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Shantha P. Nair (5 September 1929 – 26 July 2008) was a playback singer in Malayalam cinema. She was based in Thrissur, Kerala.

Santha P. Nair
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Background information
Born(1929-09-05)5 September 1929
OriginThrissur, Kerala
Died26 July 2008(2008-07-26) (aged 78)
Genresplayback singing
Years active1951–1967


Early lifeEdit

Born into the famous Ambady family in Thrissur, as one of the five children of Vasudeva Poduval and Lakshmi, Santha Poduval showed her potential at a very young age. She got her education from Queen Mary's College, Chennai.[citation needed]

Singing careerEdit

She was working in All India Radio in Kozhikode before entering playback singing. She entered the Malayalam film industry through Thiramala in (1953), her first song 'Ammathan thankakudame' (by music director Vimal Kumar) was a lullaby. She sang in hundreds of Malayalam films from 1951 to 1967 and immortalised many songs including 'Unarunaroo Unikkanna', 'Kadavathu Thoniyaduthappol', 'Poove nalla poove,' `Kuruvikalai uyaraam' and 'Kadavathu thoni aduthapol' with her mellifluous voice. She was equally proficient in Carnatic music and held many concerts, which she used to end with light music.[citation needed] And once, in the absence of Salil Chowdhury, she composed a tune for Ramu Kariat. After hearing it, Salilda insisted that it be retained without changes in the final release. The song was 'Makkathu poi varum maanathe'. She also did the chorus for Salilda later in the Chemmeen songs. Her last song, a collaboration with S. Janaki, was 'Kadavathu thoni aduthapol' in 1961 for V Chidambaranath’s film Murapennu. She had an opportunity to sing Vande Mataram before Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for an event. Shanta Nair won the Sangeet Natak Academy award in 1987.

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to writer K. Padmanabhan Nair. She died in 2008 at the age of 79. She is survived by her daughter Latha Raju and son-in-law J. M. Raju, also playback singers in Malayalam movies.[1] Her grandson Aalap Raju is an upcoming playback singer in Malayalam and Tamil movies.[2]

Singing highlights of her careerEdit

  • Yesudas first duet (Attention penne, Kaalpadukal)
  • Vayalar‘s first movie (Thumbi thumbi vaa vaa, Koodapirappu)
  • Vayalar & Devarajan combination first movie (Janani, Chaturangam)
  • Baburaj’s first composition (Vaalittu Kannezhuthanam, Minnaminungu)
  • Raghavan Master’s first (released) movie song(Unarunaroo, Neelakuyil)
  • Her first song (Amma than thankakudame, Thiramala)

Selected songsEdit

  • Unarunaru Unnikanna - Neelakuyil
  • Nazhiyurippalukondu naadake kalyanam - Rarichanenna Pouran
  • Poove nalla Poove - Palattu Koman
  • Kadavathu Thoniyaduthappol
  • Kadavathu thoni aduthapol
  • Poomuttathoru mulla virinju
  • Makkathu Poivarum -(Music by Shanta - sung by Latha Raju)[citation needed]


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