Nightingale of Kerala Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra Daughter photos. She is an Indian playback singer. she is from kerala state in India. she was born on 27 July 1963, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, into a family of musicians, Chithra’s talent was recognized and nurtured from an early age by her father, the late Krishnan Nair. He was also her first guru (teacher). Her elder sister K. S. Beena is also a playback singer.
Chithra received her extensive training in Carnatic music from Dr. K. Omanakutty, and got a Masters degree in Music from the University of Kerala. She was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978 to 1984. She is married to Vijayashankar, an engineer and businessman and settled in Chennai. They had a daughter after praying lord Krisha after 15years. Their only daughter, Nandana, died aged eight, in a pool accident in April 2011 in Dubai. She was very cute and intelligent also a singer.
Chithra, along with a Kerala-based satellite channel, Asianet Cable Vision (ACV), has jointly launched a fundraising organisation Sneha Nandana to raise funds for the betterment and welfare of long-forgotten and aged musicians who have lost their careers to the emerging technological elements in the music industry.
She has launched this organisation on the occasion of her completion of three decades in the music playback industry. Chithra has remarked that the fund would provide help to the musicians with financial impediments and those suffering from health problems.
A cultural event named Chitra Pournami was held on 15 February 2011 at Thiruvananthapuram to celebrate the 30 glorious career years of Chithra and also to officially launch this organisation. The who’s who of South Indian music industry attended the event and felicitated Chithra with a Tamburu instrument.
The prominent personalities being K. J. Yesudas, V. Dakshinamurthy, Sreekumaran Thampi, P. Susheela, Hariharan, P. Jayachandran, Usha Uthup, M.K. Arjunan, Johnson, Shyam, M. Jayachandran, M. G. Sreekumar, Sharath, Sujatha Mohan, Unni Menon, Srinivas, G. Venugopal, Minmini, Priyadarshan among others felicitated Chithra and praised her noble cause and intentions to help for the ailing musicians.
She is a recipient of six National Film Awards (the most by any female singer), five Filmfare Awards South and 31 different state film awards. She has won all the four south Indian state film awards.