Biography


EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS

B.A (MUSIC), Gold Medallist, Madras University, M.A. (MUSIC), Gold Medallist, Madras University, M.A.(ETHNOMUSICOLOGY – WORLD MUSIC), Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA

LANGUAGES KNOWN:

Tamil (mother tongue), Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, English

GENERAL:

One of India’s leading Film Playback Singers, Anuradha Sriram started her music training at the tender age of Six. She is well versed, Formally trained and Highly accomplished in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, Film Playback singing, Folk and Devotional music, and Western Classical and Jazz music. She is a double gold medal winner at both the B.A. and M.A. levels from Madras University.

TUTELAGE:

Anuradha is a student of musical Stalwarts such as Sri Tanjavur S.Kalyanaraman, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.Viswanathan. She has also trained extensively in Hindustani music under the veteran Pandit Manikbua Thakurdas. Anuradha has performed extensively all over India and U.S.A and has given many radio and TV programmes since the age of 12. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York, U.S.A. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, U.S.A.

PROFESSIONAL FILM MUSIC CAREER:

Anuradha Sriram is one of the Indian film industry’s most versatile singers having sung more than 4000 film songs in all the south Indian languages Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada,  and north Indian languages Hindi, Rajasthani, Marathi, Bengali and Assamese  under all the leading music directors such as Ilayaraja, AR Rahman, Deva, Vidyasagar, Anu Malik, Imaan, AnandRajAnand, Jatin-Lalit, Nadeem-Shravan, Keeravani, BijiBal, Hamsalekha and so on. To name a few of her super-hit songs in south Indian film – Karupputhaan, Anbendra Mazhaiyile, Appidi Podu, Kaatu Chirukki, Lesa Lesa, Yele yele maradala, Okka magaadu,Kushalave, O Podu. Among her Hindi film song hits are ISHQ BINA, CHUNNARI CHUNNARI, PREM JAAL MEIN, AAYIYE AAJAYIYE, MERA MAN DOLE, DIL SE RE and many others.

AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND TITLES :

Among the many awards and titles that she has received, notable are:

TamilNadu State Kalai Manram’s award for best female playback singer in 1996

Dr. J.Jayalalitha Award for Best Playback singer in 1996

Karnataka State Award for best playback singer in 1999

SCREEN VIDEOCON AWARD – Best Independent Album for her TamilPop Album CHENNAI GIRL in 1998

Nominations for the national award in 2000, and 2001

West Bengal State award for best playback singer in 2004

Filmfare award for the best playback singer 2004

-The inaugural International Tamil Film Award held in Malaysia in 2003

Cinema Express, Dinakaran and Dinamalar awards in 2005

-In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Tamil Nadu State KALAIMAMANI award for her significant contribution to the field of music.

-In 2012 an honorary Doctorate was conferred upon Anuradha by the Sathyabhama University for her accomplishments and contribution to the field of music.

INDEPENDENT MUSIC ALBUMS:

Anuradha Sriram’s pioneering and path breaking Tamil Pop album titled CHENNAI GIRL which was released in 1997, was a super hit having crossed more than 3 lakh cassette sales worldwide. The title song video was the first Tamil album video to be aired on international channels such as MTV, Sony Television and V. CHENNAI GIRL won the Screen Videocon award for Best Pop Album in 1998, along with A.R.Rahman’s Vande Mataram. The album is unique since Anuradha composed the music, and penned all the lyrics for the album too.

Also in collaboration with her musician husband Sriram Parasuram she composed and directed the music for Sri Manirathnam’s film titled FIVE STAR.

Anuradha has several chart topping Devotional Music Albums, such as AanaiMugan, Aadi, AaruPadayappa, ArulMuruga, Karpooram etc to her credit and she regales audiences all over South India with her Devotional concerts too.

PERFORMANCE CAREER:

One of the most vibrant and sought after stage performers, Anuradha Sriram has staged Hundreds of hugely successful shows to full houses all over the world in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, America, Gulf countries, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada, West Indies etc.. well over 3 decades. She also collaborates with her husband Sriram Parasuram on their very successful Classical Music Jugalbandhi concerts, over two decades.  Their Hit TV programme “Elaame Sangeetham Thaan”, in Doordarshan has crossed over 200 episodes. She has also anchored many hit music programmes on TV and continues to be a much sought after Celebrity Judge in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu TV music reality shows such as VIJAY TV SUPER SINGER,  SUN TV SUN SINGER, ASIANET IDEA STARS, FLOWERS TV TOP SINGER, ETC… She is much appreciated for her mentoring skills and her contribution towards encouraging and helping many talented, aspiring singers realise their full potential.

Anuradha Sriram also had a very successful stint as a Radio Jockey for BIG FM for almost 2 years hosting the very popular show “RAHMAN UNGALUDAN”, and other Thematic broadcasts based on Film songs.

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS:

As one of the DIRECTORS of the reputed KARADI TALES Company, Anuradha has successfully helped create culturally rooted content, composed the music and sung songs in audio books for children and adults over the last 25 years. She has been part of many learning conclaves organised by KARADI PATH EDUCATION Company that has won numerous international awards for being India’s foremost language learning innovation. The children’s animation movie GOPI GAVAYYA BHAGA BAJAYYA, produced by Children’s Film Society and released by KARADI TALES COMPANY,  is  one of the most successful and popular productions of CFS.

Anuradha has been honoured by many Rotary clubs in Chennai, not just for her musical contribution, but for her philanthropic endeavours and her unconditional service during the Chennai floods. Recently she was awarded the  PROFESSIONAL EMINENCE AWARD by the Commissioner of Greater Chennai corporation, Shri.J.Radhakrishan IAS in 2023.

Anuradha Sriram has been recently appointed as the Ambassador of Tamil Nadu Temples and has been actively involved with Exnora and its activities towards restoring and maintaining eco friendly temple environment and sustainable waste management.