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Awards & Achievements

K.S. Chitra is a singer who has made her mark in the Indian (film) playback industry. Known as the “Nightingale of South India”, she has lent her voice to Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Hindi and Bengali films. She made her debut in Malayalam, and since then, this talented singer had sung more than 18,000 songs! She has won 6 national awards in several Indian languages. She is equally well versed with Carnatic music , though it is rare to see her in stage. Chitra has proved over the years that music has no language but talent that prevails.
Padma Shri Award -2005 ( is an award given by the Government of India generally to Indian citizens to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life)
National Awards
‘Padariyen Padippariyen’
‘Naanoru sindhu’
Sindhu Bhairavi
‘Manjal Prasadavum’
Bombay Ravi
Bombay Ravi
‘Ooh La La La’
Minsara Kanavu
‘Payalein Chun Mun’
Anu Malik
‘Ovvoru Pookalume’


Kerala State Film Awards:
2005 – Best Play Back Singer – Nottam (‘Mayangipoyi’)
2002 – Best Play Back Singer – Nandanam (‘Karmukil Varnante’)
2001 – Best Play Back Singer – Theerthadanam (‘Mooli Mooli’)
1999 – Best Play Back Singer – Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu (‘Pular Veyilum’)
1995 – Best Play Back Singer – Devaragam (‘Sasikala Charthiya’)
1994 – Best Play Back Singer – Parinayam (‘Parvanenthu’)
1993 – Best Play Back Singer – Sopanam (‘Ponmeghame’), Chamayam (‘Rajahamsame’), Gazal (‘Sangeethame’)
1992 – Best Play Back Singer – Savidham (‘Mounasarovaram’)
1991 – Best Play Back Singer – Keli (‘Thaaram’), Santhwanam (‘Swarakanyakamar’)
1990 – Best Play Back Singer – Innale (‘Kannil Nin meyyil’), Njan Gandharvan (‘Palappoove’)
1989 – Best Play Back Singer – Oru Vadakkan Veera Gadha (‘Kalarivilakku’), Mazhavilkkavadi (‘Thankathoni’)
1988 – Best Play Back Singer – Vaishali (‘Indupushpam’)
1987 – Best Play Back Singer – Eenam Maranna Kattu (‘Eenam marannakatte’), Ezhuthappurangal (‘Thalolam Paithal’)
1986 – Best Play Back Singer – Nagakshathangal ( ‘Manjalprasadavum’)
1985 – Best Play Back Singer – Ente Kaanakuyil (‘Oreswaram Ore Niram’), Nirakkootu (‘Poomaname’), Nokettadoorathu Kannum Nattu (‘Aayiram Kannumai’)

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

2004 – Best Female Playback Singer – Ovvoru Pookalume (Autograph)
1995 – Best Female Playback Singer – Kannalane (Bombay)
1990 – Best Female Playback Singer – Various Films
1988 – Best Female Playback Singer – Various Films

Andhra Pradesh State Film Awards (Nandi Award):

2009 – Best Female Playback Singer- Kalavaramaye Madilo (Kalavaramaye Madilo)
2004 – Best Female Playback Singer – ‘Nuvvostanante Neddontana (Varsham)
1999 – Best Female Playback Singer – Marala Telupuna (Swayamvaram)
1996 – Best Female Playback Singer – Priya (Srikrishnarjuna Vijayam)
1993 – Best Female Playback Singer – Chukkallara(Aapathbandhavudu)
1992 – Best Female Playback Singer – Akasana(Sundarakanda)
1991 – Best Female Playback Singer – Endharo(Rajeswari kalyanam)
1990 – Best Female Playback Singer – Kaliki Chilaka (Seetha Ramayyagari Manavaraalulu)

Karnataka State Film Awards:

2004 – Best Female Playback Singer – Kandamma Kandamma – (Maharaja)
2000 – Best Female Playback Singer – Various
1997 – Best Female Playback Singer – Various

(The first and only Singer male or female in the History of South Indian Film Playback singing to be honoured by All the Four Southern State Governments as the best Playback Singer.)

