Sujatha Mohan

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Sujatha
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Background information
Birth name Sujatha Mohan
Born (1963-03-31) March 31, 1963 (age 51)[1][2]
Thiruvanathapuram, India
Occupations Playback singer
Years active 1974–present

Sujatha Mohan (credited as Sujatha) is an Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She has also sung for Telugu, Kannada and Hindi movies. She is widely popular for her evergreen melodies and her sweet voice is considered to be her biggest asset. She has nearly 4,000 songs to her credit.[3]

Family[edit]

Sujatha Mohan is the granddaughter of Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai, the first Chief Minister of the erstwhile Travancore-Cochin State after Independence. She is married to Dr. Mohan. Her only daughter, Shweta Mohan, is also a singer. Shweta is married to Ashwin from Trivandrum.

Career[edit]

Sujatha shot to fame in the seventies as Baby Sujatha, the schoolgirl who regularly used to sing with K. J. Yesudas in his stage shows all over the world. She recorded her first song, "Kannezhuthy Pottuthottu" when she was in the sixth standard. The song was composed by M. K. Arjunan for the 1975 Malayalam movie Tourist Bungalow. She recorded songs for Shyam in Kamam Krodham Moham and Salil Chowdhury in Aparadhi. Around this time, composer M. G. Radhakrishnan got her to record many non-film songs; the biggest hit among them was "Odakkuzhal Vili".

She debuted in Tamil through the song "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandein" from Kavikuyil (1977), tuned in Hameer Kalyani raga by Illayaraja, but it was not included in the film. Her first released song in Tamil was "Kalai Paniyil" from the Tamil film Gayathri (1978), starring Sridevi and Rajinikanth with music by Ilaiyaraja. She sang for Ilaiyaraaja in Johnny, Kavikuyil and Ilamai Kolangal. After her marriage in 1981, she took a sabbatical from playback singing. She made a successful comeback in 1988 through Kadathanadan Ambadi, followed by the superhit Chithram.

She used to sing ad jingles in the late 1980s for A. R. Rahman (such as the Premiere Cooker ad and the Tilda Rice ad). Then Rahman got her to sing "Pudhu Vellai Mazhai" from Mani Ratnam's 1992 film Roja, which became one of the biggest hit songs in India. The backing vocals for the song "Kadhal Roja" were also performed by Sujatha. She has had other hit songs, most of them with Rahman from films including Pudhiya Mugam (1992), Gentleman (1993), Jeans and Minsaara Kanavu (1997). She has also recorded some songs in Hindi, including "Dil Hai Sanam" (the Hindi version of "Thee Thee") from Chor Chor (Thiruda Thiruda), "Ishq Bina" from Taal, "Hai Jaana" from Pukar and "Ishwar Allah" from Earth, and provided backing vocals for the song "Tum Ho Meri Nigahom" from Kabhi Na Kabhi, all of them composed by A. R. Rahman. She has had many of her notable and successful songs under the musical direction of A. R. Rahman.

She made a strong comeback in the Malayalam film industry in the mid-1990s and most of her notable Malayalam songs were composed by Vidyasagar. Most of her hit songs from Telugu are composed by Mani Sharma.She was also a judge in munch star singer junior,IDEA star singer,AIRTEL super singer (VIJAY TV).

Awards[edit]

Sujatha has received several awards and recognitions for her work in the South Indian film musical world.

