Chithra says: “Music has enriched my life immeasurably;
it has helped me look at life with optimism.”
Chithra is gifted with a pleasant, fluid voice, says a senior Carnatic music critic. She hails from a family of musicians and with a rich musical lineage. Her doting parents noticed early her aptitude for dance and music. Her parents encouraged her and provided a favorable ambience to hone her talents under renowned Gurus in Bharathnatyam and Carnatic music. She started her musical career under her mother Smt. Susila Seetharaman, a senior Carnatic vocalist and later came under the tutelage of Shri.Chalapuram Papa, one of the foremost disciples of Shri.Tiger Varadhacahrya and also under P.Vasudevan, (Senior AIR artist, Trichy) disciple of T.K.Rangachary .She further had the opportunity to learn under Madhoor P. Balasubramanyam, a senior disciple of Shri. Kanchana Subbarathnam. Also had the rare opportunity to have master classes under the able guidance of renowned musician and musicologist Dr.Prof. Shri .T.V.Gopalakrishnan . She has performed extensively in India, Middle-East and in the United Kingdom. She has also featured in South Indian premier television channels and performed in the All India Radio, Mangalore as a youth artist. She has also been regularly performing during the Madras Music season in the recent years and has received critical acclaim on several occasions.
Besides being blessed with a rich and mellifluous voice and her musical achievements, Chithra is also an accomplished dancer. She has been trained in the Vazhuvoor style by Kalaimamani Mrs.Malathi Dominic, Chennai. She gave her dance debut “Arangetram” in 1983 under the auspices of Bharatha Natyalaya and Trichy Fine Arts and was awarded “Natya Bhooshan”. She has performed extensively in Kerala,Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.
Chithra has also worked as a freelance artist for Art organisations across the UK.
Her desire to propagate the rich South Indian art forms globally, led her to start Shruthi UK, an artist led nonprofit organization, now based in Birmingham. She has also made her debut in the tamil playback introduced by the noted music director Sri Devi Sri Prasad in the year 2009. She also sings tracks for some of the Music directors in the Tamil music industry. She conducts workshops and interactive sessions with children and also with the community at large to create an awareness and interest in the rich Indian tradition-through music, dance and Indian culture.
Chithra has an MBA in Marketing & Finance & MBA in Human Resources. She also holds a doctorate in Management.
Chithra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.