Wednesday, September 30, 2009

K S Chithra

Name: K S Chithra

Date of birth: July 27, 1963
Family: Husband - Vijayashankar, Daughter - Nandana, Father - late Krishnan Nair, Mother- , Elder sister- K.S. Beena
Address: 9, Anantha,Ramakrishna Street, Devaraj Nagar, Saligramam, Chennai-93.
Debut Film: Attahaasam


: National award for Sindhu Bhairavi (Tamil film, year 1986), National award for 'Nakhaksthangal' (Malyalam film, year 1987), National award for 'Vaisali' (Malyalam film, year 1987), National award for 'Minsaara Kanavu' (Tamil film, year 1996), National award for 'Virasat' (Hindi film, year 1997), National award for 'Autograph' (Tamil film, year 2004), 14 awards from Kerala State Government, 6 awards from Andhra State Government, 4 awards from Tamilnadu State Government, 2 awards from Karnataka State Government, "Kalaimamani" title from Tamil Nadu Government(1997), "Kalaiselvam" title from the South Indian Nadigar Sangam (2002), Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Malayalee Council in London (2003), Dr. K. J. Yesudas Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), Padmashri title by the Government of India. Many Other awards .

Born in Thiruvananthapuram the capital of Kerala state, K.S.Chitra, with her melodious voice, has built a formidable reputation as a playback singer for South Indian as well as Hindi films. She has to her credit, over 11,000 songs in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali and Oriya.

From her young age she learned the basics in music from her father, late Krishnan Nair who was a singer and composer of repute. The gifted singer learned music at the graduate and post-graduate levels and completed her B A in music with the third rank from the university. She went on to complete her MA in music from Kerala University, for which she was chosen under the aegis of the National Talent Search Scholarship programme and was trained by Professor K.Omanakutty.

Ms Chitra got a chance in films when Prof. K.Omanakutty introduced her to her brother Mr. M.G.Radhakrishnan, a famous music director in Malayalam film industry. Her first songs were for the films like 'Attahaasam', 'Snehapoorvam Meera', and 'Njaan Ekananu' and from then on there was no looking back. Her expressive melodious voice got her plenty of offers and she was soon making a mark in Malayalam films to the extent that she has today monopolised Malayalam film music. Ilayaraja gave her the big break into Tamil films through his film 'Nee Thaanaa Antha Kuyil' but it was with 'Sindhu Bhairavi' she became a known name in Tamil industry which also won her the National Award for best playback singer. Ms Chitra's foray into Hindi film music was with the song 'Saathiya, ye tune kya kiya' in the film 'Love'. Some of the Hindi films that she has given hit songs are 'Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya', 'Aks', 'Ashoka', 'Rangeela' etc. She is one singer who has successfully broken the North-South divide and blazed a trail of glory in both worlds.

She has won the National Award for the best playback singer five times. For ' Sindhu Bhairavi' (Tamil, 1986),' Nakhashatangal' (Malayalam, 1987), ' Vaishali' ( Malayalam, 1989 ), Minsara Kanavu ( Tamil, 1996 ), Virasat (Hindi, 1997).

The Kerala government has heaped upon her the best playback singer award more than 12 times and she has the unique distinction of being the first female singer in the history of South Indian film playback singing to be honoured by all the four southern state governments as the best playback singer.

Chitra who has a strong base in classical music has an ability to pick up even the most difficult pitch with ease. Ms Chitra has many albums especially devotional music to her credit. She has also tried her hand in pop music and made an album with the 'Voodoo Rapper'. Her hugely successful albums include 'Piya Basanti'; her collaboration with sarangi exponent Ustad Sultan Khan, 'Sunset Point', where she worked with Gulzar and Bhupinder. She has had the opportunities to work with famous music directors like Salil Choudhary, Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan and world renowned music maestro A R Rahman. But she remains her simple down to earth self with the trademark pleasant smile. This immensely talented singer continues to impress her numerous fans with memorable songs.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Padmaree K. J .Yesudas

Birth: Jan 10 , 1940
Birthplace: Cochin
Profession: Playback Singer, Bollywood
Family: Wife Prabha and children

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas was born on January 10, 1940, in Fort Cochin, the ancient port city of Kerala to father Augustine Joseph and Elizabeth. His father himself was a well-known singer and stage actor who rode the Kerala stage like a colossus for over a quarter of a century.Eldest of the four sons and one daughter of the Joseph couple, Yesudas took to music at a very early age. His first guru was his beloved father, who lovingly and painstakingly led little Yesudas through the basic precepts of Carnatic music while he was hardly five years old.

