Malgudi Subha

Malgudi Subha (also spelled as Malgadi Shuba) is an Indian playback singer. She has recorded songs in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.[1] In a career spanning two decades, she sang more than 3000 songs.[2]

Malgudi Subha
Birth nameShubha
GenresPlayback singing, Pop Singer

She counts Usha Uthup among her role models. She is a great fan of Kishore Kumar.[3]

She began her career by providing vocals for ad jingles composed by people like A. R. Rahman and Viji Manuel.[2] She debuted as a playback singer in the film Nadodi Thendral, with music by Ilayaraja.[2] Prominent Indian composer A. R. Rahman's debut album, Set Me Free (also called Shubhaa Set Me Free), had all its songs sung by Malgudi Shubha.[4] The album, which was released in 1989 and went unnoticed, but became a good seller when it was re-released in 1996 by the label Magnasound.[4] She sang the song Thayya Thayya in the film Uyire, which was composed by A. R. Rahman.

Her first successful Telugu album, Chikpak Chikbhum, which was released in Chennai, sold ten lakh copies.[5] The songs were composed by Raj-Koti, under whom A. R. Rahman was assisted.

She has appeared as a judge on the Malayalam language music competition program Idea Star Singer. She is a judge in Star Singer 2 (Kannada), airing on Asianet Suvarna from 7-8 pm on weekdays. She is also a judge in the Tamil music competition program Super Singer in Star Vijay.

The South Indian actress Priyamani is her niece and Hindi actress Vidya Balan is her relative.[6]


  1. ^ "Malgudi Shubha..." Archived from the original on 25 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "My first break". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 May 2008.
  3. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Hyderabad : `For me, the magical moment is now'".
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  5. ^ "The Hindu : 'Aatam Kondattam' is her style".
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Friday Review Chennai / Interview : Director's actor". Chennai, India. 13 June 2008.