Pradip Somasundaran

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In this Indian name, the name Somasundaran is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Pradip.
Pradip Somasundaran
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Background information
Born (1967-01-26) 26 January 1967 (age 47)
Nelluvaya, Thrissur, India
Genres Film songs, Carnatic music, Bhajan
Occupations Singer, musician, lecturer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Website pradipsomasundaran.com

Pradip Somasundaran (Malayalam: പ്രദീപ് സോമസുന്ദരൻ); also known as Pradeep Somasundaram, is an Indian playback singer.

Early life[edit]

Pradip Somasundaran was born on 26 January 1967[1]in Nelluvaya, Vadakkaancherry, Thrissur, Kerala, India. He was initially trained in Carnatic Music under Geetha Rani and later under V. Gopalan of Thrissur, and started giving stage performances at the age of sixteen.[2][3]

Music career[edit]

It was music director Ravindran who gave Pradip Somasundaran the first break in 1993, with the song "Samayam Manoharam" in the film Ezhuthachan. He has also worked with the late Johnson, Mohan Sitara and Ilayaraaja in Malayalam. Sandeep Chowta introduced him in Telugu films with Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh. He also sang for Saleem another Sandeep Chowta musical, directed by YVS Chowdary. He has also sung the title song "Bhagavane" for the television series Gajarajan Guruvayur Keshavan which was composed by Vidhyadharan for Surya TV. In addition to being a playback singer he sings carnatic music, ghazals and devotional songs.[3]

In 2007 he released "Koti Pranam" his first international album[4]as a composer and singer for the Art of Living foundation. In 2011 he released "Mazhanritham" his first musical work in Malayalam as a composer collaborating with other playback singers like Gayatri Asokan, Franco, Shahabaz Aman and actor Manoj K Jayan.[5]

Achievements[edit]

He won the "Lata Mangeshkar Trophy" for the best male singer along with Sunidhi Chauhan who won in the female category, in the national level music competition Meri Awaz Suno in 1996, which was telecast by Doordarshan. Meri Awaz Suno was conducted jointly by Doordarshan, Lata Mangeshkar, and Yash Chopra's Metavision.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pradip holds a masters in electronics from Andhra University and is currently working as the Principal of College of Applied Science, Vadakkencherry, Palakkad.[6][7] He is a free software enthusiast and was involved in the activities of the Free Software Foundation India during Richard Stallman's 2001 visit to Kochi.[8]

Discography[edit]

Film songs[edit]

Song Film Released by Music Director Year of Release
Samayam Manoharam Ezhuthachan HMV (RPG) Raveendran 1993
Perumathodi Mannadiyar Penninu Chenkotta Chekkan Ankith Audio Raveendran 1996
Punyam Kalyanappittennu Sargam Raveendran 1997
Muthe Ninne Thedi Manasam Ankith Audio Johnson 1997
Vavaa Voo Manasam Ankith Audio Johnson 1997
Moham Manassil Arjunan Pillayum Anju Makkalum Sargam Mohan Sitara 1997
Mohini Enikkayi Manjeeradhwani Johny Sagariga Ilayaraaja 1998
Sandhya Ragamai Kannadikkadavathu East Coast Audio Balabhaskar 2000
Manava Mochana Arunam Ramesh Narayan 2006 (To be Released)
Chitti Aayi Re Bujjigadu Made in Chennai (Telugu) Aditya Audios Sandeep Chowta 2008
Poolu Gusa Gusa Saleem (Telugu) Sony Music Sandeep Chowta 2009
Virahardra, Muthola Dhanyam (Malayalam) Pooram Arts K.K Sebastian 2012
Chenkadalu Viriyunna D Company (Malayalam) Happy & Ruby Ratheesh Vegha 2013

Non-film albums[edit]

Album Language Released by Music Director Year of Release
Pratyasha Vol 1,2,3,4 Hindi Dharmabharathi Fr. Paul Poovathigal 1994,1997,2000,2006
Sangeetharchana Malayalam HMV (RPG) Jaya Vijaya 1997
Ayyappamayam Malayalam Sargam Suresh & Suma Varma 1997
Pradakshinam Malayalam Audiotracs Kalyan Anand 1997
Kripa Malayalam Johny Sagariga Jerson Antony 1997
Sangeetha Sangamam Malayalam Johny Sagariga MACTA Live Program 1998
Ninakkayi Malayalam East Coast Audios Balabhaskar 1998
Ponnonam Malayalam Sargam Audios Raveendran 1998
The Golden Voice Hindi Maruthi Audios Cover Versions 1998
Aadyamayi Malayalam East Coast Audios Balabhaskar 2000
Onappeeli Malayalam East Coast Audios Balabhaskar 2000
Ayyappathrippadam Malayalam Pranathy Audios Ravindran Paingodu 2000
Angel Malayalam Angel Vision Johnson, Joy Cheruvathoor, Ouseppachan 2000
Ennennum Malayalam Satyam Audios Manoj George 2001
Jeevan Malayalam Grace Communications Joy Cheruvathoor 2002
Koti Pranaam Mixed The Art of Living Foundation International Himself 2007
Rithubhangi Malayalam Manorama Music Kallara Gopan 2009
Mazhanritham Malayalam Highness Video Himself 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pradip Somasundaran at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Profile of Pradip Somasundaram" (DOC). Ship for World Youth Alumni Association. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Pradip, Somasundaran. "Music". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Pradip Somasundaran at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Actor sings in new musical album". The Hindu. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Anandan, S. (22 January 2011). "For five minutes of fame". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCE". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Pradip, Somasundaran. "About me". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

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