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`A pleasant surprise'

Simplicity and humility are the hallmarks of five-time national award winner K.S. Chitra.



K.S. Chitra's expressive voice and clear diction make her songs a hit.

THE PLEASURE in her voice is evident as she says, "The Padma Shri award came as a complete surprise. Of course, a pleasant one. But I wish my parents were here to share this happiness. They would have been the happiest people today. My sister, Beena, too said the same when I conveyed the happy news to her."

Her father, Krishnan Nair, was her first guru. A good singer, it was he who spotted the innate talent in his younger daughter. A post-graduate in music from the Government College of Women, Thiruvananthapuram, Chitra made her debut under the baton of M.G. Radhakrishnan.

Melodious voice

Her melodious voice has won her many fans but it is her endearing simplicity that has made K.S. Chitra a favourite singer of Malayalis all over the world. Her broad smile and unassuming behaviour have won her many admirers in the film and music industry too. Five-time nation award winner (`Sindhu Bhairavi,' `Nakshathangal,' `Vaishali,' `Minsara Kanavu' and `Virasat') Chitra is perhaps the only singer who has won the best singer award in four States in the south.

With her characteristic humility she says, "I dedicate my award to my teachers, Omannakutty teacher, Radhakrishnan Chettan (music director M.G. Radhakrishnan), Jerry Amaldev, my fans, music directors, relatives and well wishers. "I pray and hope that many more singers make their mark in the music industry. My advise to all of them is to work hard and to have faith in the almighty and in music."

S.N.

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