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Karthik at Intinta Annamayya Audio Launch
|Born||7 November 1980|
|Origin||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
Karthik (born 7 November 1980) is an Indian playback singer. Karthik started his professional career as a backing vocalist and has since been working as a playback singer. He has sung in multiple languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali and Hindi among others. Karthik is known for his versatility in the industry which gave him opportunity to sing a variety of songs.
Karthik developed an interest in music, early in his life. He is a trained Carnatic music vocalist and has been training since his school days. He was part of a college band and regularly participated in IIT Madras Fest Saarang. An ardent fan of A. R. Rahman, Karthik's dream was to meet Rahman and sing for him. Playback singer Srinivas, who collaborated often with Rahman was Karthik's close friend's cousin. Srinivas encouraged Karthik to look at singing as a career, which prompted Karthik to resume his singing lessons. One year later, Srinivas recommended Karthik's name to Rahman, who needed fresh voices for backing vocalists for a song from Pukar. Karthik eventually got the opportunity and recorded for the song. Having spent over a year being a backing vocalist, Karthik got his break during the re-recording of One 2 Ka 4. For the background score, A. R. Rahman wanted a high-pitched alap and he eventually chose Karthik to sing the alap. Soon after, Rahman asked him to sing the song "Nendhukittaen" from the film Star.
Karthik has sung a number of songs for many popular music directors, including A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Hamsalekha, Vidyasagar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Harris Jeyaraj and Manisharma. Karthik has sung songs in several languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. "Ennaku Oru Girlfriend" from the Tamil film Boys was one of the biggest hits of the year as was "Oru Maalai" (Ghajini; 2005). His songs for Telugu films for Kotha Bangaru Lokam (Nijanga Nenenaa), Happy Days (Arare Arare, Oh My Friend), "Badhulu Tochanai" (Mr.Perfect), "Manase Guvvai" (Naa Peru Shiva), "Oh Oh My Friend" (Oh My Friend), "Yedhuta nlichindhi choodu" (Vaana), "Meghama" (Journey), "Yevvaro" (Bodyguard (Telugu)) are very popular. His other popular songs include "Ava Enna" from the Vaaranam Aayiram (2009), the title track from Unnale Unnale, "Behka" from Ghajini.
Karthik has sung more than 400 Kannada songs and has many super hit chart buster songs to his credit like Ale Ale, Anuraaga Aralo Samaya, Thangaliyalli Theli Hode, Nee Chummu Chummu Munjaaneli, Manasaithu Ninna Myaale, Sum Sumne Yaako, Hosadondu hesaridu Nanange, Kanne Koodiruvaaga, Madhumasa, Nenapidu Nenapidu, Thanthaane Thannamthaane, Baruve Odi Odi Nalidu, Raktha Sambandhagala, Saluge Saluge, Mannige Mara Bhaarave and many more.
In 2010, he sang a track "Behene De", from Hindi film Raavan, which is widely considered as the biggest song in his career. The track, which toped music charts for many continuous weeks, also received rave critical reviews. Karthik also performed the Tamil and Telugu versions of the same song, titled "Usure Poghudhey" and "Usire Poyene" respectively. He also sang "Adhigora Choodu" in the movie Mirapakaay.
Performed along with Blaaze and Jassie Gift at Nishagandhi open air stadium, Trivandrum, Kerala on 31 March 2007 as a part of the pro show marking the end of Cervello'07, A national level tech/cultural fest organised by the Dept of Electronics and Communication Engineering, PAACET, Trivandrum
Karthik performed with guitarist/music director Bennet from Kerala at Ragam 08, the annual cultural fest of the National Institute of Technology Calicut, on 28 March 2008 and Festember 08, the annual cultural fest of National Institute of Technology Trichy.
He performed at Pulse 2010, Which is annual culture fest of Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology (GRIET), Hyderabad on 20 March 2010.
He has also performed along with Bennet at Techofes, the annual cultural festival of College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Chennai and in Mitafest'09, the cultural fest of Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai.
He performed in cultural fest of BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus on 27 March 2010.
