K. S. Chithra

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K S Chithra
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Background information
Birth name Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra
Also known as Piya Basanti of North India
Nightingale of South India
Melody Queen of Indian Cinema
Little Nightingale of India
Vanambadi in Kerala
Chinna Kuyil in Tamil Nadu
Kannada kogile in Karnataka
Sangeeta Saraswathi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Born (1963-07-27) 27 July 1963 (age 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Genres Playback singing, Carnatic music, Hindustani music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Audiotracs
Website kschithra.com
FB : KSChithra Official
Twitter : KSChithra
Instagram : KSChithra

Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has sung in a number of Indian languages as well as Urdu, Latin, Arabic, Sinhalese and English. She has recorded more than 25,000 Songs for various films and albums. She is a recipient of six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and 34 different state film awards. She has won all the four south Indian state film awards.[1] She was honored with India's civilian honor Padma Shri[2] in 2005. Her song "Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay (1995) was included in The Guardian's "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear" list.[3] Chithra is referred to as Chinna Kuyil (English: Little Nightingale) or Keralathinte Vanambadi (English: Nightingale of Kerala) or Nightingale of South India.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, into a family of musicians, Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was also her first guru (teacher). Her elder sister K. S. Beena and her younger brother Mano is also a playback singer.[citation needed] Chithra received her training in Carnatic music from Dr. K. Omanakutty, passed B.A. in music with first class and third rank from the University of Kerala, and completed a master's degree in music.[1] She was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978 to 1984.[4]


Playback singing[edit]

Malayalam Cinema:

Chithra was introduced to Malayalam playback by M. G. Radhakrishnan in 1979 and went on to become a regular singer for many Malayalam musicians, including Raveendran.[1] Attahasam, Snehapoorvam Meera and Njan Ekananu were the first few films in which she recorded her songs.[1] She also performed live concerts with K. J. Yesudas in India and abroad.[1] She worked with music directors including Raveendran, Shyam, Jerry Amaldev, Mohan Sithara, Kannur Rajan and Johnson.[1] She is regarded as "Nightingale of Kerala (Vanambadi)" and recorded too many successful songs in Malayalam. She sang maximum number of memorable duets in Malayalam with K. J. Yesudas & M. G. Sreekumar. By the mid-1980s, she had recorded many successful songs for composers in Malayalam.

Tamil Cinema:

She made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the song "Poojaikketha Poovithu" from the film Neethana Antha Kuyil, which was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. She was given the title Chinnakuyil after singing the song "Chinna Kuyil Paadum" from the 1985 released film Poove Poochudava.[1] Director Fazil cast her for this song after Ilaiyaraaja got impressed with her song sung in original version in Malayalam for the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu in 1985 directed by himself.[citation needed]. She has recorded maximum number of Tamil songs to music directors like Ilayaraja, A.R.Rahman, Deva, S.P.Venkatesh, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Harris Jayraj and many other composers. She has sung huge number of evergreen hit songs in Tamil which are remembered till date. She is the female singer who has sung the maximum number of songs for the Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman for his Tamil film songs.[citation needed]. Out of 150 Tamil films from A.R.Rahman , K S Chithra lent her voice for 103 films.

Telugu Cinema:

She was introduced to Telugu music through the musical Tamil-Telugu dubbed film Sindhu Bhairavi in 1985, then she recorded her first song in the Film "Pralayam" composed by K. V. Mahadevan, where she sang a huming portion in K. J. Yesudas's song. Then in 1986 she recorded two songs for the film 'Vijrumbhana'(Composed by music director Sathyam). Then she went on recording songs in Telugu from 1986-1988 to Ilayaraja, Chakravarthy, K. V. Mahadevan & Sathyam , but she had her breakthrough in 1988 through the songs in the films Gharshana (Agni Natchathiram) and Geetanjali, which were commercially successful in the Telugu musical field. She went on to become a regular singer for M. M. Keeravani, Raj-Koti and S. V. Krishna Reddy and recorded all the songs in one film. Mostly all her life-time hits in Telugu are composed by M. M. Keeravani. She was a sensation in Telugu musical industry and had the fame of recording all the songs in one film from 1990-1995 along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam & Mano. From late 80's till 90's she has recorded so many hit female duets with P. Susheela, S. P. Sailaja and Jikki in many films. Chitra is known for giving soul to lyrics in Telugu states. though she belongs to Kerala, she is highly encouraged in Telugu states for her expressive renditions. She has sung a song "Venuvai Vachanu" from the film Matrudevobhava under M. M. Keeravani's composition, which has turned into her life-time hit song where she sang with high expression and emotion. One more song "Kallaloki Kallu Petti" composed by Koti from the film Nuvve Kavali was a huge chartbuster. It is known that, while recording this song Chitra really ended up crying, she has sung the song with huge emotion giving apt soul to the song.[5] She has sung many evergreen songs in Telugu like "Ninnu Kori" from Gharshana,"Maa Perati Jaamchettu" from Pelli Sandadi, "Asalem Gurtukuradu" from Antahpuram, "Kannaule" from Bombay,"Ennalaku Gurtochana" from Varsham, "Sitamma Vakitlo" from Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, "Gopikamma" from Mukunda and many other songs.

