Mahathi

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Mahathi. S
மஹதி
Birth name Mahathi. S
Also known as Mahathi
Born 10 February 1985
Genres Carnatic, Film Music
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2003–current
Website mahathimusic.com

Mahathi (Tamil: மஹதி) is a Carnatic musican and playback singer for film songs in several Indian Indian languages.

Family[edit]

Mahathi was born in Chennai to a family of Carnatic musicians. Her maternal great grandfather, Pazhamaneri Swaminatha Iyer, was a Carnatic vocalist and recipient of the Sangeetha Kalanidhi title. Her mother, Vasanthi Sekhar, was a flautist, while her father, Thiruvaiyaru Sekar was a Carnatic vocalist and disciple of M. Balamuralikrishna.

Mahathi moved to Kerala as a toddler, and did her schooling Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi, Trichur and Sacred Heart Convent, Cochin. She graduated in Chennai from Meenakshi College, Kodambakkam with English literature as her main stream.

Mahathi was married on 16 March 2008 to Dr. K. Sreekumar, an oral and maxillo facial surgeon. Their son, Samarth, was born on 27 February 2011.

Career[edit]

Carnatic musician[edit]

Mahathi started identifying Carnatic Ragas at the age of 1 ½ years. This talent was identified by her parents during her father's concert at a temple in Palakkad. Her parents nurtured her talent by teaching her more and more Ragas. When she was 2 ½ years old she was able to identify about 75 Carnatic Ragas. Just to test her talents, her father mixed up Carnatic Swaras but Mahathi did not fail to identify the exact Swaras of the Ragas.

When she was 3 years old she came to Chennai with her mother for the December Music season (1988). At the Concert of Mandolin U. Srinivas at the Mylapore Fine Arts, on 25 December, Mahathi, sitting on her mother's lap kept identifying the Ragas played by the musicians on stage. The Secretary of the Sabha, who was sitting next to her mother arranged for a live demonstration of the child's talents, soon after the main item of the concert. Mahathi, without the slightest hesitation, identified all the Ragas and enthralled the audience. This incident appeared in all the leading newspapers at that time.

Mahathi underwent her initial musical training from her parents and from Deepa and Gayatri of Trivandrum. When Mahathi's family moved to Trichur, she was put under the guidance of Sri. Mangad K. Natesan. Mahathi underwent advanced musical training under the tutelage of Sri O S Thiagarajan, Padmabhushan Chevalier Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna and Padmabhushan T. N. Seshagopalan.

She has been awarded the scholarship for Classical Music from the Central Government of India in the year 1994. At Trichur she began recording various Devotional Cassettes.

Mahathi has been giving Carnatic concerts since the age of 10, all over the country and abroad. She has been performing in Various Sabhas during the December Music Festival. In 2003, she had the blessing of performing before her guru T. N. S., on 25 December at the Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Chennai.

Playback singing[edit]

Mahathi's introduction to playback singing came in 2003 when she sang a duet, "Iyyaiyyo Pudichirukku", with Hariharan, under the music direction of Harris Jayaraj in the Tamil movie, Saamy. Although she had a previous experience singing a song ("Enna Maranthalum") under the music direction of Ilaiyaraja, the movie for which it was recorded, Kaadhal Jaathi, was not released.

In 2008, Mahathi won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Naeraa Varattuma" from the movie "Nenjathai Killadhe".[1]

Mahathi has since sung for movies in the Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.

Year Film / Soundtrack Language Song Music Director
2003 Saamy Tamil "Iyyaiyo Pidichirukku" Harris Jayaraj
2004 Varnajaalam Tamil "Nee Vendum" Vidyasagar
2004 Chellamae Tamil "Kaadhalikkum" Harris Jayaraj
"Vellaikkara Mutham"
Prema Chadarangam Telegu "Pettadey Oh Muddu"
"Venditeralo Bulliteralo"
2004 Dreams (2004 film) Tamil Appa Amma Bharadwaj
2004 Chanti Telegu Rukku Rukku Sri
2005 ABCD Tamil Engae Engae D. Imman
2006 Nee Venunda Chellam Tamil "Thottuputtan" Dhina
2006 Achacho Tamil Pengal M.K.S. Narula Khan
2006 Kumaran Tamil Bayla Baylamo Harris Jayaraj
2006 Vallavan Tamil Yammadi Aathaadi Yuvan Shankar Raja
2006 Parijatham Tamil Ennil Ennil Dharan
2006 Varalaru Tamil Innisai A. R. Rahman
2006 Uyir Tamil Kann Simittum Joshua Sridhar
2006 Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadha Tamil Galagalagalappa Bharani
2007 Maharadhi Telegu Maja Maja Guru Kiran
Kempa Kannada Hello Ondu
2008 Bheema Tamil Mudhal Mazhai Harris Jayaraj
Bheema Telegu Paruvapu Vaana
2008 Seval Tamil Namma Ooru G. V. Prakash Kumar
2008 Samrajyam Telegu Joo Joo Deva
2009 Naan Aval Adhu Tamil Vaa Nila R. P. Patnaik
2009 Ayan Tamil Nenjae Nenjae Harris Jayaraj
2009 Bet Telegu Yamini Yamini Deva
2010 Engeyum Kadhal Tamil Thee Illai Harris Jayaraj
Ninnu Chusthe Love Vasthundi Telegu Segaledhu Pogaledhu
2011 Vellore Maavattam Tamil Unnai Unnai Sundar C Babu
2010 Nellu Tamil Muthu Muthu S S Kumaran
2010 Nagarpuram Tamil Veyile Veyile – Siru Siru Aruldev
Telegu Veluge Veluge – Ciru Ciru
2011 Potta Potti Tamil Idhuvarai Idhuvarai Arul Dev
2011 Osthe Tamil Neduvaali S. Thaman
2011 Gun Kannada Bissi Bissi Ronnie Raphel
2012 Kadhal Padhai Tamil Ennavo Nenjiley S S Kumaran
2012 Unnadhamaanavan Tamil Vaanam Yeno Indru Srikanth Deva
2012 Mazhaikalam Tamil Devathai Neethaan Premanandh
2012 Meenkothi Tamil Kandravi Kaadhal Paaru Dhina
2012 Charulatha Tamil Ondraagha Sundar C Babu
Telegu Idharaa
Kannada Oh Kandhaa
Malayalam Onnai Mulaikkum
2012 Ullam Tamil Kannai Thirandu Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Killadi Tamil Nee Raangikaari Srikanth Deva
2014 Ra Ra... Krishnayya Telegu Seetha Kalyanam Achu Rajamani
2014 Vetri Selvan Tamil Yennai Yennai Mani Sharma
2014 Theriyama Unna Kadhalichitten Tamil Nelavukkum Naanam PR Srinath
2014 Kovil Tamil Puyaley Puyaley Harris Jayaraj

