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Sunitha Upadrashta

Sunitha Upadrasta (born 10 May 1978) is a playback singer, anchor, host, dubbing artist & actress in the Telugu film industry, also known as Tollywood.[1][2] She has received a National Award from All India Radio under light music category, two Film fare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer one each for Telugu and Kannada, 9 Nandi Awards; the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, theater, television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the earlier Government of combined state Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. She received her first Nandi award in the year 1999 and bagged the prestigious awards in a row for the years 2002 to 2006 and again for the years 2010 to 2012. She was also honored with Lata Mangeshkar Best Singer Award for 2011 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In the year 2019, Sunitha was honored with New Jersey state recognition award by the Senate and General assembly of the state of New Jersey passing a resolution to salute her excellence and contributions to the world of music and Indian Cinema, a rare felicitation given to an Indian artist by the state of New Jersey.

Sunitha Upadrasta
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Background information
Born (1978-05-10) 10 May 1978 (age 41)
OriginGuntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
GenresAll Types
Occupation(s)
Years active1995–present

Sunitha's commercial singing career began in the year 1995 with the movie Gulabi and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Telugu Film Industry with her mellifluous voice. She is also known as a anchor and host for music based programs and flagship programs, one among them was anchoring the historical Amaravati foundation-laying ceremony in the year 2015. Sunitha is also associated as a judge to musical reality shows in various channels. Her contributions as a voice-over artist giving voice to over 110 actresses in more than 750 films.

Sunitha traveled extensively across 19 foreign countries offering her exclusive live performances across the world as an artist. Countries include USA (almost every year since 1999), UK, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, SriLanka, Thailand, Japan, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Mauritius.

Early lifeEdit

Sunitha was born on May 10, 1978 in Vijayawada & was raised in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh into a music loving family. Her parents Upadrasta Narasimha Rao and Sumathi (Maiden Name Malladi) are well known to music lovers at Vijayawada and Guntur.

Sunitha at the age of 6, got training in music from Pemaraju Surya Rao in Carnatic Vocal and Light music from Kalaga Krishna Mohan. At a very early age, she got many opportunities to participate and perform in several concerts, including well known programs featured by All India Radio. At the age of 13, she also participated in Tyagaraja Aradhana utsavalu along with her guru Pemmaraju Surya Rao. She received numerous awards and appreciations in various competitions for her performances as a child prodigy, one of the special mentions is her scholarship from Central Government to pursue her musical trainings.

Personal lifeEdit

She got married at the age of 19 to Kiran Kumar Goparaju who works in the media and they later got divorced. The couple has two children, A boy and a girl - Aakash Goparaju and Shreya Goparaju. Shreya sang her debut song, "Tick... Tick... Tick..." in Telugu movie Savyasachi.

CareerEdit

Playback singingEdit

She has begun her singing career as a playback singer in films at an age of 17. Sasi Preetham, a music director first gave her a chance to sing in her debut film Gulabi and her debut song is "Ee Vela Lo Neevu" written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. She sang single card for the National Film Award movie in Kannada Bhoomi Geetha in 1997, music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Apart from that she also sang Telugu TV serial title songs such as Ruturagalu & Antarangalu. She received her first Nandi Award from the state of Andhra Pradesh for singing title song of Antharangalu in 1999.

She has worked under the supervision of music directors like Ilayaraja, Vidya Sagar, M.M. Keeravani, A.R Rahman, S.V. Krishna Reddy, Koti, Raj, Vandematharam Srinivas, Mani Sharma, Ramana Gogula, S.A. Raj Kumar, Sandeep Choutha, Micky-J-Mayer, Devisri Prasad, R.P. Patnaik, Chakri, Nihal, Kalyani Malik, Anup, Sunil Kashyap, Saluri Vasu Rao, Madhavapeddi Suresh, Saketha Sairam, Bunty, V. Harikrishna, Jassie Gift, S. Thaman etc. She rendered nearly 3000 songs in many south Indian films. She has sung in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Selective Telugu songsEdit