Hindi cinema:

She was introduced to Hindi film music in 1985, she recorded her first Hindi song, which was not commercially successful, but later in 1991 she sang a song in the film Love, composed by Anand-Milind, she sang all the tracks in the film and the track "Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya"(Along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam), was commercially successful. Then she went on recording some Hindi songs under A.R.Rahman's compositions from 1991-1995, but her breakthrough in Hindi film music was with the song "Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay, which was highly successful in the North Indian region and gave her an identity in Bollywood film industry ("Kehna Hi Kya" was included in The Guardian newspaper's "The 1000 songs that everyone must hear".[citation needed] She mostly sang for Anu Malik, where he gave her a chance to sing eight songs out of eleven in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon in 2003, which was a musical sensation.[citation needed]. She has sung all the remarkable evergreen songs like "Yehasiwadiyan" from Roja, "Yaaron Sun Lo" from Rangeela, "Hum Tumse Na" from Ziddi, "Payale Chunmun" from (she won a National Award, Star Screen Award and the nomination for Filmfare Awards for her rendition) from Virasat, "Raat Ka Nasha" from Asoka, "Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (sad version)", "Rang De Basanti" were some memorable huge hits.

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. Her song "Mere dil ka tumse hi kehna" from the film Armaan[disambiguation needed] was a huge hit. Her songs "Naya Naya", "Kyun baar baar" from the film Filhaal became massive hits which were composed by Anu Malik. In the composition of Rajesh Roshan she has sung "koi mil gaya" title song of the film Koi... Mil Gaya for which she won Bollywood Movie Awards, MTV Immies Award and the nomination for Filmfare Awards. In the song "Tum bin jiya jaye kaise" from the film Tum Bin became a huge chartbuster, where she has rendered that song with high expression and emotion. Her songs "Hum Bhool gaye " from the film Aks, "Roop suhana Lagta hai" from the film The Gentleman (film). Her song "Raat hamari " from the film Parineeta was a huge hit, leaving the statement "highly expressive". She has sung most expressive and motivational song "Jaage hain" from in the film Guru alongside A.R.Rahman which was a trending song in 2007. Chitra is popularly called as Piya Basanti in Mumbai because of her works in the albumn Piya Basanti alongside Ustad Sultan Khan, where albumn became a huge chartbuster in 2000 and was certified "GOLD" and went on to win the International award MTV Immimes in pop category (she was the first person from south to win that prestigious award).

Music company[edit]

In 1995 Chithra established the Audiotracs[6] Music Company in Chennai.AUDIOTRACS is the brand name of AT MUSICS a music label promoted by the well known singer CHITHRA known as the nightingale of the south in 1995. Audiotracs is one of the most respected music label of south India producing albums in the non film space such as devotional music, classical music, light songs, traditional music etc. Some of the most prominent music directors of Malayalam films like M.Jayachandran, Deepak Dev, Viswajith etc. made their debut thro this label.All of Chitra's non film albums are produced by AUDIOTRACS and released thro MANORAMA MUSIC the music division of the media group Malayala Manorama thro a licensing arrangement since 2001. Apart from music cds the audiotracs catalogue is available in the digital space like YouTube, iTunes, Google+, Nokia music store etc.

