Sreerama Chandra is an Indian singer and actor. He is famous for being the winner of the TV singing reality show ‘Indian Idol 5’ (2010).
He did his schooling at St. Andrews School, Bowenpally, Secunderabad, Telangana.
Later, he pursued BTech from the Royal Institute of Technology and Science (RITS), Damaragidda, Telangana. He did a five-year course in Carnatic Vocal at Sri Bhaktha Ramadasu Govt. College of Music and Dance, Hyderabad, Telangana, under the renowned Indian singer Bhaskara Haripriya. The Times of India
While he was in school and college, he used to participate in various singing competitions and regional TV shows.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Sreerama Chandra was born in a South Indian family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, MSN Prasad, is an advocate in a High Court, and his mother is a housewife. He has a sister named Ashwini Prasad.
As a Singer
He was spotted by one of the film directors through one of his regional singing TV shows. He was then called by the Indian director Chandu who offered Sreerama a song in his film. In 2007, he lent his voice to the song “Chirugaalulato” for the Telugu film ‘Notebook.’ In 2010, Sreerama released his music album ‘Rehnuma’ followed by another music album ‘Crazy Love.’ He has worked as a singer in films of multiple languages including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil. In 2005, he made his debut as a singer in the Telugu dubbed version of the Hindi film ‘Murder’ in which he sang two songs ‘Life Style’ and ‘Apple.’ He has sung many songs in Telugu films such as “Pragathi S Good Bye” from the film ‘Boni’ (2009), “Nachchavura” from the film ‘Badrinath’ (2011), “Mari Antaga” from ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’ (2012), and “Anaganaganaga” from ‘Oh! Baby’ (2019).
In 2011, he made his debut in Bollywood with the songs “Madhubala” and “Ishq Risk” (Remix) from the film ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.’ He has sung many Hindi songs including “Subhaanallah” from ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ (2013), “Haal-E-Dil (Male)” from ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ (2016), “Allah Duhai Hai” from ‘Race 3’ (2018), and “Fikar Not” from ‘Chhichhore’ (2019). His debut songs in the Kannada films are “Sorry Ri Sorry” and “Ye Huduga” from ‘Rose’ (2014). In 2016, he lent his voice for the song “DhundiCha Kshan Ha Olathe” in the Marathi version of the Hindi film ‘M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.’ In 2017, he released a few cover songs on YouTube including ‘Closer x Channa Mereya,’ ‘Let Me Love You x Enna Sona,’ and ‘Peeloon x IshqSufiyana.’
He lent his voice for the Hindi TV serial’s title track ‘Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha’ (2021) aired on Star Plus. He has performed live at various stage shows at the national and international levels.
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As an Actor
In 2013, he got an offer to act in the Telugu film ‘Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankara’ in which he played the role of Amaraka Maharaju.
Some of the Telugu films in which he has worked as an actor include ‘Prema Geema Jaantha Nai’ (2013) and ‘MMOF’ (2021).
During an interview, he was asked how he started acting as a career, he said,
Acting happened to me. I did not go asking for it. After Indian Idol, I was approached with acting offers. I heard around nine scripts. But I was certain that if I do act, I wanted a good production house, a good director, and clarity about what I was required to do. I heard several scripts but was too busy singing songs to take up anything. I didn’t want to put my music career on hold for acting, because I had just begun getting good singing offers. So, I took some time, thought over.”
As a Contestant
He has participated in many singing competitions and won a few of them. He came into the limelight in 2010 when he participated in the TV singing reality show ‘Indian Idol 5’ and finished as the winner of the show.
On his victory, he won a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakhs, a Tata Winger car, a song with Yash Raj Films, and a contract of one year with the music label Sony BMG.
Some of the singing reality TV shows in which Sreerama has contested include ‘Ananda Ragam Contest’ (2004), ‘Amul Star Voice of India’ (2007), ‘Okkare’ (2008), and ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star 2’ (2012). In 2021, he participated in the TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss Season 5’ (Telugu) as a contestant.
Accused of Indecency
In 2018, the South Indian actress Sri Reddy accused him of sending her indecent messages on WhatsApp. IB Times She even posted screenshots of her chat with Sreerama on her social media account with the caption,
Becoz of this few male dominating replies, and few are questioning my sincerity ..I dnt know what kind of a society I am in..so never ever ask me to keep my proofs here ..people forced me to keep the evidence..who are spoons of big people, playing drama very well..feeling sorry that I am living in the male-dominated society..still girls didn’t get independence.”
- Inappropriate Behaviour with the Stylist
In 2019, Sreerama’s manager Joshina asked Sreerama’s stylist Sugandha to style some good clothes for him. Sugandha replied,
It’s getting difficult for me to fetch clothes for Sreerama because of his weak social media presence, and he really needs to up his game.”
This reply was not well received by the singer, and he asked Joshina to fire Sugandha. He blocked her from WhatsApp and started abusing the stylist from Joshina’s phone. Spotboye Later, when Sugandha was asked about the whole incident, she said,
Not just me but he talks like this to everyone. His manager, Joshina, is a good friend of mine and that’s why I agreed to style him, in spite of his unprofessional behaviour. But this time he crossed his limit by abusing me, that too because I showed him the mirror. I also spoke to his father who apologised to me on his behalf but I am in no mood to forgive him because he will continue with his obnoxious behaviour with others. Strangely, his manager Joshina, who is a girl, is supporting this appalling behaviour. He used sentences like “Do kaudi ki stylist.”
Awards & Honours
- Lata Mangeshkar Award from Andhra Pradesh Government (2010)
- B. Sreenivas Award by singer P. B. Sreenivas at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
- GIMA 2011 for the best music debut for Rehnuma
- Dainik Prayukti Sammaan on 31 March 2017 at Constitution Club of India, Delhi
Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
- Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
- In an interview, he shared his experience of singing on stage for the first time. He said,
As many of my fans know, I come from a humble home with no musical background but was encouraged by my Grandfather to sing with my sister and cousins. My first experience on stage was when I was 8 years old. Surprisingly, I was more excited than nervous because my Uncle, Late Mr. C. Venkatachalam believed in my voice. I sang “Teri Adaaon Pe Marta Hoon” from the Movie, Gupt along with my darling Cousin Sailu. It was then when my musical journey truly began and Music, soon became my passion, my life… I used to spend many hours a day listening to Lataji, Rafi Sahab, Kishore da, Ghantasala Sir, S. P. Balasubramaniam amongst others.”
My passion for music overtook my interest in studies so I was put into a Boarding School for 2 years without much access to music. During this time, the only song that kept my passion close to heart was A. R. Rehman Sir’s Version of “Vande Mataram” which I used to sing at Patriotic occasions in Boarding School. I came back home to pursue my Engineering but was even more driven to pursue Music even if it meant juggling College and Music together.
- Since childhood, he was inclined towards sports and used to play various games like basketball, football, and badminton.
- He performed at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (2010) in New Delhi along with renowned Indian singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, and Sunidhi Chauhan.
- Sreerama is an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha.
- He is an avid animal lover and has two pet cats and a pet dog named Petril.
- Sreerama Chandra considers the legendary Indian singer Kishore Kumar his God.
- In 2014, he was featured in a TV commercial of Maruti Suzuki along with the Indian actor Salman Khan.