|Birth name||James Vasanthan|
|Born||October 1, 1962|
|Occupations||Music composer, TV anchor|
|Years active||2008-present (As film composer)|
James Vasanthan is a popular Indian television (Tamil) anchor and a film music composer. For more than a decade, he has worked as an anchor in popular Tamil satellite television channels like Sun TV, Vijay TV and Makkal TV before turning into a film music composer in the Tamil Film Industry.
James Vasanthan was born in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), studied first at YWCA Primary School (Presently BHEL Matric) and later at Bishop Heber Hr Sec School (Teppakulam) and later graduated in English literature in Bishop Heber College, and then did his PG in English in Jamal Mohammad College. Later, he graduated in Carnatic music from Madras University and in Western music from Trinity College, U.K. He holds a diploma in Pianoforte, Guitar and Theory of Music. Though music was his "first love", he forayed into television as an anchor in SUN TV.
In 2003,Vasanthan released a pop album titled "Vasanai", only to exhibit himself as a composer. which was not known to many until then. Even before that, he had composed music for many good Christian cassettes numbering around 300. He still continues to arrange music for many gospel productions. In 2008, he eventually entered the Chennai film industry as a music director by composing the songs and score for the Tamil film Subramaniyapuram, directed by M. Sasikumar, who was a student at St.Peter's Public School in Kodaikanal, where he went to teach music after his post-graduation. This film 'Subramaniyapuram' which went on to become a blockbuster brought him into prominence with the film's songs and background score gaining fame and being praised and the song "Kangal Irandal" topping the charts and being cited as the "anthem of the year among the youth".
During his teenage days he was an ardent part taker in Church activities. He belonged to the All Saints Church (Trichy). He explains his relationship with Jesus Christ in his Christian music album "Iravin Amaithiyil Yesuvodu" (produced by Music Mindss). In this album he narrates his childhood experiences of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with his mother Sophie Brownie. He is also the music director for the Rev. Sam Kamaleson's (co-founder of Friends Missionary Prayer Band) English Gospel Album 'What a friend Jesus'. His tracks for FMPB include 'Vaalibarae Anithirandu Vaarungal', which are still golden hits in the hearts of crucified followers of Jesus Christ. His Gospel compositions marginally got reduced after he enter the film industry, though he does few now.
|2008||Subramaniyapuram||Ananthapuram 1980 (Telugu)||Winner, Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year
Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
|Kavalar Kudiyiruppu||Police Quarters (Kannada)|
|2010||Eesan||Winner, Vijay music awards for Best Folk Song of the year.|
|2013||Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA|
- 2013 - Azhagu Magan
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