May 16, 1981
Chaya Singh (ಕನ್ನಡ: ಛಾಯಾ ಸಿಂಗ್) is an Indian actress, born 16 May 1981 in Bangalore. She started her acting career in Kannada films and has worked in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Telugu and Oriya films. She has a reputation of being very selective in her roles.
Her parents had migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Karnataka before her birth. She belongs to a Rajput family. Chaya grew up in Bangalore. She did her schooling at Lourdes School, Bangalore and studied for her Plus Two there.
Her first film role was in Munnudi. She went to do more films in Kannada including Haseena which was directed by Girish Kasaravalli, Thuntata, which was a success, Dinesh Babu's Chitte and Sai Prakash’s Rowdy Aliya.
After having few chances in the Kannada industry she migrated to Tamil movies. Chaya Singh's most famous movie is Thiruda Thirudi in Tamil which has the popular song Manmadharasa. She also acted in its Kannada remake Sakha Sakhi, which unlike the original was not successful. Chaya later acted in little known films Kavithai and Jaisurya  and did item numbers in Arul and Thirupaachi, though she stated that she dislikes doing them. She returned to Tamil with Vallamai Tharayo  and then starred in the supernatural thriller Anandhapurathu Veedu.
She has performed in Akasha Gange in Kannada which released in 2008. About her performance in the film, Rediff wrote, "The highlight of the film is Chaya Singh who has come out with an outstanding performance as a music teacher who comes to her lover's house to win over his family". Sify wrote, "This is Chaya Singh's yet another best performance. She speaks from her lovely eyes". She acted in the Kannada short film Simply kailawesome which won the prestigious Platinum Remi Award at the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. The film made on playwright T. P. Kailasam revolves around conversations between Kailasam and female protagonists from four of his plays. Chaya Singh played all the four characters: Paatu from Tollugatti, Eeke from Gandaskathri, Venkamma from Home Rule and Sule from the play Sule.
She has acted in two Malayalam films, too, Mullavalliyum Thenmavum and Police, both directed by V. K. Prakash. In 2008 she was acting in two Bhojpuri films. Her first Bhojpuri release was Mahamaayi. She has directed a Bengali film, too.
She has done supporting roles in Kannada TV shows such as E-TV's Sarojini and Prema Kathegalu. She has acted in Tamil serial Nagamma, airing on Sun TV. She was a judge in the show Kuniyonu Bara on a Kannada television channel. Since 2012, she acts in Telugu serial "Kanchna Ganga", airing on Maa TV. She is currently acting in the Tamil film Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal.
|2001||Chitte||Shanthi||Kannada||National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues|
|2002||Balagalittu Olage Baa||Kannada|
|2003||Thiruda Thirudi||Vijayalakshmi (Viji)||Tamil|
|2003||Amma Appa Chellam||Nandhitha||Tamil|
|2003||Mullavalliyum Thenmavum||Rajasree||Malayalam||(as Minnu)|
|2008||Simply kailawesome||Paatu/Eeke/Venkamma/Sule||Kannada||Win-orldFest-Houston International Film Festival Best Film|
|2010||Anandhapurathu Veedu||Revathy Bala||Tamil|
|2012||Ki Kore Bojhabo ...Tomake||Sapna||Bengali||Also director|
|2013||Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal||Tamil|
- Sarojini (Kannada)
- Prema Kathegalu (Kannada)
- Priyanka Dasgupta, TNN Oct 25, 2008, 12.00am IST (2008-10-25). "Chaya back in films! - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Feline, fast and favourite". The Hindu. 20 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "A new year by any other name - Lifestyle - DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Metro Plus Kochi / Cinema : Staple diet: comics". The Hindu. 2005-04-18. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- Media, Sampurn. "Chaya Singh’s holy matrimony". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Chaya Singh in Malayalam". IndiaGlitz. 12 May 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Saka Sakhi review - Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- Daithota, Madhu (31 October 2006). "'I'm not bothered about my image'". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Chaya Singh: Nobody can replace me". IndiaGlitz. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- V Lakshmi, TNN Jul 9, 2010, 12.00am IST (2010-07-09). "I don’t watch Tamil serials: Chaya - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- TNN Jun 19, 2008, 12.28am IST (2008-06-19). "Akasha Gange: A whiff of fresh air - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Movie Review : Akasha Gange". Sify.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Karnataka / Bangalore News : Awesome act by ‘Simply Kailawesome'". The Hindu. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Looking at Simply Kailawesome - Rediff.com Movies". Movies.rediff.com. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Metro Plus Kochi / Cinema : `The Police' all over the city". The Hindu. 2005-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Friday Review Bangalore / Cinema : Gandhinagar Gossip". The Hindu. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Chaya Singh to direct a film?". Sify.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- S.R. Ashok Kumar (2011-05-01). "Wielding the megaphone". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Chaya Singh". Geocities.ws. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- V Lakshmi, TNN Mar 22, 2011, 12.00am IST (2011-03-22). "Chaya Singh on small screen - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- TNN Jun 6, 2008, 12.41am IST (2008-06-06). "Chaya wants to wield the megaphone - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- T. Lalith Singh (2012-07-04). "Engrossing fare on Telugu telly". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- "Chaya Singh returns to big screen - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- M Suganth, TNN Jun 15, 2012, 06.33PM IST (2012-06-15). "Actress Chaya Singh marries TV actor Krishna - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-11.