Hometown: Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Husband: Ram Veerapaneni
Age: 42 Years
|Names Earned||‘Queen of Melody’ of South Indian Cinema|
|Profession||Playback singer, anchor, host, dubbing artist, and actress|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Debut||As a singer
Film: “Ee Velalo Neevu” from the Telugu film Gulabi (1995)
TV: Paadave Koyila (1995)
Tamil: “Unakkoruthi” from the film Punniyavathi (1997)
Kannada: “Kesari Haravu” from the film Bhoomi Geetha (1997)
As an Actor
Film: Raagam (2016)
As a Dubbing Artist
Film: Saundarya's voice in Choodalani Undi (1998)
As an Anchor
TV: Navaragam (1996)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||National Awards
• National Award for Folk songs at Delhi, Ministry of Cultural Affairs
• National Award from All India Radio under light music category in 1994
• Best Female Playback Singer for TV film Antha Rangaalu in 1999
• Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Jayam in 2002
• Best Female Playback Singer for the Movie Athade Oka Sainyam in 2003
• Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Anand (voice of the Kamalinee Mukherjee) in 2004
• Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Pothe Poni in 2005
• Best Female Playback Singer for the movie Godavari Sunitha in 2006
• Best Female Playback Singer for TV film Anthahpuram in 2010
• TV film called Mamathala Kovela in 2011
• Best Female Dubbing Artist for the movie Sri Rama Rajyam (voice of the Nayantara) in 2012
• Best Female Playback Singer – Kannada for the song “O Priyathama” from the movie Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu in 2010
• Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu for the song “Em Sandehamledu” from the movie Oohalu Gusagusalade in 2014
• Best Playback Singer award from European Telugu Association, London (2003)
• Kalavedika Art Award as an All-rounder for excellent performance as a Singer, Anchor and Movie dubbing artist in 2003
• Sangam P Susheela Youth Award honoured with Gold Medal in 2004
• Sangam P Susheela Youth Award for the year 2004 honoured with Gold Medal.
• Kala Sudha Award in 2006
• Ghantasala Melody Queen Award in 2011
• Lata Mangeshkar Best Singer Award for 2011 was presented by the State Government
• Certificate of Recognition by California Legislature Assembly in 2013
• T. Subbaram Reddy Lalitha Sangeeta Puraskar in 2013
• Sangeet Samman 2013 (Kannada film)
• New Jersey state recognition award by the Senate and General assembly of the state of New Jersey passing a resolution to salute her excellence and contributions to the world of music and Indian Cinema in 2019
• Vishishta Seva Puraskar by I Stand For The Nation NGO in 2019
Note: She has received many awards and nominations apart from the awards and honours mentioned above.
|Date of Birth||10 May 1978 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||42 Years|
|Birthplace||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh|
|Hometown||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh|
|Mentors||• Pemaraju Surya Rao
• Kalaga Krishna Rao
|Musical Training||• Carnatic Music
• Light Music
|Hobbies||Travelling and doing photography|
|Controversy||In 2019, in an interview, Swamy Swaroopanandendra Saraswati of Sharad Peetham stated that many celebrities come and visit him whenever he stays in Filmnagar’s Temple in Hyderabad. He listed out the names of many celebrities including Sunitha's name. This displeased the singer, and she slammed Swamy for using her name in national television and calling her as his disciple.|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||First Marriage: Year, 1997
Second Marriage: 10 January 2021 (Sunday)
|Marriage Place||Sri Seetha Rama Chandra Swamy Temple, Ammapally, near Shamshabad in Hyderabad (second marriage)|
|Engagement Date||Engagement with Ram Veerapaneni: 7 December 2020 (Monday)
|Husband/Spouse||First Husband- Kiran Kumar Goparaju (Media Professional)
Second Husband- Ram Veerapaneni
|Children||Son- Aakash Goparaju (from her first marriage)
Daughter- Shreya Goparaju (singer; from her first marriage)
|Parents||Father- Upadrasta Narasimha Rao
Mother- Sumathi (Maiden Name-Malladi)
|Singer||S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sunitha Upadrashta
- She belongs to a music-loving family, her parents are fond of music.
- At the age of 6, Savitha got trained in Carnatic Vocal from Pemaraju Surya Rao and Light Music from Kalaga Krishna Rao. At the age of 13, she performed with her mentor Pemaraju Surya Rao at the Tyagaraja Aradhana Utsavalu.
- At a very young age, she started performing in concerts and programmes including the ones organised by All India Radio (AIR), and has received several awards and accolades in competitions for her performances as a child.
- She also got a scholarship from the Central Government to pursue her Musical Training.
- Since her childhood, she has given about 500 programmes so far on AIR, Doordarshan, ETV, Gemini TV, and MAA TV.
- At the age of 17, Savitha started her career as a playback singer with the song “Ee Velalo Neevu” from the Telugu film Gulabi (1995).
- Sunitha has sung more than 3000 songs for the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada Film Industries and has also worked for some of the private albums such as Raghuram, Sai Sudha, Sri Venkateswara Thatwanidhi, Sri Vallabha Bhakti Geethalu, Sai Darshanam, Sri Chidvilasam, Amma Durgamma, Pahimaam, Sri Rama Charanam, Govinda Ganamrutham, Saye Dhaivam, and Bathuku Paata.
- She has also featured in some private albums of her Guru; two of them being Meera paravail and Aanota – Manasu Palike vela.
- Sunitha has rendered her voice for many devotional projects across South India; the first one being in 2016 by the name Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam.
- She has also lent her voice and hosted several devotional projects such as Vengamaamba Keerthanalu, Naada Neerajanam, Tirumala Brahmotsavam, Srivaari Sevalu, Thyaagaraaja Utsavaalu, and Prashanthi Nilayam.
- She came into the world of dubbing out of her will but became a major choice as a dubbing artist for all the lead heroines in the South Indian Film Industry. Her first venture into dubbing was for the actress Soundarya for the film “Choodalani Undi” (1998).
- Till now, she has given her voice to more than 110 actresses over more than 750 films; the 2017 film Gautamiputra Satakarni being 750th.
- She also holds the record for dubbing for 60 movies in a single year.
- Sunitha has also sung title songs for many Telugu TV serials and “Antharangaalu” being the first one of them.
- She has hosted many shows such as Yours lovingly, Saptaswaraalu, Antakshari, Saregamapa Lil Champs, Jhummandi Naadam, and Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam.
- She also made a special appearance in the 2018 short Telugu language film “Thadasthu.”
- She has also given programmes abroad, travelling around in more than 19 countries. Some of the countries include Kuwait, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, London, the US, the Philippines, Kenya, and Japan.
- She has done her own shows titled ‘Musical Moments With Sunitha’ in the USA in 2009.
- On the 50th year of India’s Independence, she sang Vande Mataram along with S.P.Balasubrahmanyam at the Congress Plenary Meet and also hosted 50 years celebrations in the Assembly.
- In 2015, Sunitha participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.