Nikhita Gandhi (born 2 October 1991) is an Indian playback singer who has worked in Indian films in four different languages. She has worked on Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Kannada film projects.
|Born||2 October 1991|
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
She sang as the face of Deepika Padukone in Raabta for the title track "Raabta". Her song " Ullu ka Pattha" dual with Arijit Singh from the film Jagga Jasoos is a hit song. She sang for Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Chef, Jab Harry Met Sejal, and Ittefaq. She also sang a Bengali song "Mithe Alo" with Atif Aslam for Cockpit. Her song "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" and "Poster Lagwa Do" also became popular.
Born into a mixed Bengali and Punjabi family in Kolkata, Nikhita relocated to Chennai in 2010 to pursue a degree in dentistry. A former student of A. R. Rahman's K. M. College of Music and Technology, Nikhita's first association with Rahman was during an Indo-German exchange, where she was a part of a choir which performed with the German orchestra. Rahman then individually auditioned her for a commercial project titled 'Qyuki' with Shekhar Kapur, the duo were working on. In 2012, she cut a Bengali album titled Kotha, a re-arrangement of Nazrul Geeti, songs written by renowned poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
After having worked on her personal studio album and sung as a part of songs in regional films, Nikhita got a breakthrough by performing the song "Ladio" from Shankar's film, I (2015). Composed by A. R. Rahman, she managed to record the song within four hours after translating it into Hindi. She then also subsequently recorded the Telugu and Hindi versions of the song, earning critical acclaim for her work. Other projects she worked for in 2015 include Rahman's O Kadhal Kanmani and Anirudh's Thanga Magan.
Apart from singing in the movies, she has put together a band and have also performed at Kerala and Kolkata. Gandhi's five-member band includes Sajith Sathya, Jerard Felix, Godfrey Immanuel and Joshua Gopal.
In November 2018 she did playback for the hit song Qaafirana from the film Kedarnath starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan. In April 2019, she won the Nestle Kitkat Sony Mix Audience Music Award for the best duet for Qaafirana from Kedarnath along with Arijit Singh
In April 2019, she released her single Ek Do Teen on Zee Music Company that has been composed by Raees & Zain - Sam, she later followed it up with Madari from the film The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir along with Vishal Dadlani in June 2019 and followed it up with Main Deewana Tera from Arjun Patiala
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|Year||Film||Song title||Co-Singer||Music Director||Language|
|2013||Kalyana Samayal Saadham||"Modern Kalyanam"||Megha||Navin||Tamil|
|2015||I (film)||"Ladio"||Solo||A. R. Rahman||Tamil|
|"Lady O" (Dubbed version)||Hindi|
|"Ladiyo" (Dubbed version)||Telugu|
|Yevade Subramanyam||"Beautiful Zindagi"||Solo||Radhan||Telugu|
|O Kadhal Kanmani||"Theera Ulaa"||A. R. Rahman, Darshana||A. R. Rahman||Tamil|
|Ouija||"Nam Sexy Looksu"||Solo||Hari Nikesh||Kannada|
|Aata||"Ma sexy lookse"||Telugu|
|Thanga Magan||"Oh Oh"||Dhanush||Anirudh Ravichander||Tamil|
|Muhammad: The Messenger of God||"Prologue —The Infinite Light"||Faarooqi Parissa||A. R. Rahman||Arabic|
|"Signs of the Last Prophet"||Solo|
|"And He was Named Muhammad (SAL)"|
