|Raja Kumari Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||January 11, 1986|
Raja Kumari is an Indian-American rapper, songwriter, and singer who has co-written, featured in, or lent background vocals to several notable songs such as Fall Out Boy’s double-platinum single Centuries (2014), Change Your Life (2014) featuring T.I., Vicetone’s Don’t You Run, and Brave Enough (2016) by Lindsey Stirling. She has also contributed to songs in albums by several other leading American musical artists/bands. In May 2016, she had won a BMI Pop Award for co-writing the song Centuries. In February 2015, she had been nominated for a Grammy Award. As a solo artist, she has released the mixtape Curry Sauce Vol. 1 (2016) and the EPs The Come Up (2016) and Bloodline (2019).
Svetha Yallapragada Rao
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, United States
She splits her time between Los Angeles, California, United States, and Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
She holds dual nationality.
Raja Kumari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies, with an emphasis on South Asian religions.
Rapper, Songwriter, Singer
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Guitar, Drums, Vocals
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Telugu descent.
- Curvaceous figure
- Long, dense, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
She has been the face of MAC Cosmetics‘ holiday campaign: ‘MAC STARRING YOU’, as part of which she has been featured in several advertisements.
Raja Kumari Facts
- Besides music, Raja Kumari is also passionate about dance and is a trained Indian classical dancer who had started learning the art from the age of 7. She is adept at several different dance forms such as Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam and has given several live performances at the Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium in Hyderabad. She has also been honored with the ‘Kohinoor Award for Excellence in the Classical Arts’ by the Governor of the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
- When she was in 5th grade, she had discovered hip hop music for the first time and was completely engrossed. By the time she turned 14, she had developed her own freestyle act and had become a noted MC in local circles going by the stage name of ‘Indian Princess (IP)’ or ‘Raja Kumari’.
- She has been actively involved with several charitable and philanthropic organizations and had played a key role in the creation of a hospital in Bengaluru, India, and a meditation hall in South India for the Vegesna Foundation, a school that caters to children with physical disabilities. For her work, she has been recognized as a benefactor by the ‘Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture’ (Indic Foundation).
- She has often stated that her musical style has been inspired by the legendary Indian music composer and producer A. R. Rahman.
- In 2018, she had co-written and performed 2 songs titled Roots and City Slums in collaboration with popular Indian rapper Divine.
- She had also played a cameo role, as a judge of a rap battle, in the 2019 Indian musical drama film titled Gully Boy, which was partly based on the life of Divine.
Featured Image by Raja Kumari / Instagram