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Devan Ekambaram (born 25 December ?) is an Indian American film playback singer, actor and composer. He began his career as a playback singer in Tamil films and later branched out to many other south Indian languages as well like Telugu, Kannada and has sung for over 500 films.

Devan Ekambaram
Native name
தேவன் ஏகாம்பரம்
Born25 December ?
Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s)Playback Singer,Film Composer, Actor
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1999–present

EducationEdit

Devan pursued his higher school studies at the Freehold Township High School, New Jersey. He enrolled and dropped out of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in his second year. [1]

Playback singing careerEdit

Devan began his singing career in the year 1999, when he received an unexpected call from Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman's assistants for a voice audition. He then, went on to record his maiden song "O Maria" for the film Kadhalar Dhinam along with Yugendran. The song proved to be a hit among all sections and thereafter he received several offers from many other Southern music directors.[2]

Devan's second huge hit came in his short piece mellifluous rendition in "Ore Nyabagam" from Minnale (2001) composed by Harris Jayaraj. Thereafter he sang many popular tracks in Tamil and Telugu films under the compositions of Ilayaraja, Vidhyasagar, Deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and others. The song "Anbil Avan" from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa composed by A. R. Rahman ruled the music chart for months.[3]

Most of his songs are for the music director Harris Jayaraj. And all the songs which he had sung for him have received a good reception from the audience.

Recently he has sung a peppy number called "Nahna na Na" for Director Venkat Prabhu's Biriyani Which was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja has become a viral hit from the day it was released. Two different remix versions of the song called "New Jack Swing Mix" and "The Extended Mix" also received a massive response.

His latest song is " Yennai Arindhaal " from the movie Yennai Arindhaal where he again sings for the music director Harris Jayaraj. This song was written by lyricist Thamarai. It is another peppy number.[4]

Music directionEdit

Devan debuted as a music director in the 2010 film Bale Pandiya. The music album was received with a mixed response .Besides this film, Devan has composed for several short Tamil album songs and has also sung for them.[5]

  • Bale Pandiya (2010)
  • Pattarai (2019)

ActingEdit

Devan has also acted in few Tamil films as a character artist. The prominent ones being Parthiban Kanavu (debut film), Unnale Unnale and Jayam Kondaan. He also dubbed for various characters in films like Little John (film) for the main character, John McKenzie, Suresh in Dasavathaaram and Dong Lee and other Chinese characters in 7aum Arivu.[6]

DiscographyEdit

Tamil SongsEdit

Year Album Song Name Film Composer Co-Singer(s)
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam "Machi Machi" G. V. Prakash Kumar Udit Narayan, Navin Iyer
2015 Yennai Arindhaal "Yennai Arindhaal" Harris Jayaraj Mark Thomas, Abhishek
2015 Om Shanthi Om "Mazhai Thuli Azhaga" Vijay Ebenezer Aalap Raju, Dr. Burn
2014 Yaan "Hey Lamba Lamba" Harris Jayaraj Krishna Iyer, Divya Vijay
2013 Biriyani "Nahna Nah Na" Yuvan Shankar Raja Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Endrendrum Punnagai "Vaan Engum Nee Minna" Harris Jayaraj Aalap Raju, Harini, Praveen
2013 Settai "Theme Music of Settai" S. Thaman
2011 Kanden "Ninaivugal" Vijay Ebenezer
2011 Engeyum Kadhal "Engeyum Kadhal" Harris Jayaraj Aalap Raju, Ranina Reddy
2010 Bale Pandiya "Happy" Devan Ekambaram Haricharan, Naresh Iyer, Naveen Mathav, Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Paravai Muniyamma, Manikka Vinayagam, Anuradha Sriram, Srinivas, Mukesh, Divya, Suchitra, Velmurugan, Malgudi Subha, Vijay Yesudas, Aalap Raju
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya "Anbil Avan" A. R. Rahman Chinmayi
2009 Ayan "Honey Honey" Harris Jayaraj Sayanora Philip
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram "Nenjukkul Peidhidum" Harris Jayaraj Hariharan, Krish, Prasanna
2006 Thalainagaram "Yedho Ninaikiren" D. Imman
2003 Punnagai Poove "Venus Venus Pennae" Yuvan Shankar Raja Harini
2003 Kurumbu "Adichchi Pudichchi" Yuvan Shankar Raja Sunitha Sarathy
2003 Kurumbu "Aasai Nooru Vagai" Yuvan Shankar Raja Malaysia Vasudevan
2002 Majunu "Mercury Mele" Harris Jayaraj P. Unnikrishnan
2002 Majunu "Hari Gori" Harris Jayaraj Tippu, Karthik, Ganga, Febi Mani
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal "Signore Signore" A. R. Rahman Swarnalatha, Rafique, Noel James, Anupama
2001 Minnale "Ore Nyabagam" Harris Jayaraj
2001 Friends "Manjal Poosum" Ilayaraja Sujatha Mohan
2001 Kushi "Premante" Mani Sharma Kalpana
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain "Smayiyai" A. R. Rahman Clinton Cerejo, Dominique Cerejo
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam "Oh Mariya" A. R. Rahman Yugendran, Febi Mani

Telugu SongsEdit

Year Album Song Name Film Composer Co-Singer(s)
2018 Tholi Prema "Vinnane Vinnane" S. Thaman Armaan Malik
2013 Sahasam "Sahasam" Sri
2006 Ashok (film) "Mumtaju Mahalu" Mani Sharma Tanvi Shah
2005 Vennela "Preyasikaavu" Mahesh Shankar Saindhavi, Shudip, Rajani
2005 Vennela "Bhagyam Podduna" Mahesh Shankar Aravind, Shudip
2002 Vasu "O Prema" Harris Jayaraj
2001 Kushi "Premante" Mani Sharma Kalpana
2001 Soori "Monnatidaka"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Devan Ekambaram". Facebook. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ According to Who?
  3. ^ What Chart? What Country?
  4. ^ According to Who?
  5. ^ "Bale Pandiya Music by Devan Ekambaram". Chennai365. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. ^ No Source

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