the auspicious voice at the first live broadcast of the National Program Series of concerts hosted at Chennai.

Sudha also has the unique honor of rendering 'Vande Mataram' at the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi on 27th January 2000 to mark the completion of 50 years of the free Indian Republic.

T. V. Sankaranarayanan (Tiruvalangadu Vembu Iyer Sankaranarayanan), was born on March 7 1945 in Mayiladuturai of Thanjavur district in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. At the age of nine, he started learning music from his uncle, Madurai Mani Iyer is an eminent and popular Carnatic vocalist (South Indian classical singer), known for his vibrant music that essentially stems from the style of his late uncle-guru, Madurai Mani Iyer.

He made his debut on the concert platform in 1968 and then gradually established himself as a Carnatic vocalist. His emotion-laden style of singing has won him a large following among music lovers. He has performed widely at home and abroad and has several albums to his credit. In a profile published in the Financial Express, Subbudu, a music critic, once wrote: "Sankaranarayanan is indeed an asset to the Carnatic music world, where the tribe of good vocalists is dwindling."

In his music, life or physical appearance, T. V. Sankaranarayanan or TVS (as he is popularly known), strongly resembles his uncle - the legendary Madurai Mani Iyer who is his guru, mentor and for all practical purposes his God in human form. A biography of TVS cannot be sketched without touching upon the life of Madurai Mani Iyer, for the lives of both were inextricably linked right from the birth of Sankaranarayanan or Raman as he is known among close circles.

One day, Madurai Mani Iyer started the lessons for his young nephew with "Giriraja Suta ... Tanaya ... ". By the time he was ten, Sankaranarayanan had learnt 50 kritis from his uncle, some of them melody mammoths like "O Jagadamba" (Ananda Bhairavi), "Kamalambam Bhajare" (Kalyani) and so on. By 1955-56, the family shifted back to Madras. This period also saw a perceptible shift in young Sankaranarayanan's attitude towards music. Cricket had become an obsession with young Sankaranarayanan to the extent that one day his uncle Madurai Mani Iyer beckoned him and said, "Rama, make your choice. If you want to sing, give up cricket. But if you want to play cricket, give up music." Sankaranarayanan took a decision to opt for music and the third generation of musicians in the family, commencing from Madurai Pushpavanam Iyer, had now begun. From 1961, Sankaranarayanan put his heart and soul into music and by his 16th year even started providing vocal support for his uncle. In 1959, Sankaranarayanan, on behalf of Madurai Mani Iyer, whose eyesight was dimming by this time, also read out the Sangita Kalanidhi address on the stage; the memory of which, he cherishes to this day.

The decision again went in favour of music. Mani Iyer also suggested that his nephew regularly listen to concerts of other musicians. In fact, recalls Sankaranarayanan, "Even after his own concert, Mani Iyer would ask, `Rama what did you like in my concert today?' Such was his greatness."

One day, senior violinist T. N. Krishnan, also a regular visitor to Mani Iyer's house, remarked, "Iyerval, Raman is singing so well. Why can't he sing solo?" Mani Iyer thought for a while and on February 1, 1968, asked his nephew to sing at home to the accompaniment of T. N. Krishnan and mridangist Vellore Ramabhadran. Sankaranarayanan had passed the acid test. On the very day, his arangetram took place with the above mentioned stalwarts and also Alangudi Ramachandran readily accompanying him in this young artiste's maiden concert.

In fact, even in the successive years and, in the initial stages of his career, Sankaranarayanan has had the rare privilege of stalwarts like Lalgudi Jayaraman, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, T. K. Murthy, Murugabhoopathy, Palghat Raghu, Umayalapuram Sivaraman and a host of other seniors willingly providing him accompaniment. At this juncture, Mani Iyer offered him a few pearls of advice. He said, "Raman, take to music; sing well; if you sing well concerts will come in search of you instead of vice-versa. Don't worry if other people have more concerts than you. You concentrate on your work. The rest will automatically follow. Again, do not worry if only ten people attend your concerts. If you sing well these ten in course of time will increase to hundred and will proceed to grow. Never cause inconvenience to the organisers." To Sankaranarayanan, to this day, these words are gospel not to be violated at any cost.

