Chinmayi Sripaada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant. She is often credited as Chinmayee/India Haza but her birth name is Chinmayi. She rose to fame for her critically acclaimed song “Oru Deivam Thantha Poovae” from the National Award winning movie Kannathil Muthamittal. Chinmayi is also the first female singer in India to have an iOS App.
Chinmayi hails from a musically rich family. Chinmayi was raised by her mother, T. Padmhasini, a singer and musicologist, taught her Carnatic music and Hindustani classical music. After her birth and early childhood in Mumbai, Chinmayi relocated to Chennai, where she attended the Children’s Garden school until the age of 10.She was then enrolled at Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar and went on to complete her school education through home study modules where she was partly home-schooled after her 10th standard.Chinmayi received the CCRT Scholarship for Young Talent for Carnatic Music from the Government of India at 10.
She won the gold medal from All India Radio for Ghazals in 2000 and the Silver for Hindustani Classical Music in 2002. She learned German as a language in the Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai and completed certification courses from NIIT and SSI in web design. During her school life, she held jobs with both Sify and studentconcepts.org. Chinmayi currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Madras. She is also a versatile dancer and mostly enjoys the Odissi form of dance. Apart from her mother tongue Tamil, she speaks Hindi, English, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, and German fluently.