Sooraj R. Barjatya is an Indian film director, producer and distributor, predominantly working in Hindi Cinema, he is the current chairman of India's 71-year-old multi-national film and entertainment conglomerate, Rajshri Productions. His films are produced under the Rajshri Productions banner, founded in 1947 by his late grandfather Tarachand Barjatya. Barjatya has directed and produced some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films and has produced three other films that have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of more than ₹2 billion. He's known as the'Father of Sanskaar' across India. Barjatya began his career as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt, he made his directorial debut with the 1989 film Maine Pyar Kiya, a romantic musical film about friendship. He followed it with the film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, which became one of the most commercially successful Bollywood films worldwide at the time. This was produced by his father Rajkumar Barjatya for Rajshri Productions. In 1999, Barjatya directed critically successful film Hum Saath-Saath Hain.
In 2006, Barjatya directed and produced Vivah, which established Shahid Kapoor as a leading actor in Bollywood. In 2015, the film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, again produced and directed by him, was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Sooraj Barjatya was born in a Marwari Jain family in Mumbai, he attended St. Mary's Mumbai & The Scindia School in Gwalior. Encouraged by his paternal grandfather, Tarachand Barjatya, he directed his first film Maine Pyar Kiya for Rajshri at the young age of 24, he got married to Vineeta Barjatya in 1986 and the couple have three children. He made his directorial debut with Maine Pyar Kiya starring Salman Khan, financially successful and launched both his and Salman's careers; the film won him the Most Sensational Debut of the Year award. He teamed up with Salman again for Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! which became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United, successful as well. His fourth film was Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon starring Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, his first critical and commercial failure and his last film was Vivah starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao, which has proved to be one of the most successful films in his career.
He has named the lead actor of all his movies'Prem'. He had said in an interview that "Ours was a joint Marwari family and I grew up witnessing grand functions and wedding ceremonies in the family; the opulence shown in my films is based on my impressions as a child". Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Sooraj Barjatya's two consecutive films, are still placed among the top ten most successful films of the last 80 years. Vivah proved to be one of the biggest grossers of 2006, having celebrated a silver jubilee run at 25 centers across the country; the film was nominated for more than 15 awards. Sooraj R. Barjatya on IMDb
Farida Jalal is an Indian actress. In a film career spanning fifty years, Jalal acted in over 200 films in the Hindi, the Telugu, the Tamil film industries. Best known for her character driven roles in independent cinema and supporting work in mainstream Bollywood productions, Jalal has received such accolades as four Filmfare Awards and two Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards. Jalal started her career with Taqdeer, she went on to play leading and supporting roles in numerous motion pictures through the 1970s and early 80s. She is remembered for her roles in Paras and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, all of which garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, she became a household name after portraying motherly roles and strong female characters in the 1990s and the early 2000s. She has won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for her role in Mammo, she won the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Harlem International Film Festival for her role in A Gran Plan. She has transitioned to numerous shows on Indian television alongside her work in films.
Some of her notable works are the sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Dekh Bhai Dekh and Ammaji Ki Galli. She was seen in the soap opera Satrangi Sasural on channel Zee TV portraying the role of Gomti Vatsal a.k.a. Dadi Maa. Farida Jalal, born on 14 March 1949 in New Delhi India, started her career in the 1960s when she won the United Film Producers Talent Hunt sponsored by Filmfare in 1965. She, along with Rajesh Khanna was chosen as finalist and both were presented on stage as winners at the Filmfare Awards function, she got her first film offer for Taqdeer from Tarachand Barjatya. In an interview in 2014, she said, when asked her about initial part of her career: "I started my acting career when I was just out of my school St Joseph's Convent in Panchgani, in a film called Taqdeer. I took part in a talent contest and won. Kaka and I were the finalists. How was I to know that I'd soon be doing a film Aradhana with him?". She played the sister or rejected fiancée of the male lead, but never the female lead.
One of her most critically acclaimed roles is in Bobby, where she played the part of the mentally challenged would-be fiancée of Rishi Kapoor. During the 1980s, her roles progressed from girlfriend to aunt, mother, or grandmother, she is remembered for her part in Aradhana, in which she plays Rajesh Khanna's girlfriend, sings the song "Bagon me bahar hai, kaliyon pe nikhar hai". When asked as to how she started getting typecast as a hero's sister, she quoted in an interview: "It all started with Gopi where I was offered the greatest mr Dilip Kumar's sister's role. Forget about refusing, I jumped at the offer. If I had the chance to just go and observe him on the set I'd have done it. I love the man. I remember during those days each and every actor was copying Dilip Saab whether it was Dharmendra, Jeetendra or Manoj Kumar. I was much in-demand as Dilip Saab's sister; every hero wanted the same. Every actor wanted me to play his sister. Sometimes the sister was the film's heroine; the official heroine would just sing her songs.
