Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi, Assamese and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati and Kannada.
|Genres||Playback singing, Indian classical music, folk, Indipop|
Her first song as a singer was from the Assamese album Zubeenor Gaan in 1996.
Mahalakshmi made her playback debut with the film Dus in 1997, but the film never completed and released due to the sudden passing of the film's director. The album however was released in 1999 as a tribute. She sang the track Ae Ajnabee with Udit Narayan for A. R. Rahman in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. which was her first release as a playback singer and considered to be her debut. Mahalakshmi continued singing for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and A.R. Rahman in many films which followed.
Since then she has also sung many serials, jingles, and original albums. She was part of several successful soundtracks such as Mission Kashmir, Yaadein and Saathiya and worked with some of the biggest music composers like A. R. Rahman, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Jatin-Lalit and more.
She was known for her performances in songs like "Kabhi Sham Dhale" from Sur – The Melody of Life (2002), "Har Taraf" from Rishtey (2002) and for hit songs like "Chup Chup Ke" from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), "Aaj Ki Raat" from Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006) and "Bol Na Halke Halke" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
She sang on the Academy Award winning song "Jai Ho" for A. R. Rahman in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Specifically, she sang the Hindi words between the short "Jai Ho" chants, as well as portions of the verses (most of which were sung by Sukhwinder Singh).
In the past, she rendered background vocal to the very famous Ghazal of Pankaj Udhas named Aur Ahistaa. She has also rendered her voice to many private album remixes notably Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar and Baahon Mein Chali Aao, which was originally rendered by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar.
Mahalakshmi comes from a Tamil musical family. Her mother is a Carnatic classical singer. She began learning Hindustani music at an early age as did her three sisters, Kalpana, Padmini and Shobha. Iyer grew up in Chembur, Mumbai, and is a graduate of R. A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai.
|1996||Zubeenor Gaan||"Ujagori Nikhaar"||Zubeen Garg||Zubeen Garg||Zubeen Garg|||
|1996||Rong||"Rong Tumi Huwane"|||
|1998||Meghor Boron||"Aagoli Kolapat"||Solo|||
|"Jodihe Jun Tora" (Version 1)||Zubeen Garg||Version 2 is also available but decided to made it 'Hidden Track" and is not mentioned on the tracklist. Version 2 was sang by Zubeen Garg and Sagarika Mukherjee.|||
|"Purnima Jun Tumi"||Zubeen Garg, Udit Narayan, Sagarika Mukherjee Da Costa|||
|1998||Xabda||"Kokal Khamusiya"||Zubeen Garg|
|1998||Snigdha Junak||"Fagun Ahile Boi"||Diganta Bharati||Solo|||
|2014||Kun Tumi||Gun Gun||Jatin Sharma||Kailash Nath Sarma||  |
|1999||Bukur Majot Jole||"Morome Bisare Aaji"||Ashok Kr. Bishaya||Monoj Kashyap||Monoj Kashyap|
|Morom Nodir Gabharu Ghat||"Morom Nodir Gabharu Ghat"||Atul Medhi||Zubeen Garg|
|"Bukure Bhakha Mor Nopowane"|
|2001||Nayak||"Motoliya Botahe"||Zubeen Garg||Hemanta Dutta, Zubeen Garg and Diganta Kalita||Zubeen Garg|
|"Lahe Lahe"||Zubeen Garg, Shashwati Phukan|
|"Kinu Xuria"||Zubeen Garg, Pamela Jain|
|"Mon Gahanot||Zubeen Garg, Shaan, Pamela Jain, Sagarika|
|2002||Kanyadaan||"Ui Guthibo Jaanene"||Zubeen Garg, Shaswati Phukan|
|2004||Rong||"Rong Tumi Huane"||Zubeen Garg||Zubeen Garg|
|Hridoy Kopowa Gaan||"Gun Gun Gun Koi"||Jayanta Nath||Jeetbab Baruah|
|2012||Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare||"Xamayor Lagote"||Zubeen Garg||Solo|
|2015||Khel - The Game||"Xapun Namise Suwa"||Dhruba Jyoti Phukon||Zubeen Garg||Solo|
|2016||Gaane Ki Aane||"Xaliki Puwar"||Zubeen Garg||Solo|
|2017||Nijaanor Gaan||"Dure Dure Tumi"||Jatin Sharma||Siddharth Hazarika|
|Year||Name of Serial||Composer||Company / Production|
|2000||Kasamm||Lalit Sen||Balaji Telefilms|
|2002-2003||Kuchh Jhuki Palkain|
|2002-2005||Kehta Hai Dil|
|2002–2006||Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani||Pritam||Ananda Films & Telecomm. Pvt. Ltd.|
|2003–2004||Aandhi||Lalit Sen||Siddhant Cinevision|
|2003–2005||Saara Akaash||Anand Sharma||Miditech|
|2005||Hari Mirchi Lal Mirchi|
|2006-2007||Thodi Khushi Thode Gham||Uttank Vora||Shobhana Desai Production Pvt Ltd & Adlabs|
|2006-2009||Banoo Main Teri Dulhann||K.C. Loy & Aashish Rego||Shakuntalam Telefilms|
|2007-2008||Meri Awaz Ko Mil Gayi Roshni||Jeet Ganguly||Fox Television Studios|
|2008-2010||Miley Jab Hum Tum||Shaleen Sharma||Sunshine Productions & Endemol India|
|2009–2011||Majhiya Priyala Preet Kalena||Shreekant Thakare||Balaji Telefilms|
|2015-2016||Aadhe Adhoore||N/A||Ananda Films & Zindagi TV Productions|
|2017||Aarambh||Shankar Ehsaan Loy||Rose Audio Visuals|
In 2013, Mahalakshmi Iyer sang a song with Udit Narayan titled "Ek dil banaaya, phir pyar basaaya", penned by Raghvendra Singh music direction of Navin Manish for Rajshri 's TV show Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga on Sahara One.
|2000||Sparsh||"Kya Hone Laga Mujhe"||Zubeen Garg||Zubeen Garg||Zubeen Garg, Sagarika Mukherjee Da Costa|||
Awards and honorsEdit
- Alpha award for Best Playback for Adhar
- Maharashtra Kala Niketan Award for Suna Yeti Gharaat
- 2016 Filmfare nomination for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil – "Un Mele Oru Kannu" (Rajini Murugan)
- Best Play Back Singer Maharashtra State Award for Datle Dhuke (Time Pass)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mahalakshmi Iyer.|
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- "Money doesn't matter to me: Mahalaxmi Iyer". Hindustan Times. 12 November 2016.
- "'My day will come too!'". rediff.com. 7 April 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
- "Mahalakshmi Iyer Wants Albums For TV Shows' Songs". Mid Day. 11 April 2018.
- Vij, Manish (24 January 2009). "Jai ho Rahman". Ultrabrown. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
- Ujagori Nikhaar (Full Song) - Zubeen Garg - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, retrieved 6 January 2021
- Rong Tumi Hobane (Full Song) - Zubeen Garg - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, retrieved 6 January 2021
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- Purnima Jun Tumi, Vimeo, retrieved 25 July 2021
- "Fagune Ahile Boi - Mahalaxmi Iyer". YouTube. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Gun Gun (Full Song) - Mahalakshmi Iyer - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, retrieved 6 January 2021
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- Meghor Boron (1999) - Assamese Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more (Archived), retrieved 5 September 2021
- Kya Hone Laga Mujhe - Zubeen Garg, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Sagarika, YouTube, retrieved 10 July 2021