Nithyasree Mahadevan
Profiles of Classical Singers

Nithyasree Mahadevan, also referred to as S. Nithyashri Mahadevan is an eminent Indian classical musician and playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. Her amazing voice, coupled with her style and vast repertoire, impresses audiences all over the world.  Performed for the "Sangeeth Natak Academy" twice in their International Music Festivals in Bombay and Hyderabad.

Nithyashree has performed in all major sabhas in India and has presented her concerts in many destinations around the world. She has received multiple awards and honours, and has released more than 100 commercial albums.

She has performed in all major sabhas all over India and has presented her concerts in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and various other destinations throughout the world. She has presented a paper on the Life and Contribution of Gopalakrishna Bharathi for the Music Deparment of PSG College, Coimbatore and made two thematic albums popularising a number of Gopalakrishna Bharathi 's compositions.

Nithyasree has also given a Lecture Demonstration in Coimbatore for Manoranjitham on "Papanasam Sivan - A Legend" and likewise, released a couple of thematic albums popularising compositions of Papanasam Sivan. She has given numerous concerts consisting of only patriotic songs to commemorate the 50th year of Indian Independence, a few with her grandmother D. K. Pattammal while her grandmother was still performing. Similarly, Nithyashree released a few albums popularising patriotic songs.

D. K. Jayaraman and D. K. Pattammal were known for singing and popularising the compositions of Papanasam Sivan, having learnt them directly from the composer himself. Nithyashree has continued this tradition. She has also given a lecture demonstration in Coimbatore for Manoranjitham on "Papanasam Sivan - A Legend", and made two special thematic albums that solely contained his compositions.

Like D. K. Pattammal, Nithyashree has also popularised compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharathi. She presented a paper on the Life and Contribution of Gopalakrishna Bharathi for the Music Department of PSG College, Coimbatore. Her two thematic albums that solely consisted of his compositions have been very popular, both online and offline. Nithyashree's commanding, high-pitched voice is well suited to various genres of music including Carnatic music, devotional music, as well as patriotic and popular songs.

Nithyashree's introduction to Tamil playback singing came when A.R. Rahman called her to Panchathan Recording Inn, in Chennai, for a voice test sometime in the 1990s. The output from her visit was used for the song "Kannodu Kanbadellam" in the movie Jeans starring Aishwarya Rai and Prashanth. This became particularly popular which resulted in many songs in the same combination like "Minsara Kanna" from Padayappa, "Sowkiyama Kannae" from Sangamam, and "Manmatha Maasam" from Parthale Paravasam.Nithyasree has appeared as a judge in several episodes of Vijay TV's musical reality-talent shows Airtel Super Singer and Airtel Super Singer Junior, seasons 2 onwards. She has also appeared as a judge on the pilot episode of Vijay TV's musical reality-talent show, Super Singer Celebrity Season,and as a guest judge on Jaya TV's Ragamalika, another music reality-talent show.Nithyasree is currently a permanent judge in season 3 of Raj TV's Carnatic music reality-talent show, Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham.

Family Background

Nithyasree was born to Lalitha Sivakumar and I. Sivakumar. Her paternal grandmother, D. K. Pattammal, and her granduncle, D. K. Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists who were established disciples of Ambi Dikshithar, Papanasam Sivan, Muthiah Bhagavathar, and others. Her maternal grandfather was the mridangam maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer.

Her mother, Lalitha Sivakumar, was her first guru (teacher). Like her mother, Nithyashree was also the disciple of D. K. Pattammal, and would accompany her in concert. Nithyashree's father, an accomplished mridangist and disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, would constantly show his support and accompany Nithyashree when she performed.

Musical Training

Nithyashree would, like her mother, learn from her grandmother, D. K. Pattammal, as well as accompany her in concert. Nithyashree's father would constantly show his support, as he being an accomplished mridangist, would be Nithyashree's accompanist whenever he can. Nithyashree's commanding, high-pitched voice is well suited to carnatic music, devotional, patriotic and popular songs.

Awards & Titles

Nithyashree's maiden performance was titled 'best concert of the series'. She is an A.I.R. Prize Winner (1990) and has been an 'A' grade artist. She has been awarded the "Yuva Kala Bharathi" title by Bharath Kalachar in 1994, "Innisai Maamani" by Tamil Nadu Welfare Association, "Kalaimamani" by Hamsadhwani in 2000, "Isai Paeroli" by Kartik Fine Arts in 2001, and various other prestigious awards such as ", "Padma Sadhana" (2004), and "Naada Kovida" (2006). She has received "Best Concert Award" from The Music Academy during the music festivals a couple of times and has also performed for the "Sangeeth Natak Academy" twice in their International Music Festivals in Bombay and Hyderabad. She has also received the "Best Promising Artiste" from "Mohanam" Music Club, and made a thematic album of compositions popularising the raga Mohanam. She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Sathyabama University of Jeppiar in Chennai in late 2007."Jayarathna Virudhu" Award from Jayadhaarini Trust, conferred on 22 October 2008 in Chennai.Honorary Doctorate of Literature, awarded by The Sathyabama Autonomous University on 19 April 2008."Sangeetha Kala Shironmani" from Nungambakkam Cultural Academy in the year 2008."Gaana Padmam" (Title) and Award from Brahma Gana Sabha, presented on 3 December 2010 in Chennai."Sangeetha Kalasarathy" (Title) and Award from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, presented on 15 December 2010 in Chennai.Acharya Award held at Naarda Gana sabha Celebrating Teachers Day in the year 2010."Sangeetha Hamsa" Award from Hamsavinodhini, presented on 1 December 2011 at Arulmigu Kasi Viswanathar Temple, West Mambalam."Isai Mamani" Award from Shri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj, presented on 20 December 2011. P. Obul Reddy Award of Excellence from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, in the year 2011.Award of Proficiency from Tamil Nadu Brahmins Association (TAMBRAS) in 2012."Sangeetha Ulagin Naayaki" from Aadhi Shankarar Aanmeega Peravai at Kutthalam in 2013."Sivan Isai Selvi" (Title) from Papanasam Sivan Rasigar Manram, conferred by vocalist P. S. Narayanaswamy in September 2013 at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai."Isai Selvam" Award presented by Karunanidhi under the banner of Muthamizh Peravai on 24 January 2014 in Chennai.