N. C. Karunya is a popular playback singer. He was a runner-up on the popular reality show Indian Idol (Season 2) on Sony Entertainment Television.
1.1 Indian idol 2,
1.2 Films and playback,
1.5 Reality show contestant to reality show host,
1.6 Phir mile sur,
Karunya was born on March 1st 1986 in Hyderabad to Mr.N.C.Madhu(A defence employee working in DRDL) and Mrs.N.C.Janaki(A defence employee of BDL,retired shortly after Karunya's claim to fame).He was born into the "Nallan Chakravarthula" family which is known for its rich musical and literary values and has had produced many renowned musicians and scholars.So his transition into music was natural.He was tutored in carnatic classical,semi classical and light music styles by his own uncles and aunts from the age of 3.At the age of 12 he was the winner of the acclaimed music contest "ETV Paadutha theeyaga".He went on participating,winning in many more competitions,recorded many light music,patriotic&devotional songs for various projects,participated in several stage shows gaining popularity as a promising talent in Hyderabad.
Indian idol 2:
Once he auditioned for Indian idol 2,there was no looking back for Karunya.He immediately became the darling of the masses with his innocent charm and confidence while the class loved him for his speckless renditions.He was an instant hit with all the north Indians because of his unbelievable performance of the Punjabi and Rajasthani songs .The judges,Celebrities and all the other musicians all over India rooted and prayed for him to win the competition.Especially,Karunya was the first South Indian contestant on Indian Idol to have garnered as much interest as he did.Suddenly, whole of A.P sat up and took notice of one of their own talents and started rooting for him. In the end though Karunya did not win the title he was declared the unofficial winner of the contest by one and all through blogs and the newspapers.
Films and playback:
After the end of Indian Idol 2, Karunya was called for an audition by Vidhu Vinod Chopra for Lage Raho Munnabhai. He was immensely liked by Vidhu, director Rajkumar Hirani and music director Shantanu Moitra. He recorded the song in one take in just 15 minutes. Then he sang a song in Jai Santoshi Maa for Anu Malik. After that, he went to Hyderabad to meet members of the Telugu film industry who had supported him for Indian Idol. Then he recorded his first Telugu song for his dream composer Mani Sharma, for the film Ashok starring Jr. NTR. The song was very well received and Karunya was offered many more songs in Telugu. He went on to record "Orugalluke Pilla" from the film Sainikudu, Enduko from Chirutha, ("123 Nenoka Kantri") from Kantri, Ammayi Kitiki Pakkana from Maryada Ramanna, Om Namo Siva Rudraya from Khaleja, and Ola Olaala from Orange.
2011 saw the release of his songs-a racy and rocking "Yamaga Unde" from Jr.NTR's movie Shakti,a romantic and retro Vayyarala jabilli from Pawan Kalyan's "Teenmar", both composed by Manisarma.These were followed by films Seema Tapakai,"It's my lovestory","Solo" etc.
In 2012,Karunya recorded for films like Nuvva Nena,"Mr.7","Nan life alli"(A Kannada film),various Tele serial title songs etc.But his biggest release in 2012 was the popular mass song "Pillani chuste" from the Pawan Kalyan starrer Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu.
The start of 2013 saw Karunya sing the Telugu version "Andam andam" of the Tamil superhit "Azhago Azhagu" of the Tamil movie Samar (2013 film)released as "Vetadu-Ventadu",composed by none other than Yuvan Shankar Raja,starring Vishal (actor).Karunya has recorded about 100 songs for various projects in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada & Bengali till date.
Karunya released his first Hindi album, the self-titled Karunya, on August 9, 2008. The music was composed by Lesle Lewis and the video was directed by a sister of Pradeep Sarkar Parineeta (2005 film), Madhu Sarkar. The album was received well by his fans; there was a sellout in Hyderabad as well as a place in the charts in Delhi and Kolkata.
He had done numerous concerts in and abroad India and still continues to do so.
His show in Dallas on 7 October 2006 had an audience of 40,000, the highest for any Indian artist in the US. He has extensively toured America, performed in The Emirates, Singapore and East Africa and West Africa.
Again in August 2008, he performed before a huge audience of about 25,000 people in the 33rd Anand Bazaar, which is an annual Indian independence celebration in Dallas. He was the first Indian performer to have performed in that event.
He is the only artist to have performed at the opening ceremony of the World Military Games held in Hyderabad in the year 2007, before an audience of about 2 lakh people of about 101 nationalities and presided over by the President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil.
Reality show contestant to reality show host:
Karunya hosted the reality show Little Champs in Telugu telecast on Zee Telugu. This show was a huge hit among Telugu audiences. Karunya was already well known with the cosmopolitan crowd in AP. But with this show, he became a household name all over AP. He took up Airtel "Saptaswaralu", which was aired on ETV and later on hosted Vijetha-Voice of Andhra on Local TV with M. M. Keeravani as the judge.
Phir mile sur:
Karunya was the youngest singer to be a part of the remake of the song "Mile sur mera tumhaara". It was remade in 2010 and released as "Phir mile sur" on republic day on Zoom TV. It features eminent personalities from all walks of life. Karunya was suggested to the director, Kailash Surendranath, by Mahesh Babu and his wife Namrata Shirodkar. Mahesh Babu himself featured in the video. Representing Telugu people solely, he wanted Karunya to be his voice. Karunya recorded his part of the song under the guidance of Louis Banks.