I got the awards. In a film called Paras I was Sanjeev Kumar's sister, but I had a lot more to do than Raakhee-di. I got my first award for it. I got my second award for Majboor, a film written by Salimbhai and Javedbhai where Bachchan Saab played my brother, it was so heartening. Why would I want to be heroine when I was getting the stronger parts as the sister?"She acted for over 40 years, only taking a break during 1983 and 1990, when she settled in Bangalore. During the 1990s, Jalal had a part in many major hits in India, among them Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1995. Farida Jalal played the lead in the film Mammo; the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Jalal won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, she acted such as the hit sitcom Dekh Bahi Dekh. She was grandly acclaimed for her role in the 1994 film Mammo, for which she received the Filmfare Best Performance Award.
Earlier, she was nominated multiple times for'Best Supporting Actress Award', one for the Amitabh Bachchan-Parveen Babi-Pran starrer Majboor where she played Amitabh's handicapped sister. Farida Jalal though, could not get a major break as heroine against any big star except Rajesh Khanna in Aaradhana, but she played the lead role in Jeevan Rekha in which her husband Tabrez was the hero. Pran and Ajit were in the film. A song of the film. Jalal starred in Shararat; the comedy is airing on the Disney Channel. In 2005, she co-hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards alongside Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, in Mumbai. In 2008, she made a special appearance in the Punjabi film Yaariyan, she appeared in the soap opera Balika Vadhu. In 2017, she was the victim of a death hoax. On 19 February, rumours did the rounds. Annoyed, the lady asked her publicist to put the rumours to rest. Jalal was married to actor Tabrez Barmavar, who hails from Bhatkal and died in September 2003, she met her husband on the sets of Jeevan Rekha and fell in love in the course of the film and got married in November 1978.
As she wasn’t getting too many film offers after marriage
Tanaaz Irani is an Indian actress. She has acted in Hindi television serials, she has been credited as Tanaaz Lal, her maiden name, Tanaaz Currim. She participated in Bigg Boss 3 in 2009. Tanaaz began her film career with Hadh Kar Di Aapne, she was the Runner-up of Mrs. India 2002, her significant releases include Abbas Mustan's thriller 36 China Town, Sooraj Barjatya's Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Jugal Hansraj's Roadside Romeo. She has acted in several television serials including Ye Meri Life Hai and Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, she acted in the film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai directed by Rakesh Roshan. She played Amisha's cousin from New Zealand, in the film, she was noted for her role of a young Anglo Indian girl trying to learn Hindi in Zabaan Sambhal Ke starring Pankaj Kapoor. In 2009, she featured as a housemate in Bigg Boss. An Indian Parsee by birth, Tanaaz is married to Bakhtiyaar Irani with a son Zeus and a daughter Zianne. Tanaaz was young when she got married to Farid Currim, she was 20. After her divorce, she started acting in serials.
In 2006, she met actor Bhakhtyar Irani, on the sets of Fame Gurukul. The duo decided to get married; however it was not permitted by Bhakhtyar's family. However and his elder brother Paurus Irani helped to convince their parents and the couple got married in 2007. On 20 March 2008, a boy, was born, they named. On September 19, 2011, Tanaaz gave birth to Zara Irani. Zianne, her daughter, however stays with her ex-husband Farid Currim. Tanaaz and Bhakhtyar are dancers and stood third in the celebrity dance show Nach Baliye in 2006, they have done a music album, choreographed by Bosco Ceaser. In 2009, the couple participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 3 leaving their son with Delnaaz, she participated in Maa Exchange, a TV show on Sony, with Vindu Dara Singh's wife Dina. Tanaaz was in Nach Baliye Shriman v/s Shrimati, a dance reality show on Star Plus, she competed against her husband in the show. She is now playing the role of Lisa D'Souza in sab TV's serial Badi door se aaye hain, she is paired opposite Baktiyaar Irani.