Recording Studio[edit]

Krishna Digidesign is a digital recording studio promoted by noted singer K S Chithra in Chennai.[7] The studio is a dream come true project for Chithra.The studio was inaugurated on 6th April 2000 jointly by two of Chithra's mentors Dr.K J Yesudas and mastero Ilayaraja in the august presence of her guru Dr.Omanakutty and Mr.M. G. Radhakrishnan who had introduced her to the field of film music.

The first song was recorded by Mr.Sonu Nigam the talented singer/performer of Bollywood to the music of Mr.Bharadwaj. We have two studios studio A and B for song recordings and mastering projects.Today Krishna Digidesign is considered as one of the most popular and professional destination for musicians of all genre in Chennai. luminaries of the music fraternity of the country like.Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna, K J Yesudas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan and others had graced the studio with their presence and soulful melodies.

Leading music directors like Sharreth, M. M. Keeravani, Mani Sharma, M. Jayachandran, Deepak Dev, S. Thaman, Anu Malik, Kamalakar and revered personalities likeM. S. Viswanathan, Raveendran, Johnson (composer), Shyam (composer), Jerry Amaldev, L. Vaidyanathan, Hamsalekha, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Karaikudi Mani and a host of others have used the services provided by the studio over the years. Most of the recordings of Chithra's music label and the sister concern of the group 'AUDIOTRACS' are also recorded mixed and mastered in Krishna Digidesign.Apart from song recordings the studio undertakes re-recording projects. Today the studio and its audio engineers had made a mark in the area of mastering and mixing of songs.



Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was also her first guru (teacher). She started singing at her house as well she used to sing in neighbour's occasional events. Her mother Shantha, who is a veena player (not professionally) used to teach Chithra and her elder sister Beena some devotional slokas and asked them to perform in front of God. Chithra is regarded as one of the legendary singers in film industry, many singers and music directors like Shreya Ghoshal, Chinmayi, Devi Sri Prasad, Manisharma, Mickey J Meyer, Sunitha Upadrashta, Shweta Pandit, Shweta Mohan, Ramya Behra, Sri Krishna claim her as their role model.[8] Being a legend herself, she acknowledges all her senior singers and music directors as her inspiration.

Work and Association With Music Directors[edit]

Chithra has sung more than 25,000 songs in number of Indian languages. But predominatly she works in South-Indian film industry. Chithra has the fame of working with huge number of music directors across India. She has recorded maximum number of songs to the music directors like A. R. Rahman, Ilayaraja, M. M. Keeravani, Koti, S. V. Krishna Reddy, Raveendran, Johnson, Sharreth, S. A. Rajkumar, Manisharma, Vidyasagar, Deva, Devi Sri Prasad, Anu Malik, Mickey J Meyer in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. She has recorded huge number of duets with singers like S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, K. J. Yesudas, M. G. Sreekumar, Mano, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Karthik, P. Unnikrishnan, Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Yesudas in all Indian languages. Chithra, Mano, S.P.Balasubrahmanyam have a special fame of recording all the songs in one film dominatly from 1990-1997 mostly in Telugu and few Tamil films. She has even recorded hit female duets with P. Susheela, Vani Jairam, S. Janaki, S. P. Sailaja, Shreya Ghoshal, Swarnalatha, Sadhana Sargam, Harini, Sunidhi Chauhan, Alka Yagnik, Madhushree, Sunitha Upadrashta in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam & Hindi. The most successful duet combination was S.P.B-Chithra duo in Telugu especially. They have sung maximum number of songs to so many music directors together. They have a fame of recording 2,500 songs to composers Raj-Koti where in total Raj-Koti composed 3,000 songs. Chithra sang some rare duets with the actor and singer Dr.Rajkumar in Kannada. She has been singing since more than 3 decades and yet gets chances to work with latest film music directors like Santhosh Narayanan, Gopi Sundar, S. S. Thaman, Devi Sri Prasad, Mickey J Meyer, Sai Karthik, Ghibran.

