K.S.CHITRA Personal details, Industry Names & Awards

Chitra is an Indian playback singer and Carnatic musician from kerela. She is the first lady of India who has honoured by the President of India. She sings Indian Classical, Devotional and popular music. She has recorded more than 25000 songs in several languages like Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tulu, Rajasthani, Urdu, Sanskrit and Badaga. She sung in foreign languages like Malay, Latin, Arabic, Sinhalese, English and French.

Personal details about Chitra

  • Born: 27th july 1963, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Father: Krishna Nair
  • Spouse: Vijay Shankar
  • Children: Nandana
  • Original name: Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chitra
  • Nickname: Chitra

Industry Names

  • Nightingale’ of south India
  • Piya Basnti’ in north India
  • Vanambadi’ in Kerela
  • Chinna Kuyil’ in Tamilnadu
  • Kannada Kogile’ in Karnataka
  • Sangeeta Saraswathi’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Years acive: 1979-present


  • 6 National film Awards
  • 8 Filmfare Awards south
  • 36 different state film Awards
  • 4 south Indian state film Awards
  • Padma Shri- Highest civilian Award in the year 2005
  • Highest honour of Rotary International in the year 2001
  • She is the only singer in total south India who has received the MTV video music Award in New York, US
  • First woman who has honoured by House of commons, British Parliament, UK in the year 1997
  • She was honoured by Government of China in the year 2009

Early Life

K.S.Chitra is the only female who received different state awards in India. She born in a musicians family in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Her first guru is her father Krishna Nair. When she at very small age, she sang a song at her sister’s 21 days function, then her father decided that to teach her music.

From 1978 -1984, she earned National Talent Search Scholarship by the Central Government. She married Vijay Shankar and she had a child, Nandana. But unfortunately, her child died at the age of 8 years. It took her several days to recover from that incident. She founded an orphanage with her child name and running it.

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