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Rithisha Padmanabh
Rithisha Padmanabh

Rithisha Padmanabh

Rithisha Padmanabh is one of the young and emerging kannada singer. It makes us happy that she hailed from a shivalli family. She is the proud daughter of Sri Padmanabha Kunjattaaya and Sudha Padmanabh. By birth, she was blessed by the amazing and pleasant voice to catch audience of any school. Right from the childhood her cultured education made her an icon in all the art fields. Continuous practice and clear aim took her to this height in her life.
This is the time to support Shivalli-Kannadiga girl, who stands at the top of her career, representing the whole Karnataka at the STAR Voice of India.

Rithisha Padmanabh is representing Karnataka in “Amul Star Voice of India“, a music reality show that is aired on Star Plus every Friday and Saturday at 10 PM. Rithisha was selected as the “Voice of Karnataka” in auditions conducted in Bangalore and Mumbai. She has been competing with contestants from 23 other states and has emerged as one among the top 8 singers of the country. The show is hosted by noted playback singer Shaan. The judges of the show are renowned playback singer Sukhvinder Singh, and music directors Ismail Darbar and Monty Sharma. Rithisha is the first contestant from Karnataka to be participating in a national level music reality show like Star Voice of India.

Rithisha has been presented with the National Balashree Award-2001 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. She has also received many other awards such as the Karnataka State Kalashree Award, Prartibha Chetana Puraskara Award from Women & Child Development department, Prathibhakankshi award from Sree Ramaseva  Mandali, etc. This 17-year-old nightingale has given various programmes in All India Radio, Doordarshan and various Kannada channels. Rithisha has solo Kannada albums such as Thangali and Banda govinda to her credit.  She has done playback singing with Vishnuvardhan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, and eminent music directors like V. Manohar, Hamsalekha, Gurukiran and L. N. Shastri in Kannada movies when she was 5 to 10 years of age. Rithisha has been trained in Hindustani Classical music and has given several concerts in different parts of Karnataka.

It has always been her dream to represent Karnataka at a national level and make her state proud. She has now bagged this opportunity through Amul Star Voice of India. Amul Star Voice of India is based on a public voting procedure. So the people of Karnataka are requested to vote for this young singer and support her in achieving her goal of making Karnataka the “Sangeeth ki Mahanagari” of India.

Music Career:

Learning Hindustani Classical Music from Vidushi Smt.Geetha Hegde
Learning Bhavageethe from Smt. Malathi Sharma

Major Achievements:

1. Awards/Scholarships:

  1. National Balashree Award-2001 presented at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi
  2. Felicitated  by Dr.Abdul Kalam, former President of India at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in 2005
  3. Karnataka Kalashree Award-2001
  4. Selected for SAREGAMAPA Challenge 2006 from Bangalore
  5. Kavya ganga award from Attimabbe Prathishtana in 1998
  6. Sur Sagar Scholarship for Hindustani Classical Music
  7. Young Achiever’s Award from Bangalore Society for Performing Arts
  8. Gold medal from Sadhana School of music in 2000
  9. Youth Excellence award from Rotary Club of Bangalore in 2001
  10. Gold medal from Gopinath Das Nyasa music academy in 2001
  11. C.C.R.T. scholarship from central government
  12. Prartibha Chetana Puraskara-2002 Award from Women & Child Development department.
  13. Prathibhakankshi award from Sree Ramaseva  Mandali ,Bangalore
  14. Leonardo Da Vinci International Award – 2008 presented at National Bal Bhavan.

2. All India Radio Programmes [solo and group songs from the age of 5]

  1. 1995 : Snehagana
  2. 1996 : Hakkiya Balaga
  3. 1997 : Kalarava
  4. 1998 : Hongirana
  5. 1999 : Chukki Chinnari
  6. 2000 : Nandana, Balajagath
  7. 2001 : Nada Ninada-Patriotic songs
  8. 2002 : Selected for performing Hindustani Vocal [children] regularly