Performances In Concerts (India & Abroad)[edit]

Apart from playback singing, she also appeared among the panel of judges in the singing reality television shows at Kerala (Idea Star Singer and Josco Indian Voice),[9] at Tamil Nadu (Airtel Super Singer Junior),[10] where she also won the award for Best Female Judge and at Andhra Pradesh (MAA TV) Super Singer. Apart from this judgement panel she has appeared in many of the ETV(Telugu) music-shows like Swarabhishekam, Super Masti, Jhumandi Nadam etc. She is regular singer in Ilayaraja's, A.R.Rahman's and S.P.Balasubrahmanyam's concert. She has performed all over the world in SPB's concerts along with S. P. Sailaja, S. P. Charan. She has been a regular singer participating in all the concerts of SPB50-The World Tour, she has performed almost all around the world with S. P. B. Charan, S. P. Sailaja, Karthik & Shweta Mohan.

Studio albums[edit]

Chithra recorded her first studio album with Voodoo Rapper for the album called Ragga Raaga in 1993. She recorded the albums in Hindi, Piya Basanti (2000) and Sunset Point. She associated with Ustad Sultan Khan for Piya Basanti which was certified Gold.[11] Sunset Point had eight songs written and narrated by Gulzar and sung by Chithra and Bhupinder.[12] In 2006, she released an album in dedication to M. S. Subbulakshmi named My Tribute. It is a collection of Kritis and bhajans dedicated to Subbulakshmi.[13] In 2009 she released Nightingale: A Salute to Lataji, a musical tribute to Lata Mangeshkar on her 80th birthday.[14] She also recorded many Malayalam albums for K. J. Yesudas, M. Jayachandran and Sharreth compositions. She also planned a ghazal album with Ghulam Ali and Asha Bhosle.[13]

In 2014, Chithra recorded a song at a Singapore studio for A. R. Rahman's private album Raunaq written by Kapil Sibal.[15]

Chithra has established her own recording label, Audiotracs, to promote new artists to collaborate with her as singers, lyricists and music directors.[citation needed]


Chithra, along with a Kerala-based satellite channel, Asianet Cable Vision (ACV), jointly launched a fundraising organisation, Sneha Nandana, to raise funds for the welfare of retired musicians who have lost their careers due to changes in the music industry. She launched this organisation on the occasion of her completion of three decades in the music playback industry. She said that the fund would provide help to the musicians with financial impediments and those suffering from health problems.[citation needed] A cultural event called Chithra Pournami was held on 15 February 2011 at Thiruvananthapuram to celebrate the 30th year of her career and also to launch this organisation. Attendees included K. J. Yesudas, V. Dakshinamurthy, Sreekumaran Thampi, P. Susheela, Hariharan, P. Jayachandran, Usha Uthup, M.K. Arjunan, Johnson, Shyam, M. Jayachandran, M. G. Sreekumar, Sharath, Sujatha Mohan, Unni Menon, Srinivas, G. Venugopal, Minmini, and Priyadarshan.[16]

AR Rahman and K S Chithra combo[edit]

Chithra is the only female singer who has sung the most number songs for A R Rahman.[citation needed]

"Chithraji is a sweetest human being that I have ever seen in my life. She has sung 20 to 25 songs per day in that prime time, that talent we cannot see in every singer. The name of K S Chithra needs to be etched on a marble in golden letters for generations to remember her for her contribution in the field of music"[17] - A R Rahman

