Madhu Balakrishnan

Date of Birth: June 24, 1974
Occupation:
Singer
Awards:
Soma Award, Drisya Award, Junior Chamber Award
Years Active:
1999-present
Madhu Balakrishnan
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Madhu Balakrishnan
Born 24 June 1974 (1974-06-24) (age 36)
Tripunithura, Cochin, Kerala, India
Genres playback singing, carnatic music, bhajan
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1999–present

Madhu Balakrishnan (24 June 1974) is an Indian playback singer, who sings in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages

Biography

Madhu Balakrishnan is from Tripunithura, Cochin, Kerala in India. A Graded artist in All India Radio and Doordarshan, he has performed with all major playback singers in Kerala such as K.J. Yesudas, Jayachandran, M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chitra, Sujatha Mohan, Madhuri and P. Susheela. He is a life member of the MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association). He performs regularly in the "Swaralaya Dance & Music Festival" held in Palakkad and the "Chembai Sangeethootsavam" in Guruvayur and also appears in popular T.V programs on south Indian Television channels such as Doordarshan, Kairali TV, Asianet and Amrita TV frequently. He has also performed overseas in countries such as UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia and Singapore.


Education and Training

Madhu Balakrishnan holds a degree in music from the "Academy of Indian Music and Arts", Chennai. He started training in carnatic music from his childhood under Sreedevi and Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri, and later had the able guidance of stalwarts such as T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Manikrishna Swami and Vedavalli of Chennai.


Singing career

Madhu shot to fame with the song "Amme Amme" from the film "Vaalkannadi" in 2002, which got him a Kerala Government State Award. After that he has not turned back, and has sung around 90 Malayalam film songs, 65 Kannada film songs, 45 Telugu film songs, & 70 Tamil film songs. He has sung almost 10,000 songscitation needed in devotional and other non-film albums.

Some of Madhu's hits include "Kuttanadan Kaayalile" from "Kazhcha" in Malayalam, "Konjaneram Konjaneram" a duet with Asha Bhosle from "Chandramukhi", the Rajnikanth starrer, "Kanakandenadi Sharade" from "Aptamitra" in Kannada and "Kannaa kandeinadee" from the Tamil film "Parthiban Kanavu". His hit song "Pichai Pathiram", written and set to music by Ilaiyaraaj for the movie "Naan Kadavul" won him the Mirchi Music award in 2010.Madhu has also lent his voice for the much acclaimed Ilaiyaraaja album, Thiruvasagam.

Recently Madhu sang the title song for the Malayalam Serial "Swamy Ayyappan", which has become a great hit in almost all Hindu households. The song "Sabarimaamala vazhum Ayyappa" is one of the best devotional songs on Lord Ayyappa released recently. In 2010 Madhu, heading a team of amateur singers, won the inaugural Sun TV music competition, "Sangeetha Maha Yuttham", against five other teams, each helmed by a professional singer.

In October 2010, Madhu and his pals, S36 the band, released their self-titled debut album of experimental songs. The band is helmed by cricketer Sreesanth, who is also Madhu's brother-in-law. The album is a compilation of songs that the group had informally released on the Internet earlier. These include "Jaago India", an inspirational song intended for the World Twenty20 Championship in 2007, and a song intended as an unofficial theme for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Online Music Retailing

Madhu, along with M Jayachandran and M G Sreekumar recorded songs for the Acethetik initiative. His contribution includes light music and Hindu devotional songs for the website.


Awards

* 2000 - Soma Award for Best Male Playback singer
* 2001 - Drisya Award for Best Male Playback singer (Television)
* 2002 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for the song "Amme Amme" from the film "Vaalkannadi"1
* 2002 - Mahatma Gandhi Educational Foundation Award
* 2002 - Solar Award
* 2002 - Junior Chamber Award
* 2003 - Kerala Film Critics Award
* 2004 - Kerala Film Critics Award
* 2004 - LPR Award
* 2004 - Best Melody Singer(Virtuoso Award–Tamil Films)
* 2006 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer 2
* 2007 - Ujala Asianet Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the movie Rock N Roll
* 2007 - Kalaimamani award for excellence in music, dance, cinema and art conferred by the Tamil Nadu state government. 3
* 2009 - Kerala Film Critics Award ("Pathaam Nilayile" from the film "Theevandi")
* 2010 - Mirchi Music Award for Best Male Singer for "Pichai Pathiram" from the movie "Naan Kadavul"

Family

Madhu is married to the sister of the Indian cricketer Sreesanth.