Chinmayi

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Chinmayi Sripada
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Chinmayi in October 2012
Born
Chinmayi Sripada

(1984-09-10) 10 September 1984 (age 37)
Other names
  • Chinmayee
  • Indai Haza
Alma materUniversity of Madras
Occupation
Years active2002–present (as singer)
2005–present (as dubbing artist)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2014)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
  • Times Music
  • WorldWide Records
  • Nadham Music Media
  • Sruthilaya Audio Recording Co

Chinmayi Sripada (born 10 September 1984) 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 Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee and Indai Haza. 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 received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent for Carnatic Music from the Government of India at the age of 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 studentconcepts.org.

Chinmayi has 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 Telugu, Malayalam, English, Marathi, Bengali and German fluently.[2]

Chinmayi has been married to Rahul Ravindran since 5 May 2014.[3]

Career[edit]

Singing[edit]

Sripada in 2008

Playback singing[edit]

She participated and won the singing of Sun TV, Saptasawarangal, following which she was introduced by Singer Srinivas to film composer Mr. 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", "Asku Laska" and "Kaathale Kaathale". 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.[4]

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 ft.org so as to promote philanthropy, charity and the concept of giving.[5]

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[edit]

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.[6] Chinmayi has dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in many films like "Rabhasa", "Atharintiki Daaredi", "Ramayya Vastavayya", "Eega", "Sithamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu", "24", Oh Baby 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. Now she is in the judges panel of Jaya star singers in Jaya TV.

Personal life[edit]

Chinmayi is the granddaughter of Dr. Sripada Pinakapani.[7] 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.[8] They got married on 5 May 2014.[9]

Activism[edit]

Through her Twitter account, Chinmayi has been at the forefront of highlighting claims of sexual harassment in the Indian music industry, in what is widely considered as India's Me Too movement. She accused Vairamuthu of sexual harassment[10] and highlighted claims made by others against OS Thyagarajan, Raghu Dixit, Mandolin U Rajesh, Karthik and several other carnatic singers but naming anyone individually. Chinmayi tweeted allegations made by a woman against the Tamil Nadu Brahmins Association (TAMBRAS) president N Narayanan as part of her efforts.[11]

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Chinmayi is the CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company she founded in August 2005. The company has since been the language service provider for various Multinational companies like Scope E Knowledge, Ford, Dell, Ashok Leyland, and Reliance India. She received an award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence in a niche industry for Blue Elephant in 2010.[12] In 2011, she became the first woman entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the prestigious FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership Program.[13][14]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Voice artist[edit]

Year Movie Dubbing for Language Notes
2006 Sillunu Oru Kadhal Bhumika Chawla Tamil
2007 Unnale Unnale Tanisha Tamil
Satham Podathey Padmapriya Tamil
2008 Jayamkondaan Lekha Washington Tamil
Dhaam Dhoom Kangana Ranaut Tamil
Sakkarakatti Vedhika Tamil
Vaaranam Aayiram Sameera Reddy Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Surya S/O Krishnan.
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Meenakshi Tamil
Yavarum Nalam Neetu Chandra Tamil
Modhi Vilayaadu Kajal Aggarwal Tamil
Ayan Tamannaah Bhatia Tamil
Kandein Kadhalai Tamannaah Bhatia Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Priya Priyatama released in 2011.
2010 Aasal Sameera Reddy Tamil
Rakta Charitra Radhika Apte Telugu
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Neetu Chandra Tamil) Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Khilladi.
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Trisha Krishnan Tamil
Ye Maaya Chesave Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Sura Tamannaah Bhatia Tamil
Manmadha Baanam Trisha Krishnan Telugu (Dubbed version)
2011 Ko Karthika Nair Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Rangam.
Nadunissi Naaygal Sameera Reddy Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Erra Gulabilu.
Vanthaan Vendraan Taapsee Pannu Tamil
Sri Rama Rajyam Nayanthara Tamil (Dubbed version)
Dhada Kajal Aggarwal Telugu
Dookudu Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Mankatha Andrea Jeremiah, Lakshmi Rai Tamil
Vedi Sameera Reddy Tamil
Osthe Richa Gangopadhyay Tamil
2012 Vettai Sameera Reddy Tamil
Ekk Deewana Tha Amy Jackson Hindi
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Amala Paul Tamil
Eega Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Naan Ee Tamil
Maattrraan Kajal Aggarwal Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Brothers and Hindi dubbed version titled No. 1 Judwaa - The Unbreakable released in 2014.
Andala Rakshasi Lavanya Tripathi Telugu
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu Samantha Akkineni Telugu
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Atharintiki Daaredi Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Ramayya Vasthavayya Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Thoofan Priyanka Chopra Telugu
Irandam Ulagam Anushka Shetty Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Varna.
Ala Ela Hebah Patel Telugu
Endrendrum Punnagai Trisha Krishnan Tamil
2014 Aaha Kalyanam Vaani Kapoor Tamil
Alludu Seenu Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Manam Telugu
Oka Laila Kosam Pooja Hegde Telugu
Lingaa Sonakshi Sinha Tamil
2015 I Amy Jackson Hindi (Dubbed version)
Bhale Bhale Magadivoy Lavanya Tripathi Telugu
Dohchay Kriti Sanon Telugu
S/O Satyamurthy Samantha Akkineni Telugu
2016 Police Samantha Akkineni Telugu (Dubbed version)
Nenu Rowdy Ne Nayanthara Telugu (Dubbed version)
Brahmotsavam Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Sarrainodu Rakul Preet Singh Telugu
24 Samantha Akkineni Tamil
Janatha Garage Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Majnu Anu Emmanuel Telugu
Jaguar Deepti Sati Telugu
Premam Shruthi Haasan Telugu
Remo Keerthy Suresh Telugu (Dubbed version)
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo Manjima Mohan Telugu
Sairat Rinku Rajguru Marathi
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Samantha Akkineni Telugu
2017 Ivan Thanthiran Shraddha Srinath Tamil
The House Next Door Andrea Jeremiah Hindi
Gruham Telugu
Maayavan Lavanya Tripathi Tamil Also dubbed in Telugu dubbed version titled Project Z.
2018 Irumbu Thirai Samantha Akkineni Tamil
Shailaja Reddy Alludu Anu Emmanuel Telugu
Chi La Sow Ruhani Sharma Telugu
Nawab Dayana Erappa Telugu (Dubbed version)
96 Trisha Krishnan Tamil
2019 Seema Raja Samantha Akkineni Telugu (Dubbed version)
Majili Samantha Akkineni Telugu
Oh Baby Samantha Akkineni Telugu Also dubbed in Tamil dubbed version.
Manmadhudu 2 Rakul Preet Singh Telugu
Samantha Akkineni
Hero Kalyani Priyadarshan Tamil
2020 Jaanu Samantha Akkineni Telugu
2021 Chaavu Kaburu Challaga Lavanya Tripathi Telugu
A1 Express Lavanya Tripathi Telugu
Paagal Nivetha Pethuraj Telugu
Romantic Ketika Sharma Telugu
Thalli Pogathey Anupama Parameswaran Tamil
Galatta Kalyanam (Atrangi Re) Sara Ali Khan Tamil (Dubbed version)
2022 Malli Modalaindi Naina Ganguly Telugu
Kanmani Rambo Khatija (Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal) Samantha Akkineni Telugu (Dubbed version)

