MG Sreekumar is one of the finest singers from music industry who stands very close to our heart.
M. G. Sreekumar the playback singer cum music director from Malayalam cinema Industry has won two National Awards. With a career of over 25 years, he is one of the prominent male singers in the Malayalam film industry. He is known for matching voice with Malayalam actor Mohanlal. Sreekumar has sung in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. He is the youngest brother of music director M. G. Radhakrishnan and singer K. Omanakutty. He owns a music company named KMG Musics.
Sreekumar worked in the State Bank of Travancore, before starting his career as a singer. He started his music career by accompanying his brother M. G. Radhakrishnan in his carnatic musical concerts. Born in Haripad, Alappuzha District of Kerala, his father, Malabar Gopalan Nair was a well known singer. His elder brother and music guru, the late M. G. Radhakrishnan, was an award-winning music director and carnatic musician. His elder sister, K. Omanakutty, is a classical music vocalist and principal at Kerala Music Academy.
M.G. Sreekumar has been adorning the Malayalam film music world for more than two decades. A natural artist, gifted with a voice that is at once resonant and mellifluous, MGS has been enthralling music lovers with delight Full music. Born in a Family of Carnatic musicians, and groomed by the musical stalwarts,M.G Sreekumar has mastered the Classical art Form in both the raga and laya aspects. The depth of his musical knowledge and expression in the exploration of the beauty of the raga bhava in the songs as it unleashes the underlying mood of the lyric in its full splendor. His style is characterized by emotive musical expression and commendable purity of lyrical diction. MGS relishes in handling the toughest of the songs with consummate ease. Each syllable in the song has been distinctively brought out in the rendition by MGS that is u unparalleled. Each of his songs would be essaying one or the other aspects of such as musical sensibilities. He shows equal mastery and musical aesthetics while handing classical songs in the films.
MGS has been striding the Malayalam musical field with his stature of preeminence absolutely intact, which is a tribute to the qualitative dimensions of his music. As is the hallmark of any great artist, MGS has been able to evolve a style or bani of his own. This is truly original crossing regional and linguistic barriers. As a true artist, he is in relentless pursuit of growth and evolution, which is unbounded. One would have no hesitation to acknowledge that he treads the path set by living legends like Dr. K.j. Yesudas in passing on a rich musical legacy of which the Malayalam world could take legitimate pride.
MG Sreekumar has been an icon Argue in the south Indian film world. He is the illustrious Born in a Family of musicians. He has been trained in the Indian classical Carnatic music style. His voice is God given and suits every mood and every age. He has lent his voice to almost all contemporatry actors of south India, having sung in more than 1000 films. He has also been the music director of several Malayalam and Tamil cinemas and music albums produced a classic film "Ardhanaree" subject based on Hijadas. He has also acted in some of the music albums. He has penned and directed devotional music videos and CD's. He has won several award and accolades in his long walk in the music world. He has sung with Latha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Sreya Goswal, S. janaky, P. Sujatha mohan, Dr. K.j. Yesudas, S.P. Balasubramanyam, Hariharan and many other great singers. Sreekumar has developed a niche for himself in the annals of music world at a very young age.
He was born on May 25, 1957 as the third child to the music maestro Mr. Malabar Gopalan Nair and Mrs Kamalakshy Amma. Mr Gopalan Nair was a well-known Folk and traditional singer in the mid twentieth century. He was reputed for the in-depth knowledge possessed by him in Malayalam Folk music. He was also a doyen in contemporary drama. He was sought after for directing Malayalam and Tamil plays and to give musical life to those plays. Mrs Kamalakshy Amma herself was a singer of repute in Malayalam. She was very famous for her rendition of lullabies. She was a music teacher till she was considerable old.
Sreekumar’s older brother Mr. M.G. Radhakrishnan is a household name in Carnatic and Malayalam cinema music. He graduated From the Trivandrum Music College, having had the privilege of learning music under the tutelage of musical giants like the Late Semmangudi Srinivasa lyer, the Late G.N. Bala Subramaman, the Late Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar. His music is pure traditional and he blends various styles in his compositions. He was a class-mate of the Famous Dr. K.J. Yesudas of Kerala.
Another member Of Sreekumar’s Family is his older sister Dr.K.Omanakutty. She is a post-graduate in music and holds a doctorate in Carnatic music. She is a hallowed student of the Trivandrum College of music having been a student of the immortal M.S.Subhalakshmi and Parassala Ponnamma. Omanakutty served as the Head of the Music Department in the Kerala University, Trivandrum. After her retirement, Mrs Omanakutty is running a music school and a recording studio. Music, thus Rows naturally in Sreekumar's blood stream.
