Aarya Ambekar

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Aarya Ambekar
Aarya after a program in Sydney, Australia in November 2015
Background information
Birth name Aarya Samir Ambekar
Born 16 June 1994
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Universal Music India
Notable instruments

Aarya Ambekar is a Marathi playback singer from Pune, Maharashtra. She participated and reached the finals of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs aired on Zee Marathi channel between July 2008 and February 2009.


Aarya was born in Nagpur to Sameer Ambekar, a doctor and Shruti Ambekar, a vocalist. Aarya's grandmother, a classical vocalist, recognised the talent in Aarya when Aarya was two years old. Aarya started her formal musical training at the age of five and half years from her Guru and mother, Shruti Ambekar. At the age of six, whilst in first standard, Aarya appeared her first examination in Music.[1]


Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs

In 2008, Aarya was auditioned for the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs, a competitive music reality show organised by the Zee Marathi television channel. She was one of final 50 who were selected from amongst several thousand children aged between 8 and 14 across Maharashtra. She made her way to the top 10 finalists and then to the Final 5 Mega-Finalists.

Aarya was popularly referred to as the "Pretty Young Girl", during the show.

Aarya sang a wide variety of songs in the competition. She created the record of receiving full marks from the judges many times. Aarya created an unbeatable record when she got वरचा नी (equivalent to 200%), for her beautifully sung "Paan Khae Saiyyan Hamaro", which remains unbroken in all the nine Schedules of SA RE GA MA PA and even after two schedules of SA RE GA MA PA for professional singers. Singer Hariharan was the celebrity judge for that episode.

Aarya was also awarded performer of the week in numerous episodes by eminient singing personalities like Mahalaxmi Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, Hariharan etc. Aarya sings a wide variety of songs ranging from pure classical songs, Natyageet, Bhavgeet, Bhaktigeet to Marathi Chitrapat Sangeet, Hindi songs, folk songs, Lavanis as well.

She sang "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo" to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror attacks on 26 November 2008. She also performed the same song at Shivaji Park, Dadar in a program organised by Mumbai Police to pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the terrorists in that attack. The song was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar after the 1962 India-China War.

During the course of the program, Aarya was also awarded the Manik Varma Scholarship. She is the youngest singer to win the scholarship.


  • Pancha Ratna Vol. 1,[2] 2,[3] 3[4] on Universal Music India
  • Garjati Sahyadriche Kade
  • Jai Hari Vitthal
  • Marathi Abhimaangeet composed by Kaushal Inamdar[5][6]
  • Aathava Swar composed by Mrs. Varsha Bhave[7][8][9][10]
  • Mala Mhanatyat Aarya Ambekar
  • Geet Tujhe Gata Gata – Collections of poems of famous poets[11][12][13]
  • Khaucha Gaav composed by Yashwant Deo[14][15]
  • Hum Aur Tum – Hindi songs album composed by Khalil Abhyankar
  • Aanandwan Ale Ghari - Shri Baba Amte
  • Majhya Matiche Gayan - Kusumagraj Pratishthan
  • Diva Lagu De Re Deva - First solo album based on poems of eminent Marathi poets. The album is composed by famous composer Saleel Kulkarni[16]

Marathi films

TV serials

Public Appearances

Few grand events where Aarya has performed her art –

Awards and recognition

Acclaim by Idols

Aarya's tremendous depth, outstanding voice quality and sincere grinding labour taken for improving her singing, won her many acclaims from eminent personalities in the music industry. People who praised Aarya include Kishori Amonkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Shrinivas Khale, Shruti Sadolikar, Shounak Abhisheki, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande, Shridhar Phadke, Suresh Wadkar, Kaushal Inamdar, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Hariharan, Vijay Ghate, Asha Khadilkar so on so forth.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Spotting Talent" – Article on Aarya in Lokmat Times paper
  2. PanchaRatna Vol 1
  3. PanchaRatna Vol 2
  4. PanchaRatna Vol 3
  5. मराठी अस्मिता
  6. अभिमानगीत बातमी
  7. आठवा स्वर
  8. आठवा स्वर, लोकसत्ता
  9. आठवा स्वर, सकाळ
  10. The complete details of the album
  11. Ba. Bha. Borkar
  12. Details of the Album in Sakal Daily
  13. Details of the Album in Loksatta Daily
  14. Details of the album in Saakal Daily
  15. Detils of Music Launch in Jalgaon Live Newspaper
  16. "Diva Lagu De Re Deva Album Details". Retrieved 3 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Let's Go Back
  18. Details of the Music Launch in Indian Express
  19. Detais of the Album on SAREGAMA site
  20. "Rama Madhav Audio Launch". Retrieved 2 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Rama Madhav Music Review". Retrieved 26 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Goshta Tichya Premachi Movie Details". Retrieved 21 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Ready Mix romantic song for Avinash Vishwajeet". Retrieved 3 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Vasantotsav
  25. Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Music Festival
  26. Dubai Performance Dubai Photos
  27. Sai Baba's Visit to Pandurang Kshetra, Hadashi, Pune
  28. Aarya Performing in front of Sathya Sai Baba
  29. Sai Baba's B'day at Puttaparthi
  30. The video montage uploaded by Star Majha channel on Youtube
  31. Nashik Festival 2011
  32. Nashik Festival details in Sakal website
  33. Details and video on IBN Website
  34. Details of Manik Varma Scholarship in Sakal
  35. Article about Haribhau Sane Award in Sakal Daily
  36. Details in Loksatta
  37. News of Punyaratna Awardsin Loksatta
  38. News of Punyaratna Awards in Sakal
  39. Details of the award in India Express
  40. "Young Achievers Award - Sakaal Times News Article". Retrieved 3 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  41. Khadilkar, Asha (8 December 2015). "संगीत शिकण्यासाठी प्रत्येक क्षण शिष्य बनून राहावे" [I Became a Disciple of Music and Learned to Live Every Moment]. eSakal.com (in Marathi). Retrieved 8 December 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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