Known for her playback vocal performances in numerous Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu films, this Indian folk and carnatic singer was the recipient of Filmfare Awards South and Karnataka State Film Awards honors.
She first sang in Tamil films when she was just ten years old. She later earned an advanced degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, U.S.A.
She performed in several jugalbandhi (Indian classical music) concerts.
Her marriage to fellow vocalist Sriram Parasuram resulted in two children: Lokesh and Jayant.
She frequently performed the music of Academy Award-winning film composer A.R. Rahman. Rahman, in fact, was the first person in the film industry to discover her talent.