3. Doordarshan

  1. DD-9 : Sangeetha Lahari and Anthyakshari
  2. Folk Songs [group songs]

4. Udaya TV

  1. Sang songs for Sankranthi in 1998
  2. Participated and won prizes in Anthyakshari programme in 1995, at the age of 5
  3. Compered eight episodes of Children’s Anthyakshari programme as a lead singer in 1997
  4. Performed Hindustani Classical vocal in Naada programme in two episodes in 2001 and two episodes in 2004
  5. Performed in Geethanjali programme [Bhavageetha]

5. E-TV Kannada

  1. Performed in weekly Naada Leele programme and sang five Bhavageethe songs

6. Star Plus

  1. Voice of India talent Contest in 2007

7. Albums and Cassettes

  1. Solo album “Thangali” released in 2002 with music composed by C.Ashwath, Raju Ananthaswamy and Bali
  2. Solo Album of Devotional Songs-Banda Gvinda in 2004
  3. Hakkina Haadu- music composed by Hamsalekha in 2002
  4. Saavira Nadigalu and Vachana cassette [music by V.Manohar] in 2002
  5. Devotional Songs Cassettes : four cassettes in Kannada and Tulu released in 2003 and sixteen cassettes in Kannada and Tulu released in 2004
  6. Sang in “Chiv Chiv Gubbi”, a cassette released in 1998
  7. Sang in “Vidya”, a cassette released in 1998
  8. Sang in “Thaayinamana”, a cassette released in 1999

8. Stage programmes
Hindustani Classical :

  1. Udaya Raaga, a prestigious programme organized by Kannada Sanskruti Ilaake in Cubbon Park in 2002
  2. About twenty concerts in Bangalore, Mysore, Sirsi, Hubli and Pondicherry
  3. ISKCON, Bangalore
  4. Concert at Sree Ramaseva Mandali(Kote) in 2006 and won “Pratibhakankshi” award
  5. Concert  at Sree Ramaseva Samithi-Sheshadripuram in 2007
  6. Concert at Indian Institute of World Culure-Basavanagudi

9. Light Music

  1. Performed in Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Hyderabad
  2. About 10 concerts in Vikasana academy of music
  3. About 10 concerts in Ramya Cultural Academy
  4. About 10 concerts in Upasana Sangeetha Academy
  5. About 5 concerts in Hombale Pratibha Ranga
  6. AIR children’s day programmes [3]
  7. Adarsha Sugama Sangeeta Academy [2]
  8. Indian Institute of Music and Arts
  9. Gayanotsava programme organized by C.Ashwath
  10. Sadhana School of Music
  11. Anantha Bhava programme in Mysore
  12. “Chiguru” programme in 2001 organized by Kannada & Cultural Department of Karnataka

10. Has won about 300 prizes in state level music competitions in Classical and Light Music organized by various organizations like :

  1. ISCKON Heritage Fest-Bangalore
  2. Bangalore Gayana Samaja
  3. Bharatha Bharathi Sangeetha Pratishtana
  4. Karnataka Sangeetha and Nritya Academy
  5. Shubharam Trust
  6. Malleshwaran Sangeetha Sabha
  7. Sri Madhwa Sangha
  8. R.T.Nagar Cultural Association
  10. Attimabbe Prathishtana
  11. Ramya Cultural Academy
  12. Kerala Samaja
  13. Hombale Pratibha Ranga
  14. Kannada Sahitya Parishath
  15. Adarsha Sugama Sangeetha Academy
  16. Ramanamaharshi Centre for Learning
  17. Ranga Shilpi Academy
  18. Shashi Kalavidaru
  19. Sangeetha Ganga
  20. Kannada Sanskruthi Ilaake
  21. V.V.S.Lalithakala Academy
  22. Indian Institute of Music and Arts
  23. Aryabhata Cultural Organization
  24. Sadhana School of Music
  25. Aradhana Sangeetha School

11. Playback Singing for 23 Kannada films
Suryavamsha, Indradhunush, Ulta Pulta, Premi no 1, Amma ninna tholinalli, Baanallu neene bhuviyallu neene, Jilladhikari, Hello Narada, Chitte, Vali, Manase O manase, Mooru manasu nooru kanasu, Shivappa nayaka, Balarama, Preethislebeku, Devara makkalu, Balashiva, Sri RenukaDevi Mahatme, Magic Ajji, Kowsalya Supraja, Kodanda Rama, Ayyo Paandu, Monda

12. Playback Singing for Kannada TV Serials
Trin trin trin, Kannamuchaale, Anupallavi

13. Recognition and appreciation in newspapers and magazines like Deccan Herald, The Hindu, Udayavani, Kannada Prabha,Prajavani,Vijaya Karnataka, Sudha, Roopataara, etc.