He also performed at the International Carnival graVITas 2010 in VIT University Vellore on 17 September 2010. He has also performed for Annual Function (JASHN'10) of Multi National Company Capgemini Hyderabad in December 2010.
He has enthralled the audience to their tip of their seats along with Suchitra in Muscat, Qurum Amphi theatre with over 6000 audience in Nov 2011, the event was well arranged by Muscat Tamil Sangam.
He has performed along with Bennet at Conjura 10', the annual Technical fest of TKM College of Engineering, Kollam in February 2010.
He has performed along with Padmasree KS Chitra, the Music Concert "Dhwani" organised by Kalamandalam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July 2012.
He has also performed at RAGAM, the cultural festival of National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) in March 2008.
he has also performed at the cultural festival of JB Institute of Engineering and Technology(Autonomous) Hyderabad, in March 2008.
he has also performed at Kerala's big budget inter college fest of Rajadhani Institute of Engg & Technology "ITIHA 2K13" at Kanakunnu palace Trivandrum on 6 April 2013. (~RSR~)
He also performed at Nishagandhi festival Jan 26th 2014
He has composed music for a multi lingual Coca Cola Advertisement (for Rajeev Menon featuring actor Vijay) and Prince Jewellery advertisements. He is the music director of Vasanthabalan's period film Aravaan and Srinivas Raga's Okkadine starring Nara Rohith and Nithya Menen in Telugu.
He has also released an album called "Music I Like". It is based on carnatic ragaas and it is a contemporary take on some well known keerthanas. The Orchestration was done my Music director Sai Madhukar. He also performed in Oxford engineering college Bengaluru.
|2012||Aravaan •||Eka Veera|
|2013||Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum •||Courier Boy Kalyan •|
- The films are listed in order that the music released, regardless of the dates the film released.
- The year next to the title of the affected films indicates the release year of the either dubbed or remade version in the named language later than the original version.
- • indicates original language release. Indicates simultaneous makes, if featuring in more languages
- ♦ indicates a remade version, the remaining ones being dubbed versions
As playback singer
|Savari||"Ale Ale"||Manikanth Kadri||Reeta|
|Mussanje Maathu||"Anuraaga Aralo Samaya"||Sridhar V Sambhram||Solo|
|Hani Hani||"Dhinaku Dhina"||S.Chinna||Solo|
|Varasadara||"Enidu Idu"||Rajesh Ramnath||Solo|
|Geleya||"Hudugi Malebillu"||Mano Murthy||Priya Himesh|
|Babaa||"Kanasaage Barthaane"||Trishul||Dr.Shamitha Malnad|
|Bindas||"Nalle Nalle"||Guru Kiran||Mathangi|
|Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu||"Nee Chumu Chumu"||Guru Kiran||Chaitra|
|Shivani||"Kaddu Nodala"||James Sakaleshpur||Solo|
|Orata I Love You||"Manasaitu"||Shankar GR||Solo|
|Kodagana Koli Nungitha||"Ninge Kane"||Sadhu Kokila||Solo|
|Devru||"Doora Swalpa Doora"||Sadhu Kokila||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Gooli||"Sum Sumne Yaako"||Anoop Seelin||Nanditha Das|
|Aptharakshaka||"Kabaadi Kabadi"||Guru Kiran||Dr.Shamitha Malnad|
