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Chinmayi Sripaada
Background information
Birth name Chinmayi Sripaada
Also known as Chinmayee
Indai Hazaa
  • Singer
  • voice actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts

Chinmayi Sripaada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee/India Haza but her birth name is Chinmayi. She rose to fame for her critically acclaimed song "Oru Deivam Thantha Poovae" from the National Award winning movie Kannathil Muthamittal.

Early life and background[edit]

Chinmayi hails from a musically rich family. Chinmayi was raised by her mother, T. Padmhasini, a singer and musicologist, taught her Carnatic music and Hindustani classical music. After her birth and early childhood in Mumbai, Chinmayi relocated to Chennai, where she attended the Children's Garden school until the age of 10. She was then enrolled at Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar and went on to complete her school education through home study modules where she was partly home-schooled after her 10th standard.

Chinmayi received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent for Carnatic Music from the Government of India at 10.[1] She won the gold medal from All India Radio for Ghazals in 2000 and the Silver for Hindustani Classical Music in 2002. She learned German as a language in the Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai and completed certification courses from NIIT and SSI in web design. During her school life, she held jobs with both Sify and Chinmayi currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Madras. She is also a versatile dancer and mostly enjoys the Odissi form of dance. Apart from her mother tongue Tamil, she speaks Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, and German fluently.[2]



Playback singing[edit]

She participated and won the singing of Sun TV, Saptasawarangal, following which she was introduced by Singer Srinivas to film composer A. R. Rahman. Chinmayi's playback singing career began with her performance of Rahman's "Oru Dheivam Thanta Poove" for the film Kannathil Muthamittal. After a couple of years of singing exclusively for Tamil, Telugu, Tulu and Malayalam films, she made her Bollywood debut in Mangal Pandey: The Rising with the song "Holi Re". About a year later, she garnered more recognition with her performances of "Tere Bina" and "Mayya" in the movie Guru. In 2007, the song "Beda Beda" marked her first venture into Kannada playback singing. She has since received critical acclaim for songs such as "Oru Dheivam Thantha Poove", "Sahana", "Vaarayo Vaarayo", "Kilimanjaro", "Sara Sara" and "Asku Laska". She has also sung in marathi language in movies such as "sairat". Chinmayi as of date has to her credit over 1,000 songs in eight different languages.[3]

Additional works[edit]

Chinmayi announced that she will release a single in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu in iTunes on occasion of Joy of Giving Week on 2 Oct, and proceeds of which shall go to 17000 so as to promote philanthropy, charity and the concept of giving.[4]

She also collaborated with Shekar Ravjiani to launch a single in Tamil/Telugu the name of the album being Sitakokachiluka, again for which the legal downloads of it will go to Ma Niketan, a home that takes care of abandoned or uncared for girl children in Thane, a charity that composer Shekhar has been supporting.

Dubbing Career Chinmayi turned a voice actor for the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), speaking dubbing for actress Bhumika Chawla. Since then, she has dubbed for several lead actresses in Tamil films, including Tamannaah Bhatia, Sameera Reddy, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Trisha Krishnan. She has also provided her voice in dubbed Telugu films. She dubbed for the critically acclaimed fictional character Jessie who was portrayed by Trisha in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. The same character appeared in the film's Telugu version Ye Maaya Chesave and was portrayed by Samantha, while being portrayed by Amy Jackson in the Hindi version Ek Deewana Tha. Chinmayi dubbed for the character in all three films and won the Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for Ye Maaya Chesave in 2010. Chinmayi dubbed in Vettai for Sameera Reddy and has dubbed for her in all Tamil movies. She dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in Eega in Telugu and its Tamil version Naan Ee in 2012. She dubbed voice for Nayantara for Tamil version of the movie Sri Rama Rajyam.[5] Chinmayi has dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in many films like "Rabhasa", "Atharintiki Daaredi", "Ramayya Vastavayya", "Eega", "Sithamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu", "24" and many more in Telugu.

Television and radio[edit]

Chinmayi served as a television presenter during the first season of Airtel Super Singer on STAR Vijay that was aired between April and August 2006 and the first season of Airtel Super Singer Junior from February 2007 to July 2007. In 2008, she returned as host of the second season of Airtel Super Singer, though she discontinued her role before the completion of the season, as she stated the show extended the period of the initial contract. During this time, she was also a radio jockey on Aahaa FM 91.9 in Chennai, on a breakfast show titled Aahaa Kaapi Klub. She later began compering Star Plus's Chhote Ustaad, which ran concurrently with another music talent show she started hosting in June, the debut season of Sun TV's Sangeetha Mahayuddham. On 15 August 2010, Chinmayi announced that that day's Chhote Ustaad would be her last as host, leaving the show after only eight episodes.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2013, through Twitter, Chinmayi's mother Padmhasini revealed Chinmayi was engaged to Rahul Ravindran, who is also a South Indian actor. Chinmayi and Rahul were friends, colleagues and in due course started dating each other by June 2013.[6] They got married on 5 May 2014.[7]


Chinmayi serves as the CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company she founded in August 2005. The company has ever since been the language service provider for various Multinational companies like Scope E Knowledge, Ford, Dell, Ashok Leyland, Reliance India, to name a few. She received an award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence in a niche industry for Blue Elephant in 2010.[8] In 2011, she became the first ever woman entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the prestigious FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership Program.[9][10]



