Chetan Gandharva

Other names of Chetan Gandharva: Chethan Gandharva

Chetan Gandharva is a popular Kannada film industry singer. Born in Karnataka Chetan studied BBM at Baldwin Methodist College in 2008, Bangalore before starting his career in movie field. He realized that singing is his dream and decided to achieve it.

With so much hard work and training, he made his entry into the Kannada movie industry. Gandharva can speak almost six languages, namely his mother tongue Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and English. Chetan Gandharva had his first debut song in the Kannada drama movie “Thavarige Baa Thangi” released in 2002 directed by Om SaiPrakash which starred the popular hero ShivarajKumar.

He instantly became famous for his voice and recognized by everyone even though he was a starter. Though Chetan Gandharva got a break from his debut film, he took a break for almost ten years and again sang a song as a playback singer in the picture “Dyavre in 2013. He never looked back after that and continuously sang songs back to back every year in several movies. Chetan songs in the movies “seven,” ‘Jackson”, “Sa” and “Missed call” made him one of the popular singers in Kannada industry. For the comedy Kannada drama film, Chetan Gandharva sang “Sorry very Sorry” in 2014 which got so many positive reviews and acknowledgments from critics. He is not only a singer but started working as an actor too. His first debut film was released in the year 2015; “ Melody”. This film is a musical drama which is so interconnected with the music and Chetan made a justification for this picture. For the same movie, he also sang as the playback singer. Again in 2016 he released one more movie and proved his acting skills in the picture “ Parapancha” and shared the screen with Ragini Dwivedi. After this movie,

Chetan Gandharva has got recognition as both the actor and a singer who can successfully do both the jobs brilliantly. He showed the same talent for the movie ‘Trigger” where is sang the introductory song penned by the Nagendra Prasad and also played a lead role in the movie. Chetan Gandharva did not restrict his role plays to simple stories, but he starred in a horror thriller which is yet to be titled which is going to be released in 2017. His latest song is sung in the movie “ Lee” which has hit the theaters in this year, 2017. Chetan had worked as the playback singer for more than sixteen movies and acted in four movies till the date approximately.

Deepali Shah Joshi Kannada Actress

Deepali Shah Joshi

Deepali Shah Joshi was an aspiring singer who had a dream to become a singer in films. But she remained to sing on stages and shows in the national and international level and maintained her popularity at stage level only. She has passed away when she was travelling to Dubai to participate in a stage show. She had hoped to come back to Mumbai to sing for Dinanath programme, but her wish remained unfulfilled as she had died. Deepali Shah Joshi was an upcoming stage singer, who had sung for stages that could mean paying tribute to legendary playback singers of yesteryear. She used to perform in many national and international concerts and thus had caught the attention of music director Khayyam in Awaz Ki Duiniya Show. She hailed from the Dharwad region of Karnataka. Inspired by singers like Lata Mangshkar and Asha Bhosle, she had given countless performances across India and abroad. She had performed in musical stages at Washington DC and New York, which fetched her recognition as a versatile singer. She then brought out numerous music albums and videos. She is survived by husband Paresh Shah, a well-known Gujarati music composer, a sister and a brother. She died in a road accident in Kuwait, when she was travelling by road from the Kuwait airport to reach the venue. And truly, this singing talent had vanished away from the industry and even the world, leaving her inspiration to become a film singer or even a voice that became so popular with audiences, who used to enthrall the audiences to melodious tunes of yesteryear songs, sung by legendary singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle or even Geeta Dutt. It is true, we find many singers who still sings songs of not Lata or Asha but even Chitra, P Susheela or S Janakai. But as this singer had to sing Hindi songs for international Hindi audiences, she chose mainly Hindi compositions sung by Lata and Asha. Otherwise, Deepali Shah was born in Bengaluru and had undertaken classical music training in Karnataka only.


