Shoba Chandrasekhar

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Shoba Chandrasekhar
Born (1948-08-24) 24 August 1948 (age 73)
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)S. A. Chandrasekhar
Children2, including Vijay
RelativesS. N. Surendar (brother)

Shoba Chandrasekhar (born 24 August 1948) is an Indian playback singer, director, writer and producer. She is the mother of Tamil actor Vijay.

She married S. A. Chandrasekhar, who is an Indian film director, producer and writer. Her son Vijay is an actor in Tamil cinema and her daughter Vidhya died at the age of two. Sangeeta Sornalingam is her daughter-in-law. Her siblings are Sunder, Surendar and Sheela. Her mother is Mrs. Lalitha.[1]

Musical training[edit]

Her early guru was Shri Meenakshi Sundaram. Later, she joined the Tamil Nadu Government Music College and pursued her studies from the great tutors in the college such as Vidwan Shri T.M. Thiagarajan. She also had the opportunity to learn Veena playing from Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan at the music college. For the past five years she has been learning vocal carnatic music from Smt. Brinda Thiagarajan – daughter of Shri Maharajapuram Santhanam.[1]

Awards and titles[edit]

She has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Mrs. Chennai award by the Esthel Hotels and Resorts. Shoba Chandrasekhar, a singer, has been given this award for her philanthropic activities in Chennai as well as for being a good mother and wife.[1]


She has been appointed as the Artistic Heritage Consultant by the order of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha.[2]

Film career[edit]

She was a singer in light music troupes. She later graduated to singing in films. She has written several stories that have been made into movies by moviemaker husband S. A. Chandrasekhar. She turned film producer and then became a film director. She has also performed at various classical concerts. She has also recently released a devotional album titled "Anaimuganum Arumuganum", that talks about her singing career.

Her first light classical music programme was telecast on Vijay TV in April 2003. The title of the programme was "Samarpanam". Her first live concert was for the Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust. Her first film song was "Maharaja Oru Maharani..." from the film Iru Malargal. She has sung in nearly all the films made by her husband.

She has produced 10 films and written stories for more than 50. She also directed two films, Nanbargal and Innisai Mazhai. In fact, Chandrasekhar worked as her associate director in these films. He was assisted by Shankar, now a famous director. The management of the Esthel hotels and resorts said that Shoba is a perfect example of an egoless person. She also sang over 12 movies.[1][3]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Producer Writer
2008 Pandhayam Green tickY Tamil
2006 Nenjirukkum Varai Green tickY Tamil
2006 Aathi Green tickY Tamil
1998 Nilaave Vaa Green tickY Tamil
1996 Maanbumigu Maanavan Green tickY Tamil
1995 Vishnu Green tickY Tamil
1995 Deva Green tickY Tamil
1994 Rasigan Green tickY Tamil
1993 Sendhoorapandi Green tickY Tamil
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1992 Innisai Mazhai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1991 Nanbargal Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1989 Rajanadai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Green tickY Tamil
1986 Vasantha Raagam Green tickY Tamil
1986 Enakku Nane Needipathi Green tickY Tamil
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1985 Pudhu Yugam Green tickY Tamil
1983 Hasida Hebbuli Green tickY Kannada
1982 Pattanathu Rajakkal Green tickY Tamil

As a playback singer[edit]

Year Title Song(s) Composer Co-singer(s) Ref.
1967 Iru Malargal "Maharaja Oru Maharani" M. S. Viswanathan Sadan, T. M. Soundararajan [4]
1978 Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhanthai "Maalai Ila Manathil" Illayaraja SN. Surendar [5]
1979 Allari Vayasu "Paapam Ee Chinnavaadikoka Lokam" J. V. Ragavalu G. Anand
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam "Potti Kadaiyile" Illayaraja Illayaraja [6]
1986 Kodai Mazhai "Pala Pala Kuruvi" Illayaraja Uma Ramanan [7]
1986 Natpu "Adi Maadi Veettu" Illayaraja P. Jayachandran [8]
1992 Innisai Mazhai "Dhoori Dhoori" Illayaraja S. P. Balasubrahmanyam [9]
1993 Kattalai "Nambinen Maharajene" Illayaraja Mano [10]
1994 Rasigan "Love Love Mama" Deva S. P. Balasubrahmanyam [11]
1995 Vishnu "Dhoddabetta" Deva Vijay [12]
1997 Once More "Oormila Oormila" Deva Vijay [13]
2005 Sivakasi "Kodambakkam Area" Srikanth Deva Tippu [14]
2006 Nenjirukkum Varai "Azhagana Ponnu" Srikanth Deva Gopal Sharma [15]
2007 Mudhal Kanave "Beeru Venuma Brandy Venuma" Srikanth Deva Vikranth [16]
2008 Pandhayam "Chinnamamiye" Vijay Antony MK Balaji, Vinaya, Christopher [17]
2009 Vettaikaaran "Uchimandai Surrru" Vijay Antony Krishna Iyer, Charulatha Mani, Sakthi Sree [18]
2010 Veluthu Kattu "Sangili Pungili" Bharani Karthik, Rap Valla [19]
2010 Sura "Naan Nadanthal Adhiradi" Mani Sharma Naveen, Janani Madhan [20]


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  19. Veluthu Kattu, Veluthu Kattu Songs, Download Veluthu Kattu songs by Bharani. Tamil Songs. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
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