Krish (singer)

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Born Vijay Balakrishnan
(1977-09-12) 12 September 1977 (age 39)
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Krish
Spouse(s) Sangeetha (2009–present)

Krish is an Indian actor and singer, who has worked on Tamil and Telugu language films. After beginning his career as a playback singer, he has subsequently also appeared in films as an actor.[1]


Krish was born in the town of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu but shifted to New York City after his father, a banker, had moved abroad on a posting. He thus shifted schools and spent 15 years in the USA. During his time in New York City, Krish worked as an assistant on the sets of the The Cosby Show and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2004), helping the teams conduct pre-production works.[2] He also completed an acting course at the New York Film Academy and performed at the Broadway in a Walt Disney production of Aladdin, before arriving in Chennai, hoping to get a breakthrough in the industry as an actor.[3][4]

During the initial months of his return to Chennai, Krish participated in stage shows and cultural events as a singer and was recruited by composer Ganesh Kumar to sing a western song for an album. Ganesh subsequently passed over Krish's details to music composer Harris Jayaraj.[5] Krish then made his playback singing debut in Tamil films by rendering the song "Manjal Veiyil" from Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), composed by Harris Jayaraj, alongside Hariharan. He consequently collaborated with the composer on several other critically acclaimed songs including "June Ponal July Kaatru" from Unnale Unnale (2007), "Sakiyae" from Dhaam Dhoom, "Oru Mugamo" from Bheema and "Adiye Kolluthey" from Vaaranam Aayiram (2008).[2] His work saw him garner multiple Filmfare Award nominations, as well secure a Vijay Award for Best Singer. He has also featured as a lyricist, penning two songs for the romantic comedy Kandaen (2011).[6]

Film-makers from the Tamil film industry had offered Krish roles as an actor in their ventures, but he was insistent that he would only portray the lead role. He turned down the opportunity from K. V. Anand to play the well-received supporting role portrayed by Ajmal in Ko (2011), though later played a small role as himself in a song from the film. Producer Ibrahim Rowther spotted Krish in the "Aga Naga" song and offered him the chance of portraying the lead role in his production Puriyadha Anandam Puthithaga Arambam.[2] The film, a romantic love story featuring him alongside Srushti Dange, began shoot in late 2012 but was only released in June 2015.[7] The film had a low key opening, and garnered negative reviews.[8] In June 2015, he also released an independent six-track music album, with compositions by Vijay Ebenezer and videos featuring Nikesha Patel. He had worked alongside Ebenezer for two years for the project, with the song "Maaya" from the album being heavily promoted.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Krish married actress Sangeetha at a private ceremony at Annamalaiyar Temple in Tiruvannamalai on 1 February 2009.[9] The pair's daughter, Shiviya was born in December 2012.[10]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Azhagiya Asura Yogi's friend uncredited
2011 Ko Himself Cameo appearance
2015 Puriyadha Anandam Puthithaga Arambam Bharathi
2017 Si3 V. Sreenivas
2017 Mupparimanam Himself Cameo appearance

* Discography[edit]

Year Album Composer Songs Notes
2012 Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Padapadakkudhu Maname
2012 Thuppakki Harris Jayaraj
  • Antarctica
2012 Maattrraan Harris Jayaraj
  • Rettai kadhire
2012 Yuvan Joshua Sridhar
  • Kanpartha Naeram
2012 Meenkothi Dheena
  • Chumma Chumma Pathu
2012 Etho Seithai Ennai Ganesh B Kumar
  • Kadhil Mattum Inbamaa
2012 Kalakalappu Vijay Ebenezer
  • Angelina
2012 Nanban Harris Jayaraj
  • En Frienda Pola Yaru Machan
2012 Vettai Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Dham Dham
2011 Mankatha Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Natpin Kathaigal
2011 Aanmai Thavarael Mariya Manohar
  • Kadhal Adaimalzhai Kaalam, Kadhal Adaimalzhai Kaalam (Remix)
2011 Kandaen Vijay Ebenezer
  • Enge En Idhayam, Oru Paarvai, Aa Haa
2011 Pesu Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Unthan Varthaiyil
2011 Ko Harris Jayaraj
  • Gala Gala
2011 Aadu Puli Sundar C Babu
  • Boyse
2010 Mundhinam Paartheney Thaman
  • Pesum Poove
2010 Goa Yuvan Shankar Raja
2009 Vettaikaaran Vijay Antony
  • Oru Chinna Thamarai
Edison Awards for Best Male Playback Singer
Nominated-Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award
Nominated-Vijay Award for Best Male Playback Singer
2009 Muthirai Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Night is still young
2009 Achchamundu! Achchamundu! Karthik Raja
  • Kanavugal Kaattril
2009 Odipolama D. Imman
  • Aruvi Pola
2009 Ayan Harris Jayaraj
  • Oh Super Nova (Hey Raja)
2009 Newtonin Moondram Vidhi Vinay
  • Kadhal Thandora
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Harris Jayaraj
  • Sakiyae
2008 Sakkarakatti A. R. Rahman
  • Elay
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Harris Jayaraj
  • Adiyae Kolluthey
2008 Thenavattu Srikanth Deva
  • Pattam Poochi
2008 Guru En Aalu Srikanth Deva
  • Vaanam Vanthu
2008 Aayutham Seivom Srikanth Deva
  • Innum Oru
2008 Kulir 100° Bobo Shashi
  • Un Uyir Nanban
2008 Bheema Harris Jayaraj
  • Oru Mugamo
2007 En Uyirinum Melaana Deva
  • Mylapooru Rani
2007 Kalloori Joshua Sridhar
  • June July Madham
2006 Unnale Unnale Harris Jayaraj
  • June Pona, Ilamai Ullasam & Unnale Unnale
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Harris Jayaraj
  • Manjal Veyyil