Devan Ekambaram

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Devan Ekambaram
Native name தேவன் ஏகாம்பரம்
Born 25 December
Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States
Genres Playback singingDubbing artist
Occupation(s) Playback Singer,Film Composer, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1999–present

Devan Ekambaram (Tamil: தேவன் ஏகாம்பரம், born 25 December in Freehold Township, New Jersey), or Devan, is an Indian/American playback singer, actor and a Film composer. He began his career as a playback singer in Tamil films and later branched out to many other south Indian languages as well like Telugu, Kannada and has so far sung over 500 songs.

Education[edit]

Devan pursued his higher school studies at the Freehold Township High School, New Jersey. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. [1]

Playback singing career[edit]

Devan began his singing career in the year 1999, when he received an unexpected call from one of the musician A. R. Rahman's assistants for a voice audition. He then, went on to record his maiden song "O Mariah" for the film Kadhalar Dhinam along with Yugendran. The song proved to be a hit among all sections and thereafter he received several offers from many other Southern music directors.

Devan's second huge hit came in his short piece mellifluous rendition in "Ore Nyabagam" from Minnale (2001) composed by Harris Jayaraj. Thereafter he sang many popular tracks in Tamil and Telugu films under the compositions of Ilayaraja, Vidhyasagar, Deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and others. The song "Anbil Avan" from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa composed by A. R. Rahman ruled the music chart for months.

Most of his songs are for the music director Harris Jayaraj. And all the songs which he had sung for him have received a good reception from the audience.

Recently he has sung a peppy number called "Nahna na Na" for Director Venkat Prabhu's Biriyani Which was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja has become a viral hit from the day it was released. Two different remix versions of the song called "Jack Swing Mix" and "The Extended Mix" also received a massive response.

His latest song is " Hey Lamba Lamba " from the movie Yaan were he again sings for the music director Harris Jayaraj. This song was written by late lyricist Vaali. It is another peppy number.

Music direction[edit]

Devan debuted as a music director in the 2010 film Bale Pandiya. The music album was received with a mixed response .Besides this film, Devan has composed for several short Tamil album songs and has also sung for them.[2]

Acting[edit]

Devan has also acted in few Tamil films as a character artist. The prominent ones being Parthiban Kanavu (debut film), Unnale Unnale and Jayam Kondaan.He also dubbed for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu for character "Detective Anderson".

Discography[edit]

Year Album Song Composers
2015 Yennai Arindhaal "Yennai Arindhaal" Harris Jayaraj
2014 Yaan "Hey Lamba Lamba" Harris Jayaraj
2013 Biriyani "Nahna Nah Na" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Endrendrum Punnagai "Vaan Engum Nee Minna" Harris Jayaraj
Settai "Theme Music of Settai" S. Thaman
2011 Kanden "Ninaivugal" Vijay Ebenezar
2010 Bale Pandiya "Kannodu Illaye" Devan Ekambaram
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya "Anbil Avan" A. R. Rahman
2009 Ayan "Honey Honey" Harris Jayaraj
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram "Nenjukkul Peidhidum" Harris Jayaraj
2006 Thalainagaram "Yedho Ninaikiren" D. Imman
2003 Punnagai Poove "Venus Venus Pennae" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal "Signore Signore" A. R. Rahman
2001 Minnale "Ore Nyabagam" Harris Jayaraj
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain "Smayiyai" A. R. Rahman
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam "Oh Mariya" A. R. Rahman

2001 || Friends || "Manjal poosum" || Ilayaraja

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devan Ekambaram". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Bale Pandiya Music by Devan Ekambaram". Chennai365. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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