K.S. Chitra, or Chitra as she is fondly known in the southern film fraternity, is a blessed artist, whose voice has left several generations enchanted is all set to spell her magic in the city of pearls.The beautiful damsel from the god’s own country, has an enchanting voice, which would invariably steal the hearts of all every time she sings with her melodious voice that stands true to her name Chinna Kuyil (Little Nightingale).
Musical Night with Chitra in Hyderabad would take place at the Shilpakala Vedika on July 26, 2014 and would be a splendid opportunity to set sail into the nostalgic days when Chitra ruled the reign of music. Chitra who entered the world of Indian music with her stint in 1979, by M. G. Radhakrishnan, had no looking back.
Hailing from a family of singers, it was nothing, but obvious that the silvery voiced damsel would enter the world of music to pursue a career. She received her training in music under her father, the late Krishnan Nair, who recognised her forte for music and nurtured the same, by taking charge as her music guru.
Chitra also received her training in Cranatic music from the ace Dr. K. Omanakutty, and later went on to pass her B.A. in music, which was followed by obtaining a Masters degree in Music. Her talents began to take her places, when she was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978 to 1984.
With an industry presence spanning over 35 years, this Keralathinte Vanambadi (Nightingale of Kerala) has recorded over 15,000 film songs and is a recipient of six National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards and more than thirty different state film awards.
Her playbacks were not restricted to just Malayalam and Tamil songs where she is highly acclaimed, but also went on to charm the rest of the nation with her singing stint in languages like Telugu, Oriya, Kanada, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi and Bagada to name a few.
The euphonious voice of Chitra, made her the most sought after singer by the mid-eighties across the south Indian states and she went on to playback for many hit numbers where she was offered the opportunity to work in association with the best of music composers including the likes of Maestro Ilayaraja and several others of his kind. She is in short the only singer to have worked alongside music directors of different periods and genres ranging from G. Devarajan, V. Dakshinamoorthy, etc., to G. V. Prakash Kumar, Bijibal, Mejo Joseph, etc.
It is also no eulogization to say that she is the only singer of her times to have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the yesteryear maestro Ilayaraja to singing the maximum number of songs for the Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman for his Tamil film songs.
Her association with Bollywood has also been prominent with her playback stints for ace music directors ranging from A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Naushad Ali,RD Burman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,etc., to name a few.
Adding to these are the facts that Chitra has also brought numerous other laurels to the nation by being the First Indian female singer after Lata Mangeshkar to perform at Royal Albert Hall London and the First Indian singer to perform at the British Parliament.
Chithra who has performed all over the country and in several other parts of the world including, Sri Lanka,The entire Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore,France, UK, US, Canada, South Africa,Australia,Western European Countries like Nigeria, Germany,Austria, Norway, Switzerland, and Denmark is now all set to grace the stage of the picturesque venue at Shilpakalavedika,which had in the past played host to several such musical events. So, hurry and book your passes now to be a part of the Musical Night with Chitra in Hyderabad on July 26, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Shilpakala Vedika.