Jonita Gandhi

Jonita Gandhi is a Canadian playback singer of Indian descent.[3][4] She has recorded songs predominantly in Hindi and Tamil languages with few in Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam languages. Some of her most acclaimed songs include The Breakup Song, Mental Manadhil, Chellama and Arabic Kuthu. She is also well known for her YouTube presence. Her singing debut started through Chennai Express title track (in 2013).[5]

Jonita Gandhi
Gandhi in 2019
Gandhi in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJonita Gandhi
Born(1989-10-23)October 23, 1989
Delhi, India
OriginMississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
Years active2011–present
Websitejonitagandhi.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2010–present
Subscribers1.05 Million[1]
Total views144.60 Million[1]

Last updated: 8 September 2022[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Gandhi was born in a Punjabi family from Delhi.[6] Her family emigrated to Brampton, Canada when she was nine months old, where she was raised.[7][8] Her family later settled in Mississauga.[9]

Gandhi studied in Turner Fenton Secondary School and attended the Ivey Business School of the University of Western Ontario where she completed her degrees in health science and business in 2012.[10] She has had formal training in Western and Hindustani classical singing.[11][7]

CareerEdit

 
Gandhi performs at Aurora, IIIT Gwalior
 
Jonita at IIFA 2017 Green Carpet

Gandhi grew up around music as both her father and brother were part time musicians. They would often perform cover songs together at live community events. At age 16, she auditioned for Canadian Idol but didn't get past the audition rounds. She began making YouTube covers from her bedroom, sometimes featuring other local musicians including Akash Gandhi.[12] The videos quickly went viral and led to a myriad of opportunities to perform. Her hits on YouTube began with covers of well-known Hindi-film songs, such as, Pani Da Rang, Tujhko Jo Paaya, Tum Hi Ho, Suhaani Raat, Yeh Honsla and many others. Her beginning concerts typically consisted of these covers.[11]

Her jump to playback singing began with an opportunity to perform alongside Sonu Nigam. This tour crossed various countries including Russia, UK, US and the Caribbean. Afterwards, her sights were set on starting a career in the Bollywood music industry. Gandhi started playback singing with Chennai Express. The music for this film was composed by Vishal–Shekhar. She further worked in other Bollywood movies like Highway, singing both Kahaan Hoon Main and Implosive Silence.[13]

Gandhi worked as a playback singer with music directors including A. R. Rahman and Pritam. Rahman featured Gandhi in the concert film One Heart (film). Gandhi performed at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai with Salim–Sulaiman and with Amit Trivedi on MTV Unplugged.[14]

In 2020, Jonita Gandhi was involved in mentoring and judging the Indian kids singing reality show Taare Zameen Par on StarPlus[15]

As of 2021, Gandhi is set to make her film debut with director Vignesh Shivan's Tamil film Walking/Talking Strawberry Icecream, starring Krishnakumar Balasubramanian.[16]

DiscographyEdit

List of songs recorded by Gandhi. The list includes tracks recorded for film and non-film albums.

Year Song title Film/Soundtrack/Album Language Composer Notes
2013 "Chennai Express" Chennai Express Hindi Vishal–Shekhar
"Pinjra" MTV Coke Studio India (Season 3) Clinton Cerejo
"E Mon Aajkal" Majnu Bengali Rishi Chanda
2014 "Eai Ki Prem" Bangali Babu English Mem
"Implosive Silence" Highway Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Kahaan Hoon Main"
"Aa Bhi Jaa" Raunaq
"Geet Gaaon"
"Dil Chaspiya" Kochadaiiyaan
"Maaloom" Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
"Tasalli" Bonus Track
"Simply Sufi" Single Salim–Sulaiman Simply Sufi TVC ad
"Rimco" Gang of Ghosts Dharam Sandeep
2015 "Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2 Telugu S. Thaman
"Can't Forget You (Tujhe Bula Diya)" Single Hindi, English Arjun Music Video
"Ye Kadhaa" Kerintha Telugu Micky J. Meyer
"Mental Manadhil" O Kadhal Kanmani Tamil A. R. Rahman
"Mental Madhilo" OK Bangaram Telugu
"Premika" Dilwale Hindi Pritam
"Woh Tho Yahin Hai Lekin" Main Aur Charles Vipin Patwa
2016 "First Date" First Date: Musical Short Film[17] Vinay Jaiswal
"Deewaren: Unity Song for Holi"
"Blessings from the Sky" Pelé: Birth of a Legend English A. R. Rahman
"Deivam Raasina Kavitha" 24 (Telugu version) Telugu
"Manasuke"
"Mei Nigara" 24 (Tamil version) Tamil
"Idhu Naal" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
"Sau Tarah Ke" Dishoom Hindi Pritam
"Tu Hai" Single Salim–Sulaiman Jammin'
"Yaara" Single A. R. Rahman
"Meetha Zeher" Playing Priya: Short Film Joi Barua
"Away & Beyond" Single English Arjuna Harjai Maruti Ciaz
"Satellite" Dance Under the Influence Sanjoy Music Album
"Pink Anthem" Pink Hindi Anupam Roy
"The Breakup Song" Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Pritam Nominated, Most Entertaining Singer (Female) at Big ZEE Entertainment Awards

