Palak Muchhal (born 30 March 1992) is a singer from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. She and her younger brother Palaash Muchhal perform stage shows across India and abroad to raise funds for poor children who need financial assistance for the medical treatment of heart disease. As of May 2013 she has raised funds of ₹25 million (US$430,000) through her charity shows which has helped to save lives of 572 children suffering from heart ailments. Muchhal has made her entry in both Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records for great achievements in social work. Her work is also recognised by the Government of India and other public institutions through various awards and honours. Muchhal also performs as a playback singer for Bollywood films, she has rendered her voice in notable Hindi movies such as Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Aashiqui 2 (2013).
Palak Muchhal was born on 30 March 1992 into a middle class Maheshwari Marwari family in Indore. Her mother, Amita Muchhal, is a homemaker and her father, Rajkumar Muchhal, serves as an accountant in a private firm. She has a younger brother, Palash Muchhal. In May 2013 Muchhal stated that she is doing her final year of B.Com from a college in Indore.
Muchhal started singing when she was aged four. She has been trained in Indian classical music and can sing in 17 different languages.
Muchhal became a member of Kalyanji-Anandji Little Star, a group of young singers, when she was four years old. During the Kargil War of 1999, when aged seven, she spent a week singing at shops in her home city, Indore, to raise funds for the families of deceased Indian soldiers. Her efforts received substantial coverage in Indian media and she raised ₹25,000 (US$810). Later that year, she sang to raise funds for victims of the 1999 Odisha cyclone.
Her decision to use her voice to help others was triggered when she saw poor children using their clothes to clean train compartments. Around the same time, teachers at Nidhi Vinay Mandir, an Indore based school, approached Muchhal and her parents with a request for a charity show to raise funds for their pupil, Lokesh, who was suffering from a congenital heart defect. His father was impoverished footwear shop-owner and was unable to afford the high cost of heart surgery. Muchhal and her parents agreed to arrange a show and in March 2000, she used a street vendor’s cart as a stage for the event and collected ₹51,000 (US$1,600) towards the cost of surgery. The attendant publicity prompted renowned Bangalore-based cardiologist, Devi Prasad Shetty, to operate on Lokesh free of charge. Muchhal’s parents published advertisements in local newspapers to promote donations toward heart surgery for children like Lokesh. The outcome of this was a list of 33 children in need of heart surgery.
A series of charity shows were arranged later in that year, from which ₹225,000 (US$7,200) were raised. This money was used to provide heart surgery for five children in Bangalore and Indore hospitals. To help Muchhal in her efforts to save lives of children at relatively low cost, T. Choithram Hospital of Indore halved the cost of surgery from ₹80,000 (US$2,600) to ₹40,000 (US$1,300) and one of its surgeons, Dhiraj Gandhi, decided to waive his fee for cases brought in by Muchhal.
Since 2000, Muchhal has travelled extensively in India and abroad for her charity show, which is billed in Hindi as “Dil se dil tak” (“From heart to heart”) and in English as “Save Little Hearts”. Her younger brother, Palash, performs in the same shows with the intent of raising funds for children who have kidney ailments. On average, Muchhal sings around 40 songs in each show which includes popular Bollywood songs, Ghazals and Bhajans. Muchhal can sing in 17 different languages which includes Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Rajasthani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Sindhi and Malayalam.
In 2001 Muchhal, raised around one million rupees for the victims of 2001 Gujarat Earthquake. In July 2003, Muchhal offered financial assistance through her charity funds to parents of a two-year old Pakistani girl who had a hole in the heart. Muchhal’s charity organisation is named as ‘Palak Muchhal Heart Foundation’. By March 2006 this foundation had financially assisted 200 children in undergoing heart surgery. By the end of the year 2006 Muchhal had raised ₹1.2 crore (US$200,000) for this foundation which were used to save lives of 234 children. To ensure that operations of children do not stop due to lack of money, Bhandari Hospital in Indore has allowed an overdraft of up to one million rupees to Palak Muchhal Heart Foundation. In 2006 Muchhal was one of the five heroic stories broadcast by Star Gold channel as part of its “Rang De Basanti Salaam” (Salute to Color of Sacrifice) initiative. By June 2009 Muchhal had staged 1,460 charity shows across the world which had raised ₹1.71 crore (US$290,000) for Palak Muchhal Heart Foundation. These funds helped to save lives of 338 children.
Doctors allow Muchhal to be present in the operating theatre. She has her own surgical gown in the hospital and when the operation takes place she chants from the Bhagavad Gita. Muchhal and her parents do not receive any financial benefits from the charity shows but she receives a doll for every child whose life she helps make better through her efforts.
In 2011, Muchhal entered in Bollywood as professional playback singer but her efforts to help child heart patients continued. As of May 2013, she has raised ₹25 million (US$430,000) which has helped to save lives of 572 children, and she has 621 more heart patients on her waiting list.
