Sooraj Santhosh (born 19 September 1987) is an Indian playback singer who sings mainly in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages and also sung in Hindi, Kannada and Badaga. He is the lead vocalist of the band Masala Coffee.
Sooraj at SIIMA 2017
|Birth name||Sooraj Santhosh|
|Born||19 September 1987|
Paravur, Kollam, India
|Associated acts||Masala Coffee|
Sooraj Santhosh was born in Paravur in Kollam and then moved to Trivandrum. He attended Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram for schooling. He pursued his B.Com at MG College and his M.Com at Mar Ivanious College. Sooraj's family consists of his father, Santhosh Kumar, a senior administrative assistant in the forest department, his mother, Jayakumari, a teacher and younger brother Dheeraj, an engineer working at IBM.
He won the 2004 School Youth Festival and 2004–2005 Kerala State Higher Secondary Youth Festival. He represented Kerala University in the South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival and was declared the winner three years in a row – 2009, 2010 and 2011, and participated in the National Inter University Youth Festival. In 2009 he shifted his base from Trivandrum to Chennai. He says that if it was not for his guru, professional flautist and Carnatic musician Kudamaloor Janardanan, he wouldn't have understood music in this depth. Sooraj accompanied Kudamaloor Janardhanan for a fusion ensemble at the Kovalam Lit Fest (2010) (he was the only singer in the group). He is also a vocalist with Ashram Oriental Rock, a seven-member Indo-Austrian band, and went on a European tour with them in 2011.
Sooraj Santhosh is the co-founder and lead vocalist of Masala Coffee, which made its debut on Kappa TV’s Music Mojo. The band composed the soundtrack for the Tamil movie, Uriyadi, co-produced by Nalan Kumarasamy. They composed the title track and featured in a promo video for the Malayalam movie, Hello Namasthe. Masala Coffee performed at the RAAG 'N' ROCK Indie Music Festival at Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai, on September 11, 2015, releasing their first music video titled 'Aalayaal Tharam Venam', in 2016.
His first song ′Inka Etho′ composed by G.V Prakash for the Telugu thriller Darling won him the Mirchi Music Awards South conducted by Radio Mirchi for the Best Upcoming Singer in Telugu (2010). "A Special program on the Mirchi Music Awards hosted to felicitate all the singers and musicians of South India" Sooraj made his debut in Malayalam with the song ′Ee Ramayanakkootil′ in the film Second Show. Music was composed by Nikhil Rajan starring Dulquar Salman.
Sooraj made his entry into the Tamil film industry by singing ′Uyirin Suvaril′ and ′Vegam vegam′ in the movie Sridhar (2012)for which music was composed by Rahul Raj. He got his break with a duet song ′Yamma Yamma′ in All in All Azhagu Raja (2013) with Shreya Ghoshal, music composed by S. Thaman. ′Othakadai othakadai′ and ′Yaelley Yaelley′ from the film Pandiya Naadu (2013) composed by D. Imman are other Tamil songs. His recent song ′Madai Thirandhathu′ was for music director M M Sreelekha in the film Kaadhal Solla Aasai.
He has been nominated in the category of Best Upcoming Vocalist (Male)in Malayalam (2013) by Music Mirchi Awards, for his rendition of the song 'Iniyum Nin Mounam' for the movie KQ.
He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Thaniye Mizhikal" from the film Guppy. He also won the Janbhumi film awards 2017 and SIIMA 2017.
