B. K. Sumitra

Bilalukoppa Krishnayya Sumitra, popularly known as B. K. Sumitra, is an Indian singer known for her work in Kannada films. She is also popular for her numerous devotional and folk songs.[1]

B. K. Sumitra
Born (1941-04-27) April 27, 1941 (age 80)
Bilalukoppa, Horanadu, Karnataka
  • Film
  • Devotional
  • Bhavageethe
Occupation(s)Playback Singer
Years active1965 - Present

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1]

Sumitra married to M. L. Sudhakar. Her daughter Sowmya Raoh is also a playback singer, while her son Sunil Raoh became a film actor in Kannada film industry.[2]


Sumitra was noticed by music composer G. K. Venkatesh and he made her to sing in the film Kavaleredu Kulavandu (1964).[3][4] 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.[5]

Notable songsEdit


Sumitra has honored with many awards. Some are listed here:

  • 2019 - Lifetime Achievement Award at KIMA Awards
  • 2017 - G. V. Iyer Award by Karnataka Film Academy[6]
  • 1992 - Sangeetha Nrithya Academy Award
  • 1991-Karnataka Rajyotsava Award[7]
  • Kempegowda Award
  • Nadoja honour and Honorary Doctorate by Kannada University, Hampi.[8]


  1. ^ a b Govind, Ranjani (2016-04-26). "Singer B.K. Sumitra turns 75". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Celebrity B. K. Sumitra". filmibeat.com. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. ^ https://mfestindia.com/advisory/Sumitra.html#:~:text=In%201992%2C%20she%20has%20been,coaching%20camps%20during%20her%20tour
  4. ^ "Kavaleredu Kula Ondu (1964) Kannada movie: Cast & Crew". chiloka.com. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  5. ^ "BK Sumitra". Prajavani.
  6. ^ "Annual film awards presented". Deccan Herald. March 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Karnataka Government". karnataka.gov.in.
  8. ^ "B K Sumitra takes us on a journey down memory lane". The New Indian Express.

External linksEdit

B. K. Sumitra at IMDb