Ambili is an Indian film singer in Malayalam cinema during the 1970s and 1980s.[1] She has sung more than 3000 songs in 800 films. She has sung in Tamil, Hindi and Bengali.[2] Her popular songs are "Thedi varum kannukalil", "Oonjala, oonjala", "Swarnamalakal", "Maayalle raga mazhaville" and "Guruvayoorappante thiruvamruthethinu".[3]

Ambili (Singer)
Birth namePadmaja Thampi
BornThiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
GenresPlayback singing, Carnatic music
Years active1970–1987

Personal lifeEdit

Padmaja Thampi, known as Ambili, was born as the youngest among five children to R C Thampi and Sukumari at Thiruvananthapuram. Her father was a military officer who later became a teacher and her mother was a singer. She has three brothers and a sister.[4] She had her education from Fathma College and Delhi University. She had learnt music from Mr. V. Dakshina Murthy. Her debut song was "Karagre vasathe" from the movie Sabarimala Sree Dharmashaastha in 1970. She is married to K G Rajashekharan, a Malayalam film director. They have a son, Raghavendran, and a daughter, Ranjini. She started her own music troop, Mayambu, and performed for stage programs and albums. She received Kala Rathnam Title and Best Singer Award from Kerala Devaswom Board. She currently resides at Chennai with family. She is a recipient of Global NSS (Nair Service Society) award in 2017. [5]


  1. ^ "Ambili:Profile and Biography, Malayalam Movie Singer Ambili latest Photo Gallery | Video Gallery, Malayalam Movie Singer Ambili, Ambili Filimography ,Ambili Films and Cinemas , Ambili Awards and Nominations". Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "On Record with Ambili". Asianetnews. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ "All you want to know about #Ambili". FilmiBeat.
  4. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Singer Ambili".
  5. ^ "Ambily makes a comeback". The New Indian Express.

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