Birth: 11-04-1984 , Jharkhand, India

Shilpa Rao, born Apeksha Rao is an Indian playback singer.


Born in Jamshedpur, her father, S. V. Rao, who held a degree in music, introduced her to music. Although she started her career singing advertising jingles, Rao soon moved on to film music. In 2006, she recorded the song "Tosey Naina Lagey" for the movie `Anwar` and "Saiyaan Re" for the film `Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love`. She went on to perform songs in films like `One Two Three`, `The Train` ("Gupchup"), `Aamir `("Ek Lau"), `Dev D` ("Dhol Yaara Dhol", "Ranjhana") and `Gulal` ("Aisi Saaza")


She won the Best Female Playback Singer at the Star Screen Awards, 2008 for the song "Khuda Jaane" from the movie `Bachna Ae Haseeno`. The song was also adjudged the Song of the Year. In 2009 she sang "Mudi Mudi" for the movie `Paa`. In 2010 she sang in "Nain Parindey" for the movie `Lafangey Parindey`, and in the title song for the movie `Anjaana Anjaani`. An article published in one of the leading newspapers in 2009 described her as one of the most prominent singers in the "wave" of "young, little-known singers", then sweeping through Bollywood.