Minmini is an Indian playback singer, most well known for her song "
Chinna Chinna Aasai" from "
Roja" also known as "Dil Hai Chhota sa Chhoti si Asha". Born on 12th August 1970 at Keezhmedu, Aluva, Kerala, she sang more than two thousand songs in seven different languages. Minmini is the fourth and the youngest daughter to P. A. Joseph and Treeza. She studied at St. Francis Girls’ High School, Aluva and St. Xavier’s College, Aluva. She married the musician and keyboardist
Joy Mathew in 1995. She has two children named Alan Mathew and Anna Keerthana. Her birth name was P. J. Rosily but her friends called her Mini which Illayaraja changed to Minmini to attract Tamil fans. Minmini became a part of Kalabhavan Orchestra at the age of five and became a professional singer at the age of ten.
Later, she joined the Cochin Arts and Communication troupe where she made several stage performances and recordings. RLV Music Academy in Thripunithura accepted her admission but, Minmini was unable to go due to her busy schedule. Minmini made her film debut with "Akkare Ninnoru Kottaram", "Fifi Fifi" and "Manjin Chirakulla" in the Malayalam film "Swagatham" in 1988 under the music composer Rajamani. She made her Tamil film debut with "Lovena Lovethan" in "
Meera" in 1992 under composer Illyaraja with whom she would later work with on many songs. "Aathma Bandham" was her first Telegu movie. Her greatest hit of all time came is "Chinna Chinna Aasai" from "Roja" in 1992 with legendary music composer A. R. Rahman, placing her on a global scale. She sang it in Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam and Hindi. She received several contracts thanks to this song.
In 1993, Minmini was struck by tragedy when she lost her voice during a stage performance at an award show in London which left her unable to speak for months, due to the stress on her vocal cords from repeated singing. After vocal cord treatment though she was able to do a few songs. She lost the courage to sing and took a hiatus. After a ten year hiatus, Minmini made a comeback by singing "Kanmaniye" for "
Mili" in 2015 and "Nilkudame" for "
Chirakodinja Kinavukal" in the same year. Minmini currently runs Joy’s Academy of Performing Arts with her husband which they found in October 2009 in Cochin. In her illustrious career, Minmini won several awards including Film Fans’ Association Award in Telegu, Cinema Express Award, Singapore State Government Award, Filmfare Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Kerala Film Chamber Award, SUMU Award, etc.