K. S. Chithra

Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra (popular name: K. S. Chitra or Chitra, born July 27, 1963) is an Indian playback singer. She also sing Indian classical music, devotional songs and popular music. She has given voice to Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Badga, Sanskrit, Tulu, Urdu and Punjabi songs.

She is the recipient of six national film awards (highest among female vocalists), five Filmfare awards, South and 31 separate-state film awards. She has won all the South Indian State Film Awards. She is called the small Nightingale of south India and the Nightingale of Kerala.

Chitra's father was her first Guru. Chitra graduated in music from Kerala University after receiving education in Karnataka music. She married a businessman named Vijayashankar. Her only daughter Nandana passed away in a pond accident in Dubai in April 2011 at the age of eight.