Priyadarshini as a Playback Singer in Indian Cinema
Priyadarshini entered the Indian Film Industry as a Playback Singer in 2003 with the Tamil movie Kadhal Dot Com under the Music Direction of Ramani Bharadwaj with her debut song ‘Kadhal Kadhal’, a melodious duet with singer Hariharan. She flew from Singapore to India to record this song. Though she had her experience in live performances, TV shows, music competitions, and private albums from her childhood, it was a completely new experience to work for a movie with an established & notable Music Composer. Priyadarshini was fortunate to receive guidance from him on her singing techniques & nuances in the recording session where he taught her every minute detail required for the song which was an unforgettable first experience at the AVM Studios. Sooner, her expansive vocal range, crystalline sweet voice with hard work and dedication in music brought her many such opportunities where she sang many melody songs for movies. Priyadarshini did not stick to the melody genre of singing but also explored other styles of songs. She got an offer to sing for the popular Tamil movie ‘Kusthi’ directed by Rajkapoor where she sang a peppy song ‘Masala Maharani’ for Music Composer D.Imman picturised on star-studded cast Prabhu, Karthik, Manya, Latha, Y.G. Mahendran, Vijayakumar, Vadivelu. In this song, she deviated from her usual melodious style and modulated her voice to suit the peppy number where she proved she could sing various styles of songs which brought her a lot of appreciation. She then worked with D.Imman for several movies, jingles and background scores. Priyadarshini stepped into Bollywood with the movie ‘Garam Masala’ starring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Neha Dhupia, Daisy Bopanna for Music Director D. Imman for the song ‘Ye Dosti’ and background vocals.
Priyadarshini began receiving offers from other Indian film industries including Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. She made her debut into Telugu Film Industry with ‘Simha Baludu’ starring Arjun Sarja, Simran, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Vijayakumar, Music Composed by Manisharma. Later she sang for movies like ‘Giri’, ‘Bommalavari Veedhulalo’ a duet with singer Karthik, Music by D.Imman starring Arjun Sarja, Divya Spandana, Reema Sen, Prakash Raj, ‘Chinna Pagulunna’ for movie Manikyam 420 where she had an opportunity to work again with Music Composer Bharadwaj for a Telugu movie and many other movies and become one of the prominent singers of Telugu Film Industry. She debuted into the Malayalam Music Industry with the song ‘Premam’.
In the year 2004, Priyadarshini entered the Kannada film Industry with the song ‘Ee Premadaramba’ from the movie ‘Ajju’ under the Music Direction of Rajesh Ramanath, a melody duet with singer Rajesh Krishnan. She made a strong base in the Kannada film industry and worked back to back for many prominent music composers singing several melody hit songs. She lent her voice for the superhit movie ‘Julie‘ starring Dino Morea, Ramya which was the remake of the Hindi movie ‘Julie‘ starring actress Lakshmi. The soulful track ‘Yeh Raatein Nayi Purani‘ originally composed by Rajesh Roshan, sung by Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar was retained in the Kannada movie by Music Composer Rajesh Ramanath. Priyadarshini got the opportunity to sing its Kannada version ‘Ee Haadu‘. Singing it without imitating the veteran singer was a challenge, this song became a hit and became a landmark song in her film music career. She also sang another soothing song ‘Navanitha Chora‘ in the same movie which was also well received by the audience.
Priyadarshini sang for several other movies in Kannada, to name a few Bidda, Seena, Nannedeya Haadu, Thipparalliya Tarlegalu, Heththare Hennanne Herabeku, Chikkamagalura Chikka Mallige, Jayahe and others. ‘Cheluvina Chittara‘ was a blockbuster movie for which she sang two songs ‘Kendowle Kane‘, ‘By two coffee‘ as lead singer under the Music Direction of Mano Murthy. She later sang a duet with Legendary Playback Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for Kannada movie ‘Rocky’, song ‘Snehada Chiguru‘ starring actor Yash, Music Composed by Venkat Narayan. She has sung the song ‘Gira Gira’, Music Composed by Gurukiran a duet with singer KK for the movie ‘News’ starring Upendra, Reema Sen.
She has lent her voice alongside Singer Mano for the song ‘Nanagu Ninagu’ for the movie ‘Bangalore Metro’ starring Naveen Krishna, Music Composed by Ravish A.T. which is slated for release. This song is a 80s blockbuster hit which has been reused from the movie ‘Nyaya Ellide’ starring Shankar Nag originally sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S.Janaki, Music Directed by Chakravarthy, Lyrics Chi. Udayashankar.
In recent times, in Tamil Movie ‘Naan Than Bala’ starring Film Actor Vivek in the lead role, she has sung an unforgettable song ‘Thiruvai Mozhi azhaga’ penned by veteran Lyricist Vaali which is considered to be the last song he wrote before his death. For the same movie ‘Naan Than Bala’ she also sang ‘Uyire Unakkaga’ with singer Srinivas, Music Composed by Venkat Krishi. This movie’s audio was released by Music Composer A. R. Rahman, Directors K. Balachander, Bharathiraja & Mani Ratnam.
Priyadarshini has sung for several movies in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, languages for renowned Music Composers Bharadwaj, Hamsalekha, Mano Murthy, Gurukiran, D. Imman, Rajesh Ramanath, R.P. Patnaik, Manisharma, Dhina, Chakri, Soundaryan, V. Manohar, S.A Rajkumar, Muralikrishna, Venkat Krishi, M.N. Krupakar, A.T. Ravish, K.Kalyan, Ganesh Narayanan, V. Sridhar, U.K Murali, Mahesh Mahadev, Mervin Micheal, Satish Aryan, Ananth Aryan, and many others.
