Chinmayi Sripada (Tamil: "சின்மயி ஸ்ரீபாதா") is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, and has worked as a television presenter and a Radio jockey as well. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant. She was listed as one among the top 25 women from India and was featured in the Marie Claire 2013 Influencers List. She is often credited as Chinmayee/ Indai Haza. She was nominated for the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Oru Deivam thantha Poove” from Kannathil Muthamittal. She became a National star with her song “Titli” - picturised on Deepika Padukone, from the 2013 Blockbuster film “Chennai Express”. Chinmayi was also the first female singer or musician rather, in India to have an iOS App.

Early life and background

Chinmayi comes from Musical family. Chinmayi's mother, T. Padmhasini, a singer and musicologist, taught her Carnatic music and Hindustani classical music. After her birth and early childhood in Mumbai, Chinmayi relocated to Chennai, where she attended the Children's Garden school until the age of 10. She was then enrolled at Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar and went on to complete her school education through home study modules where she was partly homeschooled after her 10th standard.

Chinmayi received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent for Carnatic Music from the Government of India at 10.[1] She won the gold medal from All India Radio for Ghazals in 2000 and the Silver for Hindustani Classical Music in 2002. 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 of Science degree in psychology from the University of Madras.She is also a versatile dancer and mostly enjoys the Odissi form of dance.

Chinmayi is a polyglot; apart from Tamil and English, she speaks Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and German fluently.[2]

Personal life

On September 16, 2013 through a social networking site (twitter) Chinmayi's mother Padmhasini revealed her future son-in-law to be Rahul Ravindran who is also a South Indian actor. Chinmayi and Rahul were friends, colleagues and in due course started dating each other by end of June 2013, 2 months to be precise. It is also to be believed that the both will be getting engaged soon and the wedding to be held by Feb 2014.[3]



Playback singing

She participated and won the singing competition of Sun TV, Saptasawarangal, following which she was introduced by Singer Srinivas to film composer A. R. Rahman. Chinmayi's playback singing career began with her performance of Rahman's "Oru Deivam Thanta Poove" for the film Kannathil Muthamittal. After a couple of years of singing exclusively for Tamil, Telugu, Tulu 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 "Oru Deivam Thantha Poove", Sahana", "Vaarayo Vaarayo", "Kilimanjaro", "Sara Sara" and "Asku Laska".


Year Movie Song(s)
2013 Phata Poster Nikla Hero Rang Sharbaton Ka
2013 Chennai Express Titli
2013 Maryan Naetru Aval
2013 Raanjhanaa Ay Sakhi
2013 Ambikapathy Kanaave Kanaave
2013 Annakodi Aavarangaatukulla
2012 Godfather Nannede Sruthiyalli, Neene Ee Kanna Honganasu
2012 Kadal Magudi Magudi
2012 Kadali Magidi Magidi
2012 Hero (2012 film) Maayathe Ormayil
2012 Nanban Asku Laska
2012 Snehituda Asku Laska
2012 Endukante..._Premanta! Yegiri Pove
2011 Pilla Zamindar Oopiri aadadu
2011 Vaagai Sooda Vaa Sara sara
2011 Engaeyum Eppothum Chotta Chotta
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Manasa
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya Anbil Avan
2010 Jhootha Hi Sahi Maiyya Yashoda
2010 Lamhaa Madno, Sajnaa
2010 Enthiran Kilimanjaro (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil)
2010 Siddhu +2 Poove Poove
2009 Delhi-6 Dil Gira Dafatan
2009 Aadhavan Vaarayo Vaarayo (Tamil), Mrogindi (Telugu)
2009 Pokkisham Nila Ne Vaanam
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu Laesa Parakkudhu
2008 Sakkarakatti Chinnamma, I Miss You Da
2008 Poo Aavaram Poo
2007 Guru Tere Bina, Mayya (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil)
2007 Sivaji Sahana (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil)
2006 Veyil Kaadhal Neruppin
2005 Mangal Pandey Holi re
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Sandhippoma
2003 Kangalal Kaidhu Sei Ennuyir Thozhi
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Kannathil Muthamittal - 2 versions
2002 Amrutha Ye Devi Varamu - 2 versions

Jingles and advertisements

Chinmayi has sung in various jingles and also dubbed for several artistes in advertisements.

The list of Jingles in which she has sung:

  • The Chennai Silks (Vivaha Pattu) – Pattu Katti
  • Maa Advertisement – Anbukku
  • Kalyan Jewellers – Humming
  • Toyota Etios Theme Song – Pehli Baar
  • Prince Jewellery Ad – Singara Nagaiyum
  • Jayalakshmi Silks – Madhura Swapnanghal
  • Sri Devi Textiles
  • Tata Gold Plus Ad
  • Pepsi Ad
  • Nalli Silks Ad
  • Textile India Ad
  • Spinz Talc Ad
  • Nyle Ad
  • Suryan Fm title song
  • Ragamalika Title Song
  • Vencobb Chicken Ad
  • Saravana Stores
  • Dheepam Oil
  • Sunland Oil

List of ads featuring her as a dubbing artist

Title songs for television serials

Chinmayi has also sung title songs for various television serials. She first sang the title song of Anbulla Snehithiye, after she was introduced to the serial director by director Mani Ratnam. The list of serials she has sung for:[4]

