Ila Arun is a popular Indian actor, TV personality and a Rajasthani folk/folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. Her daughter is Ishita Arun.
She was born in Jaipur. She did her graduation from Maharani Girls college in Jaipur, India.
In the Sony Entertainment Television show Fame Gurukul, she was the headmistress of the school where the contestants of the show trained for the reality singing show. She also appeared in NDTV Imagine's reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka as a judge for the folk-singers team Maati ke laal
Ila has sung numerous film songs in Hindi and quite a few in South Indian languages like Tamil and Telugu. Her most famous film song till date has been Choli Ke Peeche from the film Khalnayak for which she won an award. She has also sung Tamil song Muthu Muthu Mazhai under the composition of A. R. Rahman for the soundtrack to the film Mr. Romeo. Her most recent super hit song is also for A. R. Rahman composed internationally acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire. The song she recorded is Ringa Ringa along with Alka Yagnik.
She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra", which sold more than 100,000 copies had some memorable numbers as Morni,Main ho gayi sawa lakh ki,Mera Assi Kali ka Ghagra,Darudi, Bichuda,Main Raatan Jagi etc. Her fans await her comeback as she left after her album Haule Haule protesting music piracy and remixes and sexual content in songs. She herself accepted that she is all set to return with an album which is ready.. She recently sang the promotional song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL which became an instant hit. She hails from Rajasthan and sings lots of Rajasthani songs in all her albums and movie
She has recently delivered an electrifying performance in the 2008 hit Jodhaa Akbar as Maham Anga, Akbar's wet nurse, who is also like Akbar's mother. She has also acted in critically acclaimed films such as China Gate, Chingari and the most recent Welcome to Sajjanpur. Her brother Piyush Pandey is an ad-maker while her sister Rama Pandey is a Producer-Director and Tripti Pandey is a cultural activist in Rajasthan.