Melody queen

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

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.

Con­tact: twit­­mayi

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.”

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