M. D. Pallavi, also known as Pallavi Arun, is a singer from Karnataka, India. She is a Kannada Sugama Sangeetha Singer, (Playback singer), actor and TV anchor. She is married to Arun, a musician and music director. She won the Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Playback Singer in 2006 and 2007 for her song “Nodayya Kwate Lingave” sung in the 2007 film Duniya.
M. D. Pallavi started training in Hindustani classical.
Pallavi continued classical music training in Bangalore under Pandit Rajbhau Sontakke, a disciple of musicologist Pandit Omkarnath Thakur of the Gwalior Gharana. Her training advanced through learning Sugama Sangeeth under late Mysore Ananthaswamy and later under late Sri Raju Ananthaswamy.
Pallavi has been actively involved in the theater since her early years. She worked in the production of street plays and acted in stage plays, including Hamlet, Maanishaadha, Fire and Rain, Balidaana, My Fair Lady and Gaajina Gombegalu, Vakra, and Good Woman of Schezuan. She has been a faculty member for several theater workshops. Behind the curtain she worked on productions for her grandfather, A. S. Murthy.
Television and film
Pallavi worked behind the camera for single episodes of two television series. She acted in the television show Mayamruga and the popular television show Garva. She won the Aryabhatta “Best Actress” award. On the Indian English language film Stumble (National Award in the Best English Film category for the year 2003) she was a member of the cast as well as working on the script and direction. She also acted with Umashree in National award winning Kannada movie Gulabi Talkies.
Pallavi worked behind the screen as dubbing artist also. Her notable movies includes Edegarike,Aa Dinagalu,Aishwarya, Meera Madhadava Raghava. She constantly worked as dubbing artist for Kannada actress Daisy Bopanna in movies including Aishwarya, Satyavan Savitri, Rama Shama Bhama, Bimba and others.