B. K. Sumitra
B. K. Sumitra
|Born||April 27, 1941|
Bilalukoppa, Horanadu, Karnataka
|Years active||1965 - Present|
Sumitra was born in Bilalukoppa near Horanadu to Gangamma and Krishnayya. The family later moved to Shivamogga where Sumitra got trained in Carnatic Music by M. Prabhakar, who was the brother of actress Pandaribai.
Sumitra was noticed by music composer G. K. Venkatesh and he made her to sing in the film Kavaleredu Kulavandu (1964). In her career spanning more than 40 years, she has worked with almost all the music composers including G. K. Venkatesh, R. Sudarsanam, Vijaya Bhaskar, M. Ranga Rao, Rajan–Nagendra and new generation musicians like Anoop Seelin. Sumitra is active in participating in musical workshops and training the students across the state.
- Ninnolume Emagirali Thande (Thande Makkalu)
- A Aa E Ee Kannadada - Karulina Kare (1970)
- Kareya Keli Bande - Anuradha (1967)
- Madhura Madhuravee Manjulagana - Sathi Sukanya (1967)
- Sampige Marada - Upaasane (1947)
- Odi Baa Ododi Baa - Chakratheertha (1967)
- Maneye Brundavana - (Brundavana)
- Eddelu Manjunatha - Eddelu Manjunatha (2009)
Sumitra has honored with many awards. Some are listed here:
- Govind, Ranjani (2016-04-26). "Singer B.K. Sumitra turns 75". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "Celebrity B. K. Sumitra". filmibeat.com. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "Kavaleredu Kula Ondu (1964) Kannada movie: Cast & Crew". chiloka.com. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
- "BK Sumitra". Prajavani.
- "Annual film awards presented". Deccan Herald. March 4, 2017.
- "Karnataka Government". karnataka.gov.in.
- "B K Sumitra takes us on a journey down memory lane". The New Indian Express.