Both of them are appreciated by the viewers for their roles of a Christian couple who stay in a colony called Sunshine colony. List of Indian film actresses Tanaaz Irani on IMDb
Sunidhi Chauhan is an Indian playback singer. Born in Delhi, she began performing in local gatherings at the age of 4 and made her career debut at the age of 12, with the film Shastra. During the year, she won the first singing reality show titled Meri Awaz Suno and rose to prominence after recording "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" from Mast, it won her Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer. Her second breakthrough was released in 2000, with the song "Mehboob Mere" from Fiza, for which she received another Filmfare nomination. Through her career, she performed item songs and was described by the media as the "queen of item songs". Chauhan received her third Filmfare nomination with the song "Dhoom Machale" from Dhoom followed by two more nominations during the next year for "Kaisi Paheli" and "Deedar De" from Parineeta and Dus. In 2006, she was bestowed with her first Filmfare award for her rendition of the song "Beedi" from Omkara and further two nominations for "Soniye" from Aksar and "Aashiqui Main" from 36 China Town.
The following year, she recorded the title song of Aaja Nachle and "Sajnaaji Vaari", both critically and commercially well received. Chauhan received her twelfth Filmfare nomination with "Chor Bazaari" of Love Aaj Kal preceded by "Dance Pe Chance" from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In 2010, she received her second Filmfare award with the item song "Sheila Ki Jawani" and was nominated for international styled carnival song "Udi" from Guzaarish; the year marked her International singing debut, where she was featured in an alternate version of the song "Heartbeat" by Enrique Iglesias. Apart from playback singing, Chauhan has appeared as a judge on several television reality shows and she appears in music videos. Besides her career in music, she has been involved in various charities and social causes, she has appeared four times in Forbes' Celebrity 100 of India. Sunidhi Chauhan was born on 14 August 1983, in India in a Rajput family, her father, Dushyant Kumar Chauhan, from Uttar Pradesh, is a theatre personality at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.
Her mother, a homemaker, influenced Sunidhi to pursue a career in music. She has a younger sister. At the age of four, Chauhan started performing at competitions and local gatherings, subsequently convinced by her father's friends to take singing seriously. During that time, she was doing live shows and trained herself with "regular riyaaz by listening to cassettes and CDs of popular numbers", she did her studies from Greenway Modern School and used to stay with her family members in Dilshad Garden, Delhi. She discontinued her studies right after schooling to pursue a career in the music industry, she said: "I quit. I made the decision to pursue my dream as a singer and I don't regret it one bit"; when actress Tabassum spotted her, she made her sing live in her show Tabassum Hit Parade and asked her family to shift to Mumbai. She introduced Chauhan to Kalyanji Virji Shah and Anandji Virji Shah. Upon meeting, Kalyanji changed her name from Nidhi to Sunidhi; when she was 11, her dad brought her to Mumbai.
The family had financial difficulties in adjusting life to the city. After that she worked in Kalyanji's academy for few years and became the lead singer in his "Little Wonders" troupe, she was offered with many shows, though her father insisted on singing for films. In 1995, Chauhan performed at the 40th Filmfare Awards with the group "Little Wonders", when music director Aadesh Shrivastava heard her and wanted to record her voice for the film, Shastra, she made her career debut at the age of thirteen, with the song "Ladki Deewani Dekho" from the film, alongside Udit Narayan. During the year, she won the first singing reality show on DD National titled Meri Awaz Suno, where she was honoured with the "Lata Mangeshkar Trophy" for the best female singer of India. Besides, she recorded her first solo album, Aira Gaira Nathu Khaira, promoted as a children's album. Chauhan realised her "limitations" and got formal training in classical singing from Gautam Mukherjee. For the next two years, she worked as a background vocalist.
Chauhan met singer Sonu Nigam. During the time, Chowta was working as the music director for Ram Gopal Varma's film Mast. Within two weeks time, Chauhan was signed to lend her voice for the film's song where she recorded the title track along with "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" and "Suna Tha". For the song "Ruki Ruki Si", she won the RD Burman award, at the Annual Filmfare awards, was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer, at the same ceremony. By the end of the year, she worked with Anand–Milind for Jaanwar and with Shrivastava for two films: Dahek and Bade Dilwala. Chauhan's second breakthrough was released in 2000, where she collaborated with composer-singer Anu Malik, for the song "Mehboob Mere" from Fiza, picturised on Sushmita Sen, she considered the track that came to her the "most naturally", as recording of the song was completed in 15 minutes. Chauhan received another Filmfare nomination for Best Female Playback Singer for "Mehboob Mere", she was heard in Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy-composed folksy flavoured "Bumbro" from Mission Kashmir, promoted from being a "background song into the foreground" because of "its beauty".
