Sithara (singer)

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Sithara
Sithara Krishnakumar.jpg
Sithara with the Tambura
Background information
Birth name Sithara Krishnakumar
Born (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 31)
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Genres Folk, Indian classical, Playback Singing, Ghazal
Occupation(s) Playback Singer, Singer-songwriter, Music Director
Years active 2007[1] – present
Website sithara.in

Sithara Krishnakumar (born 1 July 1986) is an Indian singer. Popularly known by her first name, Sithara is a playback singer[2] in Malayalam who has also recorded songs for a number of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Trained in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music[3] traditions, she is also a recognised ghazal singer.[4] She travels extensively in India and abroad and has performed at more than a hundred stage shows. Folk[5] and fusion being her other areas of interest, she has collaborated with various popular musical bands in Kerala. She launched her musical band Eastraga[6] which focuses on a mix of female oriented songs backed by a team of renowned musicians like Rison, Sushanth, Abhijith Sreenivasan, Paulson, Thanuj, Jitu Oommen Thomas and Sarfaraz Khan.

Personal life[edit]

Sithara was born in Kozhikode, Kerala to Dr. K. M. Krishnakumar, noted academician and his wife Saly Krishnakumar. Born into a family inclined to classical arts, Sithara was introduced to the world of music as a child and started singing at an early age of four. She attended St.Paul's Higher secondary School, Thenhipalam and Calicut University Campus School. She did her graduation in English Literature from Farook College, Feroke[7] and went on to pursue her Master's degree from Calicut University, Kerala. She is married to Dr. M. Sajish (Clinical Cardiologist) on 31 August 2009 and is currently residing at Aluva, Kerala. The couple had a baby girl born on 9 June 2013.

Professional life[edit]

She started off her art life as a dancer and eventually became a playback singer.She was trained in Carnatic Music by Sri Ramanattukara Sathish and Palai CK Ramachandran. Sithara also received extensive education in Hindustani Classical music from Ustad Fiyaz Khan. She is also a classical dancer trained by Kalamandalam Vinodini. For her multifaceted talents, she was accoladed with the Kalathilakam title[8] in Calicut University Arts Festival for two consecutive years(2005 and 2006). She holds Masters' degrees in Hindustani Khyal Music and Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.[9]

Sithara performing with Shankar Mahadevan at Wayanad Maholsavam 2012

Career[edit]

Sithara started off her playback singing career in the year 2007 with the song Pammi Pammi in Vinayan's Malayalam film Athishayan. Formerly, she was the winner of several musical talent shows like Asianet Saptha Swarangal (2004), Kairali TV Gandharva Sangeetham (Seniors) and Jeevan TV Voice 2004 which served to bring her multifarious talents to the fore. She also won Jeevan TV's 20 million Apple Megastars in 2008. She has gained a good reputation as a devoted Ghazal singer and a passionate stage performer of other vocal genres. So far she has worked with noted composers like Rajamani, Ouseppachan, M. Jayachandran, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Berny Ignatius and Palash Sen and rendered her voice to over fifty film songs including Malayalam and other Indian languages. She is all set to launch a Ghazal album[10] and her own production on ethnic music of Kerala.[11] Her works are of various genres and conveys the deep rooted understanding of music at many different levels.[12]

In 2017, she recorded a single titled Ente Akasham,[13] written and composed by herself, dedicated to femininity. The work is her two-month-long effort to picturize the life of night-time female workers. It officially got released at a programme held by Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation to commemorate International Women's Day in Thiruvananthapuram.

She is set to debut as a film music composer for the film Udalazham, produced under the banner Doctor’s Dilemma - a doctor's collective which includes her husband Dr. M.Sajish.[14]

Awards[edit]

Sithara has been recognised with several musical awards and nominations for her musical talent. She won the Kerala State Award for the Best Female Singer (2012) for 'Enundodee' from the film Celluloid.[15] She won Baburaj Memorial Award for the Best Female Singer in 2002, Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award in 2004, Drishya Award[16] for the Best Female Album Singer in 2009, Mohammed Rafi Memorial Award in 2011, Vayalar Samskarika Vedi Award in 2011, Channel-L Award,[17] Kannur Rajan Memorial Award[18] and "Mirchi Music Award" by Radio Mirchi for the Best Female Playback Singer in Tamil for 2012. She also got nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer Award at Star Vijay Awards and FilmFare Awards South[19] in 2013. She received the Best Female Playback Singer award in Malayalam at South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) in 2014 and Anand TV award for Best Female Playback Singer of the year in 2016. In 2017, she jointly received the Asianet Film Awards' Best Popular Duet Song[20] with Unni Menon and Mangalam Music Awards for Best Female Singer.[21] She also received the Best Female Playback Singer award at Red FM Malayalam Music Awards, Asianet Yuva Awards and Asiavision Awards in the same year.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Composer Language Link
2017 Ente Akasham Sithara Malayalam [22]

