K. S. Chithra

K. S. Chithra (Malayalam: കെ. എസ്. ചിത്ര, Tamil: கே எஸ் சித்ரா), often credited as Chithra, is a six time National Film Award winning playback singer who has made her mark in the Indian (film) music playback industry. Popularly known as Chinna Kuyil (Little Nightingale) of South India,[1] she has lent her voice to Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Hindi, Assamese and Bengali films.

Personal life

Born on July 27, 1963, in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, into a family of musicians, Chithra’s talent was recognized and nurtured from an early age by her father, the late Krishnan Nair. He was also her first guru (teacher). Chithra received her extensive training in Carnatic music from Dr. K. Omanakutty, and did post-graduation in music in the University of Kerala.[2] She was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978–1984.[1] She is married to Vijayashankar, an engineer and businessman. Her only daughter Nandana, was born in 2002.

Professional career

Chithra was introduced to Malayalam playback singing by M. G. Radhakrishnan in 1979 and went on to become a regular singer for many malayalam musicians, including Raveendran.[2] Attahasam, Snehapurvam Meera and Nan Ekananu were her first few films.[2] She also performed live concerts with K. J. Yesudas in India and abroad and that was a turning point in her career.[2] Veteran music directors such as Raveendran, Shyam, Jerry Amaldev, Kannoor Rajan and Johnson also helped her move up in her career ladder.[2] She made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the song "Poojaikketra Poovithu" from the film Neethana Antha Kuyil, which was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. She was given the title Chinnakuyil after singing this song.[2] It was Fazil who cast her for this film.

By the mid-eighties, she became the most sought after female singer in Malayalam. She recorded many hit songs for the above listed composers and numerous songs for Ilaiyaraaja in Tamil. She has been acredited as the only female singer to have sung the maximum number of songs for the Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman in his Tamil and Telugu composed film songs. She also sang for G. Devarajan, M. S. Viswanathan, K. V. Mahadevan, Ouseppachan, Deva, Vidyasagar, Bharadhwaj, Chakravarthy, M. Jayachandran, M. M. Keeravani, Hamsalekha, Sharreth, Raj-Koti, Rajan-Nagendra, S. A. Rajkumar, Mani Sharma, Harris Jayaraj, Devisri Prasad and many other south Indian music directors.[3].

She has recorded many memorable Hindi songs for various music directors in Bollywood, namely A. R. Rahman, Anand-Milind, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, Viju Shah, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Naushad, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Jatin-Lalit and many others. She also recorded the Hindi versions of her own Tamil songs sung for A. R. Rahman.

Currently, she is one among the panel of judges in the singing reality shows at Kerala (Idea Star Singer) and Tamil Nadu (Airtel Super Singer Junior).[4]

Awards

Chithra has won six National Awards for best female playback singer.[5][6] She is just behind K.J. Yesudas who has won 7 national awards as a singer. This is the highest number of national awards awarded to any female playback singer. She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer 15 times and is the only female playback singer to have won the best female singer awards from all the four state governments in South India.[6] She has won the awards for the following films:

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:[6]

Filmfare Awards South:

She has also received 15 awards for the best female playback singer from Kerala State Government, 8 awards from Andhra Pradesh State Government, 4 awards from Tamil Nadu State Government and 3 awards from Karnataka State Government. She is the only playback singer to be recognised by all the four state governments in South India for her contributions.

Kerala State Film Awards:

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

Andhra Pradesh State Film Awards:

Karnataka State Film Awards:

Andhra Pradesh State TV Nandi Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Jai Hind Film Awards

Radio Mirchi Awards (South)

Swaralaya -Eenam Awards

South Scope Film Awards

Other achievements

Chithra was also honoured with the Kalaimamani title from Tamil Nadu Government in 1997, the Swaralaya Yesudas Award in 2004, Kalaiselvam title from the South Indian Nadigar Sangam in 2002, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Malayalee Council in London in 2003. She has also received numerous mainstream awards like MTV Video Music Award, Screen – Videocon Award, Film Fans Association Awards, and Cinema Express Awards. She has in her credit, private albums in Hindi, namely Piya Basanti and Sunset Point. Her first ghazal album with Masterio Ghulam Ali and Asha Bhosle is ready for release. She recently released an album in dedication to Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi named My Tribute. It is a collection of krithis and bhajans dedicated to Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi. Sony is planning to release a solo album soon owing to success of Piya Basanti. Recognising her contribution to the music world, Smt. Chithra has been conferred the Padma Shri title by the Government of India in 2005. In 2010, she bagged C. Cheriyan Memorial Award by Cochin Fine Arts Society, Swaralaya - Eenam Award for Best Female Singer and Chakkulathamma Swaravarsha Award.

