Nandini Srikar (born 10 August 1969) is an Indian singer and performer.[2] Her popular songs include Jo Bheji thi Duaa from the Bollywood movie, Shanghai, "Bhare Naina" from Ra.One and "Kannamma" from Rekka.

Nandini Srikar
Born (1969-08-10) 10 August 1969 (age 54)[1]
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Years active1997 – present

Early life


She was born in Hyderabad, India. She went to school and university there. Her mother, Shakunthala Chellappa, was a Carnatic vocalist and Hindustani Sitar player. As a child, she studied classical music, learning how to play veena at age three. She later learned sitar and guitar and Bharatanatyam. She earned a master's degree in pure Mathematics from Osmania University and a degree in information systems management.



Srikar after graduation, worked in software in Pune. She originally had no intention of becoming a professional musician and pursued music only as a hobby.

In 1997, playback singer Hariharan heard her song and suggested to Vidyasagar that he hire her to sing for his upcoming film Uyirodu Uyiraga.[3] In the film, she performed a duet with KK called "I Love You" and the song became a hit.[4] She quit her job and focused on music, collaborating with Ranjit Barot, Trilok Gurtu and Wally Badarou. She also began to write advertising jingles. In 2001, she appeared on Mahmood Khan's album Panah.[1]

In 2008, she worked with music director Dhruv Ghanekar with the vocal arrangements and harmonies for the songs in Drona. Her debut solo album Beete Pal was released in 2011 in which she has composed, programmed, produced and performed all the songs. The album features Kai Eckhardt (Bass), Prasanna (Guitar), Michael Pope (Bass), Steve Zerlin (Bass), Atma Anur (Drums), Ed DeGenaro (Guitar) and other musicians. Her next venture is a collaboration with Shri and DJ Badmarsh.[3]

In year 2016, she also worked for a Pakistani movie Hijrat (film) (directed by Farouq Mengal and produced by FM Productions). She sang an item song "Chali Re Chali" and Sana Nawaz (a popular Pakistani actress) appeared in the song.[5]

In 2021, she collaborated with duo gardenstate in their song, “Aurora”.

She is married and speaks Tamil, English, Hindi and Telugu.


  • 2001 Panah
  • 2011 Beete Pal

Filmography as playback singer


Marathi songs

  • 2015 Runh (Samjena) (Marathi)

Hindi songs


Tamil songs



  • Taare Ankboot (2013)
  • Ishq Main Aisa Haal Bhi Hona Hai (2014)
  • Kambakht Tanno (2016)
  • Shehrnaz (2017)
  • Ahsas (2017)
  • Haara Dil (2018)
  • Sodai (2018)



(GiMA 2012)- Nandini Srikar won the best playback singer female for her song Bhare Naina in Ra.One.[7] Mirchi Music Awards South 2014 - Nandini Srikar won the best female singer of the year award for her song "Aaha Kaadhal" from Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal. Southern India Cinematographers' Association - SICA Award 2015 - Nandini Srikar won the best female singer of the year award for her song "Harjaiyaan" from the film Queen. She also won Norway Tamil awards - Best Playback singer for Kannamma for Movie Rekka


  1. ^ a b "Plans of a Singer". India Today. 11 June 2001. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. ^ Sodhi, Amand! present a (7 December 2011). "Where are the Indian Female Guitarists and Bands?". Gibson News. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Nath, Arpita (23 June 2011). "Music scored over maths: Nandini Srikar". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  4. ^ S.R. Ashok Kumar (19 January 2011). "More romance in the offing". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Chali Re Chali (Item Song Sang by Nandini Srikar in a Pakistani movie)". Gaana.
  6. ^ Kher, Ruchika (16 September 2011). "RA.One". The Times of India. IANS. Retrieved 20 December 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ "3rd Chevrolet Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA 2012) given away". Retrieved 3 October 2012.