Jonita Gandhi

Jonita Gandhi is an Indian playback singer predominantly in Hindi,Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi languages. She is well known for her YouTube presence. Her singing debut in Bollywood started through Chennai Express title track (in 2013). [1][2][3]

Jonita Gandhi
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Gandhi at a studio
NationalityIndian
OccupationPlayback singer
Years active2011–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
Websitejonitagandhi.com

Personal lifeEdit

Her father, Deepak Gandhi, a musician by hobby and an electrical and electronics engineer by profession, recognized her potential and encouraged her to sing.[4]

Jonita attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her degrees in health science and business. During university, she worked as an intern at CIBC World Markets but continued to sing and perform throughout her education. She has had formal training in Western and Hindustani classical singing.[5][6]

CareerEdit

 
Gandhi performs at Aurora, IIIT Gwalior in 2018.

Jonita 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.[7] 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.[5]

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. On the heels of Sonu Nigam's world tour, Jonita stepped into the world of playback singing with a debut in Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. The music for this film was composed by Vishal–Shekhar and her feature in the song was happen-stance; it was during a meeting with Vishal-Shekhar's mix engineer Abhishek Ghatak. She further solidified her place in Bollywood with the movie Highway, singing both Kahaan Hoon Main and Implosive Silence.[8]

Jonita worked as a playback singer with music directors including A. R. Rahman and Pritam. Rahman featured Jonita in the concert film One Heart (film). Jonita performed at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai with Salim–Sulaiman and with Amit Trivedi on MTV Unplugged.[2]

In 2020, Jonita was involved in mentoring and judging the Indian kids singing reality show Taare Zameen Par on StarPlus[9]

