Ester Valerie Noronha (born 12th September 1992) is an Indian actress, singer, composer,
performer and classical dancer.
Popularly known for her work in Telugu, Kannada and Konkani film and entertainment industries
for more than a decade,
Ester has won the Best Actress Award for her Konkani film SOPHIYA - a dream girl, Best
Performance Award for Telugu
Webseries RECCE and Best Supporting Actress Award for her Kannada movie LANKE. Ester has worked
in more than 35 films in
around 7 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Telugu and Tamil till date.
Her memorable works
being Bheemavaram Bullodu (Telugu), Shakeela (Hindi), Lanke (Kannada), Sophiya (Konkani), Recce
(Telugu) and many more.
Ester Noronha was born to Mr. Valerian Noronha and Mrs. Janet Noronha in Bahrain. Due to the interest Ester showed in music and dance at a very young age, her mother gave up her career and came down to Mangalore along with Ester, where Ester continued her schooling and simultaneously pursued training in Piano, Bharatnatyam, Carnatic singing and Guitar. She debuted on the Konkani stage as "Baby Ester" at the tender age of 8 and became very popular as a child artist. She went on to perform in numerous shows locally and abroad, delivering several hits and participating in albums and shows of all the top composers and musicians in Konkani language.
Ester was brought up in Mangalore between the years 2000-2008. She attended St. Gerosa school, Jeppu, Mangalore between 3rd to 10th std during which she completed 8 grades in Piano from the Trinity college of London, Senior grade in Bharatnatyam from the KSEEB (Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board) and also performed the 'Arangetrum' or 'Rangapravesha' in Bharatnatyam. She completed the junior grade in Carnatic singing from the KSEEB and also performed the 'Arangetrum' or 'Rangapravesha' in the same.
Ester is the first artist in Dakshina Kannada to have performed Rangapravesha in both Bharatnatyam and Carnatic singing.
At the age of 14, she established her independent musical live show with the title "Ester Show" which was in aid of the Mangalore Diocesan Medical Relief Fund. Ester was a bright student academically and passed the 10th std with a distinction. Due to her interest in the social sciences and her drive to do something for the society, she dreamed on getting into civil services. She along with her mother then shifted to Mumbai where she studied at the prestigious St. Xavier's college. She went on to Graduate in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology subjects. While in college she got trained in Hindustani singing under Ustad Hafiz Khan, Mumbai. She produced and released her maiden audio album in Konkani titled 'Ester's "Kalza Thaun"(from the heart)' comprising 10 songs composed and sung by herself at the age of 16. It was during one of her Bharatnatyam shows in Bangalore, that the legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan laid her eyes upon Ester. She went on to get trained in Kathak and Bollywood dancing under Saroj Khan for around 2 yrs during which she got introduced to the world of cinema. Ester then joined Anupam Kher's 'Actor Prepares',the school of acting where she completed her Diploma course in acting.