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KRISHNAN NAIR SHANTAKUMARI CHITHRA, often credited as K. S. CHITHRA or simply CHITHRA, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala
Kerala
. Chithra also sings Indian classical , devotional, and popular music. She has sung in a number of Indian languages as well as Urdu , Latin , Arabic , Sinhalese and English . She has recorded more than 25,000 Songs
Songs
for various films and albums. She is a recipient of six National Film Awards , seven Filmfare Awards South and 34 different state film awards. She has won all the four south Indian state film awards. She was honored with India
India
's civilian honor Padma Shri in 2005. She is considered to be the first Indian woman to be honoured by House Of Commons , British Parliament , United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. She is considered to be the only South Indian
South Indian
female singer who presented her maiden concert in the world's prestigious concert hall Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
in London
London
. She is considered to be the only singer from India
India
who was honoured in Qinghai
Qinghai
International
International
Music
Music
and Water
Water
Festival
Festival
by the Government
Government
of China
China
. Her song "Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya " from the film Bombay
Bombay
(1995) was included in The Guardian
The Guardian
's "1000 Songs
Songs
Everyone Must Hear" list. Chithra
Chithra
is referred to as Chinna Kuyil (English: Little Nightingale) or Keralathinte Vanambadi (English: Nightingale
Nightingale
of Kerala) or Nightingale
Nightingale
of South India.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Playback singing

* 3 Music
Music
company * 4 Recording studio

* 5 Artistry

* 5.1 Influences * 5.2 Work and association with music directors * 5.3 Performances in concerts ( India
India
"> Chithra
Chithra
received her training in Carnatic music from Dr. K. Omanakutty , passed B.A. in music with first class and third rank from the University of Kerala
Kerala
, and completed a master's degree in music. She was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government
Government
from 1978 to 1984.

CAREER

PLAYBACK SINGING

MALAYALAM CINEMA :

Chithra
Chithra
was introduced to Malayalam
Malayalam
playback by M. G. Radhakrishnan in 1979 who recorded her voice for films and private albums. Attahasam, Snehapoorvam Meera and Njan Ekananu were the first few films in which she recorded her voice. She also performed live concerts with K. J. Yesudas in India
India
and abroad. The song "Manjal Prasadavum" from the film Nakhakshathangal (1986) composed by Bombay Ravi got her the second National Film Award
Award
for Best Female Playback Singer . For the same composer, she sang the song "Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum" for the film Vaishali (1989) and won her third National Film Award. Her first Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award
Award
for Best Singer was for the song "Aayiram Kannumayi" from the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1986) composed by Jerry Amaldev . Since then, she has earned wide recognition by singing popular songs under the compositions of Raveendran , Shyam , S. P. Venkitesh , Mohan Sithara , Kannur Rajan , Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
, Johnson
Johnson
, Ouseppachan , M. K. Arjunan
M. K. Arjunan
, A. T. Ummer , Berny Ignatius
Berny Ignatius
, M. B. Sreenivasan , Mohan Sithara , Vidyasagar , Ramesh Narayan
Ramesh Narayan
, Sharreth
Sharreth
and M. Jayachandran
M. Jayachandran
. She is regarded as " Nightingale
Nightingale
of Kerala
Kerala
(Vanambadi)" and recorded too many successful songs in Malayalam. She recorded maximum number of songs for the composer S. P. Venkitesh and her maximum duet songs in Malayalam
Malayalam
are with K. J. Yesudas and M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
. As of 2017, she has won the Kerala
Kerala
State Awards for the record 16 times.

