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Singing a different tune

DC | Deepa Soman | 15th Feb 2013

Yenundodee Ambili Chantham… is the caller tune of Sithara’s phone. The soft voice that answers the phone comes as a total surprise. The song from Kamal’s upcoming movie Celluloid has already become a hit on TV and internet, and all music lovers want to know after hearing the song is — who’s that girl ???

“I have been into playback singing since 2007 and have sung around 50 songs in many languages so far. But yes, not many interviews and write ups have appeared about me,” says Sithara modestly. Winner of three music reality shows in 2004, she was spotted by filmmaker Vinayan’s wife who noticed her talent and Sithara was signed to sing Pammi Pammi, in Vinayan’s Athisayan.

Sithara is busy with live ghazal concerts and is currently doing her post graduation in M.A. in vocal Hindustani music from Ravindrabharati, Kolkata. Sithara, the singer with the “different” voice has not gone unnoticed. Her songs including Kannaram Pothi Pothi from Elsamma Enna Aankutty, Pancharachiri Kondu from Marykkundoru Kunjadu and Pakalin Pavanil from Traffic were quite popular.

Talking about Yenundodee, she recollects, “Music director Jayachandran sir explained the context of the song to me in detail and the genre to which it belongs. There wasn’t any special homework done for it.” While singing is her forte, Sithara is also a trained classical dancer who performs Bharatanatyam and Kuchippudi and was also a university level Kalathilakam during her college days. 

Sithara is married to Dr Sajish who has been elementary in strengthening her career in playback singing. “Though not a singer, he has great interest in music, writing and many art forms and has been my support system always,” says Sithara as she signs off.

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