N. C. Karunya

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N. C. Karunya
ఎన్. సి. కారుణ్య
Background information
Born (1986-03-01) 1 March 1986 (age 29)
Origin Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Genres Playback singer
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist

N. C. Karunya (Telugu: ఎన్. సి. కారుణ్య; born 1 March 1986) is a popular playback singer. He was a runner-up on the popular reality show Indian Idol (Season 2) on Sony Entertainment Television.[1]


Karunya was born on 1 March 1986 in Hyderabad to Mr.N.C.Madhu(A defence employee working in DRDL) and Mrs.N.C.Janaki(A defence employee of BDL,retired shortly after Karunya's claim to fame).He was born into the "Nallan Chakravarthula" family which is known for its rich musical and literary values and has had produced many renowned musicians and scholars.So his transition into music was natural.He was tutored in carnatic classical,semi classical and light music styles by his own uncles and aunts from the age of three. At the age of 12 he was the winner of the acclaimed music contest "ETV Paadutha theeyaga". He went on participating,winning in many more competitions,recorded many light music, patriotic and devotional songs for various projects,participated in several stage shows gaining popularity as a promising talent in Hyderabad.


He did his schooling from Brahm Prakash Dayanand Anglo Vedic School(B.P.D.A.V), Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad & Graduation from Teegala Krishna Reddy College of Engineering, Medbowli, Meerpet.

Indian Idol 2[edit]

After his audition for Indian Idol 2, Karunya immediately became the darling of the masses with his innocent charm and confidence while the class loved him for his speckless renditions. He was an instant hit with all the north Indians because of his performance of the Punjabi and Rajasthani songs. Especially, Karunya was the first South Indian contestant on Indian Idol to have garnered as much interest as he did.Suddenly, whole of A.P sat up and took notice of one of their own talents and started rooting for him. In the end though Karunya did not win the title he was declared the unofficial winner of the contest by one and all through blogs and the newspapers.[2]

Films and playback[edit]

After the end of Indian Idol 2, Karunya was called for an audition by Vidhu Vinod Chopra for Lage Raho Munnabhai. He was immensely liked by Vidhu, director Rajkumar Hirani and music director Shantanu Moitra. He recorded the song in one take in just 15 minutes. Then he sang a song in Jai Santoshi Maa for Anu Malik. After that, he went to Hyderabad to meet members of the Telugu film industry who had supported him for Indian Idol. Then he recorded his first Telugu song for his dream composer Mani Sharma, for the film Ashok starring Jr. NTR. The song was very well received and Karunya was offered many more songs in Telugu. He went on to record "Orugalluke Pilla" from the film Sainikudu, Enduko from Chirutha, ("123 Nenoka Kantri") from Kantri, Ammayi Kitiki Pakkana from Maryada Ramanna, Om Namo Siva Rudraya from Khaleja, and Ola Olaala from Orange.

2011 saw the release of his song a retro Vayyarala jabilli from Pawan Kalyan's "Teenmar", composed by Manisarma.These were followed by films Seema Tapakai,"It's my lovestory","Solo" etc.

In 2012,Karunya recorded for films like Nuvva Nena,"Mr.7","Nan life alli"(A Kannada film),various Tele serial title songs etc.But his biggest release in 2012 was the popular mass song "Pillani chooste" from the Pawan Kalyan starrer Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu.

The start of 2013 saw Karunya sing the Telugu version "Andam andam" of the Tamil superhit "Azhago Azhagu" of the Tamil movie Samar (2013 film)released as "Vetadu-Ventadu",composed by none other than Yuvan Shankar Raja,starring Vishal (actor).Then he went on rendering the soulful "O kanu papa" with soft rock influences in the movie "Sahasam".But,the actual winner for him came in the form of the Hindustani melodic chartbuster "Meher meher" from surprisingly a flop movie,"D for dopidi".

In 2014,he rendered a song called "Inthakante vere" from the successful movie "Oohalu gusagusalaade".Many more mellifluous compositions sung by him(For ex:"Teeyani kalavo" title song,"Innallu" from "Kiraak") have released but due to these songs being from small budgeted films,they did not get the reach and the airplay that they deserved.He is also the voice behind the sensational short film made by Allu Arjun & Sukumar,I AM THAT CHANGE.

Karunya has recorded about 100 songs for various projects in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada & Bengali till date.


Karunya released his first Hindi album, the self-titled Karunya, on 9 August 2008. The music was composed by Lesle Lewis and the video was directed by a sister of Pradeep Sarkar Parineeta (2005 film), Madhu Sarkar. The album was received well by his fans; there was a sellout in Hyderabad as well as a place in the charts in Delhi and Kolkata.


He had done numerous concerts in and abroad India and still continues to do so.

