Alka Ajith is a child singer daughter of Ajith a professional singer and keyboard player.
At the age when infants need lullabies to go to sleep, Alka was already lisping songs to entertain her parents. At 7 years of age, Alka Ajith had already achieved distinctions like singing in 10 languages, 500 plus stage performances, UNESCO gold medal, Rotary International award, etc.
Alka, who debuted on stage at the age of 2½ years, is a hit with the audiences of ‘ganamelas’, where she sings from her repertoire of 3000 songs. Alka has a family tradition of music. Her grandfather was a noted singer. Ajith’s brother Manoj is a guitarist with Yesudas’s troupe. Another uncle of her, Sudhir, is a member of the military orchestra.
Her debut on August 15, 1999 at I.M.A Hall, Thalassery happened at a time when her father left R.R.Orchestra at Bangalore and started Sangeet Sagar at Thalassery. Now young Alka is the star singer in the Sangeet Sagar troupe. Although the troupe has other singers, the 15-song effort of Alka is the key attraction at their programmes.
A fan of noted playback singer K. S. Chitra, Alka has already brought out 6 audio cassettes and has found her name included in the Limca Book of Indian Records.
A debut album of songs rendered by this 10-year-old singer Alka Ajith, titled ‘Chakkaramuthu,’ was released in Kannur on January 30,2008. Alka Ajith, daughter of M.P. Ajith Kumar, drew the attention of music lovers when she started singing at the age of three. Mr. Kumar said that she bagged an international UNESCO award when she was six.
She has sung over 6,000 songs in 11 languages over the last few years. He also said that his daughter could learn by rote songs in any language. She has sung in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Urdu, he said.
In the recently released album, Alka Ajith lends her voice to songs written by C. Devaraj, Bharanikkavu Shivakumar and C.H. Rajan. The lyrics were given music by K. Saju Thalassery.
She is currently contesting in Star Vijay's Airtel Super Singer Junior 2009.
When others are planning to have fun this summer, Alka is preparing for her concerts. Alka Ajith is in Standard II, of Holy Family English Medium School, Thalassery. She has not completed seven years. But she has sung more than 5,000 songs, can sing in 11 languages and has given more than 500 stage programmes all over India.
In February, this year, Alka performed for the Guinness Record of `Youngest Musician in Asia', at Muthalakkodam, Thodupuzha. The function was organised by Muthalakkodam Jaycees and World Wonders Web, which is an international miracle performers association.
Alka gave her first public performance when she was two and a half years old. She sang the Hindi super hit "Soldier ... ... Soldier... ". The programme was organised to remember Kargil heroes. When she was four she cut her first audio album, "I love my India". The album had eight patriotic songs. Besides this album, she also has audiocassettes to her credit. Recently she has sung songs in Chinese, French and Arabic. But she likes to sing Malayalam songs best.
Alka, daughter of M.P. Ajith Kumar and K. Sajitha, of Mandala Parambath, Kavumbhagam, Thalassery, comes from a family of musicians. Ajith Kumar is a professional musician and organist. He now runs Alka's Orchestra, `Sangeeth Sagar'. Ajith Kumar is not only Alka's inspiration but her guru too. "We are proud of Alka," says P. Chandran, Principal, Holy Family.
Alka entered the Limca Book of World Records in 2003. She has won many awards including Bharatheeya Gourav Puraskar, New Delhi in 2003, Sauparnika Theeram Mini Screen Award in 2004, Thalassery Drishya Kala's A. T. Ummer Award in 2004, International UNESCO Club of Repalle (A.P) award and Gold Medal in 2001 and the Rotary International achievement award and gold medal in 2002.
Most of Alka's concerts are held during holidays and the vacation. Her father composes all her songs. Her next project is an album on pop songs and performances in the Gulf countries and the U.S..
- The Hindu