On June 8, 1968, Madurai Mani Iyer died. Vembu Iyer decided to give up his own career and focus all his energy and talent in grooming his son. Sankaranarayanan remembers with gratitude the long practice sessions he had at home with his father strumming the tambura. It was his father who taught him the nuances of music and also groomed him as a concert artiste. His career graph gradually started registering an upward curve. It was a jam-packed hall. "Oru Kal Urai... " _ the sruti and bhava music of Sankaranarayanan touched the heart and soul of the audience. The time was 10 p.m. But the audience was thirsting for more music. "Eppo Varuvaro," shouted a voice, "notes, notes", another voice was heard. Sankaranarayanan, unmindful of the time, happily obliged his fans. A thundering ovation followed.

Audience appreciation apart, several honours, awards and titles have also sought him in abundant measure. In 1975, he was the first male vocalist to be invited to the United States on a full-fledged concert tour. Till date, the demand for his concerts abroad continues unabated and he has visited several countries like Canada, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. In September 1999, he was chosen to perform at the `Millennium 2000' concert at the Lincoln Centre, New York.

Akkarai S Subhalakshmi, one of the young stars of India, is a Carnatic (South Indian classical) violinist and vocalist par excellence whose soulful music has touched the hearts of listeners around the world.
A child prodigy, Subhalakshmi hails from a musical family; her grandfather Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramaniam was a prolific musician and composer, and her grandmother Smt R Sornambal a harikatha exponent and music teacher. Subhalakshmi is the disciple of her father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha school of music, and his intensive training enabled her to debut as a performing vocalist and violinist at the tender age of eight. She also trained under Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramanian and his daughter Smt Padma Natesan in New Delhi, and, later on, Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran, who in particular featured her as an accompanist in many of his concerts and provided her with invaluable musical guidance.
One of the leading Carnatic violinists today, Subhalakshmi's playing is characterized by a rich tone from precise bowing, as well as sensitive fingering, giving it a near-vocal quality. She has played alongside many legendary artistes, such as Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Chitravina N Ravikiran, T V Gopalakrishnan, Dr N Ramani, and R K Srikanthan, and is known for her unique acumen in blending seamlessly with the music, while enlivening and enhancing it skillfully. Her perfectionism and deep understanding of the nuances of music has enabled her to become a much sought-after vocalist as well.
Subhalakshmi's concerts have taken her all over the world, including Japan, Singapore, U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Italy, U.K., South Korea, the Middle East, Australia, Sri Lanka, and many more. She had played in the Indo-Russian cultural exchange programme at the age of thirteen, and has been featured in events like the Théâtre de la Ville Festival (Paris), the farewell concert for Zubin Mehta (Munich), the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Sangeet Utsav (Mauritius), and the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (U.S.A.). Subhalakshmi has also played in jugalbandi and fusion concerts with Chitravina Ravikiran alongside artistes like Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pt Ronu Majumdar. Subhalakshmi has also given many vocal and violin duet concerts alongside her younger sister Akkarai S Sornalatha, a prodigious artiste herself, and they are well-known as ‘Akkarai Sisters'.
Numerous accolades have come her way; she received the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar award from the President of India at the age of thirteen, and has since earned a host of awards, including Yuva Kala Bharathi (2002), the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award (2007), the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Sangeet Natak Akademy (2007), Vani Kala Nipuna (2012), the Shanmukha Shiromani (awarded to the sisters together in 2009), Kala Rathna from the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (2013). She was identified as one of India's 50 emerging stars by The Week magazine's issue commemorating the Indian nation's 50th anniversary. She is an A-Grade artiste for All India Radio.
Subhalakshmi has released many albums, both violin and vocal, such as ‘Keeravani' and ‘Varali', and duet albums with her sister, such as ‘Inta Saukhyam' and Charsur's ‘December Season 2012'. She is also much sought-after as a teacher for both vocal and violin.
She attributes all her success to her gurus, especially her father Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, who established her as a musician and continues to guide her.

Sonal Chauhan is a well-known Indian actress as well as a fashion model. She was born on the 16th of May, 1987 at Muzaffar Nagar. His family originates from the ancient royal Chauhan Rajput family of Manipuri. Her father works in the police department and she has 3 siblings: 2 sisters and one elder brother. She did her schooling from DPS (Delhi Public School) in Noida. Later on she pursued her graduation in Philosophy honours from Gargi College situated in the capital city, New Delhi.

