Chinmayi Sripada

Chennai: Popular playback singer Chinmayi Sripada is elated about rendering a song for the first time in a Marathi film. The singer has lent her voice two compositions in superhero flick “Baji,” starring Shreyas Talpade and directed by Nikhil Mahajan.

"Yes this is the first time I have sung in Marathi and it is special because this is the first language I learnt to speak as a child," she said.

"Atif is the music director, a debutant. And I presume they got through to me because of “Titli,” all thanks to Shekhar sir (music composer Shekhar of Vishal-Shekhar) again. The movie is expected to release early 2015," she said.

She also shared her joy on a social networking site. "Elated to share that I have sung my first song(s) in the Marathi magnum opus 'Baji'. The first language I learnt and the only language I could speak till I was about 5-6 years old was Marathi, owing to my childhood here, in Mumbai and my babysitter 'Ajji'. Extremely grateful for the opportunity and I got to sing two lovely songs," she posted on her page.

She said 2014 has been extremely special for her. "The year started wonderfully with “Zehnaseeb” (“Hasee Toh Phasee”). “Mast Magan” (“Two States”) won me the Radio Mirchi Golden Disc award. Grateful to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the opportunity and the song," she told PTI.

Chinmayi said the past several months have been wonderful as she got to sing for a lot of new composers. The “Salai Ooram Nindru” composition in “Vilasam”, “Oliyin Viralkal” duet with Karthik in “Thirundhuda Kaadhal Thiruda”, “Enthara Enthara” in “Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah” and one in “Mosakutti” are already among the top songs.

"Film Music in the south is going to have some really talented composers. I don't really have preferences. I love to sing songs that can stretch my capacity; everything that challenges me. “Mosakutty” is a wonderful song for Ramesh Vinayagam. The song meant I had to intonate and mouth the lyrics in a manner different than what I am used to. I love that song. "

About singing for A.R. Rahman, Chinmayi, who rendered her first composition for the Mozart of Chennai for the “Oru Deivam” track in Mani Ratnam's “Kannanthil Muthamittal,” said: "I really don't know usually what's coming up with Rahman sir. I have never asked him what I sing, for which film. If my song happens to be in the final track list then I am grateful."

Recently she also sang the song "Idhayam" for the maestro in the Rajinikanth starrer “Kochadaiiyaan.”

Also a dubbing artiste, Chinmayi said her upcoming dubbing projects are in Telugu. She said she is dubbing for Samantha in “Rabhasa” and for Pooja Hegde in “Oka Laila Kosam”. Chinmayi also sang for music composer/actor Vijay Antony in the Tamil movie “Nambiar.”

In between singing all those hit songs, she also managed to walk the ramp at the Chennai International Fashion Week last month. "That was something I never thought I'd do. I was worried of tripping, but thought I'd laugh it off if I did. It was good fun, and hardly about 30 seconds on stage."

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