Sowmya Raoh (3rd from left in top), at the formation of Indian Singer's Rights Association (ISRA) event
|Birth name||Sowmya Raoh|
|Born||18 April 1983|
Early life and career
Sowmya was born in a Kannada speaking family to veteran singer B. K. Sumitra and Sudhakar in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Sowmya has a brother named Sunil Raoh, who is an actor in the Kannada film industry. Her mother is popular playback and devotional singer in Kannada. As a child, Sowmya would accompany her mother to the studios for recording. She then slowly graduated to become a child singer. Sowmya's father worked in Reserve Bank of India.
Sowmya started singing at the age of seven. She took a break from singing while she was in school as she thought that would affect her studies. After a period of five to six years, she gradually turned her attention towards singing by learning Carnatic music. However, she ended up becoming a voice actor before venturing into films. She claims that, "I wanted to train for singing for heroines, not children".
Sowmya started her career as a singer in south Indian films in 1993, and got a break in Bollywood nine years later. Her major break happened when composer Sandeep Chowta was looking for a singer who could sing well in Hindi. He chose Sowmya for a song ("Greekuveerudu") in the Telugu film Ninne Pelladata. The song gave her a much needed break. She went on to record the song in the Tamil and Hindi versions too.
Sowmya started her career in Bollywood in 2000. Her first assignment was for the song "Soul of Jungle", followed by a background track for the film Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. Company was her first as a singer in Hindi. By this time she also sang for other Hindi films such as Dum and Bunty Aur Babli. In 2012, her item number 'Dreamum Wakeupum' for Sachin Kundalkar's Aiyyaa emerged a chartbuster and the song was also appreciated for its dance performance by Rani Mukerji and Prithviraj Sukumaran.
|1996||Ninne Pelladata||Telugu||"Greeku Veerudu"|
|1999||Suriya Paarvai||Tamil||"Boom Blast It"|
|2001||Friends||Tamil||"Rukku Rukku"||Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vijay Yesudas|
|2001||Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Hindi||"Roundhe"|
|2002||Dhool||Tamil||"Ithunundu Muthatthile"||Udit Narayan, Premgi Amaren|
|2003||Dum||Hindi||"Dil Hi Dil Mein"||Sonu Nigam|
|2003||Raktha Kanneeru||Kannada||"Baa baaro rasika "|
|2003||Samay: When Time Strikes||Hindi||"Zindagi"|
|2003||Ek Aur Ek Gyaarah||Hindi||"O Dushmana"||Sonu Nigam|
|2005||Bunty Aur Babli||Hindi||"Nach Baliye"||Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa|
|2005||Super||Telugu||"Gichhi Gichhi"||Sandeep Chowta|
|2006||Khosla Ka Ghosla||Hindi||"Intezaar Aitbaar Tumse Pyar"||Qadar Niazi Qawwal|
|2006||Varalaru - History of Godfather||Tamil||"Kama Karaiyil"||Naresh Iyer|
|2006||Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu||Tamil||"Nerupae"||Franko, Solar Sai|
|2006||Suntara gaali||Kannada||"Shame shame"|
|2007||Tara Rum Pum||Hindi||"◦Nach le ve"|
|2007||Bheema||Tamil||"Enadhuyire"||Nikhil Mathew, Chinmayi, Sadhana Sargam|
|2007||Pachaikili Muthucharam||Tamil||"Un Sirippinil"||Raphi|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Hindi||"O re lakad "|
|2008||Bindaas||Kannada||"Gubbachi goodinalli"||Udit Narayan|
|2009||Raam||Kannada||"Nanna Tutiyalli"||Udit Narayan|
|2009||Vamanan||Tamil||"Aedho Saigirai"||Javed Ali|
|2009||Wanted||Hindi||"Le le mazaa le"||Hrishikesh Lamrekar, Nikita Nigam, Suzanne D'Mello|
|2009||Junglee||Kannada||"Hale Patre"||Kailash Kher|
|2009||Josh||Telugu||"Awara Hawa"||Sandeep Chowta|
|2012||Aiyyaa||Hindi||"Dreamum wakeupumm"||Amit Trivedi|
|2013||Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns||Hindi||"Idhar Gire"|
|2013||Simple Agi Ondh Love Story||Kannada||"Karagida Baaninalli"|
- 2013 – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Kannada for "Karagida Baaninalli" from Simple Agi Ondh Love Story
- "About Me". sowmyaraoh.com. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- "If you sing Hindi songs, you are have[sic] a wider audience". Rediff. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- Sowmya Raoh Profile, Sowmya Rao, retrieved 11 November 2008
- "A chit chat with Sowmya Raoh". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Steadfast support". The Telegraph (India). 15 April 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "For the record". The Times of India. 16 April 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2012.