Malayalam[23][edit]

Year Film Song Composer
2007 Athishayan Pammi Pammi Vanne Alphons Joseph
2008 Chithrasalabhangalude Veedu Vinniloodangingu Dr.Muhammed Shakeel
2009 Gulumal Kilu Kilukkum Manu Ramesh
2010 Best of Luck Thanka Thamizh Palash Sen
2010 Pulliman Allippoo Mallippoo Sharreth
2010 Yakshiyum Njanum Ponmaane Sajan Madahav
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty Kannaaram Pothi Pothi Rajamani
2010 Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Panchara Chiri Kondu,Kunjade Kurumbanaade Berny Ignatius
2011 Traffic Pakalin Pavanil Mejo Joseph
2012 Chapters Etho Nira Sandhyayil Mejo Joseph
2012 Poppins Mazha Mazha Mazha Mazha Mazhaye Ratheesh Vegha
2012 Mallu Singh Rub Rub There Rub M. Jayachandran
2012 Chayilyam Ambili Poomkala Paris Chandran
2012 Mayamohini Hath Le Le Berny Ignatius
2012 Gruhanathan Chinthum paadi Rajamani
2012 Asuravithu Aadyaanuraaga Rajesh Mohan
2012 Ee adutha kaalath O Ponthoovalaayi Gopi Sundar
2013 Maad Dad Maanathe Vellithinkal Alex Paul
2013 Celluloid Enundodee M Jayachandran
2013 Lucky Star Isthiri Cut Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Omega.exe Mizhiyaale Cholli Ronnie Raphael
2013 Climax Thamara Poomkaikal Berny Ignatius
2013 Orissa Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Black Ticket Naruliathullikal Gayoz Johnson
2013 Police Maman Police Maman Anwar
2013 Bangles Pen Poove Kunungi Suvid Wilson
2014 Ettekal Second Koodorukkidum Colin Francis, K. Santhosh
2014 Weeping Boy Kilimozhikal Alayayi Anand Madhusoodanan
2014 Mr. Fraud Sadaa Paalaya Gopi Sundar
2014 Tamaar Padaar Randattangal Kootimutti Bijibal
2014 Mylanji Monjulla Veedu Thammil Thammil Afzal Yusuff
2014 Colour Balloon Swapnakoodu Mohan Sithara
2014 Turning Point Hima Bindhukkal Vidyadharan
2014 Cousins Kannodu Kannidayum M. Jayachandran
2014 Snehamulloral Koodeyullappol - Sajeev Mangalathu
2014 Monayi Angane Aanayi - Vinu Uday
2014 Aval Vannathinu Shesham Ethetho Nagara Santhosh Raj
2015 Aakashangalil - Abhijith. P.S. Nair
2015 Sand City Manasil Mazhaiyai Rinil Gowtham
2015 Laila O Laila Nanayumee Mazha Gopi Sundar
2015 Sir C.P Ninte Nizhal Kondu Sejo John
2015 Njan Ninnodu Koode Undu Peyyunnunde Minnunnunde Sunil Kumar
2015 Ivide Etho Theerangal Gopi Sundar
2015 Rudra Simhaasanam Kaathil Parayumo Vishwajith
2015 Love 24 x 7 Venal Ozhiyunnu Bijibal
2015 Ayal Njanalla Neelavan Mukile Nee Manu Ramesan
2015 Salt Mango Tree Kaathilaro Hesham Abdul Wahab
2015 Puthan Padam - Kanhangad Ramachandran
2015 Ilamveyil Manjadikkunnil Shiji
2016 Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti Pooram Kaanan Sooraj S Kurup
2016 Jacobinte Swargarajyam Thiruvavaniraavu, Ennilerinju Shaan Rahman
2016 Poyi Maranju Parayathe Hima Bindhukkal Vidhyadharan
2016 Ithinumappuram Naagaraajaavaaya Vidhyadharan
2016 Pa Va Pappanekkurichum Varkeyekkurichum Pavakku Bhoomiyil Anand
2016 Welcome to Central Jail Ravin Chillayil Nadirshah
2016 Yodhaavu Azhakulloru, Thazhukaam Thazhukaam S. Thaman
2017 Take It Easy Mazhayazhake Rajesh Babu
2017 C/O Saira Banu Chakkikkochamme Mejo Joseph
2017 Sathya Chilankakal Gopi Sundar
2017 Sakhavu Udhichuyarnne Prashant Pillai
2017 Godha Wow Song Shaan Rahman
2017 Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Aayilyam Bijibal
2017 Pokkiri Simon Mampazhakkalam Gopi Sundar
2017 Udaharanam Sujatha Kanakku, Nee Njangada, Ethu Mazhayilum Gopi Sundar
2017 Villain Kandittum Kandittum 4 Musics
2017 Vimaanam Vaanamakalunnuvo Gopi Sundar
2018 Eeda Marivil Chandran Veyattummal

