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|Born||1978/1979 (age 42–43)|
|Origin||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India|
Sunitha was born on 10 May 1978 in Vijayawada & was raised in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh into a music loving family. Her parents Upadrasta Narasimha Rao and Sumathi (Maiden Name Malladi) are well known to music lovers at Vijayawada and Guntur.
Sunitha at the age of 6, got training in music from Pemaraju Surya Rao in Carnatic Vocal and Light music from Kalaga Krishna Mohan. At a very early age, she got many opportunities to participate and perform in several concerts, including well known programs featured by All India Radio. At the age of 13, she also participated in Tyagaraja Aradhana utsavalu along with her guru Pemmaraju Surya Rao. She received numerous awards and appreciations in various competitions for her performances as a child prodigy, one of the special mentions is her scholarship from Central Government to pursue her musical trainings.
She got married at the age of 19 to Kiran Kumar Goparaju who works in the media and they later got divorced. The couple has two children, A boy and a girl – Aakash Goparaju and Shreya Goparaju. Shreya sang her debut song, "Tick... Tick... Tick..." in Telugu movie Savyasachi.
In January 2021, She married businessman Rama Krishna Veerapaneni in the presence of her family members and close friends.
She has begun her singing career as a playback singer in films at an age of 17. Sasi Preetham, a music director first gave her a chance to sing in her debut film Gulabiand her debut song is "Ee Vela Lo Neevu" written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. She sang single card for the National Film Award movie in Kannada Bhoomi Geetha in 1997, music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Apart from that she also sang Telugu TV serial title songs such as Ruturagalu & Antarangalu. She received her first Nandi Awardfrom the state of Andhra Pradesh for singing title song of Antharangalu in 1999.
She has worked under the supervision of music directors like Ilayaraja, Vidya Sagar, M.M. Keeravani, A.R Rahman, S.V. Krishna Reddy, Koti, Raj, Vandematharam Srinivas, Mani Sharma, Ramana Gogula, S.A. Raj Kumar, Sandeep Choutha, Micky-J-Mayer, Devisri Prasad, R.P. Patnaik, Chakri, Nihal, Kalyani Malik, Anup, Sunil Kashyap, Saluri Vasu Rao, Madhavapeddi Suresh, Saketha Sairam, Bunty, V. Harikrishna, Jassie Gift, S. Thaman etc. She rendered nearly 3000 songs in many south Indian films. She has sung in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Her recent song in the year 2020 "Neeli Neeli akaasam" from the movie "30 rojullo preminchadamela" touched a whopping 100M digital views.
|1995||Gulabi||"Ee Velalo Neevu"||Sashi Preetam|
|1997||Egire Paavurama||"Maaghaa Maasam"||S.V. Krishna Reddy|
|1998||Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi||"Nee Oohallo"||M.M. Keeravani|
|"O Prema"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|1999||Thammudu||"Pedhavi Datani"||Ramana Gogula||Ramana Gogula|
|2000||Badri||"Vevela Mainala Gaanam"||Ramana Gogula|
|Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa||"Abbo Naa Bangaru Laddu"||Vandemataram Srinivas||Sukhwinder Singh, Swarnalatha|
|2001||Murari||"Alanati Ramachandruni"||Mani Sharma||Jikki, Sandhya|
|Naa Manasistha Raa||"Punnami Jabilli"||S.A. Rajukumar||SP. Balu|
|"Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle"|
|2002||Aadi||"Nee Navvula"||Mani Sharma||Mallikarjun|
|Nenu Pelliki Ready||"Nuvvunte Chalu"(Female)||Chakri|
|Ela Cheppanu||"Meghala Pallakilona"||Koti|
|Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu||"Chandamama Kathalo"||M.M. Keeravani||Kalyani Malik|
|Gangotri||"Ganga"||M.M. Keeravani||SPB. Charan|
|Maa Alludu Very Good||"Paluke Bangaramayena"||M.M. Keeravani|
|"Padaka Padaka"||MM Keeravani|
|Simhadri||"Nannedo Seyyamaku"||M.M. Keeravani||M.M. Keeravani|
|2 Much||"Papa Nee Votu"||K. Veeru|
|"Talentu Bayata Pettu"|
|Anaganaga O Kurrodu||"Sakku Sakku"||Chakri|
|Appudappudu||"Nee Kalalu Kaavali"||R. P. Patnaik|
|2004||Siva Puthrudu||"Chirugali Veechene"(Duet)||Ilayaraja||R.P. Patnaik|
|Letha Manasulu||"Letha Manasulu"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Nenunnanu||"Nenunnanani"||M.M. Keeravani||M.M. Keeravani|
|Pallakilo Pellikuthuru||"Naa Peru Cheppukondi"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Athade Oka Sainyam||"Naa Paata Teta Telugu"||S.V. Krishna Reddy|
|"Maa Intiki Ninnu Pilichi"|
|Swarabhishekam||"Kudikannu Adirene"||Vidya Sagar||SP. Balu|
|Anji||"Maanava Maanava"||Mani Sharma||tippu|
|Apparao Driving School||"Ninnu Chuse Velalone"||Ghantadi Krishna|
|2005||Chatrapathi||"Gundusudi"||M.M. Keeravani||M.M. Keeravani|
|Allari Bullodu||"Andhamante Evaridi"||M.M. Keeravani||SPB. Charan|
|Athadu||"Avunu Nijam"||Mani Sharma|
|Radha Gopalam||"Maa Muddu Radhamma"||Mani Sharma|
|"Nee Vaalu Jada"||sp Balasubramaniam|
|That Is Pandu||"Vennelona Adapillanu"||Mani Sharma|
|Manasu Maata Vinadhu||"Nuvvu Nijam"||Kalyan Koduri|
|Allari Pidugu||"Maa Subbalachamma"||Mani Sharma||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|2006||Shiva 2006||"Adaganidhe Cheppedi Yela"||Ilayaraja||Vijay Prakash|
|Vikramarkudu||"Jum jum Maya"||M. M. Keeravani||m.m keeravani|
|Godavari||"Andhanga Lena"||K.M. RadhaKrishnan|
|Sri Ramadasu||"Chalu Chalu'||M.M. Keeravani||sp.charan|
|"Idigidigo Naa Ramudu"|
|Boss||"Yedho Thamasaga"||Kalyan Koduri|
|"Naa Kallu Valle"|
|Chinnodu||"Hey Manasa"||Ramana Gogula||Venu|
|Lakshmi||"Thara Thaluku Thara"||Ramana Gogula|
|2007||Sangamam||"Chinuku Chinuku'||M.M. Keeravani|
|Yamadonga||"Noonugu Meesalodu"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Gita||"Neekosam Nennunantu"||Sunil Kashyap|
|Yogi||"Nee Illu Bangaram"||Ramana Gogula||Ramana Gogula|
|Viyyalavari Kayyalu||"Neelala Neekallu"||Sri Krishna|
|Aata||"Yela Yela"||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Bookailas||"Venu Madhava"||M. M. Keeravani|
|Gundamma Gaari Manavadu||"Chengaavi Rangu Cheera"||Vandemataram Srinivas|
|Manchu Kurise Velalo||"Andhama Nee Vooredhamma"||Usha Kanna, Krishna Mohan|
|Nee Navve Chaalu||"Poola Pallaki"||Vandemataram Srinivas|
|O Chinnari korika||"Aataladukundam"||Nagendra Kumar Vepuri|
