K. S. Chithra

Other names of K. S. Chithra: K S Chithra,Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra

Chithra is a worldwide known Indian soulful singer. Her original name is Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra. Born in July 1963, Chithra has grown into a versatile singer who can sing all variants. Though she is a born Malayali, she sang in more than 13 languages so far, and the number is still going on. She is fondly known as Chinna Kuyil and Keralathinte Vanambadi, which translates into English as Little Nightingale and Nightingale of Kerala. This is due to her exceptionally melodious singing which has never known any boundaries. She made the excellent contribution to the Music industry in languages like Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Badaga, Tulu, Punjabi, and Urdu. She has a record of being able to record more than 25,000 songs and the number is still increasing. In addition to these recorded songs, she also participated in countless concerts.

K S Chithra is born in a family of singers and musicians. Her father Krishnan Nair was her first guru of music. Her elder sister K S Beena is well known as a playback singer. She is married to an Engineer Vijayashankar. She was blessed with a daughter Nandana, who was born as a specially privileged child. However, she died after drowning in a swimming pool at the age of 8 yrs. She has won 6 awards in National film awards, six awards in the south film fare awards, and Thirty-one state awards from various regions. She is awarded the "Padma Shri" in 2005. She holds the highest credit as a "First Indian singer to perform at the British Parliament." She had performed in various places across the globe, like Australia, Singapore, Washington, Canada and London. She had judged many TV reality shows which are music themed. She was given the best Female Judge award for a Telugu Reality music show called Super Singer. K S Chitra joined hands with Asianet Cable Vision, for a fundraising organization. This organization is called as Sneha Nandana, has been launched with a motive to help the musicians who have retired from singing but are finding financial hindrances in fighting health issues.

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K.S. Chithra is a renowned playback singer of South Indian and Hindi films. She was born on 27 July,1963 in Kerala. She has provided vocals to over 25,000 songs in different languages like Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Hindi, Malayalam, Arabic, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, Sinhalese, Sanskrit and Latin. She comes from a family of musicians and her vocal skills were acknowledged and cultivated from an early age by her father, late Krishnan Nair.

Her elder sister K.S. Beena is also a musical artist. Chithra completed her graduation and post-graduation from Kerala University and acquired her music training from Dr. K.Omanakutty. The Central Government nominated her for their National Talent Search Scholarship for 6 years between 1978/1984. She married Vijayashankar, who is an engineer and an industrialist. Her only daughter named Nandita died at the age of eight in a pool accident in Dubai in April,2011. She made her playback singing debut with Attahassam with the help of M.G. Radhakrishnan, a famous music director of Mollywood. Her first foray into singing was done in the Tamil film Industry with the movie Nee Thaanaa Antha Kuyil under the guidance of Ilaiyaraaja.

She has cut her teeth with several famous music directors such as Mohan Sithara Mohan Sithara is a Malayalam music composer who ma >> Read More... , Shyam, Kannur Rajan and many others. She has worked with various famous song-writers such as G.Devarajan, V.Dakshinamoorthy, M.B.Sreenivasan, Ravi, M. Ghibran and many other music composers and directors. She has also recorded Hindi songs for R D Burman, A.R. Rahman, Anu Malik Anu Malik is considered as one of the most famous >> Read More... , Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Naushad Ali Naushad Ali the son of Wahid Ali was an Indian vir >> Read More... , Laxmikant Pyarelal Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and Pyarela l Rampras >> Read More... and many more.

Apart from playback singing, she has also judged several singing reality TV progams such as Idea Star Singer and Josco Indian Voice. She has won six National Awards for best playback singer. She has won the hearts of millions in Hindi Music Industry and has recorded songs for many Hindi Movies like Virasat, Love, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Rangeela, Ashoka and several others. She is best remembered for her albums Piya Basanti and Sunset Point.

She has been felicitated with several other awards such as Kalaimamani Award, National Excellence Award in 2001, Lata Mangeshkar Award and several others. She also won Padma Shri in 2004. She also has a record label of her own in Chennai and many singers like Shreya Ghoshal Shreya Ghoshal, one of the most famous singers in >> Read More... considers her as her role model. She has performed all over India, Denmark, Australia, U.K., Sri Lanka, etc. Her music has touched the hearts of many and continued to do so.