|Dubai Babu||"Abdullah"||Sridhar V Sambhram||Solo|
|Abhay||"Abhay is Crazy"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Sankranthi||"Akasha Kanyena"||Sridhar V Sambhram||Solo|
|Hare Rama Hare krishna||"Angel Angel"||Ilayaraja||Rita|
|Samagama||"Ankura Premankura"||Kiran||Anuradha Bhat|
|Venki||"Arere Eno"||AM Neel||Solo|
|Circus||"Baaro Geleya" (Different Version)||Emil||Emil|
|Nali Naliyutha||"Baanina Chandranu"||Rajesh Ramnath||Nanditha Das|
|Hrudayadali Idenidu||"Baa Baaro"||Dharma Prakash||Solo|
|Ravi Shastri||"Bandithe"||Rajesh Ramnath||Malathi|
|Devdas||"Ko Ko"||Joshua Sridhar||Shwetha|
|Vayuputhra||"Bhagavantha Bhagavantha Banda"||V. Harikrishna||With Chorus Singers|
|Mallikarjuna||"Chanda O Chanda"||S. A. Rajkumar||Priya Himesh|
|Mallikarjuna||"Shuruvaayithe"||S. A. Rajkumar||Rita|
|Gang leader||"Cheluvayya Cheluvo"||Abhimann Roy||M N Anusha|
|Jaaji Mallige||"Cheluve Bramhana Bali"||Sadhu Kokila||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Jaaji Mallige||"Olave"||Sadhu Kokila||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Jaaji Mallige||"Manassu"||Sadhu Kokila||Solo|
|Abhimaani||"Chennagide"||Dharma Teja||Nanditha Das|
|Mathe Mungaru||"Chita Pata"||X Paul Raj||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Mast Maja Maadi||"Chori Chori"||PB Balaji||Chinmayi|
|Huduga Hudugi||"Danthada Bombenaa"||Joshua Sridhar||Kavitha|
|Huduga Hudugi||"Thunta Thunti"||Joshua Sridhar||Solo|
|Huduga Hudugi||"Huduga Hudugi"||Joshua Sridhar||Suvi|
|Santha||"Dhava Dhava"||Guru Kiran||Solo|
|Porki||"Dheera Dheera"||Mani Sharma||Sowmya Mahadevan|
|Aishwarya||"Dhoni Dhoni"||Rajesh Ramnath||Solo|
|Raam||"Dhum Dol Bajare"||V. Harikrishna||Nanditha Das|
|Kaaranji||"Ee Dina Hosadaagide"||Veer Samarth||Solo|
|Gubbi||"Ee Pari"||Arjun Janya||Solo|
|Gubbi||"Modala Todala"||Arjun Janya||Solo|
|Preethiya Loka||"Ee Preethi"||Sai Kiran||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Aantharya||"Ellargu Ellide"||Giridhar Diwan||Solo|
|Odahuttidavalu||"En Chandano"||R. P. Patnaik||Sunitha|
|Datta||"Escapeu Maamu"||R. P. Patnaik||Solo|
|Bhagyada Balegaara||"Ghallu Ghallenutha"||Ilayaraja||Manjari|
|Pallakki||"Goli Maaro"||Guru Kiran||Solo|
|Salute||"Heegene"||Sai Karthik||Dr.K S Chitra|
|Ullasa Uthsaha||"Hello Namaste"||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Solo|
|Ullasa Uthsaha||"O Prema"||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Solo|
|Achchu Mechchu||"Hey Olave"||AM Neel||Anuradha Bhat|
|Preethi Hangama||"Himse Himseno"||Raj Kiran||Chaitra|
|Preethi Hangama||"Moda Modalu"||Raj Kiran||Nanditha Das|
|Dhool||"Hindilla Mundilla"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Gaana Bajana||"Hosadondu Hesaridu"||Joshua Sridhar||Shwetha|
|Gaana Bajana||"Naanu Eega"||Joshua Sridhar||Solo|
|Coffee Shop||"Howwa Howwa"||S. A. Rajkumar||Rajalakshmi|
|Tenali Rama||"Hoyo Maana"||R. P. Patnaik||Mano|
|Tenali Rama||"O Maina"||R. P. Patnaik||Mano|
|Tenali Rama||"Maadaithe"||R. P. Patnaik||Sunitha|
|Love Guru||"Hudugaata Aadi"||Joshua Sridhar||Solo|
|Love Guru||"Yaaru Kooda"||Joshua Sridhar||Benny Dayal (supporting vocal)|
|Mr.Theertha||"Hudugi Hudugi"||Guru kiran||Chaitra|
|Manmatha||"Hunnime Banna"||Bharathi Das||Solo|
