Rita (Indian singer)

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Rita
Birth name Rita Thyagarajan
Born (1984-06-10) 10 June 1984 (age 33)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer, designer
Years active 2005–present
Website www.ritasinger.in

Rita Thyagarajan (born 10 June 1984), known by the mononym Rita, is an Indian playback singer who sings in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Early life[edit]

Rita was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was exposed to classical music very early in life and started attending classical Carnatic music lessons at the age of five. Her mother Lalitha Thyagarajan is a veteran illustrator and artist in Chennai and also a classical veena player while her father is employed with a popular Indian daily. She later started learning Hindustani classical music and has trained under celebrated masters in Chennai. Her sister is also trained in classical Carnatic music and runs her own design consultancy business in Chennai. Rita did her early schooling in P.S. Senior Secondary School in Mylapore and moved on to do a Bachelors in Design from Stella Maris College like her mother and sister. It was in college that she discovered her penchant for other styles of music and experimented with commercial film and Western styles.

She is also a graphic designer and visualiser and co-founder of a design studio of integrated freelance professionals called Utopik.

Early career[edit]

Rita started her career with D. Imman, who contacted her after listening to her demo CD which she had recorded after college. "Yendan Varungaalaveetukaraney" from the movie Aanai was the first song she recorded and from then she has recorded over 300 songs and jingles in all major South Indian languages. She got her big break with the song "Vada Mapillai" in Villu, and then recorded songs like "Allegra" and "Mambo mamiyaa" for Kandasamy in Tamil. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for the song "Allegra". Her song "Vada Mapillai" won Best Song of the Year at the Radio Mirchi Music awards. She recorded songs in Telugu like "Khilaadikoona" from Athidhi for Mani Sharma and "Panchadharabomma" for M. M. Keeravani which again won the Song of the Year award at the Radio Mirchi music awards.

Rita has worked with music directors like Ilaiyaraaja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Mani Sharma, D. Imman, Vidyasagar, Devi Sri Prasad, M. Jeychandran, and M. M. Keeravani. She also performs for stage shows in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Canada, USA, and Australia.

Tamil[edit]

Film Song title Music Director
Aanai Yendan Varungaala Veetukaaranae D. Imman
Saravana Unnoda Purushanaaga Srikanth Deva
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkiradhu Ilai Udir Kaalam Yuvan Shankar Raja
Naalai Azhagiya Dhoorathil Karthik Raja
Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam Kannukul Aedho D. Imman
Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan Kalkona Udhattu kaari Karthik Raja
Aarya Jillendra Theeyae Mani Sharma
Parattai Engeda Azhagu Yuvan Shankar Raja
Maamadhurai Madhurai Madhuraidhaan Karthik Raja
Cheena Thaana Morattu Payalae Deva
Malaikkoottai Uyirae Uyirae Mani Sharma
Kalloori June July Maadam Joshua Sridhar
Yaradee Nee Mohini Oru naalaikkul Yuvan Shankar
Arasangam Jil Jil Mazhayil Srikanth Deva
Uliyin Osai Sozha vala naadu Ilaiyaraaja
Thala pullai Yedho yedho S A Rajkumar
Magesh, Saranya Matrum Palar Vizhiyil vizhiyil Vidyasagar
Villu Vaada Mapilai Devi Sri Prasad
Villu Jalsa Devi Sri Prasad
Azhagar Malai Muthamma Ilaiyaraaja
Uyarthiru 420 Axhagiya Raavana Mani Sharma
Karthik Anitha Oh nenje Jack[disambiguation needed]
Kandasamy Allegra Devi Sri Prasad
Kandasamy Mambo Mamiyaa Devi Sri Prasad
Toranai Pelican Paravaigal Mani Sharma
Valmiki Poo sirikkudhu Ilaiyaraaja
Malai malai Anbu manam Mani Sharma
Thiru thiru thuru Thiru thiru vizhiyae Mani Sharma
Jaganmohini Poothadhu poovu Ilaiyaraaja
Jaganmohini Ponmanitheril Ilaiyaraaja
Odipolama Ading Ading Ading Ading
Rettaisuzhi Poochaandi Karthik Raja
Guru Sishyan Kadhara Kadhara Dheena
Bhavani IPS Mullai malar mele Dheena
Gillida Purushan kattura vayasula Devi Sri Prasad
Ambasamudram Ambani Kola kolaya mundirikka Karunaas
Madhiya Chennai Unnai patri sonnal Ilaiyaraaja
Dhanam Ilamai kanavugal Ilaiyaraaja
Aridhu aridhu Missing something Thaman
Sura Siragadikkum nilavu Mani Sharma
Odipolama Ading Ading D. Imman
Maasi Ondi ondi Dheena
Ithanai naala engirindhaai Jaalilo jimgana Dheena
Sooran Thappae thappillai PB Balaji
Sooran Vaa Maama PB Balaji
Kee Moo Azhagaana pasanga Kalaivanan
Sandai October maadathil Dheena
Singam puli Kangalal Mani Sharma
Aadu puli Kaadhal google.com Sundar C Babu
Thalapulla Ulagathin S A Rajkumar
Thalapulla Edho Edho S A Rajkumar
Vallakottai Sarakku rediyaa Dheena
Kaavalan Pattamboochi Vidyasagar
Ayyan Sivagami Ilaiyaraaja
Mappillai Love love Mani Sharma
Sabaash seriyaana potti Sabaash seriyaana potti Thaman
Yuvan[disambiguation needed] Fashion show Joshua Sridhar
Yuvan[disambiguation needed] Sollu pecha Joshua Sridhar
Mangaatha Vilayadhu mangatha Yuvan Shankar Raja
Muran Andhimandharai Saajan
Uyarthiru 420 Azhagiya raavana Mani Sharma
Vaagai Sooda Vaa Thaila Kili Gibran
Pesu Idhayam pesudhey Yuvan Shankar Raja
Osthi Unnaley Unnaley Thaman
Sridhar[disambiguation needed] Siruvan Sirumiyai
Mailu Aadhisokka Ilaiyaraaja
Mailu Dukkam enna Ilaiyaraaja
Ishtam Dhinakku dhinna Thaman
Mouna guru Yennaidhu Thaman
Mambattiyaan Mambattiyaan Thaman
Mambattiyaan Yedho aagudhey Thaman
Jillunu oru sandhippu Bussey bussey Faisal[disambiguation needed]
Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal Ellora Sirpam B.Aathif
Sagaa Yaayum Shabir

References[edit]

Rita - Sunrisers - Tamil / Telugu[edit]

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