Playback singer Devan – The melody maker
Devan Ekambaram was born on December 25th in Freehold Borough, New Jersey. Devan is an Indian playback singer though he was born in the United States of America. Devan is also an actor and a film composer. Initially, he began his career in singing and later on mover to the subsequent fields in the cine industry where he indulged himself in acting and film composing. Tamil film industry made him the first chance for singing as a career after which he branched over to many other south Indian languages like Telugu and Kannada. He has almost sung for more than 150 songs.
As a growing playback singer, Devan also got himself more familiar in various Tamil movies also. Apart from the playback singing he also acted in various Tamil movies. And also along with this Devan also stepped inside the music direction and composed music successfully for one film. This actually shows the great growth of the playback singer Devan in the Indian film industry. Along with the Tamil movies, Devan also sang many songs in various other languages too.
Early Life and Education of Playback singer Devan
The actual fact is that Devan is not from India. His early life was completely spent in the foreign country only and after his studies he came to India and became popular in the Tamil film industry. Devan after his schooling in at the Freehold Township High School, New Jersey, United States of America; he got himself graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. This made him spend half of his life as a Non Residential Indian.
Career and Livelihood of Playback singer Devan
Devan began his career as singing in the year 1999 when he received an unexpected call from the veteran music director, A.R.Rahman’s assistant. He was called for a voice audition by his assistant, he made through the audition and this happened to be a chance made Devan to go in for a song in the movie Khadalar Dhinam where he sang the song “oh Mairya” along with Yugendran. This song of the couplet proved to be hit amongst the crowd; wherein this song made Devan gain fame in the Tamil cine industry. Fame always follows opportunities; and opportunities ultimately end up with success proved to be cent percent true in the case of Devan. Henceforth, he started receiving many offers from different languages appealing by various hike music directors in the cine industry.
Devan’s musical hits were countless after his breathtaking performance for an awesome melody number that is to appear only for a few minutes on screen in the movie – Minnale, where he sang the song “Ore Gnaybagam”. This song of Devan stole people’s heart away with his soothing voice set to the tunes of Harris Jeyaraj. Thereafter, he sang many tracks for various popular music directors in the industry including Illayaraja, Vidya sagar, deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja. One of his recent popular numbers is “Anbil Avan” for the movie “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya” where the music was composed by A.R.Rahman again who got him introduced to this industry of cinema.
Playback singer Devan as Music director
It is very obvious that the popular playback singer after few great songs in their carrier plan for the music direction. In this criteria Devan also came for the music direction and also composed music with his great creativity. With his singing he got a good fame and also Devan has acted in various tamil films. For the people of Tamilnadu, Devan is one of the most popular person with his great singing skills and also we can find him in the movies like Parthiban kanavu and many other films.
Apart from singing, Devan even composed music for movies and albums. One among his composition was for Bale Pandiya starring Vishnu in the lead role. This music album received with a mixed response and eventually faded away with the film bombing the box office hit. In albums like Asian Avenue, he has sung for a couple of sings too. Singing, composing, yet another field is there that made Devan work out his career and living hood – acting. Devan started acting for certain supportive character roles in movie and the prominent ones being; Paarthiban Kanavu, Unnale Unnale and Jayam Kondaen.
Awards and Gifts of Playback Singer Devan
Along with the fame that Devan gained in his music journey in the Tamil film industry and the Indian film industry, he also received appreciation from various great people in the playback singing. Even though Devan has not received any big awards in the playback singing or any national awards, he has received many awards for his best playback singing. Apart from this he has also participated in the TV Shows and acted as one of the Judge in various singing competitions.