Sujatha Mohan

Date of Birth: March 31, 1964
Occupation:
Singer
Awards:
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Kerala State Film Awards, Asianet Film Awards, Other prominent awards
Years Active:
1974-present
Sujatha Mohan
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Birth name Sujatha Mohan
Born March 31, 1964 (1964-03-31) (age 46), Thiruvanathapuram, India
Occupations Playback singer
Years active 1974-present

Sujatha Mohan (Malayalam: സുജാത മോഹന്‍, Tamil:), usually credited as Sujatha, is an award winning Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She has also sung for Telugu, Kannada and Hindi movies. She is widely popular for her evergreen melodies and her sweet voice is considered to be her biggest asset.

Family

Sujatha Mohan is the granddaughter of Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai, the first Chief Minister of the erstwhile Travancore-Cochin State after Independence. Her only daughter, Shweta Mohan, is also a singer.


Career

Sujatha was shot to fame in the seventies as Baby Sujatha, the schoolgirl who regularly used to sing with K. J. Yesudas in his stage shows all over the world. She recorded her first song, "Kannezhuthy Pottuthottu" when she was in sixth standard. The song was composed by M. K. Arjunan for the 1975 Malayalam movie Tourist Bungalow. She recorded songs for Shyam in Kamam Krodham Moham and Salil Chowdhury in Aparadhi. Around this time, composer M. G. Radhakrishnan got her to record many non-film songs; the biggest hit among them was "Odakkuzhal Vili".

She debuted in Tamil films through the song "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandein", but it was not included in the film. Her first released song in Tamil was "Kalai Paniyil" from the Tamil film Gayathri (1977), starring Sridevi and Rajinikanth with music by Ilaiyaraja. She sang for Ilaiyaraaja in Johnny, Kavikuyil and Ilamai Kolangal. After her marriage in 1981, she took a sabbatical from playback singing. She made a successful comeback in 1988 through Kadathanadan Ambadi, followed by the superhit Chithram.

She used to sing ad jingles in the late 1980s for A. R. Rahman (such as a Remanika Sarees ad). Then, Rahman got her to sing "Pudhu Vellai Mazhai" from Mani Ratnam's 1992 film Roja, which became one of the biggest hit songs in India. The backing vocals for the song "Kadhal Roja" were also performed by Sujatha. She has had other hit songs, most of them with Rahman from films including Pudhiya Mugam (1992), Gentleman (1993), Jeans and Minsaara Kanavu (1997). She has also recorded some songs in Hindi, including "Dil Hai Sanam" (the Hindi version of "Thee Thee") from Chor Chor (Thiruda Thiruda), "Ishq Bina" from Taal, "Hai Jaana" from Pukar and "Ishwar Allah" from Earth, and provided backing vocals for the song "Tum Ho Meri Nigahom" from Kabhi Na Kabhi, all of them composed by A. R. Rahman. She has had many of her notable and successful songs under the musical direction of A. R. Rahman.

She had a strong comeback in the Malayalam film industry in the mid-1990s and most of her notable Malayalam songs were composed by Vidyasagar. Most of her hit songs from Telugu are composed by Mani Sharma.

Awards

Sujatha has received several awards and recognitions for her work in the South Indian film musical world.

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

* 2001 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Un Samayal Arayil" from Dhill
* 1996 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Poo Pookkum Oosai" from Minsara Kanavu
* 1993 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Netru Illatha Maatram" from Pudhiya Mugam

Kerala State Film Awards:

* 2008 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Bansuri" from Rathri Mazha
* 1999 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Varamanjaladiya" from Pranayavarnangal
* 1996 - Best Female Playback Singer - "Pranayamanithooval" from Azhakiya Ravanan

Asianet Film Awards:

* 2004 - Best Female Playback - "Kandu Kandu" from Mampazhakkalam
* 2001 - Best Female Playback - "Perariya" from Soothradharan

Other prominent awards:

* 2009 - Swaralaya Yesudas Award
* Film Critics Award For Best Female Playback - 11 times
* Cinema Express award
* Dinakaran award
* Vanitha award
* Mathrubhoomi Award
* Raju Pilakkad Film Award