Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter, and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee and Indai Haza.
She belongs to a family with a rich musical background. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Sripada Pinakapani was a Padma Bhushan awardee. She was raised by a single parent (her mother) as her father had left the family when she was just one-and-a-half years old. In her childhood, her mother was her singing guru. She taught her Hindustani Classical Music and Carnatic Music. She spent a few years of her childhood in Mumbai and then shifted to Chennai with her mother, at the age of 6. There, she started her schooling. She has inherited the musical skills from her mother and started her musical journey at an early age. At the age of 14, she won a singing competition show, “Saptasawarangal;” which was aired on Sun TV. Throughout the competition, singer Srinivas liked her voice so much that he took her with him to meet A. R. Rahman. She made her singing debut in 2002 at the age of 15 with the National Award-winning movie ‘Kannathil Muthamittal.’ She sang ‘Oru Deivam Thantha Poovae’ for the movie and came into the limelight with her very first film song. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman. She made her Bollywood singing debut with the song ‘Holi Re’ for the film “Mangal Pandey: The Rising” in 2005. Since then, Chinmayi has lent her voice in several Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada films.
In 2005, she became the founder and CEO of ‘Blue Elephant;’ a language services company. She has hosted Star Vijay’s reality show ‘Super Singer’ and Star Plus’ show ‘Chote Ustaad.’ She has been a Voice Over Actor for almost 50 films in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. She has also been a Radio Jockey for a show, “Aahaa Kaapi Klub” on Aahaa FM 91.9 in Chennai. In 2011, she was chosen for the Fortune/US State Department Global Women’s mentoring partnership program. She was one out of 26 women and the first woman from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the same. In the same year, she launched a mobile app, “Chinmayi Sripada.” After this, she became the first female singer in the world to have an exclusive app on Android and iOS devices. Her first advertisement was for Dheepam Oil in 2012. In 2013, she sang the hit song ‘Titli’ from Rohit Shetty‘s film “Chennai Express.” The song featured Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. She is well-versed with German that she had learned from the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Tamil Nadu. Except for her native language, i.e., Tamil, she also speaks English, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, German, and Telugu.
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