She was the first Indian to have received the prestigious title of Miss World Tourism. She was given this honour in 2005 at Miri, Malaysia. In Delhi, Sonal Chauhan is a well-known face in the domain of modelling and she has made her appearance in numerous advertisements both in electronic media as well as in print. Ponds and Nokia are two such brands where Sonal appeared on-screen. She has also made her appearance on the cover pages of both ‘The Man' magazine as well as of ‘For Him Magazine' (popularly known as FHM). She had even walked the ramp for YS18, the jewellery brand, at the India International Jewellery week 2011. Apart from this, she had also walked the ramp for several other fashion shows and has modelled in various print campaigns for well-known brands such as ‘Reliance CDMA', ‘LG', ‘Nokia', ‘Delhi Times', ‘Hindustan Times', ‘Hero Honda Passion and several others.

Her first on-screen appearance was in Himesh Reshammiya's ‘Aap Kaa Surroor'. She was noticed by Kunal Deshmukh, the director of the film ‘Jannat' and soon after she was offered the lead role opposite Emraan Hashmi in the film. Soon after Jannat's release, she was given a role in the Telegu film ‘Rainbow' by V. N. Aditya. She is also playing a role in ‘Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu' which is a Kannada film starring Shivraj kumar. In the year 2012, during the time between May-June, she along with Neil Nitin Mukesh were shooting at Fiji, in the sets of the upcoming horror film titled ‘3G'.

Her filmography includes ‘Jannat' (2008), ‘Rainbow'(2008), ‘Cheluveye Ninne Nodala'(2010), ‘Pehla Sitara' (2011), ‘Bbuddah…Hoga Terra Baap' (2011) and ‘3G' (2013).

Born in a Tamil speaking Iyer family, Vidya Balan finished her schooling and college at St. Anthony's Girls School and St. Xavier's College respectively and thereafter went on to do her Masters.

Although, she got her first offer to act in a Malayalam movie, Chakram, Vidya Balan's career could not take off and hence she turned her attention to television. She appeared in a number of advertisements, also acted in a television serial, Hum Paanch and appeared in music videos.

Vidya Balan made her debut in the Bengali film, Bhalo Theko (2003). Her role was much appreciated. She then made her debut in Bollywood in Parineeta (2006) and excelled in her role, winning the Award for Best Female Debutant. She appeared in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). In 2007, she acted in Mani Ratnam's Guru as a girl suffering from multiple sclerosis, Salaam-e-Ishq, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. All these films proved her versatility and her defiance to not fit into the glam doll mould of Bollywood actresses.

Vidya then played the role of a young independent single mother struggling with her son's progeria syndrome in Paa (2009). Her portrayal of the role stood apart from the usual Bollywood maa roles and got her rave reviews from critics as well as the audience. True to her spirit of doing something different, Vidya then acted in Ishqiya (2010) and won accolades for the portrayal of the seductive widow.

Her movie, No One Killed Jessica (2011), did well at the box-office and her role in the movie was appreciated too. In 2011 her last release was super-hit film The Dirty Picture.Vidya was widely appreciated for her role and won almost all major awards in best actress category for her role in this film. She will be next seen in Kahaani and Ferrari Ki Sawaari.

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, television personality, singer and philanthropist. Salman Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak. His paternal ancestors were Pathan who had immigrated to India and settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Khan's mother is a Maharashtrian Hindu. His stepmother is Helen, a former actress, who co-starred with him in a few films. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan who is married to Malaika Arora Khan who is an actress, VJ and host, and Sohail Khan who is married to Seema Sachdev and they have two sons: Nirvaan and Yohan, two sisters, Alvira and Arpita.

Salman finished his schooling at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai, as did his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail. Earlier, he studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior for a few years along with younger brother Arbaaz.
Salman Khan made his debut in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) in which he played a supporting role. He made his debut in lead role in Sooraj Barjatva's romantic family drama movie Maine Pyar Kiya for which he won Filmare Best Male Debut Award & was also nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990), in which he starred opposite southern actress, Nagma, was a major box-office success.

In 1991, Salman gave a hat trick with Patthar Ke Phool, Sanam Bewafa & Saajan. The next couple of years were quiet unsuccessful for Salman. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) directed by Sooraj Barjatya and co-starring Madhuri Dixit was the most successful film of the year. Salman's role in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) was well received and praised. Rakesh Roshan's blockbuster Karan Arjun (1995) cemented his success.Salman then went on to act in a number of films including Bhansali's directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Judwaa (1997), Auzaar (1997), Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).

