Shweta Pandit

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Shweta Pandit
Shweta Pandit at Esha Deol's wedding at ISCKON temple 22.jpg
Shweta Pandit at Esha Deol's wedding ceremony, June 2012.
Background information
Birth nameShweta Pandit
GenresPlayback singer, Performing Artist, Actor, Composer
OccupationsSinger, Actor
Years active1999–present
 
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Shweta Pandit
Shweta Pandit at Esha Deol's wedding at ISCKON temple 22.jpg
Shweta Pandit at Esha Deol's wedding ceremony, June 2012.
Background information
Birth nameShweta Pandit
GenresPlayback singer, Performing Artist, Actor, Composer
OccupationsSinger, Actor
Years active1999–present

Shweta Pandit is a popular Bollywood Playback/Recording Vocalist, songwriter, Composer, Performing Artist and Actor in Bollywood. She has also recorded songs for various Telugu and Tamil film songs.

At the age of 4, Shweta worked with Legendary Indian Composer, Ilayaraja for the award-winning film Anjali, which was re-recorded in Hindi. She dubbed for the lead role in the film in Hindi.[1]

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Early Life and Background

Born and raised in the famous Bollywood resident area, Juhu Scheme in Mumbai, India, where she studied at Utpal Shanghvi School and briefly at Mithibai College. She is the fourth generation of vocalists in her family of music maestros.

Her great grandfather was the Hindustani Classical Legend of the Mewati Gharana - Pandit Motiram and his younger brother Pandit Jyotiram. Her great-uncle is Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Martand and legendary Hindustani Classical Vocalist, Pandit Jasraj (1930). She learnt music since the age of 8 from his elder brother, Sangeet Acharya - Pandit Pratap Narayan (1918–2002). Her Father, Vishwaraj Pandit is a Classical Tabla Player and a Music Director in the late 70's. Shweta's aunt Sulakshana Pandit, was a household name in the 70's as one the biggest singing sensations in Bollywood, who also acted in movies like Uljhan, Sankoch, Manoranjan, Hera Pheri and Apnapan. She acted opposite Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and sung songs with music legends like Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi.

Shweta is the youngest and has an older brother, Yash Pandit (Television and Film Actor since 2002) and sister, Shrraddha Pandit (Playback Singer since 1997 - Khamoshi, Delhi 6, Sangharsh, Khoobsoorat, Band Bajaa Baraat, Heroine etc.) and Composer with Hollywood film, Hisss (2010).

She has sung in various films even as a child, including Pardes, Raju Chacha, Dil Kya Kare and Saaz (where she collaborated with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain).

Music career

Shweta got her first big breakthrough with Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein (2000) with 5 songs at the age of 12. She was chosen to sing in the film, after she auditioned for the final selection among almost 500 singers. Shweta created an unbreakable record then to be the youngest Bollywood singer to be launched as the singing voice for a lead actor.

Her popular songs are from Aditya Chopra's "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl" (2011), Neal 'n' Nikki (2005),[2] Dharmendra's Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011), David Dhawan's Partner (2007), Anees Bazmee's Welcome (2007), Ram Gopal Varma's Naach (2004) and Sarkar Raj (2009), Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) etc.

Shweta is currently the most popular singer in Telugu film industry Hyderabad.

Her Debut Record Album Main Zindagi Hoon released when she was only 16 years old with EMI Virgin Records, India. Becoming the youngest Indian-Pop star. She released 3 videos from this album, featuring herself. Her other albums include Aplam Chaplam - the Star Mix, a remix album of the classic Bollywood songs, featuring Bollywood Superstar, Salman Khan in the Music Video.

Shweta has also sung and featured for various TV Commercials and AD Jingles. Including Coca Cola (India) and green lam Laminates (India) She has sung in various Indian and Western languages and started performing live on stage, all around the world, since the age of 11, on the Children's Live Show, "Little Stars" in 1998 at the Wembley Arena in London.

In 2012, Shweta sang her first Tamil song for the movie Vettai for composer Yuvan Shankar Raja.[3] and "Billa II" and "Aadhibhagavan" getting her the finest reviews for her renditions.

In 2011, Shweta collaborated with popular Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann for the song Sun Mere Chann Mahiya for the album Heer Ranjha (OST). Shweta has to her credit many popular Punjabi songs too.. including "Mahi Daa Sone Daa", "Je Main" "Pinky Moge Wali" and many more.

Television

She participated as a child on the popular Indian TV music show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1996 with singer "Sonu Nigam" as the host.

Her first Reality Television Show as a playback singer in 2008 – "Mission Ustaad" on Channel 9x, was a show Produced by the United Nations and Judged by Oscar Winner and Music Maestro A. R. Rahman and noted Lyric and Film Writer Javed Akhtar. The show was one of the biggest television series presented by the United Nations and had accomplished singers from Bollywood performing together for various causes for the United Nations.

Live Performances

In 2009 - 2010 Shweta Pandit is now a part of 2009 Oscar Winner, A R Rahman's - "Jai Ho Journey Home Concert - World Tour". Performing with the Music Legend as a leading vocalist, around the world, including India, Australia, US, UK and the Middle East and Asia.

Shweta has also performed the track "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire with 2 time Oscar Winner AR Rahman on 11 December 2010 at the Prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway which was hosted by Hollywood superstars, Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway and attended by the King of Norway.

Featured Commercials and Acting Career

Shweta Pandit Productions has also recently released the debut album of Shrradha Pandit's Teri Heer in October 2008, with Sony Music, India. She has also featured in the CocaCola Commercial (TVC) featuring Cricketer Gautam Gambhir and directed by acclaimed Dibakar Banerjee. Green Lam Laminates (TVC) Directed by AD wizard Ram Madhwani

Shweta's first film as actor to be released in February 2013 and is directed by "Bejoy Nambiar" and titled "David" featuring "Chiyaan Vikram", "Jeeva", "Tabu", Neil Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Nasser, Isha Sharvani, Sheetal Menon, "Lara Dutta" and many more leading star actors. Shweta will be seen acting as the role of a young daughter of a Priest in Mumbai alongside Jeeva (Tamil version), Virmani (Hindi version) and Sheetal Menon playing her siblings in the story based in 1999. The film is produced by Reliance, Getaway Films and Rampage Productions and will be released in 3 languages and Shweta will be acting in both the versions.

Awards and Achievements

Shweta has recently won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu for the Film Kotha Bangaru Lokam for the Song Nenani Neevani on 31 July 2009 in Hyderabad, India.

She was nominated for Stardust Awards in 2005 for Best New Musical Sensation for her song in Aetbaar.

She featured on the cover of Rave Magazine in 2008, as one of the youngest achievers in Bollywood music.

Won Best Female Singer at Maa Music Awards(2013 for 2012) films for the song "Amararama suma ramajari" from Shiridi Sai

Discography

Hindi

Telugu

Tamil

Punjabi

Dubbing

Spiritual and Sanskrit Devotional Albums

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