Anitha - Profiles of Cine Play Back Singers

When the song O, mama mama chandamma hit the charts it saw the rise of Mollywood's latest singing sensation – Anitha S. Starting with this debut number in the movie Rock n' Roll, the up-and-coming singer has since had one hit after another.

“It has been a great experience to sing in movies and make my debut under the baton of music director Vidyasagar sir. I never thought that I would become a playback singer. The year 2007 changed the course of my career when my debut song became a chartbuster. The day, I got a call from Vidyasagar sir, I just could not believe that this was happening to me! The three years that I have worked in the industry has been very fruitful. But, I still have a lot to learn from the vast ocean that is music,” says Anitha, who has sung for Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada films.

Music has always been close to Anitha's heart. Her mother and guru, Sirajuniza Begum, is a music teacher at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Vattiyoorkavu. “Music resounds in my family. It was those first lessons with my mother that set me on the path of ragas and rhythm. Without the support of my father, Sheikh Ebrahim, sister, Saritha, and husband, Ashish, I would not have reached such a career high. Right from creating demo CDs of my songs to delivering them at different places, it would not have been possible without their support,” says the chirpy Anitha, a resident of Kamaleswaram in the city.

She has also learnt music under the likes of Omanakutty, the late M.G. Radhakrishnan, Kumarakerala Varma, Seethalakshmi and Perumbavoor Ravindranath. Anitha is a graduate in music from the Government College for Women and is currently pursuing vocal training in Hindustani, Carnatic and Western music.

But it's not only singing that is Anitha's claim to fame. This versatile artiste was a Kalathilakam at the district level while she was studying at Government Higher Secondary School, Kamaleswaram. She has also won accolades for her performances in monoact, Margamkali, Mappilapattu, skit, mime and Thiruvathirakkali at both district- and State-levels.

“Participating in music competitions and youth festivals were opportunities to expand my knowledge of music. I also used to sing jingles for advertisements on radio, Doordarshan and so on. The latter helped me understand more about the process of recording, which I must say came in handy when I sang my debut. As a result, I was not nervous at all during the recording,” recalls Anitha who worked as a music teacher at Cotton Hill Girls' High School for a while after her graduation before turning to playback singing full time.

Having been part of various stage shows in different parts of the country and abroad, the singer finds herself comfortable singing in Hindi, English and all the South Indian languages. “Right now, my focus is on music. In these three years I was lucky enough to sing songs, which people can easily relate to. I am concentrating on improving myself further with proper training and complete dedication. With no godfathers in the field, I have just my talent with which I can stand up to the industry,” says Anitha. The singer also writes songs, poems and stories. The album that features six songs, which she has written, composed and sung herself and a Ghazal album in the works.