Year Movie Song(s) Music Director(s) Co-Singer(s)
1995 Gulabi "Ee Velalo Neevu" Sashi Preetam
1997 Egire Paavurama "Maagha Maasam" S.V. Krishna Reddy
"Gunde Gutiki"
1998 Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi "Nee Oohallo" M.M. Keeravani
"Om Ani"
"Raamayana Saaram"
"Yevamma Computeramma"
"O Prema" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Yevamma Vinavemamma"
"Shuklam Baradharam"
1999 Thammudu "Pedhavi Datani" Ramana Gogula Ramana Gogula
2000 Badri "Vevela Mainala Gaanam" Ramana Gogula
"Bangalakathamlo"
"Chali Pidugullo"
"Hey Chikitha"
Yuvaraju "Manasemo" Ramana Gogula
"Tholivalape Tiyyanidi"
"Chandamama"
Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesha "Abbo Naa Bangaru Laddu" Vandemataram Srinivas Sukhwinder Singh, Swarnalatha
2001 Murari "Alanati Ramachandruni" Mani Sharma Jikki, Sandhya
Naa Manasistha Raa "Punnami Jabilli" S.A. Rajukumar SP. Balu
"Kadantaava Cheppu"
"Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle"
2002 Aadi "Nee Navvula" Mani Sharma Mallikarjun
2003 Nenu Pelliki Ready "Nuvvunte Chalu"(Female) Chakri
"Mugguru Bhamala"
Ela Cheppanu "Meghala Pallakilona" Koti
"Rangula Taaraka"
Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu "Chandamama Kathalo" M.M. Keeravani Kalyani Malik
Gangotri "Ganga" M.M. Keeravani SPB. Charan
Maa Alludu Very Good "Paluke Bangaramayena" M.M. Keeravani
"Padaka Padaka" MM Keeravani
Seethaiah "Samayaniki" M.M. Keeravani
"Adhishankarula" SPB.Charan
Simhadri "Nannedo Seyyamaku" M.M. Keeravani M.M. Keeravani
2004 Siva Puthrudu "Chirugali Veechene"(Duet) Ilayaraja R.P. Patnaik
Letha Manasulu "Letha Manasulu" M.M. Keeravani
Nenunnanu "Nenunnanani" M.M. Keeravani M.M. Keeravani
"Ryali Ravalapadu" Tippu
Pallakilo Pellikuthuru "Naa Peru Cheppukondi" M.M. Keeravani
Athade Oka Sainyam "Naa Paata Teta Telugu" S.V. Krishna Reddy
"Maa Intiki Ninnu Pilichi"
"Hey Apparao"
Swarabhishekam "Kudikannu Adirene" Vidya Sagar SP. Balu
2005 Chatrapathi "Gundusudi" M.M. Keeravani M.M. Keeravani
"Summa Maasuriya"
Allari Bullodu "Andhamante Evaridi" M.M. Keeravani SPB. Charan
Athadu "Avunu Nijam" Mani Sharma
Radha Gopalam "Maa Muddu Radhamma" Mani Sharma
"Nee Vaalu Jada"
That Is Pandu "Vennelona Adapillanu" Mani Sharma
Manasu Maata Vinadhu "Nuvvu Nijam" Kalyan Koduri
2006 Shiva 2006 "Adaganidhe Cheppedi Yela" Ilayaraja Vijay Prakash
Godavari "Andhanga Lena" K.M. RadhaKrishnan
Sri Ramadasu "Chalu Chalu' M.M. Keeravani
"Idigidigo Naa Ramudu"
"Nanubrovamani"
"Thandrimatanu"
Kokila "Shubhamo Sukhamo" Madhukar
Boss "Yedho Thamasaga" Kalyan Koduri
"Naa Kallu Valle"
"Andhagadu Muttukunte"
"Anaganaganaga"
"Veluthunna"
Chinnodu "Hey Manasa" Ramana Gogula Venu
Lakshmi "Thara Thaluku Thara" Ramana Gogula
2007 Sangamam "Chinuku Chinuku' M.M. Keeravani
Yamadonga "Noonugu Meesalodu" M.M. Keeravani M.M. Keeravani
Gita "Neekosam Nennunantu" Sunil Kashyap
Yogi "Nee Illu Bangaram" Ramana Gogula Ramana Gogula
Viyyalavari Kayyalu "Neelala Neekallu" Ramana Gogula Sri Krishna
2008 Pandurangadu "Govindhude Kokachutti" M.M. Keeravani
"Kosaladeshapu Kamalitho"
Kanthri "Vayassunami" Mani Sharma Hema Chandra
Rainbow "Aasha Chinni Aasha" Nihal
"Manasa Chalinchake"
"Challu Challu"
"Naa Kallalo"
"O Lalana"
"Sala Sala"
"Swamy Raa"(Thillana)
2009 Nachav Alludu "Enthentha Dhooram" Koti Hema Chandra
Vengamamba "Alaka Nabambhu Chalada" M.M. Keeravani
"Harinama"(Kruthi)
"Hari Alasiti"
"O Thalli Ganga"
"Srikaramuganu"
"Sri Rukminilola"
"Thirukonda Harathi"
Boni "Nammaleni Kale Nijamayena" Ramana Gogula Deepu
2010 Jhummandi Naadam "Entha Entha" M.M. Keeravani
"Sannayi Mogindhi"
Vedam "Egiripothe Entha Baguntundi" M.M. Keeravani M.M. Keeravani
Subhapradam "Nee Navve Kadadaka" Mani Sharma Karthik
2011 Raaj "Bheemavaram Bulloda" Koti
"Sutiga Chusava"
2012 Damarukam "Kanya Kumari" Devisri Prasad Jaspreet Jasz
Shirdi Sai "Saranu Saranu" M.M. Keeravani
"Sai Ante Thalli'
"Ekkadayya Sai"
"Nee Padamulu"
"Aarati"
2013 Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha "Thamari Thone" Kalyani Koduri
"Nenea Aa Nenena"
Intinta Annamayya "Venkatadri Samam" M.M. Keeravani
"Neeke Saranu"
2014 Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki "Aa Venneladaina" K.M. RadhaKrishnan
"Venu Gaana Lolude"
Oohalu Gusagusalade "Em Sandeham Ledu" Kalyani Koduri Kalyani Koduri
Anamika "Kshanam Kshanam" M.M. Keeravani
"The Search"
"Dead & Live"
Ice Cream 2 "Kiss Me" Satya Kashyap
"Kiss Me"(Remix)
2015 Mariyaan "Inka Konchem Sepu" A.R. Rahman Vijay Prakash
"Sonapareeya"
Yes "Ee Vela Madilona" Indraganti Laxmi srinivas
"Premante Maayele"
2016 Kalyana Vaibhogame "Chakkandaala Chukka" Kalyani Koduri Kalyani Koduri
Manalo Okadu "Madhuram" R.P. Patnaik
Raagam "Yeenadu Neepai Jaali Padadhe" Sunil Kashyap Sunil Kashyap
2017 Malli Raava "Malli Raava"(Reprise) Shravan Bharadwaj
2018 Srinivasa Kalyanam "Modalaudaam" Mickey J Meyer Anurag Kulkarni
"Vinavamma Toorupu Chukka"
Mahanati "Chivaraku Migiledi" Mickey J Meyer
Bluff Master "Ye Maayo Yemo Teliyade" Sunil Kashyap
2019 NTR Mahanayakudu "Ramanna Katha" M.M. Keeravani KS Chitra
Pranavam "Edo Edo Kaavalantu" Padmanav Bharadwaj

