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BornSivagangai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresFilmi, Folk music
Playback singer

Chinnaponnu (sometimes written Chinna Ponnu, or Chinnaponnu Kumar) is a folk and playback singer from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Early life

Chinnaponnu She was born in Suranam, a small village in Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu, India. She started performing in temple festivals and churches when she was 13 years old. Soon afterwards, she began singing professionally in the troupe of fellow folk artist Kottaisamy, whom she credits as a mentor. Later her voice brought the attention of K.A. Gunasekaran, a leading researcher on the folk arts and folk songs of Tamil Nadu, who also had close ties to the Communist Party of India. Gunasekaran helped promote her performances in different parts of the state.[1]


In 2004, she broke into the Tamil film industry as a playback singer with the song "Vazhthuren Vazhthuren" in the hit film Chandramukhi, starring Rajinikanth and Jyothika.[2] This led to television appearances and interest from other music directors.

In the year 2010, she won the Edition Award 2010 for the song "Theeka Theeka" from the film Suriyan Satta Kalloori directed by S.S. Pandian. In the same year she was also one of the artists featured in the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, composed by A. R. Rahman, with a video directed by Gautham Menon.[3]

In 2010 and 2011, her troupe was one of the headlining acts at the Chennai Sangamam festival. In June 2011, she appeared on MTV Coke Studio television series in the episodes 'Vethalai' and 'Tere Naam' along with singer Kailash Kher and Papon.

In 2012, she entered the Telugu film industry with the song Pattuko Pattuko in the hit movie Bus Stop with music by JB and G. Anil.

Nakku Mukka

Her next major hit, "Nakku Mukka", was featured in the 2008 film Kadhalil Vizhunthen. For this song she was honoured with the Kannadasan Award for best folk singer in a Tamil film. A different version of "Nakku Mukka" (with changed lyrics) was featured in a short Times of India ad film entitled A Day in the Life of Chennai, which won two Gold Lions at Cannes in 2009.[4][5] The song even featured in the Bollywood hit film The Dirty Picture.



Suriya Thoranam, her first audiocassette, released by Father Bakianathan.

Thannane, with songs written and composed by K.A. Gunasekaran, released by the CPI.

Chinnaponnu recorded many other cassettes in her childhood and young adulthood which were sold and circulated informally. A CD re-release of the best of these tracks is planned.

Solo CDs

Marikkozhunthae (Symphony Records, 2005)

Thannane Thannane (Symphony Records, 2009)

Playback singer

Song Film Music Director Language
Vazthran Vazthran Chandramukhi Vidyasagar Tamil
Aathi Sivanae Thagappansamy Srikanth Deva Tamil
Mannarkudi Kalakalakka Sivappathigaram Vidyasagar Tamil
Naalugopura Karuppusamy Kuththagaithaarar Dheena Tamil
Nakku Mukka Kadhalil Vizhunthen Vijay Antony Tamil
Theeka Theeka Suriyan Satta Kalloori Deva Tamil
Dindu Kallu Dindigul Sarathy Dheena Tamil
Aakayam Edimughanka Eesa Haran Tamil
Aaravaili Avargalum Ivargalum Srikanth Deva Tamil
Aakayam Edimughanka Eesa Haran Tamil
Aaraaro Aaraaro Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Justin Prabhakaran Tamil
Pattuko Pattuko Bus Stop JB and G. Anil Telugu
Kaatuka Kallu Sarocharu Devi Sri Prasad Telugu
Mirchi Mirchi Devi Sri Prasad Telugu
Thappathaan Theriyum Maari Anirudh Ravichander Tamil
Moonu Kodi Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum Natarajan Sankaran Tamil
Love In Wheels - Theme Thodari D.Imman Tamil
Vodu Vodu Vodu Bramman Devi Sri Prasad Tamil
Bam Bam Bambaram Raja Mandhiri Justin Prabhakaran Tamil
Oppaari Saithan Vijay Antony Tamil
Anna Nadai Thagaraaru Dharan Kumar Tamil
Oorellam Vettu Sattham Thilagar Kannan Tamil
Valliamma Seedan Dhina Tamil
Chikku Bukku Madha Gaja Raja Vijay Antony Tamil
Vatta Vatta Seeni Srikanth Deva Tamil
Anicham Poovazhagi Thaandavam G.V.Prakash Kumar Tamil
Hello Brother Irumbu Kuthirai G.V.Prakash Kumar Tamil
Kokkara Kozhi Saivam G.V.Prakash Kumar Tamil
Koova Ondraga Originals Karthik Tamil

Personal life

In 1990 Chinnaponnu was married to composer and percussionist Selva Kumar (who generally performs under the name Kumar) at Thanjavur Mariamman Temple. They have composed music and performed together ever since.

In 2008, Chinnaponnu was involved in a serious car accident, in which her driver was killed.[6] She sustained head injuries and was hospitalised for several weeks, but was performing and recording again within a few months.


  1. ^ Chinna Ponnu dreams big
  2. ^ "These are songs packed with healing effect", The Hindu, Chennai, India, 14 March 2007
  3. ^ Chinna Ponnu on cloud nine
  4. ^ "TOI wins India its first Gold Film Lions at Cannes". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "A Day in the Life of Chennai".
  6. ^ The Hindu (14 November 2008). "Singer Injured in Road Accident". Chennai, India. Retrieved 2011.

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