All the films did pretty well at the box-office. His cameo in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai won him the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.1999 was a fruitful year for Salman as it churned out three major successful films - Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Biwi No. 1 and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the latter getting him a Filmfare Best Actor's nomination.In 2000, he starred in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. The movies were moderately successful at the box-office. Salman's role in Tere Naam (2003) got him critical acclamation and the movie was a box-office success.

This successful run continued with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2007) & No Entry (2005). Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) failed at the box office. However, Partner (2008) was a hit.Wanted (2009) remains one of Salman's blockbuster hits. But Main Aur Mrs. Khanna & London Dreams released in the same year did not do so well. And then Dabangg (2010) happened! The movie broke all box-office records, thus becoming the second highest grossing Indian movie of all time. Salman received the Star Screen Best Actor Award for the movie and was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award as well.He has had relationships with a number of females in the past, which include Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali, Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif.

Sonakshi Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna, Bihar, India. Sonakshi Sinha works in Bollywood Film Industry. She is daughter of Actor Shatrughan and actress Poonam. Sonakshi Sinha is very popular & commercial successful highest-paid Celebrities in Bollywood. She was made her screen debut with Hindi Action-drama film Dabangg (2010), alongside with Salman Khan. Sonakshi Sinha appeared many commercial successful movies such as Rowdy Rathore (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), Lootera (2013).

Sonakshi Sinha Father Shatrughan Sinha, an actor & Politician and her mother Poonam Sinha. She has two elder brothers named Luv Sinha and Kush Sina. Sonakshi Sinha completed Graduation in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT), Mumbai. She is unmarried.. She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and 2009. She was the cover girl of Indian Edition of Maxim Magazine for month December, 2010. She commenced her career in Bollywood by debuting in the mega blockbuster, Dabangg (2010). She is a great animal lover and she posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats.
The stunning beauty Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian bollywood actress. She has marked her debut in Hindi film industry with 2010's Blockbuster hit "Dabangg" opposite Salman Khan, which was the biggest hit of the year. She has won the Filmfare Award for "Best Female Debut". Later, she went on to star in some of the Bollywood's biggest hits including Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar, Dabangg 2 and many more. She was last seen in R Rajkumar movie alongwith shahid kapoor and now she is currently shooting for her new movie 'Tevar' opposite Arjun Kapoor.
The Dabangg girl of bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is the daughter of the popular bollywood actor and a politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. She has two brothers Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. Luv Sinha is a Bollywood actor, who has appeared in the Hindi movie Sadiyaan (2010) for the first time. She is very close to her mother and always seeks her opinion regarding her career. She said that, "I consult my whole family before signing a film because they have been in the industry for long, so it's the logical thing to do".
The glamorous girl Sonakshi Sinha, has begun her career as a costume designer, designed the costumes for the film Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005. She walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion week in 2008 and 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, which was a blockbuster of that year. She has reduced 30 kgs for weight in preparation for the role as a village girl for this movie . Sinha won quite a few awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others. She was also part of movies like Lootera, Boss.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was born on December 3, 1973, in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, Nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and grandson of singer Fateh Ali Khan. Fateh Ali was born in a traditional music loving family most of the male members are associated with music. Being inspired by the musician family member, he came to the music industry and leads the industry by his mind blowing voice. Rahat took a lesson on music from his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan used to perform in a different program with his uncle and was associated with the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Qawwali group. In 1985, Rahat toured in the United Kingdom with his uncle and performed well in the solo song.

The singer made his playback debut with the Bollywood movie Paap' for the song Mann Ki Lagan' in 2003. With his uncle, Rahat worked for the American rock band, Pearl Jam. He was the judge for the music show Chhote Ustaad 2' alongside Sonu Nigam. The singer was invited as a first Pakistani singer to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform its concert.Rahat showed off magnificent singing performance in the song Zaroori Tha' that is a heart touching song. The song is so hit on Youtube and it conveys positive acclamation for the singer. Naina Re' is his another popular song which sang with Himesh and Shreya Ghoshal. Already the singer presented lots of popular single track including Noor e Khuda' and Dillagi'.

In the month of April in 2012, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan went on a tour in UK and he performed at the Manchester Arena as well as the Wembley Area, in front of a huge audience.He along with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vector (belonging to the American rock band called Pearl Jam') contributed to the soundtrack of Dead Man Walking' a 1995 Hollywood flick directed by Tim Robbins. In the year 2002, he along with James Horner (an American composer) joined hands and worked together on the soundtrack of Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers'.

