Gana Bala

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Gana Bala
Gana Bala.JPG
Bala performing in Mitafest '14
Background information
Birth nameM. Bala Murugan
Also known asAnathai Bala, 'Gana Kuyil King' Bala
Born (1970-06-20) 20 June 1970 (age 48)[where?]
Tamil Nadu
Occupation(s)Playback singer, lyricist, lawyer
Years active2007–present
Associated actsPsycho Unit,
Yabama JO, Krishan Maheson
Websiteganabala.com

Bala Murugan, better known by his stage name Gana Bala is an Indian playback singer in Tamil cinema. He rose to prominence after rendering the songs 'Aadi Pona Aavani' and 'Nadukadalula Kappala' from the soundtrack of Attakathi. He has predominantly sung songs belonging to the gaana genre of Tamil Nadu.[1] He has been credited for reviving the gaana genre in Tamil Cinema after 'Thenisai Thendral' Deva.[2][3] He has also penned lyrics for some of his songs.

Career[edit]

Bala first tripped on 'Gaana' when he was in high school. He gained confidence as a Gaana singer when he joined Presidency College, Chennai to study Botany.[4] He later contested in the TV reality show Gana Kuyil Pattu that featured on Kalaignar TV and won it.[5] He has worked on a number of devotional albums and also performed on stage.[4] One of his independent albums, Vaanavil was released by composers Deva and Dhina.[6] He made his debut in the film industry with Piragu composed by Srikanth Deva, son of the 'Father of Gaana Genre' – Deva.[7] He first found success for his songs 'Aadi Pona Aavani' and 'Nadukadalula' in the sleeper hit Attakathi. Since then he has sung a number of successful songs under top composers like Yuvan Shankar Raja and G. V. Prakash Kumar.

He has also sung a jingle with composer G. V. Prakash Kumar to mark the 10th anniversary celebrations of Radio Mirchi Chennai.[8]

Other works[edit]

Film work[edit]

Apart from singing, Bala has also featured in some of his songs.[9] He has also appeared in a minor role as a mechanic in his debut film Piragu. He has danced for a song in 'Attakathi' Dinesh's second movie as hero, Vaaraayo Vennilaave. At the audio launch of Vikraman's Ninaithathu Yaaro, Bala expressed interest in acting and his desire to become a hero.[10] He will soon turn hero in a film to be directed by K. Selva Bharathy titled Parry's Corner. The film is said to ponder over the fact that while migrants to Chennai hit it big, Chennai-ties still live mediocre lives. Bala will be playing a cycle rickshaw driver.[11][12][13]

Philanthropy[edit]

Bala is a law graduate and works as an advocate. He has contested local municipal elections twice as an independent candidate, losing only by slender margins. Bala, who identifies himself as an Ambedkarite, says,[4]

Filmography[edit]

As playback singer[edit]

