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Singing away to success

This popular saying in English 'perfectly holds good for me' says play back singer Naagachandrika Bhat. This is since she set out to do something and landed doing something else! The truly gifted, talented, versatile play back singer who hails from capital city of Bangalore firmly believes her talent is yet to be explored fully by the Kannada Music Industry. Being a bright kid, she excelled in studies and also bagged an Engineering seat on merit at the prestigious BMS Engineering College, Bangalore. But as she opines in the preface of this profile, destiny has its own way and thus today instead of being an Engineer, she is a well known singer.Taking after her mother Smt. Sudhamani, Naagachandrika began learning Carnatic Music from Smt Rohini Prabhunandan at the age of 10 and won many prizes in various competitions across the state. She quit Engineering for the sake of music and She completed graduation majoring PCM in Sheshadripuram College after which she took up to persue music seriously. Before this she had quit Engineering after first semester for the sake of music.

Coming from a family which adored Rashtriya Swayamseva Sangha (RSS) and had active members, it was but natural of her to be singing in various programmes of RSS thus landing her the very first recorded song of hers in their cassette in the year 1995. Around the same time, she won the Hombale Pratibha Ranga Sugama Sangeetha Spardhe which paved the way for her entry into the field of light music as well as into the Kannada Film Industry. Gradually she honed her skills and became a track singer in the following years. Chandu, as she is called by loved one's, has sung for around 300 movies as part of the Kannada Movie Chorus team and also has sung as a track singer for almost same number of movies. She has graduated now to sing her own songs thus making a mark for her slowly, but steadily in the Film Industry.

Her well known songs include Deepavalige from Mungarina Minchu (her first film song) (V.Manohar), Bare Rajakumari from Kotigalu Sar Kotigalu (Hamsalekha), Rodigili Radhika from Excuse Me, Enivaga from Chappale (R.P.Patnaik), Punaha Punaha from the movie Srirastu Shubhamastu (Kalyan) and thus goes on the list. Till date she has sung for over 40 movies. One more great opportunity came her way, when she got an opportunity to sing for a symphony by acclaimed Composer Ilayaraja in the year 2004. It was a combination of Western Orchestration with Tamil ancient verse.

Being a lover of classical music and having aesthetic sense for literature, Light Classical Music (Sugama Sangeetha) was the best option, which combines soulful music and haunting lyrics giving the listener the benefit of best of both worlds and thus I chose light music", says Chandrika. Chandrika, an auditioned artiste at the All India Radio, Bangalore is currently busy with light music Programmes other than singing for movies. She has worked with almost all the music directors of the likes Hamsalekha, V Manohar, Sadhu Kokila, Guru Kiran, Kalyan, R.P.Patnaik etc... And also sung in the parallel music industry by recording many devotionals, folk and light music cassettes and also for the Kathak dance and ballet of Smt Maya Rao.Chandrika is a truly versatile singer waiting to be bestowed with success.

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