Velmurugan is a well known Indian playback singer, actor, and lyricist. In 2020, he appeared in the popular TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss 4’ Tamil aired on Star Vijay.
Velmurugan was born on Wednesday, 5 March 1980 (age 40 years; as of 2020), in Viruthachalam, Tamil Nadu. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He did his schooling from Govt. Boys Hr. Sec. School, Mudhanai (up to 10th std.), and he did his 11th and 12th standard from Govt. Boys Hr. Sec. School, Virudachalam. As per some sources, he studied at Jayapriya Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu. He did D. E. E. Diploma in Music & DMT (Diploma in Music Teacher Training) from Govt. Polytechnic Coimbatore. He then studied at the University of Tamil Nadu to pursue his graduation. Daily Hunt
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
He was born in a South Indian Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Dhanasekaran, and his mother’s name is Amirthambal. In Bigg Boss house (2020), he shared that his parents did not have enough financial resources to provide treatment to his ill mother due to which she died. After two years of his mother’s death, his father passed away. Velmurugan has one elder brother, Periyasamy. Asianet News
Relationships, Wife & Children
He is married to Kala who is from Chennai, and the couple is blessed with two daughters, and one of her daughter’s name is Pradakshana.
He debuted as a singer in the Tamil song “Madura Kulunga Kulunga” from ‘Subramaniapuram’ (2008). He has lent his voice for various popular Hindi songs, like “Aadungada Machaan” from ‘Naadodigal’ (2009), “Sangili Bungili” from ‘Muni 2: Kanchana’ (2011), “Aaravalli” from ‘Avargalum Ivargalum’ (2011), “Local Boys” from ‘Ethir Neechal’ (2013), “Atha Ponnu” from ‘Ivan Yarendru Therikiratha’ (2017), and “Sandalee” from ‘Semma’ (2019).
He got immense popularity with folk songs like “Madura” in ‘Subramaniapuram’ (2008), “Aadungada” in ‘Naadodigal’ (20069), and “Otha Sollala” in ‘Aadukalam’ (2011).
He has also appeared as a judge in a TV show. He has worked as a producer in a few music albums like ‘Solak Kollai,’ ‘Poonjsolai,’ ‘Karisak Kaadu,’ and ‘Themmaangu Paattukkaaran.’
In 2020, he participated in the popular TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 4’ hosted by the famous Indian actor Kamal Haasan.
Awards & Honours
- 2007: American University (Doctorate) Award
- 2009: Edison Award for Best Introduced Playback Singer– “Aadungada”
- 2010: Naattuppura Nayagan Award (by the then President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam)
- 2011: Naattuppura Nayagan Award
- 2017: Marabu Isai Nayagan Award
- 2019: Edison Award for Best Introduced Playback Singer – “Kathari Poovazhagi”
- 2019: Kalaimamani Award
- 2019: World Guinness Record (Tamilkalai Oyilaattam)
- 2020: Periyar Awards
- 2020: Mirchi Awards – “Kathari Poovazhagi” (Asuran)
- 2020: T Awards – “Kathari Poovazhagi” (Asuran)
- Mudhanai village, Virudachalam Post & Taluk, Cuddalore District, Tamilnadu
- 48/21, Kutty Gramany street, Raja Annamalaipuram, Ch. 28
- 117-A, South street, Mudhani, Virudhachalam Taluk, Cuddalore District. Pin: 607804
- Song(s): Kallilae Kalai Vannam Kandaan from Kumudam (1969), Samarasam Ulaavum Idamae from Rambaiyin Kaadhal (1956)
- Music Director: Ilayaraja
- Actress: Manorama
- Film Director: Shankar
- Recording Studio(s): Krishna Digit Sing, Kalasa, Prasad
- Singer(s): S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Shankar Mahadevan, Chithra, and S.Janaki
- Lyricist(s): Vaali, Yuga Barathi, Kabilan
- Comedian(s): Vadivelu, Vivek
- Food: Vegetable Rice
- Colour(s): Red, Blue, Purple
- Attire: Casual Pant and Shirt
- Holiday Destination: Coimbatore
- Sport: Cricket
- Book: Bhagavad Gita
- Leader: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
- His nickname is Velu and Gnana Velu.
- Since childhood, he was interested in music. He loves to play various musical instruments, and he used to take part in various singing competitions during his school and college days.
- He is well versed in playing various musical instruments including Miruthangam, Violin, and Tappu.
- Before making his career in singing, he worked as a reporter for ‘Naveena Velanmai’ magazine.
- In Bigg Boss house (2020), he shared that he was born in a poor family and had to face hardships in his childhood. After his parents’ death, he used to sing at various local functions.
- According to him, the biggest turning point for him was when the Indian music composer James Vasanthan called him to record a song.