Sunday, October 4, 2009
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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