Stage performance

Chithra has performed all over India, Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, France, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.

Audiotracs Recording Label

Chithra, who is a Grade A artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, has established her own recording label, AUDIOTRACS, to promote new talents in the music world by giving them opportunities to collaborate with her as singers, lyricists and music directors.

Latest Discography

Year:2010

Song Title Film Language Music Director
Naan Poghiren Naanayam Tamil James Vasanthan
Vaaliba Vaa Vaa Goa Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
Oru Varam Tharughirai Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Tamil V. Selvaganesh
Prananathan Enikku Nalkhiya Kadaksham Malayalam M. Jayachandran
Kathirunnu Njaan Sadgamaya Malayalam M. Jayachandran
Aaro Padunnu Kadha Thudarunnu Malayalam Ilayaraja
Sol Pechu Kekkadha Thillalangadi Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
Paadan Ninakkoru Oru Naal Varum Malayalam M. G. Sreekumar
Enthedi Enthedi Shikkar Malayalam M. Jayachandran
Sree Raghunadhki Lava Kusa – The Warrior Twins Hindi L. Vaidyanathan
Ramayan Divya Katha
Nammakame Iyyara Komaram Puli Telugu A. R. Rahman
Manavaatti Penne Sakudumbam Shyamala Malayalam M. G. Sreekumar
Chinnumari Pappumari School Master Kannada V. Sreedhar
Sathathanthriyakum Paattinte Palazhy Malayalam Dr. Suresh Manimala
Ponnum Noolil
Asar Usko
Udayasooryane
Ammakkuruvi
Poovanangal Inganeyum Oral Malayalam Mohan Sithara
The Song Goes On The Song Goes On English Herbie Hancock
Poonchillayil Chekavar Malayalam Rahul Raj
Raavil Neela Mazha Nilaavu Malayalam Reji Wayanad
Ishtangal Okayum Punyam Aham Malayalam Isaac Thomas Kottukapalli
Manikanda Swamy Thathwamasi Malayalam Ramesh Narayanan
Thaake Merupulaku Mouna Ragam Telugu S. A. Rajkumar
Raave Raave Eedu Jodu Telugu Satyam Ratnala
Dhoom Dhoom Hoo Kannada V. Harikrishna
Sarigama Sari
Anuragayamune Yakshiyum Njanum Malayalam Sajan Madhav
Maalakhapole Mummy & Me Malayalam Seso Joseph
Venmukhilin
Aimbathu Kilo Thangam Kutti Pisasu Tamil Deva
Panchakshariki Kalyanam Panchakshari Telugu Chinna
Aaha Veenaiyil Pen Singam Tamil Deva
Eno Onthara Ee Sanje Kannada Jai Shiva
Hey Janmabhoomi Matte mungaru Kannada X. Paul Raj
Selai Kattiya Magizhchi Tamil Vidhyasagar
Manasaare Taare Kannada C. R. Bobby
Chendulla Cheluve Neneyuve Ninna Kannada C. R. Bobby
Chitrasalabhame Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram Malayalam M. Jayachandran
Hridhayathin
Anamika Fiddle Malayalam Ramesh Balakrishna
Meera Than Bombay Mittai Malayalam Paris V. Chandran
Omkaram Nagavalli Telugu Gurukiran
Sughavasi Sughavasi Easan Tamil James Vasanthan
Etho Raavil Sahasram Malayalam M. Jayachandran
Ragada Ragada Ragada Telugu Thaman
Silakka Mirapakaya Telugu Thaman
Andaralaaga Kudirithe Cup Coffee Telugu Yogeshwara Sharma
Kogilegoo Hori Kannada Renu Kumar

References

  1. ^ a b Nair, Sulekha (23 January 2001). "Nightingale of the south". Express India. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f S.R. Ashok Kumar (21 July 2005). "One more feather in her cap". The Hindu. ((cite web)): Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.kschitra.info/articles01.htm
  4. ^ http://www.chennaionline.com/city360/events/20092603042654/airtel-super-singer-junior-2.col Airtel Super Singer Junior 2
  5. ^ "Padma Shri K. S. Chithra". Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Audience determines today's music, says K S Chitra". The Hindu. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  8. ^ "52nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 11 December 2010.

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