Ila Arun is a popular Indian actress, TV personality and a Rajasthani folk/folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion.
She was born in Jaipur. She did her graduation from Maharani Girls college in Jaipur, India.
In the Sony Entertainment Television show Fame Gurukul, she was the headmistress of the school where the contestants of the show trained for the reality singing show. She sang on the successful Tamil song "Muthu Muthu Mazhai" on the soundtrack to the film Mr. Romeo composed by A R Rahman. Other than many other awards, she has won one Filmfare Best Female Playback Award in 1994 for the song "Choli Ke Peeche" from the film Khalnayak.
She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra", which sold more than 100,000 copies,Morni,Main ho gayi sawa lakh ki,Mera Assi Kali ka Ghagra,Darudi, Bichuda,Main Raatan Jagi etc[vague]. Her fans await her comeback as she left after her album Haule Haule protesting music piracy and remixes and sexual content in songs. She herself accepted that she is all set to return with an album which is ready.
She will appear in NDTV Imagine's reality show Junoon-Kuch kar dikhana hai as a judge for the folk-singers team Maati ke laal. She recently sang the promotional song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL which became an instant hit. She hails from Rajasthan and sings lots of Rajasthani songs in all her albums and movies.
She has recently delivered an electrifying performance in the 2008 hit Jodhaa Akbar as Maham Anga, Akbar's wet nurse, who is also like Akbar's mother. She has also acted in critically acclaimed films such as China Gate, Chingari, and the most recent Welcome to Sajjanpur.
Her brother Piyush Pandey is an ad-maker while her sister Rama Pandey is a Producer-Director and Tripti Pandey is a cultural activist in Rajasthan. She sings on the Hindi song "Ringa Ringa" on the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire.