Anurada Sriram
Anurada Sriram - Profiles of Cine Play Back Singers

ANURADA SRIRAM, one of south India’s leading playback singers, started her music training at the tender age of 6. Well versed in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. Anurada has performed extensively all over India and U.S.A and has given many radio and TV programmes since the age of 12. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York, U.S.A. Anurada Sriram is one of the film industry’s most versatile singers having sung more than 2500 film songs in all the south Indian languages under all the leading music directors. She has also had numerous hits in Hindi films too.

Her path breaking Tamil Pop album entitled CHENNAI GIRL released in 1997, was a super hit having crossed more than 3 lakh cassette sales worldwide. The title song video was the first Tamil album video to be aired on international channels such as MTV, Sony Television and V. CHENNAI GIRL won the Screen Videocon award for Best Pop Album in 1998, alongwith A.R.Rahman’s Vande Mataram. The album is unique since Anurada co-composed the album alongwith her husband Sriram Parasuram, and penned all the lyrics for the album too.

A very popular TV host and anchor and one of the most vibrant and sought after stage performers, Anurada Sriram has staged shows to full houses all over the world in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, America, Gulf countries, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada etc.

Musical Training

Anurada is a student of musical luminaries such as Sri Tanjavur S. Kalyanaraman and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T.Brinda. She has also trained extensively in Hindustani music under the veteran Pandit Manikbua Thakurdas.

Educational Qualification & Sports

she is a double gold medal winner at both the B.A. and M.A. levels from Madras University. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, U.S.A.

Awards & Titles

Among the many awards and titles that she has received notable are the Tamil Nadu State Kalai Manram’s award for best female playback singer in 1996, the Karnataka State Award for best playback singer in 1999, The West Bengal State Award for best playback singer in 2004, two nominations for the national award, the Filmfare award for the best playback singer 2002, the inaugural International Tamil Film Award held in Malaysia in 2003 and many other awards such as Cinema Express, Dinakaran and Dinamalar awards. Most recently in 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Tamil Nadu State KALAIMAMANI award for her significant contribution to the field of music.