Priyadarshini has lent her voice for many movies along with Legendary & leading playback singers like S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mano, Hariharan, Srinivas, Madhu Balakrishnan, KK, Karthik, Ranjith, Mukesh and other singers.
Non-Filmy & Private Albums
Apart from playback singing Priyadarshini has also proved her talent in Private Non-Filmy, Devotional, Indian classical Albums, Jingles, Serial/Show Title Songs, Corporate Brand Anthems in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Marathi, Urdu, Odia, Bengali, Punjabi, Tulu, Rajasthani, English, Spanish and several other languages. She has released several independent albums & has worked for other Music Directors and Record Labels. To name a few, Jhankar Music, Lahari Music, Ezra Audios, Dream Sounds, Anusha Audios, Believers Group, Universal Music, Clav International, PM Audios & Entertainments, Mugus Records, Kamadhenu Audio & Video and many others.
Priyadarshini’s private album ‘Sai Sangeeth’ in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu languages with Music composed & Lyrics by K.Kalyan was well received by the Music fraternity. Her private album ‘Mathura Madhura’, produced by Ram Sumi Creations, Music by A.T. Ravish under the Audio Label Lahari Audio Company was released by Popular Kannada Film Actor, Producer Raghavendra Rajkumar. ‘Rama Priya’ & ‘Rama Pyaari’ albums sung by Priyadarshini & Legendary Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam under the banner of Sri Sri Publications Trust & Universal Music, Music by A.T. Ravish was released by Legendary Kannada Film Producer Parvathamma Rajkumar.
She has sung for the Sanskrit Album ‘Maharudram Mahadeshwaram’, Music Composed & Lyrics written by Mahesh Mahadev, produced by Ram. She has also sung for Sri Shankara Stotra Ratnas, an album comprising slokas of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, raga based compositions by Music Director Mahesh Mahadev initiated and released by His Holiness Sri Sri Shankara Bharathi Swamiji. She has sung & also appeared in the video song of Adi Shankara’s ‘Achyutam Keshavam‘ music composed & video directed by Mahesh Mahadev in his new raga creation Amritha Kalyani & Nada Kalyani.
She has lent her voice for albums like ‘Karunaada Siri Sri Siddha Gange’ by Jhankar Music, ‘Sri Manjunatha’ Music Composed by Satish Aryan, ‘Modakapriya Ganaraja’ Music Composed by Mahesh Mahadev, ‘Divya Chetana’ Music Composed by A.T. Ravish, ‘Gangamma’ Music Composed by Venkat Narayan, Christian Devotionals like ‘Athi Shreshtamaina Namam’, ‘C/o Jesus’, ‘Namma Mane Devaru’, ‘Winner’, ‘Ee Paapi Magana Koogu’ etc.
Priyadarshini has sung in Tamil albums ‘Vizhigal Pozhiyum’, Music Composed by U.K Murali, ‘Oli Deepavali’, Music Composed by Radha Vijayan, ‘Uyir Thedi’, Music Composed by Mervin Michael. Her Hindi song ‘Neele Gagan Mein‘ from the album ‘Sawan Ke Badal’ composed by Mahesh Mahadev became a super hit amongst music lovers. She has sung for the Thirukkural Isai world music project ‘Oru Kurall Oru Kural’ by Music Composed by Bharadwaj.
Recently, Priyadarshini has sung for devotional albums like ‘Sadhguru Sri Yogi‘, ‘Nareyana Namamrutham‘ Composed by Mahesh Mahadev, Lyrics by Kaiwara Yogi Nareyana Yathindra, produced by Dr. M. R. Jayaram, Dharmadikari, Kaiwara Yogi Mutt. Few popular songs in these albums include ‘Narudu Gurudani‘ in Rag Hindolam by Priyadarshini & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, ‘Dhimi Dhimi‘ in Rag Brindavani Sarang by by Priyadarshini, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Mahesh Mahadev, ‘Sri Nareyana Namamrutha Rasa’ in Hamir Kalyani, ‘Nanenu Balleno’ in Darbari Kanada Ragamalika, ‘Rama Rama Mukunda Madhava’ in Raga Saramati and many others.
Priyadarshini has also lent her voice for new ragas created by Music Composer Mahesh Mahadev. To name a few new ragas Amritha Kalyani, Nada Kalyani, Srirangapriya, Bhimsen, Rajasadhaka and also sung for compositions in rare ragas like Rudra Pancham, Vasanthi, Lavangi, Ganapathi and others.
Priyadarshini has worked for several jingles and commercials including CMR Central, Kuberan Silks, Micro Labs Limited, Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd. and many others. She has also sung for serial/show title songs, including Udaya TV’s serial ‘Kamadhenu’, Corporate brand anthems, motivational, awareness, promotional, campaign, theme songs, and also worked for songs for Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation etc.
Priyadarshini as a Lyricist
Priyadarshini has penned lyrics for many devotional songs and private albums. Few devotional songs include ‘Un Madhura Naamathile’ from ‘En Kula Deivame Ayyappa’, ‘Unnai Naan’ from ‘Priyamana Sai’, ‘Neeye Endrum’ from ‘Devi Dayapari’ etc.