|2013||Second Show||Ee Ramayanakootil||Nikhil Rajan|
|2013||Mayam Mayam||Ratheesh Vegha|
|2013||Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala||Nin Neelamizhi||Ratheesh Vegha|
|2013||Ladies and Gentleman||Palaniram padarume||Ratheesh Vegha|
|2013||KQ||Iniyum Nin Mounam||Stephen Devassy|
|2015||Mallanum Mathevanum||Azhakey Allimalarey||Suman Bichu|
|2015||Madura Naranga||Oru Naal||Sreejith - Saachin|
|2015||Madura Naranga||Melle Vannu Konjiyo||Sreejith - Saachin|
|2016||Hello Namasthe||Ulakil Karanamila||Masala Coffee|
|2016||Team 5||Azhcha||Gopi Sunder|
|2017||Ramante Eden Thottam||Kavitha Ezhuthunnu||Bijibal|
|2017||Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela||Enthaavo||Justin Prabhakar|
|2017||Himalayathile Kashmalan||Akkidi||Aravind Chandrasekhar|
|2017||Solo||Aalayaal Thara Venam||Masala Coffee|
|2018||Naam||Adichu Polichu||Ashwin Sivadas and Sandeep Mohan|
|2018||Tank Takara||Ashwin Sivadas and Sandeep Mohan|
|2018||Get Out House||Ashwin Sivadas and Sandeep Mohan|
|2018||Kaly||Kinnam Katta Kallan||Rahul Raj|
|2019||Kumbalangi Nights||Uyiril Thodum||Sushin Shyam|
|2012||Sridhar||Uyirin Suvaril Naane||Rahul Raj|
|2012||Sridhar||Vegam vegam||Rahul Raj|
|2012||Chandramouli||Kala Kala kala Kala||Maragadhamani|
|2013||Pandiya Naadu||Yaeley Yaeley Maruthu||d.iman|
|2013||Pandiya Naadu||Othakadai Othakadai Machaan||D. Imman|
|2013||All in all Azhaghu Raja||Yamma Yamma||S. Thaman|
|2013||Varutha Padathe Valibar Sangam||Yennada Yennada||D Imman|
|2013||Kadhal Solla Aasai||Madai Thiranthathu||M. M. Srilekha|
|2014||Bramman||Vaanathile Nilavu||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2014||Sooraiyadal||Adiye Sarithaana||Mithun Eshwar|
|2014||Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi||Naan Indru Naan Thaane||Rahul Raj|
|2014||Anjaan||Kaadhal Aasai||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2015||Soan Papdi||Enga Kaattula Mazhai||Dhanraj Manickam|
|2014||Mozhivathu Yadhenil||Vilai Illathadhu||Nithyan Karthick|
|2015||Ore Oru Raja Mokka Raaja||Malare Mooche Eduthu||Suman Bichu|
|2015||Thoppi||Paava patta naanga||Ramprasad Sundar|
|2015||Achchaaram||Perazhaghai Thirudida||Srikanth Deva|
|2015||Ivanuku Thannila Gandam||Mappilla Mappilla||A7|
|2015||Nanbargal Narpani Mandram||Sirichaenae Chinna Ponudha||Srikanth Deva|
|2015||Kanchana 2||Motta Paiyan||S.S.Thaman|
|2015||Vaa Deal||Vaa Deal||S.S.Thaman|
|2015||Kida Poosari Magudi>||Chinna Paya Vayasu||Ilaiyaraaja|
|2015||Ithiraiyil Varum Sambavangal Anaihtum Karpanaiyae||Somariyum Neethan||Maria Jerald|
|2015||Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga||Vasuvum Saravananum||D Imman|
|2015||Puli||Mannavanae Mannavanae||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||Pattanathu Raja||Edho Ondru Thonudhadi||Manoj|
|2015||Selvandhan||Rama Rama||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||Mooch||Marachan Bommai||Nithyan Karthik|
|2015||Jippaa Jimikki (2015)||Ayyo Ayyo||Ranib & Mohanrajan|
|2015||Kuttram Nadanthathu Enna||Nee Konjumbothey||Naresh|
|2015||Meymarandhaen Paaraayoa||En Kaadhale||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2015||Meymarandhaen Paaraayoa||Appuram Enoa||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2016||Uriyadi||Agni Kunjondru Kandaen||Masala Coffee|
|2016||Munnodi||Akkam Pakkam||K. Prabu Shankar|
|2018||Maniyar Kudumbam||Adi Pappali Palame||Thambi Ramaiah|
|2019||Kanne Kalaimaane||Endhan Kangalai||Yuvanshankar Raja|
|2008||Villagelo Vinayakudu||Muddugaare||Manikanth Kadri|
|2010||Darling||Inka Edho||GV Prakash|