|2016||Dhruva||Neethone Dance Tonight||Hiphop Tamizha||Hiphop Tamizha||Telugu|
|Singam 3 (Dubbed version)||Wi Wi Wi Wifi||Karthik, Christopher Stanley||Harris Jayaraj||Tamil|
|2017||Dhayam||"Nee Yaaro"||Solo||Sathish Selvam||Tamil|
|Kaatru Veliyidai||"Saarattu Vandiyila"||A. R. Reihana, Tippu||A. R. Rahman||Tamil|
|Cheliyaa (Dubbed version)||"Morethukuchindi"||Telugu|
|Kavan||"Boomerang"||Hiphop Tamizha, Velmurugan||Hiphop Tamizha||Tamil|
|Raabta||"Raabta Title Song"||Arijit Singh||Pritam||Hindi|
|Jagga Jasoos||"Ullu ka Pattha"|
|Maacher Jhol||"Bangali Maacher Jhol"||Anupam Roy||Anupam Roy||Bengali|
|Sachin: A Billion Dreams (Dubbed version)||"Sachin Sachin"||Sid Sriram, Poorvi Koutish||A. R. Rahman||Tamil|
|"Sachin Sachin"||Parag Chhabra, Poorvi Koutish||Telugu|
|"Sachin Sachin"||Nakash Aziz, Poorvi Koutish||Marathi|
|Jab Harry Met Sejal||"Ghar"||Mohit Chauhan||Pritam||Hindi|
|Spyder||"Boom Boom"||Solo||Harris Jayaraj||Telugu|
|Cockpit||"Mithe Alo"||Atif Aslam||Arindom Chatterjee||Bengali|
|Mental Madhilo||"Malik Tere"||Solo||Prashanth R Vihari||Telugu|
|Yuddham Sharanam||"Padmavyuham"||Pranav Chaganty||Vivek Sagar||Telugu|
|Chef||"Tan Tan"||Solo||Raghu Dixit||Hindi|
|Ittefaq||"Ittefaq Se (Raat Baaki)"||Jubin Nautiyal||Tanishk Bagchi|
|2018||Beyond the Clouds||"Beyond The Clouds"||Solo||A. R. Rahman||Hindi, Tamil, English|
|"Ala Re Ala"||Dilshaad Shabbir Shaikh, Srinivas Raghunathan, MC Heam|
|"Ey Chhote Motor Chala"||MC Heam, Arjun Chandy, Sid Sriram|
|Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren||"Hey Reengara"||Saisharan, Mark Thomas||Justin Prabhakaran||Tamil|
|Sanju||"Mujhe Chand Pe Le Chalo"||Solo||A. R. Rahman||Hindi|
|Fidaa||"Tomake"||Arindam Chatterjee||Arindom Chatterjee||Bengali|
|"Bari Phire Aye"|
|Hoichoi Unlimited||"Oh Baby"||Armaan Malik||Savvy|
|Mitron||"Sawarne Laage" (Female Version)||Solo||Tanishk Bagchi||Hindi|
|Stree||"Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe"||Badshah, Sachin-Jigar||Sachin-Jigar|
|Manmarziyaan||"Dhyaanchand"||Vijay Yamla, Amit Trivedi, Suhas Sawant||Amit Trivedi|
|2019||Bhobishyoter Bhoot||Bhobishyoter Bhoot Title Song||Solo||Debojyoti Mishra||Bengali|
|Luka Chuppi||"Poster Lagwa Do"||Mika Singh, Sunanda Sharma||White Noise||Hindi|
|Mukherjee Dar Bou||Khachar Pakhi||Solo||Rabindranath Tagore, Indraadip Dasgupta||Bengali|
|Majili||"Naa Gundello"||Yazin Nizar||Gopi Sundar||Telugu|
|"Yedetthu Mallele"||Kala Bhairava|
|The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir||"Madari"||Vishal Dadlani||Amit Trivedi||Hindi|
|Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo||End Song||Solo||Debojyoti Mishra||Bengali|
|Uronchondi||Saiyo Re||Solo||Debojyoti Mishra||Bengali|
|Arjun Patiala||Main Deewana Tera||Guru Randhawa||Sachin Jigar, Guru Randhawa||Hindi|
|Ranarangam||Pilla Picture Perfect||Solo||Sunny MR||Telugu|
|Panther: Hindustan Meri Jaan||Marhaba||Abhay Jodhpurkar, Shovon Ganguly||Amit-Ishan||Bengali|
|Oriplast Originals||Eh Shomoy (এ সময়)||Javed Ali||Subhadeep Mitra||Bengali|
|Award Ceremony||Category||Nominated work||Result||Ref.(s)|
|10th Mirchi Music Awards||Female Vocalist of The Year||"Ghar" from Jab Harry Met Sejal||Nominated|||
|Filmfare Awards||Best Playback Singer (Female)||Nominated|||
|Sony MIX Audience Music Awards||Best Duet||Qaafirana from Kedarnath||Won|||
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- "Taking the next step". The Hindu. 5 June 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
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