Sithara with the Tambura
|Birth name||Sithara Krishnakumar|
1 July 1986 |
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
|Genres||Folk, Indian classical, Playback Singing, Ghazal|
|Occupation(s)||Playback Singer, Singer-songwriter, Music Director|
|Years active||2007 – present|
Sithara Krishnakumar (born 1 July 1986) is an Indian singer. Popularly known by her first name, Sithara is a playback singer in Malayalam who has also recorded songs for a number of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Trained in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music traditions, she is also a recognised ghazal singer. She travels extensively in India and abroad and has performed at more than a hundred stage shows. Folk and fusion being her other areas of interest, she has collaborated with various popular musical bands in Kerala. She launched her musical band Eastraga 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 and her own production on ethnic music of Kerala. Her works are of various genres and conveys the deep rooted understanding of music at many different levels.
In 2017, she recorded a single titled Ente Akasham, 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.
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. She won Baburaj Memorial Award for the Best Female Singer in 2002, Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award in 2004, Drishya Award for the Best Female Album Singer in 2009, Mohammed Rafi Memorial Award in 2011, Vayalar Samskarika Vedi Award in 2011, Channel-L Award, Kannur Rajan Memorial Award 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 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 with Unni Menon and Mangalam Music Awards for Best Female Singer. 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.
|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||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||Ee adutha kaalath||O Ponthoovalaayi||Gopi Sundar|
|2013||Maad Dad||Maanathe Vellithinkal||Alex Paul|
|2013||Lucky Star||Isthiri Cut||Ratheesh Vegha|
|2013||Omega.exe||Mizhiyaale Cholli||Ronnie Raphael|
|2013||Climax||Thamara Poomkaikal||Berny Ignatius|
|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|
|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||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||Godha||Wow Song||Shaan Rahman|
|2017||Pokkiri Simon||Mampazhakkalam||Gopi Sundar|
|2017||Udaharanam Sujatha||Kanakku, Nee Njangada, Ethu Mazhayilum||Gopi Sundar|
|2017||Villain||Kandittum Kandittum||4 Musics|
Discography (other languages)
|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|
|2012||Nirantharam Nee Voohale||Kanneeraina||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|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 Season 2||Judge||Asianet Plus|
|Onnum Onnum Moonu||Guest||Mazhavil Manorama|
|Icon Yuva||Guest||TV New|
|Star Jam||Guest||Kappa TV|
|Music Mojo Season 2||Singer||Kappa TV|
|Platform No. 1||Thej Mervin|
|Maruvan||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Ente Ormayil||Kaithapram Viswanathan|
|Oru Mazhavil Swapnam||Kumar Valsal|
|Once Upon a Time There Was a Kallan||Ouseppachan|
|Muttayikkallanum Mammaaliyum||Ratheesh Kannan|
|Ariyathe Ishtamayi||Xavier Cheruvallil|
|A Lonely man Lola||Sejo John|
|Vandi||Sooraj S. Kurup|
|Oru Maha Sambavam||Shyam Salakam|
|Don II||Rajesh Mohan|
|Kala Viplavam Pranayam||Athul Anand|
|Y||Assan Nidheesh SD|
|Zam Zam||Amit Trivedi|
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