Selective Kannada songsEdit

Year Movie Director Song Music Director(s) Co-Singer(s)
1997 Bhoomi geetha Kesari Haravu Boodyaviya habba habba

Nodiravva nodiravva

Are kamali kamali

Ilayaraaja Ilayaraaja, Nepolean, SPB. Charan
2007 Savi Savi Nenapu Santosh Rai Pathaje Sooryanu ee divasa R.P. Patnaik Rajesh
2009 Abhay Mahesh Babu Baanu Kempadante V. Hari Krishna
2010 Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu D.P. Raghuram Janumada Jodi

O Priyathamma

V. Hari Krishna Sonu Nigam
2010 Modalasala Purushottham C Prathama olava kavana V. Hari Krishna Srinivas
2011 Hudugaru K Madesh Neerinalli Sanna Ale V. Hari Krishna Sonu Nigam
2012 Drama Yogaraj Bhat Hambalada hoovanu V. Hari Krishna
2012 Katari Veera Surasundarangi Suresh Krishna Jum Jumka

Oorige Nee

Parijatha

V. Hari Krishna Sonu Nigam, Upendra
2012 Ko ko R. Chandru Mellane

Naa Kolluve

Ramana Gogula Karthik, Ramana Gogula
2012 Kiladi Kitty Anantha Raju Thumba thumba Jassie Gift Sonu Nigam
2014 Agraja Srinandan Rara priyachora Nandhan Raj
2014 Rose Sahana Murthy H. S. Preethige Rose Andaru Anoop Seelin Nakul Abhyankar
2016 Santhu Straight Forward Mahesh Rao Koodi itta V. Hari Krishna Sonu Nigam