|Okkadunnadu||"Adugaduguna"||M. M. Keeravani|
|Veduka||"Mallela Mancham"||Anup Rubens|
|2008||Pandurangadu||"Govindhude Kokachutti"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Kanthri||"Vayassunami"||Mani Sharma||Hema Chandra|
|Rainbow||"Aasha Chinni Aasha"||Nihal|
|Bhuma||"Abba Yem Kandaluro"||Vandemataram Srinivas|
|2009||Nachav Alludu||"Enthentha Dhooram"||Koti||Hema Chandra|
|Vengamamba||"Alaka Nabambhu Chalada"||M.M. Keeravani|
|"O Thalli Ganga"|
|Boni||"Nammaleni Kale Nijamayena"||Ramana Gogula||Deepu|
|Saarai Veerraju||"Needho Naadho"||V. Sri Sai||Karthik|
|2010||Jhummandi Naadam||"Entha Entha"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Vedam||"Egiripothe Entha Baguntundi"||M.M. Keeravani||M.M. Keeravani|
|Subhapradam||"Nee Navve Kadadaka"||Mani Sharma||Karthik|
|Aha Naa Pellanta!||"Subhramanyam"||Raghu Kunche|
|2012||Damarukam||"Kanya Kumari"||Devisri Prasad||Jaspreet Jasz|
|Shirdi Sai||"Saranu Saranu"||M.M. Keeravani|
|"Sai Ante Thalli'|
|Aakashamlo Sagam||"Naaku Neevu Pranam"||Yasho Krishna|
|2013||Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha||"Thamari Thone"||Kalyani Koduri|
|"Nenea Aa Nenena"|
|Intinta Annamayya||"Venkatadri Samam"||M.M. Keeravani|
|Maha Bhaktha Siriyala||"Ee Dehamu Pranamu"||Mangala Poornachandh|
|2014||Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki||"Aa Venneladaina"||K.M. RadhaKrishnan|
|"Venu Gaana Lolude"|
|Oohalu Gusagusalade||"Em Sandeham Ledu"||Kalyani Koduri||Kalyani Koduri|
|Anamika||"Kshanam Kshanam"||M.M. Keeravani|
|"Dead & Live"|
|Ice Cream 2||"Kiss Me"||Satya Kashyap|
|Alibaba Okkade Donga||"Adugadugu"||Sai Srikanth|
|April Fool||"Raa Raa"||Bunty|
|2015||Mariyaan||"Inka Konchem Sepu"||A.R. Rahman||Vijay Prakash|
|Yes||"Ee Vela Madilona"||Indraganti Laxmi srinivas|
|2016||Kalyana Vaibhogame||"Chakkandaala Chukka"||Kalyani Koduri||Kalyani Koduri|
|Manalo Okadu||"Madhuram"||R.P. Patnaik|
|Raagam||"Yeenadu Neepai Jaali Padadhe"||Sunil Kashyap||Sunil Kashyap|
|Evaro Taanevvaro||"Kammani Kalalu"||S Sriram|
|Atu Itu Kaani Hrudayam Thoti||"Maruvaleni"||GP Raavin|
|Aa Mugguru||"Pachani Pandiri"||Sathya Kashyap|
|Jilakarra Bellam||"Vintha Vinthaga"||Vandemataram Srinivas|
|Sri Sri||"Nela Nichi"||E.S.Murthy|
|2017||Mixture Potlam||"Allari Godhari"||Madhavapeddi Suresh|
|Om Namo Venkatesaya||"Vayyari Kalahamsika"||M. M. Keeravani|
|Malli Raava||"Malli Raava"(Reprise)||Shravan Bharadwaj|
|2018||Srinivasa Kalyanam||"Modalaudaam"||Mickey J Meyer||Anurag Kulkarni|
|"Vinavamma Toorupu Chukka"|
|Mahanati||"Chivaraku Migiledi"||Mickey J Meyer|
|Bluff Master||"Ye Maayo Yemo Teliyade"||Sunil Kashyap|
|2019||NTR Mahanayakudu||"Ramanna Katha"||M.M. Keeravani||K. S. Chithra|
|Pranavam||"Edo Edo Kaavalantu"||Padmanav Bharadwaj|
|Oorantha Anukuntunnaru||"Alavaatu Lo Leni"||K. M. Radha Krishnan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|Paarari||"Siggu"||Mahith Narayan||Yazin Nizar|
|2020||30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela||"Neeli Neeli Aakasham"||Anup Rubens||Sid Sriram|
|Local Boy||"Tholi Suryuda"||Vivek–Mervin|
|Nireekshana||"Kalalu Yenno"||Mantra Anand|
