|Real Name||Rekha Bhardwaj|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 157 cm
in meters- 1.57 m
in Feet Inches- 5' 2”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 69 kg
in Pounds- 152 lbs
|Hair Colour||Black (Sometimes Dyed Brown)|
|Date of Birth||23 January 1964|
|Age (as in 2017)||53 Years|
|Birth Place||Delhi, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Aquarius|
|College||Hindu College, Delhi|
|Educational Qualification||B. A. in Music (Hons|
|Debut||Singing (Bollywood): Ek Woh Din Bhi from the movie Chachi 420
Album- Ishqa Ishqa (2002)
Singing (Marathi): 'Unn Matlabi' from the film "Kuni Mulgi Deta Ka Mulgi (2012)
Singing (Bengali):'Swapno Bheja Alo' from the film "Doshomi" (2012)
Singing (Malayalam):'Doore Doore' from the film "Carbon" (2018)
|Awards||• National Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song 'Badi Dheere Jali' from the film "Ishqiya" in 2011
• Best Female Playback Singer for the song 'Sasural Genda Phool' from the film "Delhi-6" in 2009
• Best Female Playback Singer (with Usha Uthup) for the song 'Darling' from the film "7 Khoon Maaf" in 2011
|Family||Mother- Name Not Known
Father- Name Not Known
|Favourite Food||Sarson Ka Saag|
|Favourite Singers/ Musicians||Mehdi Hasan, Ustad Amir Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Madhurani Faizabadi, Beghum Akhtar, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Girija Devi, Rasoolan Bai|
|Favourite Spiritual Leader||Osho|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Husband||Vishal Bhardwaj (Filmmaker)
|Marriage Date||Year- 1991|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rekha Bhardwaj
- Does Rekha Bhardwaj smoke: Not Known
- Does Rekha Bhardwaj drink alcohol: Not Known
- Born into a musical family in Delhi, Rekha started singing at a very young age of 3. She learned the basics of music from her elder sister.
- Her father used to write in Urdu while her mother used the Hindi diction. They made her rehearse regularly, which helped her shape her music career.
- During her childhood, her father used to organize monthly musical gatherings at his home for family and friends. At the gatherings, she prefered singing Hindustani classical pieces or Ghazals instead of mainstream Bollywood songs.
- In order to fulfil her love for classical music, Rekha took music classes at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi for almost a decade. There, she got trained from Shri Vasant Thakar, Pandit Vinay Chandra Mudgal, and Shri Madhup Mudgal.
- In 1982, Rekha started learning music from Guru Pandit Amarnath (“Shagirdh” of Ustäd Amir Khan Sahab of Indore Gharana). She learnt ‘Gharana Singing’ from him and terms him as her ‘eternal guru.’ After his demise in 1996, Rekha started learning music from his disciple, Shushri Amarjeet Kaur.
- Just like every other singer/celebrity, Rekha has also had her fair share of struggles. Even after her marriage to established music composer, Vishal Bhardwaj, she found it tough to land up to her first break in Bollywood.
- Rekha first met her future husband, Vishal, in 1984 at their college’s annual function. Notably, Rekha was one year senior to him.
- Vishal’s mentor, Lyricist Gulzar, was so impressed by Rekha’s voice quality that he made a promise to write down the lyrics of her first album. However, because of Gulzar Saab’s other film commitments, her debut album took more than 6 years in making.
- In 1993, Vishal promised to compose an album for Rekha. But he composed only one track titled ‘Raat Ki Jogan,’ based on the sonnet by Bulleh Shah.
- It was during these years of struggle that Rekha felt despondent and looked for spiritual development as an escape. As a result, she spent a few months at the Osho ashram in Pune. At Osho, she learned the art of Whirling and Zikra (a form of Islamic chanting), both of which she now performs on stage.
- Her breakthrough in Bollywood came with the song Namak Ishq Ka from her husband’s directorial- Omkara (2006). Since then there has been no looking back for Rekha as she gave back to back hits thereafter, like Sasural Genda Phool (Delhi 6), Phoonk De (No Smoking), Raat Ke Dhai Baje (Kaminey), Phir Ley Aaya Dil (Barfi), etc.
- Rekha used to be a tomboy in her college days. He had short hair. While sharing her childhood mischiefs, she says, “Hum chaar ladkiyan apni special bus banwati thi kyunki humari Music (Hons) ki classes ek baje shuru hoke 4.45-5pm khatm hoti thi. Puri bus khali hoti thi [phir bhi] hum footboard par baithke aate the (We four used to travel back home after our music classes in a special bus, and even though the entire bus used to be vacant we preferred to sit on the footboard).”
- Being born and brought up in Delhi, Rekha misses her hometown. Recollecting her memories, she says-
I love jo barishon ke waqt pedon se jamun girke puri Tuglaq Road, India Gate jamuni ho jata hai (I loved it when the roads near India Gate used to get covered with black plums that fell from the trees in monsoon). I specially miss jo Feroz Shah Road ke wahan chote-chote int ke khokhe bane hote the, udhar taat dalte the aur sardiyon mei hum wahan baith ke chai peete the aur bread pakora khate the (I miss the small rustic, roadside eateries near Feroz Shah Road where we used to sip tea and eat bread pakoras). I miss that because I don’t see those anymore. Those places have turned into café’s. Change ho gaya na sab (Everything has changed now); raat yeh bhi guzar jaayegi (This too shall pass).”