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N. C. Karunya (Telugu:కారుణ్య, Hindi:कारुण्य),is a popular playback singer.His claim to fame was the popular reality show Indian Idol (Season 2) on Sony Entertainment Television in which he was a runner-up.He was a complete singer and was a clear favourite of judges Sonu Nigam, Anu Malik and Farah Khan.


Karunya was born on 1 March 1986 in the city of Hyderabad1 into a family of classical singers.Though he has been under the training of his paternal uncles and aunts since the age of four in Carnatic music, according to him, his intensive training in the same started under his tauji Mr.N.C.Murthy since the age of 14. His schooling and initial forays into music were at his alma mater Brahm Prakash DAV, Kanchan Bagh.While in School, he used to sing devotional songs during the morning assembly and his voice used to be extremely melodious and enchanting,to such an extent that no one wanted to leave the premises. Also did his B.Tech in Electronics and communications. Karunya had released an album called 'Chiru Sarigamalu' in his childhood which was launched by Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi. He later went on to win the most acclaimed, 'Paadutha Theeyaga' hosted by Dr.SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB), on 'Eenadu Television'. He was appreciated highly by SPB and the audience of Andhra Pradesh for his versatility. He was the leader of his school choir right from the age of 7 yrs, has participated in many local stage shows and T.V. shows in A.P, has recorded a number of children,devotional and patriotic songs for several non-film music directors. At the age of 12 his 2nd album named “Sai Madhuri”, was released by none other than Sri Sri Satya Saibaba in the presence of Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma in Bangalore.

But, Karunya always wanted to do playback in all the languages, including Hindi. For this, first he started out meeting the local music directors but the going was very tough since he did not know any important people from the industry. Even then, in 2005 before he auditioned for Indian idol 2, he had already sung two songs in a telugu movie 'Vamsham

Indian Idol 2

Once he auditioned for Indian idol 2,there was no looking back for Karunya. He immediately became the darling of the masses with his innocent charm and confidence while the class loved him for his speck less renditions. He was an instant hit with all the north Indians because of his unbelievable performance of the Punjabi and Rajasthani songs. The judges, Celebrities and all the other musicians all over India rooted and prayed for him to win the competition.Especially, Karunya is the sole South Indian contestant in any reality show to have garnered as much interest as he did. Suddenly, whole of A.P sat up and took notice of one of their own talents and started rooting for him. In the end though Karunya did not win the title he was declared the unofficial winner of the contest by one and all through blogs and the newspapers.

Films & Playback

After the end of Indian Idol 2, Karunya started realising his dreams much sooner than any of his seniors/contemporaries.The very next day after the contest,he was called for an audition for the Prestigious project by none other than the Movie Mogul Vidhu Vinod Chopra for Lage Raho Munnabhai.He was immensely liked by Vidhuji,director Raju Hirani and the music director Shantanu Moitra.The feat which took everyone by surprise was that he recorded the song in one take in just 15 mins time!Then he sang a song in Jai Santoshi Maa, for Anu Malik.After that,he went to Hyderabad to meet each and everybody of the Telugu film industry who supported him for Indian Idol.Then he recorded his first telugu song for his dream composer Manisarma,for the film “Ashok” starring one of the most powerful young telugu stars Jr.NTR.The song was very well received and Karunya was offered many more songs in Telugu.He continued being busy in telugu by giving huge hits like “Orugalluke pilla” from the film Sainikudu,“Enduko” from Chirutha,"123 Nenoka kantri" from "Kantri" the latest chartbusters “Ammayi kitiki pakkana” from “Maryada Ramanna”,"Om Namo Siva Rudraya" from "Khaleja",the biggest hit of 2010-"Ola olaala" from "Orange" and recorded for about 40-45 films till date.


Karunya released his first Hindi album,a self titled “Karunya” on Aug 9th 2008.The music was composed by Lesle Lewis and the Video directed by sister of Pradeep Sarkar(Parineeta fame),Madhu Sarkar.The album was received well by all his fans, there was a sell out in Hyderabad as well as a place in the charts in Delhi and Kolkata.