Vijay Prakash

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Vijay Prakash
Native name ವಿಜಯ್ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್
Born 21 February 1976
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (dropped out)
Occupation Singer, voice-over artist
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Mahathi Vijay Prakash (m. 2001)
Children 1

Vijay Prakash is an Indian playback singer and film composer from Mysore, Karnataka.[1] He has sung in Hindi films such as Blue, Yuvvraaj, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, Cheeni Kum, Raavan and Force. He has also performed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi movies. He has hosted the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada and has also performed shows with Zakir Hussain.

He is also one of four singers credited for the song "Jai Ho", which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2] Specifically, he sang the portion with the words "Jai Ho" that takes an extended high pitch at numerous junctures of the song.[3] The song also won a Grammy Award in the category "Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.[4] He has also won the very prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Kannada for the song 'Gatiya Ilidu' from the Kannada film 'Ulidavaru Kandante.

Early life[edit]

Prakash was born in Mysore, India to Carnatic singers L. Ramasesha and Lopa Mudra, and is himself trained in Carnatic music. He attended Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) in Mysore.

Career[edit]

After moving to Mumbai in 1996, he became a student of Suresh Wadkar.[5] Prakash was a participant in the program Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV, hosted by Sonu Nigam. He made it to the mega-finals in 1999. Later he compered Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada. He got his first break in Hindi cinema with the film Baaz in 2002, and his first song for A. R. Rahman was in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades, followed by the same composer's Tamil title track for the movie New.[6] His song "Kavite" in Kannada movie Gaalipata too became famous.

He has done backing vocals for about 25 foreign films, including the film Couples Retreat, with music by A. R. Rahmaan. He has recorded for ads like "Kabhi chatpataa" for Knorr Soups and "Na sar jhuka hain kabhi" for HDFC Life Insurance. In 2008 he sang the "Condom a capella" ringtone composed by Rupert Fernandes and produced by the BBC World Service Trust for an Indian safe sex campaign.[7] In 2009, his song, "Jai Ho", won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2]

He was one of the Judges in Confident Star Singer 2 (Kannada), which aired on Asianet Suvarna in 2009.

He has sung "Om Sivoham", a Sanskrit song penned by Vaali and composed by Ilaiyaraaja which was the main theme song of 2009 Tamil film Naan Kadavul.

In 2010, he became a regular singer under composer A. R. Rahman, as he performed several of his numbers such as "Hosanna" (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Ye Maaya Chesave), "Beera Beera, Veera Veera (in Tamil & Telugu Versions)" (Raavan & Raavanan), "Powerstar" (Komaram Puli) and "Kadhal Anukkal" (Enthiran).

Prakash has debuted as a music composer for the 2013 Kannada film Andar Bahar starring Shivrajkumar.[8]

He also won the Vijay Music Awards for the Best Male Playback for the song "Hosanna" from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.

In 2013, he appeared as one of the singers in Coke Studio @ MTV performing with Clinton Cerejo and other artists. The song Baina (for which Vijay Prakash collaborated with Clinton Cerejo) from the same series was very well received.

In 2013, his song 'Khaali Quater', written by lyricist Yograj Bhat, went viral on social media.[9] The song 'Hoge' that he has sung for the film 'Nam Life Story' in Kannada is also going viral.

Prakash was also the brand ambassador of Nissan Evalia 'moves like music' campaign, which featured six young prominent artists of India.[10][11][12]

He is one of the very few Indian musicians who have had the honor of performing at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.[13]

Discography[edit]

As a composer[edit]

Year Film Title Language Notes
2011 Aidondla Aidu Kannada Guest composer
2012 Andhar Bahar Kannada Debut as a composer..

As a singer[edit]

Kannada songs[edit]