Nominated, Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Female

Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer

Nominated, Best Playback – Female at Stardust Awards

"Neenene Hosa Kanasu" Niruttara Kannada Niladri Kumar
"Aalangisu Baa Nannanu"
2017 "Kannadi Poovukku" Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Tamil Santhosh Dayanidhi
"Gilehriyaan" Dangal Hindi Pritam Chakraborty Winner, Critics' Choice Female Vocalist of The Year at Mirchi Music Awards
"Tere Bina" Shorgul Niladri Kumar
"Saajan Aayo Re" Ok Jaanu A. R. Rahman
"Hamsaro" Cheliyaa Telugu
"Azhagiye" Kaatru Veliyidai Tamil
"Takdi Ravan" Jindua Punjabi Arjuna Harjai
"One More Thumka" Mahi NRI
"Ye Jawaani Teri" Meri Pyaari Bindu Hindi Sachin–Jigar
"Udd Chal" Single Srihari Jagannathan Chennai Street Band
"Zikr (Celebrating Eid)" Single Salim–Sulaiman
"Bhalobeshe Felechi" Ami Je Ke Tomar Bengali Indradeep Dasgupta
"Raat Abhi Baaki Hai" Single Hindi Shayadshah Shahebdin Times Music
"Kehne Ko" Dear Maya Anupam Roy
"Yaara Meherbaan" Boss 2: Back to Rule Bengali Jeet Gannguli
"Ela Thelchaali" Kaadhali Telugu Prasan Praveen Shyam
"Affoo Khudaya" FU: Friendship Unlimited Marathi Samir Saptiskar
"Raakh Baakhi" Mom Hindi A. R. Rahman
"Lafz Unkahe" Lafz Unkahe Ajay Singha Music Album
"Ae Dil" Punjab Nahi Jaungi Shiraz Uppal
"Chandralekha" A Gentleman Sachin–Jigar
"Ashi Kashi" Dry Day Marathi Ashwin Srinivasan
"Yaadon Mein" Jab Harry Met Sejal Hindi Pritam
"Lagdi Hai Thaai" Simran Sachin–Jigar
"Will you marry me" Bhoomi Sachin–Jigar
"Bagiya Mein" Rangreza Qurram Hussain Nominated, Best Singer (Female) at Lux Style Awards
"Iraiva" Velaikkaran Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
2018 "Andekha, Ansuna, Anchua" Single Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj Zee Brand Anthem
"I Love You, Re Mari Savaar" Love Ni Bhavai Gujarati Sachin–Jigar
"Yevevo" Hello Telugu Anup Rubens Co-singer: Akhil Akkineni
"Bhinjaaun" Mijaaj Gujarati Meghdhanush
"Sayaani" Padman Hindi Amit Trivedi
"Aayat Bane Hum" Single Mickey J. Meyer T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Azhagae" Irumbu Thirai Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Castles" Future Perfect English Anish Sood Music Album
"Lamhein Beetey Hue" Single Hindi Anurag Godbole
"Kaadhal" Single Tamil A.H.Kaashif
"Bas Tu Hai" 3 Storeys Hindi Clinton Cerejo
"Haq Hai" Budh: Short Film Shreyas Puranik Times Music
"Raahat" Single Ashish-Vijay T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Nokho Anokho" Oxygen Gujarati Parth Bharat Thakkar
"Dil Beparwah" Phamous Hindi Sundeep Gosswami and Surya Vishwakarma
"Padharo Mawla" Single Salim–Sulaiman
"Nasha Tera" When Obama Loved Osama Rishabh Sambhav Jain
"Jeeya Mar Ke (Tum Mile Dil Khile)" Single Parichay Saregama Music
"Lag Ja Gale" Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Rana Mazumder
"Orey Oru" Kolamavu Kokila Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
"Kanne Kanne" Single Leon James 7UP Madras Gig
"Allah Duhai Hai" Race 3 Hindi JAM8