DiscographyEdit

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

Year Song title Film/Soundtrack/Album Composer Notes
2013 "Chennai Express" Chennai Express 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 A. R. Rahman
"Kahaan Hoon Main"
"Aa Bhi Jaa" Raunaq
"Geet Gaaon"
"Dil Chaspiya" Kochadaiiyaan (Hindi)
"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 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 Pritam
"Woh Tho Yahin Hai Lekin" Main Aur Charles Vipin Patwa
2016 "First Date" First Date: Musical Short Film[10] Vinay Jaiswal
"Deewaren: Unity Song for Holi"
"Blessings from the Sky" Pelé: Birth of a Legend A. R. Rahman
"Deivam Raasina Kavitha" 24 (Telugu version)
"Manasuke"
"Mei Nigara" 24 (Tamil version)
"Idhu Naal" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (Tamil)
"Sau Tarah Ke" Dishoom Pritam
"Tu Hai" Single Salim–Sulaiman Jammin'
"Yaara" Single A. R. Rahman
"Meetha Zeher" Playing Priya: Short Film Joi Barua
"Away & Beyond" Single Arjuna Harjai Maruti Ciaz
"Satellite" Dance Under the Influence (English) Sanjoy Music Album
"Pink Anthem" Pink 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 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 (Punjabi)
"Ye Jawaani Teri" Meri Pyaari Bindu Sachin–Jigar
"Udd Chal" Single Srihari Jagannathan Chennai Street Band
"Bhalobeshe Felechi" Ami Je Ke Tomar (Bengali) Indradeep Dasgupta
"Raat Abhi Baaki Hai" Single 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 A. R. Rahman
"Lafz Unkahe" Lafz Unkahe Ajay Singha Music Album
"Ae Dil" Punjab Nahi Jaungi (Pakistani) Shiraz Uppal
"Chandralekha" A Gentleman Sachin–Jigar
"Ashi Kashi" Dry Day (Marathi) Ashwin Srinivasan
"Yaadon Mein" Jab Harry Met Sejal Pritam
"Lagdi Hai Thaai" Simran Sachin–Jigar
"Will you marry me" Bhoomi Sachin–Jigar
"Bagiya Mein" Rangreza (Pakistani) Qurram Hussain Nominated, Best Singer (Female) at Lux Style Awards
"Iraiva" Velaikkaran (Tamil) Anirudh Ravichander
2018 "Andekha, Ansuna, Anchua" Single 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 Amit Trivedi
"Aayat Bane Hum" Single Mickey J. Meyer T-Series Pop Chartbusters
"Azhagae" Irumbu Thirai (Tamil) Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Castles" Future Perfect Anish Sood Music Album
"Lamhein Beetey Hue" Single Anurag Godbole
"Kaadhal" Single A.H.Kaashif
"Bas Tu Hai" 3 Storeys 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 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 (Tamil) Leon James 7UP Madras Gig
"Allah Duhai Hai" Race 3 JAM8
"Aahista" Laila Majnu Niladri Kumar
"Sacchi Mohabbat" Manmarziyaan Amit Trivedi
"Ninne Vidavanule" Anaganaga O Premakatha (Telugu) KC Anjan
"OMG Pilla" Sarkar (Telugu version) A. R. Rahman
"OMG Ponnu" Sarkar (Tamil version)
"Taajub Hai" Single 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 Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
"Rekkai Thulirtha" Kaatrin Mozhi (Tamil) A.H. Kaashif
"Nis Din Nis Din" Single A. R. Rahman Jammin'
"Eh le Himmat" Single Ranjit Barot
"Anthe Kadha Mari" Lover (Telugu) Ankit Tiwari
2019 "Main To Jee Rahi" End Counter Rahul Jain
"Jhumka Bareli Wala" SP Chauhan Vibhas
"Sadke Jawaan"
"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) Amit Trivedi
"Angrezi Luv Shuv" The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
"Jilebara" Thumbaa (Tamil) Vivek–Mervin
"Kaattalakal" Pathinettam Padi (Malayalam) A.H. Kaashif
"Hey Amigo" Kaappaan (Tamil) Harris Jayaraj
Bandobast (Telugu)
"Nach Baliye" Single 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 Arjuna Harjai OnePlus Playback
"Priyasakhi" Single (Tamil)
"Tere Bina" (Acoustic) Single 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 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 Tanishk Bagchi
"Roiyaan Ve" Single Arjuna Harjai
"Chuney Chuney" Maska (2020 film) Mikey McCleary
"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 Jitendra Vishwakarma & Arvind Kumar Music Video
"Mai Ni Meriye" Single 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 Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy An original Indian web series on Amazon Prime Video
"Couple Goals"
"Sajan Bin"
"Chellama" Doctor (Tamil) Anirudh Ravichandar
"Sansaar" EK 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 Arjun Original Music: Amaal Mallik
"Jheeni Jheeni" Bhoomi Salim–Sulaiman Music Album
2021 "Pudhidhaai" Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee (Tamil) Darbuka Siva
"Enil Paaindhidum" Sinam (Tamil) Shabir
"Mahi Mera Ranjha" The Girl on the Train (2021 film) Sunny and Inder Bawra
"Tu Kabhi Kabhi" Songs of Love Amit Trivedi Music Album
"Arakkiye" Single AniVee Music Video
"Top Tucker" Single Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Baggage (Ishq Mushkil Hai)" Single Arjun
"Main Janu Na" Single Arjuna Harjai
"Baby! Tu Na Jaa" Time to Dance Gurinder Seagal
"Evo Evo Kalale" Love Story (Telugu) Pawan Ch
"Seemanthapoo" 99 Songs (Tamil) A. R. Rahman
"Meherma" Single Samira Koppikar Zee Music Originals
"Hum Tum" Single Naresh-Anand Times Music
"Dildariyaan" MOODZ Parichay Music Album
"Wo Deewana Ladka" My Indian Boyfriend (Hindi) Shravan Bharadwaj
"Mera Jee Karda" Single (Punjabi) J Statik Music Video, Co-singer: Deep Jandu
"Kinni Soni" Feels Like Ishq Sameer Kaushal & Ayushmann Khurrana A Netflix original series
"Na Na" Single (Punjabi) Dj Lyan & Mickey Singh Music Video
"Gallaan Teriyaan" Single 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "From a YouTube sensation to a Bolly playback, Toronto girl Jonita Gandhi sings to t2". The Telegraph India.com. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Jonita Gandhi sings on the tunes of AR Rahman in the upcoming Bollywood film 'Highway'". News Wala.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Jonita Gandhi".
  4. ^ Panjwani, Radhika (16 April 2014). "Bollywood crooner from Brampton en route to stardom | BramptonGuardian.com". BramptonGuardian.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Jonita Gandhi: Lucky my first Bollywood song for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer". NDTV.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  6. ^ "A voice that touched Big B's heart". The Hindu.com. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  7. ^ Exclusive JONITA GANDHI Interview | In Conversation with Amin Dhillon (Ep. 5), retrieved 9 April 2021
  8. ^ "My efforts have paid off with 'Highway', says singer Jonita Gandhi". IBN Live.in.com. 5 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Now, Shankar Mahadevan turns mentor for child singers on reality show Taare Zameen Par, along with Tony Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi". mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com. 13 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Seven Singers Come Together this Holi to Celebrate Unity with Deewaren". The Times of India. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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