Sunday, October 4, 2009

A R Rehman

Name: A R Rehman (Dileep Kumar)
DOB : 6th January, 1966
Category: Music Director
Country: India, Chennai
Family: Father - K.A.Sekhar, Mother - Kareema Begum, Wife - Saira Banu , Daughters - Khatija and Rafia .

Born as Dileep Kumar in Chennai on 6th January 1966. His father R.K.Sekhar was a conductor in Malayalam movies. He had a huge loss at the age of 9, when he lost his father.

Started playing keyboard in Illayaraja's troupe at a very young age of 11. He went on to work with various troupes. He received a degree in Western Classical Music from Trinity College of Music at Oxford University.

He composed music to ads and albums before entering in to cinema. With his entry in to cinema with the film 'roja' directed by Manirathnam, he become a instant flick. He made his debut in Hindi with RamGopal Verma's movie Rangeela (colorful) (1995).

Thus he started a new trend in Indian Music. His unique style and the use of technology has revived music in Indian film Industry.
He has also released few super hit albums like Vande Mataram (1996), Bombay Dreams (2002). Now he is one of the leading musicians around the world.

Personal life

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khadijah, Rahima, and Aameen. Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, who is the son of Rahman's elder sister, A. R. Reihana. He is related to South Indian actor Rahman. Rahman is a practising Sufi Muslim. He had become an atheist as a result of childhood struggles, he eventually converted in to Islam in 1989, the religion of his mother's family.

He is very devoted to his mother. During the Oscar Award, he paid her a tribute saying: "There is a Hindi dialogue 'mere pass ma hai' which means even if I have got nothing I have my mother here."


Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and conferred the Padma Shri from the Government of India, Rahman has also received six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores. In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Critics' Choice Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 2009 Oscars. Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University have announced that they plan to bestow honorary doctorates on Rahman.

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Sujatha Mohan

Sujatha Mohan is an Indian playback singer, who is popular for her singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She has also sung for Telugu and Hindi movies.

Sujatha Mohan is the granddaughter of paravur T. K. Narayana Pillai, the first Chief Minister of the erstwhile Cochin State after Independence. Her only daughter Shweta Mohan is also a singer.


Her first song was Kalai Paniyil from the Tamil Film Gayathri (1977), starring Sridevi, Rajinikanth, music by Ilayaraja. Her first Tamil hit film song was Puthu Vellai Mazhai from Mani Ratnam's 1992 film Roja, composed by A. R. Rahman. She has had other hit songs from films including Gentleman (1993), Indian (1996) and Minsaara Kanavu (1997).

Popular Songs

* Puthu Vellai Mazhai from Roja
* Thilana thilana from Muthu
* Poo Pookkum Osai from Minsara Kanavu
* Netru Illatha Matram from Pudhiya Mugam
* Katrin Mozhiye from Mozhi
* Aasai Aasai (Dhool),
* Poovukkul from Jeans
* Mallikayae Mallikayae (Ninaithen vandhai),
* Maankuttiye (Priyamana Thozhi),
* Nenjodu (Kadhal Kondein)
* Sotta Chotta Tajmahal (Tajmahal)
* Thithikkuthe… (Thithikkuthe),
* Rangola (Ghajini),
* Mugilinamae Enadi (Amirtham).
* Nenjam Ellaam (Ayutha Ezhuthu)
* Ishq Bina Kya (Taal)


* Kerala state award twice(in 1996 for `Pranayamanithooval' (`Azhakiya Ravanan') and in 1999 for `Varamanjal' (`Pranayavarnangal'))
* the Asianet award twice ( one for Kandu Kandu' in `Mambazhakkalam.')
* the Film Critics award 11 times
* the Tamil Nadu state award thrice in 1993, 1996, 2001
* the Cinema Express award
* the Dinakaran award

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Name: G.Venugopal

Family:: Wife Reshmi and two children, Arvind and Anupallavi

Address: Parur House, Forest Office Lane, Vazhuthacaud, Trivandrum - 695014

Debut Film: 'Ponnin thingal... ' in the film 'Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare'(1985)