|2012||Crazy (Dubbed version)||Alagodhey Alagodhey||S Thaman|
|2012||Theme Music||S Thaman|
|2013||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (Dubbed version)||I am a fool||Sachin-Jigar|
|2013||Chirunavvula Thotaku Swagatam||Sachin-Jigar|
|2013||Palnadu||Kalley Kalley Palike||Imman D|
|2013||Satya 2||Bhashma dhaari||Shree, Ishq|
|2013||Satya 2||Samaram Daarilo Velithey||Sanjeev, Darshan|
|2013||Adhee Lekka||Emaina edhemaina||Chinni Charan|
|2013||1-Nenokkadine||O Sayonara Sayonara||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2014||Legend||Thanjavuru||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2014||Ra Ra Krishnayya||Come on baby||Achu Rajamani|
|2014||Alludu Sreenu||Labbar Bomma||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2014||Rabhasa||Dam Damare||S Thaman|
|2014||Paathshala||Friendship Day Anthem Song||Rahul Raj|
|2014||Power||Nuvvu Nenu Janta||S Thaman|
|2014||Ala Ela||Yedutakaladu||Bheems Cecirolio|
|2014||Ala Ela||Yenduke||Bheems Cecirolio|
|2015||Tiger||Hey Tiger||S Thaman|
|2015||Maha Maharaju||Evaremi Antunna||Hip Hop Tamizha|
|2015||S/O Satyamurthy||One & Two & Three||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||S/O Satyamurthy||Chal Chalo Chalo||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||Mosagaallaku Mosagaadu||Oho Sundari||Manikanth Kadri|
|2015||Mosagaallaku Mosagaadu||Raamaaya Raamabhadraaya||Manikanth Kadri|
|2015||Rakshasudu (2015)||Masss (Remix)||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2015||Ak Rao Pk Rao||Nuvu Vachetappudu||K S Rao|
|2015||Rahadhari||Na Manasu||Rahul Raj|
|2015||Srimanthudu||Rama Rama||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||Jaya Suriya||Urike Chilaka||D Imman|
|2015||Prema Leela||Jatha Kadathaavo||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2015||Prema Leela||Jvaliyinchele||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2015||Nenu Sailaja||Masti Masti||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2016||Nannaku Prematho||Love Me Again||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2016||Pellichoopulu||Ee Babu Gariki||Vivek Sagar|
|2016||Maari (Maas) (Dubbed version)||Donu Donu Donu||Anirudh Ravichander|
|2016||Supreme||Anjaneyudu Neevadu||Sai Kartheek|
|2017||Jaya Janaki Nayaka||Andhamaina Seetakoka Chiluka||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2018||Soda Goli Soda||Teeranney||Bharath Madhusudhanan|
|2013||Kamasutra 3D||Har Har Mahadev||Sachin-Sreejith|
|2014||Hara (2014 film)||Hare Rama||Jassie Gift|
|2015||Titlu Beka||Hrudya Maaro||Nobin Paul|
|2016||Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu||Ale Moodadhe||Charan Raj|
|2016||Srinivasa Kalyana||Bettadmele Srinivasu||Midhun Mukundan|
|2017||Ondu Motteya Kathe||Keli Nodri||Midhun Mukundan|
|2014||Love Policy||Sakhiye En Sakhiye||Sreejith-Sachin|
|2014||Namma Ooru||Kaatrey Maasai||Augustine Rajendran|
|2015||London Love||Azhake Ninave||Yesu|
|2016||Aalayaal Thara Venam||Aalayaal Thara Venam||Masala Coffee|
|2016||Dhuun||Theme song||Sreejith Edavana|
|2016||Blue Rose||Konjhum Vaarthayaal||Siddhartha Pradeep|
|2015||Titlu Beka||Hrudaya Maaro||Nobin Paul|
|2016||Kari||Samaya Veghangal||Masala Coffee|
|2019||Namma Kanaath||Kannadi Kaadey||Afzal Yusuf|
2017: Janmabhumi Film Awards, Best Playback Singer - 'Thaniye Mizhikal', Guppy
- US-Canada tour with Music director Devi Sri Prasad for a series of performances in cities across USA and Canada (July–August 2014) - 'Team for US Tour'
- Sooraj performed with the band Masala Coffee in Dubai on 17 October 2014 at the inaugural ceremony of KPL Dubai Season 3.
