Mahathi is an Indian musician, born on 10 February 1985 in Chennai into a family of musicians. While her father, Thiruvaiyaru Sekar, is a former Carnatic vocalist, her mother, Vasanthi Sekhar, was a flute player. She completed her schooling from Cochin and graduated from Meenakshi College, Kodambakkam with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. With music running in her blood, it was no surprise to discover a child prodigy in Mahathi. When she was just one and a half-year-old, she started identifying the Carnatic Ragas, and by the time she was three, she could identify seventy-five of them. She got her initial training from her parents, as well as from Deepa and Gayatri at Thiruvananthapuram. Further, Sri O S Thiagarajan, Padmabhushan Chevalier Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna, and Padmabhushan T. N. Seshagopalan provided for her formal training. The talented prodigy was not kept hidden and in 1994, she received a scholarship from the Central government. Mahathi began performing at concerts when she was just ten.
However, it was in 2003 when she sang her first song as a playback singer, along with Hariharan. The song was titled ‘Iyyaiyyo Pudichirukku’ and was a part of the film ‘
Saamy.’ The debut song itself won her recognition at Variety Film Awards, Ajantha Arts Academy, and Sivaji Arts Academy.Apart from doing playback singing, she has worked extensively on the small screen. She has hosted Doordarshan’s music- quiz show -‘Aaha Paadalam.’ She has been associated with Kairali TV, Vijay TV and Raj TV as a judge for a few reality shows engaged in discovering singing talents from all over the country. She has also sung the title tracks for TV serials broadcasted on Vijay TV, Raj TV, Jaya TV and Zee Tamil. Moreover, she has sung jingles too for companies like Khazana Jewelers and Aroor Moora and Sons, to name a few.
Mahathi has toured Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, the US, Norway, Denmark and some countries for her concerts. She has been awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu, Jaya TV, the Madras Music Academy and many more institutions for her breathtaking singing. In 2011, the Women’s Exclusive Magazine of Chennai honored her with the title of ‘The Chord Wizard.’ She is married to Dr. K. Sreekumar since 2008 and has a son named Samarth. Her proud parents, today, run the Mahathi Academy of Music and Dance in Chennai.