"Aahista" Laila Majnu Niladri Kumar
"Sacchi Mohabbat" Manmarziyaan Amit Trivedi
"Ninne Vidavanule" Anaganaga O Premakatha Telugu KC Anjan
"OMG Ponnu" Sarkar (Tamil version) Tamil
"OMG Pilla" Sarkar (Telugu version) Telugu A. R. Rahman
"Taajub Hai" Single Hindi Gulraj Singh OnePlus Playback
"Chogada (Unplugged)" Loveyatri Lijo George -Dj Chetas
"Sar Utha Ke Jiyo" Single Arjun Kanungo HDFC Life
"Love'Otsavam" Next Enti? Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry
"Jheeni Jheeni" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
"Rekkai Thulirtha" Kaatrin Mozhi Tamil A.H. Kaashif
"Nis Din Nis Din" Single Hindi A. R. Rahman Jammin'
"Eh le Himmat" Single Ranjit Barot
"Anthe Kadha Mari" Lover Telugu Ankit Tiwari
2019 "Main To Jee Rahi" End Counter Hindi Rahul Jain
"Jhumka Bareli Wala" SP Chauhan Vibhas
"Sadke Jawaan (Reprise)"
"Speaker Phat Jaaye" Total Dhamaal Gourov-Roshin
"Rajvaadi Odhni" Kalank Pritam
"Ganga: The River of People" Single Prakash Apollo Tyres
"Haaye Oye (Acoustic)" Single QARAN
"Engleesu Lovesu" Pakkiri (Tamil version) Tamil Amit Trivedi
"Angrezi Luv Shuv" The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Hindi
"Jilebara" Thumbaa Tamil Vivek–Mervin
"Kaattalakal" Pathinettam Padi Malayalam A.H. Kaashif
"Hey Amigo" Kaappaan Tamil Harris Jayaraj
Bandobast Telugu
"Nach Baliye" Single Hindi Lijo George -Dj Chetas Nach Baliye season nine theme song
"Dil Ka Telephone" Dream Girl Meet Bros
"Sandakari Neethan" Sanga Thamizhan Tamil Vivek–Mervin
"Humraahi" Single Hindi Arjuna Harjai OnePlus Playback
"Priyasakhi" Single Tamil
"Tere Bina" (Acoustic) Single Hindi Zaeden
"Bachpan Ki Dhun" Single Ankur Tewari CRY – Child Rights and You
"Pink Gulaabi Sky" The Sky Is Pink Pritam
"The Naari Naari Song" Made In China Sachin–Jigar
"Nee Sirichalum" Action Tamil Hiphop Tamizha
"Ab Aaja" Flip Hindi Gajendra Verma Music Album
2020 "Sun Sajna" Bhangra Paa Le Rishi Rich, Kiranee, Yash Narvekar
"Peg Sheg" A Bazz, Nilotpal Munshi (Jam8)
"Dil Kho Ke" Single Arjun Kanungo
"Marandhaye" Teddy Tamil D. Imman
"Bhankas" Baaghi 3 Hindi Tanishk Bagchi
"Roiyaan Ve" Single Arjuna Harjai
"Chuney Chuney" Maska Mikey McCleary A Netflix original film
"Hum Haar Nahin Maanenge" Single A. R. Rahman
"Main Tumhara" Dil Bechara Winner, Best Original Song at FOI Online Awards
"Dusk Stories" Single Sanjoy
"Bin Bole Baby Tu" Single Punjabi Jitendra Vishwakarma, Ruhaan Rajput & Arvind Kumar Music Video
"Mai Ni Meriye" Single Hindi Lost Stories
"Jab Tum Paas Ho" Single Salim – Sulaiman Music Video
"India Together" Single Gajendra Verma
"Aage Ki Soch" Single Akshay The One & Shashwat Singh
"En Peru Enna Kelu" Kaatteri Tamil S. N. Prasad
"Manasu Eegaaitu" Butterfly Kannada Amit Trivedi
"Mastiyaapa" Bandish Bandits Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy An original Indian web series on Amazon Prime Video
"Couple Goals"
"Sajan Bin"
"Chellama" Doctor Tamil Anirudh Ravichandar Winner, Best Female Artist of the year at Vijay Music Best of 2021

