– Aditya Naik
Our entertainment industry has been blessed with loads of versatile artists since its inception. These multi-talented artists captivate the audience not only with their on-screen presence but also with also with their soothing voice. One such artist whose name pops up in our mind when we say versatility is Monica Dogra.
Monica was raised in Baltimore, USA. She always had a penchant for music. So naturally, she took up singing and formed a two-piece electronic rock band called ‘Shaa’ir + Func’. Realizing the people’s need for something upbeat and funky, they released their first album “New Day” in 2007 which shot them into the limelight. The indie music scene was undergoing a lot of transformation at that time. The band garnered recognition by VH1 as the top emerging artists that year. Monica rose to popularity among the masses as the singer of one of the best Indie bands.
This was just the beginning of the journey. Monica sung a track “Dooriyan” composed by renowned duo Vishal & Shekhar for the film BREAK KE BAAD (2010). She also made a guest appearance in 2008 film ROCK ON!! But her full-fledged acting debut was in the 2011 film DHOBI GHAT directed by Kiran Rao starring Aamir Khan and Prateik Babbar. Thereafter, she went on to act in films like David, Teraa Surroor etc.
Monica Dogra also impressed the audience with her mic skills as she was the host for ‘The Dewarists’, a musical collaborative show on Star World India. In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone’s ‘Never Hide Sounds’ musical talent show. She is currently one of the judges on ‘The Stage’ broadcasted on Colors Infinity.
Alegria- The festival of Joy has been a huge platform for youth talent. The solo singing contest is a massive hit among the Alegrians. The energy level and enthusiasm for this musical extravaganza is unparalleled. Alegria has always brought major powerhouses of talent for judging various events. Last year, we were privileged to have eminent Bollywood composer, Mr. Anu Malik, to judge the solo singing contest. And this year, our fellow Alegrian singers will be judged by Monica Dogra. We are delighted to have her as the judge for the Voice of Alegria. We expect to see some amazing musical talent that will set the bar even higher!!!!