K S Chitra, is an Indian playback singer and carnatic musician from Kerala. She has sung more than 25,000 songs in a number of Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tulu, Rajasthani, Urdu, Sanskrit, and Badaga, as well as foreign languages such as Malay, Latin, Arabic, Sinhalese, English and French.
Chithra is a recipient of six National Film Awards (most by any female singer in India), eight Filmfare Awards South and 36 different state film awards. She has won all the four south Indian state film awards.
She was honored with India’s civilian honor Padma Shri. She is the first Indian woman who was honored by House of Commons, British Parliament, United Kingdom. She is the only singer from India who was honored by the Government of China at the Qinghai International Music and Water Festival.
She is the only South Indian female singer who has presented her maiden concert at the world’s prestigious concert hall Royal Albert Hall in London. Her song “Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya” from the film Bombay was included in England The Guardian’s “1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear Before You Die” list