Sreekumar had his initial music lessons under the tutelage of his Father who taught him the basics of Carnatic music in his home. After the demise of his Father suddenly, the elder brother Radhakrishnan took over his young brother as his ward and continued his music classes, and taking him on his musical sojourns all over Kerala. Sreekumar learnt the nuances of classical music by intently listening to his brother performing in the music societies of Kerala. He a so accompanies his brother in the cinema studios whenever there was a record1ng of Rims songs. And after sometime, the elder brother gave his young brother his Rest chance to sing in his film, which Sreekumar justified, by singing with finesse.
Sreekumar who was also good in his studies, completed his graduation in Commerce from the University of Kerala. How was selected by the State Bank of Travancore in 1982, as a bank officer. Between his outings with his brother he did his banking job with aplomb. He worked for over five years for the bank and took great interest in the bank’s cultural association, mostly arranging musical programs and directing and singing For the Bank. He was loved so much by his superiors in the bank that they would not accept his resignation for over six years after he gave up his job, for spending more quality time for music.
His Film Production
A classic Film telling story of a Malayalaee hijada and was super hit in Kerala. Banner M.G Sound and Framer.
Another area where Sreekumar has excelled is in television anchoring. His very popular TV Show sa re ga ma has created a record by being continuously aired in ASIANET television channel For more than Five years, and getting the highest TRP ratings. He has also completed an assignment with ASIANETTV as a principal JUDGE for the very popular reality show IDEA STAR SINGER. For more than 6 years continuously.
His devotional musical tributes (Some out of 700 albums Approx)
Kalabam Tharam Kanna
Muthu Habeebi Manjathi
His music Videos and CDs (Some out of 25 albums approx)
His film music direction (Some out oF25 films)
Poisolla Porom (Tamil)
Paraya Paraya Pattanam (Malayalam)
Oru Naal Varum (Malayalam)
Sarkar Colony (Malayalam)
Sakudumbam Shyamala (Malayalam)
Bum Bum Bol( Hindi )
Oru Marubhoomikadha (Malayalam)
Husbands in Goa (Malayalam)
White Paper (Malayalam)
Manikya Chempazhukka (1995)
Ekkareyanente Manasam (1997)
Gajaraja Manthram (1997)
The Good Boys (1997)
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)
Mangalya Pallakku (1998)
Ezhupunna Tharakan (1999)
Dada Sahib (2000)
Akasthile Paravakal (2001)
Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001)
Thekkekara Super-Fast (2004)
Vamanapuram Bus Route (2004)
Vadakkum Nathan (2006)
College Kumaran (2008)
Sagar alias jacky Reloaded (2009)
Oru NaalVarum (2010)
Alexander the great (2010)
In Ghost House Inn (2010)
Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2 (2011)
1993 Bombay, March 12(2011)
Living Together (2011)
China Town (2011)
Husbands in Goa (2012)
Meesha Madhavan (2002)
jagathi jagathish in Town (2002)
Videsi Nair Swadesi Nair (2002)
Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam (2003)
Chronic Bachelor (2003)
Hariharan Pillai Happy Anu (2003)
Doli Sajake rekhna (1994)
Dil Se... (1998)
Kabhi Na Kabhi (1998)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Bumm Bumm Bole (2010)
Kathalar Dinam (1998)
En Swasakatre (1998)
Poi Solla Porom ( 2008)
1999- Best Singer (Vasanthi Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum-Chanthu Pottum)
1991- Best Singer (His Highness Abdulla Nadaroopini)
Kerala State Awards
1992 -Best Male Singer (Various films)
1991- Best Male Singer (For the song KilukilFrom kilukkam and Aathiravaravayi from Thudarkatha)
1989 -Best Male Singer (Kireedam,Vadakku Nokiyandram)
Apart From these he has been awarded the Best Playback award by all TV Channels Asianet,Sun Tv,Surya Tv,Kairali Tv etc.(More than 15 times for singing and music Direction)
His film music
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)
Onnanam KunnilOradi Kunnil (1985)
Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi (1986)
Manivatharile Aayiramm Sivarathrikal (1987)
Mukundetta Sumithra Vilikkunnu (1988)
Nair Saab (1989)
Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam (1989)
Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)
His Highness Abdullah (1990)
Kadathandan Ambadi (1990)
Varthamana Kalam (1990)
Ennathe Programme (1991)
Champakulam Thachan (1992)
Maanthrika Cheppu (1992)
Vietnam Colony (1993)
Sreekumar sets apart a good amount of his earning for charitable purposes for economically weaker musicians. Whenever there is an opportunity, he has promoted young artists for his musical ventures. He makes it a point to take new artists for his Ganamelaas and tours abroad.
Further, a part of the collections from his devotional albums are set apart for temples and other religious institutions. He also does free music renditions in temples, churches, cancer institutes and many orphanage homes.
Sreekumar has now started a music school "Sa Re Ga Ma" school of music. Which provides coaching various sides of arts to poor and talented young children free of cost. Sreekumar is doing charity to regional cancer Centre, Trivandrum and visits the hospital to sing songs to the sick inpatient for curing their pains.