Selective Tamil songsEdit

Year Movie Director Song Music Director(s) Co-Singer(s)
1997 Punniyavathi Subburaj Unakkoruthi Ilayaraaja SPB, SP Charan, Ilayaraja
2000 Kadhal Rojave Kothanda Ramaiah Ninaitha varam Ilayaraja Unnikrishnan
2001 Badri P A Arun Prasad Kadhal Solvadhu Ramana Gogula Srinivas

Selective TV film title songsEdit

Sunitha sang Television film title songs for various serials and she also lent her voice as a dubbing artist for the TV film series Andam.

Serial Name Song
Antharangaalu "Gundeki Savvadenduku"
Ruthuraagaalu "Vaasanta Sameeramlaa"
Maunaraagam "Ningi Taakutunnade Neeloni Dhairyam"
Antahpuram "Antahpuram.. Silaleni Kovelamundu"
Koyilamma "Anaganagaa Oka Thotalona"
Varudhini Parinayam "Chandamaama Ni Sarijodu"

Private albumsEdit

 
Sunitha featuring in the album, Sri Rama Chandra Krupalu

Sunitha was part of numerous private album recordings. Meera padavali and Aanota - Manasu palike vela are her two most known works composed by her Guru Kalaga Krishna Mohan. She also featured in the private album Sri Ramachandra Krupalu, a bhajan by Tulsi Das and produced by Sunithanmusic.com.

Chandrashekara Ashtakam also takes a special mention for which music is composed by Sai Madhukar.

Few other private albums to mention are Raghuram, Sai Sudha, Sri Venkateswara Thatwanidhi, Sri Vallabha Bhakthi Geethalu, Sai Darshanam, Sri Chidvilasam, Amma durgamma, Pahimaam, Sri Rama Charanam, Govinda Ganamrutham, Saye Dhaivam, Bathuku Paata.

Voice-over artistEdit

Sunitha stepped in to the world of dubbing quite unwillingly and eventually her ease at voice modulations made her the most sought dubbing artist for all the lead heroines ever after release of the movie Choodalani Undi in the year 1998 starring Mega star Chiranjeevi and Soundarya, in which she gave her voice to Soundarya. She achieved a very rare feat as a voice-over artist in Telugu film industry with a record breaking contribution of lending voice to 110+ actresses spread across 750+ films. The numbers by themselves speak volume about her career as a voice-over artist. She also holds a record of giving her voice for 60 movies in a single year. Gautamiputra Satakarni is her 750th movie as a dubbing artist in which she gave her voice to Shriya Saran. It is quite uncommon to see movie dialogues of female lead roles getting quiet popular which was witnessed in Jayam, Godavari movie dialogues delivered by singer Sunitha as a dubbing artist.

Her top 10 movies as a voice-over artist include Choodalani Vundi, Ninne Premista, Nuvvu Vastavani, Shankar Dada MBBS, Manmadhudu, Sri Ramadasu, Nenunnanu, Anand , Godavari, Jayam. Selective list of lead actresses to whom she lent her voice include Raasi, Soundarya, Sonali Bendre, Sneha, Anjala Zaveri, Simran, Tabu, Nayanataara, Genelia, Trisha, Charmi, Kamilinee Mukherjee, Tamanna, Katrina Kaif, Lavanya Tripathi, Sonal Chauhan, Namitha, Namitha Pramod, Shriya Saran, Akanksha Singh, Anitha, Sada, Reema Sen, Meera Jasmine, Bhoomika, Anushka, Laila, Kalyani, Sangeetha, Rakshita, Richa Gangopadhyay, Regina, Poonam Bajwa, Sindhu Tolani, Navneet Kaur, Priyamani, Bindu Madhavi, Sanghavi, Sakshi Shivanand, Kanchi Kaul, Sruthi Hasan, Ileana, Hansika, Rambha, Taapsee, Suhasini (New), Bhavana Menon, Gopika, Keerthi Reddy, Rati Arumugam, Payal Gosh, Raima Sen, Meera Chopra, Keerthi Chawla, Sameera, Reddy, Sonia Agarwal, Mounika, Santoshi, Sonali Joshi, Uma, Ankita, Sheela, Isha Chawla, Sindhu Menon, Ashima Bhalla, Aarti Chabria, Padma Priya, Nauheed Cyrusi, Saloni, Aditi Sharma, Shaheen Khan, Nikita, Neha Bamb, Shruthi Raj, Gayathri Jayaraman, Kanika, Sneha Ullal, Vedhika, Reema Seth, Gowri Munjal, Asin, Parvati Melton, Laya, Deeksha Seth, Aarthi Agarwal, Radhika Apte, Nisha Agarwal, Rekha, Tanu Roy, Surabhi, Gowri Pandit, Neha Jhumka, Rachana Banerjee, Neelam, Richa Pallod, Malavika, Ameesha Patel, Preeti Jhangiani, Asha Saini, Antara Mali, Gracy Singh, Namrata Shirodkar, Renu Desai, Rimi Sen, Manjari Fadnnis, Madhumita, Gajala, Archana, Sridevi (New), Vimala Raman.

