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Anuradha giving a special talk in Big FM in 2014
|Born||9 July 1970|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Anuradha Sriram (born 9 July 1970) is an Indian carnatic and playback singer who hails from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She has sung more than 2,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films.
Anuradha was born in Chennai to playback singer Renuka Devi and Meenakshi Sundaram Mohan. She did her schooling (I and II standards) in Coimbatore at the St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, and later at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai. She has a B.A and M.A in music from Queen Mary's College in Madras University and secured the university gold medal in both the courses. She was given a fellowship to do her Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, US.
She was trained by many esteemed gurus like Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, Sangeetha Kalanidhi T. Brinda and T. Viswanathan in Carnatic music and has had intensive training under Pandit Mannikbua Thakurdas for Hindustani classical music. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York City.
While in Wesleyan, apart from learning and performing western opera and jazz, she also performed in many Indonesian and West African music concerts.
Anuradha has performed extensively all over India and US, and has given many radio and TV programmes since the age of 12. Anuradha Sriram first entered the Tamil Cinema Industry as a child artist in the 1980 Tamil film Kaali. In 1995, she was introduced as a singer by A R Rahman for the song "Malarodu Malaringu" in the movie Bombay. Her first solo was for A R Rahman in Indira.
She specialises in Carnatic music and has sung in over 1,000 concerts worldwide.
Anuradha has several chart-topping Devotional albums to her credit. She also collaborates with her husband Sriram Parasuram on their Classical Music Jugalbandhi concerts and their hit TV programme "Elaame Sangeetham Thaan". She has also presented many music programmes on TV.
Having sung more than 2,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam, and six north Indian languages, some of her hits are "Nalam Nalam Ariyaaval" (Kaadal Kotai), "Dilruba Dilruba" (Priyam), "Meenamma" (Aasai), "Acham Acham Illai" (Indira), "Phenk Hawa" (Ram Jaane) and "Pehli Pehli" (Zor).
She has composed music for the film Five Star along with her husband.
Awards and recognition
- Tamil Nadu State award for best female playback singer (1996)
- Dr. J. Jayalalitha Cine Award (1996)
- Ajanta Award for the best female playback singer (1996)
- Screen Videocon award for Best Pop Album (1998)
- Karnataka State Film Awards for best playback singer (1999)
- Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Midtown (2002)
- International Tamil Film Awards (2003)
- West Bengal State award for best playback singer (2004)
- Filmfare award for the best playback singer (2004)
- Tamil Nadu State KALAIMAMANI award for her significant contribution to the field of music (2006)
- Honorary Doctorate by the Sathyabama University for her accomplishments and contribution to the field of music (2012)
- Chennai Girl (1997)
|2006||Airtel Super Singer 2006||Vijay TV||Tamil|
|2010||Super Singer Junior (season 2)||Vijay TV||Tamil|
|2011–2012||Idea Star singer season 6||Asianet||Malayalam|
|2013||Sun Singer||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2013||Surya Singer||Surya TV||Malayalam|
|2013||Sun Singer||Sun TV||Tamil||Season 2|
|2013||Surya Singer||Surya TV||Malayalam||Season 2|
|2014||Chandralekha||Sun TV||Tamil||Title song|
|2014||Star Singer 7||Asianet||Malayalam|
|2014–15||Sun Singer||Sun TV||Tamil||Season 3|
|2015||Surya Challenge||Surya TV||Malayalam||Team captain|
|2016||Sun Singer||Sun TV||Tamil||Season 4|
|2016–17||Sun Singer||Sun TV||Tamil||Season 5|
|2018||Super Singer 6||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2019||Super Singer 7||Star Vijay||Tamil|
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