Year Song(s) Film Composer Co-Singer(s) Notes
2007 "Pathinoru Peru Aattam"
"Unnaipola Pennai"
Piragu Srikanth Deva Solo
Srikanth Deva, Srilekha Parthasarathy
Credited as Anathai Bala
2008 "Phona Pottu" Thodakkam Jeyrom Pushparaj Credited as Anathai Bala
2008 "Chikku Bukku Rayilu" Vedha Srikanth Deva Credited as Anathai Bala
2012 "Aadi Pona Aavani"
"Nadukadalula Kappala"
Attakathi Santhosh Narayanan [14] Also composed
'Nadukadalula Kappala'
2012 "Nenaikuthey" Pizza Santhosh Narayanan [15]
2013 "Duet Song"
"Pottiyunnu Vanthuputta"
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya S. Thaman Muralidhar, Rahul Nambiar, Ranjith
Solo
[16]
2013 "Thannai Thaane" Paradesi G. V. Prakash Kumar [17]
2013 "Edhathaan Kanduttey Nee Pudhusa" Settai S. Thaman [18]
2013 "Mannadacha Pandhu"
"Oru Grammam"
Gouravam S. Thaman
2013 "Ora Kannala" Udhayam NH4 G. V. Prakash Kumar
2013 "Kaasu Panam" Soodhu Kavvum Santhosh Narayanan Andony Dasan [19]
2013 "Poosani Kaai" Pattathu Yaanai S. Thaman [20]
2013 "Ayyo Ramare" Pusthakamlo Konni Pageelu Missing Gunwanth Sen Telugu film
2013 "Sandhegam" Arya Surya Srikanth Deva [21]
2013 "Hey Baby" Raja Rani G. V. Prakash Kumar G. V. Prakash Kumar, Aishwarya [22]
2013 "En Veetula" Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Siddharth Vipin [23]
2013 "Pa Pa" Pizza II: Villa Santhosh Narayanan Rap by Vineet Mani [24]
2013 "Vaazhka Oru" Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Prem Kumar [25]
2013 "Odi Odi" 3D Thaedi Pidi Adi Karthik Harsha
2013 "Run For Your life" Biriyani Yuvan Shankar Raja ft. PSYCHO.unit
2013 "Sethu Po" Vizha James Vasanthan Sunandhan, Theodore [26]
2014 "Nee Quarter Nan Water" Be Right Back Princeten Charles [27]
2014 "Aaru Adi Veedu"
"All Your Beauty"
Goli Soda S. N. Arunagiri [28]
2014 "Don't Worry Be Happy" Nimirndhu Nil G. V. Prakash Kumar S. Selva
2014 "Enda Mapla" Cuckoo Santhosh Narayanan Sathish, Dhee [29]
2014 "Vaazhkai Thaan" Marumunai Sathya Dev
2014 "Bachelor Enakke" Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum Natarajan Sankaran Rap by Premgi Amaren [30][31]
2014 "Lovely Ladies" Naan Sigappu Manithan G. V. Prakash Kumar Vijay Prakash, Megha, Aryan Dinesh, G. V. Prakash Kumar [32]
2014 "Oru Ponnu" Pongadi Neengalum Unga Kadhalum Kannan M. A. Ramakrishnan [33]
2014 "Adaikalam" Yaamirukka Bayamey SN Prasad El Fe Choir [34]
2014 "Chinnadaaga Morachiputta" Adhu Vera Idhu Vera Taj Noor [35]
2014 Uyirukku Uyiraga Santhakumar Madhu, Saran Sharma [36]
2014 "Kelunganne Kelunga" Vadacurry Vivek Siva
Mervin Solomon
[37]
2014 "Kokkara Kozhi" Saivam G. V. Prakash Kumar Chinnaponnu, Ashwitha, Harish, Aishwarya [38]
2014 "Elarai" Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Simon Yabama JO [39][40]