His show in Dallas on 7 October 2006 had an audience of 40,000, the highest for any Indian artist in the US. He has extensively toured America, performed in The Emirates, Singapore and East Africa and West Africa.[3]

Again in August 2008, he performed before a huge audience of about 25,000 people in the 33rd Anand Bazaar, which is an annual Indian independence celebration in Dallas. He was the first Indian performer to have performed in that event.

He is the only artist to have performed at the opening ceremony of the World Military Games held in Hyderabad in the year 2007, before an audience of about two lakh people of about 101 nationalities and presided over by the President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil.

Reality show contestant to reality show host[edit]

Karunya hosted the reality show Little Champs in Telugu telecast on Zee Telugu. This show was a huge hit among Telugu audiences. Karunya was already well known with the cosmopolitan crowd in AP. But with this show, he became a household name all over AP. He took up Airtel "Saptaswaralu", which was aired on ETV and later on hosted Vijetha-Voice of Andhra on Local TV with M. M. Keeravani as the judge.

Phir mile sur[edit]

Karunya was the youngest singer to be a part of the remake of the song "Mile sur mera tumhaara". It was remade in 2010 and released as "Phir mile sur" on republic day on Zoom TV. It features eminent personalities from all walks of life. Karunya was suggested to the director, Kailash Surendranath, by Mahesh Babu and his wife Namrata Shirodkar. Mahesh Babu himself featured in the video. Representing Telugu people solely, he wanted Karunya to be his voice. Karunya recorded his part of the song under the guidance of Louis Banks.


Some of the movies in which he has given playback are Lage Raho Munnabhai, Ashok, Kantri, Teen maar, Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu, Chirutha, Orange, Sainikudu, Khaleja, Chandamama, Arundhati, Maryada Ramanna, Seema Sastry, Siddu from Sikakulam, Seema Tapakai, Dubai Seenu, Andari Banduvaya,Baladoor,Brahmigadi Kadha,It's my love story, Solo,[disambiguation needed] Nuvva Nena, Mr.7, Vetadu-Ventadu, Saahasam,D for dopidi, Oohalu Gusagusalaade,etc.

ETV Swarabhishekam[edit]

Karunya was not seen on the television for a long time owing to dearth of good quality musical shows.But people really lapped it up when he appeared on the first season of ETV's mega musical project Swarabhishekam which is a show where the yester year greats,the contemporary popular voices and the upcoming talent collaborated to celebrate the Telugu film music.

Here after a long time Karunya got to showcase his versatality yet again purely for the Telugu audience and he got a very positive response.It was also great for his fans to see him collaborate with legends like Smt.Chitra,Smt.Vani Jayaram & Smt S.P.Sailaja on this show

He has been a part of the three seasons of Swarabhishekam now.The third and latest season saw him rendering the ever popular Harikadha from the movie "Vagdaanam" and got him the maximum accolades and awe from the audience.

Super Singer 8[edit]

After staying away from competing in any reality show in north & south for nearly 5 years and thus not being a part of the hugely successful Super Singer franchise, finally Karunya was called to be a part of Super Singer 8 and perform in the contestant introduction episodes.Karunya's performances in these episodes were much appreciated and successful.

Subsequently for the rest of the series of Super Singer 8, Karunya was chosen to be the host.The first episode with him as the host was aired on 8th Sept 2014 and got him a lot of applause.People are really excited to see him back on TV as an anchor.The added advantage for this show is that it has Legends like M.M.Keeravani and Smt.K.S.Chitra as its Judges.Karunya has a lot of hopes pinned on this show being the best in quality and content.


  • He won the Bharathamuni award for Best Male Debut Playback Singer.
  • He won the Vamsi-Berkeley award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • He won the Nandi award from the Government of A.P. for a song sung for the teleserial Melukolupu.
  • He was honored as the "Young Rising Star of India" by the Undersecretary-General of the UN, Shashi Tharoor in New York.
  • He was honored as "One of the rare talents of Indian music Industry" by the prestigious organisation IANT of Dallas.
  • He received Santosham film magazine's "Best Male Playback Singer of the Year 2007" award for his song in Chirutha.
  • He was nominated in the "Best Male Playback Singer" category in the 56th Filmfare awards for his song "Andamaina Kalala" from the movie Baladoor.
  • He won the "Best male plaback singer of the year" award at the Big Tollywood awards conducted by 92.7 BIG FM in association with ETV for his song "Sydney" from "Orange".
  • He won the Filmfare award in the "Best male playback singer-telugu" category in the 58th Filmfare south awards for his song "Sada Siva" from "Khaleja"
  • He won the Santosham award in the "Best male playback singer-2010" category again for his song "Sada Siva" from "Khaleja"
  • He won the Aalapana award for the "Best male playback singer-2011" for his song "Thadi pedavule" from the Telugu movie "It's My lovestory" .


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