At the St Sebastian's High School, Pallurthi, Cochin, Yesudas was the top singer for several consecutive years. In 1957, he stood first at the state-level school youth festival in Carnatic vocal singing. In 1958, he was the recipient of a gold medal for vocal singing at the 'All Kerala Catholic Youth Festival' at Ernakulam.

After school, Yesudas joined R L V Music Academy, Thirupanithura, near Cochin, for the Ganabhooshanam course.He was scoffed at for being a Christian and attempting to learn Carnatic music,which he completed with a double promotion and distinction in 1960.He was almost thrown out of the RLV Music Academy for defaulting the monthly fees and when he was found not upto the mark by the All India Radio, Trivandrum, he did not lose heart. It failed to deter the singer in Yesudas from his passion and love for music. The young singer then joined the Sree Swatithirunal Music Academy, Trivandrum, for higher studies.

The budding singer took lessons under several musical wizards in and around Cochin and nurtured his native talent with discipline, dedication and determination.He learnt music from Kunjuvelan Aasan, who was a disciple of nagaswara vidwan Rajaratnam Pillai. Then came Joseph, Ramakutti Bhagavathar and Sivarama Nayar. Then he got received training under Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.

Yesudas got his first break in 'Kaalpadugal', a Malayalam movie, on November 14, 1961. The first song was with the verse written by Sri Narayana Guru. The lyrics were very meaningful: "This is a model place where all the people live like brothers and sisters, unaffected by the difference of caste and the enmities of religion." Besides Malayalam, he sang in all other South Indian languages. In 1976, he started singing for Hindi movies, and films in other North Indian languages. Today he is the only Indian musician to have recorded songs in all Indian languages except Kashmiri and Assamiya.

As a singer, Yesudas, has become a legend in his own lifetime. Yesudas got his first recognition at the tender age of nine; he won a gold medal for music, at a local competition in Cochin. Yesudas, son of the noted stage actor-singer of yesteryears, Augustine Joseph,fulfilled his dream of being a singer, when divine intervention made it possible for Yesudas to get his first break in the film 'Kalpaddukal' in 1961.

Endowed with a "divine" voice and a penchant for hard work, it was a triumphant journey for him, becoming one of the most recorded artists ever. After recording over 40,000 songs and winning scores of accolades including the coveted Padmashree honor and seven national awards for the best playback singer, he is till enchanting music lovers the world over. Yesudas is the recipient of thirty-four State Awards. Sixteen from Kerala, eight from Tamil Nadu, Five from Karnataka, Four from Andhra Pradesh and one from Bengal. India has bestowed upon him the highest honors including the PadmaBhushan, the Padmashree, Sangeetha Raja, Sangeetha Chakravarthy, and Sangeetha Sagara for his invaluable contributions to Indian music and national integration.

Till the date he has recorded over 40,000 songs in different languages and won scores of accolades including the coveted Padmashree honour and seven national awards for the best playback singer and many more awards . In spite of all his success in popular music, he enjoys classical Karnatik music more than any other. He is one of the few singers in the world who sings in the classical idiom as well as he does in the popular.

Yesudas, has assumed the role of cultural ambassador of India during his numerable performances abroad, promoting both Carnatic and film music. He is largely responsible for popularizing Indian music and spreading the message of international fellowship, for which Mother Theresa of Calcutta rightfully honored him with the National Citizens Award on World Peace Day, 1994. On November 14, 1999, Yesudas was presented an honorary award by UNESCO for "Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace" at the event named "Music for Peace", a concert to mark the dawn of the new millennium.

Yesudas performed the title track from his new album, "Ahimsa", accompanied by the extraordinary Pakistani group Junoon. The synergy created by Yesudas and Junoon, aimed at peace, was an inspiration to all those present, which included renowned artists like Lionel Ritchie, Ray Charles, Montzerra Caballe and Zubin Mehta conducting the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. The legendary actors Gregory Peck, Sydney Poiter, and Peter Ustinov were the masters of ceremony. Dignitaries from around the world, including the heads of the European union and the ambassadors from 170 countries attended this global event. They gave Yesudas's performance a standing ovation.

