Sapna Awasthi

Sapna Awasthi Singh is a Bollywood playback singer[1] best remembered for her "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se.. and "UP Bihar Lootne" from Shool (1999).[2]

Sapna Awasthi
Alma materBhatkhande Music Institute
OccupationPlayback singer

Early life and careerEdit

Sapna Awasthi started training in classical music at a young age and completed Sangeet Vishaarad in Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow. She began singing for the radio when she was fifteen, before performing on stage. She received her first break in Bollywood from composer Sameer Sen.[3]

Awasthi is from Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and relocated to Mumbai after singing songs in Krantiveer (1994). She has sung for prominent musicians like Nadeem–Shravan, Anand–Milind, Anu Malik, A. R. Rahman, Sandeep Chowta and others. Her biggest hit to date, as is usually believed, is not her duet 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' (co-singer Sukhvinder Singh) for A. R. Rahman's Dil Se (1998), but 'Pardesi Pardesi' (co-singers Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik) for Nadeem-Shravan's Raja Hindustani (1996).

Popular songsEdit


Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Reference(s)
4th Mirchi Music Awards Female Vocalist of The Year Nominated [5]


  1. ^ "'Pardesi' woman is here!". The Hindu. 17 June 2002. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011.
  2. ^ "It's 20 years since 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' released: How old do you feel now?". The News Minute. 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Give Me a Break from Raunchy Numbers". Archived from the original on 19 April 1997. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ Menon, Rathi A (19 June 1998). "Pardesi voice is here to stay". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2011". 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)