TV showsEdit

Sunitha anchored, hosted and performed as a singer in many music-based programs and live shows in most of the reputed Telugu television channels.

Year Channel Program Name Association Notes
1995 DD Paadave Koyila

Single episode live show

Singer The first ever musical live show organised by DD
1996 Gemini Navaragam Anchor Music competition show where most of the Telugu singers were introduced
1996 Gemini Yours lovingly Anchor Birthday wishes show
2008 ETV Saptaswaraalu Anchor Singers competition that introduced most of the Telugu singers
Vanita TV Antakshari Anchor Musical competition between participants
2004

2014

Zee Telugu Saregamapa Lil Champs Anchor Music competition for kids
2007

2009

2014

ETV Jhummandi Naadam Host & singer Musical interview show with live bands
2014 till date ETV Swarabhishekam Singer &

anchor in few US, UK shows

Musical show singing old songs in different categories
MAA TV Super Singer

Seasons 4 to 7

Mentor & judge

Season 7 title winner

Music competition show between the Telugu singers
2014 to 2019 SVBC Annamayya paataku Pattabhishekam Anchor & singer A culturally unique show where more than 1000 Annamayya keerthana's were brought to lime light in collaboration with Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam & movie director K Raghavendra Rao & music composer MM Keeravani
 
Sunitha on sets of Annamayya Paataku Pattaabhishekam

Devotional singingEdit

Sunitha Upadrasta's contributions towards devotional singing takes its uniqueness in offering Carnatic music based bhajans, kirtans and songs with expression.

Annamayya Paataku PattabhishekamEdit

Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam is a mega in-house prestigious program taken up by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in the year 2016 as a musical tribute to the saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharya. Taḷḷapāka Annamācārya (Annamayya), widely regarded as the Andhra Pada kavitā Pitāmaha (Grandfather of Telugu songwriting) was a 15th-century Hindu saint, and is the earliest known Indian musician in Carnatic music to compose songs called sankirtanas in praise of the god Venkateswara.

To preserve the rich heritage of Annamayya compositions, Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam was taken up on an ambitious scale by the TTD and its propagation arms Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) and Sri Venkateswara Recording Project (SVRP), designed by renowned film director K. Raghavendra Rao, a member of the TTD trust board. Music director M.M. Keeravani added grandeur to the program through his vital inputs.

Singer Sunitha is the Anchor for this culturally unique show ever since the conception of the program. She also rendered the title song for this prestigious program series penned by lyricists Chandrabose, Ramajogayya Sastry, Anantha Sriram and composed by Sai Madhukar, Josya Bhatla. The program recorded 59 episodes in Season 1 and so far recorded 138 episodes in season 2 by composing and giving life to 1000 rare sankeerthanas out of 32,000 sankeertanas penned by Annamayya on the god Venkateswara (only about 12,000 are available today). Sunitha by herself rendered 140 sankeerthanas so far, offering them as her floral offerings to lord Venkateswara which includes the very first sankeerthana sung by her that unveils every new episode with a known popular composition. Here are the list of few Sankeerthanas recorded by Sunitha in Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam out of the 1000 compositions this program recorded:

Sankeerthana
Vevelaku nokate vinnapamide
Magaroopunu aadu roopu maaruchukoni riddaru
Okka maatu saranani undeninthe kaaka
Ratibatima sesina ramachandra nee chetiloni daananinte
Yemanunnado nee chittameraga nenu
Yenta gaaravinchevo yemi baathimi neeku
Aatadevvaadu choopare ammalaala
Naa valla kadama ledu nammithi ninnu
Aatade yeragadaa aakelaagu raati gunde thoda
Annita nerparivi neevaaduvayya
Panigona nerchu vaari bhaagyamu koladedi
Maatalaada nerani ramanivo nenu
Cheluvuda choodumaa ee cheliya singaaramu
Maguva nenu neevu magavaadavu
Idivo idivo inthata varambeevayya

Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam was also performed live in cities like Tirupathi, Vishakapatnam with the name Vishaka teeramlo vishnupadaarchana, Vijayawada with the name Ammavaari sannidhilo annamayya swaraarchana which are as well hosted by Sunitha along with performing and offering few keerthanas from her voice. Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam after gaining its popularity was also aired in Star MAA TV channel.

Vengamaamba KeerthanaluEdit

Tarigonda Vengamamba was a poet and staunch devotee of Lord Venkateswara in the 18th century. Her first poem was Tarikonda Nrusimha Satakam and it was followed by Nrusimha Vilasa Katha, Siva Natakam and Balakrishna Natakam as Yakshaganam and Rajayogamrutha Saram, a Dwipada Kavyam, Vishnu Parijatham, Chenchu Natakam, Rukmini Natakam, Jala Krida Vilasam, Mukthi Kanthi Vilasam (all Yaksha Ganams), Gopi Natakam (Golla Kalapam-Yakshaganam), Rama Parinayam, Sri Bhagavatham, Sri Krishna Manjari, Tatva Keerthanalu and Vashista Ramayanam (Dwipada), Sri Venkataachala Mahatyam (Padya Prabhandam) and Ashtanga Yoga, Saram (Padyakruthi).

TTD, focusing on the propagation of Lord Sri Venkateswara's Bhakti Tatva through the compositions of Annamacharya, Matrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba, Alwars and the Karnataka Haridasas, took up "Vengamaamba Keerthanalu" as one of its prestigious projects to compose and offer the rare works of Vengamaamba to the world of music and literature.

Sunitha was part of this prestigious project taken up by Sri Venkateswara Recording Project, which was established by TTD to group all its activities relating to recording. Apart from these compositions recorded by SVRP-TTD, Sunitha also rendered 7 keerthanas in the movie "Vengamaamba" directed by P. Udaya Bhaskar and music given by M.M. Keeravani.

Naada Neerajanam, Tirumala BrahmotsavamEdit

"Nada neerajanam" is an oblation to lord in the form of performing one’s own art form from Tirumala Graded artists. Artists from all over the world are invited to perform in Nadaneerajanam in a planned manner and offer their devotion to the lotus feet of Lord Venkateshwara through nadopasana(worship through music). They sing compositions of great saint poets, perform different traditional dance forms as a seva(worship) to "Sakala kala bhushitudu Sri Venkateshwara Swamy varu"(Lord Venkateshwara).

"Brahmotsavam" is the most important annual fête celebrated at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. During the festival, the Utsava-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara, along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, will be taken on a procession on different Vahanams on the streets(Madaveedulu) surrounding the temple.The celebration attracts pilgrims and tourists from all parts of India and across the world. It is a holy cleansing ceremony in honor of Lord Brahma, and the one at Tirumala is by far the largest.

Sunitha Upadrasta was blessed to perform quiet a few times on the divine stage Nada Neeraajanam, as well while performing unjal(swing) seva and one other divine experiences of singing for the lord during Brahmotsavam on the streets(Madaveedulu) surrounding the temple. She also anchored one of the rare new year celebrations in Tirumala chanting "govinda naama" on the eve of December 31st.

Srivaari SevaluEdit

Every day is a festival day in Tirumala. On each specific day, the Lord of Lords blesses his devotees in a specific ritual during the week days. These rituals are categorized as weekly "pujas". Limited number of devotees are allowed to take part in these weekly sevas on the issuance of limited number of tickets. In an attempt to bring these weekly "seva" more closer to larger devotees, SVBC came up with a concept of performing the same weekly rituals as they get performed on Lord Venkateshwara's main deity on a replica "set" so that the recording could get aired in SVBC channel on every weekday. VISESHA PUJA (ON MONDAYS), ASHTADALA - PADA PADMAARADHANA (ON TUESDAYS), SAHASRA KALASABHISHEKAM (ON WEDNESDAYS), TIRUPPAVADA SEVA (ON THURSDAYS), POOLANGI SEVA (ON THURSDAYS), ABHISHEKAM (ON FRIDAYS)

Sunitha Upadrasta offered her vocals to Srivaari set sevalu program presented by SVBC for two of the weekly seva's and Srivaari sevalu samaahaaram song as well that goes with the lyrics "Enni janmala punyamo neekinni sevalu cheyagaa".

