luminaries of the music fraternity of the country like M. Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was also her first guru (teacher). Apart from this judgement panel she has appeared in many of the ETV (Telugu) music-shows like Swarabhishekam, Super Masti, Jhumandi Nadam etc.
She started singing at her house as well she used to sing in neighbour's occasional events. Sreekumar, Mano, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Rajesh Krishnan, Karthik, P. Balasubrahmanyam have a special fame of recording all the songs in one film dominatly from 1990-1997 mostly in Telugu, Kannada and few Tamil films.
She is considered to be the only singer from India who was honoured in Qinghai International Music and Water Festival by the Government of China. Beena and her younger brother k Mahesh are also playback singers. Sreenivasan, Mohan Sithara, Vidyasagar, Ramesh Narayan, Sharreth and M. She is regarded as "Nightingale of Kerala (Vanambadi)" and recorded too many successful songs in Malayalam. She was given the title Chinnakuyil after singing the song "Chinna Kuyil Paadum" from the 1985 released film Poove Poochudava.. Rajkumar, Vidyasagar, Sirpy, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G. Prakash Kumar, Harris Jayaraj and Santhosh Narayanan. Mil Gaya for which she won Bollywood Movie Awards, MTV Immies Award and the nomination for Filmfare Awards. They had a daughter Nandana, who drowned in a pool in Dubai in 2011 when Chithra was about to perform for a A.
Her song "Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay (1995) was included in The Guardian Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, into a family of musicians, Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was also her first guru (teacher). The song "Manjal Prasadavum" from the film Nakhakshathangal (1986) composed by Bombay Ravi got her the second National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. She recorded maximum number of songs for the composer S. Venkitesh and her maximum duet songs in Malayalam are with K. For the folksy classical song "Paadariyaen Padippariyaen" from the film Sindhu Bhairavi (1986), she was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. She has sung huge number of evergreen hit songs in Tamil which are remembered till date. Her fifth National award for best singer was for the song "Oooh La La" from the film Minsara Kanavu (1997). In the song "Tum Bin Jiya Jaye Kaise" from the film Tum Bin became a huge chartbuster, where she has rendered that song with high expression and emotion.
The following year she made her debut in Malayalam cinema through Udhyogastha by P. Touted as the first "multi-starrer", with five top actors, in Malayalam cinema, the film had Sathyan, Prem Nazir, K. Ummer, Padmini, Sharada, Sheela and Rajasree in the lead along with Shobha.
She also received the Filmfare Best Actress award for Pasi and received the Second Best Actress award from the Kerala government in 1977 for the film Ormakal Marikkumo. The 1983 Malayalam film Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback directed by K.
Being a legend herself, she acknowledges all her senior singers and music directors as her inspiration. Krishna Reddy, Hamsalekha, Raveendran, Johnson, Sharreth, S. Rajkumar, Manisharma, Vidyasagar, Deva, Devi Sri Prasad, Anu Malik, Mickey J Meyer in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.