Sithara with the Tambura
|Birth name||Sithara Krishnakumar|
|Born||1 July 1986|
Thennhippalam, Malappuram, Kerala, India
|Genres||Folk, Indian classical, Playback Singing, Ghazal|
|Occupation(s)||Playback singer, music director|
|Years active||2007 – present|
Sithara Krishnakumar (born 1 July 1986) is an Indian playback singer and composer. She predominantly works in Malayalam cinema in addition to Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Sithara is trained in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music traditions and is also a recognised ghazal singer. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer.
She travels extensively and has performed in concerts and stage shows across the world. Folk and fusion being her other areas of interest. She has collaborated with various popular musical bands in Kerala. In 2014, she formed a musical band Eastraga which focuses on a mix of female oriented songs backed by a team of renowned musicians. She is also part of the 10-member band Project Malabaricus which features contemporarised folk and classical songs.
Sithara was born in Malappuram to 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 the age of four. She attended St. Paul's Higher secondary School Thenhipalam, Calicut University Campus School and NNM Higher secondary School CHELEMBRA . She did her graduation in English Literature from Farook College, Feroke and secured her master's degree from Calicut University, Kerala. She married Dr.M.Sajish, a clinical cardiologist, on 31 August 2008 and the couple has a baby girl, born on 9 June 2013. The family resides at Aluva, Kerala.
She started off her art life as a dancer and eventually became a playback singer. She was trained in Carnatic Music by Sri Ramanattukara Satheesan Master 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 master's 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. She has worked with noted composers like Ouseppachan, M. Jayachandran, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Prashant Pillai, Gopi Sundar, Bijibal, Shaan Rahman and rendered her voice to over 300 film songs including Malayalam and other Indian languages. Her works are of various genres which convey the deep rooted understanding of music at many different levels.
In 2017, she turned composer with the single Ente Akasham, Written by herself, it was a tribute to femininity. The video which officially got released at a programme held by Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation to commemorate International Women's Day, picturized the life of night-time female workers.
She turned film music composer with the film Udalaazham along with Mithun Jayaraj. The film is produced under the banner Doctor’s Dilemma - a doctor's collective which includes her husband Dr. Sajish. M.
North American Film Awards
Mangalam Music Awards:
- 2017 – Best Female Playback Singer
- 2017 – Best Female Playback Singer
Red FM Malayalam Music Awards:
- 2017 – Best Female Playback Singer
Anand TV Awards:
- 2018 – Best Female Playback Singer
- 2016 – Best Female Playback Singer
- 2016 – Best Female Playback Singer - Lailaa O Lailaa – "Nanayumee Mazhai"
- 2002 – Baburaj Memorial Award - Best Female Singer
- 2004 – Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award - Best Singer
- 2009 – Drishya Award - Best Female Album Singer
- 2011 – Mohammed Rafi Memorial Award - Best Playback Singer
- 2011 – Vayalar Samskarika Vedi Award - Best Playback Singer
- 2012 – Kannur Rajan Memorial Award - Best Playback Singer
- 2012 – L Channel Award - Best Playback Singer
- 2012 – Inspire Film Award - Best Playback Singer
As Music Composer
|2018||Katha Paranja Katha||Malayalam||Dr. Siju Jawahar|||
As Playback Singer
|2018||Nammal Randum||Malayalam||Yas Thirurangadi & Shanoof Ulikkal|
|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|
|2017||Sthaanam||Jeevitha Dukhatthin||Sam Kadamanitta|
|2018||Kadha Paranja Kadha||Pazhampattin Eenam||Sithara|
|2018||Kala Viplavam Pranayam||Vaanolam||Athul Anand|
|2018||Ira||Etho Paattin Eenam||Gopi Sundar|
|2018||Kinar||Mazhavil Kaavile||M. Jayachandran|
|2018||Udalaazham||Medasooryante(f), Oridathoru, Puzhayil||Sithara, Mithun Jayaraj|
|2018||Theekuchiyum Panithulliyum||Akalangal||Anoop Jacob|
|2018||Njan Marykutty||Ennullil Ennum Nee Mathram, Kaanaa Kadalaasilaaro||Anand Madhusoodanan|
|2018||Orange Valley||Mazha Nanayum||Rhithwik S Chand|
|2018||Ente Ummante Peru||Madhu Chandrika Poloru||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Kumbalangi Nights||Cherathukal||Sushin Shyam|
|2019||Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu||Akaleyetho Kanavu Thedi||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Mikhael||Novinte Kayal Karayil||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Zam Zam||Kili Penne||Amit Trivedi|
|2019||Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakkeel||Babuvetta||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Magic Moments||Dhoorathengaay||Mejo Joseph|
|2019||Madhura Raja||Moha Mundhiri||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu||Kaathu Kaathe||Gopi Sundar|
|2019||Uyare||Nee Mukilo||Gopi Sundar|
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|
|2018||Pantham||Right Now||Gopi Sundar|
|Top Singer||Judge||Flowers TV|
|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|
|Apple mega star||Herself as Contestant||Jeevan TV||Winner|
|Gandharvasangeetham||Herself as Contestant||Kairali TV|
|Voice 2004||Herself as Contestant||Jeevan TV|
|Sapthaswarangal||Herself as Contestant||Asianet|
|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|
|Y||Assan Nidheesh SD|
|Blue Whale||Afzal Yusuf|
|Oru Nakshathramulla Aakasham||Rahul Raj|
|Aakasha Ganga 2||Bijibal|
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