KS Chithra, a renowned playback singer in Indian cinema, possesses an exceptional vocal range. Though grounded in Carnatic music, she fearlessly embraces various musical genres, showcasing her versatile artistic spirit. With a remarkable repertoire of over 25,000 recorded songs in different languages, Chithra stands as a shining star in the music industry. Even after four decades, her charm and unmatched musical prowess have made her a beloved and sought-after choice among musicians. Apart from movie songs, she has lent her voice to over 7,000 other songs.
Her continuing popularity can be attributed to her ability to effortlessly grasp and render complex songs, including intricate alaps or hummings. However, what truly sets her apart is her mesmerising gift to breathe life into lyrics, unearthing emotions that resonate on both the surface and deep within. Chithra’s voice becomes one with the essence of the movie, reflecting the emotions of the characters and capturing life’s poignant moments, leaving an indelible mark on listeners.
Some of her classic songs that are still a big part of every Malayalee’s life are:
Among her iconic songs that continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Malayalees is the enchanting love song from the movie ‘Njan Gandharvan.’ The masterful composition by Johnson and Chithra’s mesmerising vocals left listeners spellbound, showcasing her unparalleled artistry.
The devotional, captivating, soulful music for Lord Krishna that would melt any believers’ heartstrings to the enchanting song of the nightingale that one can never forget even after years.
Not limited to Malayalam, Chithra’s talent extends to various Indian languages like Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, Tulu, Punjabi, and Rajasthani, as well as foreign languages such as Malay, Latin, Arabic, Sinhalese, English, and French.
Words fall short in describing the essence and soul Chithra has brought to the people of India through her voice. Her devotion to her craft and the emotions she conveys has touched the hearts of millions, making her a true gem in the world of music.