2014 "Nokia Ponnu Samsung Paiyan" Kadhalai Thavira Verondrum Illai Srikanth Deva Simrutha [41]
2014 "Porappu Erappu" Poriyaalan M.S. Jones [42]
2014 "Kaakidha Kappal"
"Irandhidava"
Madras Santhosh Narayanan Sean Roldan, Tholkappiyan, Santhosh Narayanan
Solo
[43]
2014 "Athangarai Orathile" Yaan Harris Jayaraj Emcee Vickey (rap) [44][45][46]
2014 "Johny Johny" Vennila Veedu Dhanraj Manickam Dhanraj Manickam [47]
2014 Royapuram-13 Dheen Dayal Short film[48]
2014 "Ayya Padichavare" Jaihind 2 Arjun Janya Rajesh Krishnan [49]
2014 "En Karunchingamaai" Appuchi Gramam Vishal Chandrasekar Vishnu Muralee [50]
2014 "Vaada Poda" Murugatrupadai Ganesh Raghavendra
2014 "Doggy Style" Naaigal Jaakirathai Dharan Kumar [51]
2014 "Kannaadithanda" Aaaah [52]
2014 "Gumthalakka" Gugan Guru Kalyan Sri Nisha [53]
2014 "20-20" Cricket Scandal Deepan [54]
2014 "Venaam Mappilla" Velmurugan Borewells Srikanth Deva Naveen Madhav
2014 "Enna Solla" Saravana Poigai D. Vijay [55]
2014 "Jinji Nakka" Nee Yen Uyire Vijay Manthra [56]
2014 "Santhayila Bajarula" Saravanan Engira Surya Dhanraj Manickam
2014 "Ponnuga Buththi" Win U. K. Murali
2014 "Kadhalikka" Rettai Kathir Deva Kumar [57]
2014 "Thamizh Nattin" Thiraipada Nagaram Nithin Karthik [58]
2014 "Ambaani Ponnu" Vaaraayo Vennilaave Karthik Raja
2014 "Yenda" Ula Saajan Madhav Naveen Madhav, Dwayne Bravo [59][60]
2014 "Nadukadulula" Vaaliba Raja Radhan Radhan [61]
2014 "Atta Kathi Mokka Peesu" Mozhivathu Yathenil Nithyan Karthik [62]
2014 "Adhaaru Udhaaru" Yennai Arindhaal... Harris Jayaraj Vijay Prakash [63]
2014 "Jallikattu Kaalai" Manam Nilluna Nikkadhadi R.G. Allen
2014 "Kastathae Yaaru Kitta" Maalumi Baskar
2014 "Friend Nambuda",
"God God"
Rombha Nallavan Da Nee Ram Surender
2014 Love Pannunga Life Nallarukkum [64]
2014 "Aashe Paddadu" Superstar Kidnap Sai Karthik Telugu film[65]
2014 "Kaal Mulacha Beer" Mei Marandhen K. R. Kawin K. R. Kawin
2014 "Devadas" Ravi Arziyaan (Ksmusic) Saint and Ramnath (Malaysia)
2014 "Vandha Malai" Darling G. V. Prakash Kumar Karunas, Arun Raja Kamaraj
2014 '"Currency Raja" Currency Raja Chinni Charan Tamil dubbed version of Vasool Raja starring Navdeep and Sri Hari
2015 "Vandha Kada" Vai Raja Vai Yuvan Shankar Raja
2015 "Sonu papadi" Soan Papdi Dhanraj Manickam Sivani
2015 "Paatha Oru Lookula" Inimey Ippadithaan Santhosh Kumar Dayanidhi
2016 "Ulagam Oruvanukka",
"Veera Thurandhara"
Kabali Santhosh Narayanan
2018 "Kaattu Vaasi" Kilambitangayya Kilambitangayya Sreekanth
2018 "Kurukupettai" Vaandu A R Neshan
2018 "Kudure Kudure" Aadi Purana Vikram Vasisht, Chandana Vasisht Kannada film
  • The films are listed in order that the film released, regardless of the dates the music released.

