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Nithyasree Mahadevan

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Nithyasree Mahadevan, (born August 25, 1973) also previously referred to as S. Nithyashri, is an eminent Carnatic musician and playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. Mahadevan has performed in all major sabhas in India and has presented her concerts in many destinations around the world. She has received multiple awards and honours, and has released more than 500 albums


Nithyasree was born to Lalitha Sivakumar and I. Sivakumar. Her paternal grandmother, D. K. Pattammal, and her granduncle, D. K. Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists who were established disciples of Ambi Dikshithar, Papanasam Sivan, Koteeswara Iyer, T.L.Venkataramayyar and others. Her maternal grandfather was the mridangam maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer.

Nithyasree first learnt music from her mother, Lalitha Sivakumar. Like her mother, Nithyasree was also the disciple of D. K. Pattammal, and would accompany her in concert. Her father, an accomplished mridangist and disciple of his father-in-law Palghat Mani Iyer, constantly shows his support and accompanies her when she performs. Nithyasree's niece and disciple, Lavanya Sundararaman, has vocally accompanied Nithyasree during some of her concerts.

Nithyasree was married to V. Mahadevan, a mechanical engineer, until his death in 2012. Their two daughters, Tanujasree and Tejasree, have also accompanied their mother on stage in concert, and gave their first performance on television during a guest appearance on Vijay TV's musical reality TV show Airtel Super Singer Junior.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Musical career1.1 First performance1.2 Thematic presentations1.3 Touring1.4 Playback singing1.5 Television works1.6 Titles, awards and other recognition

Musical career[edit]

First performance[edit]

Nithyasree Mahadevan's first Carnatic performance was for the Youth Association For Classical Music on 10 August 1987. The concert lasted 1 hour, and was scheduled between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Prominent Carnatic musicians that were present at the concert, included D. K. Pattammal, D. K. Jayaraman, as well as the chief guest at that concert, K. V. Narayanaswamy.

Thematic presentations[edit]

She has given numerous concerts consisting of only patriotic songs to commemorate the 50th year of Indian Independence, a few with D. K. Pattammal before her grandmother stopped performing in public.

D. K. Jayaraman and D. K. Pattammal were known for singing and popularising the compositions of Papanasam Sivan, having learnt them directly from the composer himself. Nithyasree has continued this tradition. She has also given a lecture demonstration in Coimbatore for Manoranjitham on "Papanasam Sivan - A Legend", and made two special thematic albums that solely contained his compositions.

Like D. K. Pattammal, Nithyasree has also popularised compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharathi. She presented a paper on the Life and Contribution of Gopalakrishna Bharathi for the Music Department of PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Her three thematic albums that solely consisted of his compositions have been very popular, both online and offline.

Nithyasree Mahadevan has more than 750 albums to her credit on various themes and titles which are very popular among rasikas.


Nithyasree Mahadevan has performed in all major sabhas all over India and has presented her concerts in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Belgium, New Zealand, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and various other destinations throughout the world.

Playback singing[edit]

Nithyasree Mahadevan's introduction to Tamil playback singing came when A.R. Rahman called her to Panchathan Recording Inn, in Chennai, for a voice test sometime in the 1990s. The output from her visit was used for the song "Kannodu Kanbadellam" in the movie Jeans starring Aishwarya Rai and Prashanth. This became particularly popular which resulted in many songs in the same combination like "Minsara Kanna" from Padayappa, "Sowkiyama Kannae" from Sangamam, and "Manmatha Maasam" from Parthale Paravasam.

Some of her other songs include "Kumbakonam Sandhayile" from New, "Oru Nadhi Oru Pournami" from Samurai, "Kana Kaangiren" from Ananda Thandavam as well as "Thaai Thindra Mannae" from the film Aayirathil Oruvan.