TAMIL CINEMA :

Chithra
Chithra
made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the song "Poojaikketha Poovithu" from the film Neethana Antha Kuyil (1985), which was composed by Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
. She was given the title Chinnakuyil after singing the song "Chinna Kuyil Paadum" from the 1985 released film Poove Poochudava . Director Fazil cast her for this song after Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
got impressed with her song sung in original version in Malayalam
Malayalam
for the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu in 1985 directed by himself.. For the folksy classical song "Paadariyaen Padippariyaen" from the film Sindhu Bhairavi (1986), she was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
. Since then, she has recorded thousands of Tamil film songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
, A. R. Rahman , Deva , S. A. Rajkumar , Vidyasagar , Sirpy , Yuvan Shankar Raja , G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar
, Harris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj
and Santhosh Narayanan . She has sung huge number of evergreen hit songs in Tamil which are remembered till date. She is the only female singer who has sung the maximum number of songs for the Academy Award
Academy Award
winning composer A. R. Rahman for his Tamil film songs.. Her fifth National award for best singer was for the song "Oooh La La" from the film Minsara Kanavu (1997). Out of 150 Tamil films from A. R. Rahman, Chithra
Chithra
lent her voice for 103 films.

TELUGU CINEMA :

She was introduced to Telugu music through the musical Tamil-Telugu dubbed film Sindhu Bhairavi in 1985, then she recorded her first song in the Film "Pralayam" composed by K. V. Mahadevan , where she sang a huming portion in K. J. Yesudas 's song. Then in 1986 she recorded two songs for the film 'Vijrumbhana'(Composed by music director Sathyam ). Then she went on recording songs in Telugu from 1986-1988 to Ilayaraja , Chakravarthy , K. V. Mahadevan & Sathyam , but she had her breakthrough in 1988 through the songs in the films Gharshana
Gharshana
(Agni Natchathiram ) and Geetanjali
Geetanjali
, which were commercially successful in the Telugu musical field. She went on to become a regular singer for M. M. Keeravani , Raj-Koti and S. V. Krishna Reddy and recorded all the songs in one film. Mostly all her life-time hits in Telugu are composed by M. M. Keeravani . She was a sensation in Telugu musical industry and had the fame of recording all the songs in one film from 1990-1995 along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam "> "Tunturu" and "Ee Sundara Beladingala" songs from Amrutha Varshini (1997), "Navileno Kunibeku" and "Hamsave Hamsave" from Gattimela, "Araluva Hoovugale" from My Autograph , "Onde Usiranthe" from Snehaloka , "Sangaathi" and "Oho Chenne Chenne" from Sparsha , amongst many are considered Chithra's some of the most evergreen Kannada
Kannada
songs.

HINDI CINEMA :

She was introduced to Hindi
Hindi
film music in 1985, she recorded her first Hindi
Hindi
song, which was not commercially successful, but later in 1991 she sang a song in the film Love , composed by Anand-Milind , she sang all the tracks in the film and the track "Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya"(along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam ), was commercially successful. Then she went on recording some Hindi
Hindi
songs under A.R.Rahman 's compositions from 1991-1995, but her breakthrough in Hindi
Hindi
film music was with the song "Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay
Bombay
(1995), which was highly successful in the North Indian region and gave her an identity in Bollywood film industry ("Kehna Hi Kya" was included in The Guardian
The Guardian
newspaper's "The 1000 songs that everyone must hear"). She mostly sang for Anu Malik , where he gave her a chance to sing eight songs out of eleven in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon in 2003, which was a musical sensation.. She has sung all the remarkable evergreen songs like "Ye Haseen Wadiyan" from Roja , "Yaaron Sun Lo" from Rangeela , "Hum Tumse Na" from Ziddi , "Payale Chunmun" from (she won a National Award , Star Screen Award and the nomination for Filmfare Awards for her rendition) from Virasat , "Raat Ka Nasha" from Asoka
Asoka
, "Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (sad version)", "Rang De Basanti" were some memorable huge hits.

