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Updated: July 28, 2013 03:22 IST

Kerala nightingale Chithra turns 50

P. K. Ajith Kumar
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K.S. Chithra
K.S. Chithra

The nightingale of Malayalam turned 50 on Saturday but her songs are ageless. Just as her voice.

K.S. Chithra has been Malalayali’s favourite female voice for three decades now. And she continues to sound as fresh, as lovely as she did when she sang “Manjal prasadavum…” (Nakhakshathangal), one of the biggest hits early on in her career, in 1986.

All the innocence and sweetness of a teenaged heroine, played endearingly by the late Monisha in the MT-Hariharan classic, was captured by Chithra’s voice. She won a national award for that.

In the same album as Nakhakshathangal were the songs of Panchagni, in which she had rendered another beautiful melody, “Aa raathri manju poyee…”

The two compositions by Bombay Ravi, making a spectacular debut in Malayalam cinema, helped Chithra gain in popularity; that album, released by Tharangini, remains one of the most successful in Malayalam cinema’s history.

Jerry Amaldev’s “Alorungi arangorungi…” (Ente Mamattikuttiyammakku) and “Aayiram kannumayi…” (Nokketha Doorath Kannumnattu), Shyam’s “Poomaname…” (Nirakkoottu) and her mentor M.G. Radhakrishnan’s “Rajanee parayoo…” (Njan Ekananu) had already proved that she was no ordinary singer.

She was the first choice for top composers such as Jerry, Johnson, Ouseppachan and Raveendran and she gave one hit after another. A matchless voice, the ability to give emotion to every word and the very little time she took to learn a song made her the favourite with just about every music director.

For some three decades, almost every Malayalam film heroine sang in her voice.

She may not now be as busy , with today’s composers wanting to try out so many different voices as possible, for a variety of reasons, but very often she reminds us she is in a class of her own.

Just rewind to her rendition of M. Jayachandran’s “Hrudayathin madhupathram…” (Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram).

Chithra has admirers across southern India and even in Bollywood. Her first national award was for the Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi. Ilayaraja’s “Padariyen padippariyen…” was pure magic, both in composition and rendering.

Her “Kehna hai kya…” (Bombay) for A.R. Rahman was chosen by the music critics of Guardian and Observer as one of the world’s ‘1000 love songs everyone must hear’ and was praised for her “extravagant vocal gymnastics”.

Chithra’s voice knows no boundary.

may you have a much more glorified future chitra ji.your sense soothing voice has transended all the boarders and your song have been elixier for all of us.all the wishes for your upcoming projects.

from:  Mujeeb Rahman
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 15:08 IST

She is one the finest talent India has ever produced in our times. She is one of the
Inspiration for many younger generations. We feel privileged to hear her songs. Her
songs "Oovoru Pookalume" from Movie Autograph is my favorite. Many more Happy
returns of the day Chitra Garu. We love you...!!

from:  Sivaram
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 11:40 IST

This generation singers groom their look rather their singing ability, but a singer with most National Awards to her kitty, still remains humble. K S Chitra's voice can suit any generation. Long Live Chitra !!!

from:  Jaikanth
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 11:30 IST

Happy Birthday to Chitra Ji..

from:  Shivakumar Jumnal
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 09:19 IST

Chithra is one of the finest playback singers in the country whose matchless voice has regaled millions of Indians. Humble to a fault this talented multilingual singer has dominated the air waves for three decades and her singing still retains the old flavour that catapulted her to the top. After losing her only daughter in an unfortunate drowning accident, Chithra had withdrawn into a shell for some time but has been coaxed back into singing by music directors who had no substitute for her. Many happy returns of the day to this powerhouse of talent who is certain to remain peerless for many more years to come.

from:  C V Aravind
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 06:06 IST

Ms,Chitra is not belongs to only Kerala film world,she really belongs to the South Indian film world,so she must be addressed as the "Nightingale of South India"
I wish her a very very wonderful birth day,may GOD shower her all the happiness in the world.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 05:52 IST

May Almighty give her a long , healthy life ! Just heard her sing "Nenjam Marappathillai" on Vijay Pokkisham show. What a wonderful singer. Her feedback to contestants in music shows are very valuable.

Long live Chitra !

from:  shiva
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 04:01 IST
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