Unnikrishanan – Award Winning Playback Singer
Unnikrishnan started his career as a wonderful carnatic vocalist in the early stage and then he also gave some beautiful songs in the film industry as a playback singer also. P.Unnikrishanan, popularly known as the carnatic vocalist and a very good play back singer was born in Kerala on the 9th of July in the year 1966. Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam were some of the languages that Unni had lent his voice. The first interest of Unnikrishnan was to become a good cricketer and his ambition was totally driven towards the playback singing. After his wonderful contributions in the Carnatic field his voice was recognized to be one of the best voices for various songs in the film industry and this is the reason why he was chosen to sing various film songs and gave many hit songs. The songs that are contributed by Unnikrishnan will be having a classical touch such that it is very good for the listeners also.
Personal life and Background of Playback singer Unnikrishnan
The personal life of Unnikrishnan is very interesting to know and also it is good to know about a great person and the family background of this great person. Unnikrishnan, the famous playback singer of South India, was born in a very beautiful place in southern India which is the state of Kerala and that too in the Palakkad. His parents were K.Radhakrishnan and Dr.Harini Radhakrishnan who were very supportive to Unnikrishnan throughout his life. The family home which is very popular and the best known landmark of Chennai city is Kesari Kuteeram, with great grandfather Dr.K.N.Kesari being an eminent Ayurvedic physician and the promoter of popular Telugu women’s magazine Gruhalakshmi.
Unnikrishanan had his schooling at the Asan memorial school, Chennai in 1983. He got his Bachelor’s degree from the Vivekananda College, Chennai and received a B.Com degree from the Madras University. He was merited with a General Law and a post graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial relations. After his graduation, he worked as an executive in Parrys Confectionary Ltd. during the period 1987 to 1992. He quit his job to become a professional singer.
Unnikrishnan wife name is Priya who is a well known Bahrathanatiyam and Mohiniyattam dancer. Their marriage took place on November 1994 and they were also blessed with one son and also one daughter. The name of Unnikrishnan’s son is Vasudev Krishnan and daughter’s name is Uthra. He was life member of the Tamil Nadu cricket association. To tell about the family of Unnikrishnan, it can also be said that they are very much encouraging and helpful for all his success in his career and life path.
Career and Livelihood of Playback singer Unnikrishnan
Even at the age of 12, he was let into carnatic music under various gurus. He earned a special attention by attending a workshop for 6 months on the “veena Dhanamal Bhani under Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.T.Vishwanathan. From the young age onwards he started giving great performance. From the childhood days itself he seemed to be very active and bright and also was good in singing. His career started as a good Carnatic singer and later after he got himself a good recognition in the Film industry as a very famous playback singer and later he gave wonderful songs in the Film industry in various languages.
His debut into the cine industry brought him mammoth fame by the song ‘ennavale adi ennavale’ from the movie Kadhalan for the music director, the veteran A.R.Rahman directed by Shankar. He belongs to a panel of judges in the reality TV show – Airtel super singer on Vijay TV and Idea star singer on Asianet.
Unnikrishan mainly focuses on the carnatic era and the ragas that are ought to create a higher definition in music. His experimental work made him present a novel jazz concert in Trivandrum with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet and pianist Anil Srinivasan in the year 2008.
Awards and Recognitions of Unnikrishnan Playback Singer
Unnikrishnan is a recipient of many honors and awards in the field of carnatic and Hindustani music. Unnikrishnan received much recognition not only as the playback singer in the film industry but also as a very good carnatic vocal singer. It is indeed great to see such persons a judge in various stage shows and TV shows. As a good playback singer he has also given various stage performances along with the playback singing. Some of his noteworthy awards include:
• Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu.
• Yuvakala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar.
• National award for the best male play back singer for the song ‘ennavale adi ennavale’ for the movie Kadhalan.
• Isai Peroli award instituted by Karthik Fine arts in the year 1998.
• “A” grade artist of the All India Radio.
Unni has given a number of live concerts all over India and abroad nations like U.S.A, The Middle East, The United Kingdom, The Far East, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The stage show of Unnikrishnan was in various parts of India and also in various parts of the world as listed above. His fans count is not only in greater number in South India but it is also all over the world. Not only in the Film song has concerts but he also performed various live concerts in the Carnatic and Hindustani Music.