Winner, Best Playback Singing (Female) at The Galatta Crown 2022

Winner, Golden Voice of the Future (Female) at Behindwoods Gold Medals 2022

"Sansaar" EK Hindi Ricky Kej Music Album
"Ladd Chaley" Single Siddharth Mahadevan & Souumil The Indian Express: 26/11 Stories of Strength
"Naino" Waah Zindagi Parag Chhabra
"Single Ladies " Indoo Ki Jawani Rochak Kohli
"Kaun Tujhe (Finding The Light)" Single Hindi, English Arjun Original Music: Amaal Mallik
"Jheeni Jheeni" Bhoomi Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
2021 "Pudhidhaai" Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee Tamil Darbuka Siva
"Enil Paaindhidum" Sinam Shabir
"Mahi Mera Ranjha" The Girl on the Train Punjabi Sunny and Inder Bawra
"Tu Kabhi Kabhi" Songs of Love Hindi Amit Trivedi Music Album
"Arakkiye" Single Tamil AniVee Music Video
"Top Tucker" Single Hindi, Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Baggage (Ishq Mushkil Hai)" Single Hindi, English Arjun
"Main Janu Na" Single Hindi Arjuna Harjai
"Baby! Tu Na Jaa" Time to Dance Gurinder Seagal
"Chamba/Maaye Ni Meriye " Single Aditya Pushkarna Himachal Folk Song, Co-singer: Armaan Malik
"Evo Evo Kalale" Love Story Telugu Pawan Ch
"Seemanthapoo" 99 Songs Tamil A. R. Rahman
"Meherma" Single Hindi Samira Koppikar Zee Music Originals
"Hum Tum" Single Naresh-Anand Times Music
"Dildariyaan" MOODZ Parichay Music Album
"Wo Deewana Ladka" My Indian Boyfriend Shravan Bharadwaj
"Mera Jee Karda" Single Punjabi J Statik Music Video, Co-singer: Deep Jandu
"Kinni Soni" Feels Like Ishq Punjabi, English Sameer Kaushal & Ayushmann Khurrana A Netflix original series
"Na Na" Single Punjabi Dj Lyan & Mickey Singh Music Video
"Gallaan Teriyaan" Single Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
"Ganeshay Dheemahi" Single Sanskrit Ajay – Atul Times Music Spiritual,

Recreated by Shailesh Dani

"Ghost Party" Annabelle Sethupathi Tamil Krishna Kishor
"Mehndi Te Vavi" Single Gujarati Lost Stories Music Video
"4 AM" Single Punjabi Mickey Singh
"Sai Shirdi Sai" 99 Songs Kannada A. R. Rahman
"Chittemma" Varun Doctor Telugu Anirudh Ravichander
"Nenjae Nenjae" Borrder Tamil Sam C. S.
"Chal Koi Na (Let it Go)" Single Punjabi DJ Lyan, Jay Skilly & Mickey Singh Music Video
"Bach Ke Rehna (Red Notice)" Single Hindi R. D. Burman, Badshah, DIVINE,

Mikey McCleary

Music Video, Promotional Track for Red Notice (A Netflix original film)
"Belief Song" Single English Souumil and Siddharth Mahadevan Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
"Tera Ishq" Single Hindi Siddharth Parashar Music Video
2022 " Mujhko Pyaar Ho Gaya" Single Ankit Kholia
"Arabic Kuthu" Beast (Tamil version) Tamil Anirudh Ravichander Winner, Golden Voice of the Future (Female) at Behindwoods Gold Medals 2022
"Halamathi Habibo" Beast (Telugu version) Telugu
"Halamathi Habibo" Raw (Beast Hindi version) Hindi
"Tutak Tutak Tutiya" Pyar Mein Thoda Twist Hindi Bappi Lahiri
"Hauli Hauli" Single Punjabi Charanpreet Singh Music Video
"Oh Reba" No Entry Tamil Ajesh
"Yeh hai India ka YouTube" Single Hindi Siddhant Mago Music Video, YouTube Musical anthem
"Dildariyaan (Acousticz)" Single Parichay Music Album
"Jayeshbhai Jordaar" Jayeshbhai Jordaar Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara
"Private Party" Don Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
"Ma Ma Mahesha" Sarkaru Vaari Paata Telugu S. Thaman
"Vaadi Vaasal" The Legend Tamil Harris Jayaraj
"Popopo"
"Duvaa Duvaa" Suzhal -The Vortex Tamil Sam C. S. An original Indian web series on Amazon Prime Video
"Ento Enteynto" Thank You Telugu Thaman S
"Bahaar Hai" Beyond Bollywood Hindi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
"Deva Deva" Brahmāstra (Hindi Version) Hindi Pritam Co-singer: Arijit Singh
Brahmāstra (Tamil Version) Tamil Co-singer: Sid Sriram
Brahmāstra (Telugu Version) Telugu Co-singer: Sreeram Chandra
Brahmāstra (Kannada Version) Kannada Co-singer: Sanjith Hegde
"Honey Ke Sang" Single Hindi JAM8 Roposo Jamroom

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Notes Ref.
TBA Walking/Talking Strawberry Icecream   Tamil Debut; Filming [18][19]

ReferencesEdit

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