Anuradha Sriram (née Mohan; born 9 July, 1970) is an Indian carnatic and playback singer and child actress who hails from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She has sung more than 3500 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Sinhala, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Hindi films.

Anuradha Sriram
Anuradha giving a special talk in Big FM in 2014
Anuradha giving a special talk in Big FM in 2014
Background information
Birth nameAnuradha Mohan
Born (1970-07-09) 9 July 1970 (age 53)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Years active1980,1995–present
Spouse(s)Sriram Parasuram
Alma materWesleyan University (MA)

Early life edit

Anuradha was born in Chennai to playback singer Renuka Devi and Meenakshi Sundaram Mohan. She did her schooling (I and II standards) in Coimbatore at the St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, and later at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai.[1] She has a B.A and M.A in music from Queen Mary's College[2] in Madras University and secured the university gold medal in both the courses. She was given a fellowship to do her Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology and Composition from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, US.[3]

She was trained by many esteemed gurus like Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, Sangeetha Kalanidhi T. Brinda and T. Viswanathan in Carnatic music and has had intensive training under Pandit Mannikbua Thakurdas for Hindustani classical music. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York City.

While in Wesleyan, apart from learning and performing western opera and jazz, she also performed in many Indonesian and West African music concerts.

Career edit

Anuradha has performed extensively all over India and the US, and has given many radio and TV programmes since the age of 12. Anuradha Sriram first entered the Tamil Cinema Industry as a child artist in the 1980 Tamil film Kaali.[4] In 1995, she was introduced as a singer by A R Rahman for the song "Malarodu Malaringu" in the movie Bombay. Her first solo was for A R Rahman in Indira.

She specialises in Carnatic music and has sung in over 1,000 concerts worldwide.

Anuradha has several chart-topping Devotional albums to her credit. She also collaborates with her husband Sriram Parasuram on their Classical Music Jugalbandhi concerts[5] and their hit TV programme "Elaame Sangeetham Thaan". She has also presented many music programmes on TV.

Having sung more than 2,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam, and six North Indian languages, some of her hits are "Nalam Nalam Ariyaaval" (Kaadal Kotai), "Dilruba Dilruba" (Priyam), "Meenamma" (Aasai), "Acham Acham Illai" (Indira), "Phenk Hawa" (Ram Jaane) and "Pehli Pehli" (Zor).

She has composed music for the film Five Star and television series Sivamayam produced by Radaan for Sun TV along with her husband. She also worked as a voice actor lending her voice for Kiran for the film Anbe Sivam (2003).[6]

Awards and recognition edit

  • Dr. J. Jayalalitha Cine Award (1996)
  • Ajanta Award for the best female playback singer (1996)
  • Screen Videocon award for Best Pop Album (1998)
  • Karnataka State Film Awards for best playback singer (1999)
  • Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Midtown (2002)
  • International Tamil Film Awards (2003)
  • West Bengal State award for best playback singer (2004)
  • Filmfare award for the best playback singer (2004) - O Podu from Gemini
  • Honorary Doctorate by the Sathyabama University for her accomplishments and contribution to the field of music (2012)[7]


Albums edit

Personal life edit

Anuradha is married to singer Sriram Parasuram (whom she met at Wesleyan University).[9][10] They have two sons named Jayant and Lokesh.

Anuradha's brother Murugan is also a playback singer.[11]

Television edit

Year Program Channel Language Notes
1997 Premi Sun TV Tamil Title song (with P. Unnikrishnan)
2001 Soolam Sun TV Tamil Title song
2006 Airtel Super Singer 2006 Vijay TV Tamil
2010 Super Singer Junior (season 2) Vijay TV Tamil
2011–2012 Idea Star singer season 6 Asianet Malayalam
2013 Sun Singer Sun TV Tamil
2013 Surya Singer Surya TV Malayalam
2013 Sun Singer Sun TV Tamil Season 2
2013 Surya Singer Surya TV Malayalam Season 2
2014 Chandralekha Sun TV Tamil Title song
2014 Star Singer 7 Asianet Malayalam
2014–15 Sun Singer Sun TV Tamil Season 3
2015 Surya Challenge Surya TV Malayalam Team captain
2016 Sun Singer Sun TV Tamil Season 4
2016–17 Sun Singer Sun TV Tamil Season 5
2018 Super Singer 6 Star Vijay Tamil
2019–2020 Top Singer Flowers Malayalam
2019-20 Super Singer 7 Star Vijay Tamil
2020–2022 Top Singer season 2 Flowers Malayalam
2021 Super Singer 8 Star Vijay Tamil
2021 Super Singer Junior Star Vijay Tamil
2022–2023 Top Singer season 3 Flowers Malayalam
2022- 2023 Super Singer 9 Star Vijay Tamil Permanent Judge
2023 Malar Sun TV Tamil Title song
2023-2024 Super Singer 10 Star Vijay Tamil Permanent Judge

References edit

  1. ^ "Alumni-PSBB Schools". Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Queen Mary's College, the home of musicians, on song". B Sivakumar. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ "M.A. Theses in Ethnomusicology and Composition, Music - Wesleyan University". Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  4. ^ Naman Ramachandran (12 December 2012). Rajinikanth: A Birthday Special. Kasturi & Sons Ltd. pp. 65–. GGKEY:A78L0XB1B0X.
  5. ^ " Movies: A duet for life: Anuradha and Sriram Parasuram". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Honoris Causa". Sathyabama University. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Anuradha Sriram | Awards & Accolades". Anuradha Sriram. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Fusion is the forte of this music couple". The Hindu. 18 February 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  10. ^ M. V. Ramakrishnan (15 September 2011). "Columns / M.V. Ramakrishnan : Musicscan – Contrasting colours". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Screen the business of entertainment-Regional-Tamil". Archived from the original on 19 November 2001. Retrieved 11 January 2022.

External links edit