|Iniya||"Iniya Iniya"||V Sridhar Sambharam||Anuradha Bhat|
|Chamkaisi Chindi Udaisi||"Jaya Ho"||Mast PB Balaji||Actor Kumal Kumar|
|CID Eesha||"James Bondigintha"||Vijaya Bharathi||Solo|
|Body Guard||"Jhulu Jhulu"||Vinay Chandra||Solo|
|Body Guard||"Kempaaithu"||Vinay Chandra||Anuradha Bhat|
|Nam Areal Ondina||"Kaapaadiko"||Arjun Janya||Dr.Shamitha Malnad|
|Nam Areal Ondina||"Nenape"||Arjun Janya||Solo|
|Ghoutham||"Kaabul Draakshi"||Guru Kiran||Anuradha Sriram|
|Krishna Nee Late Aag Baaro||"Kanasidu Alli"||Praveen Godkhindi||Solo|
|Taare||"Kanassu Kandaagide"||CR Babbi||Solo|
|Maduve Mane||"Kanne Koodiruvaaga"||Manikanth Kadri||Solo|
|Gilli||"Kannina Bhaashe"||Yuvan Shankar Raja||Solo|
|Sangama||"Madhu maasa"||Devi Sri Prasad||Solo|
|Varsha Dhaare||"Maha Bramhachaari"||Ajaneesh Loknath||Solo|
|Student||"Maama Maama"||R. P. Patnaik||Solo|
|Housefull||"Manadalli Muchchitta"||Kiran||Anuradha Bhat|
|Slum Baala||"Manassu"||Arjun Janya||Nanditha Das|
|Thabbali||"Mani Mani"||AM Neel||Solo|
|Dhandam Dhashagunam||"Marali Marali"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Ko Ko Koli Kothi||"Mellane"||Ramana Gokula||Sunitha|
|Shivamani||"Modamodala"||Veer Samarth||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Uyyale||"Moda Modalu"||DJ Ricky||Solo|
|Parole||"Mujugara" Balaji||K Mithran||Anuradha Bhat|
|Savi Savi Nenapu||"Naa Naana"||R. P. Patnaik||Solo|
|Naan Maadid Thappa||"Naa Ninna"||Aarya||Solo|
|Aithalakadi||"Naanu Neenu"||Sadhu Kokila||Solo|
|Male Bille||"Naanu Ninna"||Manikanth Kadri||Solo|
|Prithvi||"Nenapidu Nenapidu"||Manikanth Kadri||Shruthi Haasan|
|Prasad||"O Nanna Kanda"||Ilayaraja||Solo|
|Prasad||"O Nanna" (Different Version)||Ilayaraja||Solo|
|Snehana Preethina||"Osi Osi"||V. Harikrishna||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Onde Ondu Saari||"Onde Ondu Saari"||M Rajesh||Solo|
|Pallavi Illada Charana||"Pallavi Nanna"||Babji-Sandeep||Anuradha Bhat|
|Nanda Loves Nanditha||"Preethi Bandaithe"||Emil||Shahanaj|
|Jolly Days||"Raktha Sambandha"||Mickey J Meyer||Solo|
|Jolly Days||"Saluge Saluge"||Mickey J Meyer||Solo|
|Rajkumari||"Rangi Rangi"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Antharaathma||"Salaam Salaam"||Giridhar Diwan||Mangala|
|Olave Mandaara||"Shreeki Nimmonu"||Deva||Solo|
|Yograj But||"Sihiyagide"||Milind Dharmasena||Solo|
|Jothe Jotheyali||"Sikthaare Sikthaare"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Sathya in Love||"Thaane Thanthaane"||Guru Kiran||Solo|
|18th Cross||"Thirugu Thirugu"||Arjun Janya||Solo|
|Double Decker||"Thunta"||Purandar jaipal||Vijay Shankar|
|Mandahasa||"Yaarigu Kaanada"||Veer Samarth||Mahalakshmi Iyer|
|Galaate||"Yenu Maayada"||Jessie Gift||Solo|
|Rana||"Kondu hoge"||Sridhar V Sambhram||Sridhar V Sambhram|
|PUC||"Naaviruvudu Heege"||J Raviraj||Shwetha|
|Navagraha||"Smileo Re"||V. Harikrishna||Jassie Gift, Tippu, Chaitra|
|Gokula||"Baruve Odi Odi"||Mano Murthy||Rithisha Padmanabh|
|Gokula||"Maja Maadoke"||Mano Murthy||Rithisha Padmanabh|
|Honganasu||"Lagge Lagge Sahyaadrige"||Hamsalekha||Dr.K S Chitra|
|Yashwanth||"Mannige Mara Bhaarave"||Mani Sharma||Solo|
|Gilli||"Kannina Bhaashe"||Yuvan Shankar Raja||Solo|
|Shambhu||"Enu Enu"||Ramesh Krishnan||Solo|