Discography (other languages)[edit]

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Song Composer
2010 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Kangal Neeye G. V. Prakash Kumar
2012 Krishnaveni Panjaalai Athadi N. R. Raghunanthan
2012 Pathirama Pathukkunga Azhagana Shivaji Raja
2012 Kaathal Mouna Mozhi Azhake Azhake Minal Thej Mervin
2013 J.C Daniel Ammadi Nan M Jayachandran
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Iravin Mejo Joseph
2015 Ettuthikkum Madhayaanai - Manu Ramesan

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Song Composer
2011 Aidondla Aidu Hoyyuthuthe Ouseppachan
2011 Aidondla Aidu Malabandhaga Ouseppachan

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Song Composer
2012 Nirantharam Nee Voohale Kanneeraina G. V. Prakash Kumar
2015 Rudhramadevi - Ilayaraja

Television shows[edit]

Program Role Channel Notes
Asianet Super Voice Judge Asianet Plus
Annie's Kitchen Guest Amrita TV
Sell Me the Answer Participant Asianet
Mylanchy Little Champions Judge Asianet
Pathinalam Ravu Season 2 Judge Media One
Mylanchy Judge Asianet Plus
Mylanchy Season 2 Judge Asianet Plus
Onnum Onnum Moonu Guest Mazhavil Manorama
Mehruba Singer WE TV
Duet Guest Amrita TV
Icon Yuva Guest TV New
Symphony Singer Kairali TV
Star Jam Guest Kappa TV
Music Mojo Season 2 Singer Kappa TV

Upcoming Projects[edit]

Film Composer
Platform No. 1 Thej Mervin
Maruvan G. V. Prakash Kumar
Ente Ormayil Kaithapram Viswanathan
Maroon Ajith Sukumar
Oru Mazhavil Swapnam Kumar Valsal
Ithinumappuram Vidyadharan
Kaaleeshwaran Sumesh Anand
Once Upon a Time There Was a Kallan Ouseppachan
Pankaayam Varun Raghav
Thamara Prakash Vadikkal
Muttayikkallanum Mammaaliyum Ratheesh Kannan
Ariyathe Ishtamayi Xavier Cheruvallil
Rosaappookkaalam Vishwajith
A Lonely man Lola Sejo John
Vandi Sooraj S. Kurup
Lolans Anwar Aman
Oru Maha Sambavam Shyam Salakam
Piplanthri Shanty Anthony
Don II Rajesh Mohan
Sthaanam Sam Kadamanitta
Kala Viplavam Pranayam Athul Anand
Kinar M Jayachandran
Y Assan Nidheesh SD
Aalorukkam Ronnie Raphael
Ira Gopi Sundar
Zam Zam Amit Trivedi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Malayalam Songs sung by Sithara Krishnakumar". Malayalamchithram.com. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sithara goes to Kollywood". Times of India. 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Beyond textbooks and classrooms". The Hindu. 20 June 2006. 
  4. ^ "Yesudas to honour Pappukkutty". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sithara Sings a Folk Song". istream.com. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sithara & Eastraga". The Hindu. 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Providence college leading in arts festival". The Hindu. 5 March 2006. 
  8. ^ "A platform for interaction". The Hindu. 24 February 2007. 
  9. ^ "Musical Star Sithara". Thiraseela.com. 14 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sithara goes to Kollywood". Times of India. 2 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sangeetha Neelimayil Sithara". Thiraseela.com. 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sithara in MSI". malayalasangeetham. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Paying tribute to the sheroes". Deccan Chronicle. 
  14. ^ "Here's a 'family' movie". http://www.deccanchronicle.com/. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-30.  External link in |work= (help)
  15. ^ Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer
  16. ^ "Drisya Award Winners 2009". 
  17. ^ "Sithara Krishnakumar". Malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Devanand bags Rajan Memorial Award". www.chennaionline.com. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  19. ^ 61st Filmfare Awards South#Malayalam cinema
  20. ^ "Asianet Film Awards 2017". Asianet Film Awards 2017. 
  21. ^ "മംഗളം മ്യൂസിക്‌ അവാര്‍ഡ്‌-2017 : എം.ജി. ശ്രീകുമാറിന്‌ സംഗീതപ്രതിഭാ പുരസ്‌കാരം; മികച്ച ഗായകന്‍ വിജയ്‌ യേശുദാസ്‌". Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  22. ^ "Ente Akasham - Sithara - Music Video". Youtube. Mathrubhumi Kappa Tv. 
  23. ^ "Malayalam Songs sung by Sithara Krishnakumar". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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