Later on he had also given his bit of contribution to various songs in various albums and movies such as: for "Maki Madni" for the album called Joyful Noise', and for the Mel Gibson directed Aplocalypto'.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had also appeared on television as a judge along with Sonu Nigam, for the reality show Chhote Ustad 2'. In the year 2008 he had also judged the singing reality television show called Junoon- Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka', aired on NDTV Imagine.

For Sivamani, music is a passion and self-learnt. It runs in his blood as his father S.M. Anandan, a renowned drummer in the South Indian Film Industry. At an early age of seven, his father initiated him into music. Apart from drums, he started learning violin and harmonium. Again his father showed the path to his gurus Noel Grant, Billy Cobham, Trilok Gurtu, and Lewis Pragasam.


Sivamani started his musical career at the age of 12, and later shifted to Mumbai. His first studio break was playing for one of South Indias leading music composers K. V.Mahadevan. By the age of 13, he had started building his professional music career with S.P. Balasubramaniam, who he considers to be his godfather.


He started as a substitutein music maestro Ilayarajas group. But soon, his talent was spotted by Ilayaraja and he found a permanent position in the group. Also, it marked the beginning of a successful career building strong relationships with a lot of music composers in both Tamil and Malayalam film industry including T. Rajendhar, Sam Joseph and Sankar Ganesh.


Sivamani always showed keen interest in taking inspiration from Indian classical music. He would never miss a chance to taking leads from the legends of classical music VikkuVinayakram, UmaiyalpuramSivaraman and T.K. Moorthy. Impressed by his dedication, tabla stalwart UstadZakir Hussain invited Sivamani to join him for a concert.


Also Sivamani enjoys a special relationship with the multi-Oscar and multi-Grammy winnerA.R. Rahman. He played for A.R. Rahmans some of the most popular scores MustafaMustafa, of KadhalDesam, Humma..Humma of Bombay and ChaiyaChaiya of Uyire.


He was also a prominent team member of Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams. On a different note, he collaborated with singer Hariharan for the ghazal album Kaash was much appreciated for his experimentation with beats in ghazals.


One of Sivamanis cherished experiences is sharing the stage with Billy Cobham for a concert in Mumbais Rang Bhavan. From then on there was no looking back, as he collaborated with renowned musicians of the country and continued with his experimentations. Siva (as he is fondly called) creates magic with just about anything from his conventional cymbals to the timbale to the batajon to the vastly unconventional shells and conches and "Biryani Kadai". His style is deceptive for the uninitiated. Deeply profound and mysterious at one moment; tantalizing and exuberant at the next. However, augmenting the brute power, are his rhythmic style and harmony, which surround the discerning listener with warmth, joy and bliss.

Karthik developed an interest in music, early in his life. He is a trained Carnatic music vocalist and has been training since his school days. He was part of a college band and regularly participated in IIT Madras Fest Saarang. An ardent fan of A. R. Rahman, Karthik's dream was to meet Rahman and sing for him. Playback singer Srinivas, who collaborated often with Rahman was Karthik's close friend's cousin. Srinivas encouraged Karthik to look at singing as a career, which prompted Karthik to resume his singing lessons. One year later, Srinivas recommended Karthik's name to Rahman, who needed fresh voices for backing vocalists for a song from Pukar. Karthik eventually got the opportunity and recorded for the song. Having spent over a year being a backing vocalist, Karthik got his break during the re-recording of One 2 Ka 4. For the background score, A. R. Rahman wanted a high-pitched alap and he eventually chose Karthik to sing the alap. Soon after, Rahman asked him to sing the song "Nendhukittaen" from the film Star.

Karthik has sung a number of songs for many popular music directors, including A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Hamsalekha, Vidyasagar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Harris Jeyaraj and Manisharma. Karthik has sung songs in several languages - Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. "Ennaku Oru Girlfriend" from the Tamil film Boys was one of the biggest hits of the year as was "Oru Maalai" (Ghajini; 2005). His songs for Telugu films for Kotha Bangaru Lokam (Nijanga Nenenaa), Happy Days (Arare Arare, Oh My Friend), "Badhulu Tochanai" (Mr.Perfect), "Manase Guvvai" (Naa Peru Shiva), "Oh Oh My Friend" (Oh My Friend), "Yedhuta nlichindhi choodu" (Vaana), "Meghama" (Journey), "Yevvaro" (Bodyguard (Telugu)) are very popular. His other popular songs include "Ava Enna" from the Vaaranam Aayiram (2009), the title track from Unnale Unnale, "Behka" from Ghajini.

