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 grandfather is Joseph Paul Recchi, Sr. (the son of John Recchi and Mary R. Cilfone or Pretare). Joseph was born in Washington state, to Italian parents.

Sanjaya’s maternal grandmother is LoHua Myrle Odekirk (the daughter of Heber Lawrence Odekirk, Sr. and Esther Margaret Dean). LoHua was born in Utah, and had Dutch, Irish, and English ancestry. Heber was the son of Isaac William Odekirk and Hannah Margarith Pace.

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

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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.

Multiethnicchick March 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

No black person has his hair texture or facial features. You clearly have no idea what a fully black person looks like

andrew March 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

He could pass for Sri Lankan or even Indigenous Australian. He has strong Australoid features.

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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