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January 13, 1980 |
Alaveddy, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka
|Years active||2000 - present|
Niru, (born Nirmalan Nadarajah on January 13, 1980) is a Tamil music director and composer. He is renowned in Kollywood for both the sensuality of his melodies and the charisma of his work. From his rendition Netriunthom Engal Vitulilae with acclaimed tracks, such as Pattu Selai, Niru has become a popular musician. He recently debuted in Tamil films as the music composer in the film Kalabha Kadhalan.
Having found a passion for music at a tender age, Niru discovered an affinity to all things musical. Though greatly adept at playing instruments, Niru found his forté lay in composing his own music and directing the celebrated musicians of the world.
In 1989, Niru moved to Paris, France, where he was in the tutelage of the Maison Populaire. There, he ameliorated and fine tuned his precision and skill for manipulating melodies. Niru graduated from SAE[disambiguation needed] (Paris) in 2001, a prestigious institute with the links to Oxford, UK. Niru then progressed to study Western classical music at the Trinity College of Music, London.
Starting small, Niru initially began by composing jingles for advertisements, soon to be followed by a "nouvelle vague" which brought Tamil Pop to the forefront of music in France. His interest in pop music spurred him to compose for two albums, "Oru Parvai" and "Aalaiyin Karangal" in Paris, both of which proved to be illuminating. "Moongil Nila", album-extraordinaire and Niru's 3rd masterpiece encapsulated the vocal genius of Unnikrishnan, a good friend of Niru's, Hariharan, Srinivas, Anuradha Sriram, Karthik and Shankar Mahadevan. Celebrated lyricists Vairamuthu, Kapilan, Paa Vijay, Palanibharathi and Arivumathi were also able to successfully echo Niru's thoughts to great effect.
Niru then dedicated much of his time composing music for various charitable endeavours. In memory of the Asian Tsunami of 2004, Niru composed “Kadala Kadal Amma” with the vocals of Tippu by Aruvumathy. Niru also composed for the National Red Cross. Niru became both an independent and critically acclaimed Music Director with the release of his debut film; “Kalabha Kadhalan” in 2005, the music for which was highly successful.
In 2006, Niru’s work, in Mayavi of GV Films, was nominated for the Seoul Drama Awards (SDA). Here, Niru gained the highly prestigious “Jury's Special Award”. The music for “Rameswaram (film)”, also of Niru’s composing, was a great hit.