|Jyeshta||"Lolaku Jhumuki Itte"||S. A. Rajkumar||Rajesh Krishnan, Kalpana|
|Ellellu Neene Nannallu Neene||"Yaaralu Helada"||Vijaya Bharathi||Solo|
|Prema Chandrama||"Ondanondu"||V. Harikrishna||Shankar Mahadevan|
|Vidhyarthi||"Yaarammi"||R. P. Patnaik||Solo|
|Gombegala Love||"Ayyo Namage"||Srinath Vijay||Solo|
|Andhar Bahar||"Aasae"||Vijay Prakash||Anuradha Bhat|
|Bul Bul||"Ondu Sanje"||V. Harikrishna||Solo|
|Yaare Koogadali||"Yaarivanu Yaarivanu"||V. Harikrishna||Anuradha Bhat|
|Yaare Koogadali||"Yaarivano Yaarivano" (Different Version)||V. Harikrishna||Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Bhat|
|Cool Ganesh||"Jigi Jigide"||Manikanth Kadri||Solo|
|U-The End-A||"Neenene Nanna Radhe"||Manu Sri||Shruthi VS|
|Ghajini (2008 film)||"Behka"||A.R. Rahman||Solo|
|Raavan||"Behni De"||A.R. Rahman||Solo|
|Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)||"I am in Love"||Pritam||Solo|
|2005||Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Tamil)||Oru Maalai||Ghajini|
|2007||Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Telugu)||Arey Rey||Happy Days|
|2008||Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Telugu)||Nijanga Nenena||Kotha Bangaru Lokam|
|2009||Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Tamil)||Hasili Fisili||Aadhavan|
|2010||Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Tamil)||Usure Poguthey||Raavanan|
- Other Awards
|2003||ITFA Best Male Playback Award||Oru Ooril||Kaakha Kaakha|
|2007||Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Oh..My Friend||Happy Days|
|2008||CineMAA Awards – Best Male Playback Singer||Oh..My Friend||Happy Days|
|2009||Tamil Isaiaruvi Music Awards 2010||Hasili Fisili||Aadhavan|
|2010||Asiavision Awards Best Male Playback Singer (Malayalam)||Neelathamara||Neelathaamara|
|2010||Vijay Music Awards – Popular Singer Male||Usure Poguthey||Raavanan|
|2010||Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Playback Singer||Usure Poguthey||Raavanan|
|2011||TSR TV9 National film awards – Best Playback Singer (Male)||Choosthunna||Mogudu|
|2012||Amrita Film Awards 2012 – Versatile Singer|
|2012||Ghantasala Puraskar Award – Young Achiever Award 2012|
|2012||Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Playback Singer||Kaatrai Konjam||Neethane En Ponvasantham|
|2012||Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Upcoming Music Director||Nila Nila||Aravaan|
|2013||Globus Style Awards 2013 - Stylish Singer Award|
- "Amrita Film Awards will honour Singer Karthik today with the Best Versatile SInger Award". Amrita (Chennai, India). 5 May 2012.
- "Karthik is on a high". Times of India. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- "NIT-C fete showcases talents". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 March 2008.
- "Chat Karthik has established himself as one of the finest young playback singers in South India". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 5 May 2012.
- "Karthik to score for Vijay – Behindwoods.com – Tamil Movies News – Karthik Vijay Rajiv Menon". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Music I Like – Buy online at. Landmarkonthenet.com (28 September 2011). Retrieved on 25 September 2012.