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Sunitha Sarathy is an Indian vocalist and performer in both Indian contemporary and Western classical music genres.[1] She is also a gospel singer who performs in various church choirs. After having won the "Virgin Voice Choice" contest – a joint initiative of Channel V and Virgin Records in the year 2000, Sarathy debuted into film playback in the year 2002.

Sunitha Sarathy
Birth nameSunitha Sarathy
BornChennai, Tamilnadu, India
GenresWestern Classical, Gospel, R&B
Years active2002–current

She debuted as a playback singer with the Tamil film Yei! Nee Romba Azhagey Irruke guest-singing the prelude and interlude portions of the song "Ini Naanum Naanillai" with Srinivas and Sujatha Mohan as the lead singers.[2] Sarathy has around 200 film songs in various languages, performances as singer-keyboardist-percussionist across a wide spectrum of Western music genres including classical, jazz, soul and R&B, neo-soul and quiet storm, and a prolific output of gospel songs to her credit.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Coming from a family well-versed in Western music (classical jazz), Sarathy started singing in choirs from a young age of four. Her mother Susheela Sarathy is a pianist and conductor of leading Madras choirs at Santhome Church and Lazarus Church. Sunitha's irrepressible talent conquered all, including her initial flippancy. Her performances at Santhome – including devotionals in Latin and Franz Schubert's Ave Maria – elevated her to star status among Madras' church music circles. She has had the honour of rendering the 'Easter Proclamation' – a typical Catholic chant – for three years before an overflowing San Thome Basilica.

In 2000, Sarathy won the Virgin Voice Choice contest – a joint initiative of Channel V and Virgin Records. Out of 45,000 entries, 1,500 contestants were shortlisted. Ten made it to the finals in Mumbai, of which Sarathy emerged as a winner.


Sunitha Sarathy was noticed by playback singer Srinivas after her victory in the talent hunt program. He offered her a small portion of a song which he was guest-composing for the film Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke in the year 2002. Soon later, composer Harris Jayaraj recorded her voice for a Love theme and dance theme in his Telugu film Vasu. However she got a big break and wider recognition after singing the full-length solo song "Thoodu Varuma" for the blockbuster Tamil film, Kaakha Kaakha in the same year.

Sarathy got a national recognition for her playback singing for a Hindi – Tamil bilingual film Yuva / Aaytha Ezhuthu in 2004 both directed by Mani Ratnam with music composition by A. R. Rahman. Soon after this, Sarathy recorded her voice for many successful soundtracks in various languages. Some of her notable works are for the films that include Mitr, My Friend, Anniyan, Polladhavan, Vallavan, Kana Kandaen, Don 2, Happy Days, Sainikudu, Cheluvina Chittara among others.[4][5] She also recorded the song "Warriors in peace" for the Mandarin film Warriors of Heaven and Earth composed by A. R. Rahman.

Sarathy performed for a song at the 2006 Asian Games.[6]

In July 2013, Sunitha Sarathy became the first solo female performer from India to be signed by AKG microphones as an endorsee[7]

July 2014 saw the launch of Sunitha Sarathy's School of Vocal Excellence, a performance oriented learning center for aspiring singers.

Notable FilmographyEdit

Year Song Film Title Language Co-singer(s) Notes
2002 "Ini Naanum Naanillai" Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke Tamil
2002 "Give me Hugs" Mitr, My Friend English
2003 "Warriors in Peace" Warriors of Heaven and Earth English/ Mandarin
2003 "Thoodu Varumaa" Kaakha Kaakha Tamil
2003 "Kaaka Kaaka Karuppu Paaru" Julie Ganapathi Tamil
2003 "Seduction Saawariya" Boom Hindi
2003 "Maaro Maaro" Boys Tamil/ Telugu
2003 "Habibi" Tehzeeb Hindi
2004 "My Heart Beats" Prana Kannada
2004 "Shaaba Shaaba" Runway Malayalam
2004 "Yaakai Thiri" Aaytha Ezhuthu Tamil
2004 "Hey Goodbye Nanba" Aaytha Ezhuthu Tamil
2004 "Fanaa" Yuva Hindi
2004 "Hey Khuda Hafiz" Yuva Hindi
2004 "Arakonathil" Arasatchi Tamil
2004 "Ivanthaana" Kaadhal Tamil
2004 "Andathanama" Gharshana Telugu
2004 "La La Lahiri" Mass Telugu
2004 "New New" New Tamil
2005 "My Wish comes true" Kisna Hindi
2005 "Chinna Chinna" Kana Kandaen Tamil
2005 "Dai Dai Kattikoda" Sachien Tamil
2005 "F TV Chiranjeevi" Andarivaadu Telugu
2005 "Pattuko Ko" Naa Alludu Telugu
2005 "Stranger in Black" Anniyan English/Tamil
2006 "Kalloori Saalaikkul" Sivappathigaram Tamil
2006 "Bangaranni" Nuvvu Nenu Prema Telugu
2006 "Hip Hip Hurray" Vallavan Tamil
2006 "Byla Bylamo" Sainikudu Telugu
2007 "Neeye Sol" Polladhavan Tamil
2007 "Yaar Iraivanai" Oram Po Tamil
2007 "Ye Cheekati" Happy Days Telugu
2008 "Chellame Chellame" Satyam Tamil
2008 "He Dil Deewana" Twenty 20 Malayalam
2009 "Paathi Kaadhal" Modhi Vilayadu Tamil
2009 "Saregama Saregama" Jolly Days Kannada
2010 "Hey CM" Leader Telugu Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu
2010 "Non Stop" Namo Venkatesa Telugu
2010 "Thuru Thuru" Jaggubhai Tamil
2010 "Suthude Suthude" Paiyaa Tamil
2010 "Kooda Kooda" Naanayam Tamil
2011 "Dushman Mera" Don 2 Hindi
2011 "The Rise of Damo" 7aam Arivu Tamil/ Telugu
2011 "Its a Game" Game Hindi
2011 "Nuvvante Naaku" Mogudu Telugu
2012 "Bubble Gum" Leelai Tamil
2014 "Ennodu Nee Irundhal" I (film) Tamil
2014 "Yaen Ennai" Yennai Arindhaal Tamil
2015 "Orea oru murai" Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Tamil
2015 "Thoovanam" Romeo Juliet Tamil
2018 "Tik Tik Tik" Tik Tik Tik Tamil
2018 "Sevandhu Pochu Nenju" Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Tamil
2019 "Bad Boy" Saaho Tamil Benny Dayal


  1. ^ Frederick, Prince (20 October 2011). "Sunitha Sarathy". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  2. ^ "My First Break – Sunitha Sarathy". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 April 2010.
  3. ^ Frederick, Prince (20 October 2011). "Soaring notes". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  4. ^ "Don 2: The Chase Continues".
  5. ^ "Don 2 Music Review".
  6. ^ "Sunitha Sarathy – Climbing greater heights". Retrieved 2 October 2010.
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