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Bela Shende

Happy Birthday Bela Shende

Bela Shende (born January 1) is an playback singer. She performed several songs in Bollywood and regional films. "Mann Mohana" from the film Jodhaa Akbar, "Wajle Ki Baara" and "Apsara Aali" from Natarang are some of her famous songs. In 2014, she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Khurkhura" from the Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha.

Shende started her career with the music album "Kaisa Yeh Jadoo" which was well received by the masses and was critically acclaimed. Her career in Bollywood started with the film Tera Mera Saath Rahen where she voiced for a brief part. She again got a big break in the 2005 submission for Academy Award, Paheli, where she voiced Rani Mukerji. In 2008 she crooned a bhajan in the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial Jodhaa Akbar for an A. R. Rahman composition and got an IIFA Award for Best Female Playback nomination for the song.

She then crooned hits in Marathi, her mother tongue, and received several awards and nominations for her excellence. Her renditions of lavnis "Apsara Aali" and "Vajle Ki Baara" from the marathi film Natarang were well received.

She became the sole voice of Kangana Ranaut in the 2013 musical Rajjo. Bela is credited as a talented vocalist and has established a career in the Marathi film industry.

Besides Hindi, she has also sung in Marathi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

Bela Shende was born to Dr. Sanjeev Shende and Mrs Medha Shende. Her Grandmother, Smt. Kusum Shende, is a classical vocalist from the Kiran Gharana. Her sister Sawani Shende is a renowned classical vocalist as well. Bela Shende won the Zee Saregama at the age of 16. Bela Shende has had her father and Grandmother as her Gurus. She is a graduate in commerce.

Bela has lent her voice for various music directors most notably Ilayaraja, A. R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Ajay-Atul, Yuvan shankar raja, Lalit Pandit, M. M. Kreem and Sohail Sen.
Bela Shende Reviewed by Karamnook Marathi on January 26, 2016 Rating: 5

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