Manikka Vinayagam

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Name Manikka Vinayagam
Original Name Manikka Vinayagam
Pet Name Vinayagam
Date of Birth 10.12.1943
Father Vazhuvoor Ramaiya Pillai
Mother Gnanasundaram Ammal
Wife Umayaal
Children Senthil kumar, Gayathri, Venkata Subramanian
Brothers V.R.Samraj, V.R.Gurunathan, V.R.Jayalakshmi, V.R.Bagyalakshmi
Native place Mayiladuthurai/ Vazhuvoor
Mother Tongue Tamil
Gurus Kalaimamani Chidambaram C.S.Jayaraman Pillai, Kalakkadu Ramanarayana Iyer, Sambandhamurthy Achariyar, Harhara Sharma (father of Vikku Vinayak Ram), Swaminatha Othuvar.
Educational Qualification PUC (Pre University Course)
School P.S.Secondary High School, Mylapore
College New College
Languages known Tamil, English, Telugu. Can understand all Indian Languages
Introduced by Vidhyasagar
First Song 31st March, 2001
Turnig Point 'kannukkulla keluththy' from Dhill, changed my life
Number of songs sung so far + 800 songs
Private albums Private albums for AVM, HMV, Super Audio, Sangeetha
More than 1,500 private albums
Devotional Songs 15,000 + Songs and other generes like Folk, Love, Traditional, Carnatic Classic
Number of Languages sung in All South Indian Languages
Titles/Awards Kalaimamani, Isai Selvam, Kala Rathna
Titles/Awards during school days won many awards in Drama/Singing
Abroad shows/countries visited Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Abudhabi, Sharjah, London, Swiss, Canada, Norway
Other activities Learned Bharatha Natyam - Able to teach/ choreography, Nattuvangam
Instruments known to play Mrithangam, Harmonium
Hobbies/ pass time Watching movies, news, animal planet & Discovery channels, meeting music/dance/film dignitaries
Favourite Cine Artistes Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, MGR, Sivaji
Favourite Singers TMS, Suseela, SPB
Favourite Young Singers Tippu, Karthik
Other information Basically Music Director; Approved Composer Grade 1 - AIR (1980)
Composed Music for AIR & DD programs
Favourite Place Temple in London
Address 1A, 14th cross street, Sastri Nagar, Adyar, Chennai-20
Phone 044-2490 2217
Cell 98411 51042
Routines * perfrming pooja, watching TV news, loves to watch National Geog & Discovery Channels. Apart from movies and serials...we have to watch useful programs.

* used to visit temples twice in a week. it will give lot of mental peace as well as the physical activity will help us to maintain our health. I often goes to Pamban swamigal samadhy.

Missed Chance: definitely it will hurt, especially when that song sung by others becomes a hit.
Acting experience First film - Thiruda thirudy...Director Subramanyam Siva encouraged and helped me to do the role with ease. My casual approach attracts the audience very much. I followed and maintained that style in my acting. So many fans appreciated my casual way of acting. That becomes a plus point to my acting career.

* With out music I will not survive today. I can't imagine any other profession. I love music and I knew only music.

* age 7 onwards I used to hear songs, attend music concerts, especially nadaswaram. It is a wonderful instrument. Young generation should listen nadaswaram regularly. It will improve our music knowledge and ability. Present generation got so much of opportunities to showcase their talents. They have to utilise it properly.

Friends * Always feel very happy and look forward to meet friends. It will help us to refresh ourselves and our memory. When I identified a girl friend of mine in Muscat after a long gap of 35 years, she just cried in sheer excitement and introuced her husband and children.
Affectionate relative Mother
Abroad experience so many...Once we went to Nuvarelia (Srilanka)...a hill station. The auditorium was full and some 7,000 fans, most of them were estate labours/poor coolies waited outside to have a glimps of the show. I asked the organisers to open all the doors and windows... so that they can atleast hear the songs. I sung 'vidaikodu en' from kannathil muthamittal and the eintire audience gave me a standing ovation. An old lady hugged me and cried. She appreciated me...'dear brother you sang with a lot of energy, the modulations and expressions were stunning...where were you so far with this kind of a voice'. That appreciation is equal to so many awards. It was such an emotional and sensational program.
Contribution to society I used to perform charity fund raising shows for a noble cause like earthquake/tsunami/kargil/drought relief programs. I will do what ever I am capale of towards helping the needy people.

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