Muchhal wanted to be Bollywood Playback Singer since childhood. She released six non-filmi albums during her childhood and teenage days. In 2001, when she was nine, her first album “Child For Children” was released by Tips Music. In 2003, her second album ‘Palken’ was released. In later years she released her other albums “Aao Tumhe Chand Per Le Jaaye”, “Beti Hu Mahakal Ki”, and “Dil Ke Liye”. In 2011, her “Jai Jai Dev Ganesh” album was released by T-Series. Muchhal moved to Mumbai from Indore in late 2006 to find opportunities in Bollywood for her singing career. She sang her first Bollywood song for the October 2011 movie Damadamm!, receiving generally positive reviews. She sang her second song, “Pyaar Ke Silsile”, a month later for movie Na Jaane Kabse. Music in Na Jaane Kabse, and movie as-well, received bad reviews. Muchhal was an acquaintance of actor Salman Khan. Khan had recommended her name earlier to music director Sajid-Wajid for his film Veer. Khan had also recommended her name to Yash Raj Banner. Following this, Muchhal dubbed song “Laapata” with KK for Yash Raj banner which was included in 2012 blockbuster movie Ek Tha Tiger. The song was filmed on Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The song was a hit and introduced her to Bollywood.
Later that year in 2012 she sang “nainon ne nainon se” song for the movie From Sydney with Love, receiving favorable reviews. In early 2013, Muchhal sang two songs, composed by Mithoon and Jeet Gannguli, for the movie Aashiqui 2. Aashiqui 2 music received generally positive reviews, becoming her second hit after Ek Tha Tiger. Muchhal has also sung a song “Tui Borsha Bikeler Dheu” in Bengali for the April 2013 Bengali movie Rocky, but the movie and its music were given unfavorable reviews.
|Year released||Song||Film||Music director||Co-singer(s)|
|2011||“Damadamm”||Damadamm!||Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya|
|“Pyaar Ke Silsile”||Na Jaane Kabse||Jatin Pandit|
|2012||“Laapata”||Ek Tha Tiger||Sohail Sen||KK|
|“Nainon Ne Nainon Se”||From Sydney with Love||Sohail Sen|
|2013||“Meri Aashiqui”||Aashiqui 2||Mithoon||Arijit Singh|
|“Chaahun Main Ya Naa”||Jeet Gannguli|
|“Tui Borsha Bikeler Dheu”||Rocky||Shaan|
|“Chura Ke Le Ja”||Policegiri||Himesh Reshammiya||Yashraj Kapil|
|“Tirat Meri Tu”||Vinit Singh, Shabab Sabri|
|“Lamhaa Tera Mera”||Zanjeer||Chirantan Bhatt||Wajhi Farooki|
|“Aankhon Hi Aankhon Ne (Duet)”||Mickey Virus||Hanif Shaikh||Mohit Chauhan|
|“Aankhon Hi Aankhon Ne (Female)”|
|“O Humsafar”||Khiladi||Shree Pritam||Shaan|
|“Dhokha Dhadi”||R… Rajkumar||Pritam Chakraborty||Arijit Singh|
|“Karle Pyaar Karle” (title song)||Karle Pyaar Karle||Meet Bros Anjjan, Suneel Darshan|
|“Teri Saanson Mein”||Karle Pyaar Karle||Rashid Khan, Suneel Darshan||Arijit Singh, Amit Mishra|
|“Photocopy”||Jai Ho||Sajid-Wajid||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2014||“Dyaniyaagiruve”||Love is Poison(Kannada)||Sai Kiran|
|“Yaako Kaane Dina”||Love is Poison(Kannada)||Sai Kiran||Loveguru Rajesh|
|“Tu Hi Hai Aashiqui”||Dishkiyaoon||Palash Muchhal||Arijit Singh|
|“Nachle Tu”||Dishkiyaoon||Palash Muchhal||Mika Singh|
|“Ice Cream Khaungi”||The Xpose||Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh|
|2014||“Sayyon re”||The System (2014 film)||Shailesh Suvarna||Mohit Pathak|
Honors and awards
- Got Zee Cine Awards for the best upcoming singer for her song “Meri Aashiqui” from Aashiqui2.
- Nominated for the Best Playback Singer in Zee Cine Awards for her song “Chahu MainYa Na” from Aashiqui2.
- Nominated in GIMA awards for her song “Chahu Main Ya Na” from Aashiqui2
- Got three nominations in Mirchi Music Awards for The Best Playback Singer and The Best Upcoming Playback Singer for her songs in Aashiqui2
- Silver Medal for the year 2000 by Vice-President of India Krishan Kant as National Child Award For Exceptional Achievement (Rashtriya Bal Puraskar).
- Rashtriya Samanway Puraskar (2001) by MahaMandaleshwar Swami Satyamitranand
- Rajiv Gandhi Award for the year 2005.
- Pogo (TV channel) ‘Candyman Kuchh Bhi Karega’ award for the Pogo Amazing Kids Leader category (2005)
- Winner of Sony Entertainment Television (India) TV show Cadbury Bournvita Confidence Champions (2006)
- Muchhal has made her entry in both Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records for great achievements in social work.
- Yuva Ojaswini Alankaran award (2006)
- Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary Club International.
- CBSE and Maharashtra board has included Palak’s achievement in text book of seventh standard moral science
- 10th Annual Kelvinator Gr8! Woman Achiever Award 2011 in the category ‘Young Achiever-Social Service’.
- Virangana Award 2011 by Virangna Lakshmibai Balidan Mela Samiti Gwalior.
- Face of Coca-Cola campaign of spreading smiles on other faces, TVC ‘Haan Main Crazy Hoon’ (2012)
- 19th Sur Aradhana Award (2012) in the best upcoming artist category
- 19th Lions Gold Award (2012) in the best upcoming Playback singer(female) category for her song Lapataa in Ek Tha Tiger movie.