Seva Lyric
Friday - Abhishekam Saptagiri shrunga mangala taranga divya gagana gangaa teerthamula
Tuesday - Ashtadala paadapadmaaraadhana Managala karamaina prathi mangala vaaramuna

Thyaagaraaja UtsavaaluEdit

Tyagaraja Aradhana is the annual festival glorifying Telugu saint composer Tyagaraja. The festival is observed in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, primarily in Tiruvaiyaru, the place where Tyagaraja attained Samadhi.

Sunitha, at her very young age of 10 years, participated in Tyagaraja Aradhana Utsavalu along with her guru Sri Pemmaraju Surya Rao garu.

Prashanthi NilayamEdit

Prasanthi Nilayam, literally “The Abode of Supreme Peace”, is the birthplace and the headquarter of the sacred mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. For His devotees, it is what Rome is to the Catholics and Mecca to the Muslims. For others, who step into this township out of curiosity or general interest, it is a seat of inner growth and learning that visitors describe as aweinspiring. Its draw lies in its power to nourish the soul and calm the mind. This sacred township welcomes thousands of spiritual seekers from every faith, and all corners of the globe each day, as they arrive to behold the sacred presence of Bhagawan Baba.

Sunitha presented devotional songs in the presence of Bhagawan on two different occasions. On Friday evening, 15th August 2008, She sang many light devotional songs and most of them were in Telugu. She was lost in the joy and ecstasy as she sang and Swami too was very happy listening to her. After she completed her planned quota of 6-7 songs, Swami asked her to sing some more. She sang one more and when Swami asked her to sing another, she seemed so very thrilled and happy. She also sang a Meera bhajan and finally concluded with Swami's bhajan, "Giridhara Naagara Kunja Vihaari" which everyone followed. Bhagawan had many words of encouragement for the singer and he very lovingly blessed her. The other concert in Prasanthi nilayam by Sunitha was on 19th November 2008 and this program too lasted for an hour.

ActingEdit

Sunitha played the lead role in her first short film Raagam, directed by Sree Chaitu. The short film was also nominated for SIIMA, 2017 in short film category.[3][4][5]

List of short films
Year Name Language Director Role Co Artists
2016 Raagam Telugu Sree Chaitu Lead Sai Kiran, Sameer, Sana
2018 Thadasthu Telugu R.P. Patnaik Special appearance Suma Kanakala, Ravivarma, Baby Vaishnavi,

Jagadeeswari, Sowmya, Harika Mahesh,

Gemini Suresh, Baby Krithika,

Anandh Pawan, Suresh

AwardsEdit

 
Sunitha with her Filmfare trophy

National awardsEdit

As a student, Upadrasta received First National Award for Folk songs at Delhi, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Delhi and she received a scholarship at the age of 18 years.

  • National Award from All India Radio under light music category in 1994 at the age of 16 years.

Nandi AwardsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit

Other awardsEdit

  • Vamsi Berkeley Award as Best female playback singer in year 1999.
  • Vaartha Vasavi Award as a best playback singer (2000)
  • Bharata Muni Award (2000)
  • Cine Goers Award for Best Dubbing (2002)
  • Dasari Award as a best playback singer (2003)
  • Best Playback Singer award from European Telugu Association, London (2003)
  • Kalavedika Art Award as an All-rounder for excellent performance as a Singer, Anchor and Movie dubbing artist (2003)
  • Sangam P Susheela Youth Award honoured with Gold Medal (2004)
  • Sangam P Susheelawa Youth Award for year 2004 honoured with Gold Medal.
  • Vamsi Berkeley Award as Best female playback singer in year 2005
  • Kala Sudha Award in 2006 (Ugadi Puraskar)
  • 'Best female play back singer of tollywood 2010' award for the song "Hrudaya Vedana" from the film "Aa Intlo" music scored by sri Koti. This award was given by "Radio Mirchi" in a grand function held at Chennai on Saturday 17 July 2010.
  • TV Award 2009 for Best Female Playback Singer presented by Delhi Telugu Academy in Hyderabad on 8 August 2010.[8]
  • Big FM Best Singer Award for 'Egiripothe' song from Vedam Movie in 2010.
  • Big FM Kannada Award for Big Most Entertaining Singer.
  • TSR – TV9 Award for Best playback singer – female (2010) was presented on 10 April 2011 in Hyderabad.
  • Ghantasala Melody Queen Award in 2011
  • Lata Mangeshkar Best Singer Award for 2011 was presented by the State Government at 2nd Lata Mangeshkar Music Awards – 2011 function on 28 September 2011 at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad.[9]
  • Maa Tea Award for Mamathala Kovela in 2012
  • T. Subbaram Reddy Lalitha Sangeeta Puraskar in 2013
  • Sangeet Samman 2013 (Kannada film)
  • Best play back singer award for the song “Em Sandeham ledu” by Radio Mirchi music awards in 2014
  • Singer of the decade award in the year 2016 by Zee Apsara Awards
  • Prestigious Indywood Academy award as best playback singer for the song "Chivaraku migiledhi" from the epic biopic Mahanati in 2018
  • New Jersey state recognition award by the Senate and General assembly of the state of New Jersey passing a resolution to salute her excellence and contributions to the world of music and Indian Cinema in 2019
  • Vishishta seva puraskar by I Stand For The Nation NGO in 2019