The song "Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hi Kehna" from the film Armaan (2003) was a huge hit. Her songs "Naya Naya", "Kyun baar baar" from the film Filhaal became massive hits which were composed by Anu Malik . In the composition of Rajesh Roshan
Rajesh Roshan
, she has sung "Koi Mil Gaya" title song of the film Koi... Mil Gaya for which she won Bollywood Movie Awards , MTV Immies Award
Award
and the nomination for Filmfare Awards . In the song " Tum Bin
Tum Bin
Jiya Jaye Kaise" from the film Tum Bin
Tum Bin
became a huge chartbuster, where she has rendered that song with high expression and emotion. Her songs "Hum Bhool gaye " from the film Aks , "Roop suhana Lagta hai" from the film The Gentleman , "Raat hamari " from the film Parineeta
Parineeta
were a huge hit, leaving the statement "highly expressive". She has sung most expressive and motivational song "Jaage hain" from the film Guru alongside A. R. Rahman which was a trending song in 2007. Chitra is popularly called as "Piya Basanti" in Mumbai
Mumbai
because of her works in the albumn Piya Basanti
Piya Basanti
alongside Ustad Sultan Khan , where album became a huge chartbuster in 2000 and was certified "GOLD" and went on to win the International
International
award MTV Video Music
Music
Award
Award
in pop category (she was the first person from south to win that prestigious award).

MUSIC COMPANY

In 1995 Chithra
Chithra
established the Audiotracs Music
Music
Company in Chennai.AUDIOTRACS is the brand name of AT MUSICS a music label promoted by the well known singer CHITHRA known as the nightingale of the south in 1995. Audiotracs is one of the most respected music label of south India
India
producing albums in the non film space such as devotional music, classical music, light songs, traditional music etc. Some of the most prominent music directors of Malayalam
Malayalam
films like M.Jayachandran, Deepak Dev, Viswajith etc. made their debut thro this label.All of Chitra's non film albums are produced by AUDIOTRACS and released thro MANORAMA MUSIC the music division of the media group Malayala Manorama thro a licensing arrangement since 2001. Apart from music cds the audiotracs catalogue is available in the digital space like YouTube, iTunes, Google+, Nokia music store etc.

RECORDING STUDIO

Krishna Digidesign is a digital recording studio promoted by noted singer K S Chithra
K S Chithra
in Chennai. The studio is a dream come true project for Chithra.The studio was inaugurated on 6 April 2000 jointly by two of Chithra's mentors Dr. K J Yesudas
K J Yesudas
and mastero Ilayaraja in the august presence of her guru Dr.Omanakutty and Mr.M. G. Radhakrishnan who had introduced her to the field of film music.

The first song was recorded by Mr. Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
the talented singer/performer of Bollywood to the music of Mr.Bharadwaj. We have two studios studio A and B for song recordings and mastering projects.Today Krishna Digidesign is considered as one of the most popular and professional destination for musicians of all genre in Chennai. luminaries of the music fraternity of the country like.Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna , K J Yesudas
K J Yesudas
, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam , S. Janaki
S. Janaki
, Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
, Hariharan and others had graced the studio with their presence and soulful melodies.

Leading music directors like Sharreth
Sharreth
, M. M. Keeravani , Mani Sharma , M. Jayachandran
M. Jayachandran
, Deepak Dev , S. Thaman , Anu Malik , Kamalakar and revered personalities like M. S. Viswanathan , Raveendran , Johnson (composer) , Shyam (composer) , Jerry Amaldev , L. Vaidyanathan , Hamsalekha
Hamsalekha
, Lalgudi Jayaraman
Lalgudi Jayaraman
, Karaikudi Mani and a host of others have used the services provided by the studio over the years. Most of the recordings of Chithra's music label and the sister concern of the group 'AUDIOTRACS' are also recorded mixed and mastered in Krishna Digidesign.Apart from song recordings the studio undertakes re-recording projects. Today the studio and its audio engineers had made a mark in the area of mastering and mixing of songs.

ARTISTRY

INFLUENCES

Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was also her first guru (teacher). She started singing at her house as well she used to sing in neighbour's occasional events. Her mother Shantha, who is a veena player (not professionally) used to teach Chithra
Chithra
and her elder sister Beena some devotional slokas and asked them to perform in front of God. Chithra
Chithra
is regarded as one of the legendary singers in film industry, many singers and music directors like Shreya Ghoshal , Chinmayi
Chinmayi
, Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad
, Manisharma , Mickey J Meyer , Sunitha Upadrashta , Shweta Pandit , Shweta Mohan , Ramya Behra, Sri Krishna claim her as their role model. Being a legend herself, she acknowledges all her senior singers and music directors as her inspiration.