Year Film Song Name Composer
2008 Gaalipata "Kavithe" V. Harikrishna
2009 Manasaare "Sahanabhavatu" Mano Murthy
2009 Kiran Bedi "Ballariya Gani" Hamsalekha
2009 Karanji "Murida Marada" Veer Samarth
2009 Dhamani Dhamaniyalu Kannada (Album) "Saayuthide Nimma Nudi" Sagar S
2010 Kalgejje "Swathi Male Haage" Gandharva
2010 Pyaate Mandi Kaadig Bandru (TV Reality Show) "Pyaate Mandi Kaadig Bandru"" Himself
2010 Madesha "Thirugo Ee Bhoomige" Mano Murthy
2010 Dildara "Ee Bhoomi"" Praveen D Rao
2010 Dildara "Manada Ee Mugila"" Praveen D Rao
2011 Banna Bannada Loka "Kaledhode Ninna Nodi" Thomas Rathnam
2011 Kempe Gowda "Tara Tara Hidiside" Arjun Janya
2011 Hudugaru "En Chanda Ne Hudugi" V. Harikrishna
2011 Jogayya "Kuri Kolina" V. Harikrishna
2011 Veerabahu "Raave Raave" V. Harikrishna
2011 Veera Parampare "Moodal Seeme" S Narayan
2011 Dushta "Sneha Sneha" S Narayan
2011 Saarathi "Manase Manase" V. Harikrishna
2011 Aadu Aata Aadu "Gul Gulabi" V. Manohar
2011 Shyloo "Bandiddu Barali" Jassie Gift
2011 Kalla Malla Sulla "Ee Duniyadalli" Alex Paul
2011 Aidondla Aidu "Hoyuthide" Alphonse, Balamuruli, Abhijeet
2011 Aidondla Aidu "Kannadi" Alphonse, Balamuruli, Abhijeet
2011 Tuglaq "Nee Irbekithu" Arjun Janya
2011 Yograj But "Sukumari" Milind Dharmasena
2011 Toofan "Hoo Manave" Elvin Joshua
2011 Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga "Ondinchu Kannalli" V. Harikrishna
2011 Kote "Yaaradru heli" Raghu Dixit
2011 Nayaka "Jeeva Nanna" Praveen Dutt Stephen
2011 Rasarishi Kuvempu "Baa Chakori" V. Manohar
2011 Vishnuvardhana "Nam Rootalli" V. Harikrishna
2011 Mandahaasa "Manase Manase" Veer Samarth
2011 Parijatha "Hogolo" Mano Murthy
2011 Maduve Mane "Naxalitu Naanalla" Manikanth Kadri
2011 Modala Minchu "Aa Baanali" Ashley Mendonca and Abhilash Lakra
2012 Munjane "Nalle Nalle" S. Narayan
2012 Crazy Loka "Ele Elege" Manikanth Kadri
2012 Shikari "Indrajaala Ondu" V. Harikrishna
2012 Romeo "Everybody Rock" Arjun Janya
2012 Godfather "Nannede Sruthiyalli" A. R. Rahman
2012 Shiva "Oosaravalli" Gurukiran
2012 Drama "Thund-haikla Sahavasa" V. Harikrishna
2013 Simple Agi Ondh Love Story "Nanna Preethi Kusuri" Bharath B J
2013 Aane Pataaki "Ittha Ittha Baa" Dharma Vish
2013 Neralu "I Love You Jaanu" Sri Harsha
2013 Andar Bahar "Maleyali Minda" Himself
2013 Bachchan "Hello Hello" V. Harikrishna
2013 Victory "Khali Quatru" Arjun Janya
2014 Nam Life Story "Hoge" Sagar S
2014 Ninnindale "Ninthe Ninthe" Mani Sharma
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe "Male Marethu","Gaatiya Ilidu" Ajaneesh Loknath
2014 Jai Lalitha "Enivaga Naanu Kannadiga" Sridhar V. Sambhram
2014 Adyaksha "Open Hairsu Bitkondu " Arjun Janya
2014 Adyaksha "Phonu Illa" Arjun Janya
2014 Ganapa "Yaar Ivalu" Karan B Krupa
2015 Muddu Manase "Thinthale Thinthale"[14] Vineeth Raj Menon
2015 Prema Pallakki "Ondu Baari"[15] Vineeth Raj Menon
2015 Rangitaranga "Kele Cheluve" Anup Bhandari
2015 Uppi 2 "Yochane Madbeda" Gurukiran
2015 Vascodigama "Sa Re Ga Mama" Poorna Chandra Tejaswi
2015 Plus "Namdella Bari Plussu" B. J. Bharath
2015 Sapnon Ki Rani "Kya Ji Kissa" Dharma Vish
2015 Kendasampige "Ilijaaru Haadi Idu" V Harikrishna
2015 Octopus "Neeyaro Ninagyaro" A K Rishal Sai
2015 Sharp Shooter "Devaranegunu" MS Shiva Santosh
2015 Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole "Bangaaru" V. Harikrishna
2015 Shivalinga "Yethara Yethara" V. Harikrishna

Tamil songs[edit]

Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2003 Anbe Sivam "Poo Vaasam" Vidyasagar Sadhana Sargam
2004 New "New New" A. R. Rahman Blaaze, Karthik, Sunitha Sarathy, Tanvi Shah
2009 Naan Kadavul "Om Sivoham" Ilaiyaraaja
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa "Hosanna" A. R. Rahman Suzanne D'Mello, Blaaze
Raavanan "Veera" A. R. Rahman Mustafa Kutoane
Thillalangadi "Ding Ding" Yuvan Shankar Raja Naveen
Enthiran "Kadhal Anukkal" A. R. Rahman Shreya Ghoshal
Boss Engira Bhaskaran "Iyley Iyley" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Uthamaputhiran "En Nenju" Vijay Antony Saindhavi
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru "Kallikaatil"
"Yedi Kallachi"
N. R. Raghunanthan
Shreya Ghoshal
2011 Ko "Aga Naga" Harris Jayaraj Ranina Reddy, Solar Sai, Emcee Jesz
Avan Ivan "Mudhal Murai" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Yuvathi "Mayakka Oosi" Vijay Antony Madhumitha
7aam Arivu "Yellae Lama" Harris Jayaraj Karthik, Shruti Haasan, Shalini
Aravaan "Nila Nila Pogudhe" Karthik Harini
Kollaikaran "Veliorae Kiliye" AL Johan Shreya Ghoshal
Engeyum Eppodhum "Govinda Govinda" C. Sathya Ranina Reddy, Boni
Vettai "Kattipudi" Yuvan Shankar Raja Shweta Pandit
Nanban "Asku Laska"
"Irukkaannaa"
Harris Jayaraj Chinmayi, Suvi Suresh
Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan
2012 Marina "Nanban" Girish G.
Manam Kothi Paravai "Yenna Solla" D. Imman Chinmayi
Naan Ee "Konjam Konjam" M. M. Keeravani
Krishnaveni Panjaalai "Aalaikari" N. R. Raghunanthan
Maattrraan "Naani Koni" Harris Jayaraj Karthik & Shreya Ghoshal
Thuppakki "Antarctica" Harris Jayaraj Krish, Rajeev, Devan Ekambaram
Neerparavai "Meenukku" N. R. Raghunanthan Harini
2013 Settai "Agalaadhe Agalaadhe" S. Thaman Megha
Kan Pesum Vaarthaigal "Madhi Vadhani" Shamanth
sevarkkodi "Puravai Vanthu Pogirai" C. Sathya
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru "Kozhu Kozhu" C. Sathya Priya Himesh
Maryan "Innum Konjam Neram"
"Netru Aval"
A. R. Rahman Swetha Mohan
Chinmayi
Thalaivaa "Sol Sol" G. V. Prakash Kumar Abhay Jodhpurkar, Megha
Desingu Raja "Pom Pom Pom" D. Imman
Irandaam Ulagam "Vinnaithaandi Anbe" Harris Jayaraj Solo
Raja Rani "Oday Oday" G. V. Prakash Kumar Sasha, Shalmali Kholgade
2014 Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah "Kannukkul Pothi Vaippen" M. Ghibran Charulatha Mani, Sadhana Sargam, Dr. R. Ganesh
Naan Sigappu Manithan "Lovely Ladies" G. V. Prakash Kumar Megha, Gaana Bala, Aryan Dinesh
Vadacurry "Nenjukulla Nee" Vivek Shiva and Mervin Solomon Ajeesh, Diwakar
Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani "En Anbe" Simon Ramya NSK
Yennai Arindhaal... "Adhaaru Adhaaru" Harris Jayaraj Gana Bala
2015 Nannbenda "Enai Marubadi Marubadi" Harris Jayaraj Megha

Telugu Songs[edit]

Year Song Name Film Composer Co-singer(s)
2008 Bagunde Chintakayala Ravi Vishal–Shekhar Hamsika Iyer
2010 Ee Hrudayam Ye Maaya Chesave A. R. Rahman Suzanne D'Mello, Blaaze
Power Star Komaram Puli A. R. Rahman Krish, Tanvi Shah
Neelo Valupu Robo A. R. Rahman Shreya Ghoshal
Hello Rammante Orange Harris Jayaraj (None)
2011 Aga Naga Rangam Harris Jayaraj Tippu, Ranina Reddy, Priya Subramaniam, Solar Sai ,Srik , Emcee Jesz
Brathukuna Tholisar Vaadu Veedu Yuvan Shankar Raja None
Chirunavve Prema Kavali Anoop Rubens None
Nuvve Nuvve Prema Kavali Anoop Rubens Chitra
Yellae Lama 7th Sense Harris Jayaraj Karthik, Shalini & Shruti Haasan
Niharika Oosaravelli Devi Sri Prasad Neha Basin
2012 Chill Out Endhukante Premanta G. V. Prakash Kumar Andrea Jeremiah, BigNik, Maya
Konchemu Konchemu Eega M. M. Keeravani None
Aska Laska Snehitudu Harris Jayaraj Chinmayi, SuVi
Ileana Chitti Belliana Snehitudu Harris Jayaraj Javed Ali, Sayanora Philip
Love Lo Miracle Mr. 7 Munna Kasi
Oka Chupulo Naayak S. S. Thaman Bindu Mahima
Rani Nanni Brothers Harris Jayaraj Karthik, Harini
Orinayano Rebel Raghava Lawrence Malathi
2013 Idhedo Bagunde Mirchi Devi Sri Prasad Anita
Aaradagula Bulletu Attarintiki Daredi Devi Sri Prasad M. L. R. Karthikeyan
Oday Oday Raja Rani G. V. Prakash Kumar Ranina Reddy, Shalmali Kholgade, Sasha Tirupathi
2014 Time Entha Raa Autonagar Surya Anoop Rubens None
Ninnu Chudagane Loukyam Anoop Rubens Mohana
2015 Come To The Party S/O Satyamurthy Devi Sri Prasad None
Akasam Lion Mani Sharma Srinivasa Sarma,Pranavi
Bhaga Bhagamani Kanche Chirantan Bhatt None
Raa Mundadugeddam Kanche Chirantan Bhatt Keerthi Sagathia
Chupulatho Bengal Tiger Bheems Cecireleo None


