B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Mahalaxmi Iyer was born in a middle-class family of Bombay. Music was in her genes. Her mother was an exponent of Hindustani classical music, and always encouraged her and her three sisters to learn Hindustani music. She enrolled at St. Xaviers college to do her graduation in Commerce, but soon gave it up to chase her dreams, a career in singing. Soon she started to sing for Jingles and TV Serials’ tracks.
Mahalaxmi got her first break when Shankar Ehsaan Loy offered them to sing for Mukul S. Anand’s dream project Dus (1997). Although the film was shelved, Mahalaxmi’s voice was noticed by A.R.Rahman and she got a chance to sing for him in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se (1998).
Mahalaxmi Iyer soon made a place for herself in the hindi film music by singing many more songs. Her breakthrough song was “So ja chanda…” from Mission Kashmir (2000), which enthralled all the music listeners with its innocence. This song established her for soft and romantic numbers.
Mahalaxmi Iyer went on to sing many popular songs. She particularly sang many for Shankar Ehsaan Loy and A.R.Rahman. Her biggest chart busters are “Chup Chup Ke…” from Bunty aur Babli (2005) and “Bol na Halke Halke…” from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007). Some more of her popular songs are from Saathiya (2002), Kyun Ho Gaya Na (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006)
Mahalaxmi Iyer has been awarded the Maharashtra Kala Niketan Award in 2004.
She took Urdu classes to make sure she had the proper accent when she would sing songs.