S.no Year Song Film Language Co-Singer
1 1992 "Yeh Haseen waadiyaan" Roja Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
2 1992 "Rukkumani Rukkumani" Roja Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
3 1992 "Nagamane Nagamane" Roja Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
4 1992 "Chella Chella Asha" Roja Malayalam -
5 1992 "Omal Pounkuyile" Roja Malayalam Biju Narayanan
6 1992 "Chella Chella Asha (Bit)" Roja Malayalam -
7 1993 "Kulu Kulu" Asokan Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
8 1993 "Mujhko yeh lagta hai" Dharam Yoddha Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
9 1993 "Then kizhakku cheemayile (1)" Kizhakku Cheemayile Tamil Malaysia Vasudevan
10 1993 "Then Kizhakku cheemayile (2)" Kizhakku Cheemayile Tamil Malaysia Vasudevan
11 1993 "Kaathu Kaathu dinam kaathu" Uzhavan Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
12 1993 "En Aatha pon Aatha" Uzhavan Tamil K. J. Yesudas
13 1993 "Kangalil enne eeramo " Uzhavan Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
14 1993 "Veerapandi Kottayile" Thiruda Thiruda Tamil Mano, Unni Menon
15 1993 "Putam pudu bhoomi" Thiruda Thiruda Tamil Mano
16 1993 "Jhoom Jhoom" Chor Chor Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
17 1993 "Pyar kabhi" Chor Chor Hindi Udit Narayan, Mano
18 1993 "Veera bobbili" Donga Donga Telugu Mano, Unni Menon
19 1993 "Kotha Bangaru lokam" Donga Donga Telugu Mano
20 1994 "Baboo love cheyyara" Super Police Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
21 1994 "Mukkambe Mukkambe" Super Police Telugu Mano
22 1994 "Mamo love" Super Police Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
23 1994 "Muttamme Muttamme" Super Police Tamil Mano
24 1994 "Chumma de chumma de" Khel khiladi ka Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
25 1994 "En Kadhale (Female version)" Duet Tamil -
26 1994 "Anjali Anjali pushpanjali" Duet Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
27 1994 "kodite Kolatam" Duet Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
28 1994 "Anjali Anjali" Duet Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
29 1994 "Gutti vankayi" Duet Telugu -
30 1994 "Nain Cheli" Duet Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Noell
31 1994 "Anjali Anjali" Tu Hi Mera Dil Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
32 1994 "En Mel vizhunda" May Madham Tamil P. Jayachandran
33 1994 "Manasa veena" Hrudayaanjali Telugu -
34 1994 "Edapai jarina" Hrudayaanjali Telugu P. Unnikrishnan
35 1994 "Azhagu Nilave" Pavithra Tamil -
36 1994 "Eechambazham" Pavithra Tamil Shahul Hameed
37 1994 "Thenmerku Pavruva kaatru" Karuthamma Tamil P. Unnikrishnan
38 1994 "Sirimalle mogga meeda" Vanitha Telugu P. Unnikrishnan
39 1994 "onnu Rendu moonudu" Pudhiya Mannargal Tamil Mano
40 1994 "Nagu momu" Gangmaster Telugu Mano
41 1994 "Misa Misalade" Gangmaster Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
42 1994 "Hello Hello" Gangmaster Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
43 1994 "Enna Mayam Kannamma" Manitha Manitha Tamil Mano
44 1994 "Kisu Kisu Namakkal" Manitha Manitha Tamil Mano
45 1994 "Hello Hello Anburani" Manitha Manitha Tamil Mano
46 1994 "Neelimabbu Kondallona" Palnati Pourusham Telugu[18][better source needed] K J Yesudas
46 1995 "Kehna hi kya" Bombay Hindi -
47 1995 "Kannalane" Bombay Tamil -
48 1995 "Uyire Uyire" Bombay Tamil Hariharan
49 1995 "Kannanule" Bombay Telugu -
50 1995 "Urike chilake" Bombay Telugu Hariharan
51 1995 "Thoda Thoda malardhadhenna" Indira Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
52 1995 "Thoda Thoda pyar" Priyanka Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
53 1995 "Toli Toli Bediyala" Indira Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
54 1995 "Thoda Thoda pyar" Priyanka Hindi Hariharan
