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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 Santhosh
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Sooraj at SIIMA 2017
Background information
Birth nameSooraj Santhosh
Born (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 31)
Paravur, Kollam, India[1][2]
GenresVarious
Occupation(s)Singer
Associated actsMasala Coffee

Contents

Personal lifeEdit

Sooraj Santhosh was born in Paravur in Kollam[3][4] 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.

Singing careerEdit

He won the 2004 School Youth Festival and 2004–2005 Kerala State Higher Secondary Youth Festival.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Sooraj accompanied Kudamaloor Janardhanan for a fusion ensemble at the Kovalam Lit Fest (2010) (he was the only singer in the group).[8] 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.[9]

Masala CoffeeEdit

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.[10][11] They composed the title track and featured in a promo video for the Malayalam movie, Hello Namasthe.[12] Masala Coffee performed at the RAAG 'N' ROCK Indie Music Festival at Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai, on September 11, 2015,[13] releasing their first music video titled 'Aalayaal Tharam Venam',[14] 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"[15] 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)[16] 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.[17]

He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Thaniye Mizhikal" from the film Guppy.[18] He also won the Janbhumi film awards 2017 and SIIMA 2017.

DiscographyEdit

MalayalamEdit

Year Film Song Music

Director

2013 Second Show Ee Ramayanakootil Nikhil Rajan
2013 Lokpal Arjunante Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Mayam Mayam Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala Nin Neelamizhi Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Ladies and Gentleman Palaniram padarume[19] Ratheesh Vegha
2013 KQ Iniyum Nin Mounam Stephen Devassy
2015 Mallanum Mathevanum Azhakey Allimalarey[20] Suman Bichu
2015 Kunjiramayanam Salsa Justin Prabhakaran
2015 Madura Naranga Oru Naal[21] Sreejith - Saachin
2015 Madura Naranga Melle Vannu Konjiyo Sreejith - Saachin
2016 Hello Namasthe Ulakil Karanamila Masala Coffee
2016 Guppy Thaniye Vishnu Vijay
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 Queen Vennilave Jakes Bejoy
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

TamilEdit

Year Film Song Music Director
2012 Sridhar Uyirin Suvaril Naane Rahul Raj
2012 Sridhar Vegam vegam Rahul Raj
2012 Chandramouli Kala Kala kala Kala Maragadhamani
2012 Chandramouli Dharmam Vazha 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[22] 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 Vidayutham Allipoo Mithun Eshwar
2016 Uriyadi Agni Kunjondru Kandaen Masala Coffee
2016 Uriyadi Kantha Masala Coffee
2016 Munnodi Akkam Pakkam K. Prabu Shankar
2017 Tubelight Kaathirunden Indra
2018 Maniyar Kudumbam Adi Pappali Palame Thambi Ramaiah
2019 Kanne Kalaimaane Endhan Kangalai Yuvanshankar Raja

TeluguEdit

Year Film Song Music Director
2008 Villagelo Vinayakudu Muddugaare Manikanth Kadri
2010 Darling Inka Edho GV Prakash
2012 Marina Snehitudokadunte Girish
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 Tadakha Viyyalavaru S Thaman
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 Aagadu Bhelpuri S Thaman
2014 Ala Ela Yedutakaladu Bheems Cecirolio
2014 Ala Ela Yenduke[23] 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 Ganga Gundabbaayi SS Thaman
2015 Ak Rao Pk Rao Nuvu Vachetappudu K S Rao
2015 Rahadhari Na Manasu Rahul Raj
2015 Srimanthudu Rama Rama[24] 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

HindiEdit

Year Film Song Music Director
2013 Kamasutra 3D Saawariya Sachin-Sreejith
2013 Kamasutra 3D Har Har Mahadev Sachin-Sreejith

KannadaEdit

Year Film Song Music Director
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

Music AlbumsEdit

Year Album Song Music Director
2014 Love Policy Sakhiye En Sakhiye Sreejith-Sachin
2014 Namma Ooru Kaatrey Maasai Augustine Rajendran
2015 Ammakinavukal Vellambal Ajith Mathew
2015 London Love Azhake Ninave Yesu
2016 Yeshunadha Krooshithane Jeneesh John
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

AwardsEdit

Kerala State Film Awards

2016: Best Male Playback Singer - 'Thaniye Mizhikal',[25] Guppy[26]

Other Awards

2010: Mirchi Music Awards South, Best Upcoming Singer (Telugu) - 'Inka Etho', Darling

2017: Janmabhumi Film Awards, Best Playback Singer - 'Thaniye Mizhikal', Guppy

2017: SIIMA, Best Playback Singer (Malayalam)- 'Thaniye Mizhikal', Guppy[27][28]

International concertsEdit

  • US-Canada tour with Music director Devi Sri Prasad for a series of performances in cities across USA and Canada (July–August 2014)[29] - '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.[30]
  • Sooraj and his band, Masala Coffee will be performing live for Raag 'N' Rock - The Indie Music Festival, on 11 September 2015 in Dubai[31][32]
  • 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”[33] 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.[34][35]
  • 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.[36]
  • Sooraj has performed with Masala Coffee on 22 October 2016, at the Malaysian Independent Live Fusion Festival held at the StarXpo Centre, Kuala Lumpur.[37]
  • Sooraj and his band, Masala Coffee Performed for the Sarvesh Festival of Arts[38] 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.[39]

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