Sithara Krishnakumar is a south Indian playback singer and composer and also an occasional actress in south Indian films. She was born in 1st July 1986 and from Thennhippalam, Malappuram, Kerala, India. Sithara mainly works in Malayalam cinema in and also in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Sithara is a professional Hindustani and Carnatic classical musician and also recognised as a ghazal singer. She is the recipient of several music awards, including two Kerala State Film Award for the Best Singer.
Sithara completed her graduation in English Literature from Farook College and earned her master’s degree from Calicut University, Kerala. She married Dr Sajish M, who is a Cardiology Specialist in Cardiology and on 31 August 2007. The couple was blessed with a baby girl on 9 June 2013 and named Saawan Rithu. Sithara Krishnakumar family is residing now at Aluva, Kerala.
Sithara started her career in arts as a dancer and eventually, she became a playback singer. She learned Carnatic Music by Sri Ramanattukara Satheesan Master and Palai CK Ramachandran. Sithara also received a magnificent knowledge in Hindustani Classical music from Ustad Fiyaz Khan. She is also a classical dancer trained by Kalamandalam Vinodini. For her multifaceted talents, she was accoladed with the Kalathilakam title in Calicut University Arts Festival for two consecutive years (2005 and 2006). She holds master’s degrees in Hindustani Khyal Music and Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
Sithara started off her playback singing career in the year 2007 with the song Pammi Pammi in Vinayan’s Malayalam film Athishayan. Earlier, she was the winner of several musical talent shows like Asianet Saptha Swarangal (2004), Kairali TV Gandharva Sangeetham (Seniors) and Jeevan TV Voice 2004 which helped to bring her multifarious talents to the fore. She also won Jeevan TV’s 20 million Apple Megastars in 2008.
She has gained a good reputation as a devoted Ghazal singer and a passionate stage performer of other vocal genres. She has worked with noted composers like Ouseppachan, M. Jayachandran, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Prashant Pillai, Gopi Sundar, Bijibal, Shaan Rahman, etc, and rendered her voice to over 300 film songs including Malayalam and other Indian languages. Her works are of various genres which convey the deep-rooted understanding of music at many different levels.