As a dubbing artist[edit]

Year Movie Dubbing for
2006 Sillunu Oru Kadhal Bhumika Chawla
2007 Unnale Unnale Tanisha
Satham Podathey Padmapriya
2008 Jayamkondaan Lekha Washington
Dhaam Dhoom Kangana Ranaut
Sakkarakatti Vedhika r
Vaaranam Aayiram / Surya S/O Krishnan (Telugu) Sameera Reddy
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Meenakshi
Yavarum Nalam Neetu Chandra
Modhi Vilayaadu Kajal Aggarwal
Kandein Kadhalai / Priya Priyatama (Telugu 2011) Tamannaah Bhatia
2010 Aasal Sameera Reddy
Rakta Charitra Radhika Apte
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai / Khilladi (Telugu) Neetu Chandra
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Trisha Krishnan
Ye Maaya Chesave Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Sura Tamannaah Bhatia
Manmadha Baanam (Telugu) Trisha Krishnan
2011 Ko / Rangam(Telugu) Karthika Nair
Nadunissi Naaygal / Erra Gulabilu (Telugu) Sameera Reddy
Vanthaan Vendraan Taapsee Pannu
Dhada Kajal Agarwal
Dookudu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Vedi Sameera Reddy
Osthe Richa Gangopadhyay
2012 Vettai Sameera Reddy
Ekk Deewana Tha Amy Jackson
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Amala Paul
Eega Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Naan Ee Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Maattrraan Kajal Aggarwal
Brothers Kajal Aggarwal
Andala Rakshasi Lavanya Tripathi
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Atharintiki Daaredi Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Ramayya Vasthavayya Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Thoofan Priyanka Chopra
Irandam Ulagam Anushka Shetty
Ala Ela Hebah Patel
Endrendrum Punnagai Trisha Krishnan
2014 Aaha Kalyanam Vaani Kapoor
Alludu Seenu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Manam Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Oka Laila Kosam Pooja Hegde
Lingaa Sonakshi Sinha
2015 I (Hindi) Amy Jackson
Bhale Bhale Magadivoy Lavanya Tripathi
S/O Satyamurthy Samantha Ruth Prabhu
2016 Police (Telugu) Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Nenu Rowdy Ne (Telugu) Nayanthara
Brahmotsavam Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Sarrainodu Rakul Preet Singh
24 Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Janatha Garage Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Majnu Anu Emmanuel
Jaguar (Telugu) Deepti Sati
Premam Shruthi Haasan
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo Manjima Mohan
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Samantha Ruth Prabhu
2017 Ivan Thanthiran Shraddha Srinath
2018 96 Trisha

Awards, nominations and honours[edit]

Singing awards[edit]

Mirchi Music Awards
  • 2013: Female Vocalist of the Year – "Titli" (Chennai Express)
  • 2014: Mirchi Platinum Disc - Mast Magan
  • 2014: Mirchi Music Awards - Song of the Year - Zehnaseeb from Hasee Toh Phasee
  • 2014: Mirchi Music Awards - Album of the Year - 2 States
Zee Cine Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards Marathi
  • 2016: Best Female Playback Singer - Sairaat Zaala Ji (Sairat)
Filmfare Awards South

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Andhra Pradesh Government Nandi Awards
  • 2015: Best Female Playback Singer - Kalyana Vaibhogame
  • 2016: Best Female Playback Singer - Malli Malli Idhi Raani Roju
Vijay Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2011 – SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2012 – Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Asku Laska" (Nanban)
  • 2013 - Nominated - SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer - "Mella Sirithaal" (Kalyana Samayal Saadham)
Vijay Music Awards
The Times Film Awards
  • 2011: The Chennai Times Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2011: Nominated, The Hyderabad Times Award for Best Female Singer – "Opiri" (Pilla Zamindar)
Edison Awards
Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Awards
  • 2007: Best Female Playback Singer – "Sahana" (Shivaji)[13]
  • 2009: Best Female Playback Singer – "Vaarayo Vaarayo" (Aadhavan)[14]
  • 2008: Nominated, Best Female Playback Singer – "Avaram Poo" (Poo)
  • 2008: Nominated, Best Female Playback Singer – "Chinnamma Chilakkamma" (Sakkarakatti)
Mirchi Music Awards South
Other awards

Awards for dubbing[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • 1999: All India First and Best Performer Award from Sangam Kala Group
  • 2000: All India First from All India Radio for Ghazals
  • 2003: Pride of Sangam Award
  • 2008: RITZ Amazing Woman Award[25]
  • 2009: Vikatan Award for Best Television Show Host
  • 2011: Award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence[26]
  • 2011: Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Madras[27]
  • 2015: Mercedes Benz - Ritz Woman of Merit award
  • 2015: Rotary Club Inner Wheel (Nanganallur) : Swarna Ratna Award
  • 2016: Indian of the Year: CNN IBN : Chennai Micro


  • 2011: She has been selected as a Mentee to the Fortune/US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership. She is one among three Indians and the only and first person from Tamil Nadu among 35 other women all over the world.[28][29]
  • On 19 October Chinmayi was bestowed with a Femina Penn Shakti Award in recognition of her entrepreneurial and social initiatives.



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