Vijay Prakash

  • Actor, Director, Music, Singer

Feb 21, 1976  in Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Vijay Prakash is an Indian playback singer and film composer from Mysore who moved to Mumbai in 1996. He has sung in Hindi films such as Blue, Yuvvraaj, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, Cheeni Kum, Raavan and Force. He has also performed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. He has also hosted the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada and has also performed shows with Ustad Zakir Hussain.

He is also one of four singers credited for the song, "Jai Ho", which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Specifically, he sang the portion with the words "Jai Ho" that takes an extended high pitch at numerous junctures of the song. The song also won a Grammy Award in the category "Best Song" Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. He has sung "Om Sivoham", a Sanskrit song penned by Vaali and composed by Ilaiyaraaja which was the main theme song of 2009 Tamil film Naan Kadavul. In 2010, he became a regular singer under composer A. R. Rahman, as he performed several of his numbers such as "Hosanna" (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Ye Maaya Chesave), "Beera Beera, Veera Veera (in Tamil & Telugu Versions)" (Raavan and Raavanan), "Powerstar" (Komaram Puli) and "Kadhal Anukkal" (Enthiran). Prakash has debuted as a music composer for the 2013 Kannada film Andar Bahar starring Shivrajkumar.

He also won the Vijay Music Awards for the Best Male Playback for the song "Hosanna" from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. In 2013, he appeared as one of the singers in Coke Studio at MTV performing with Clinton Cerejo and other artists. The song Baina (for which Vijay Prakash collaborated with Clinton Cerejo) from the same series was very well received. Though he has many hit songs in Kannada, in 2013, his song "Khaali Quater" written by the top director, lyricist of Kannada films Yograj Bhat became a blockbuster hit song topping all the music chart list. The song went viral becoming a chart buster in a very short span of time for its catchy lyrics and music.

The song "Hoge" that he has sung for the film "Nam Life Story" in Kannada is going viral and has already been considered a hit. Its different lyrics and appealing tune has had the fans go crazy about the song. His 2018 releases includes Saakshyam and Swartharatna. His 2019 release includes Striker.