B. R. Chaya

Bengaluru Ramamurthy Chaya, popularly known as B. R. Chaya, is an Indian, Kannada playback singer, stage performer and a popular Sugama Sangeetha singer from Karnataka state. She has performed pop, folk, devotional and bhavageethe (light music). She is affectionately known as the "Nightingale of Karnataka",[1] a Rajyotsava Prashasti recipient from the State Government of Karnataka and a recipient of Karnataka State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer twice.[2][3]

B. R. Chaya
Chaya in 2019
Chaya in 2019
Background information
Born (1969-10-16) October 16, 1969 (age 51)
Bengaluru, Karnataka
GenresSugama Sangeetha, playback
Occupation(s)Singer, entrepreneur
Years active1983–present

She has, to her credit, more than 16000 songs in the non filmy genre. She works primarily for the Kannada film industry. Chaya owns an audio company called "Kinnari Audio" that focus on encouraging the new budding musical talents to launch their own musical albums. She also owns a popular music band "B. R. Chaya & Party" that conducts various musical programs across Karnataka state.[4]

Early days and debutEdit

Chaya was born to Ramamurthy and S. G. Janaki. She was a music lover from her childhood and was called a "child prodigy"[1] and received her first music lessons from her grandparents, Krishna Rao and Bhageerathamma. Although Chaya qualified her exam in carnatic classical music, she was interested in light music in general along with film songs particularly.

She was 16 years old when she debuted her first song while visiting a recording studio in Chennai with her family. She was discovered by Ilaiyaraaja who asked her to record a song with S P Balasubrahmanyam. She was advised to stay in Chennai to continue singing but as the city was unfamiliar to her, she worked as a watch mechanic for a few years in HMT after doing a course in horology at RV College, and later represented Karnataka at a Doordarshan national competition in Chennai.[5][6]


Chaya recorded her first song in 1983. She was 16 years old and was on a trip to south India with her family. During the trip, they happened to visit a recording studio in Chennai where Ilaiyaraaja was also recording. After listening to her sing, he made her come back the next day for recording. What followed was a duet between her and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam for the Tamil film Jothi . She recollected that S.P was "very encouraging". “He saw my notes written in Kannada, and he was excited that I was a Kannada speaker,” she said.[5] But it was her participation in a Doordarshan national competition in Chennai few years later that brought her attention. The music composer, Vijaya Bhasker, was a judge at the competition and was impressed by her singing. He introduced her to the Kannada film industry where she got the chance to record Hindusthaanavu endoo mareyada in Puttana Kanagal's directorial Amrutha Ghalige.

The song turned out to be a hit and a slew of offers followed after that. She sung more than 15,000 non-film songs which were mostly Kannada bhavageethes in addition to singing songs in Tulu, Konkani, Tamil and Telugu. She became the youngest sir to get an 'A' grade in AIR and Doordarshan. Her hit bhavageethes include Karunaalu baa belake, Amma ninna edeyaaladalli, Ondu munjaavinali, Toredu hogadiro jogi, Yaako kaane rudra veene, Ibbani haasu jaaruthide, Huchhu khodi manasu, O enna deshabaandhavare, Ello hudukide illada devara and Bhaagyada bale. She has sung in more than 300 films so far. Her popular film songs include Belli rathadali soorya tanda kirana from Indrajith, Ninnantha appa illa and Haalallaadaroo haaku from Devatha Manushya, Eke heegaayto naanu kaanenu from Anjada Gandu, Rutumaana samputadi from Kaadina benki, and Ibbani tabbida ileya She went on to record songs with singers like M. Balamurali Krishna, P. B. Sreenivas, K. J. Yesudas, Dr. Rajkumar and S. P. Balasubramanyam. She also sang with S. Janaki, P. Susheela, Bangalore Latha, Vani Jairam and Manjula Gururaj. She has worked under music composers Rajan–Nagendra, Vijaya Bhaskar, Upendra Kumar, M. Ranga Rao, Hamsalekha, V. Manohar, C.Ashwath, and H. K. Narayan. Chaya got the chance to sing under P. B. Sreenivas's music direction in the movie Helavanakatte Giriyamma.[7][8]

She is currently a judge on Gaana Chandana and has been doing virtual concerts since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Chaya is the first singer to receive the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Ruthumana samputadi" from the movie "Kaadina Benki" in 1988.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Chaya was born on 16 October. She completed her graduation at RV College in Bangalore and married to Padmapani Jodidar with whom she has a daughter. They are currently residing in Bangalore, India.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b http://www.saiamrithadhara.com/singers/chaya.html[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "On My Pinboard: B R Chaya". Deccan Herald. 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Pupora - ESCUCHAR MUSICA ONLINE GRATIS SIN DESCARGAR". pupora.com. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Watch Popular Kannada Devotional Video Song 'Taatana Padakke' Sung By B. R. Chaya. Popular Kannada Devotional Songs | Kannada Bhakti Songs, Devotional Songs, Bhajans, and Pooja Aarti Songs | Lifestyle - Times of India VideosTweets by TimesLitFestDelTweets by timeslitfestkol ►". The Times of India.
  5. ^ a b "B R Chaya: I was never burdened with household work". Deccan Herald. 13 February 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  6. ^ "BR Chaya". www.brchaya.com. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Kannada Devotional And Spiritual Song 'Sirasiya Sri Marikambe' Sung By B. R. Chaya | Lifestyle - Times of India VideosTweets by TimesLitFestDelTweets by timeslitfestkol ►". The Times of India.
  8. ^ Raaga.com. "BR. Chaya songs, BR. Chaya hits, Download BR. Chaya Mp3 songs, music videos, interviews, non-stop channel". www.raaga.com. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Ruthumana Samputadi (Full Song) - Kadina Benki - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn".
  10. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.

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