As lyricist[edit]

Year Song(s) Film Composer
2012 "Nadukadalula Kappala" Attakathi Santhosh Narayanan
2013 "Love Letter"
"Pottiyunnu Vanthuputta"
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya S. Thaman
2013 "Edhathaan Kanduttey Nee Pudhusa" Settai S. Thaman
2013 "Ora Kannala" Udhayam NH4 G. V. Prakash Kumar
2013 "Kaasu Panam" Soodhu Kavvum Santhosh Narayanan
2013 "Sandhegam" Arya Surya Srikanth Deva
2013 "Hey Baby" Raja Rani G. V. Prakash Kumar
2013 "Vaazhka Oru" Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Prem Kumar
2014 "Sokkathaan Aadu" Kalavaram F.S. Faisal
2014 "Aaru Adi Veedu"
"All Your Beauty"
Goli Soda S. N. Arunagiri
2014 "Don't Worry Be Happy" Nimirndhu Nil G. V. Prakash Kumar
2014 "Enda Mapla" Cuckoo Santhosh Narayanan
2014 "Vaazhkai Thaan" Marumunai Sathya Dev
2014 "Open the Tasmac" Maan Karate Anirudh Ravichander
2014 "Bachelor Enakke" Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum Natarajan Sankaran
2014 Uyirukku Uyiraga Santhakumar
2014 "Avalai Nambithan" Salim Vijay Antony[66]
2014 "Porappu Erappu" Poriyaalan M.S. Jones
2014 "Scenu Scenu" Sigaram Thodu D. Imman
2014 "Kaakidha Kappal"
"Irandhidava"
Madras Santhosh Narayanan
2014 "Nadukadulula" Vaaliba Raja Radhan
2014 "20-20" Cricket Scandal Deepan
2014 "Jinji Nakka" Nee Yen Uyire Vijay Manthra
2014 "Santhayila Bajarula" Saravanan Engira Surya Dhanraj Manickam
2014 "Jallikattu Kaalai" Manam Nilluna Nikkadhadi R.G. Allen
2014 Velachery Tajnoor
2014 Kadavan Srikanth Deva
2014 Yevan A.K. Sasidharan
2014 Aaaah
2014 Love Pannunga Life Nallarukkum
2015 "Vandha Kadha" Vai Raja Vai Yuvan Shankar Raja
2015 "Partha Oru Lookla" "Inimey Ippidithan" Santhosh Kumar

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
2007 Piragu Mechanic N. Jeeva Also Appearance in the song 'Pathinoru Peru'
2008 Vedha Himself V. Nithyakumar Special Appearance in the song 'Chikku Bukku'[67]
2013 Udhayam NH4 Himself Manimaran Special Appearance in the song 'Ora Kannala'
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Himself Nalan Kumarasamy Special Appearance in the song 'Kaasu Panam'
2013 Raja Rani Himself Atlee Special Appearance in the song 'Hey Baby'
2014 Kalavaram Ramesh Selvan Special Appearance in the song 'Sokkathaan Aadu'
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Samuthirakani Special Appearance in the song 'Don't Worry Be Happy'
2014 Marumunai Mariesh Kumar Special Appearance in the song 'Vaazhkai Thaan'[68]
2014 Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum Himself Chimbu Deven Special Appearance in promo song 'Bachelor Enakke'[69]
2014 Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani L. G. Ravichandar Special Appearance in the song 'The Elarai'
2014 Kadhal 2014 Sukandhan Special Appearance in the song 'Oh Jinglee'
2014 Kadhalai Thavira Verondrum Illai Himself K. Selva Bharathy Special Appearance in the song 'Nokia Ponnu Samsung Paiyan'
2014 Madras Pa. Ranjith Special Appearance in the song 'Irandhidava'
2014 Jaihind 2 Himself Arjun Sarja Special Appearance in the song 'Ayya Padichavare'
2014 Aaaah Haresh Narayan
Hari Shankar
Special Appearance in the song 'Kannaadithanda'
2015 Rombha Nallavan Da Nee A. Venkatesh
2015 Vaaraayo Vennilaave R. Sashidharan Special Appearance in the song 'Ambaani Ponnu'[4]
2015 Mozhivathu Yathenil S. Gopalakrishnan Special Appearance in the song 'Atta Kathi Mokka Peesu'
2016 Nanaiyatha Mazhaiye Mahendra Ganapathy Special Appearance in the song "Manasu Sari Illai"
2016 Andaman Aadhavan Special Appearance in the song "Kaalai Maalai"

Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Ceremony Category Song(s) Result
2013 Attakathi Vikatan Awards 2012 Best Playback Singer (Male) Nadukadalula Kappala
Aadi Pona Aavani
Won
7th Annual Vijay Awards Best Male Playback Singer
Best Lyricist
Nadukadalula Kappala Nominated
Chennai Times Film Awards 2012[70][71][72] Best Singer (Male) Nadukadalula Kappala Nominated

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