Karthik (singer)

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Background information
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 42)
Origin Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s) Playback singer, composer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard
Years active2000–Present

Karthik (born 7 November 1980) is an Indian playback singer and composer. Karthik started his professional singing career as a backing vocalist and has since been working as a playback singer. He has sung more than 8000 songs in 15 Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Odia, Bengali, Marathi and Hindi. [1]


Early and personal life

Karthikeyan hails from Tiruvarur district. He is a trained Carnatic music vocalist. He was part of a college band and regularly participated in IIT Madras Fest Saarang . An ardent fan of A. R. Rahman, Karthik's dream was to meet Rahman and sing for him. Playback singer Srinivas, who collaborated often with Rahman was Karthik's close friend's cousin. Srinivas encouraged Karthik to look at singing as a career, which prompted Karthik to resume his singing lessons. One year later, Srinivas recommended Karthik's name to Rahman, who needed fresh voices for backing vocalists for a song from Pukar . Karthik eventually got the opportunity and recorded for the song. Having spent over a year being a backing vocalist, Karthik got his break during the Rahman's scoring of One 2 Ka 4 . For the background score, A. R. Rahman wanted a high-pitched alap and he eventually chose Karthik to sing the alap. Soon after, Rahman asked him to sing the song "Nendhukittaen" from the film Star .

Karthik was a CA aspirant before he became a professional singer. He is married to Ambika, they have a daughter and a son.


Karthik has sung a number of songs for many popular music directors, including A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Hamsalekha, Vidyasagar, Devi Sri Prasad, Harris Jayaraj and Manisharma, in several languages – Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. "Ennaku Oru Girlfriend" from the Tamil film Boys was one of the biggest hits of the year as was "Oru Maalai" ( Ghajini ; 2005). His songs for Telugu films for Kotha Bangaru Lokam (Nijanga Nenenaa), Happy Days (Arare Arare, Oh My Friend), "Badhulu Tochanai" ( Mr.Perfect ), "Manase Guvvai" ( Naa Peru Shiva ), "Oh Oh My Friend" ( Oh My Friend ), "Yedhuta nlichindhi choodu" ( Vaana ), "Meghama" ( Journey ), "Yevvaro" ( Bodyguard ) are very popular. His other popular songs include "Ava Enna" from the Vaaranam Aayiram (2009), the title track from Unnale Unnale , "Behka" from Ghajini .

Karthik has sung Kannada songs and has many super hit chart buster songs to his credit like Ale Ale, Anuraaga Aralo Samaya, Thangaliyalli Theli Hode, Nee Chummu Chummu Munjaaneli, Manasaithu Ninna Myaale, Sum Sumne Yaako, Hosadondu hesaridu Nanange, Kanne Koodiruvaaga, Madhumasa, Nenapidu Nenapidu, Thanthaane Thannamthaane, Baruve Odi Odi Nalidu, Raktha Sambandhagala, Saluge Saluge, Mannige Mara Bhaarave and many more.

In 2010, he sang a track "Behene De", from Hindi film Raavan , which is widely considered as the biggest song in his career. [2] The track, which topped music charts for many continuous weeks, also received rave critical reviews. [2] Karthik also performed the Tamil and Telugu versions of the same song, titled "Usure Poghudhey" and "Usire Poyene" respectively. He also sang "Adhigora Choodu" in the movie Mirapakaay.

The song Yayum Ngayum from the album Sandham: Symphony Meets Classical Tamil is considered as one of Karthik's career best for the way how he has brought sensuality to the 2000 year old poetry. He received wide appreciations for the theme song of 10th World Tamil Conference from the same album Sandham: Symphony Meets Classical Tamil. The album was featured in Amazon's Top#10 International Music albums in July 2020. [3] [4]


He has composed music for a multi lingual Coca-Cola Advertisement (for Rajeev Menon featuring actor Vijay) [5] and Prince Jewellery advertisements. He is the music director of Vasanthabalan's period film Aravaan and Srinivas Raga's Okkadine starring Nara Rohit and Nithya Menen in Telugu.

He has also released an album called "Music I Like". It is based on carnatic ragaas and it is a contemporary take on some well known keerthanas. The orchestration was done by the music director Sai Madhukar. [6]

He is the composer of the segment 'Guitar Kambi mele Nindru' directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon in the Netflix anthology movie Navarasa (2021). He has also composed music for an upcoming film "Joshua Imai Pol Kaakha".


As composer

Year Tamil Telugu Hindi Malayalam Notes
2012 Aravaan Eka VeeraJungle-The Battleground
2013 Okkadine Aur Ek DushmanKanalattam
2016 Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum [7] Courier Boy Kalyan Courier Boy Kalyan
2020 Paava Kadhaigal (Vaanmagal)
2021 Kutty Story (Edhirpaara Muththam)
Joshua Imai Pol Kaakha
Navarasa (Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru)

As independent musician

Karthik is a part of a band called Arka which is a contemporary fusion band.

Arka denotes the Sun in Sanskrit and to rightly interpret the meaning, it is the warmth and radiance of music that spreads across everyone listening. With the exclusive intention of extending a new musical outreach, few renowned artists in unison have created this band and intend to broaden the horizons of Indian fusion music.

Arka is the epicenter of an erupting musical form with core and artists like Karthik, SelvaGanesh, Gino Banks, Ravichandra Kulur, Santhosh Chandran, Mishko M'Ba, and guest artists like the legends Vikku Vinayakaram and Swaminathan.

As dubbing artist

Dubbed and sang for the character Aladdin for its 2019 version.


Zee Tamil


2005 Best Male Playback Award TamilOru Maalai Ghajini
2007 Best Male Playback Award (Telugu) TeluguArey Rey Happy Days
2008 Best Male Playback Award TeluguNijanga Nenena Kotha Bangaru Lokam
2009 Best Male Playback Award TamilHasili Fisili Aadhavan
2010 Best Male Playback Award TamilUsure Poguthey Raavanan
2016 Best Male Playback Award (Telugu) TeluguYellipokey Shyamala A Aa
2003 ITFA Best Male Playback Award Oru Ooril Kaakha Kaakha Tamil
2007 Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer Oh..My Friend Happy Days Telugu
2008 CineMAA Awards – Best Male Playback SingerTelugu
2009Tamil Isaiaruvi Music Awards 2010Hasili Fisili Aadhavan Tamil
2009Vijay Awards 2010Tamil
2010 Asiavision Awards Best Male Playback SingerNeelathamara Neelathaamara Malayalam
2010 Vijay Music Awards – Popular Singer MaleUsure Poguthey Raavanan Tamil
2010 Tamil Nadu State Film AwardsTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback singerTamil
2010 Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Playback SingerTamil
2011TSR TV9 National film awards – Best Playback Singer (Male)Choosthunna Mogudu Telugu
2012Amrita Film Awards 2012 [9] – Versatile Singer [10] various songsOrdinary, Spanish Masala Malayalam
2012Ghantasala Puraskar Award[ citation needed ] – Young Achiever Award 2012
2012 Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Playback SingerKaatrai Konjam Neethane En Ponvasantham Tamil
2012 Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Upcoming Music DirectorNila Nila Aravaan Tamil
2013Globus Style Awards 2013 [11] – Stylish Singer AwardMalayalam
2013 Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer Janmandarangalil Orissa Malayalam
2017Asiavision Awards Best Male Playback Singeree Kaatu Adam Joan Malayalam
2018Mazhavil Music Awards -/Best Male SingerKadavathoru thoni Poomaram Malayalam
2021SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer- TamilAnbe Anbin Peranbu Tamil

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