Rukmini Ashok Kumar is an Indian playback singer, who makes it big after singing the song Iraniyan Naadagam in Kamal Haasan’s 2015 Tamil drama-metafilm, Uttama Villain. Her journey started when she met music director Ghibran. She told him that she is a singer and wanted to work with him. Ghibran asked her to submit her demo CD and her journey starts from there. Through Uttama Villain, Kumar has sung her first released film song in Tamil. Kamal Haasan even sent his blessing letter to Kumar after singing for his film.

She also bagged the Best Song of the Year Award at the L.A. International Film Festival. Later, she also sang for music director Deva’s Sai Baba album and S.S. Kumaran’s Malayalam film, Kerala.Com. She also lends her voice to other music directors like L.V. Ganesan, Faisal, V. Thashi, Prem, and Manikanth Kadhri. Kumar is also a trained singer of Carnatic music under the guidance of Padma Chandilyan and Hemalatha Narismhan. She also pursued a Hindustani vocal training under the guidance of Pandit Ballesh and sons. Kumar is the granddaughter of SDS Yogi, a Tamil film director.

Sriram Parthasarathy Tamil Actor

Sriram Parthasarathy

The immensely talented classical singer is taking further his father’s late Shri Veena Raghavan legacy. This well versed Tamil singer is principally seen singing in Tamil and bagging work from famous music directors such as A.R.Rehman. This amazing talent was born on 9th may 1981. This 34years singer is considered to be a source of abundant knowledge in classical singing, well-versed Veena player and most popular among classical section. His father late Shri Veena Raghavan is himself a great veteran in classical music. No doubt Sriram had to look nowhere for inspiration. Sriram started his career in 2001 and is still active. He is pulling it all with his exceptional talent. His extraordinary knowledge of classical music made his nexus with popular persons like Ilayaraja, A. R. Rahman, Vidyasagar, Harris Jayaraj and Deva in the music world. Sriram is a disciple of great Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Training from such great person who himself is famous worldwide for rendering raga in a distinguished way. His concerts and music records are still versed as bibles by so many music lovers. Sriram got this fortunate chance of learning from him. Sriram is indeed doing justice to his teachings and learning, making him proud. Sriram has led many classical concerts. The concerts were mainly in the classical genre only. They are always loved by audiences and appreciated by critic world of music. The sole and purity of classical music are incontrovertibly maintained in all his concerts. And this certainly what they say preserving and spreading culture. The legacy of his father and his mentor teacher is thoroughly being carried forward by Sriram in his worship of music. Sriram is a recipient of many prestigious awards in his life. He is awarded Tamil Nadu State Film Award for best male playback singer in 2005 for his song ‘Suttum Vizhi Choodare’, 61st Filmfare Award South and SIIMA Award for best male playback singer in 2014 for his song ‘Anandha Yaazhai’.

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S. Janaki

As popularly known, The Nightingale of South, S. Janaki was born as Sishtla Sreeramamurthy on 23rd April 1938 in Repalle, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Her childhood love for music turned out to be her talent, and she started performing at a tender age of three. Her voice is compared to Lata Mangeshkar, and Janaki has a large fan following because of her mesmerising voice that can connect your soul to any song. She learnt music from Sree Paidiswamy, who was a nadaswaram teacher. When Janaki was 20 years of age, her uncle Dr Chandrasekhar advised her to move to Chennai and join AVM studios. Her voice got recognition as a playback singer in Tamil films. Her debut as a playback singer was a Tamil flick, Vidhiyin Vilayattu (1957). She has sung over 40,000 songs in various languages. Most of the songs she did are in Kannada. Her voice in a Telegu film, MLA and the spiritual music of Meera is well known. She is known as the Queen of expressions for her ability to express various emotions through her voice. She has stated the most difficult song of her career is “Shiva Shiva Ennada Nalige Yeke?” in Kannada. The composer of this song was L. Vaidyanathan, who has composed it in two ragas, Todi and Abhogi. Her voice got recognition, and her career boomed. She got offers from various personalities like M.S. Viswanathan, K.V. Mahadevan, and Sankar Ganesh. Janaki is married and has a son Murali Krishna. She lives in Hyderabad with her husband, V. Ramprasad and her son. She has bagged many awards in her career of 50 years. Janaki has worked with well-known personalities like P. Balasubramanyam and Illaiyaraaja. She has added 4 National and 31 different state awards to her kitty including the Kalaimani award from Tamil Nadu. She is a doctorate from The University of Mysore. She was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for the hit song Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re. Janaki denied accepting the Padmabhushan award because of her belief that South Indian Artists were not recognised and that it was too late.

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S. Janaki Tamil Actress