Pradip Somasundaran Playback Singer
|Born||26 January 1967|
Nelluvaya, Thrissur, India
|Genres||Film songs, Carnatic music, Bhajan|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, lecturer|
Pradip Somasundaran was born on 26 January 1967 in Nelluvaya, Vadakkaancherry, Thrissur, Kerala, India. His parents are Somasundaran and Santha. He was initially trained in Carnatic music under Geetha Rani and later under V. Gopalan of Thrissur, and started giving stage performances at the age of sixteen.
It was music director Ravindran who gave Pradip Somasundaran the first break in 1993, with the song "Samayam Manoharam" in the film Ezhuthachan. He has also worked with the late Johnson, Mohan Sitara and Ilayaraaja in Malayalam. Sandeep Chowta introduced him in Telugu films with Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh. He also sang for Saleem another Sandeep Chowta musical, directed by YVS Chowdary. He has also sung the title song "Bhagavane" for the television series Gajarajan Guruvayur Keshavan which was composed by Vidhyadharan for Surya TV. In addition to being a playback singer he sings Carnatic music, ghazals and devotional songs.
In 2007 he released "Koti Pranam" his first international album as a composer and singer for the Art of Living foundation. In 2011 he released "Mazhanritham" his first musical work in Malayalam as a composer collaborating with other playback singers like Gayatri Asokan, Franco, Shahabaz Aman and actor Manoj K Jayan.
He won the "Lata Mangeshkar Trophy" for the best male singer along with Sunidhi Chauhan who won in the female category, in the national level music competition Meri Awaz Suno in 1996, which was telecast by Doordarshan. Meri Awaz Suno was conducted jointly by Doordarshan, Lata Mangeshkar, and Yash Chopra's Metavision.
Pradip holds a masters in electronics from Andhra University and is currently working as the principal of College of Applied Science, Vadakkencherry, Palakkad. He is a free software enthusiast and was involved in the activities of the Free Software Foundation India during Richard Stallman's 2001 visit to Kochi. He has been residing at Thrissur for a long time.
|Song||Film||Released by||Music Director||Year of Release|
|Samayam Manoharam||Ezhuthachan||HMV (RPG)||Raveendran||1993|
|Perumathodi||Mannadiyar Penninu Chenkotta Chekkan||Ankith Audio||Raveendran||1996|
|Muthe Ninne Thedi||Manasam||Ankith Audio||Johnson||1997|
|Vavaa Voo||Manasam||Ankith Audio||Johnson||1997|
|Moham Manassil||Arjunan Pillayum Anju Makkalum||Sargam||Mohan Sitara||1997|
|Mohini Enikkayi||Manjeeradhwani||Johny Sagariga||Ilayaraaja||1998|
|Sandhya Ragamai||Kannadikkadavathu||East Coast Audio||Balabhaskar||2000|
|Manava Mochana||Arunam||–||Ramesh Narayan||2006 (To be Released)|
|Chitti Aayi Re||Bujjigadu Made in Chennai (Telugu)||Aditya Audios||Sandeep Chowta||2008|
|Poolu Gusa Gusa||Saleem (Telugu)||Sony Music||Sandeep Chowta||2009|
|Virahardra, Muthola||Dhanyam (Malayalam)||Pooram Arts||K.K Sebastian||2012|
|Chenkadalu Viriyunna||D Company (Malayalam)||Happy & Ruby||Ratheesh Vegha||2013|
|Hey Ganga Maiya||Maiya||Iris Films||Poly Varghese||2018|
|Nimisham||Kaliyuga (Telugu)||Aditya Music||D Kamal Kumar||2019|
|Album||Language||Released by||Music Director||Year of Release|
|Pratyasha Vol 1,2,3,4||Hindi||Dharmabharathi||Fr. Paul Poovathigal||1994,1997,2000,2006|
|Sangeetharchana||Malayalam||HMV (RPG)||Jaya Vijaya||1997|
|Ayyappamayam||Malayalam||Sargam||Suresh & Suma Varma||1997|
|Kripa||Malayalam||Johny Sagariga||Jerson Antony||1997|
|Sangeetha Sangamam||Malayalam||Johny Sagariga||MACTA Live Program||1998|
|Ninakkayi||Malayalam||East Coast Audios||Balabhaskar||1998|
|The Golden Voice||Hindi||Maruthi Audios||Cover Versions||1998|
|Aadyamayi||Malayalam||East Coast Audios||Balabhaskar||2000|
|Onappeeli||Malayalam||East Coast Audios||Balabhaskar||2000|
|Ayyappathrippadam||Malayalam||Pranathy Audios||Ravindran Paingodu||2000|
|Angel||Malayalam||Angel Vision||Johnson, Joy Cheruvathoor, Ouseppachan||2000|
|Ennennum||Malayalam||Satyam Audios||Manoj George||2001|
|Jeevan||Malayalam||Grace Communications||Joy Cheruvathoor||2002|
|Koti Pranaam||Mixed||The Art of Living Foundation International||Himself||2007|
|Rithubhangi||Malayalam||Manorama Music||Kallara Gopan||2009|
- "Profile of Pradip Somasundaram" (DOC). Ship for World Youth Alumni Association. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Pradip, Somasundaran. "Music". Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "Actor sings in new musical album". The Hindu. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Anandan, S. (22 January 2011). "For five minutes of fame". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCE". Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Pradip, Somasundaran. "About me". Retrieved 4 February 2012.
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