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 & 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]

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].

Telugu Cinema: She was introduced to telugu music through the musical blockbuster tamil-telugu dubbed film Sindhu Bhairavi, 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 she went on recording some beautiful Ilayaraja's songs in telugu, but she had her break-through the films Gharshana(Agni Natchathiram) and Geetanjali songs, which gave her immense popularity in telugu musical field. After such extrodinary songs, Chithra was regarded as one of the greatest singers in Telugu after P.Susheela & S. Janaki and went on becoming a regular singer for M. M. Keeravani, Raj- Koti & S. V. Krishna Reddy and recorded all the songs in one film.

Hindi Cinema: She was introduced to hindi film music in 1985, she recorded her first hindi song, which never came into notice of public, but later in 1991 she sang a song in the film Love, composed by Anand-Milind, she sang all the tracks in the film & the track "Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya"(Along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam), was immensely popular. Then she went on recording some hindi songs under A.R.Rahman's compositions, but "Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay was immensely popular among North Indian region and gave her an identity in Bollywood film industry. She mostly sang for Anu Malik, where he gave her a chance to sing 8 songs out of 11 in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, which was a musical sensation in 2003.

By the mid-1980s, she had recorded many successful songs for composers in Malayalam, and numerous songs for Ilayaraja and others in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. 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. Chithra sang some rare duets with legendary actor and singer Dr.Rajkumar in Kannada. Chithra is regarded as one of the legandary singers in film indutry & many singers & 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.

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),[5] at Tamil Nadu (Airtel Super Singer Junior),[6] 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 & S.P.Balasubrahmanyam's concert. She has performed all over the world in SPB's concerts along with S. P. Sailaja, S. P. Charan.

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.[7] Sunset Point had eight songs written and narrated by Gulzar and sung by Chithra and Bhupinder.[8] 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.[9] In 2009 she released Nightingale: A Salute to Lataji, a musical tribute to Lata Mangeshkar on her 80th birthday.[10] 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.[9]

In 2014, Chithra recorded a song at a Singapore studio for A. R. Rahman's private album Raunaq written by Kapil Sibal.[11]

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


K.S. Chithra, 2015

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 named 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.[12]

AR Rahman & K S Chithra combo[edit]

K. S. Chithra has the fame of being the female voice singing the maximum number of songs for A R Rahman.

"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"[13] - A R Rahman

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

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Vijayashankar, an engineer and businessman and settled in Chennai. Their only daughter, Nandana.[15][16]

Stage performances[edit]


Chithra has performed in India, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, France, US, 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[17]
  • 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]

K S Chithra in Kannur.jpg
Awards & 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, [18] the highest by any female playback singer. She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer 16 times.[18] 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 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 Honour:

National Film Awards:[18]

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.[25]

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[17]
  • 2006 - Best Female Playback Singer[17]
  • 2008 - Best Female Playback Singer[17]

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[17]
  • Film Fans Association Chennai Award – 20 times (This is the oldest film award in South India)[17]
  • Gamma Indian Music Award, Malaysia for 1988,1989,1990,1996[17]
  • 2001 – "For the sake of honour" award from Rotary International[17]
  • 2001 – LuxAsianet Award for the best playback singer Kannada[17]
  • 2004 – "Vocational excellence" award from Rotary International[17]
  • 2005 – VIRTUSO Music Awards 2005[17]
  • 2006 – LuxAsianet Award for the best playback singer Kannada[17]
  • 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[37]
  • 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)[38]
  • 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[39]
  • 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)[40]
  • 2013 – CERA Big Malayalam Music Awards for Face of the Award - Honoured for completing three decades in the industry[40]
  • 2014 – Minimol Memorial Charitable Trust - Sathkeerthi Puraskaram[41]
  • 2014 – Mappila Kala Academy in memory of K Raghavan Master - Sangeetha Ratnam Puraskaram for her contribution to film industry[42]
  • 2014 – K.P. Radhakrishna Menon memorial Kala Ratna Award for her outstanding contributions to music.[43]
  • 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.[44]
  • 2015 – Harmony International Award 2015 instituted by Marthoma Research Academy, Azhikode, Kodungallur.[45]
  • 2015 – Asiavision Awards 2015 for Best Female Playback Tamil- "Malargal Kaettaen" (OK Kanmani) .[31]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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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