Sudeep Kumar, is a gifted singer with a lush voice having a quality filled with depth and warmth. He is known for his captivating sound. Within a short span, he made a mark as a singer par excellence. Yes, Sudeep has his space in the vast world of Indian music. He sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. Mentored by the great G Devarajan he is one of the most promising in the Malayalam play back titles these days.
Sudeep’s big hit has been the song ‘Enthedi enthedi panangiliye…’ in the film ‘Shikkar’ directed by M. Padmakumar. ‘I became very friendly with ‘Shikkar’ crew and I really felt much comfort in that too. Now also continuing a healthy and good relation with M. Padmakumar, screenplay writer S. Suresh Babu, music composer M. Jayachandran. The producer of the movie (Rajagopal) wanted the recording to be done in Sharjah, which shocked all of us. It was a fantastic experience. I was with the team till the end and really enjoyed too.
“I got the opportunity to sing in Padmakumar’s ‘Thiruvambadi Thamban’. I became a part by singing a song in the movie ‘Kanal’ starring Mohanlal, directed by Padmakumar.
“The song ‘Oru Venal Kaattaay’ was a duet with Chitra and has been composed by Vinu Thomas. Have sung for Mohanlal in the movies like ‘Madambi’, ‘Mr.Fraud’, ‘Arabiyum Ottakavum P Madhavan Nairum’. I got a chance to sing in the film ‘She Taxi’, produced by Abraham Mathew, the producer of the film ‘Kanal’. He invited me to sing a song for his upcoming movie too. I am indeed lucky to work with the music directors of older times and new as well”.
Directed by Ouseppachan Sudeep has sung for 5 films and under M. Jayachandran over a dozen films. He had worked with Bijibal and Gopi Sundar also.
“As visual media is very popular now, the songs are not crafted for merely hearing, but for seeing too. The legends like Vayalar, P. Bhaskaran penned the songs for the literary masterpieces of M.T or Thakazhi. Those were evergreen songs written for the situation, leaving the tune to the composer’s choice. But writing to the tune is an established trend now.
“Yesudas once said, the singers are only servers, who serve what the music director and lyricist have prepared. Devarajan master believed, a song required sixty percentage literature and fourty percentage music. I am lucky to have sung under some of the senior composers, some of them being devotional songs. That list has big names like Dakshinamoorthy, M K Arjunan, Ravindran, Johnson, Ouseppachan, Ramesh Narayan, Vidyadharan etc”.
“Some singers are good dancers too. They are able to capture much acclaim in reality shows. I am an exception to that. Even though S.P. Balasubhramanyam, has numerous fast number songs in his account, he avoids stage shows. S. Janaki is also in the same vein”.
During his career spread over two decades Sudeep has more than 1000 recordings in languages including Malayalam, English, Tamil, Hindi. The early stages of his career were marked by singing for dramas and albums. His first film audio Thalolam released in 1998 (lyrics and music by Kaithapram) was produced by Johny Sagariga, who introduced him to the audio industry.
Sudeep is staying in Sasthamangalam and married to Sophia, an accomplished dancer from Kalamandalam. The couple has two daughters, Minsara and Neehara. He was born into a musician’s family in Punnapra to Kainakary Surendran and K M Rajamma.
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