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Srilekha Parthasarathy
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Srilekha Parthasarathy is a Tamil singer who is commonly referred to by her first name Srilekha. She has a versatile voice, and has experienced an impressive success in other genres of music as well, including ghazals. Srilekha began her professional career in 2000, when she sang the scintilating Jingle for the “Idhayam Oil” advertisement, which was piturised on “Jothika”. She describes the jingle as her ticket into the Tamil music industry.

Srilekha was born and brought up in Delhi. Being South Indian by birth, she learnt both North Indian and South Indian languages and music, as well as Western music. At the age of four, she won the first prize in the annual All India Children’s Music Competition in New Delhi.

Her debut was with music director Harris Jayaraj, for the song called "Yedho Ondru" from the movie Laysa Laysa. This movie also introduced Trisha, one of the leading Tamil actresses. Her popularity increased with many other hits, such as "Poo Mugam Siricha" for the movie Junction, "Kaadhalaagi" with S.P. Balasubramaniam in Pop Carn, "Don’t worry be Happy" for the movie Whistle, and "Sutthi Sutthi Varuven" for the movie Sena.

Her career took a leap with the blockbuster hit "Kalyaanam dhaan" from the movie Saamy. This song topped the music charts. This was followed by "Vinodhane" from Thennavan, "Vaa Masakatre" from Kurumbu and "Ayurvedha Azhagi" from Thiruda Thirudi.

Her recent hits include Dhimsu Kattai, "Chinna Veeda", "Kokku Meena Thinguma" and "Pacchakili Pacchakili". Other songs of Srilekha include "Mummy Chellama", "Bambara Kannu", "Vecchukka Vecchukka Va", "Garuda Garuda", and "Thavilu Thavilu".

She has done more than 200 live shows in India and other countries, including Singapore, USA, Canada, Kuwait and Colombo. She actively participates in live shows for corporate companies, such as Hyundai, Aircel, Touchtel, Airtel, Samsung, Bpl Mobiles, TVS group and Cognizant Technology Solutions. She is one of the judges in Star Vijay TV's "Super Singer" series.

 

 
Musical Training

The Beginning

It all began at the age of four  when I won the first prize in All India Children’s Music Competition organised in New Delhi every year.

Since then……. there has been no looking back……. 

Interest in Music

Learned carnatic music from Mrs.moorthy and Hindustani Classical from Padmashree Hafeez Ahmed Khan in Delhi.now continuing to pursue Hindustani Classical from Mrs.Meghna dandekar and western classical from Ms.Neena Meneses in Chennai.

 The journey

Born and brought up in Delhi, and being a south Indian by birth, enabled me to involve in both North Indian & South Indian languages, Music, including Western Music. The involvement interested me into exploring 16 languages including English.

The journey continued with Jingles and albums which included “Mehndi Ki Raat”, “Mehndi Ni Mehndi”, "Punjabi Non-stop” in Punjabi, recorded in Mumbai.

 The Break

“Dina dhorum vaanguven Idhayam” the scintilating famous Jingle for “Idhayam Oil” picturised on “Jothika”, gave me the ticket to enter the Tamil Music Industry. This followed with other advertisements like “Idhayam Dots”, “Chennai silks”.  The recent ones Sakthi Masala’s “Suvaya Manama”, Saravana Stores “ Vittaacchu Vittaacchu”, Mohe bhool gaye saavariya”(hindi) for brittania ,jeyyam paruppu (daal ),Jeyachandren Textiles,Shanti coconut oil,Anbu silks, the most recent one “Vidha vidhamaai” Khazaana jewellers etc…

 

The Turning Point

. My first Playback song materialised with Music Director “Harris Jeyaraj”, for the song called “yedho onru” from the movie “Laysa Laysa”.

. The swing kept moving with various other hits like “ Poo Mugam Siricha” for the movie Junction(Music by Bharadwaj), “ Kaadhalaagi” with S.P. Balasubramaniam in “Popcarn”(Music by Yuvan Shankar Raaja), “Don’t worry be Happy” for the movie “Whistle”, “sutthi sutthi varuven” for the movie “Sena” (Music by Imman).

. The swing took a leap with the Blockbuster hit “Kalyaanam dhaan Kattikkittu” from “saamy” which topped all the Music charts in the tamil industry .

. Followed by “Vinodhane” from Thennavan “Vaamasa Kaatre” from Kurumbu (Music by Yuvan Shankar Raaja.)

. Some other popular hits  “Dhimsu Katta” from Tirumalai,

“Bumbara kannu pacchamolaga” from the movie “madura”, tiruttu rascal” from movie “ji’(music by Vidhyasagar)

“Chinna Veeda” music by Praveen Mani, “saiyyo saiyyo”from the movie “Arasatchi” “Kokku Meena Thinguma” (by Harris Jeyaraj) “Vecchukka vecchukka va” from the movie M.kumaran s/o Mahalakshmi, Mummy chellama” from “jore” (music srikanth deva)

“Aalukkoru aasai” and “Kannaadi pookal” (by S.A. Raajkumar),

“Garuda Garuda” from “Aayutham”,” thavila thavila baby”from “Iyer Ips” “Ayurvedha azhagi” from Thiruda Thirudi (by Dhina),”kucchi karuvaadu” from mazai,other hits like “aisa aisa” from “vel” “Oru nodi” from paarijaadam,”ni oru super figure” from kodambakkam,movie yen kaadale,kovai brothers onna pola from “vel”and forthcoming films like chaturangam,Piragu,Iyakkam etc…

recent one is Sara Sara song fromn IDHU KADHIRVELAN KAADHAL, Being popular in fast peppy folk numbers, has given me immense popularity in and around the world, but the versatility  of my voice enables me to sing in various styles (melody, classical, Hindustani, western) etc…

 

 Other languages: 

.There was an opening in Malayalam and Telugu too. “Ore Swaram” from Ivar (Malayalam). Popular hit from the Telugu movie “Venky” song title “Maaru Maaru” .

The title song from film “Bunny” ,the telugu version of the song “onrai renda” which is originally from the tamil movie “kaaka kaaka” film “koti” .

 

Other Talents.

 

Dramatics:

Acted in a serial called Dharmayudham, Vijay Tv, actecd in a movie called Kalyaana samayal Saadham, Besides singing actively participated in dramatics with National School of Drama Workshop in New Delhi, also did few plays for them.

 

Anchoring:

Compered for Singapore channel for a program called “India Fashion Buzz” shot in Delhi. Anchored for special Episodes on Sun TV, Jaya TV, Raj and Vijay TV.

 

Live Shows

Done around 300 live shows in and around India and abroad contries like Singapore,Colombo,dubai Kuwait,usa,Canada,austalia,Muscat,Bahrain .

Actively participating in live shows for corporate companies with Major Clients like  Hyundai,Aircel,Touchtel,Cognizant Technology,Bpl,Tvs,Bajaj motors, Maruti Suzuki, Fanta, L & T ,standard Chartered Bank ,Nokia phones etc….

 

The journey still continues…  .             

 
Awards & Titles

Best Female Playback singer for the song “Vecchikka Vecchikava” from M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi

Youth Icon of the year 2004, by Damodharan College of Engineering & Management Studies, Coimbatore

Young Achiever Award, by Sangam Kala group, 2004

Best Young Playback Singer Award, 2004, by TVK Cultural Academy