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Updated: May 27, 2010 18:34 IST

My first Break – S.S. Kumaran

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
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S.S. Kumaran
S.S. Kumaran

How it happened

I'm from Valliyoor in Tirunelveli district, and used to be addicted to the radio. Music interested me, and I started observing the structure of a song. Soon, I found admission in the Film Institute, and gained experience in a field other than music. I also worked as a cameraman for various advertisements, corporate and documentary films. But, there was this longing to get back to music, and where I came from. I composed tunes for my lyrics, and gave the demo to director Sasi. He finally gave me Poo, a great break.

How it felt

My dream was to compose music for at least one film. And, Poo got me great recognition. When the film was screened for technicians, the entire team, and composer Harris Jayaraj too, appreciated my work in the songs as well as re-recording. That motivated me to take up more projects. Once, while waiting at a signal on my way to Egmore, a visually-challenged person who was crossing the road was singing ‘Choo Choo Mari' from Poo. It felt like I'd won the highest award possible.

How life changed

I got many offers, but I waited for the right script, and rejected nearly a dozen films. I finally signed on the dotted line for Kalavani, ” and “Virundhali, Nellu, and Kalingathubarani, which offered me scope as composer. Three more films are in the pipeline. I am now on the lookout for fresh voices for my projects.

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