Not much was known about singer, Shaktisree Gopalan, till a widely-acclaimed performance on an episode of MTV Unplugged (Season 2) featuring A.R. Rahman. Her soulful rendition of A.R. Rahman’s “Nenjukulle”, from Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film, Kadal, set the online world abuzz. Shaktisree, who debuted as a backup singer for Lattoo (Ghajini) in 2008, had finally gotten her big break.
Shaktisree was born and grew up in Kochi and moved to Chennai after school. With a strong base in Carnatic music, she started performing for local bands, Off The Record and Pyjama Conspiracy. A chance encounter with A.R. Rahman at a recoding studio got her the offer to do backup vocals for Lattoo and later on for “Jhootha Hi Sahi” (2010) and “Endhiran” (2010). Later she got the opportunity to sing lead for the title song of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (2012) along with Javed Ali. Now, with a brilliant solo in “Nenjukulle”, it appears Shaktisree Gopalan has a promising career ahead of her.