Mauli Dave (Gujarati: મૌલી દવે) was a finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and also recently crowned Miss Teen India Texas 2007. Dave is also a professional dancer who was a finalist in Sony Entertainment Television's "Boogie Woogie Chalo America" in 2003.
She has also appeared in one episode of the Zee TV serial, Parrivaar, performing as a belly dancer. Her towering personality of over six feet height gives her the additional advantage of the screen presence no wonder the famed music director Bappi Lahiri called her "Indian Shakira".
Mauli Dave was born in Ahemdabad then she moved to Houston, Texas. She attended Best Primary School, Ahmedabad during her stay in India. Before participating in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, she studied 2nd year of university at the University of Houston with "Graphic Communications" as a major. She attended Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas. During her free time, she plays tennis.
She had her vocal training in Hindustani Sangeet in Houston under Smt. Chandrakantha Courtney. She recently finished hosting "Rock n Roll Family" on ZEE TV with television actor Sharad Kelkar, which was very helpful in improving her Hindi speaking skills. She was given a break by Bappa Lahiri in the song "Agre ka ghagra" from the movie Jai Veeru from which she was nominated for "The New Musical Sensation" at the Stardust Awards 2010.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 Mauli Dave had auditioned through the auditions held in the United States. There, she was judged by Bappi Lahiri who subsequently brought her on the show. Her first appearance in the show was on 5 May when she gave a sensational rendition of Mayya Mayya from the 2007 film, Guru. Mauli Dave's first performance had received great reception from both the mentors and the audience.
Her performance increased the viewership of the show fivefold. Because of this performance, she was invited to be in Bappi Lahiri's "Josh" gharana while another contestant, Sumana Ganguly, who had contested to be received into the Lahiri's gharana as well, was sent to the "Eklavya" gharana. Till date, she has twice been the top contestant of the show on 22 July and 3 August. She was eliminated from the show among the top 7.
Mayya Mayya FAME - This song is the singer's claim to fame.
Post-Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 Although Mauli was eliminated mid-way, she still has bagged many playback offers. From her song "Agre ka Ghagra" from the movie Jai Veeru she bagged a nomination under the category for New Musical Sensation at the Stardust Awards 2010.
TV career Parrivaar (2007) ... Guest Appearance, "Rock-N-Roll Family"... which has recently finished airing on "Zee TV", she is seen with Bollywood superstar couple Kajol-Ajay Devgan with their mother Tanuja, on this dance competition.