Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao) is an Indian female playback singer. She was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Her father S. V. Rao, who held a degree in music, introduced her to music. For her early education, she attended a missionary school where she performed in the school choir. The playback singer Hariharan arranged for Rao to study under her music teacher, Ghulam Mustafa Khan. After performing with Shankar Mahadevan in concert, she moved to delhi on his advice. Although she started her career singing advertising jingles, Rao soon moved on to film music. In 2006, she recorded her first film song "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\") and Dev D (\"Ranjhana\"). Shilpa won the Best Female Playback Singer at the Star Screen Awards, 2008 for the song
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