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G.V. Prakash Kumar
G.V. Prakash Kumar

K. Lakshmi

Chennai: The kid who sang the opening lines of ‘Chikku Bukku Raile’ and ‘Kuchi Kuchi Rakkama’ has now grown up into one of the film industry’s youngest music composers. Though G.V. Prakash Kumar appears more like a college going student, a few minutes of conversation with him reveals his passion for music and fresh ideas to experiment new avenues.

Right from the critically acclaimed film ‘Veyil’ to ‘Oram Po’ and ‘Polladavan’ for which he composed music, several songs have topped the charts. Such a talent at a young age is not surprising as Prakash hails from the family of music director A.R.Rahman and singer-composer Reihana, his uncle and mother.

He recalls performances in school cultural fests, which helped him nurture his talent as a music director. “I quit studies in class XI to pursue my passion for music,” says Prakash who worked initially as keyboard programmer with many music directors, including Vidyasagar, Bharadwaj and Harris Jeyaraj, even as he was in the School of Audio Engineering.

“I started out when I was 15 years and did jingles for ad films, including for Nokia and HDFC,” he says. He has also worked in several films of A.R.Rahman, including ‘Varalaru’, ‘Swades’ and ‘Rang De Basanthi.’

Singer

He was all praise for director Shankar as he recalls the amazing series of coincidence when he was introduced as a child singer in ‘Gentleman’ directed by Shankar. Prakash later went on to become a playback singer with ‘Kaadhal Yaanai’ in ‘Anniyan’ directed by Shankar.

“I was chosen by director Vasantha Balan to be introduced as music composer in ‘Veyil,’ which was produced by Shankar sir. Probably it was bound to happen this way,” he remarks.

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