|1997||Bhoomi geetha||"Boodyaviya Habba"||Ilayaraaja||Ilayaraaja, Nepolean|
|"Are Kamali Kamali"|
|2007||Savi Savi Nenapu||"Sooryanu Ee Divasa"||R.P. Patnaik||Rajesh|
|2009||Abhay||"Baanu Kempadante"||V. Hari Krishna|
|2010||Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu||"Janumada Jodi"||V. Hari Krishna||Sonu Nigam|
|Modalasala||"Prathama Olava"||V. Hari Krishna||Srinivas|
|2011||Hudugaru||"Neerinalli Sanna Ale"(Duet)||V. Hari Krishna||Sonu Nigam|
|"Neerinalli Sanna Ale"(Solo)|
|2012||Drama||"Hambalada Hoovanu"||V. Hari Krishna|
|Katari Veera Surasundarangi||"Jum Jumka"||V. Hari Krishna||Sonu Nigam|
|Ramana Gogula||Karthik, Ramana Gogula|
|Kiladi Kitty||Thumba thumba||Jassie Gift||Sonu Nigam|
|2014||Agraja||Rara priyachora||Nandhan Raj|
|Rose||Preethige Rose Andaru||Anoop Seelin||Nakul Abhyankar|
|2016||Santhu Straight Forward||Koodi itta||V. Hari Krishna||Sonu Nigam|
|1997||Punniyavathi||Subburaj||Unakkoruthi||Ilaiyaraaja||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. B. Charan, Ilaiyaraaja|
|2000||Kadhal Rojavae||Kothanda Ramaiah||Ninaitha varam||Ilaiyaraaja||P. Unnikrishnan|
|2001||Badri (2001 film)||P. A. Arun Prasad||Kadhal Solvadhu||Ramana Gogula||Srinivas|
Non film songs
Sunitha sang Television film title songs for various serials and she also lent her voice as a dubbing artist for the TV film series Andam.
|Maunaraagam||"Ningi Taakutunnade Neeloni Dhairyam"|
|Antahpuram||"Antahpuram.. Silaleni Kovelamundu"|
|Koyilamma||"Anaganagaa Oka Thotalona"|
|Varudhini Parinayam||"Chandamaama Ni Sarijodu"|
Sunitha was part of numerous private album recordings. Meera padavali and Aanota – Manasu palike vela are her two most known works composed by her Guru Kalaga Krishna Mohan. She also featured in the private album Sri Ramachandra Krupalu, a bhajan by Tulsi Das and produced by Sunithanmusic.com.
Chandrashekara Ashtakam also takes a special mention for which music is composed by Sai Madhukar.
Few other private albums to mention are Raghuram, Sai Sudha, Sri Venkateswara Thatwanidhi, Sri Vallabha Bhakthi Geethalu, Sai Darshanam, Sri Chidvilasam, Amma durgamma, Pahimaam, Sri Rama Charanam, Govinda Ganamrutham, Saye Dhaivam, Bathuku Paata.
Sunitha stepped in to the world of dubbing quite unwillingly and eventually her ease at voice modulations made her the most sought dubbing artist for all the lead heroines ever after release of the movie Choodalani Undi in the year 1998 starring Mega star Chiranjeevi and Soundarya, in which she gave her voice to Soundarya. She achieved a very rare feat as a voice-over artist in Telugu film industry with a record breaking contribution of lending voice to 110+ actresses spread across 750+ films. The numbers by themselves speak volume about her career as a voice-over artist. She also holds a record of giving her voice for 60 movies in a single year. Gautamiputra Satakarni is her 750th movie as a dubbing artist in which she gave her voice to Shriya Saran. It is quite uncommon to see movie dialogues of female lead roles getting quiet popular which was witnessed in Jayam, Godavari movie dialogues delivered by singer Sunitha as a dubbing artist.