Awards : Kerala State Best Playback singer Award 1998, 1990, 2004; Kerala Film Critics Award for the best Play Back Singer 1987,1989; Kerala Govt. Award for the best Singer in Professional Drama, 2000

Venugopal has endeared himself to Malayalis and South Indians all over the world with his melodious voice and style. He is a singer who excels in rendering melodies. He has left an indelible imprint in the minds of music lovers through songs, such as 'Chandana manivathil... ' and 'Kananazhakulla manikka kuyile... ' Gifted with a voice described by music lovers as "unbelievably rich", and a singing quality filled with depth and warmth, Venugopal has in a short span of time made a mark as a singer of the truest kind.

Before making his debut as a playback singer with the lullaby, 'Ponnin thingal... ' in the film 'Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare'(1985), Venugopal had established himself as a singer of repute by winning prizes in the university youth festivals. Since his debut, he has sung in more than 280 films and has over 250 cassettes to his credit. The many awards he has won, includes the coveted Best Playback Singer in Kerala (which he has won thrice), the Film Critics award and the Kerala Kaumudi Gallop Poll award (which he's won twice), further restates his popular appeal.

Winning the Kerala State Award for Best Playback singer for the third time in 2004 was a recognition for Venugopal, who completed two decades as a playback singer. Like 'Unarumee gaanam... ' (composed by Ilayaraja) and 'Thane poovitta moham... ,' which won him two awards earlier, the song in 'Ullam' too is a melodious song, which won him the State award this time.

Venugopal has been at the forefront of developing a distinct stream of music that is a blend of poetry and music. This rare combination has been well received and the series, 'music with meaning' has many takers. The first experiment in this genre was an album called 'Kavyaragam.' It comprised the poems of many popular Malayalam poets. In 'Kavyaragam,' Venu had sung some of the poems of O.N.V. Kurup, Sugathakumari, Sachidanandan, Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan, Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri, and V. Madhusudanan Nair, which had been set to music by Suresh Krishna.

G. Venugopal is a postgraduate in Literature and Journalism. Having hailed from a family of gifted classical musicians has no doubt shaped the formative years of this talented young singer. He resides in Thiruvananthapuram with his wife, Reshmi and two children, Arvind and Anupallavi.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

M.G. Sreekumar

Also known as Sreekuttan
Born May 25, 1957 (1957-05-25) (age 52)
Kerala, India
Genres Indian classical music, Playback singing
Occupations Singer, bank employee ,Judge (Idea Star Singer)
Years active 1984–present

M.G. Sreekumar is a judge of Idea Star Singer and a two time National Award winning Indian playback singer and music director who works for Malayalam films.

M.G. Sreekumar made his debut in the Malayalam movie "Poochakkoru Mookkuthi". He has sung more than 3000 songs[1] across a number of films in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.

He became a music director in Malayalam films such as Achanayaanaikishtam (2001), Chathurangam (2002), and Thandavam'(2002). Sreekumar's latest as music director is Priyadarshan's Kanchivaram. He will also do the music for Paraya Paraya Pattanam and another Tamil film to be produced by Seven Arts. He was working in Middle East before starting his career as a singer. He is the youngest son in his family. His elder brother M.G. Radhakrishnan is a renowned Music Director who have won many film awards. His elder sister is a renowned Classical music vocalist and a lecturer in Kerala Music Academy.

Sreekumar's voice most matches with Mohanlal, their combination have made many super hit songs in Malayalam. The Malayalam movie "Chithram" directed by Priyadarshan and in which Mohanlal performed the lead role, was the first movie for M.G. Sreekumar where he sung all the songs of a movie. He is also the one talented singer in Malayalam who has sung the most number of fast number super hit songs.

Sreekumar is also famous for his fabulous anchoring. He is anchoring a TV show named "SaReGaMa" in Asianet.


* Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded (2009)
* Kurukshetra (2008)
* Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
* College Kumaran(2008)
* Bhool Bhulaiyaa(2007)
* Chocolate(2007)
* Hallo(2007)
* Classmates (2006)
* Prajapathi (2006)
* Vadakkum Nathan (2006)
* Thanmathra (2005)
* Black (2004/I)
* Vettam (2004)
* Jalolsavam (2004)
* Thekkekara Super Fast (2004)
* Vamanapuram Bus Route (2004)
* Chakram (2003)
* Pattanathil Sundaran (2003)
* Ammakilikkoodu (2003)
* Hariharan Pillai Happy Aanu (2003)
* Pattalam (2003)
* Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam (2003)
* Chronic Bachelor (2003)
* Vasanthamallika (2003)
* Kalyanaraman (2002)
* Meesa Madhavan (2002)
* Jagathi Jagathish in Town (2002)
* Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002)
* Pranyamanithooval (2002)
* Valkannadi (2002)
* Videsi Nair Swadesi Nair (2002)
* Majunu (2001)
* Ravanaprabhu (2001)
* Akasthile Paravakal (2001)
* Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001)
* Megasandesam (2001)
* Kakkakuyil (2001)
* Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Tera Mera Ghar (????)
* Karumadikkuttan (2001)
* Vasanthiyum lakshimiyum pinne nhanum (2001) - Won National Award for the song Chanthu pottum
* Thenkasipattanam (2000)
* Dada Sahib (2000)(as M.G. Srikumar)
* Valliettan (2000)
* Ezhupunna Tharakan (1999)
* Dil Se.. (1998)
* Kathalar dinam (1998)
* Kabhi Na Kabhi (1998)
* En swasakatre (1998)
* Mangalya Pallakku (1998)
* Mayajalam (1998)
* Chandralekha (1997)
* Bhoopathi (1997)
* Ekkareyanente Manasam (1997)
* Gajaraja Manthram (1997)
* The Good Boys (1997)
* Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)
* Lelam (1997)
* Manthramothiram (1997)
* En Swasa Kaatre (1997)
* Superman (1997)
* Mohamul (1997)
* Madamma (1996)
* Manikya Chempazhukka (1995)
* Sadaram (1995)
* Kaalapaani (1994)
* Siaisaalai (1994)
* Doli saja ke rakhna (1994)
* Kashmeeram (1994)
* Pavithram (1994)
* Pingami (1994)
* Midhunam (1993)
* Vietnam Colony (1993)
* Gardish (1993)
* Champakulam Thachan (1992)
* Maanthrika Cheppu (1992)
* Advaitham (1991)
* Chanchattam (1991)
* Ennathe Programme (1991)
* Godfather (1991)
* Kilukkampetti (1991)
* Kuttapathram (1991)
* Ulladakkam (1991)
* Oliyampukal (1990)
* Akkareakkareakkare (1990)
* Appu (1990)
* Dr. Pasupathy (1990)
* His Highness Abdullah (1990)- Won National Award for the song Nadaroopini
* Indrajaalam (1990)
* Kadathanadan Ambadi (1990) (singer)
* Rajavazhcha (1990)
* Varthamana Kalam (1990)
* Mahayanam (1989)
* Nair Saab (1989)
* News (1989)
* Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam (1989)
* Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)
* Aaryan (1988)
* Janmandharam (1988)
* Anantaram (1987)
* Manivatharile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987)
* Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi (1986)
* Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil (1985)
* Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)

As a Composer

* Thandavam
* Chathurangam
* Kanchivaram (Tamil)
* Poi solla Porom (Tamil)

Awards and achievements

Kerala State Awards:

* 1992 - Best Male Singer (Various films)
* 1991 - Best Male Singer, for the song Kilukil from Kilukkam and Aathiravaravayi from Thudarkatha
* 1989 - Best Male Singer (Kireedam,Vadakku Nokiyandram)

National Award for Best Singer

* 2002 - Vasanthi, Lakshmiyum, Pinne Njanum - Chante pottum
* 1991 - His Highness Abdulla - Nadaroopini

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