The director of the film, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, wanted an innocent voice for the song when he roped Chauhan to sing for Preity Zinta. According to Chopra, "Chauhan could sound girlish. So she sang the song with that broken voice". In 2001, Chauhan was featured i
Vivah is a 2006 Indian romantic drama film and directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya. Starring Amrita Rao and Shahid Kapoor, it was distributed by Rajshri Productions. Vivah tells the story of two individuals, relates their journey from engagement to marriage and aftermath. Vivah is the fourth film to feature Shahid Kapoor opposite Amrita Rao; the film was released on 10 November 2006, became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, grossing more than ₹539 million worldwide. Critical reception was mixed, it became an unexpected success, as well as Rao and Kapoor's biggest commercial success at that point. Kapoor's performance earned him a nomination for Best Actor while Rao received Best Actress nomination at the Screen Awards. Vivah is the first Indian film to be released in cinema and on the internet; the film was dubbed into Telugu and released as Parinayam. Poonam is a middle class girl. After the death of her parents, when she was young, her uncle Krishnakant fulfilled the void of a father in her life.
However, her aunt is jealous and unable to accept Poonam as her own child, driven by the fact that her own daughter Rajni is dark in complexion and less beautiful than Poonam. Harishchandra, a renowned businessman, from New Delhi has two sons, Sunil who has married Bhavna, Prem, a soft-spoken and well-educated person. Poonam's simple and affectionate demeanor impresses Bhagatji, a close friend of Krishnakant and a jeweller by profession. Bhagatji takes Poonam's marriage proposal for Prem; when Harishchandra takes his opinion on the proposition, Prem is hesitant and feels he is too young for marriage and needs to focus on his career first. Harishchandra convinces Prem to meet Poonam before deciding about anything. Respecting father's wishes, Prem agrees to meet Poonam, get to know better and take a decision, they let Prem and Poonam get acquainted with each other. Though their first conversation is awkward and Poonam agree to get married, as they are attracted to each other. Prem and Poonam gets set to be married in six months.
Krishnakant invites Prem's family to their summer residence in Som Sarovar, so Prem and Poonam get the opportunity to know each other better. Prem and Poonam go through the most romantic period of their lives. Coming from different sensibilities, both want their relationship to be right for each other. Both realize the importance of the engagement rings that they have given to each other and the special right that they have got on each other in return, they begin to fall in love and become attached to each other, thanks to the gentle prodding of their respective siblings. After several days and his family return home to attend their business, which leaves Poonam and Prem the choice to communicate via telephone and letter. Prem takes on an important project in Japan. Upon returning, the family brings Poonam as a surprise and they celebrate their engagement. However, two days before the actual wedding, a fire breaks out at Krishnakant's house. Although Poonam runs out of the house in time, she realizes that Rajni is still inside and goes to save her.
Poonam gets burnt in the process. The doctor informs her father that in such cases families disown their own, he broken heartedly calls Prem right. As he is about to sign the waiver allowing her surgery, he can not do so. Looking up, he sees Prem has arrived, determined to marry Poonam despite her injuries and bringing with him the finest doctors from Delhi, he marries her informally before her surgery. With the aid of the Delhi doctors, the hospital performd surgery on Poonam. After one and half month stay at the hospital and Prem are traditionally married and go home to their new life. Shahid Kapoor as Prem Amrita Rao as Poonam Anupam Kher as Harischandra Alok Nath as Krishnakant Seema Biswas as Rama Samir Soni as Sunil Lata Sabharwal as Bhavna Manoj Joshi as Bhagatji Amrita Prakash as Rajni a.k.a. Chhoti Ameya Pandya as Rahul Dinesh Lamba as Munim Jain Sial as Staff in Harishchandra and Prem's Office. Mreenal Deshraj as Staff in Harishchandra and Prem's Office. Mohnish Behl as Dr. Rashid Khan Director/writer Sooraj Barjatya noted that the story of Vivah is based upon a newspaper article his father read in 1988.