55 1995 "Yaaro Sunlo Zara" Rangeela Hindi Udit Narayan
56 1995 "Kuluvalilae" Muthu Tamil Udit Narayan, G. V. Prakash Kumar , Kalyani Menon
57 1995 "Kalagalile prema" Muthu Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kalyani meno
58 1995 "Phoolwani ne loota Mujhko" Muthu Hindi Udit Narayan, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kalyani Menon
59 1996 "Malargaley Malargaley" Love Birds Tamil Hariharan
60 1996 "Manasuna Manasuga" Love Birds Telugu Hariharan
61 1996 "Milgaye Milgaye" Love Birds Hindi Hariharan
62 1997 "OOhla la la (Manna madhurai)" Minsara Kanavu Tamil Unni Menon, Srinivas
63 1997 "Ek bhagiya mein" Sapnay Hindi Srinivas, Shankar Mahadevan
64 1997 "Machilipatnam" Merupu Kalalu Telugu Srinivas, Unni Menon
65 1997 "Kasirepi" 50-50 Telugu Deena Chandra Das
66 1997 "Ee praayam needhe ra" 50-50 Telugu P. UnniKrishnan
67 1997 "Sooriyanaai" Ottam Tamil Deena Chandra Das
68 1997 "En kadhal neruppi" Ottam Tamil P. Unnikrishnan
69 1997 "Pogum vazhiyellam" Ratchagan Tamil -
70 1998 "Mere Yara dildara" Kabhi Na Kabhi Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Hariharan
71 1998 "Tu hi Tu" Kabhi Na Kabhi Hindi M. G. Sreekumar
72 1998 "Innalela ledule" Prematho Telugu M. G. Sreekumar
73 1999 "En swasa kaatre" En Swasa Kaatre Tamil M. G. Sreekumar
74 1999 "Theendai" En Swasa Kaatre Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
75 1999 "Thirakkadha" En Swasa Kaatre Tamil P. Unnikrishnan
76 1999 "Naa Prana Jyothi" Premante Pranam Ista Telugu M. G. Sreekumar
77 1999 "Leela Mruduleela" Premante Pranam Ista Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
78 1999 "Tholi Saari" Premante Pranam Ista Telugu P. Unnikrishnan
79 1999 "Mel Nattu Isai" Jodi Tamil -
80 1999 "Verri Manasa" Jodi Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
81 1999 "Hridayanni Muripinche" Jodi Telugu -
82 1999 "Karisal Tharasil" Taj Mahal Tamil M. G. Sreekumar
83 1999 "Sarithana Sarithana" Thalam Tamil Mano
84 2000 "Kannamoochi (Solo)" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil -
85 2000 "Kannamoochi (Duet)" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil K. J. Yesudas
86 2000 "Enge enathu kavithai" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil Srinivas
87 2000 "Dobuchulatelara (Duet)" Priyuralu Pilichindi Telugu K. J. Yesudas
88 2000 "Dobuchulatelara (Solo)" Priyuralu Pilichindi Telugu -
89 2000 "Ye Maya na Kavitha" Priyuralu Pilichindi Telugu Srinivas
90 2000 "Injerungo Injerungo" Thenali Tamil Kamal Hasan
91 2000 "Praname" Thenali Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
92 2000 "Yeyayo Yeyayo" Thenali Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
93 2000 "Nee thaan en desiya geetam" Parthale Paravasam Tamil P. Balram
94 2000 "Neevena jaatheyageetam" Paravasham Telugu P.Balram
95 2001 "Shingu hingu" Alli Arjuna Tamil -
96 2004 "Mazhai megha vanna" Desam Tamil Srinivas
97 2005 "varugiraai" Anbe Aaruyire Tamil Hariharan
98 2006 "Rang de basanti" Rang De Basanti Hindi Daler Mehndi
99 2007 "Jaage jain " Guru Hindi A.R.Rahman
100 2007 "Ek lo muft" Guru Hindi Bappi Lahari
101 2007 "Rendu maangai" Guru Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
102 2007 "Orey khana" Guru Tamil A.R.Rahman
103 2007 "Jodi chesei" Guru Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
104 2007 "Innalle" Guru Telugu A.R.Rahman
105 2008 "Idhayam idham mariyathe" Jodha Akbar Tamil Karthik
106 2010 "Tu mera hai" Ada... A Way of Life Hindi Sukhwinder Singh
107 2010 "Nammaka meeyara swami" Puli Telugu Harini, Madhushree
108 2014 "unborn child" Million Dollar Arm English P. Unnikrishnan
109 2014 "Sach kahoon" Raunaq (album) Hindi - A.R.Rahman
110 2014 "Naada gaanangal" Pradhi Nayagan Malayalam Haricharan
111 2015 "Malargal Kaettein" O Kadhal Kanmani Tamil A.R.Rahman
112 2015 "Manase teeyaga" Ok Bangaram Telugu Dr. Narayan

