Sreerama Chandra is a popular Indian singer and actor. He participated in the fifth season of the famous TV singing reality show Indian Idol (2005), in which he emerged as the winner. Presently, he is contesting in the television reality show Bigg Boss Telugu 5. Let’s take a closer look at the life of the famous singer.
Sreerama Chandra, also known as Sreerama Chandra Mynampati, was born on 19 January 1986 in Addanki, Andhra Pradesh. As of 2021, his age is 35 years. During his school and college days, he used to take part in many singing competitions.
Chandra is a fitness freak actor who is approximately 5’9″ tall. He has black eyes, and the colour of his hair is also black.
Sreerama Chandra was born to an advocate in a High Court, MSN Prasad. His mother is a housewife.
He hails from a South Indian family and has a sister, Ashwini Prasad.
There are rumours that he is dating Bigg Boss Telugu 5 (2021) co-contestant Hamida.
He began his kindergarten education at St. Andrews School, Bowenpally, Secunderabad, Telangana. Sreerama then went to the Royal Institute of Technology and Science (RITS), Damaragidda, Telangana, to pursue his BTech degree. Subsequently, he pursued a five-year degree course in Carnatic Vocal from Sri Bhaktha Ramadasu Govt. College of Music and Dance, Hyderabad, Telangana. He took guidance under the evergreen singer Bhaskara Haripriya.
As a Singer
After completing his education, he began to focus on his singing career. While he was performing in one of the regional singing television shows, he got noticed by one of the film directors, Chandu, who called Sreerama and offered him to sing a song in his film. That offer proved to be the biggest turning point in his career, as after that, there was no looking back for him. In 2007, he sang the song Chirugaalulato for the Telugu film Notebook. Following this, he released other melodies, Rehnuma (2010) and Crazy Love (2010). Sreerama is a multilingual singer as he lent his voice in several languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil. Thereafter, he made his singing debut with the Telugu dubbed version of the Hindi film Murder, in which he sang two songs titled Life Style and Apple. Some of the notable songs of his career for the Telugu films are Pragathi S Good Bye from the movie Boni in 2009, Nachchavura from the movie Badrinath in 2011, Mari Antaga from the movie Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu in 2012, and more. His song Anaganaganaga (Oh! Baby) received huge appreciation from the audience.
After marking his existence in the Tollywood industry, he stepped into Bollywood and debuted with the songs Madhubala and Ishq Risk (Remix) from the movie Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). He sang many hits in Bollywood like Subhaanallah (2013), Haal-E-Dil (Male) (2016), Allah Duhai Hai (2018), and Fikar Not (2019). He got immense popularity with the Marathi song DhundiCha Kshan Ha Olathe (2016), the Marathi version of the Hindi film M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Afterwards, in 2017, he sang covers of various songs titled Closer X Channa Mereya, Let Me Love You X Enna Sona, and more.
Apart from movies, in 2021, he also gave his voice for the title track of the Hindi TV serial Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha, which aired on Star Plus.
Sreerama has performed live at many stage shows in India and abroad also.
As an Actor
Besides singing, he also tried his luck in the field of acting. In 2013, he appeared in the Telugu film Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankara as Amaraka Maharaju.
He has acted in various Telugu films, including Prema Geema Jaantha Nai (2013) and MMOF (2021).
During an interview, Sreerama talked about his journey as an actor. He told,
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
Before emerging as the winner of Indian Idol 5, he participated in many singing competitions. As the winner of Indian Idol, he was awarded a cash price 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.
He has contested as a singer in many singing reality TV shows like Ananda Ragam Contest (2004), Amul Star Voice of India (2007), Okkare (2008), and Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star 2 (2012).
Arraigned of Obscenity
Sreerama Chandra attracted controversy in 2018 when the South Indian actress Sri Reddy incriminated him for sending her vulgar texts on WhatsApp. She claimed Sreerama and shared screenshots of her chat with him on her social media profile. She wrote,
Becoz of these few male dominating replies, and few are questioning my sincerity..I don’t know what kind of a society I am in..so never ever ask me to keep my proof 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.”
Irrelevant Conduct with the Stylist
In 2019, he again got indulged in controversy when his manager Joshina told Sreerama’s stylist to vogue some nice clothes for him. Sugandha responded,
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 answer-filled Sreerama with anger, and he told Joshina to remove Sugandha’s job permanently. He even obstructed her from WhatsApp and began brutalizing the stylist from Joshina’s phone. Afterwards, Sugandha explained everything about this whole matter. She told,
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
- In 2010, he was awarded Lata Mangeshkar Award from the Andhra Pradesh Government
- He got B. Sreenivas Award by singer P. B. Sreenivas at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
- In 2011, Sreerama was awarded for the best music debut for Rehnuma
- On 31 March 2017, he was honoured with Dainik Prayukti Sammaan at Constitution Club of India, Delhi.
Note: There are many more awards that are attached to Sreerama’s name.
He owns a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Mercedes, and BMW car.
- In an interview, he talked about his starting journey as a singer. Sreerama told,
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.”
The actor extended,
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 on 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.”
- In his childhood, he was passionate about sports and used to take part in many games like badminton, football, and basketball.
- In 2010, Sreerama performed live at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi alongside many popular Indian singers.
- Chandra loves non-vegetarian food.
- He has a strong belief in Lord Ganesha.
- Sreerama is both a cat and dog lover and owns two pet cats and a pet dog named Petril.
- He considers the evergreen Indian singer Kishore Kumar as his inspiration.
- Apart from singing and acting, he has also featured in a TV commercial with the Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
JOURNEY IN BIGG BOSS
Sreerama Chandra is one of the strongest contestants of Bigg Boss Telugu 5 who is playing the game with the strongest mindset. The show airs on Star Maa and streams on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar. Nagarjuna is the host of the controversial show.
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