K. K. Nishad
K. K. Nishad (conceived 26 March 1978) is an Indian playback vocalist from Kozhikode, Kerala, India. He began his vocation in 2002 as a playback vocalist in the Malayalam film Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari.
Nishad was born to T. N. Krishnankutty and Saradha M. V. in Kozhikode, on 26 April 1978. His father is a retired PWD engineer and mother in a housewife. His sister, Athira K. Krishnan is a singer and semi-finalist in the reality show “Star Singer” in Asianet.
Nishad took to singing at an early age. The school and college youth festivals conducted every year in Kerala provided golden opportunities to hone his skills. He was recognised for his music calibre in Mappilappattu and Kadhaprasangam. He is married to Savija and they have 2 sons, Adithya and Ayaan.
He has completed his Master & B.Ed in Mathematics.
He has acted in significant nations like USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, UAE, and Australia. He has imparted stage to conspicuous vocalists like K S Chithra, SP Balasubrahmanyum, Sadhana Sargam, Sujatha Mohan, Vasundhara Das, Hariharan, Shanker Mahadevan, and P Jayachandran.
Prior to becoming a musician, he was a Guest Lecturer at the Devagari St. Josephs College, Kozhikode. He is a post-graduate in Mathematics. Nishad debuted as a playback singer in 2002 with the song “Manassukal Thammil [Puthooram] …” in Rajasenan’s Malayalam film Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari under music director Benny Kannan. It was followed by Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam.
He was initiated into Carnatic music by his father. Later on, he started learning Chelannoor Sukumaran Bhagavathar, Shivan and Sreedharan Mundangad. Presently, he in learning from Palai C. K. Ramachandran. He also learned Hindustani music. He started learning from Sri Nalin Moolji and Fayaz Khan. Presently, he is learning from Suenani Dathateya Velankar. He was also trained under Mridangam players Sivan and Sumod.
- 2001 – Kairali Swaralaya Yesudas Award
- 2007 – Bhadra Mini Screen Award
- 2008 – GMMA Award
- 2009 – Vayalar Award
- 2013 – NP Abu Memorial Award