The world of voice over is one that is full of intricacies and adventures. Even though considered a very new and modern phenomenon by many, voice overs have been a part of our lives longer than we expected. It has been opted as a full-fledged career by many and as we scour this world of creativity and talent, we will surely run into many success stories to serve as evidence of that.
Voice over is obviously incomplete without the voice over artists. These are individuals possessing an innate talent for breathing life and magic into lifeless scripts using their voices. Just like acting, a lot goes into enacting a voice over script as well. A disadvantage that voice over artists face over actors is that, unlike actors, they only have their voices at their disposal. And hence all the expressions and emotions need to be expressed using just one thing: their voice.
Voice over acting is now popular and an up-and-coming profession across the world including in India. An average voice over artist in India with approximately a year of experience earns somewhere around 19-20k per month for their voice over services. Of course, the pay scale rises with the years of experience. Many voice over artists in India also hail from cinematic backgrounds.
Many Indian female and male voice over artists have over the years left a mark on the Indian audience with their immaculate voice over acting and talent. The list below showcases some of these amazing Indian voice artists and their contributions to the industry.
Voice Over Artists in India
1. Subha Sankar Chatarjee
A prominent voice over artist of India, Subha Sankar Chatterjee is a multilingual voice over artist with several projects and brands under his belt such as PayTm, Toyota, etc. He is also a content marketing professional, a certified life and leadership coach, a podcaster, and a theatre artist. Subha is also the founder of Stotra Happiness Studio, a unique meditation, and mindfulness program that looks at the many colors, and those seeking his services can reach out to him on his website Sankar’s Voice.
2. Atul Kapoor
This man is the voice behind India’s most popular and most-watched reality TV show, Bigg Boss. He started giving his voice as the Bigg Boss season 4 and has been working as a voice over artist since 2002. Giving his voice to one of the most loved and awaited reality TV shows has given him fame of his own.
3. Raghubir Yadav
One of the most prolific voice over artists in India, Raghubir Yadav is an award-winning actor as well as voice actor. Yadav is best known for his Pepsico ad song ‘Umar Ghumar Ke’ which featured Sachin Tendulkar. He has also given his voice to several big brands such as Parle, Vim, Kotak Mahindra, Coke, Midday, Crack cream, etc. Amongst the male voice over artists of India, Raghubir Yadav is sure a name to note.
4. Shammi Narang
Just like the voice of Bigg Boss, the voice behind Delhi Metro is also something that has made everyone curious. Well, the mystery is solved now. The voice behind Delhi Metro is Shammi Narang who is also a noteworthy personality in Doordarshan.
5. Soniya Nair
Delivering intricate and beautiful voice overs in both English and Indian dialect, Nair is considered one of the most versatile female voice over artists. She does both voice over and dubbing for actors such as Aishwarya Rai, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla etc. She has done dubbing and voice over for brands such as Rasna and Clean and Dry.
6. Piyush Mishra
There is one song that every Indian remembers in the blink of an eye. Parle G’s ‘Roko Mat, Toko Mat song ending with the voice over “Bachpan se bada koi school nahi. Curiosity se bada koi teacher nahi. Aao banaye kal ke genius” is one of those advertisements that will always linger in our memories. This memorable voice over is given by Piyush Mishra, who also happens to be a scriptwriter, a lyricist, singer, and a scriptwriter. One of the finest voice over artists of India, Mishra has gathered several accolades across the globe for his latest project with Google Reunion.
7. Sonal Kaushal
The voice behind Doraemon, a voice that has stayed in our hearts as the voice of the cute little cartoon robot from the 22nd century is literally one of the finest examples of voice over. Sonal is a cartoonist who has given her voice to several of our beloved cartoons on Nickelodeon. She has also given her voice to films like Alice Through The Looking Glass and The Incredibles and also runs her own YouTube Channel, the motor mouth. Sonal is undoubtedly one of the finest voice over artists in India.
8. Sharad Kelkar
Another prominent voice over artist of India, Sharad Kelkar rose to fame as an actor before he started lending his voice to some of the biggest projects to date. Apart from his stellar performance in films like Tanaji and Laxmi, Kelkar outdid himself with his dubbing for the mega-franchise Bahubali where he lend his voice to Prabhas. He has also given some amazing global hits such as XXX Xander Cage, Mad Max, etc. He is also one of the most versatile male voice over artists in India.
India has seen a plethora of voice over talents over at least a decade or so. And with each passing day, many new and amazing names are joining the list. Though many usually get lost behind the screen, these individuals has to be credited with as much zeal as is given to those who are in front of the camera because it is their voice and their impeccable talent that might bring a smile to many our faces as we go through our mundane day to day lives.