WORK AND ASSOCIATION WITH MUSIC DIRECTORS

Chithra
Chithra
has sung more than 25,000 songs in number of Indian languages. But predominatly she works in South Indian
South Indian
film industry. Chithra
Chithra
has the fame of working with huge number of music directors across India
India
. She has recorded maximum number of songs to the music directors like A. R. Rahman , Ilayaraja , M. M. Keeravani , Koti , S. V. Krishna Reddy , Raveendran , Johnson
Johnson
, Sharreth
Sharreth
, S. A. Rajkumar , Manisharma , Vidyasagar , Deva , Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad
, Anu Malik , Mickey J Meyer in Tamil , Telugu , Malayalam
Malayalam
and Kannada
Kannada
. She has recorded huge number of duets with singers like S.P.Balasubrahmanyam , K. J. Yesudas , M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
, Mano , Hariharan , Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
, Kumar Sanu , Karthik , P. Unnikrishnan , Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
, Vijay Yesudas in all Indian languages. Chithra, Mano, S.P.Balasubrahmanyam have a special fame of recording all the songs in one film dominatly from 1990-1997 mostly in Telugu and few Tamil films. She has even recorded hit female duets with P. Susheela , Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
, S. Janaki
S. Janaki
, S. P. Sailaja , Sujatha Mohan
Sujatha Mohan
, Shreya Ghoshal , Shweta Mohan , Swarnalatha , Minmini , Sadhana Sargam
Sadhana Sargam
, Harini , Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi Chauhan
, Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik
, Madhushree , Sunitha Upadrashta in Tamil , Telugu , Malayalam
Malayalam
& Hindi . The most successful duet combination was S.P.B - Chithra
Chithra
duo in Telugu especially. They have sung maximum number of songs to so many music directors together. They have a fame of recording 2,500 songs to composers Raj-Koti where in total Raj-Koti composed 3,000 songs. Chithra
Chithra
sang some rare duets with the actor and singer Dr.Rajkumar in Kannada
Kannada
. She has been singing since more than 3 decades and yet gets chances to work with latest film music directors like Santhosh Narayanan , Gopi Sundar , S. S. Thaman , Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad
, Mickey J Meyer , Sai Karthik , Ghibran .

PERFORMANCES IN CONCERTS (INDIA & ABROAD)

Apart from playback singing, she also appeared among the panel of judges in the singing reality television shows at Kerala
Kerala
(Idea Star Singer and Josco Indian Voice), at Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
(Airtel Super Singer Junior ), where she also won the award for Best Female Judge and at Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
( MAA TV
MAA TV
) Super Singer. Apart from this judgement panel she has appeared in many of the ETV (Telugu) music-shows like Swarabhishekam, Super Masti, Jhumandi Nadam etc. She is regular singer in Ilayaraja 's, A.R.Rahman 's and S.P.Balasubrahmanyam 's concert. She has performed all over the world in SPB 's concerts along with S. P. Sailaja , S. P. Charan . She has been a regular singer participating in all the concerts of SPB50-The World Tour, she has performed almost all around the world with S. P. B. Charan
S. P. B. Charan
, S. P. Sailaja , Karthik ">

ASSOCIATION WITH A. R. RAHMAN

Chithra
Chithra
is the only female singer who has sung the most number songs for A. R. Rahman .