Karthik has sung more than 400 Kannada songs and has many super hit chart buster songs to his credit like Ale Ale, Anuraaga Aralo Samaya, Thangaliyalli Theli Hode, Nee Chummu Chummu Munjaaneli, Manasaithu Ninna Myaale, Sum Sumne Yaako, Hosadondu hesaridu Nanange, Kanne Koodiruvaaga, Madhumasa, Nenapidu Nenapidu, Thanthaane Thannamthaane, Baruve Odi Odi Nalidu, Raktha Sambandhagala, Saluge Saluge, Mannige Mara Bhaarave and many more.

In 2010, he sang a track "Behene De", from Hindi film Raavan, which is widely considered as the biggest song in his career.[2] The track, which toped music charts for many continuous weeks, also received rave critical reviews.[2] Karthik also performed the Tamil and Telugu versions of the same song, titled "Usure Poghudhey" and "Usire Poyene" respectively. He also sang "Adhigora Choodu" in the movie Mirapakaay.

Ranjit Barot is one of India's premiere drummer , started to play drums from his 12. At 17 he became known in India, playing with Jazz Yatra Sextet and Pandit Ravi Shankar's ensemble, Jazzmine.

On the Jazz Sextet?s first European tour, Ranjit met Don Cherry. He immediately took a liking to Ranjit and invited him to jam at a jazz club in Warsaw. This connection eventually led to a performance at the 1982 Jazz Yatra in Bombay.
Between 1980-82, Ranjit performed at European festivals which also featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Cecil Taylor and Louie Bellson, among others. Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility in Mumbai.

If you live outside of India chances are you probably wouldn't know about him and his music. But with the release of Floating Point, John McLaughlin's studio CD on Abstract Logix with Ranjit on drums, he became better known all around the world.

Ranjit released his debut album, titled "Bada Boom", worldwide in November 2010, featuring some of the greatest musicians on the scene today, from India and the West. This album is a collection of Ranjit's Jazz Fusion and World compositions with performances by Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas, U. Rajesh, Scott Kinsey, Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Dominique DiPiazza, Harmeet Manseta, Taufique Qureshi, Sanjay Divecha, Tim Garland, Gwilym Symcock, Ayden Esen and Elie Afif, to name a few.

Mythili Prakash is recognized as one of the world's leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam - the classical dance of South India. Her classical, yet inventive approach to Bharata Natyam and revitalizes the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style that is distinct and meaningful to audiences across the world. Mythili's command of the art form is evident whether you are an aficionado or new to Indian classical dance. The elegant and sculpted chiseled lines of her dance is an irrepressible force of precision and dynamism. Her magnetism on stage and her choreography, both in the vibrant, rhythmic athleticism of the form, and the sensitive, nuanced expressive element of the form, are compelling. Mythili uses traditional repertoire while extending the technique to create new structures connecting her extraordinarily rich and intense style with a sharp contemporary intellect.

While highly acclaimed for her technical and virtuosic skill as a performer, Mythili stays deeply rooted in the inherent spirituality of the art form, which is the driving inspiration of both her choreographic explorations and her own practice. It is this, that she believes fuels her artistic and personal journey.

Mythili has toured her work internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She began her training in the Thanjavur tradition of Bharata Natyam at the age of four under the tutelage of her mother, Smt. Viji Prakash - a virtuoso of this dance form and disciple of grand masters Guru Kalyanasundaram and Guru Mahalingam Pillai, directors of the Sri Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Bombay, India.

Atul purohit is a popular name in the world of Gujarati folk music, dandiya & garba. He is famous for Sunderkand katha and devotional songs.

He was born in Dabhoi in Vadodara Gujarat on February 27, 1957. Dabhoi has 6 major temples and is a great pilgrimage for Jains. It seems Purohit was born with a divine vocal chord. With music running in his veins right from childhood , he got his first musical instrument - the harmonium at the tender age of 10. Since then his harmonium has been his true companion. As he grew, he realized he was born to sing and joined the college for training in dramatics.

Still, the journey from anonymity to stardom was not an easy road for the talented young singer. However, his love and dedication for music made this struggle exciting and memorable. Atul Purohit began with performing on the local street with the local artists absolutely free of cost. He entertained audience with his Graba, Bhajans, Sugam sangeet, Classical songs, sufi and folk songs.