Her top 10 movies as a voice-over artist include Choodalani Vundi, Ninne Premista, Nuvvu Vastavani, Shankar Dada MBBS, Manmadhudu, Sri Ramadasu, Nenunnanu, Anand, Godavari, Jayam. Selective list of lead actresses to whom she lent her voice include Raasi, Soundarya, Sonali Bendre, Sneha, Anjala Zaveri, Simran, Tabu, Nayanataara, Genelia, Trisha, Charmi, Kamilinee Mukherjee, Tamanna, Katrina Kaif, Lavanya Tripathi, Sonal Chauhan, Namitha, Namitha Pramod, Shriya Saran, Akanksha Singh, Anitha, Sada, Reema Sen, Meera Jasmine, Bhoomika, Anushka, Laila, Kalyani, Sangeetha, Rakshita, Richa Gangopadhyay, Regina, Poonam Bajwa, Sindhu Tolani, Navneet Kaur, Priyamani, Bindu Madhavi, Sanghavi, Sakshi Shivanand, Kanchi Kaul, Sruthi Hasan, Ileana, Hansika, Rambha, Taapsee, Suhasini (New), Bhavana Menon, Gopika, Keerthi Reddy, Rati Arumugam, Payal Gosh, Raima Sen, Meera Chopra, Keerthi Chawla, Sameera, Reddy, Sonia Agarwal, Mounika, Santoshi, Sonali Joshi, Uma, Ankita, Sheela, Isha Chawla, Sindhu Menon, Ashima Bhalla, Aarti Chabria, Padma Priya, Nauheed Cyrusi, Saloni, Aditi Sharma, Shaheen Khan, Nikita, Neha Bamb, Shruthi Raj, Gayathri Jayaraman, Kanika, Sneha Ullal, Vedhika, Reema Sen, Gowri Munjal, Asin, Parvati Melton, Laya, Deeksha Seth, Aarthi Agarwal, Radhika Apte, Nisha Agarwal, Rekha, Tanu Roy, Surabhi, Gowri Pandit, Neha Jhumka, Rachana Banerjee, Neelam, Richa Pallod, Malavika, Ameesha Patel, Preeti Jhangiani, Asha Saini, Antara Mali, Gracy Singh, Namrata Shirodkar, Renu Desai, Rimi Sen, Manjari Fadnnis, Madhumita, Gajala, Archana, Sridevi (New), Vimala Raman.
Sunitha anchored, hosted and performed as a singer in many music-based programs and live shows in most of the reputed Telugu television channels.
|1995||Doordarshan Andhra||Paadave Koyila
Single episode live show
|Singer||The first ever musical live show organised by DD|
|1996||Gemini TV||Navaragam||Anchor||Music competition show where most of the Telugu singers were introduced|
|1996||Yours lovingly||Anchor||Birthday wishes show|
|2008||ETV||Saptaswaraalu||Anchor||Singers competition that introduced most of the Telugu singers|
|Vanita TV||Antakshari||Anchor||Musical competition between participants|
|Zee Telugu||Saregamapa Lil Champs||Anchor||Music competition for kids|
|ETV||Jhummandi Naadam||Host & singer||Musical interview show with live bands|
|2014 till date||Swarabhishekam||Singer &
anchor in few US, UK shows
|Musical show singing old songs in different categories|
|MAA TV||Super Singer
Seasons 4 to 7
|Mentor & judge
Season 7 title winner
|Music competition show between the Telugu singers|
|2014 to 2019||SVBC||Annamayya paataku Pattabhishekam||Anchor & singer||A culturally unique show where more than 1000 Annamayya keerthana's were brought to lime light in collaboration with Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam & movie director K Raghavendra Rao & music composer MM Keeravani|
- List of short films
|2016||Raagam||Telugu||Sree Chaitu||Lead||Sai Kiran, Sameer, Sana|
|2018||Thadasthu||Telugu||R.P. Patnaik||Special appearance||Suma Kanakala, Ravivarma, Baby Vaishnavi,
Jagadeeswari, Sowmya, Harika Mahesh,
Gemini Suresh, Baby Krithika,
Anandh Pawan, Suresh
- Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for TV film Antha Rangaalu (1999)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Jayam (2002)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the Movie Athade Oka Sainyam (2003)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Anand (voice of the Kamalinee Mukherjee) (2004)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Pothe Poni (2005)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the movie Godavari (2006)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for TV film Anthahpuram (2010)
- Nandi Award for a TV film called Mamathala Kovela (2011)
- Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Sri Rama Rajyam (voice of the Nayantara) (2012)
- Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Kannada (2010) for the movie Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu for the song "O Priyathama"
- Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Telugu (2014) for the movie Oohalu Gusagusalade for the song "Em Sandehamledu"
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (2009) for the movie Pravarakhyudu for the song "Neela Neela Mabbulu"
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (2010) for the movie Vedam for the song "Egiripothe"
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Kannada (2010) for the movie Modalasala for the song "Prathama"
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