A playback singer, the CEO of a translation company, linguist, a popular emcee, a sought after voice artist— these are the many hats Sripada wears. She was barely 11 when she received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent in Carnatic Music from the Government of India. After a spate of awards for singing, including a gold medal from All India Radio for ghazals in 2000 and winning the reality television singing competition,
Sapthaswarangal, she was noticed by AR Rahman who gave her her first break in Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil
Muthamittal in 2000. Sripada was just 15 when she sang the title song, which won Best Playback Singer at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. FORTUNE’S FAVOURITE Chinmayi also started a translation company called Blue Elephant in 2005. 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 programme and recently attended the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit as well.
CHINMAYI SRIPADA, 27, Playback singer
“I owe it all to my mother. She made me who
I am and helps me be all that I am.”