"Chithraji is a sweetest human being that I have ever seen in my life. she completes every song in just 10 minutes. She has sung 25 to 30 songs per day in that prime time, that talent we cannot see in every singer. The name of K S Chithra
K S Chithra
needs to be etched on a marble in golden letters for generations to remember her for her contribution in the field of music" - A R Rahman

S.NO YEAR SONG FILM LANGUAGE CO-SINGER(S)

1 1992 "Rukkumani Rukkumani" Roja Tamil S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

2 1992 "Yeh Haseen Waadiyaan" Hindi
Hindi
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

3 1992 "Nagamane Nagamane" Telugu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

4 1992 "Chella Chella Asha" Malayalam
Malayalam
-

5 1992 "Chella Chella Asha (bit)" Malayalam -

6 1993 "Kulu Kulu" Asokan Tamil S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

7 1993 "Mujhko Yeh Lagta Hai" Dharam Yoddha Hindi S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

8 1993 "Thenkizhakku Cheemayile (1)" Kizhakku Cheemayile Tamil Malaysia Vasudevan

9 1993 "Thenkizhakku Cheemayile (2)" Tamil Malaysia
Malaysia
Vasudevan

10 1993 "Kaathu Kaathu Dinam Kaathu" Uzhavan Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar

11 1993 "En Aatha Pon Aatha" Tamil K. J. Yesudas

12 1993 "Kangalil Enna Eeramo" Tamil S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

13 1993 "Veerapandi Kottayile" Thiruda Thiruda Tamil Mano , Unni Menon

14 1993 "Putham Pudhu Bhoomi" Tamil Mano

15 1993 "Jhoom Jhoom" Chor Chor Hindi S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

16 1993 "Pyar Kabhi" Hindi Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
, Mano

17 1993 "Veera Bobbili" Donga Donga Telugu Mano, Unni Menon

18 1993 "Kotha Bangaru Lokam" Telugu Mano

19 1994 "Baboo Love Cheyyara" Super Police Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

20 1994 "Mukkambe Mukkambe" Telugu Mano

21 1994 "Maamo Love" Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

22 1994 "Muttamme Muttamme" Tamil Mano

23 1994 "Chumma De Chumma De" Khel Khiladi Ka Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

24 1994 "En Kadhale" (Female version) Duet Tamil -

25 1994 "Anjali Anjali Pushpanjali" Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

26 1994 "Kodite Kolatam" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

27 1994 "Anjali Anjali" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

28 1994 "Gutti Vankayi" Telugu -

29 1994 "Neenecheli Neenecheli" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Noel James

30 1994 "Anjali Anjali" Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

31 1994 "En Mel Vizhunda" May Madham Tamil P. Jayachandran
P. Jayachandran

32 1994 "Manasa Veena" Hrudayaanjali Telugu -

33 1994 "Edapai Jarina" Telugu P. Unnikrishnan

34 1994 "Azhagu Nilave" Pavithra
Pavithra
Tamil -

35 1994 "Eechambazham" Tamil Shahul Hameed

36 1994 "Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru" Karuthamma Tamil Unnikrishnan

37 1994 "Sirimalle Mogga Meeda" Vanitha Telugu Unnikrishnan

38 1994 "Onnu Rendu Moonuda" Pudhiya Mannargal Tamil Mano

39 1994 "Nagu Momu" Gangmaster Telugu Mano

40 1994 "Misa Misalade" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

41 1994 "Hello Hello" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

42 1994 "Enna Mayam Kannamma" Manitha Manitha Tamil Mano

43 1994 "Kisu Kisu Namakkal" Tamil Mano

44 1994 "Hello Hello Anburani" Tamil Mano

45 1994 "Neelimabbu Kondallona" Palnati Pourusham Telugu K J Yesudas

46 1995 "Kehna Hi Kya" Bombay
Bombay
Hindi -

47 1995 "Kannalane" Tamil -

48 1995 "Uyire Uyire" Tamil Hariharan

49 1995 "Kannanule" Telugu -

50 1995 "Urike chilake" Telugu Hariharan

51 1995 "Thoda Thoda Malardhadhenna" Indira Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

52 1995 "Thoda Thoda Pyar - 1" Priyanka Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

53 1995 "Thoda Thoda Pyar - 2" Hindi Hariharan

54 1995 "Tholi Tholi Bidiyala" Indira Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

