P Unnikrishnan

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P UNIKRISHNAN

MUSICAL MAESTRO

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Unnikrishnan has been in the limelight for quite a number of years in Tamilnadu and has acclaimed many honors for his talent in Carnatic and Light music as well.

He hails from Chennai and his earlier interest was in Cars and Cricket alone.  He has watched his father having an old Ambassador car and the way he maintains it in a most vivid manner and kept the same running in good condition too.  He had that for many years and exactly it withstood three time boring means you can sense his keenness to maintain the vehicle.  Likewise he was taking care of his son too well.  Father being a cricketer he took to his son to the interest and took him along with him whenever he had to play matches in Chennai and that made young Unni to concentrate on the game and he was an avid follower of cricket while playing the game.

Music was not new to him as he lived in a joint family the whole family had a musical build up and he attuned himself to the family traits naturally.  One such meeting of a Guru along with his mother he could grab the attention by murmuring some ragas during his mother’s classes.  The Guru immediately identified his voice and its depth and requested to start learning Carnatic music.  That was the start for him and started learning the music sincerely. He started to sing Abhogi Raga and that was the start for his musical journey. First he started with V L Seshadri and then came under the tutu ledge of Dr. Ramanathan where he had learnt the nuances of Carnatic Music and he opened the door for his musicians muse and became a good Carnatic music singer under his temple of music. He learned swaras and bhava and ragas to the maximum level that enabled him to teach other students in the class too. The right twist came when he joined Vivekananda College Madras. During one of the college festivals his friends requested him to sing Carnatic music and that little concert make him known to the college that he is a professional singer and he bagged the first prize on that occasion.  He credits this achievement to all his friends who were responsible for making him to sing on that day, Unni ,believes that he has been blessed to have well-wishers at every point of time in his life.  He continues in that unhurried pace, balancing concerts, recordings and shows etc. That was a great turning point in his life when his later year Guru Savitri joined him for a six month workshop on Samprdaya music and was trained by T.Brinda and T Vishwa. He learned all gamakas and all earthiness in music through this workshop.

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Destiny desired

It was an offer from A R Rahman to sing for the song Ennavale and Ennavale thanks to film maker Rajeev Menon {1994} which fetched him the National award for the light music. From that day his attention towards Carnatic music and singing in films started growing and growing. He had so far sung more than 2000 songs in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu languages.

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Reality show Judge

Now that his attuned to be the judge of reality shows in Vijay TV and other channels.  He feels elated when singers sing his songs and notations which would relate to him and make him a memorable person.  What he feels now that all the singers who come and sing before him in the competition he feel they are all well talented and one simple thing they do not sustain their efforts in prompting the art they have learned and lacks sincere commitments in them.

More so now he has two children a son and daughter and his son is a pianist and daughter learns Carnatic music and light music.  Daughter Uthara got a National award like father for her first film song in the film Saivam.

 

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Rewards

His work and philosophy has been rewarded and he has been conferred the SANGEETHA CHOODAMNI award by Sri Krishna Ghana Sabha on the 13th December 2019. Destiny has fulfilled dreams and his home is a sound of music by addition of children duo bringing the melody of music.

 

Jaihind

T Mohenchander

http://www.comeongetgoing.com

mail- mohen63@gmail.com

 

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