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Ila Arun – Indipop Singer with a Husky Voice and Flamboyant Style

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Popular Indian theatre, film and TV actress Ila Arun brought Rajasthani folk to the forefront in Indipop music scene.

Popular Indian theatre, film and TV actress Ila Arun brought Rajasthani folk to the forefront in Indipop music scene.

As a folk singer, Ila Arun enchanted the listeners with her unique and powerful voice.

Ila Arun has sung numerous film songs in Hindi and quite a few in South Indian languages like Tamil and Telugu.

In the 1990s, she also produced several successful Indipop albums such as "Vote for Ghagra.”

This album sold more than 100,000 copies.

WATCH VIDEO – DELHI SHAHR MEIN MERA GHAGRA

Ila Arun’s husky, sensuous, and earthy voice was popular with both young and old people.

Her fans used to await her songs known for a fusion of Rajasthani folk and sexual content.

WATCH VIDEO – NIGODI KAISI JAAWANI HAI

Ila Arun sang for more than 50 films.

Her song – ‘Morni Baaga Ma Bole’ - for film Lamhe, along with Lata Mangeshkar, presents Rajasthan’s vast desert in its full glory.

WATCH VIDEO – MORNI BAAGA MA BOLE

But Ila Arun’s most famous Bollywood film song till date has been ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ from the film Khalnayak.

This was a duet with well-known Indian playback singer - Alka Yagnik for which they won a Filmfare Award.

WATCH VIDEO – CHOLI KE PEECHE KYAA HAI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nd5NLbUu44

Her most recent super hit song was for the internationally acclaimed Hollywood film Slumdog Millionaire.

This song – ‘Ringa Ringa’ – was composed by AR Rahman and sung along with Alka Yagnik.

WATCH VIDEO – RINGA RINGA

Whenever, Indian music lovers will think of the rusticity of the gypsies and fusion of Rajasthani folk music in Indipop, Ila Arun’s husky voice and flamboyant style would be remembered. 

To know more about Ila Arun’s influence on Indipop music and Bollywood, listen to Amit Sarwal’s conversation with Melbourne-based musician and singer Mohit Pandit in SBS Hindi’s Indipop Gupshup.