55 1995 "Yaaro Sunlo Zara" Rangeela Hindi Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan

56 1995 "Kuluvalilae" Muthu Tamil Udit Narayan, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kalyani Menon

57 1995 "Kalagalile Prema" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kalyani meno

58 1995 "Phoolwani Ne Loota Mujhko" Hindi Udit Narayan, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kalyani Menon

59 1996 "Malargaley Malargaley" Love Birds Tamil Hariharan

60 1996 "Manasuna Manasuga" Telugu Hariharan

61 1996 "Milgaye Milgaye" Hindi Hariharan

62 1997 "Ooh La La La (Maana Madurai)" Minsara Kanavu Tamil Unni Menon, Srinivas

63 1997 "Ek Bhagiya Mein" Sapnay Hindi Srinivas, Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan

64 1997 "Machilipatnam" Merupu Kalalu Telugu Srinivas, Unni Menon

65 1997 "Kasirepi" 50-50 Telugu Deena Chandra Das

66 1997 "Ee Praayam Needhe Ra" Telugu Unnikrishnan

67 1997 "Sooriyanaai" Ottam Tamil Deena Chandra Das

68 1997 "En Kadhal Neruppe" Tamil Unnikrishnan

69 1997 "Pogum Vazhiyellam" Ratchagan Tamil -

70 1998 "Mere Yara Dildara" Kabhi Na Kabhi
Kabhi Na Kabhi
Hindi S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Hariharan

71 1998 "Tu Hi Tu" Hindi M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar

72 1998 "Innalila Ledule" Prematho Telugu M. G. Sreekumar

73 1999 "En Swasa Kaatre" En Swasa Kaatre
En Swasa Kaatre
Tamil M. G. Sreekumar

74 1999 "Theendai" Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

75 1999 "Thirakkadha Kattukkulle" Tamil Unnikrishnan

76 1999 "Naa Prana Jyothi" Premante Pranam Ista Telugu M. G. Sreekumar

77 1999 "Leela Mruduleela" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

78 1999 "Tholi Saari" Telugu Unnikrishnan

79 1999 "Mel Nattu Isai" Jodi Tamil -

80 1999 "Verri Manasa" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

81 1999 "Hridayanni Muripinche" Telugu -

82 1999 "Karisal Tharasil" Taj Mahal Tamil M. G. Sreekumar

83 1999 "Sarithana Sarithana" Thalam Tamil Mano

84 2000 "Kannamoochi (Solo)" Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil -

85 2000 "Kannamoochi (Duet)" Tamil K. J. Yesudas

86 2000 "Engae Enathu Kavithai" Tamil Srinivas

87 2000 "Dobuchulatelara (Duet)" Priyuralu Pilichindi Telugu K. J. Yesudas

88 2000 "Dobuchulatelara (Solo)" Telugu -

89 2000 "Yemaye Naa Kavitha" Telugu Srinivas

90 2000 "Injerungo Injerungo" Thenali Tamil Kamal Haasan

91 2000 "Pranama Pranama" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

92 2000 "Yeyayo Yeyayo" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

93 2000 "Neethan En Desiya Geetham" Parthale Paravasam Tamil P. Balaram

94 2000 "Neevena Jaatheyageetam" Paravasham Telugu P.Balaram

95 2001 "Shingu Lingu" Alli Arjuna Tamil -

96 2004 "Mazhai Megha Vanna" Desam Tamil Srinivas

97 2005 "Varugiraai" Anbe Aaruyire Tamil Hariharan

98 2006 "Rang De Basanti" Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti
Hindi Daler Mehndi

99 2007 "Jaage Hain " Guru Hindi A. R. Rahman

100 2007 "Ek Lo Ek Muft" Hindi Bappi Lahari
Bappi Lahari

101 2007 "Rendu Maangai" Tamil S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

102 2007 "Orey Kanaa" Tamil A. R. Rahman

103 2007 "Jodi Chesei" Telugu S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