Filmfare Awards South:

2008: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Malayalam) – Oduvil Oru (Thirakkatha)
2006: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Malayalam) – Kalabham tharam (Vadakkumnathan)
2006: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Kannada) – Araluva Hoovugale (My Autograph)
2004: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Telugu) – Nuvvostanante (Varsham)

Asianet Film Awards:

2009 – Best Female Playback – Kunnathe Konnakkum (Pazhassiraja)
2007 – Best Female Playback – Chellathamare (Hallo)
2005 – Best Female Playback – Enthu Paranjalum (Achuvinte Amma)
2003 – Best Female Playback – Mizhi Randilum
2000 – Best Female Playback – Various
1999 – Best Female Playback – Megham

MTV Video Music Award for the Album “PIYABASANTI”. The first singer from South India to get the prestigious MTV Award

First winner of IMMIES award for 2003 in the category Hindi films best playback singer. This Award is instituted by IMI (Indian Music Industry)

Bollywood film award New York U.S.A for the best playback singer 2004.  First South Indian singer to get this award

Cinema Express Award for 1986, 1987, 1988,1990,1991,1993,1994,1995,1998.

Film Fans Association Chennai Award – 20 times (This is the oldest film award in South India)

Gulf Malayalam music Awards (GMMA) – 2005, 2006, 2008

Gamma Indian Music Award, Malaysia for 1988,1989,1990,1996.

Other numerous awards given by Social, Cultural corporate, media Organizations. Like Kala Sagar, Film Critics etc.,

Screen – Videocon Award 1996 for the best playback singer in South Indian Languages.

Screen – Videocon Award 1997 for the best playback singer in South Indian Languages.

Screen – Videocon Award 1997 for the best playback singer in the Hindi film – ” VIRASAT”

Ujala – Asianet award for the best playback singer 1999, 2000, and 2003, 2005, 2007(Malayalam)

Lux – Asianet award for the best playback singer 2001, 2006 (Kannada)

AMRITHA Mathrubhoomi awards for the best playback singer 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 (Malayalam)

Arabia 2000 films award for the best playback singer.

Tamil film Music Award 2008 of Kalainjar T.V.

Jai Hind Film Awards
2010 – Best Female Playback Singer Award – Kunnathe Konnakyum (Pazhassiraja)

Radio Mirchi Awards (South)
2010 – Radio Mirchi Listeners Choice Award – K. S. Chitra – Kunnathe Konnakyum (Pazhassiraja)

Swaralaya -Eenam Awards
2010 – Decade’s Best Talent in Malayalam Music – K. S. Chitra

South Scope Film Awards
2010 – Best Female Playback Singer Award – Kunnathe Konnakyum (Pazhassiraja)


Conferment of “PADMASRI” by the President of India in 2005. (The first female singer from South India to be conferred with a PADMA award)

Title of “KALAIMAMANI” From Tamilnadu Government In 1997 for contributions to film music

Winner of the prestigious Dr. K. J. Yesudas lifetime achievement award from Swaralaya Kairali in 2004

National Excellence Award 2001 by LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS

“For the sake of honour” award from Rotary International. 2001

“Vocational excellence” award from Rotary International in 2004

SIKHARAM – 15 life time achievement award 2005 from INDIA TODAY

JEEVAN TV – P. JAYACHANDRAN Lifetime Achievement Award 2005

Ugadi Purashkar by Madras Telugu Academy, Chennai.  – 1994

Title of “KALAISELVAM” From South Indian Nadigar Sangam. 2002

Lifetime achievements award from Global Malayali council London in 2003.

Aginhotri life time achievement award 2007 from SAMORIN OF CALICUT

JANMASHTAMI life time achievement award 2008

VIRTUSO Music Awards 2005


NON-FILM REPERTOIRE:- Sung for Tharangini, Saregama, SONYBMG, MAGNASOUND,   T-SERIES etc., and have own music label  ” AUDIOTRACS” licensed to MANORAMA MUSIC.

CONCERT PROGRAMMES AND TOURS: -Performed all over India, The entire Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, U.K., France, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Srilanka, Western European Countries like Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Nigeria etc.,


Royal Albert Hall London – First Indian female singer after Lata Mangeshkar to perform at Royal Albert Hall London.
House of Commons London – first Indian singer to perform at the British Parliament
Kennedy Centre – Washington. (U.S.A)
Skydome – Toronto (CANADA)
Esplanade  – Singapore
Alexander Palace – London
Trump Taj Mahal – Atlantic City (U.S.A)
Superdome – Sydney (AUSTRALIA)
Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne (AUSTRALIA)


Recorded with Jawad Ali one of the most famous Arab singer for his new Album “AMAR UL HOB”

Recorded a song for Herbie Hancock legendary Jazz Pianist and the mentor of Michel Jackson

Invited by the Chinese government to perform in the famous Quinghai international water and music festival in Quing Hai, China.