Kerala State Film Awards:

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Other prominent awards & nominations:

  • 2009 - Swaralaya Yesudas Award
  • Best female singer award in GMMA (Gulf Malayalam Music Awards) 2008
  • jfw magazine Women Achievers Awards 2013.
  • The Film Critics award 11 times
  • The Cinema Express award
  • The Dinakaran award
  • Vanitha award for `Kallai Kadavathu' in `Perumazhakkalam'
  • Mathrubhoomi Award for `Kallai Kadavathu' in `Perumazhakkalam'
  • Raju Pilakkad Film Award

Popular songs[edit]

Tamil hits[edit]

Year Song Title Film Music Director
1977 "Kaalai Paniyil" Gayathri Ilayaraja
1980 "Oru Iniya Manadhu" Johnny Ilayaraja
1992 "Pudhu Vellai Mazhai" Roja A. R. Rahman
"Kadhal Rojave"
1993 "Netru Illatha Matram" Pudhiya Mugam A. R. Rahman
"Enveetu Thottathil" Gentleman A. R. Rahman
"Aathangara Marame" Kizhakku Cheemayile A. R. Rahman
1994 "Kathirikka Kathirikka" Duet A. R. Rahman
"Kaatru Kuthirayile" Kadhalan A. R. Rahman
"Vaadi Sathukkudi" Pudhiya Mannargal A. R. Rahman
"Innal Oru Ponnal" Manitha Manitha A. R. Rahman
1995 "Malarodu Malaringu" Bombay A. R. Rahman
"Idhu Annai Bhoomi"
"Ini Achham Illai" Indira A. R. Rahman
"Thilana Thilana" Muthu A. R. Rahman
1996 "Rukku Rukku" Avvai Shanmughi Deva
"Kaadhala Kaadhala"
"Naalai Ulagam" Love Birds A. R. Rahman
"Mellisaye" Mr. Romeo A. R. Rahman
"Chittu Chittu Kuruvi" Ullathai Allitha Sirpy
1997 "Poo Pookkum Osai" Minsara Kanavu A. R. Rahman
"Oru Pattampoochi" Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Ilayaraja
"Chandiranai Thottadhu Yaar" Ratchagan A. R. Rahman
"Chalakku Chalakku" Suryavamsam S. A. Rajkumar
"Natchathira Jannalil"
1998 "Athisayam" Jeans A. R. Rahman
"Saravana Bhava" Kadhala Kadhala Karthik Raja
"Garuda Garuda" Natpukkaga Deva
"Yedho Oru Paatu" Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen S. A. Rajkumar
1999 "Oru Poyyavadhu" Jodi A. R. Rahman
"Kadhal Neethanaa" Time Ilayaraja
"Niram Pirithu"
"Un Per Solla Asaidhaan" Minsara Kanna Deva
"Boy Frienda"
"Athikalayil Sevalai" Nee Varuvai Ena S. A. Rajkumar
"Iravaa Pagalaa" Poovellam Kettuppar Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Mudhal Murai" Sangamam A. R. Rahman
"Sotta Sotta Tajmahal" Tajmahal A. R. Rahman
2000 "Yengal Veettil" Vanathai Pola S. A. Rajkumar
"Vaanil Vennila"
"Purave" Eazhaiyin Sirippil Deva
"Aruppu Kottai" Vallarasu Deva
"Aalangatti Mazhai" Thenali A. R. Rahman
2001 "Un Azhagukku" Aalavandhan Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
"Vaadi Vaadi Natukkatai" Alli Thanda Vaanam Vidyasagar
"Un Samayal Araiyil" Dhill Vidyasagar
"Desingu Raja" Dumm Dumm Dumm Karthik Raja
"Manjal Poosum" Friends Ilayaraja
"Penkaloda Potti"
"Paadava Paadava" Little John Pravin Mani
"Hey Mister"
"Azhagaana Sooriyan" Manadhai Thirudivittai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Adhisaya Thirumanam" Paarthale Paravasam A. R. Rahman
"Chella Nam Veetukku" Poovellam Un Vasam Vidyasagar
"Mazhaye O Mazhaye" Punnagai Desam S. A. Rajkumar
"May Matham Katru" Shahjahan Mani Sharma
"Rasika Rasika" Star A. R. Rahman
"Desing Rajathaan" Thavasi Vidyasagar
"Kavidhaigal Sollavaa" Ullam Kollai Poguthae Karthik Raja
"Amul Baby" Vaanchinathan Karthik Raja
2002 "Maaya Maaya" Baba A. R. Rahman
"Theendi Theendi" Bala Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Thiru Thiruda" Five Star Parasuram
"Ini Naanum Naanillai" Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke Srinivas
"Sundari" Kannathil Muthamittal A. R. Rahman
"Sakala Kalavallavane" Pammal K Sambantham Deva
"Kadhal Pisase" Run Vidyasagar
"Sil Sil Silala" Unnai Ninaithu Sirpy
"Thappu Thandaa" Villain Vidyasagar
"Adi One Inch Two Inch" Youth Mani Sharma
2003 "Aasai Aasai" Dhool Vidyasagar
"Nenjodu" Kadhal Kondein Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Dholna" Parasuram A. R. Rahman
"Maankuttiye" Priyamana Thozhi S. A. Rajkumar
"Thithikkuthe" Thittikudhey Vidyasagar
"Azhakooril Poothavale" Thirumalai Vidyasagar
2004 "Nenjam Ellaam" Ayutha Ezhuthu A. R. Rahman
"Kokkara Kokkarako" Ghilli Vidyasagar
"Sakkara Inikkira Sakkara" New A. R. Rahman
2005 "Annanoda Paatu" Chandramukhi Vidyasagar
"Rangola Hola" Ghajini Harris Jayaraj
"Mazhaye Mazhaye" June R Sharreth
2006 "Ennai Konjam Konjam" Aadhi Vidyasagar
"Atrai Thingal" Sivappathigaram Vidyasagar
2007 "Ae Manpuru Mangaye" Guru A. R. Rahman
"Katrin Mozhiye" Mozhi Vidyasagar
2008 "Chellam Chellam" Kuselan G. V. Prakash Kumar
"Ennamo Seithai" Kadhalna Summa Illai Vidyasagar
"Samayame" Vidyasagar
2009 "Kadhal " Ilamai Itho Itho Vidyasagar
2010 "Maanja Maanja" Maanja Velu Mani Sharma
"Unnai Ninaithadume" Aadu Puli Sundar C Babu
"Vizhi Oru Paadhi" Chikku Bukku Colonial Cousins
"Thambikkottai Kanga" Thambikottai D. Imman