104 2007 "Innalle" Telugu A. R. Rahman

105 2008 "Idhayam Idam Maariyathe" Jodhaa Akbar
Jodhaa Akbar
Tamil Karthik

106 2010 "Tu Mera Hai" Ada... A Way of Life Hindi Sukhwinder Singh , Naresh Iyer
Naresh Iyer

107 2010 "Nammakam Eeyara Swami" Puli Telugu Harini , Madhushree

108 2014 "Unborn Child" Million Dollar Arm English Unnikrishnan

109 2014 "Sach Kahoon" Raunaq Hindi A. R. Rahman

110 2014 "Naada Gaanangal" Pradhi Nayagan Malayalam Haricharan
Haricharan

111 2015 "Malargal Kaettaen" OK Kanmani Tamil A. R. Rahman

112 2015 "Manase Theeyaga" OK Bangaram Telugu Dr. Narayan

PHILANTHROPY

Chithra, along with a Kerala-based satellite channel, Asianet Cable Vision (ACV) , jointly launched a fundraising organisation, Sneha Nandana, to raise funds for the welfare of retired musicians who have lost their careers due to changes in the music industry. She launched this organisation on the occasion of her completion of three decades in the music playback industry. She said that the fund would provide help to the musicians with financial impediments and those suffering from health problems. A cultural event called CHITHRA POURNAMI was held on 15 February 2011 at Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram
to celebrate the 30th year of her career and also to launch this organisation. Attendees included K. J. Yesudas , V. Dakshinamurthy , Sreekumaran Thampi , P. Susheela , Hariharan , P. Jayachandran
P. Jayachandran
, Usha Uthup , M.K. Arjunan
M.K. Arjunan
, Johnson
Johnson
, Shyam , M. Jayachandran
M. Jayachandran
, M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
, Sharath , Sujatha Mohan
Sujatha Mohan
, Unni Menon , Srinivas , G. Venugopal , Minmini , and Priyadarshan .

PERSONAL LIFE

Chithra
Chithra
is married to Vijayashankar, an engineer and businessman and settled in Chennai
Chennai
. They had only one daughter Nandana, who drowned in a pool in Dubai
Dubai
in 2011 when Chithra
Chithra
was about to perform in A. R. Rahman 's concert.

STAGE PERFORMANCES

Chithra
Chithra
has performed in India
India
, the Middle East
Middle East
, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
, Singapore
Singapore
, Malaysia
Malaysia
, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, France
France
, United States
United States
, Canada
Canada
, Australia
Australia
, South Africa
South Africa
, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
, Nigeria
Nigeria
, Uganda
Uganda
, Austria
Austria
, Germany
Germany
, Switzerland
Switzerland
, Norway
Norway
and Denmark
Denmark
.

PERFORMANCES OUTSIDE INDIA

* Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
London
London
– Performed at Royal Albert Hall London. * House of Commons London
London
– First Indian singer to perform at the British Parliament * Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors
– Washington . ( United States
United States
) * Rogers Centre Toronto
Toronto
( Canada
Canada
) * Esplanade, Singapore
Singapore
* Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace
London
London
* Trump Taj Mahal
Trump Taj Mahal
Atlantic City ( United States
United States
) * Sydney Super Dome
Sydney Super Dome
Sydney
Sydney
( Australia
Australia
) * Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne
Melbourne
( Australia
Australia
) * Sydney
Sydney
Opera House - Sydney
Sydney
( Australia
Australia
)

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

* Recorded with the Arab singer Jawad Ali for his album Amar Ul Hob * Recorded a song for the jazz pianist Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
* Invited by the Government
Government
of China
China
to perform in the Qinghai international water and music festival in Qinghai, China.