K J Yesudas Malayalam Actor

K J Yesudas

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas shortly called as K J Yesudas is an exceptional Carnatic singer and playback singer in Indian Cinema. Born on Jan 10 in 1940, he is fondly called as Gana Gandharvan and Dasettan. He has set a record of recording more than 60,000 songs. He is born in a Roman Catholic family, in Kochi. His father was a great classical Malayalam musician. His first song was Jaathi Bhedam Matha Dwesham (music: M B Sreenivasan) recorded on 14 November 1961. This song is so close to Yesudas, that he signs it even today very often in any of the concerts. His journey started with this song. He got his first hit through a movie Bharya under the music direction of G. Devarajan. He made huge hit songs in Tamil and Telugu film industries as well. His first song in Tamil was in a film Bommai, where the music was composed by the very famous Music composer S. Balachander. He had set exceptional records in music industry. He stands as a winner of 43 state awards in all over India, 7 national awards for best singer which are completely unbreakable records. In addition to all Indian languages, he also sang for languages like Sanskrit,Latin Malaysian, Arabic, Russian and English. People believe that he is blessed by god because of his soulful singing. During 1971, he missed his flight. Within few hours of taking off, the flight crashed in Madurai. He made his debut into Bollywood in 1970. He sang for a very famous movie, Jai Jawan Jai Kissan (1971). He sang for leading actors then like Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra and Amol Palekar. One of the musicians of Bollywood Ravindra Jain, who is blind by vision, told in an interview that anytime if he is to get his vision he would want to see Mr. Yesudas first. That was a great tribute paid in words. Mr. Yesudas made his presence felt worldwide as well. He received "Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace" from UNESCO. He is very frequently called to attend the Carnatic music events around the globe, as an ambassador to represent Indian traditional Music.  


Unni Menon

Unni Menon is a veteran playback singer who had enthralled the audiences with his melodious voice. He has sung in many Indian languages and he was one of the best classical singers who had a good combination with A R Rahman. He was born in Temple town of Guruvayoor in a middle class family. He had done schooling in Guruvayoor and went to Palakkad to continue his degree. Although this singer had shown a great enthusiasm in signing right from his childhood days, it was just a co-incidence that brought him to Indian film industry.   This god-gifted singer might not have hoped to become a singer at all although he used to sing right from he was young. As a commoner, he also did find a job in a vehicle factory in Chennai. Nothing was pre-planned. Neither, he had a formal training in singing nor any godfather, but his journey as a playback singer in Malayalam and Tamil movies were really path-breaking one. He had a journey of three decades in playback singing which even surprises him at times, but he considers it as total coincidence, as he grew up hearing songs of K.J. Yesudas and M. Jayachandran. He was never too ambitious to achieve a glory in playback singing. That makes him a total different from other singers of his era. He had done 26 songs for A R Rahman. His career too had benefitted from association with Rahman. Many of Rahman songs from films like ‘Roja’ still remain in minds of his audiences. Unni Menon has never been too ambitious but whatever he has achieved in his life makes him a very happy and satisfying person.   The only regret he has in the new generation music world that technology has taken over the music industry so much that quality level has gone down. This singer had always wanted to do quality work and he is indebted to all kinds of help he received from maestros of music world such as A R Rahaman or even Ilaiyaraaja. It was Kunjunni, a violinist in camp of music director Ilaiyaraaja who had introduced him to B. A. Chidambaranath, a music director, and Unni's musical career got launched in 1981–82.   If in Tamil movies he had a good combination with Rahaman, in Malayalam cinema, he had a good track with music director Shyam. Unni also turned music composer for the movie’ Sthithi’(2003), which still remains deep in the heart of music lovers even after a decade even. The good quality in his voice that it had deep melody and his pronunciation is always very much perfect. Whether it is for Ilaiyaraaja for 'Oru Kaidhiyin Dairy' or A R Rahaman for ‘Roja’, every song that he had got to sing, he had done full justice to it. He was born on December 2, 1955, and quite obviously this year (2015) turns out to be his 50th anniversary too. A remarkable feat indeed!

Unni Menon Malayalam Actor