  • Song — Serial Name
  • All songsRamayanam(Tamil)
  • Snehidi – Anbulla Snehidiye (Tamil)
  • Natakam – Natakam (Telugu)
  • Paathaigal – Paathaigal(Tamil)
  • Sarathakam – Sarathakam (Telugu)
  • Pratigatana – Pratigatana(Telugu)
  • Naana – Naana(Telugu)
  • Vaaram – Vaaram(Tamil)
  • Ganga – Ganga Gayathri(Tamil)
  • Kanavugal – Kanavugal(Tamil)
  • Maraka – Maraka Mudiyuma(Tamil)
  • Marum Yugangal – Simran Thirai (Tamil and Telugu)
  • Oru Siru Siru – Idhayam Thotta Kathigal(Tamil)
  • Oru Nathi – Saratha(Tamil)
  • Pookkal Adhu – Appa(Tamil)
  • Thooradha – Meera(Tamil)
  • Uyire Uyirin – Kanmaniye(Tamil)
  • Kodi Mullai – Kodi Mullai(Tamil)

Voice acting

Chinmayi turned a voice actor for the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), speaking dubbing for actress Bhumika Chawla. Since then, she has dubbed for several lead actresses in Tamil films, including Tamannaah Bhatia, Sameera Reddy, Samantha and Trisha Krishnan. She has also provided her voice in dubbed Telugu films. She dubbed for the critically acclaimed fictional character Jessie who was portrayed by Trisha in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. The same character appeared in the film's Telugu version Ye Maaya Chesave and was portrayed by Samantha, while being portrayed by Amy Jackson in the Hindi version Ek Deewana Tha. Chinmayi dubbed for the character in all three films and won the Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for Ye Maaya Chesave in 2010. Recently, Chinmayi dubbed in Vettai for Sameera Reddy. Chinmayi has dubbed for Sameera in all of her Tamil movies.

Television and radio

Chinmayi served as a television presenter during the first season of Airtel 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 third season of Airtel Super Singer, though she discontinued her role before the completion of the season, as she stated the show extended the period of the initial contract. During this time, she was also a radio jockey on Aahaa FM 91.9 in Chennai, on a breakfast show titled Aahaa Kaapi Klub. She later began compering Star Plus's Chhote Ustaad, which ran 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 the CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company she founded in August 2005. The company has ever since been the language service provider for various Multinational companies like Scope E Knowledge, Ford, Dell, Ashok Leyland, Reliance India, to name a few. She received an award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence in a niche industry for Blue Elephant in 2010.[5] In 2011, she became the first ever woman entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the prestigious FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program.[6][7]

As voice actor

Year Movie For whom
2006 Sillunu Oru Kadhal Bhumika Chawla
2007 Unnale Unnale Tanisha
Satham Podathey Padmapriya
2008 Jayamkondaan Lekha Washington
Dhaam Dhoom Kangana Ranaut
Sakkarakatti Vedhika Kumar
Vaaranam Aayiram / Surya S/O Krishnan (Telugu) Sameera Reddy
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Meenakshi
Yavarum Nalam Neetu Chandra
Modhi Vilayadu Kajal Aggarwal
Kandein Kadhalai / Priya Priyatama (Telugu; 2011) Tamannaah Bhatia
2010 Aasal Sameera Reddy
Rakta Charitra Radhika Apte
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai / Khilladi (Telugu) Neetu Chandra
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Trisha Krishnan
Ye Maaya Chesave Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Sura Tamannaah Bhatia
Manmadha Baanam (Telugu) Trisha Krishnan
2011 Ko / Rangam (Telugu) Karthika Nair
Nadunissi Naaygal / Erra Gulabilu (Telugu) Sameera Reddy
Vanthaan Vendraan Taapsee Pannu
Dhada Kajal Agarwal
Dookudu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Vedi Sameera Reddy
Osthe Richa Gangopadhyay
2012 Vettai Sameera Reddy
Ekk Deewana Tha Amy Jackson
Sri Rama Rajyam (Tamil) Nayantara
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Amala Paul
Eega Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Naan Ee Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Andala Rakshasi Lavanya Tripathi
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu Samantha Ruth Prabhu
  • Language in brackets after film title denotes dubbed version

Awards and nominations and honours

Singing awards

Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Vijay Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Vijay Music Awards
The Times Film Awards
  • 2012: The Chennai Times Award for Best Female Playback Singer - "Sara Sara"(Vaagai Sooda Vaa)
  • 2012: Nominated, The Hyderabad Times Award for Best Female Singer - "Opiri"(Pilla Zamindar)
Edison Awards
Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Awards
  • 2008: Best Female Playback Singer – "Sahana"(Shivaji)[12]
  • 2010: Best Female Playback Singer – "Vaarayo Vaarayo"(Aadhavan)[13]
  • 2009: Nominated, Best Female Playback Singer – "Avaram Poo"(Poo))
  • 2009: Nominated, Best Female Playback Singer – "Chinnamma Chilakkamma"(Sakkarakatti)
Mirchi Music Awards South
Other awards

Awards for dubbing

Other awards

  • 1999: All India First and Best Performer Award from Sangam Kala Group
  • 2000: All India First from All India Radio for Ghazals
  • 2003: Pride of Sangam Award
  • 2008: RITZ Amazing Woman Award[25]
  • 2009: Vikatan Award for Best Television Show Host[26]
  • 2011: Award from SAARC Chamber for Women Entrepreneurship for Excellence[27]
  • 2011: Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club Of Madras[28]


  • 2011: She has been selected as a Mentee to the Fortune/US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership. She is one among three Indians and the only and first person from Tamil Nadu among 35 other women all over the world.[29][30]


  • 2010: She came on-screen for the song composed for World Tamil Classical Conference in 2010 directed by Gautham Menon and composed by A. R. RahmanSemmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam
  • 2011: She launched an App named as Chinmayi Sripada App. She is the first female singer in India to have an exclusive app on all iOS devices.[31] The App is also available in the android version
  • 2012: She did her first ever advertisement for Dheepam Oil in all the four south Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada)


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