Tanvi Shah is the first Indian woman to win a Grammy.[1] She has sung in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. In addition, she sings in Spanish, Portuguese and other romance languages, as well as Arabic. Her first song was "Fanaa" for the movie Yuva.[2][3][4]

Tanvi Shah
GenresInternational Recording Artist
Occupation(s)Singer/ Songwriter


She has a running collaboration with A.R. Rahman and has sung a number of songs for him, including songs from Sillunu Oru Kadhal, Slumdog Millionaire and recently Delhi-6. She wrote the Spanish lyrics for "Jai Ho".[5]

Her success with A.R. Rahman got her invitations from leading music directors and she has sung for Yuvan Shankar Raja, Amit Trivedi and other music directors.

She shared the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media with A.R. Rahman and Gulzar in the 52nd Grammy Awards for the song Jai Ho, for writing the Spanish lyrics for the song. With the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Shah has been featured in Snoop Dogg's song "Snoop Dogg Millionaire". Apart from the Grammy, she also received the BMI Award in 2009 in London for the same and also shares the World Soundtrack Award (2009) with Rahman and Gulzar.

She performed for the Yuvan - Live in Concert in January 2011 in Chennai and in Malaysia at the KLIMF in 2012. She also performed at Coke Studio concert at IIM Bangalore on 22 November 2013, featuring Amit Trivedi .

She was invited to speak at the TEDxSF conference on Global Health in Nov '12.[6]

While she has done her fair share of playback singing for the film industry in India, she is an international star. This versatile singer’s appeal lies in the fact that she can sing in several different languages, which has won her fans across the world.

Tanvi sings in Spanish, Portuguese, Afro-Cuban, Arabic besides Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and experiments with a wide range of music with her band. Her adaptability has been proven in her collaborative work with international music producers such as Gio Ortega (USA), Jeremy Hawkins (USA), Che Pope (USA), David Batteau (USA), and DJ Salah of Germany.

Tanvi has walked the green carpet at the Latin Grammy in 2011 while promoting her song, “Lluvia Lejana”, with Gustavo Alarco, and recently shared the stage with Lebohang Morake, South African singer and composer, famous for arranging and performing the music for The Lion King movies and stage productions.

She firmly believes that we all need to give back to society. She is actively involved with the Cancer Institute and with the “End Polio” campaign of Rotary International along with Amitabh Bachan, A. R. Rahman and Anil Kapoor. She has donated her song, “Zindagi”, produced by JHawk, to the End Polio campaign album that features international artistes such as Itzhak Perlman, David Sanborn, Ziggy Marley, Donovan and members of the Congolese band, Staff Benda Bilili.


Grammy Awards
BMI Award
  • BMI Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media|Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media – 'Jai Ho' – Slumdog Millionaire (2010)


Film scoresEdit

Year Film Song Music Director Language
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu "Yakkai Thiri" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2004 Yuva "Fanaa" A. R. Rahman Hindi
2005 Pudhupettai "Pul Pesum Poo Pesum" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2006 Ashok "Mumtaju Mahalu" Mani Sharma Telugu
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal "Jillendru Oru Kaadhal" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2007 Sivaji: The Boss "Style" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na "Pappu Can't Dance" A. R. Rahman Hindi
2008 Saroja "My Life" Yuvan Shankar Raja English
2008 Slumdog Millionaire "Gangsta Blues" A. R. Rahman English & Hindi
2008 Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" A. R. Rahman Spanish & Hindi
2009 Delhi-6 "Dilli-6" A. R. Rahman Hindi
2009 Delhi-6 "Rehna Tu" A. R. Rahman Hindi
2009 Snoop Dogg Millionaire "Snoop Dogg Millionaire" Chase & Status English & Hindi
2009 Muthirai "July Madathil" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2009 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai "Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2010 Paiyaa "Thuli Thuli" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2010 Paiyaa "En Kadhal Solla" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2010 Raavanan "Keda Kari" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2010 Puli "Power Star" A. R. Rahman Telugu
2010 Naan Mahaan Alla "Iragai Pole" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2010 Enthiran "Boom Boom Roboda" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2010 Goa "Goa" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2010 Goa "Goa (Club Mix)" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2011 Panjaa "Veyyira Chey Veyyira" Yuvan Shankar Raja Telugu
2012 Billa II "Yedho Yedho Oru Maikam" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2012 Kadal "Magudi Magudi" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2013 Biriyani "Biriyani" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2013 Arrambam "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2014 Lekar Hum Deewana Dil "Mawwali Qawwali" A. R. Rahman Hindi
2014 Lingaa "Mona Gasolina" A. R. Rahman Tamil
2015 Vai Raja Vai "Pookkamazh" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2015 Yatchan "Konjalaai" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2017 Cheliyaa "Tango Kalalo" A. R. Rahman Telugu

Non-film scoresEdit

Year Song Music Director Language
2013 "Llamalo Amor (Call It Love)" JHawk Spanish
2013 "Sheher" Amit Trivedi Hindi
2017 "Mai Nahar Cover" Tanvi Shah Hebrew


  1. ^ "Double Play: GRAMMY- And Oscar-Winning Songs". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Golden moments". The Hindu. 19 January 2009.
  3. ^ "'Rap is rhythm 'n' poetry'". The Hindu. 29 April 2006.
  4. ^ "Language no bar". Screen. 18 December 2009.
  5. ^ Tejonmayam, U (3 February 2009). "The Jai Ho girl". Express Buzz. The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Unwinding with Tanvi Shah". Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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