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Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao) is an Indian female playback singer. She was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Her father S. V. Rao, who held a degree in music, introduced her to music. For her early education, she attended a missionary school where she performed in the school choir.

Shilpa Rao Biography

Shilpa Rao was born on 11 April 1984 in Jamshedpur. The playback singer Hariharan arranged for Rao to study under her music teacher, Ghulam Mustafa Khan. After performing with Shankar Mahadevan in concert, she moved to delhi on his advice. Although she started her career singing advertising jingles, Rao soon moved on to film music.

In 2006, she recorded her first film song “Saiyaan Re” for the film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. She went on to perform songs in films like One Two Three, The Train (“Gupchup”), Aamir (“Ek Lau”) and Dev D (“Ranjhana”). Shilpa won the Best Female Playback Singer at the Star Screen Awards, 2008 for the song “Khuda Jaane” from the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno. The song was also adjudged the Song of the Year.

Born: April 11, 1984 (age 30), Jamshedpur

Parents: S. V. Rao

Awards: ITA Award for Best Singer

Nominations: Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, IIFA Award for Best Female Playback

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