Penaz Masani is an Indian ghazal singer who has recorded over 20 albums and has enthralled audiences all over the world. She was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2009. In the film industry she has contributed to over 50 films in over 10 languages. To her credit she has one Platinum and three Gold discs. She has also won S D Burman Trophy of the most promising classical singer 1978.
Her talent was discovered by the famous composer Jaidev and she stuck it out to make a name for herself in the male-dominated field of ghazals. She was mentored by the eminent ghazal maestro Madhuraniji. She picked up the Lucknowi Urdu with its nuances and diction from Nizamuddin Ghorekar at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
Songs she has contributed to Bollywood include “Vaishnav Jan Toh Tene Kahiye” (“Gandhi to Hitler”, 2011), “Dheere Dheere Sham” (“Jumbish: A Movement-The Movie”, 1986), “Kahe Baithe Ho” (“Salma”, 1985), “Hum Kya Hai” (“Anand Aur Anand”, 1984) and “Pakka Jamun Todo Nahin” (“Hamari Bahu Alka”, 1982).