Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chitra, often credited as K.S. Chitra, is a legendary six-time National film awardee; winning even the Padmashree. She is a mellifluous singer who has made her mark in the Indian film music playback industry. K.S. Chitra has recorded over 25,000 Songs for various films and albums and is known as the “Nightingale of South India.”
Gifted singer K.S. Chitra was introduced to Malayalam playback by M. G. Radhakrishnan. And the first few films in which she recorded her songs were “Attahasam,” “Snehapoorvam Meera” and “Njan Ekananu.” She has sung in different languages including Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Odia, Hindi, Assamese, Punjabi and many other languages. Apart from playback singing, she also appeared on the panel of judges on singing reality television shows where many singers and music directors like Shreya Ghosal, Shweta Pandit, Chinmayi, Devi Sri Prasad and Mani Sharma hailed her as their role model.
Chitra’s talent was recognized and nurtured from an early age by her father, the late Krishnan Nair, who was also her first guru. She has performed in India, the Middle East, Singapore, France, US, UK, Australia and many other places in the world. Chitra also recorded with many world renowned international singers like the Arab singer Jawad Ali for his album Amar Ul Hob and a song for the jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. She was Invited by the Government of China to perform in the Qinghai International Water and Music festival in Qinghai, China.
K.S. Chitra recorded her first studio album with Voodoo Rapper for the album called “Ragga Raaga,” and later she released many others with the likes of Piya Basanti and Sunset Point. In 2009 she released an album titled Nightingale: A Salute to Lataji, dedicated to one of her favorite singers, Lata Mangeshkar. Chitra has established her own recording label, Audio tracks, to promote new artists to collaborate with her as singers, lyricists and music directors. Her duets with K.J. Yesudas in Malayalam and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam in all other languages are the most hummed songs by music lovers.
Virtuoso singer Chitra turns 53 today. On this occasion, thetelugufilmnagar.com wish her a very happy birthday and a blissful life ahead.