MahaRani of Mashups – Rajnigandha ShekhawatNisha Jalori
“Music replays the past memories, awaken our forgotten world and make our minds travel,” and surely will you wander on listening to the captivating and mesmerizing voice of this Rajasthani Diva. With over 500 concerts worldwide under her belt which includes a ‘Coke Studio’ appearance, singer Rajnigandha Shekhawat has literally done it all.
Rajnigandha Shekhawat is a popular singer from Rajasthan and the Princess of the erstwhile state of Malsisar, Rajasthan. Hailing from the erstwhile aristocratic family of Malsisar, she broke barriers of her class and caste to follow her passion against all odds to become the first-ever singer from the very traditional and conservative Rajput community of Rajasthan, and today she is one of the most renowned and sought-after singers of the state.
Rajnigandha is known for singing Rajasthani folk, Bollywood, English + Rajasthani mashups, vintage classics, and more. She has done playback in 6 films – her biggest song to date is Dharma Productions ‘Badri ki Dulhaniya’ with over 650 million views, which opens with her voice. The singer has lent her voice in the critically acclaimed movie, ‘Margarita with a Straw’ starring Kalki Koechlin and Anurag Kashyap’s unreleased movie ‘Monsoon Shootout. Her voice was also heard in one of this season’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ reality show episodes in the US. She has been nominated for a Mirchi Award for Most Promising New Singer in 2017 for the film ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’. She was invited to participate in the reality singing show Rising Star on Colors TV and also performed at the Big Boss finale.
“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means they are using to the highest degree possible the gift that God has bestowed upon them.” Rajnigandha Shekhawat is the only singer who does Rajasthani folk and English mashups. Two of her videos have become viral hits, making her the most recognized face of fusion Rajasthani music. The Rajasthani press now refers to her as the “MahaRani of Mashups.” Her mashups of Cheap Thrills with ‘Ghoomaar ko Lenjo’ shot her to fame and her subsequent mashups of the shape of you and single ladies with Rajasthani folk songs have also been very popular.
She has fused age-old Rajasthani tunes and lyrics with contemporary arrangements and modern sounds to add to the eclectic fusion and cross the language barrier to reach out to a large audience. Her Rajasthani songs match surprisingly well with the English songs and are foot-tapping and catchy. The mix of Nagada, Khartaal, Morchang, and Murla gives this version a folk fun dance vibe.
Rajnigandha has released three albums and sung in over 500 concerts worldwide including Sun City, South Africa, Global Village – Dubai, Muscat, and many more. She has sung various popular jingles like Fanta for Amit Trivedi, Jabong Diwali, Lenovo, Rajasthan Tourism logo reveal and her most recent releases are the new anthem for Indian Idol 10 called “Mausam Music Ka” and the new Red FM jingle.
She is a Bollywood marketing professional, having worked in Disney India, Times of India (Times Music) and has been associated with actor Shahid Kapoor in a managerial capacity. A classically trained singer having done Visharad from Bhathkhande University and Masters in Hindustani Classical Music for SNDT University, Mumbai, she currently divides her time between touring for concerts, Bollywood playback recordings, and her personal video shoots.
This brimming talent wishes to strengthen her foundation in Bollywood by increasing her repertoire of songs and also endlessly work on her talent. Drench yourself in her exotic and passionate music, and romance the rich culture of colorful Rajasthan as Rajnigandha spills the royal fragrance in your space!