Personal life[edit]

Chithra is married to Vijayashankar, an engineer and businessman and settled in Chennai. They had only one daughter Nandana, who drowned in a pool in Dubai in 2011 when Chithra was about to perform in A. R. Rahman's concert.[19][20]

Stage performances[edit]

Chithra has performed in India, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, France, United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Uganda, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.[citation needed]

Performances outside India[edit]

International projects[edit]

  • Recorded with the Arab singer Jawad Ali for his album Amar Ul Hob[21]
  • Recorded a song for the jazz pianist Herbie Hancock
  • Invited by the Government of China to perform in the Qinghai international water and music festival in Qinghai, China.

Awards, honours and recognition[edit]

Awards and honours Wins
Indian honours system
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Andhra Pradesh State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Karnataka State Film Awards
Orissa State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
CineMAA Awards
Mathrubhumi Film Awards
Mirchi Music Awards South
Asiavision Awards
Bollywood Movie Awards
Star Screen Awards
MTV Video Music Award
MTV Immies
Cinema Express Awards
Global Indian Music Academy Awards
Film Fans Association Awards
Gamma Indian Music Awards
Gulf Malayalam Music Awards (GMMA)
Santosham Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Other Awards

Chithra has won six National Awards for best female playback singer,[22] the highest by any female playback singer. She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer 16 times.[22] She is the only person to win Kerala State Film Awards most number of times in a row (11 times). She has won Nandi Awards 10 times. This is the highest number of awards awarded to any female playback singer. She is the only Singer in India to receive all the 4 South-Indian state government awards i.e. AP-Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka. She has won the following awards:

Indian honours system:

  • Civilian awards:
  • 2005 – Padma Shri – India's fourth highest civilian honour[2]


  • Gana priya
  • Kala Ratna
  • Sangeetha Ratna
  • Swara Ratna
  • Sathkeerthi
  • Vanitha Ratna
  • Kalaiselvam
  • Kalaimamani

Special honours:

National Film Awards:[22]

Filmfare Awards:

Filmfare Awards South:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Nandi Awards (Andhra Pradesh State Film Awards):

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

Karnataka State Film Awards:

Orissa State Film Awards:

  • 1993 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Band Kothari Band Choraka" (Mo Kanhu Re)

Bollywood Movie Awards:

Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GIMA):

  • 2013 – Best Carnatic Classical Album - Vocal - Album "Vande Vasudevam" an album based on Annamacharya Krithis.[29]

MTV Video Music Award:

  • 2001 – International Viewer's Choice Awards MTV India (Hindi pop category) Album Piya Basanti.(The first singer from South India to get the prestigious MTV Award).

Star Screen Awards:

MTV Immies Awards:

South Indian International Movie Awards:

Mirchi Music Awards South:

CineMAA Awards :

Santosham Film Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Mathrubhumi Film Awards:

  • 1999 – Best Female Playback – "Thumbayum Thulasiyum" (Megham)
  • 2000 – Best Female Playback – "Varmukile" (Mazha)
  • 2001 – Best Female Playback – "Katte Nee Veesharuthippol" (Kattu Vannu Vilichappol)
  • 2002 – Best Female Playback – "Kaarmukil Varnante" (Nandanam)
  • 2003 – Best Female Playback – "Enthinai Nin Idam Kannin" (Mizhi Randilum)
  • 2008 – Best Female Playback – "Enguninnuvanna " (Calcutta News)
  • 2011 – Best Female Playback – "Chengathir Kaiyum" (Snehaveedu)

Gulf Malayalam Music Awards (GMMA):

  • 2005 - Best Female Playback Singer[21]
  • 2006 - Best Female Playback Singer[21]
  • 2008 - Best Female Playback Singer[21]

Kerala Film Critics Association Awards:

Asiavision Awards:

Gulf Andhra Music Awards (GAMA):

Other honours:

Other awards:

