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Kavita Krishnamurthy

Kavita Krishnamurthy

  • Birth Date: 25 Jan 1958
  • Birth Place: Delhi

Artist Information

During the '80s and especially the '90s, Kavita Krishnamurthy rocketed to stardom as one of the most versatile and technically gifted female singers in the music-reliant Indian film industry. Krishnamurthy was equally at home singing romantic ballads and popular tunes, or artier, more complex fare; her skill at the latter eventually drew her into a creative -- and romantic -- partnership with violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam by the close of the '90s.

Born Sharda Krishnamurthy in Delhi, she came from an artistic background: Her father worked for the Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry, and her mother loved classical Indian music and dance, making sure that Kavita began taking lessons at a young age.

Although it would have made more sense for Kavita to begin training in the Carnatic style, her mother knew of no high-quality Carnatic teachers nearby, so Kavita started out by learning Hindustani classical music. Her Bengali aunt and uncle -- with whom young Kavita spent a great deal of time, to the point where she looked upon them as second parents -- influenced her to learn the Bengali style Rabindra Sangeet as well.

In 1971, still a child, Kavita made her first film recording, a Bengali duet with the legendary Lata Mangeshkar that was conducted by singer/composer Hemant Kumar. Kavita moved with her aunt to Mumbai (Bombay), not only to attend college (where she received a degree in economics), but to attempt to break into the film industry as a singer. While at college, she met Ranu Mukherjee, Hemant Kumar's daughter, who reintroduced Krishnamurthy to her father. Kumar began using Krishnamurthy as a vocalist for his live performances; soon, Krishnamurthy was performing with music director Manna Dey and finding work singing commercial jingles. Additionally, through her aunt's contacts (including a good friend, the mother of actress Hema Malini), Krishnamurthy met composer Laxmikant (one-half of the legendary Laxmikant/Pyarelal duo, who dominated Indian film music in the '70s and '80s) in late 1976.

In her struggle phase, Laxmikant Pyarelal backed her so strongly that she was billed as a LP- campwalli, and this prevented others from or gave them an excuse to avoid - working with her. The only exception was the late R.D.Burman, who gave her songs in a few films like Boxer (‘Shaadmaani ho’), Hum Hain Lajawab, Raahi Badal Gaye, Farishta, Karishma and a few other films. Impressed by Krishnamurthy's skills, Laxmikant offered her work as a dubbing vocalist, cutting demos of songs intended for superstar female singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. 1980's "Kaahe Ko Byaahi" was the first song to be featured in a film using Krishnamurthy's own vocal, but it took until 1985 for her to land her first major hit, "Tumse Milkar Na Jaane Kyon." This opened up opportunities for Krishnamurthy outside of the Laxmikant/Pyarelal camp, in which she had worked almost exclusively up to that point The early LP films included Ladies Tailor, Raaste Pyar Ke, Jeevan Dhaara, Jeeo Aur Jeene Do, Ghar Ek Mandir, Zakhmee Sher, John Jani Janardhan and Ek Nai Paheli.The hits with LP continued, with chartbusters like ‘Saudagar sauda kar and ‘Ilu Ilu’ (Saudagar), ‘Jumma chumma de de’ (Hum), ‘Nayak nahin’ (Khal Nayak), ‘Ranjha Ranjha’ (Heer Ranjha) and others in films like Prahaar, Khuda Gawah, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Gumrah and Khilaaf.While she broadened her horizons recording songs by other composers (as well as for television), she still continued to work with her early advocates, who provided most of her hits during the '80s. She scored huge hits with the tune "Hawa Hawai" and the Anu Malik composition "Julie Julie," among many others. By the early '90s, the Laxmikant/Pyarelal juggernaut was finally beginning to run out of steam. Krishnamurthy, however, had achieved enough of a reputation that other filmmakers and musicians were eager to work with her.

1994 proved a watershed year for Krishnamurthy's career: music director R.D. Burman staged a dazzling comeback with 1942: A Love Story, for which he used Krishnamurthy as the only soundtrack vocalist; and Viju Shah recorded the smash duet "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast" for the film Mohra with her. By the time the dust settled, Krishnamurthy was arguably the most popular contemporary female vocalist in Indian film, landing several monster hits from 1942 (including "Kyon Naye Lag Rahe" and "Rimjhim Rimjhim") and winning several awards, including the coveted Filmfare award (the Indian equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Pyaar Hua Chupke Se." Over the '90s, Krishnamurthy worked with the cream of Indian film music, including Anu Malik, Jatin/Lalit, A.R. Rahman, and Nadeem/Shravan, among many others; during 1995 and 1996, she extended her string of consecutive Filmfare awards to three, with the second and third coming for Yaraana's "Mera Piya Ghar" and Khamoshi's "Aaj Main Upar," respectively.

Kavita Krishnamurthy got married to violin virtuoso Dr L Subramaniam in Bangalore on November 11, 1999. They announced it to the media only on November 15. Kavita and Subramaniam had met at various concerts and recordings that developed into a romance later.

"Doctor saab", as Kavita calls L. Subramaniam, impressed her with his "perfectionism, hard work and melody". And the composer of music for fusion orchestras and movies like Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala finds his bride caring about children and "untouched by her celebrity status". Subramaiam has four children from two earlier marriages. The surprise wedding took place in Bangalore in the presence of just 25 relatives.

The hits kept on coming, and most fans agreed that the quality of her work was better than ever. In 1999, violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam recruited Krishnamurthy as a vocalist for his Global Fusion opus, coveting her versatility for a project dedicated to blending a tremendous variety of Asian and Western musics. The two became fascinated with each other outside of the musical realm as well, and married not long after. Krishnamurthy began splitting her time between further collaborations with the sometime U.S.-based Subramaniam, her continued work in the Bombay film industry, and her home base of Bangalore.

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Pyaar Hua Chupke Se 1942 A Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Rim Jhim Rim Jhim 1942 A Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Saajan Gee Ghar Aaye Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Play Add to current playlist
Ghoonghat Mein Chan Khoobsurat Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tum Mile Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
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Ishq Bina 1 Taal Play Add to current playlist
Kya Maine Aaj Suna Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Play Add to current playlist
Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan Maaf Ho Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Play Add to current playlist
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Satrangi Re Dil Se.. Play Add to current playlist
Hai Rabba Jeans Play Add to current playlist
Chanda Taare Yaadein Play Add to current playlist
Na Milo Kahin Pyar Badal Play Add to current playlist
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Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Play Add to current playlist
Mr. Lova Lova Ishq Play Add to current playlist
Nikla, Neem Ke Taleese Nikla (bonus Song) Hu Tu Tu Play Add to current playlist
Nimbooda Nimbooda Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Play Add to current playlist
Love Theme Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Play Add to current playlist
I Love India (part 2) Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Kehta Hai Mera Dil Jeans Play Add to current playlist
Neend Churayee Meri Kisne O Sanam Ishq Play Add to current playlist
Tu Na Ek Pal Uljhan Play Add to current playlist
Dil Ne Pukara Hai O Jaana Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Mujhe Kehna Kehna Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein Play Add to current playlist
Jhoomti Gataon Mein Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Mere Munna Raja Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
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Aye Chand Dil Ke Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
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Achi Lagti Ho Kuch Naa Kaho Play Add to current playlist
Meri Duniya Hai Vaastav Play Add to current playlist
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Aa Gale Lag Jaa Aa Gale Lag Jaa Play Add to current playlist
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