Sanjaya Malakar

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

Sanjaya Malakar

Place of Birth: Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 10, 1989

*Bengali Indian (father)
*Italian (maternal grandfather)
*Dutch, Irish, English (maternal grandmother)

Sanjaya Malakar is an American singer. He was a finalist on the sixth season of the singing competition series American Idol.

Sanjaya’s father, Vasudeva Malakar, a Bengali Indian, was born in Vrindavan, India. Sanjaya’s mother is American-born, of Italian descent on her own father’s side and of Dutch, Irish, and English ancestry on her own mother’s side.

Sanjaya’s maternal grandparents are Joseph Paul Recchi, Sr. (the son of John Recchi and Mary R. Cilfone or Pretare) and LoHua Myrle Odekirk (the daughter of Heber Lawrence Odekirk, Sr. and Esther Margaret Dean). Joseph was born in Washington state, to Italian parents. LoHua was born in Utah, with Dutch, Irish, and English ancestry.

Source: Obituary of Sanjaya’s maternal great-grandfather, Heber Lawrence Odekirk, Sr. –

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

He looks black to me, I’ve came across quite a few black guys that looked exactly like him.

cwm85 August 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

He looks different now. Bald head and big beard…

Connerfromvine August 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

I always thought he was fully Indian (not sure about Bengali)

sadie April 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

This person is no CELEBRITY.

cwm85 July 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm
Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:07 am

Half the people on here aren’t celebrities so why you picking on just this one? He at least has a good voice and isn’t a talentless idiot.

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

Thank you!!!

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