The Young Singing Master - Kavita Krishnamurthy
Kavita Krishnamurthy, known for her debut at singing in Bollywood by age 14 only, was born today in 1958.
Kavita Krishnamurthy at launch of Ravindra Jain’s book ‘Dil Ki Nazar Se’; Source: Wikipedia; Public Domain

Born on 25th Jan 1958

Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam was born on the 25th of January, 1958, into a Tamil Iyer family in New Delhi. At the insistence of her aunt, she would enrol herself into learning music, learning Hindustani classical music as well as Rabindra Sangeet. She would win many local and city-wide competitions for music, which became a sign of things to come.

During her college days in Mumbai, and even before that - merely at the age of 14 in 1971 - she would be asked to sing with Lata Mangeshkar in the musical composition directed by Hemant Kumar. These were big stars of Bollywood music industry at that time and Kavita sacrificed her dreams of being a civil servant to make the cut in Bollywood.

During her ascent to popularity, she got noticed by veteran singer Manna Dey, who employed her to sing many advertisement jingles. Her connections grew from this point onwards and she was also introduced to the music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal by 1976.

Her very first solo song would be in the movie Kadambari - a remake of none other than Lata Mangeshkar’s Aayega Aanewala dating back to the late 1940s. Kavita’s mastery of Hindustani classical music impressed everyone in the studio. Laxmikant-Pyarelal would also sponsor her a lot, leading to the label that she worked exclusively with them.

She would continue singing songs, moving from Bollywood to the Kannada film industry, working under legends like Girish Karnad. Her career in Bollywood would only take off in the mid-1980s with the hit Tumse Milkar Na Jaane Kyun. From then onwards, it was a success story. In the 1990s, she became the leading female playback singer of Bollywood - with songs in movies like 1942 A Love story, Yaraana, Bhairavi etc.

She has continued to sing for television programmes, appears as a guest in many musical shows, and is widely respected for her work.

Owing to her huge fan following, Kavita Krishnamurti also recorded a song for the movie, Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama. This movie was a joint effort to strengthen Indo-Japanese relations. Krishnamurti’s work in the movie was appreciated by all.
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