  • Cinema Express Awards for 1986, 1987, 1988,1990,1991,1993,1994,1995,1998[21]
  • Film Fans Association Chennai Award – 20 times (This is the oldest film award in South India)[21]
  • Gamma Indian Music Award, Malaysia for 1988,1989,1990,1996[21]
  • 2001 – "For the sake of honour" award from Rotary International[21]
  • 2001 – LuxAsianet Award for the best playback singer Kannada[21]
  • 2004 – "Vocational excellence" award from Rotary International[21]
  • 2005 – VIRTUSO Music Awards 2005[21]
  • 2006 – LuxAsianet Award for the best playback singer Kannada[21]
  • 2007 – "Sathyan National Film Award-2007" By Sathyan Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • 2007 – Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards for Best Female Playback Singer Award – "Yaaro Yarukkul" (Chennai 600028)
  • 2008 – Devasthanam Award for GANAPRIYA Puraskaram by Peringottukara Devasthanam Temple Trust[41]
  • 2010 – Jai Hind Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer Award – "Kunnathe Konnakyum" (Pazhassiraja)
  • 2010 – Swaralaya – Eenam Award for Decade's Best Talent in Malayalam Music
  • 2010 – South Scope Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer Award – "Kunnathe Konnakyum" (Pazhassiraja)
  • 2011 – Lata Mangeshkar Award (2011)
  • 2012 – Thikkurissy Award for Best Female Playback Singer – "Naattuvazhiyorathe" (Khaddama)[42]
  • 2013 – CineMAA Awards for Best Duet Song – "Nee Choopule" with Haricharan (Endukante... Premanta!, Telugu Film )
  • 2013 – K P Brhamanandan Memorial Awards for Best Female Singer (2013)
  • 2013 – ETV Kannada Sangeet Samman (P. B. Sreenivas) Award[43]
  • 2013 – Asiavision Awards-2013 for Best Female Playback - "Ilaveyil Viralukalayi" (Artist)
  • 2013 – CERA BIG Malayalam Music Awards for Best Female Playback - "Ilaveyil Viralukalayi" (Artist) and "Ponnodu Poovay" (Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty)[44]
  • 2013 – CERA Big Malayalam Music Awards for Face of the Award - Honoured for completing three decades in the industry[44]
  • 2014 – Minimol Memorial Charitable Trust - Sathkeerthi Puraskaram[45]
  • 2014 – Mappila Kala Academy in memory of K Raghavan Master - Sangeetha Ratnam Puraskaram for her contribution to film industry[46]
  • 2014 – K.P. Radhakrishna Menon memorial Kala Ratna Award for her outstanding contributions to music.[47]
  • 2014 – STAR Vijay Vijay Television Awards 2014 Favourite Judge Female for Airtel Super Singer
  • 2014 – Prasasthi Award of Excellence 2014 by Rotary International District Vacational Service Alappuzha
  • 2015 – Kerala Women In Cinema Award 2015 by Rashtra Deepika Cinema and Kerala State Women's Development Corporation For Best Singer Category
  • 2015 – CineMAA Awards 2015 Awards for Best Female Playback Singer Award – "Gopikamma" (Mukunda)
  • 2015 – K.P.S Menon Memorial Award 2015 by Chettoor Sankaran Nair Memorial Trust,Ottapalam.[48]
  • 2015 – Harmony International Award 2015 instituted by Marthoma Research Academy, Azhikode, Kodungallur.[49]
  • 2015 – Asiavision Awards 2015 for Best Female Playback Tamil- "Malargal Kaettaen" (OK Kanmani) .[35]
  • 2016 – Dakshinamoorthy Sangeetha Ganendhuchooda Puraskaram, Vaikom
  • 2016 – K P Udayabhanu Music Award by K P Udayabhanu Foundation, Trivandrum
  • 2016 – Moyinkutty Vaidyar Memorial Award 2016 instituted by Mahakavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Mappilakala Academy,Kondotty
  • 2016 – Pattarangu Manjeri Award 2016 for her outstanding contributions to music by Baburaj Cultural Academy,Manjeri.
  • 2016 – Swaralaya Eenam Award 2016 as the best singer for her contribution in last half century.
  • 2016 – Asiavision Awards 2016 for Best Female Playback - "Kaadaniyum Kalchilambe..." (Pulimurugan) and "Poovithalai..." (Thoppil Joppan)

Other achievements[edit]

  • She has also been honoured with the Swaralaya Yesudas Award in 2004, Kalaiselvam title from the South Indian Nadigar Sangam in 2002, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Malayalee Council in London in 2003.
  • She has also received numerous mainstream awards like MTV Immies, Screen – Videocon Award, Film Fans Association Awards, and Cinema Express Awards. Chithra was also awarded the 'Vocational Excellence' Award by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore.[11]
  • In 2010, she received the C. Cheriyan Memorial Award by Cochin Fine Arts Society, Swaralaya – Eenam Award for Best Female Singer and Chakkulathamma Swaravarsha Award.
  • Her song "Kannalane (Kehna Hi Kya)" from the film Bombay (1995) was included in The Guardian's "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear" list.[3]


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