Happy Birthday Kavita Krishnamurthy! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!

I am always up for an excuse for a songs post!  And Kavita is a hidden gem of a playback singer, not as famous and revered as Lataji or Ashaji, but an amazing singer.

1.1. I love you for having serious classical credentials, training since you were a small child with classical music gurus and winning your first competition at age 8.

2. I love you for working your way into the industry slowly, starting as a singer at public performances by composers, then as a back-up playback singer, and finally getting a chance to shine on your own decades after you started working.

3. I love you for dedicating yourself to your career and not marrying until you were 41, a fellow musician, after which you slowly started turning more towards exploring fusion music and live performing instead of playback singing.

4. And I love you for letting me do a post almost entirely songs!  First, for this song which was one of the first ones to get you noticed as something special.


5. I love you for doing right by RD Burman’s final heroine song.


6.  I love you for doing sexy and scandalous the same year you did sweet and innocent for the previous song.


7.  I love you for providing the voice for the girl who just has to sing in Khamoshi.


8.  I love you for still taking part in ensemble songs even after you got “big”, like this totally silly and delightful one.


9.  Speaking of big silly ensemble songs, I also love you for this!


10.  I love you because you FINALLY got appropriate recognition for you classical skills thanks to singing Aishwarya’s role in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.


11.  You got a chance for another beautiful classical star turn in the song “Dheeme Dheeme” from Zubeidaa.


12.  And finally I love you for this, the one Bhansali song sequence I whole-heartedly enjoy, to a large degree because of the way you attack the first syllable of the refrain.


5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Kavita Krishnamurthy! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!

  1. Although I already have read her name at song headers and liked her singing, I never was interested enough to get to know more about her. Now I have read Wikipedia and some articles…and her educational way is really interesting, especially that she had an aunt with connections who somehow directed her the way to singing as a professional singer.


    • I was also really interested in her background, Tamil but raised in Delhi and trained in a Bengali singing style. It sounds like that is part of her abilities, the huge range of classical training she received in multiple styles.

      On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 11:08 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. I love Kavita, she’s my favorite playback singer! Out of all her songs, Maar Dala is a fave what with her voice and Madhuri’s dancing! I’m honestly sad she doesn’t do that much playback singing anymore.


    • I’m sad, but also happy for her personally. It seems like playback singing at that level, with the kind of intense classical training and difficult classical style songs, can be all consuming. It’s nice that she has jumped off the treadmill and is experimenting with different kinds of music and enjoying her personal life.
      And I consciously avoided Maar Dala! And the whole Devdas soundtrack. Because it seems like even if you have heard nothing else, you will have heard that one, and she has done soooooooooo many wonderful songs, I wanted all the others to get their moment, you know? But if it had just been my favorite Kavita songs, Maar Dala would definitely have been there.


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