Later in 1985, he formed a group with five of his close friends. Atul Purohit then made his mark in the world of music with his album "Tara Vina Shyam" and after that there was no looking back. He established his own troop that is called the Rutambara Group. The group is a major attraction at the United Way of Vadodara and performs during the auspicious season of Navratri.
Atul Purohit is such a living legend of this era who is from the land of Gujarat and with his excellent voice and incomparable music sense makes Garba popular to the young generation as well as to the Non-Gujaratis.

Sonu Nigam is one of the most popular singers of Bollywood. He is a teen idol who has inspired thousands of young singers across the country. This talented singer was born in Faridabad district of Haryana on July 30th, 1973. He did his schooling from J.D. Tytler School in Delhi. Thereafter he moved to Bombay to pursue his dream of making a career in music. Given here is a short biography of Sonu Nigam.

Sonu Nigam's father Agam Kumar is a renowned singer who performed on many stage shows in his prime. Sonu Nigam used to accompany his father to his shows and once gave a moving performance at the tender age of three. He sang the superhit song of Mohammed Rafi "Kya Hua Tera Wada" of the movie "Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi". It was appreciated by all and Sonu Nigam tasted fame. He was encouraged to hone his singing though many claimed he was just a Rafi clone.

He got his first break to sing for the movie Janum in the year 1990. Though the film flopped, he got noticed by the famous Gulshan Kumar. He offered Sonu to sing in the film Bewafa Sanam. The song "Accha Sila Diya" became that year's biggest hit. He shot to fame and was noticed by one and all. Sonu Nigam was poured with offers thereafter and got another great opportunity to make his mark in the form of television host for the musical talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. In the year 1997, he got his biggest hit with the film "Border". His song "Sandese Aate Hain" was touted as the biggest hit of that year and he won the Zee Cine award for the song.

He proved critics wrong who said he was a Rafi clone with the song "Yeh Dil" from the film "Pardes". With more and more offers pouring in and films like Taal, Pukar and Saathiya, he carved a niche for himself. Sonu Nigam has also released many pop albums namely Deewana, Jaan, Yaad, Mausam and Chanda Ki Doli, which have become major hits. He also tried his hand at acting and has done films like Jaani Dushman, Love in Nepal and Kash Aap Hamare Hote. Sonu Nigam has recently started his own radio show on Radio City 91 FM which is known as Life Ki Dhun.

He has interviewed many eminent personalities of the film industry. One can also tune into this show on the Internet. His recent soundtracks of the movies Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna are chart toppers and have made him a favorite among the younger generation. He plans to release a semi-classical album and an English album in the near future. Sonu Nigam has truly made an indelible mark in the industry and continues to add the melody in life with his flawless voice.

Sathyaprakash is a playback singer, stage performer & carnatic vocalist known in the music fraternity for his hits in movies, independent albums and on-stage performances. He is the voice behind the song Aalaporaan Tamizhan (Mersal) and several other chartbuster Tamil hit songs like Raasali (Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada), Nallai Allai (Kaatru Veliyidai), Ammadi Un Azhagu (Vellakaara Durai) and so on. He is based in Chennai - performing classical/fusion concerts.

He travels extensively to perform shows across the globe. With consistent enthusiasm and gripping knowledge in music, he presently works with leading music directors like Ilayaraja, AR Rahman, Vidhyasagar, D Imman, Anirudh, GV Prakashkumar, Sam CS, Darbuka Siva and many others in the industry. Sathyaprakash is now competitively proving his skills in other languages including telugu and kannada movie albums. He is recognised for his quick grasp of arrangement and technicalities of projects.