For further details regarding Rithisha and to watch videos visit http://rithisha.wordpress.com

23 Responses to Rithisha Padmanabh

  1. Venkatraman Potti

    Congratulations. May God Bless You.

  2. sharanya bhat

    congratulations rithisha all the best do wel may god bless u

  3. Jagadeesh Yadapadithaya

    congratulations Rithisha, all the best , may God bless you,

  4. Poolaa

    All the best Rithisha…

    I always vote for you.

    Udupi Krishna nimage Jaya tandu kodali.

  5. shivakumar

    hi i am shivakumar
    congratulations Rithisha, all the best , may God bless you,

  6. nagaraj Sharma

    Rithisha – You are sensational singer. You are singing beautifully in VOI-2. I am sure you will win the VOI-2 Title. There is very good fan support to you. You sing to your potential. The other cotestants are not having even 25 % of your singing capability. So it may not be defficult for you to challange them. Good luck. Our support will be there always.

  7. Pradyumna Acharya

    Congratulations, Ritisha
    Lord Krishna bless u……..

  8. M.V.N.RAJ

    Ritisha You have achieved so much at a young age.Congratulations.The Bangalore Kidney Foundation organizes the Pt.Mallikarjun Mansur Hindustani Music Festival in Bangalore each September.This the Festival is on 12th.& 13th.September 2009.Please mail us your address/email id we will send you the invite.Apart from Dr.Alka Deo Marulkar,we will have Raza ali Khan,grandson of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan,Pt.Kaivalyakumar,Satyasheel Deshpande(Kumar Gandharva’s discipile),Kediabrothers,etc…
    I am on 98863-37058

    With best wishes

    The Bangalore Kidney Foundation

  9. Karunakara Nidvannaya


    Ritisha! You are simply great. May all your wishes come true without much hurdle.


    Karunakara Nidvannaya,

  10. M. Jayachandra Rao

    Wish you many more successes, at national and global level. Take care. All are proud of you.

  11. Rtn. Nagesh Sidhanti

    Hello Ritisha,

    Congratulations on many achievements.

    Our Rotary Club is planning a special concert focussed on classy Hindi film
    music of golden era shortly. My number is 9845721118. Please call me or
    email your details on nageshsidhanti@gmail.com. I could not get your contact
    details from the net, hence this mail.

    best regards,

    Rtn. Nagesh Sidhanti – President
    Rotary Bangalore South East

  12. Nahusharaj

    Ritisha.Congratulations and Keep your efforts going.Success will come automatically.

  13. Dr. Nagabhushan Moolky

    Hello Ritisha, Congratulations!! I am from Mangalore lives in Chicago. I write poems and made Kannada music CDs. Please give your contact information.

    Thanks a lot,

    With Best regards

  14. Praveen Acharya

    Hard work always pays… Wish you good luck….

  15. Manju Amaravati

    Hi,, I’m fan of you. i like your singing.
    and wish you good luck in future…;-)

  16. Suchindrum L.Padmanabhan Potti


  17. Suchindrum L.Padmanabhan Potti

    Pray Udupi Lord Krishna for happy and long life. Aseervatham.

  18. la martina polo

    Extremely well written, well thought out article.

  19. K.S.SANJIV


    Your profile and acheivements is amazing. Wish you the best at all times.


  20. Sundeep

    Dear Ritisha,

    Many Congratulations! on your achievements.

    Our AASHRAIY -TRUST is planning a special concert of music shortly. please email me your details on sundeep@aashraiy.org.

    best regards,

    Sundeep Kumar

    Founder- AASHRAIY

  21. Arun kumar sharma T

    What a tremendous growth of success of your team.

  22. girish sp

    Dear ritisha

    Heartly congrates on your achievements

    with regards
    girish sp

  23. girish sp

    Dear ritisha

    Heartly congrates

    with regards
    girish sp

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