- Sooraj and his band, Masala Coffee will be performing live for Raag 'N' Rock - The Indie Music Festival, on 11 September 2015 in Dubai
- Sooraj is the Soloist Tenor who will be accompanying the Chennai-based composer Mr. Ganesh B. Kumar and team to premiere the Shanmuga Kavacham with the European Choir Group. It is the world’s first Choral composition from India, to adorn the Western Classical Choral repertoire. This composition titled “Shanmuga Kavacham” is a spiritual masterpiece in Tamil, written by the Saint / Poet Srimath Pamban Swamigal, in 1891. The World Premiere of “Shanmuga Kavacham”, along with other selected mantras would be performed in Choral a cappella style in Germany on 20 September 2015 at Kurhaus Weisbaden / Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal, Germany. This auspicious event is titled “Mantra Meets Classic” and will be conducted by Mr. Nicol Matt, one of Germany’s few new generation conductors enjoying international reputation.
- Sooraj has accompanied Gopi Sunder to perform in Melbourne at 1330, Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby, VIC 3179 for the audio launch of the movie 'Team 5' on 1 October 2016.
- Sooraj has performed with Masala Coffee on 22 October 2016, at the Malaysian Independent Live Fusion Festival held at the StarXpo Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
- Sooraj and his band, Masala Coffee Performed for the Sarvesh Festival of Arts at the Victoria Hall, Singapore, on 25 November 2016.
- Sooraj has performed with his band Masala Coffee on 17 March 2017, at the Dubai Global Village.
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- – An article in The Hindu dated 26 October 2013
- – Pandianadu songs review.
- – music review of Pandianadu.
- – music review of Kadhal Solla Aasai
- – "Feature on the audio launch of the movie Kadhal Solla Aasai".
- – 'Parayathe' album description – Devathe en Nenjile song by Sooraj Santhosh.
- - 'Devi Sri Prasad gears up for concerts in US, Canada' - Suraj Santhosh in the team with Devi Sri Prasad
- - Suraj, singer, mollywood in Varthaprabhatham - Interview of Sooraj Santhosh on Asianet TV.
- - Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi – Music Review (Tamil Movie Soundtrack)
- - Power Telugu Movie Audio Launch - Part 8 - Live performance of Sooraj Santhosh and Malavika (Power - Telugu movie audio launch)
- - Snehithane - Masala Coffee - Music Mojo - Promo - Kappa TV
- - New music album - London Love - Song - Azhake Ninave
- - New music album - Namma Ooru Song - Kaatrey Maasai
- - Mojo Rising music fest, organised by Kappa TV in Kochi (20th Feb, 2015)
- - An article in The Deccan Chronicle dated 31 May 2015.
- - Live performance of Rama Rama song at Srimanthudu audio release function - Shilpa Kala Vedhika, Hyderabad on July 18, 2015.
- - Mantra meets Classic - "Shanmuga Kavacham" - Sooraj Santhosh - Male Solo Tenor from India.
- - Translated (German to English) Article about the Mantra meets Classic concert in Germany dt Sept 22, 2015.