Malayalam[edit]

Telugu[edit]

Hindi[edit]

Hindi Songs
Year Film Song Remarks
2004 Hulchul "Rafta Rafta Haule Haule"
2000 Pukar "Hai Jaana"
1999 Taal "Ishq Bina Kya"
1998 Kabhi Na Kabhi "Tum Ho Meri Nigahon"
1998 1947 Earth "Ishwar Allah"
1997 Vishwavidhaata "Kal Nahin Tha"
1993 Chor Chor "Dil Hai Sanam"

Malayalam Christian songs[edit]

  • "Ithupole Enne Snehicheedaan En Jeevanai"
  • "Kaval Malakhamare Snehapratheekam"
  • "Ponnu Meera Kunthirikkam"
  • "Alakadalum Kuliralayum"

Malayalam album songs[edit]

  • "Kanna Neeyengupoi" - Nandagopalam (2013)
  • "Kayalthirakalil Kanneeralakalil" - Kulirmazhayai (2011)
  • "Athramel Athramel" - Danaha (2011)
  • "Ravereyayittum" - Pranayamarmaram (2009)
  • "Ee Manjil" - Spandanam (2010)
  • "Ennennum" - (2010)

Online initiative[edit]

Sujatha was among the first mainstream artists to support the Acethetik initiative, along with M Jayachandran, Madhu Balakrishnan, M G Sreekumar. She recorded "Manju Puthappil" and other songs for the website.

TV shows[edit]

She was one of the judges in Airtel Super Singer series with P. Unni Krishnan and Srinivas and in Munch star singer series with G. Venugopal and gopi in Asianet. Now, she is the judge of Indian Voice along with Sreenivas and Sarath in Mazhavil Manorama.

References[edit]

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