Television works[edit]

Mahathi presented the music based quiz program, "Aaha Paadalam" on Doordarshan Podhigai TV with Raaghav.[2] In October 2005 she presented Ilaiyaraja's Live-in Concert organised by Jaya TV, "Andrum Indrum Endrum" with actor Parthiban.[3]

Apart from hosting shows, Mahathi has also appeared as a judge for various music competition reality shows. Mahathi, music director Ouspechan, and director Rajasenan were permanent judges in Kairali TV's "Gandharva Sangeetham" in 2013. Mahathi has appeared as an audition judge in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of Vijay TV's musical reality-talent shows Airtel Super Singer and Airtel Super Singer Junior. She has also appeared as a guest judge in seasons 1, 2, and 3 of Raj TV's Carnatic music reality-talent show, Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham.

Mahathi has also recorded title songs for various TV serials in Vijay TV and Jaya TV, and several advertisement jingles.

Serial name Music Director Channel
Rekkai kattiya Manasu K. Balachander Raj TV
Thulasi Rehan Zee Tamil
Priyamudan K B K. Balachander Vijay TV
Makkal Arangam Rajhesh Vaidhya Jaya TV
Ethir Neechal K. Balachander Jaya TV
Miss and Mrs Title song Saravanan Jaya TV
Song Music Director
Pothys Karthik Raja
Chennai Silks D. Imman
Saravana Stores D. Imman
Kadhir Fabrics
Khazana Jewellery
Aroor Moora and Sons Kannan
Saravana Stores Gold Palace Kannan
Madurai Rajmahal Silks
Aachi Masala
Jeyam Pulses
RMKV Silks
Bindu Appalam
Sathya Home Appliances
A V R Swarna Mahal

Tours and performances[edit]

Titles, awards, and other recognition[edit]

Year Honour Honouring bestowed or presented by Ref
1996 All Kerala ICSE Award for light music
2001 All Kerala State Award for Carnatic Music
2001 Bala Bhaskara Award for excellence in Carnatic Music
Innisai Ilayavani Vani Vilas Sabha, Kumbakonnam
2003 Sensational Debut Singer Award (for Saamy) Variety Film Awards
2003 Best Singer Award (for Saamy) Ajantha Arts Academy
2003 Best Debut Singer Award (for Saamy) Sivaji Arts Academy, from M.G.R.
2005 Best Performer Award Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai
2006 Best Young Vocalist Award for Raga Alapana Madras Music Academy
2008 Youth Excellence Award in the field of Carnatic Music Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer Trust
2008 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback (for "Naeraa Varattuma" from Nenjathai Killadhe) Government of Tamil Nadu
2008 Best Playback Singer (for "Mudhal Mazhai" from Bheema) Jaya TV
2008 ITFA Best Female Playback Award (for "Mudhal Mazhai" from Bheema) [4]
2009 Best Female Playback Singer Award Isai Aruvi Tamil Music Awards
2010 P. K. Chari Endowment Prize for the Best Concert of the 2010 Gokulashtami Series Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai
2009 "Yuva Kala Bharathi" (title for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Carnatic Music) Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
2011 V4 Entertainers Award (for "Neduvaali" from Osthe)
2011 "The Chord Wizard" (title) WE (Women Exclusive) Magazine, Chennai, India [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Front Page : Rajini, Kamal win best actor awards". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Aaha Paadalam". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 13 February 2004. 
  3. ^ "The Raja still reigns supreme". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 21 October 2005. 
  4. ^ "Mahathi gets fourth time lucky". The Times of India. 27 May 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/may-11-01/poornima-bagyaraj-mahathi-05-05-11.html