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Chinmayi (Tamil: சின்மயி; born September 10, 1984) is a Tamil playback singer singing predominantly in Tamil. She is also a voice actor in Tamil films, a television presenter, a radio jockey, an active blogger, and founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant.

She is the most awarded person in the recent years with 14 awards and 7 Nominations from 2006-2009

Early life and background

Chinmayi inherited her musical talent from her mother, T. Padmasani, from whom she learned Hindustani and Carnatic music. Chinmayi attended the Children's garden school until the age of 10. Then, she pursued her secondary education in Hindu Senior Secondary School in Indira Nagar. She did her higher secondary education in home modules. The home module study gave her ample time to concentrate on various other fields, which was a new experience for a student of her age in that city. She learned German as a language in the Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai and completed certification courses from NIIT and SSI in web design. During her school life, she held jobs with both Sify and Chinmayi currently holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Madras.

Apart from Tamil and German, Chinmayi also speaks Telugu, Hindi, English, and French fluently.

Playback singing

Chinmayi's playback singing career began with her award-winning performance of A. R. Rahman's "Kannathil Muthamittal" in Mani Ratnam's eponymous Tamil film. After a couple of years of singing exclusively for Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films, she made her Bollywood debut in Mangal Pandey: The Rising with the song "Holi Re". About a year later, she garnered more recognition with her performances of "Tere Bina" and "Mayya" in the movie Guru. In 2007, the song "Beda Beda" marked her first venture into Kannada playback singing. She has since received critical acclaim for songs such as "Sahana", "Vaarayo Vaarayo",2 "Anbil Avan",3 and "Madhno".

Voice acting

Chinmayi's first venture as a dubbing artist came in 2006 when she served as the voice of Bhumika Chawla in the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kadhal. Since then, she has dubbed for 13 other actresses in 15 movies. The year 2010 marked Chinmayi's rise of fame into Telugu voice acting when she dubbed for Samantha Ruth Prabhu in Ye Maaya Chesave, even though she already dubbed for Sameera Reddy in Telugu for the movie Surya s/o Krishnan, a Telugu-dubbed version of the Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram.


Chinmayi has a part in advertisements also. she has sung for The Chennai Silks The Vivaha Pattu,she has also dubbed for Anushka in the same advertisement.In the recent past she has also dubbed for actress Anushka in the 'Head & Shoulders' commercial in all four southern languages. she has also sung in the jingle of A.R.Rahman in the Toyoto Etios.

elevision hosting and radio jockeying

Chinmayi served as host during the first season of Super Singer on STAR Vijay that was aired between April and August 2006 and the first season of Airtel Super Singer Junior from February 2007 to July 2007. In 2008, she returned as host of the second season of Airtel Super Singer, though she discontinued her role before the completion of the season. During this time, she was also a radio presenter on Aahaa FM 91.9 in Chennai, on a breakfast show titled Aahaa Kaapi Klub, which aired Monday through Saturday from 7 to 10 am. As of July 24, 2010, Chinmayi began compering Star Plus's Chhote Ustaad, which is running concurrently with another music talent show she started hosting in June, Sun TV's Sangeetha Maha Yuddham. On August 15, 2010, Chinmayi announced that that day's Chhote Ustaad would be her last as host, leaving the show after only eight episodes.


Chinmayi serves as CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company she founded in August 2005. Soon, the company is going to start language classes for common people too.

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