Other roles[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2019 Famously Filmfare Host Telugu MX Player talk show
2021 Most Eligible Bachelor Herself Telugu Cameo appearance

Awards, nominations and honours[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Awards Marathi
  • 2016: Best Female Playback Singer - Sairaat Zaala Ji (Sairat)
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2011 – SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Tamil) – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2019 - SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu - "Priyathama Priyathama" (Majili)
  • 2013 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Tamil) - "Mella Sirithai" (Kalyana Samayal Saadham)
  • 2014 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) - "Vaddantune" (Run Raja Run)
  • 2015 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Tamil) - "Idhaythai Yedho Ondru" (Yennai Arindhaal)
  • 2015 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) - "Vennellona Mounam" (Surya vs Surya)
  • 2018 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Tamil) - "Kadhale Kadhale" ('96)
  • 2018 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) - "Yenti Yenti" (Geetha Govindam)
  • 2020 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) - "Oohale" (Jaanu)
  • 2020 : Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Soul of Dia" (Dia)
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
Vijay Awards
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
  • 2011: Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)[15]
  • 2018: Best Female Playback Singer – "Kaathalae Kaathalae" (96)[16]
    • Nominated : Best Female Dubbing Artist - 96
Vijay Music Awards
  • 2019: Most Popular Singer Of The Year - "Yenti Yenti" from Geetha Govindam & "Priyathama" from Majili
  • 2021: Most Popular Singer Of The Year - "Oohale Oohale" from Jaanu
The Times Film Awards
  • 2011: The Chennai Times Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
Edison Awards
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
  • 2018: Best Playback Singer (Female) - All songs from 96
Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Awards
Mirchi Music Awards South
BIG Tamil Entertainment Awards
Zee Cine Awards Telugu
  • 2019 - Zee Cine Awards Telugu for Best Female Playback Singer - "Priyathama Priyathama" (Majili)
Other Cine Awards
  • 2002: Award from Ajanta Fine Arts for "Oru Deivam" (Kannathil Muthamittal)
  • 2002: Best Media Associates Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Oru Deivam" (Kannathil Muthamittal)
  • 2002: ITFA Award for Best Upcoming Playback Singer – "Oru Deivam" (Kannathil Muthamittal)
  • 2007: Film Fans Association Award for Beat Female Playback Singer – "Sahana" (Shivaji)[22]
  • 2007: Jaya TV Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sahana" (Shivaji)[23]
  • 2007: Lions Club Award for Best Female Playback singer – "Sahana(Shivaji)"
  • 2009: Alandur Fine Arts for Best Female Playback Singer
  • 2009: South Scope Cine Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Vaarayo Vaarayo" (Aadhavan)
  • 2010: MGR Sivaji Academy Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Kilimanjaro" (Endhiran)[24]
  • 2010: Vijayam Tamil Movie Award for Favourite Female Singer of the Year
  • 2011: Navaratna Women Achievers Award for Best Female Playback Singer[25][26]
  • 2011: Filmfans' Association Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2011: Variety Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Sara Sara" (Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2015: Ugadhi Puraskar - Best Female Playback Singer - Vadhantune
  • 2018: Behindwoods Gold Medals - Voice of the Year (Female) - 96
  • 2018: Radio City Awards - Best Singer Female (Telugu) - Yenti Yenti - "Geetha Govindam" & Mellaga Mellaga - "Chi La Sow"
  • 2018: Mahila Ratna Awards - Best Singer Female (Telugu) - Yenti Yenti - "Geetha Govindam"
  • 2021: Chandanavana Film Critics Academy Award for Best Playback Singer - Female for the song "Soul of Dia" from Dia [27][28]
Other Nominations

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[31]
  • 2009: Vikatan Award for Best Television Show Host
  • 2011: Award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence[32]
  • 2011: Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Madras[33]
  • 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

Honours[edit]

  • 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.[34][35]
  • On 19 October Chinmayi was bestowed with a Femina Penn Shakti Award in recognition of her entrepreneurial and social initiatives.

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

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