Like in all of Sooraj R. Barjatya's previous films, the male lead is called Prem; the story combined elements of Hindu tradition to set itself up as a film of cultural significance and was constructed differently than Barjatya's earlier films. Barjatya hoped that the film would be remembered as the first to tackle the definitions and dynamics of a marriage. In an interview with Times of India Barjatya said, he kept in mind all the novels of Saratchandra Chatterjee while making Vivah. Barjatya felt that the film should possess a lyrical feel, since it was, according to him, "a lyrics oriented film."Filming took place during the first months of 2006. The main hurdle came up with the location. Barjatya wanted to shoot film in an authentic way, he asked the film's art director Sanjay Dhobade to create the entire town of Madhupur that can give a realistic look, partic
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
K. S. Chithra
Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra credited as K. S. Chithra or Chithra, is an Indian playback singer and carnatic musician from Kerala. Chithra sings Indian classical and popular music, she has sung more than 25,000 songs in a number of Indian languages, including Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Oriya, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Urdu and Badaga, as well as foreign languages such as Malay, Arabic, Sinhalese and French. Chithra is a recipient of six National Film Awards, eight Filmfare Awards South and 36 different state film awards, she has won all the four south Indian state film awards. She was honored with India's civilian honor Padma Shri in 2005, she is the first Indian woman, honored by House of Commons, British Parliament, United Kingdom in 1997. She is the only singer from India, honored by the Government of China at the Qinghai International Music and Water Festival in 2009, she is the only singer from the South India who has received the MTV Video Music Award – International Viewer's Choice at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, United States.
In 2018, She was honoured by the Mr. Craig Coughlin, Speaker of the General Assembly, New Jersey, United States. In 2019, she was honoured by the Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and is a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, UAE for completing 40 Years in Indian Film Industry, she is the only South Indian female singer who has presented her maiden concert at the world's prestigious concert hall Royal Albert Hall in London in 2001. Her song "Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay was included in England The Guardian's "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear" list. Born in Thiruvananthapuram, into a family of musicians, Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was her first guru, her elder sister K. S. Beena and her younger brother K. Mahesh are playback singers. 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, completed a master's degree in music.
She was selected to the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978 to 1984. Chithra was introduced to 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 performed live concerts with K. J. Yesudas in India and abroad; the song "Manjal Prasadavum" from the film Nakhakshathangal composed by Bombay Ravi got her the second National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. For the same composer, she sang the song "Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum" for the film Vaishali and won her third National Film Award, her first Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer was for the song "Aayiram Kannumayi" from the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu composed by Jerry Amaldev. Since she has earned wide recognition by singing popular songs under the compositions of Raveendran, Shyam, S. P. Venkitesh, Mohan Sithara, Kannur Rajan, Johnson, Ouseppachan, M. K. Arjunan, A. T. Ummer, Berny Ignatius, M. B.
Sreenivasan, Mohan Sithara, Ramesh Narayan, Sharreth and M. Jayachandran, she recorded many successful songs in Malayalam. She recorded a number of songs for the composer S. P. Venkitesh and her maximum duet songs in Malayalam are with K. J. Yesudas and M. G. Sreekumar; as of 2017, she has won the Kerala State Awards for the record 16 times. Chithra made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the song "Poojaikketha Poovithu" from the film Neethana Antha Kuyil, composed by 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 got impressed with her song sung in original version in Malayalam for the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu in 1985 directed by himself.. For the folksy classical song "Paadariyaen Padippariyaen" from the film Sindhu Bhairavi, she was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Since she has recorded thousands of Tamil film songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja, A. R. Rahman, Deva, S. A. Rajkumar, Sirpy, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Harris Jayaraj and Santhosh Narayanan.
She has sung huge number of evergreen hit songs in Tamil. She is the only female singer who has sung the maximum number of songs for the 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. Chithra started her journey in Kannada cinema through the film Preethi released in 1986; the duet song "Nee Hacchida Ee Kumkuma" along with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was composed by G. K. Venkatesh. In the same year, composer M. Ranga Rao offered her two songs in the film Aruna Raaga; this was followed by "Sheela O My Sheela", a duet song with K. J. Yesudas and composed by Bappi Lahiri for the Dwarakish directorial fantasy-adventure film Africadalli Sheela. For the rest of the 1980s, she recorded songs for composers like Rajan-Nagendra, S. P. Venkatesh, Sankar Ganesh and Vijay Anand; some of her popular songs in the 1980s were from the films such as Karunamayi, Suprabhatha, C. B. I. Shankar, Hrudaya Geethe and Krishna Nee Kunidaga.
From the early 90s, she was the most preferred female voice in Kannada industry and Chitra sang for most of songs released for the entire decade. The 199