M D Pallavi Arun

Pallavi Arun, from Karnataka, India, is a singer. She is a multi-faceted personality who is involved in playback singing, acting as well as anchoring. Her most important achievement was the Karnataka State Film Award for the Best Playback Singer in 2006 and 2007 for her song "Nodayya Kwate Lingave" in the film "Duniya". Pallavi started studying Hindustani classical at a very young age and continued it in Bangalore under Pandit Rajbhau Sontakke who was a disciple of Pandit Omkarnath Thakur of the Gwalior Gharana. She also got trained in Sugama Sangeeth under Mysore Ananthaswamy and Sri Raju Ananthaswamy. She is a young, vibrant and talented person who has acting skill along with her musical ability. Her introduction to the theater was when she worked on the productions for her grandfather, A. S.Murthy. She also worked as the faculty member in many theater workshops and is involved in the production of many street plays. The plays in which she has acted are Hamlet, Maanishaadha, Fire and Rain, Balidaana, My Fair Lady and Gaajina Gombegalu, Vakra and Good Women of Schezuan. She was a success in the television arena too. Her acting in the television show Mayamruga and Garva won her the Aryabhatta Best Actress Award. She also worked in the script and direction of the film Stumble which won the National Award in the Best English Film category in 2003.Her realistic acting in the National Award winning Kannada movie Gulabi Talkies was greatly appreciated. Another one of her talents was dubbing. She also used her captivating voice and worked as a dubbing artist for Daisy Bopanna in movies like 'Aishwarya', Satyavaan Savitri, Rama Shama Bhama, and so on. Pallavi has time and again proved to everyone that one can excel in any task if one has the right amount of passion and a will to work hard. This she proves by her success in various aesthetic fields such as singing, acting in films, dramas and even dubbing. Another Version... M D Pallavi Arun is a famous singer from Karnataka. She had a beginning almost like a usual child. Learning Bharatanatyam, participating in cultural programs was her routine and regular activity that is any child's dream. She never aspired to become a singer. She initially had the training in Hindustani Classical music from Pandit Ram Rao Naik of Kirana Gharana. But yet she considers her mother as an initial guru who taught her to practice music when she was singing. That is how her vocal cords became perfect before she could start beginning the ragas to help her to form a sound base of Hindustani Classical music from Pandit Rajbhau Sontakke, the disciple of the great Pandit Omkarnath Thakur of Gwalior Gharana. Later on, veterans like Mysore Ananthaswamy and his son Raju Ananthaswamy helped her to start on her journey to learn ‘Sugama Sangeetha’ (light music). Thus, she established herself as a ‘Sugama Sangeetha’ singer. Also, she holds a degree in Hindustani vocal through Benares University. Although she is a playback singer in many Kannada films over a decade she performs musical concerts in ‘Surgama Sangeetha’ for viewers in abroad and even in India. She also runs a music school ‘Bimba’ from her home for kids. As a singer, she had the opportunity to sing for music directors like Hamsalekha, Manohar, Mysore Ananthaswamy and C. Ashwath. Her husband is Arun Kumar, an ace drummer who had been learning drums since the age of three and now teaching the same to kids and youngsters, She had appeared on television both as a host and even as an actress. As an actress, she appeared in TV shows such as Mayamruga, Garva, and Mukta Mukta. As a host, she anchored two sessions of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for Zee Kannada as also ‘Gunagaana - A Tribute to Legends’. She won the best playback singer award of Karnataka State for her song ‘Nodayaa’ which she had recorded for the film “Duniya”.  She is also the recipient of Kale Mattu Sadhana best Playback Singer Award 2009 for her song in the movie Eddelu Manjunatha. She has given stage performances with many singers such as Yesudas and S.P. Balasubramaniam etc. Another Version Of This Bio... A beautiful singer, Pallavi Arun blessed with the melodious voice got married to Arun who himself is a devoted music director. She did her graduation in English, Journalism, and Psychology. Pallavi holds a degree in Hindustani music from the University of Banaras. She hails from Bangalore. She is a playback singer and a TV Anchor. She is the “Kannada Sugama Sangeetha Singer”. “Talent deserves appreciation”, she received an award for THE BEST PLAYBACK SINGER in Karnataka State Film Awards for her song in the 2007 released film ‘Duniya’. Initially, she took her musical training in Hindustani classical. She continued her classical music training in Bangalore under the supervision of Pandit Rajbhau Sontakke. Later, she did her training in Sugama Sangeetha under late Mysore Ananthaswamy and late Sri Raju Ananthaswamy. Her passion was not limited to music only. She worked in theatres and street plays. Pallavi has acted in many plays and also worked on productions for her grandfather, A. S. Murthy. She also worked for single episodes of two television serials, “Mayamurga and Garva.” She has won the Aryabhatta “BEST ACTRESS” award. She was a member and worked in script writing in the film Stumble and in the Indian English language, she won a National Award for the year 2003 in the Best English Film Category. Pallavi also worked alongside ‘Umashree’ in the National Award winning Kannada movie “Gulabi Talkies”. She has been a dubbing artist too, and some of her dubbed movies are ‘Sumana Kittur’s directorial ‘Edegarike’, ‘K. M. Chaithanya’s “Aa Dinagalu”, ‘Deepika Padukone’s Kannada debut movie ‘Aishwarya’, and “Meera Madhadava Raghava”. She did dubbing for the Kannada actress, Daisy Bopanna. She teaches music at a Saturday Cultural School for Children, named ‘BIMBA’. She has also founded an organization “Samudra” with her husband and has sung ad-jingles and devotional albums. She has also participated in jugal bandies and dual recitals along with Manasi Prasad. She has been giving concerts in Sugama Sangeetha for like 12 years and has been a teacher for theatre plays. She played a cameo in the film “Mithayi Mane”, which happened to mark the directorial debut of ‘Aarathi’, and later has acted in 'Girish Kasaravalli's film “Gulabi Talkies.” She has anchored “Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa” for three years and “Gunagaana- A Tribute to Legends” for Zee Kannada. She has also given her contribution in T.S. Seetharam’s offering “Mukta Mukta” and ‘Prakash Belawadi’s Television production “Illiruvudu Summane”. Her awards include “Suryodya Trust Break Playback Singer Female” in 2003, “Chitra Rasikara Sangha upcoming singer“ in 2004, “Best Playback Singer Female Sinigandha award” in the year 2006.

M D Pallavi Arun Kannada Actress