Additionally, he produces cover versions of various songs using new and different arrangements. His experience in conducting and supervising vocal recordings has given him an upper hand in music production as well.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Recipient of the “Yuva Kala Rathna” awarded at PSG Kadambari 2019 music festival, in Coimbatore in January 2019
MGR-Shivaji academy award” from TTPTU for the category “Best playback singer - Male” in January 2019
“Edison awards 2018” presented under the category “Best playback singer - Male” in January 2018 for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal.
“Techcofes 2018 award” for “Best playback singer- male category” for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal
“Benze award” for the best playback singer category for the year 2017 from for the song “Aalaporaan thamizhan” from the movie Mersal.
“Scintillating singer award” for the year 2017 from Rotary Club of Coimbatore West - RI 3201
“Best Playback singer award” for the year 2016-2017 from Provoke Lifestyle magazine for the song “Nallai allai” from the movie Kaatru veliyidai
“Best male playback singer award” for the year 2017 from Hello fm 106.4 for the song “Nallai allai” from the movie Kaatru veliyidai
“MGR-Shivaji academy award” (January 2016) from TTPTU for the best playback singer for the song “Aanaalum indha mayakkam” from10 Endrathukkulla.
“The Vijay Tele award” (September 2015) from Vijay tv for the favorite singer category for the song “Ammadi un azhagu” from the movie Vellaikkaradurai.
“Best Performer of the Grand Finale” award at the Supersinger 3 special program held based on discussions by the judging panel and the Star vijay television crew.
“Youth excellence award” for the year 2012-2013 from Lions club, Coimbatore (December 2012)
“Voice of the world” by the Lions club, Chennai (September 2011)
Rotary club of metropolis, Coimbatore awarded him with the title “Young achiever” (October 2011)
First in the state level classical music competition held by “The New Indian Express“during the years 2003, 2004 & 2005 in Coimbatore.
He won the first Prize in carnatic music competition held by Kerala Cultural Centre in the year 2003 with the “Kalaprathibha award“.

Roopa was born to a mid-class Brahmin family from Kerala. Though music did not run in the family, it was probably her parent's keen interest in Carnatic music, which she grew up listening that had an impact on her. She started her vocal training in Carnatic music at a tender age of five under Dr. Malini Hariharan and Shri. Tamarakkadu Govindan Namboothiri and now continues to learn from Shri. P. Unnikrishnan. She started learning Carnatic violin under the tutelage of Shri Suni Bhaskar later Shri. T.H Subrahmaniyam and now takes advance lessons from Shri. Kalaimamani Embar Kannan.

Roopa knew her destiny was in music, and choose to do both her Bachelors and Masters in music from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and RLV College, Tripunithura, respectively, each time emerging as a first rank holder.


Roopa emerged as a winning musician right from her school days, where she bagged awards for many music competition, including emerging the State winner in Carnatic Music for the M.G Unversity youth festivals. Her talent also received National recognition when she received the National Scholarship for the young Carnatic musician. She bagged the Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award for the best upcoming female voice.

However, Roopa rose to fame through the Reality show series Super Star Global aired on Amrita Television. She was often noted for her selection of songs, which were not intimidated by peer pressure or competition, but a rare collection of songs, those which were described as gems in the film music discography. Along with winning the title, she also won tens of thousands of fans who follow her to date.

The growing number of hits on her Social Media Accounts are a testimony for the same. However, she did not continue to haul on it by doing back to back live shows, instead focused on polishing her talent through deeper studies and her then-new priority, her family.

Born in Mumbai on 17 December 1955, son of Professor Madhukar Randeria (Jai hind college) a renowned writer, poet and pioneer of modern Gujarati theatre.

Started acting with Indian National Theatre's Children plays during his schooling years.

Took part in plays for All India Radio from the age of 9 years.

Participated in inter-college drama competitions held by Mumbai University, INT, IPTA, etc. and won several best actor awards.

Worked as a Production Asst. For the Gujarati section of Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra during 1975.

His career on the professional stage started in 1974. When he acted in plays directed by the esteemed late Pravin Joshi, namely

Santu Rangili (Tee Phulrani),

Jooth bole kaua kate with Paresh Rawal and

Vairi (co- staring Arundhati Rao and Shankar Nag)

Over the years he has acted in and directed over 75 full length plays like:

Gurubramhma (Shafi Inamdar), Mantra Mugdha (Mohan Vagh, Mahesh Manjrekar) Mahamaanav (Kanti Madia), Savita Damodar Paranjape, Cheel Zadap (Rima Lagoo), Natsamraat (V.V Shirvadkar).

He is the only actor-director of Gujarati stage to have given more than 15 consecutive Hit plays, each crossing 300 shows.

The only actor to achieve the distinction of completing 10,000 performances in his career spanning 35 years.

His drama "Lage Rhaho Gujjubhai" has set a new record on Gujarati theatre by completing 700 shows in a span of 3 years.

After that, series of Gujjubhai is getting massive response from all over the Gujarati World.

Currently (In September 2015), Gujjubhai is rocking in All cinemas and multiplexes with his first super comedy urban movie named Gujjubhai The Great.