Television works[edit]

Nithyasree has appeared as a judge in several episodes of Vijay TV's musical reality TV shows Airtel Super Singer and Airtel Super Singer Junior, seasons 2 onwards. She has also appeared as a judge on the pilot episode of Vijay TV's musical reality TV show, Super Singer Celebrity Season, and as a guest judge on Jaya TV's music reality TV show Ragamalika.

Nithyasree is currently a permanent judge in season 3 of Raj TV's Carnatic music reality-talent show, Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham. She previously appeared as a guest judge at various levels in earlier seasons of the show.

Titles, awards and other recognition[edit]

Nithyasree has received several titles, awards and recognition including:

Best main Artiste Award for her maiden concert for YACM 1987.Papanasam Sivan Tambura prize in the year 1989First prize in the All India Radio music competition (National Level) in the year 1990Many times won the best concert award from Krishna Gana Sabha, Music Academy etc.Best Promising Artiste from Mohanam Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust in the year 1990Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharath Kalachar in 1994"Innisai Mamani" from Tamil Nadu Goodwill and welfare Association in 1994Kannadhasan virudhuKalaignar virudhuML Vasanthakumari Memorial Award from Mylapore Academy in 1996"Naadha Bhooshanam" from Shanmuganandha sangeetha sabha Delhi in 1999Ugadhi Puraskar from Madras Telugu Academy in 1999“Sunadhavinodhini” in the year 1999 by Swami Omkaaraananda.Bala Ratna from Bala Tripura Sundari Trust Nemili in the year 1999.“Gaanaamrutha vaani" from All Ceylon Hindu Congress at Colombo in the year 1999Kalaimamani Award from Govt of Tamil Nadu in the year 2000Melvin Jones Award for an Extraordinary Person from Lions Club Chennai in 2000Sangeetha Shikhamani" from Madras Telugu Association in 2000“Isai Peroli' from Karthik Fine Arts 2000"Vani Kala Sudhakara” from Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in the year 2000Desiya Orumaipadu maiyam Virudhu in 2001"Navarasa Gana Nayaki" from Tamil Aanmeega Peravai in the year 2001"Udhavum Oli" from Vasantha Memorial Trust Coimbatore in 2002Sivaji Virudhu in the year 2002"Sangeetha Parambarya Rathna" from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam"Shanmuka Shikamani" Award from Shanmukanandha fine arts Bombay in 2003Award of Excellence from Rotary Club in 2003"Isai Mani Makutam" from Rajalakshmi Fine Arts Coimbatore in 2004"Padma Sadhana" from Padma Sarangapani cultural association in 2004"Tamil Isai Vani" from Dubai Tamil kudumbam in 2006"Isai kalai Tharakai" from Canberra Music Association in the year 2006"Naadha Kovidha" from Naadha Brahmam in the year 2006."Jayaratna Virudhu" in the year 2008Awarded honorary Doctorate in the year 2008 by The Sathyabama Autonomous University"Sangeetha Kala Shironmani" from Nungambakkam Cultural Academy in the year 2008"Gaana Padmam" from Brahma Gana Sabha in the year 2009"Sangeetha Kala Sarathy" from Parthasarathi Swami Sabha in 2010Acharya Award held at Naarda Gana sabha Celebrating Teachers Day in the year 2010"Sangeetha Hamsa" from Hamsavinodhini 2011"Isai Mamani" from Shri Rama Bhaktha Jana Sabha in the year 2011P. Obul Reddy Award of Excellence from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, in the year 2011.Award of Proficiency from Tamil Nadu Brahmins Association (TAMBRAS) in 2012“Sangeetha Ulagin Naayaki” from Aadhi Shankarar Aanmeega Peravai at Kutthalam in 2013.Sivanisai Selvi from Papanasam Sivan Rasigar Manram in Sep 2013Isai Selvam from Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi under the banner of Muthamizh Peravai in Jan 2014A “Top Rank Artiste" by All India Radio Chennai.A member in the panel of Expert Committee in the IYAL ISAI NATAKA MANDRAM, appointed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.Is also involved in the project initiated by Aanmajothi for promoting Carnatic music among the Children studying in Corporation schools.

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