Kavita Krishnamurthy Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Kavita Krishnamurthy is a famous Bollywood singer. She has lent her voice in different languages including Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Nepali, Bengali, Konkani, and Odiya.


Kavita Krishnamurthy was born on Saturday, 25 January 1958 (age 61 years; as in 2019), in New Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius. She did B.A. honours in economics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.

Kavita Krishnamurthy’s Old Picture

Family, Caste & Husband

She belongs to a Tamilian Iyer family. Her father’s name is ‘T.S. Krishnamurthy,’ who was an employee in the Education Ministry. Her mother’s name is ‘Kamakshi Krishnamurthy.’ She has a younger brother who is trained in classical music. On 11 November 1999, she got married to the renowned violinist ‘Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam.’ She is his second wife. Her husband has four children from his first wife. Kavita does not have children of her own. Her foster children include two sons- Narayana Subramaniam (doctor) and Ambi Subramaniam (violinist) and two daughters- ‘Gingger Shankar’ and ‘Bindu Subramaniam,’ they both are singers.

Kavita Krishnamurthy with Her Husband and Children

Kavita Krishnamurthy’s Foster Daughter Gingger Shankar


Her aunt ‘Protimma Bhattacharya’ insisted her to join music classes. Kavita was trained in Rabindra Sangeet by Suruma Basu. Later, she started formal training in Hindustani classical music under Balram Puri. She won many medals in singing in the Inter-Ministry Classical Competitions in New Delhi during her school and college days.

Kavita Krishnamurthy in a Recording Studio

In 1971, when she was in college, she got the opportunity to sing in the Bengali movie ‘Shriman Prithviraj’ along with the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer Hemant Kumar.

Kavita Krishnamurthy with Lata Mangeshkar

In 1976, she was introduced to the music director Laxmikant by Jaya Chakravarthy (mother of actress Hema Malini). In 1978, she recorded her first Kannada song ‘Ondanondu kaaladaga’ in the film Ondanondu Kaladalli. In 1985, she gave the first major hit of her career with the song ‘Tumse Milkar Na Jaane Kyon’ from the film Pyaar Jhukta Nahin (1985). However, she got recognition in the industry with her two songs ‘Hawa Hawaii’ and ‘Karte Hain Hum Pyaar Mr India Se’ (both songs from the movie Mr India, 1986).

Her songs in the movie 1942: A Love Story, composed by R.D. Burman were chartbusters. She got the opportunity to work with the renowned singers and music directors of the industry like Bappi Lahiri, Anand-Milind, A. R. Rahman, Ismail Darbar, Himesh Reshammiya, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Viju Shah, Kishore Kumar, and Anu Malik.

Kavita Krishnamurthy with Kumar Sanu and Himesh Reshammiya

Her item song ‘Tu cheez badi hai mast mast’ from the movie Mohra (1994), became very popular starring Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar.

In 2011, she lent her voice for the romantic song ‘Tum Ho’ from the movie Rockstar, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri.


In 2010, Kavita’s husband Dr Lakshminarayana Subramaniam was accused by their 27 years old maid for molesting her. [1]

Awards & Honours

Filmfare Awards

  • 1995: Best Female Playback Singer for “Pyaar Hua Chupke Se” (1942: A Love Story)
  • 1996: Best Female Playback Singer for “Mera Piya Ghar Aaya” (Yaraana)
  • 1997: Best Female Playback Singer for “Aaj Main Upar” (Khamoshi: The Musical)
  • 2003: Best Female Playback Singer (shared with Shreya Ghoshal) for”Dola Re Dola” (Devdas)

Star Screen Awards

  • 1997: Best Female Playback Singer for “Aaj Main Upar” (Khamoshi: The Musical)
  • 2000: Best Female Playback Singer for “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

Zee Cine Awards

  • 2000: Best Female Playback Singer for “Nimbooda” (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
  • 2003: Best Female Playback Singer (shared with Shreya Ghoshal) for “Dola Re” (Devdas)

IIFA Awards

  • 2001: Best Female Playback Singer for “Aey Dil laya Hai Bahar” (Kya Kehna)
  • 2003: Best Female Playback Singer (shared with Shreya Ghoshal) for “Dola Re” (Devdas)

Civilian Awards

  • 2005: Padma Shri

    Kavita Krishnamurthy Posing with Her Award


Kavita Krishnamurthy’s Signature

Favourite Things

  • Singer(s): Lata Mangeshkar and A. R. Rahman
  • Director: Mani Ratnam


  • Her real name is ‘Sharada Krishnamurthy.’
  • When she was in school, she wanted to join the Indian Foreign Services.
  • In 1980, she lent the voice for the song ‘Kaahe Ko Byaahi’ from the film Maang Bharo Sajana (1980), but in final editing, it was deleted from the movie.
  • In 2014, she performed with her husband and son at ‘Madison Square Garden in New York’ during the visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • In 2015, Jain University awarded her with a Doctorate Degree.
  • Apart from Bollywood movies, Kavita and her husband performed live on the national and international podiums.

    Kavita Krishnamurthy Performing with Her Husband

  • There is an app Kavita KS available on Apple app store and Google Play Store- launched by her daughter Bindu Subramaniam, to connect with Kavita’s fans.
  • Kavita Krishnamurthy’s app


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