PerformancesEdit

  • She gave her first programme in Light Music on AIR in the year 1995 at the age of 17.
  • She has given about 500 programmes so far on AIR, Doordarshan, ETV, Gemini TV, and MAA TV
  • She has also given programmes abroad, at Kuwait, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, London, US, Philippines, Kenya, Japan etc.
  • In the year 2009, she has done her own shows titled 'Musical Moments With Sunitha' in the USA
  • She got many awards for her dubbing. Recently She led the team that won the title of Super Singers 7.
  • She has performed at the Tirumala Brahmotsavalu.
  • During the time of 50 years of Independence, she has sung Vande Mataram along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam at the Congress Plenary Meet. She has hosted 50 years celebrations in the Assembly.
  • She participated in groundbreaking ceremony for Amaravathi, new capital of Andhra Pradesh.[10]
  • She has participated in the Govt. celebrations 200 years of Secunderabad
  • She participated in ETV 20 Years award function and celebration at various cities. Performance videos are available at YouTube

Live performancesEdit

Sunitha traveled extensively across 19 foreign countries offering her exclusive live performances across the world as an artist. Countries include USA (almost every year since 1999), UK, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, SriLanka, Thailand, Japan, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Mauritius. She was invited by various organisations and associations like Telugu Association of North America (TANA), Bay Area Telugu association (BATA), European Telugu Association (ETA) and the American Telugu Association (ATA) and in 2018 by the Tennessee Telugu Samithi (TTS) for their Ugadi annual celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2009, she started her Melodious Moments with Sunitha musical journey which most recently in 2019 was organised in 5 major USA cities by various associations like Bay Area Telugu association, Charlotte Telangana association, North East Ohio Telugu association, Telugu association of Indiana, Telugu association of Southern California. Melodious Moments with Sunitha 2019 series in US created a huge sensation across the cities San Jose, Charlotte, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. The event in Indianapolis witnessed its performance in the iconic Old National Center.

Celebrating this success, Melodious Moments with Sunitha unveiled its first live show in Hyderabad on 4th of August 2019 in Shilpakala vedika, the prestigious cultural auditorium and convention center in Hyderabad. The journey of Melodious Moments with Sunitha then announced its world tour moving across various cities and towns in Telugu states Vizag, Tirupathi, Nellore; followed by its tour to US across 9 different states.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Rangarajan, A. D. (30 December 2014). "Sunitha, a bridge between two generations of singers". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ "I feel my face isn't as expressive as my voice: Sunitha - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ Telugu360 (9 October 2016). "Singer Sunitha shines well in acting too!". Telugu360.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Singer Sunitha Raagam Telugu Short Film Wins Million Hearts !! Beautiful »". News Mahal. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Telugu Cinema Etc – Nandi award winners list 2005". Idlebrain.com. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (27 June 2015). "62nd Filmfare Awards South 2015 - Manam Tops Telugu Winners List: Allu Arjun, Shruti Haasan Bag Best Actor [PHOTOS]". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Delhi Telugu Academy awards presented". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 August 2010.
  9. ^ "New members take oath in Rajya Sabha | Rehman Khan | Chiranjeevi". Andhrawishesh.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03RUGvtFhzo

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