Monica Dogra is an American[1] singer and actress[2][3] of Indian origin. She is one half of the Mumbai-based electro rock duo Shaa'ir and Func. She made her acting debut in the Bollywood film Dhobi Ghat.

Early life

Dogra is the daughter of Kashmiri immigrants.[2] Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk music singer Prakash Sharma.[4][5] She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Oakleigh Elementary School, Montessori, Dulaney High School, and NYU. She attended NYU from 2000–2004, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Music. She has stated in an interview that her source of inspiration for music was noted vocalist, Sreetama Ghosh.


In 2005, she formed[6][unreliable source?] the electro-rock group "Shaa'ir+Func", along with guitarist Randolph Correia.[7] In 2007, they released their first album New Day: The Love Album, followed by Light Tribe in 2008 and Mantis in 2010. She also sang a song "Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori" with Vishal Dadlani in the film Break Ke Baad.[2]

She has made a guest appearance in Rock On!!. In 2008, she was approached by Kiran Rao for the lead role in Rao's directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat - a role Dogra initially turned down, but eventually accepted.[8] In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone's Never Hide Sounds musical talent contest.[9] She is the host of The Dewarists, a musical collaborative show on STAR World India.[10]


Year Title Role Other notes
2011 Dhobi Ghat Shai Debut film
2012 David Filming[11]
2012 Fireflies Announced[11]


  1. Addiego, Walter (January 21, 2011). "'Mumbai Diaries' review: a long way from Bollywood". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Monica Dogra: Bollywood is changing". Times of India. IANS. January 22, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. Puente, Maria (January 20, 2011). "Could 'Mumbai Diaries' represent a Bollywood reboot?". USA Today. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  4. Sharma, Ashutosh (December 30, 2010). "City girl to act in Amir Khan movie". Jammu & Kasmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. Sharma, Ashutosh (December 31, 2011). "Need to ‘preserve’ Dogri folk music". Jammu & Kashmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  6. Datta, Pulkit (October 20, 2010). NRI Profile: Monica Dogra. NRI. Retrieved on December 14, 2011.
  7. Bio. Retrieved on December 14, 2011.
  8. "When Monica Dogra said no to Aamir Khan". Hindustan Times. IANS. January 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  9. Singh, Nirmika (December 4, 2011). "Bands from across country battle it out". Hindustan Times. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  10. Sen, Jhinuk (December 13, 2011). "The Dewarists: Passion and 'things worth doing'". CNN-IBN. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pai, Megha (April 19, 2012). "‘I have a lot on my plate’". Khaleej Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
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