Biography of Playback Singer Mano

This article provides the details and information about the Playback singer Mano who is very popular for his great singing and also very famous for appearing in various shows in Vijay TV and Jaya TV. Along with singing he also participates in various stage shows.

Mano – Splendid Playback singer of the Indian film industry

Mano, an Indian playback singer has always been one among the best voices in many Indian languages like Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Apart from singing songs, he has also been a chunk of voice dubbing of many leading heroes in the industry like Kamal haasan. His voice was not only suitable for the singing but also for the dubbing too. This is the reason why he was chosen for the dubbing for various leading heroes. Apart from this Mano is also very famous for attending various TV shows as judges. Still in Vijay TV Mano is conducting shows based on the best singers and the junior super stars.

Childhood and Milieu of Playback singer Mano

Mano was born in a Muslim family and his original name before entering into the industry was Nagoor Babu. After his entry into the industry he was rechristened as Mano by Illayaraja. Though a muslim by birth, his interest in carnatic music was enormous wherein this made him learnt carnatic music from Nedanuri Krishnamoorthy. Making him well versed in carnatic music, added a greater opportunity for him to enter into the film industry.

From his child hood days he showed interest to music and this made him very good in the carnatic music and also the normal singing. His voice was also very much comfortable for making him shine throughout his career. In various movies his voice was very much comfortable for singing various songs that are suitable for various actors.

Career and Livelihood of Mano Playback singer

Mano’s career started as an artist in various stage plays. Indeed, he had made his debut in more than 15 films in the Telugu industry. Some of the films in Telugu that casted mano were Rangoon, Riwdy, Kethu Gadda etc. His chance as a playback singer in the film industry happened to be an accident in the year 1979, where S.P.Balasubramaniam was supposed to lend voice for him. On the occasion of waiting for S.P.B; the music director M.S.Viswanathan’s assistant asked Mano to sing. Hence, mano sang to a few ghazals that made the audience appreciate him as well. No wonder the music director – M.S.V was impressed with his voice and called him to Chennai for a voice audition. After completing the Telugu movie, he discontinued his studies and worked with M.S.V for 2 and half years as his assistant.

He shot to fame with the super hit movie, Enga ooru pattukaaran for which he sang the song – “shenbagame”. This one song made him into limelight. This was not the only song that made him high; there are few other songs too that gave him a super duper hit. Songs that were included in his hit list were “mukabala” for the movie khadala; “thilaana” from the movie Muthu; “Azhagiya laila” for the film Ullatthai alli thaa.

In the year 1982, mano ended up working as an assistant with a Telugu music director – Chakravarthy to introduce his brother as a Tabla player. As a music assistant, Mano rendered the dummy versions of the song that were about to be mixed for the day. A couple of years later, he got a chance to work with S.P.B and Susheela for the film Karpoora Deepam as a third violist. Later, he sang for a Kannada movie for the music director Hamsalekha in the year 1985. A year after, he sang for Illayaraja for the movie – Poovizhi Vasalile (enga anne) and a another hit – madura marikozhilndu vaasam and a couple of songs for the movie Velaikaaran. His popularity increased after acting for the movie Singaaravelan with Kamal haasan.

Playback singer Mano in TV shows

Playback singer Mano is very popular by attending various TV shows. In Jaya TV Mano is a part of the show in which Mano speaks with one playback singer every week. The show name is Manadhodu Mazhaikalam. In this particular show they will be discussing about their experience together in the musical journey that they made. Along with this Mano also comes as judge in various other stage shows. In Airtel Super singer show in Vijay TV, mano is one of the important judges. He is also conducting one more show in vijay tv with the junior super stars also.

Awards and Honors of Playback singer Mano

Mano has almost sung for more than 22,000 songs in 14 Indian languages. Mano also performs various stage shows all over the world in various countries. It is good to hear the songs of Mano in the stage shows and the live shows. Some of his popular stage shows are also telecasted in TV also. There are many awards and recognitions received by Playback singer Mano in various stages and not only in India but also in various other countries too.

• He received the most prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu for the song “Thuliyelae” from Chinna thambi enacting Prabhu as the lead role.
• Best play back singer – Nandi award by the government of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2000.
• “Gana Samrat” from the APNA Foundation Atlanta, USA.
• “Dr.Ghantasal” award from the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

His sons Shakir and Rafi also made their debut songs in a movie with selva. Mano is doing a couple of TV shows like Manothodu Mano in Jaya TV and Airtel super singer Junior where Mano is a part of the jury. His awards and recognitions are numerous for his voice sways peoples heart out of rage.


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