Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam

“The nightingale… Kavita Subramaniam is a household name to film music buffs.” – Khaleej Times, Dubai

  • Undoubtedly one of the favourites of the critics and the masses Kavita’s singing career reads like a fairy tale. Her exquisite and mellifluous voice wide range and versatility to sing different styles and types of songs has put her in a unique place amongst singers and she has been quoted as a “melody queen” by leading critics and connoisseurs alike. Kavita is a very rare personality who has served as a bridge from the older film singers like Manna Dey Kishore Kumar right up to the present day singers like Udit Narayan Sonu Nigam and Shaan.

  • Her fantastic range and interpretation has led to collaborations with diverse music directors like Naushad Khayyam OP Nayyar Lakshmikant-Pyarelal R.D. Burman Bappi Lahiri A.R. Rahman Anu Malik Nadeem Shravan Jatin Lalit Ismail Durbar Sanjeev-Darshan and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy to name a few. Kavita’s collaborations have been with artists over three generations. She has lent her voice to heroines from Nutan Helen Shabana Sridevi Madhuri Manisha Kajol to Karishma Aishwarya Kareena and Rani Mukherjee.

The Melody queen

Kavita Krishnamurti’s golden voice has given life to many lyrics and screen heroines.

  • Born in Delhi she began her vocal training under Sri Balram Puri (in the Hindustani style of music) at a tender age. Her incredible talent was evident by age eight when she won her first gold medal at a Music Competition. She also won gold medals in both years she participated in the Inter-Ministry Classical Competition in the mid-60s in New Delhi.

  • Kavita enrolled at St. Xavier’s College Bombay where she obtained an Honours Degree in Economics. While in college she started singing professionally on stage with the great music director and singers Hemant Kumar mukesh and Manna Dey.

  • She began her recording career in 1971. Her first recording for a Bengali film song was a duet with Lata Mangeshkar. Maang Bharo Sajna was her first Hindi film under Laxmikant-Pyarelal followed by Pyar Jhukta Nahin. Since then she has sung for many more films like Mr India Karma Saudagar Khuda Gawah Chaalbaaz 1942: A Love Story Yaarana Mohara Bombay Saaz Khamoshi Pardes Bhairavi Agnisakshi PremAggan Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan Wajood Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam Taal Hum Saath Saath Hain Vaastav Khoobsurat Gajagamini Pukar Dil Chahta Hai Devdas Dil Vil Pyar Vyar Jeena Sirf Merre Liye The Rising etc. Many of her songs have gone platinum.

Kavita’s exemplary voice has taken her worldwide, including the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Far East, the Middle East, and South America. She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, London; The Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C.; Madison Square Gardens; The Lincoln Centre, New York; the Zhongshan Music Hall, Beijing; The Esplanade, Singapore; and Putra Jaya World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, among others. Having performed on every continent, there is little left of the world for Kavita to conquer with her voice.

Kavita has performed in every nook and corner of India, from Punjab to Kanyakumari and Bengal to Gujarat and the Andaman Islands. She has performed in the largest concert halls, stadiums, and remote places for the common man. Her voice has reached millions, touching their hearts as she has sung in almost all Indian languages, including Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Jharkhandi, Rajasthani and Konkani. She has also sung for several Nepalese and Bangladeshi films. Kavita has also sung in English and recorded with the Hollywood star Steven Seagal.

Although primarily a playback singer, Kavita has not allowed herself to be limited, she has sung with orchestras as a soloist. She has collaborated with Western artists from the Jazz, Popular and Classical fields. She has sung ghazals and devotionals. She has even sung Indi-Pop. Her classical jugalbandhi concert with Pandit Jasraj and Dr L. Subramaniam has been released both audio and DVD by Music Today.

Her non-film albums include Koi Akela Kahan, Meera Ka Ram, Mahalakshmi Stotra, Pop Time, Sai Ka Vardaan, Shagufthagi, Dil Ki Awaaz, Devotional Melodies, Athens, Jai Maa Durge, Shiva Shlokas, among others. She also sang for Ramayana, an Indo-Japanese venture and several popular television serials in different languages.

Awards & Accolades

Kavita’s undaunted efforts to excel in the field of singing have brought her several accolades and a large fan following globally. She received several awards and honours, including the coveted Padma Shri from the President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in 2005. Prestigious awards include three consecutive Film Fare awards – a feat rarely achieved in 1995 for 1942 – A Love Story, 1996 for Yaarana, and 1997 for Khamoshi. She also won the 1997 Screen Award for Khamoshi and the 1998 Sansui Viewer’s Choice Award. She also won the 1999 Screen Videocon and Lux Zee Cine Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. In addition, she is the recipient of the Priyadarshini Award, the Lion’s Club Awards - Kala Sangam, the Lion’s Award, and the Kishore Kumar Critics Award.

She won the “Best Singer of the Millenium” award at the Stardust Millennium 2000 Awards. She twice received the Bollywood Award in 2000 and 2002, held in New York. She is the recipient of the Lux Zee Cine Award for the year 2003 for one of her songs from the movie Devdas. She has also won the IFFI Award for the best singer. In addition, she won the Gujarat state award for the best Gujarati film song.


    Following her wedding to Dr L Subramaniam, Kavita expanded her artistic range to areas that singers have never explored. She was the leading featured soloist in the Global Fusion album released by Warner Bros., featuring musicians from all five continents.

    Kavita has sung as a soloist with orchestras like the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Liepajas Symphony Orchestra.

    Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam is one artist who has proven herself in every musical field she has chosen to enter. She has enthralled and dazzled audiences worldwide with her stage performances, recordings and playback singing for the past thirty years, singing more than 20,000 songs. She is a true representative of national integration.