Playback singer Sujatha Mohan was never too far from music, and has been singing ever since she was a schoolgirl. In the 1970s’ she gained immense popularity as Baby Sujatha when she regularly performed on stage along with singer K.J. Yesudas. So much so that, by the time she was twelve years old, she had recorded her first ever film song - for the Malayalam film “Tourist Bungalow” (1975).
Though her first recorded Tamil song was to be “Kaadal Oviyam Kandein” for the film “Kavikuyil” (1977), but since the song was never included in the film, her first Tamil song was for the film “Gayathri” (1977). After recording her first few songs with Illayaraja, she got married in 1981 and took a sabbatical, though she did keep singing for advertisement jingles for A.R. Rehman and also learning the Hindustani Classical music. It was here that Rehman asked her to sing “Pudhu Vellai Mazhai” for his upcoming film “Roja” (1992)
With the success of the songs of “Roja” giving her a perfect comeback, she went on to sing for almost thirty songs for A.R. Rehman, from films like “Gentleman” (1993), “Bombay” (1995), “Mr Romeo” (1996), “Minsara Kanavu” (1997), “Taal” (1999), “Jeans” (1998), “Pukar” (2000), “Kannathil Muthamittal” (2002) to the most recent “Guru” (2007) to name a few. The songs she sang for Hindi films - like “Ishq Bina” (“Taal”, 1999) and “Hai Jaana” (“Pukar”, 2000) - also became popular.
She has received a number of awards for her singing, including the Tamil Nadu and Kerala State Film Awards three times each, Film Critics Award for Best Female Playback thirteen times and the National Film Award for Best Female Playback two times.