Karthik – South Indian Playback singer
Karthik, an Indian playback singer whose native is Chennai, Tamil Nadu is a renowned singer in the Tamil film industry. After initiating his career as a playback singer, he started as a backing vocalist that later made him the most sought singer in the south Indian film industry. He has lent voice in many languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada. He spans all over the Indian film industry with his gallant voice and has been in collaboration with almost all the leading music composers in the industry.
Early Life and Background of Playback singer Karthik
It is very common that all will have a very good early life. Karthik had an interest even during his childhood days in the field of music. This made him learn Carnatic music when he was in his schooling age. After his schooling, his interest towards music was even higher that made him a part of all cultural extravaganzas that was hot happening in the city. One such event was, IIT Madras’s “Sarang” that he would never miss them as he was always a part of the music band that was to participate for the fest. His music carrier started to shine from his child hood days onwards.
Career and Livelihood of Karthik Playback Singer
Since then, Karthik was an ardent fan was A.R.Rahman and always dreamt of singing for him and meeting the musical great. This made him search a lot of avenues that could fulfill his wish. Ultimately, he ended up in finding that, one of his close friends cousin was singer Srinivas who sang many songs for Rahman. During their brief chat, Srini asked him to sing a few lines that impressed him with his voice and solicited him to take singing seriously. Taking cue, Karthik resumed his singing lessons.
After an year over, Karthik received a call from Srinivas a night on Rahman searching on for a fresh backing vocalist for a song for the movie – Pukar in Hindi. Karthik spent a year over being a backing vocalist, Karthik got his break during the re – recording of One 2 ka 4. For the background score of one of the scenes in the movie, A.R.Rahman wanted a high – pitched alap and Karthik along with his chorus singers gave a shot at it. Rahman impressed with his voice, asked him to stay back for recording. Karthik grabbed the opportunity and performed for Rahman, giving him pointers and walking through the alap. He struck gold with this session and soon Rahman asked him to perform for a song “Nendhukitten” for the movie Star.
Another block buster for Karthik was when he sang “Maddy Maddy” for Minnale. When Minnale hit screens in 2001, everyone’s lips was the catchy riff of Maddy. But he was not that well known; very few people knew that the track was sung by Karthik. Naerly a decade and close to a thousand songs later, Karthik’s career rainbow seems to be splashing one color after another with no sign of even sky being the limit.
There are a very few delineate characteristics that sets Karthik apart. He is one of the few active corners in the industry today who can effectively blend the intricacies of classical Indian music in different global styles reaching from throaty hard rock to a mellower lounge tuning. Be it a poppish “Enaku oru girl friend” or an emotion riddled “Anjalai”, Karthik has a versatility that is rare. Karthik is also possibly one of the first singers to perform professionally without the aid of a double – figure orchestra. Playing with a hand – picked bunch of professional musicians which include Ronald Bennet, Karthik has certainly laid the cliché that audiences do not enjoy improvisations of film tracks as well.
Notable songs in Playback singer Karthik’s Career
Karthik has a number of songs sung for many music directors in different languages in the film industry. Some of them are “Enaku oru girl friend” from the movie boys set to the tunes of Rahman; “Oru Maalai” from the movie Ghajini for Harris Jeyaraj; “Arey Arey and oh my friend” for the telugu film Happy days. “Ava enna thedivanda Anjalai” for the movie Vaaranam aayiram has been well received in the year 2009. In kannada, “Alle Alle” from saavari, in Hindi “behka” for Ghajini and “Behne de” for Raavan was a top chart – buster.
Awards and Accolades of Playback Singer Karthik
It is very common that a playback singer gets lots of awards and recognitions in his carrier and life time. In this criterion, Karthik has also given various wonderful songs to the people with good music. There are many awards and gifts received by the Playback singer Karthik in his life carrier. There are also many lifetime achievement made by the Playback singer Karthik. Apart from his awards, he has also given various stage performances in many places all over the world.
• Awarded the ITFA best male playback singer for the song “Oru ooril” for the Tamil movie Khakka Khakka in the year 2003.
• Fimlfare best male playback singer “Oru Maalai” in the year 2005.
• Fimfare award for the best male playback singer in telugu for the song “Arey Arey” from Happy Days.
• Tamil Isai aruvi music awards for the song “Anjalai Anjalai” in the year 2008.
• CineMAA best male playback singer for the film Happy Days.
• Vijay awards for best male play back singer for the song “Hasli Fisiliye” from Adhavan in the year 2009.