Awards & Winners

National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer

National Film Awards

The National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards of India since 1968 to a female playback singer for the best renditions of songs from soundtracks within the Indian film industry. Throughout the years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of India has presented a total of 45 Best Female Playback Singer awards to 23 different female playback singers. Until 1974, winners of the National Film Award received a commemorative plaque and certificate; since 1975, they have been awarded with a "Rajat Kamal", certificate and a cash prize that amounted to 50,000 in 2013. Although the Indian film industry produces films in more than 20 languages and dialects, the playback singers whose renditions have won awards have worked in ten major languages: Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. The first recipient was P. Susheela from Kollywood, who was honoured at the 16th National Film Award for her renditions from the Tamil film Uyarntha Manithan. The singer who won the most number of Rajat Kamal awards is K. S. Chithra with six wins, followed by P. Susheela with five.
Date Established : 1968

Check all the winners of National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer presented under National Film Awards since 1968 .

Bela Shende

Honored for : Whats your religion?
(For the song Khura Khura)

Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar

Honored for : Samhita
(Song: Palakein Naa Moondon)

Roopa Ganguly

Honored for : Abosheshey
(Songs: Dure Kothao Dure Dure and Aaji Bijan Ghare)

Rekha Bhardwaj

Honored for : Ishqiya
(Song: Badi Dheere Jali)

Nilanjana Sarkar

Honored for : Houseful
(Song: Boye Jay Sudhu Bish)

Shreya Ghosal

Honored for : The Endless Wait, Jogwa
(Songs: Pherari Mon and Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla)

Shreya Ghosal

Honored for : Jab We Met
(Song: Yeh Ishq Haaye)

Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar

Honored for : Antarnad

Shreya Ghosal

Honored for : Riddle
(Song: Dheere Jalna)

K.S. Chithra

Honored for : Autograph
(Song: Ovvoru Pookalume)

Tarali Sarma

Honored for : Akashitorar Kothare

Shreya Ghosal

Honored for : Devdas
(Song: Bairi Piya)

Sadhana Sargam

Honored for : Azhagi
(Pattu Cholli)

K.S. Chithra

Honored for : Virasat
(Song: Paayalein Chun Mun)

K.S. Chithra

Honored for : Minsaara Kanavu
(Song: Manamathurai)

Anjali Kulkarni

Honored for : Doghi
(Song: Bhui Bhegalali Khol)


Honored for : Karuththamma
(Song: Porale Ponnuthaaye)

Lata Mangeshkar

Honored for : Yaara Seeli Seeli

K.S. Chithra

Honored for : Vaisali
(Song: Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum Raathri)

Asha Bhosle

Honored for : Mera Kuchh Saamaan

Asha Bhosle

Honored for : Dil Cheez Kya Hai
(Umrao Jaan)

S. Janaki

Honored for : 16 Vayathinile
(Song: Senthoora Poove)

P. Susheela

Honored for : Siri Siri Muvva
(Song: Jhummandi Naadham Sayyandi Paadam)

Vani Jayaram

Honored for : Rare Melodies

Lata Mangeshkar

Honored for : Roothe Roothe Piya

Lata Mangeshkar

Honored for : Beeti Na Bitaai Raina

K. B. Sundarambal

Honored for : Thunaivan

P. Susheela

Honored for : Uyarntha Manithan
(Song: Paal Polave Vaan Meedhile (Naalai Intha Velai Parthu))