His humility, perseverance and devotion to music are an inspiration to all the young aspiring musicians, who wish to follow in his footsteps. Yesudas's life's philosophy has been that expounded by Sri. Narayana Guru of "One Religion, One Caste of all Humans". Yesudas continues to mesmerize us with his ageless, magical voice.
Awards And Honors:

* Padmashree award ( 1973 ).
* Kerala state awards - 16 times.
* Tamil Nadu state awards - 8 times.
* Karnataka state awards - 5 times.
* Andra Pradesh state awards - 5 times.
* Bengal state awards - 1 time.

Filmfare Awards
Award Movie
National Award 1972 Achanum bapaiyum - Manushayn mathangale ( Malayalam )
National Award 1973 Gaayathri - Padmatheerthame unaru ( Malayalam )
National Award 1976 Chitchore - Gori tera gaumabada ( Hindi )
National Award 1982 Mega Sandhesham - Aagasha desana ( Telugu )
National Award 1987 Unnigale Oru Kadha Parayam - Unnigale Oru Kadha Parayan ( Malayalam )
National Award 1991 Bharatham - Rama kadha gana layam ( Malayalam )
National Award 1992 Sopanam - Sopanam Title Song ( Malayalam )

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List of Indian playback singers

Female playback singers

Alisha Chinoy
Alka Yagnik
Amirbai Karnataki
Anupama Deshpande
Anuradha Paudwal
Anuradha Sriram
Anushka Manchanda
Asha Bhosle
B. R. Chaya
Chaitra HG
Chitra Singh
Falguni Pathak
Gayatri Asokan
Gayatri Iyer (Gayatri Ganjawala)
Geeta Dutt
Hema Sardesai
Jaspinder Narula
Jyotsna Radhakrishnan
Kavita Subramaniam (Kavita Krishnamurthy)
K. S. Chitra
Lata Mangeshkar
L. R. Eswari
Malgudi Subha
Nihira Joshi
Noor Jahan
P. Leela
P. Madhuri
P. Susheela
Rimi Tomi
Ruma Guha Thakurta
S. Janaki
S. P. Sailaja
Sadhana Sargam
Santha P. Nair
Sapna Mukherjee
Shamshad Begum
Shreya Ghoshal
Shubha Mudgal
Shweta Mohan
Shweta Pandit
Srilekha Parthasarathy
Sudha Malhotra
Sulakshana Pandit
Suman Kalyanpur
Sunidhi Chauhan
Tulsi Kumar
Usha Khanna
Usha Mangeshkar
Usha Uthup
Vani Jayaram
Vasundhara Das

Male playback singers
Aamir Khan
Akshaya Mohanty
Anoop Seelin
Amit Kumar
A. P. Udayabhanu
Bhal Singh
Babbu Mann
C. H. Atma
G. Venugopal
Gurdas Maan
Harish Moyal
Hemant Kumar
Himesh Reshammiya
Jagjit Singh
Jassie Gift
Jolly Abraham
Kailash Kher
Kailash Kher
Kamukara Purushothaman
K. J. Yesudas
Kozhikode Abdul Kader
K. P. Brahmanandan
Krishna Kumar Kunnath (KK)
K. L. Saigal
Kumar Sanu
Kunal Ganjawala
Lucky Ali
M. G. Sreekumar
Madhu Balakrishnan
Mahendra Kapoor
Manna Dey
Mel Mahal
Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Aziz
Manapragada Narasimha Murthy
Naresh Iyer
Nitin Mukesh
P. B. Sreenivas
Pankaj Malik
Pankaj Udhas
Pardeep Kumar
Pradip Somasundaran
Remo Fernandes
Shabbir Kumar
Shailender Singh
Sonu Niigaam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Subir Sen
Sukhwinder Singh
Suresh Wadkar
Talat Mahmood
T. S. Ranganathan
Udit Narayan
Unni Menon
Vijay Yesudas
Vineeth Sreenivasan
Vinod Rathod
Zubeen Garg
vidhu prathap

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