M D Pallavi is a graduate in English, Journalism and Psychology. She also holds the degree in Hindustani music from the University of Benares. Pallavi started her journey of music & art stepping in theaters, street plays, in early years. She acted in many popular and well known plays like, Translations, Hamlet, Maanishaadha, Fire and Rain, Balidaana, My Fair Lady and Gaajina Gombegalu,Vakra and Good Woman of Schezuan.

Her passion for Hindustani classical music got nurtured by, Pt. Ram Rao Naik of Kirana Gharana. In Later years she continued Hindustani classical training in Bangalore under Pt.Rajbhau Sontakke-disciple of revered musicologist Pt. Omkarnath Thakur of the Gwalior Gharana. She learnt Sugama Sangeetha underLate Mysore Ananthaswamy and later under  Late Sri Raju Ananthaswamy.

She is an active music teacher who teaches music at ‘Bimba’ a Saturday cultural school for children. She has co-founded a cultural organization ‘Samudra’ with husband Arun Kumar who is also a Musician. Pallavi has sung ad jingles, she's sung for light music albums, devotional albums, theatre productions, and for films. But her voice in Nagabharana's film Singarevva was noticed. Her latest film song “Nodayya Kwate Lingave” from the film “Duniya” has been a rage among cine goers and she has won the State Award also for the song.She has been singing at dance recitals of Shobhana Chandrakumar, Padmini Ravi and Nirupama Rajendra. She did an impromptu Sufiana-fusion piece for Attakalari's international festival of movement art.

She has shared the stage with acclaimed musicians like Late.Mysore Ananthaswamy, S.P.Balasubramanyam, Jesudas, C.Ashwath, Amith Heri, Ranjit Barot, Ganesh Kumaresh, Kieth Peters, Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma, Taufiq Quereshi, Vikram Ghosh, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangaash and Rajesh Vaidya.

  • Has given solo Hindustani performances and also has participated in jugalbandhi and dual recitals along with Vidushi Kanchana Sriranjini and Manasi Prasad.
  • Has worked with renowned dancers like Padmini Ravi, Shobana Chandrakumar and Nirupama Rajendra.
  • Has given voice to projects of illustrious music directors such as Late. Vijay Bhaskar, Hamsalekha, Jayanti Kumaresh, Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhat, Manohar, Mysore Ananthaswamy, and C.Ashwath.
  • Has been giving concerts in Sugama Sangeeth for the past 12 years.
  • Has given voice to jingles in several languages.
  • Has scored music for a number of theatre productions like Tughlaq, Moodha Idu Nambike, Miss Sevanthi, Mookabali and Maanishaadha.



  • Has been actively involved in theatre from her early years.
  • Has worked for productions of street plays.
  • Has acted in plays – Translations, Picasso, Hamlet, Maanishaadha, Fire and Rain, Balidaana, My Fair Lady and Gaajina Gombegalu, Vakra, Sankranti, Chidambara Rahasya, Avasthe and Good Woman of Schezuan.
  • Has been a part of the teaching faculty for several theatre workshops.
  • Has been an active backstage worker for all the plays of her grandfather (A.S.Murthy)-run Sunday School of Drama Abhinaya Taranga.
  • Teaches theatre and music at her home-run institution for children Bimba.

Television and Film


  • Worked behind the camera for a couple of single episodes.
  • Acted in the television show Mayamruga.
  • Acted in popular television show Garva and won the Aryabhatta ‘Best Actress’ award.
  • Acted in Indian English film Stumble (National Award in the Best English Film category for the year 2003)
  • Has done a small cameo in Aarti’s directorial debut film- ‘Mithai Mane’
  • Has acted in Girish Kasaravalli’s latest film- ‘Gulabi Talkies’
  • Was a part of the Script team and Direction team of the film 'Stumble'.
  • Anchored three seasons of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ for Zee Kannada
  • Anchored ‘Gunagaana- A Tribute To Lengends’ on Zee Kannada
  • Acted in T.N.Seetharam’s latest offering- ‘Mukta Mukta’.
  • Acted in Prakash Belawadi’s Television production ‘Illiruvudu Summane’.


  • Won Best Singer of the Year Athri award for the year 2002.
  • Won Suryodaya Trust Best Playback Singer Female 2003.
  • Won Chitra Rasikara Sangha upcoming singer award-2004
  • Won 2006 Best Playback Singer Female Sinigandha Award
  • Won Best Singer of the year Aryabhatta Award for the year 2007.
  • Won the 2006-07 Karnataka State Award –Best Playback singer of the year for the song ‘Nodayya Kwate Lingave’ in the film ‘Duniya’.

Address: No.5, Kalamandir, A.N.Subbarao Road, Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore-560 019.
Contact Number: 98450-68566
Email ID: Not Available
Website: http://mdpallavi.com/
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