Other songs[edit]

Year Movie Language Song Composer
2004 Swades Hindi "Pal Pal hai Bhaari" A. R. Rahman
2004 Lakshya Hindi "Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
2005 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero Hindi "Kadam Kadam" A. R. Rahman
2007 Cheeni Kum Hindi "Sooni Sooni" Ilaiyaraaja
2008 Yuvvraaj Hindi "Manamohini" A. R. Rahman
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Hindi "Jai Ho" A. R. Rahman
2009 Quick Gun Murugun Hindi/English/Tamil "Kyun Keeda Hai Aapko" Sagar Desai
2009 Blue Hindi "Fiqrana" A. R. Rahman
2009 Couples Retreat English "Salvadore" A. R. Rahman
2009 Neelathaamara Malayalam "Pakalonnu" Vidyasagar
2010 Raavan Hindi "Beera Beera" A. R. Rahman
2011 Force Hindi "Dil Ki Hai Tamanna" Harris Jayaraj
2012 Fatso Hindi "Very Sorry" Sagar Desai
2013 August Club Malayalam "Kaattu theno" Bennet Veetraag
2013 KQ Malayalam "Idhuvare njan" Stephen Devassy
2013 Pattam Pole Malayalam "Kannil kannilonnu nokki" M. Jayachandran
2015 Charlie (2015 Malayalam film) Malayalam "Oru Kari Mukilinu" Gopi Sunder
2016 Natsamrat Marathi "Mituni Lochane" Ajit Parab
2016 Friends (2016 film) Marathi "Premika" Pankaj Padhghan
2016 Guru Marathi "Filmy Filmy" Pankaj Padhghan

Awards and titles[edit]

1999 RAPA award for the Best Singer in Advertising in the year
2004 Adityakalakiranpuraskar – award by the Aditya Birla Group.
2009 Mirchi Music Award Critics Award – song of the year Tamil
2009 Airtel Super Singer Junior popular male singer award
2010 Young Achiever award by Jaya TV in the year
2011 Edison Award -Best Playback Singer(Tamil)for the song Hosanna
2011 BIG Tamil Awards Listeners Choice award – Best singer of the year
2011 5th Suvarna Film Awards ( Best Male PlayBack Singer)
2012 BIG FM Award for Best Tapanguchi song (Kannada) for Kurikolina
2012 Crowned 'Vidyaranyashree' – Vidyaranyayuvakasangha – Bangalore Ganesh Utsav
2013 Suvarna Comedy Awards 2013 Best Singer Male (Khaali Quarter)
2013 Suvarna Comedy Awards 2013 Best Song (Thund Haikla Saavasa)
2013 Etv Sangeet Samman 13 (Best Singer – Male)
2014 Big Kannada Ugadi Music Awards 92.7 (Best singer Male)
2015 Film Fare Award for Best Singer Male Kannada (Gatiya Ilidu)

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (25 February 2009). "Vijay – The man who too deserves credit for 'Jai Ho'". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  4. ^ ""Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media" One of the Artists: Vijay Prakash". Grammy.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Thackeray releases cassette, CD album on Lord Ganesha". Times of India. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Meet the singers of Jai Ho Rediff.com, 26 February 2009.
  7. ^ "India's condom ring tone a huge hit – Trends – Lifestyle". The Times of India. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Shiv-Parvathi 'Andar-Bahar' starts on 12th March". 
  9. ^ "Victory: Khali Quarter song goes viral, stars praise the track". OneIndia. 15 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Nissan Evalia: Moves like Music TVC. 22 November 2012 – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ TV9 - Filmy Funda. 18 February 2014 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ Latest Kannada Full Songs - Hoge Song Making - Nam Life Story Kannada Movie Songs. 21 December 2013 – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ "Grammy Winner Vijay Prakash Works with Berklee India Ensemble to Deliver Spellbinding Show | Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  14. ^ "Muddu Manase (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes.com. Aananda Audio Video. 
  15. ^ "Prema Pallakki (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes.com. Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited. 

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