AWARDS, HONOURS AND RECOGNITION

AWARDS

AWARDS AND HONOURS Wins

Indian honours system 1

National Film Awards 6

Titles
Titles
8

Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards 16

Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
State Film Awards 10

Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards 4

Karnataka
Karnataka
State Film Awards 3

Orissa State Film Awards 1

Filmfare Awards South 7

Asianet Film Awards 7

CineMAA Awards 3

Mathrubhumi Film Awards 7

Mirchi Music
Music
Awards South 9

Asiavision Awards
Asiavision Awards
3

Bollywood Movie Awards 1

Star Screen Awards 1

MTV Video Music
Music
Award
Award
1

MTV Immies 1

Cinema Express Awards 9

Global Indian Music
Music
Academy Awards 1

FILM FANS ASSOCIATION AWARDS 20

GAMMA INDIAN MUSIC AWARDS 4

GULF MALAYALAM MUSIC AWARDS (GMMA) 3

Santosham Film Awards 3

Kerala
Kerala
Film Critics Association Awards 1

South Indian
South Indian
International
International
Movie Awards 3

OTHER AWARDS 50

Total 175

Chithra
Chithra
has won six National Awards for best female playback singer, the highest by any female playback singer.

INDIAN HONOURS SYSTEM :

* CIVILIAN AWARDS: * 2005 – Padma Shri – India's fourth highest civilian honour

TITLES :

* GANA PRIYA * KALA RATNA * SANGEETHA RATNA * SWARA RATNA * SATHKEERTHI * VANITHA RATNA * KALAISELVAM * KALAIMAMANI

SPECIAL HONOURS:

* 1997 – Kalaimamani Award
Award
Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
Government
Government
* 2001 – National Excellence Award
Award
2001 by Limca Book of Records * 2011 – Honorary Doctorate Sathyabama University , Chennai
Chennai
, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
* 2011 – Bharath Ratna Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
Award
Award
Government
Government
of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
for Cultural Council * 2014 – Kerala
Kerala
Samsthana Vanitha Rathnam (KAMALA SURAYYA AWARD) by Government
Government
of Kerala
Kerala
for Social Welfare Department

NATIONAL FILM AWARDS :

* 1986 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: "Padariyen Padippariyen, Naan Oru Sindhu" (Sindhu Bhairavi , Tamil) * 1987 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: "Manjal Prasadavum" ( Nakhakshathangal , Malayalam) * 1989 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: "Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum Raathri" (Vaishali , Malayalam) * 1996 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: "Maana Madurai" ( Minsaara Kanavu , Tamil) * 1997 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: "Payalein Chun Mun" (Virasat , Hindi) * 2004 – Best Female Playback Singer – Song: " Ovvoru Pookalume " (Autograph , Tamil)

FILMFARE AWARDS :

* NOMINATIONS * 1998: Best Female Playback Singer - "Payaley chunmun" (Virasat ) * 2004: Best Female Playback Singer - "Koi milgaya" (Koi... Mil Gaya )

FILMFARE AWARDS SOUTH :

* WINS * 2004: Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu – "Nuvvostanante" (Varsham ) * 2006: Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam
Malayalam
– "Kalabham Tharam" ( Vadakkumnadhan
Vadakkumnadhan
) * 2006: Best Female Playback Singer – Kannada
Kannada
– "Araluva Hoovugale" ( My Autograph
My Autograph
) * 2008: Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam
Malayalam
– "Oduvil Oru" ( Thirakkatha ) * 2009: Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam
Malayalam
– "Kunnathe Konnakyum" (Pazhassiraja ) * 2013: Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu – "Seethammavaakitlo" ( Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu ) * 2016: Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu – "Ee Premaki" ( Nenu Sailaja ) * NOMINATIONS * 2005: Best Female Playback Singer - Telugu - "Manasa Manasa" (Nireekshana) * 2006: Best Female Playback Singer - Telugu - "Muvvala Navvakala" (Pournami ) * 2006: Best Female Playback Singer - Telugu - "Manasavacha" ( Godavari
Godavari
) * 2009: Best Female Playback Singer - Kannada
Kannada
- "Nadheem dheem tana" ( Gaalipata ) * 2011: Best Female Playback Singer - Malayalam
Malayalam
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