This name doesn’t sound too familiar does it ? That’s because little is talked about him. Hence, I decided to ! He is slowly becoming one of my favorite male playback singers of this generation. I very strongly hold the opinion that after singers like SPB, Yesudas and Mano there is no one to really take over and hold the same place they once did and still do. Madhu Balakrishnan(MB) along with other young singers like Karthik, Balram and Tippu from this generation are now proving themselves with their phenomenal voice and singing talent.
Although some feel Madhu Balakrishnan(MB) falls under the stereotype of another malayalee singer sounding somewhat like Yesudas, Jayachandran or Sreekumar, I definitely feel he breaks that mould with his *very* distinct voice. Master of melody is what he is. His voice has a natural, flawless melodious tone to it that absolutely works for composers with great flair for melody like Illaiyaraja and Vidyasagar.
He has done wonders in songs composed by my favorite, the king of rhythm& melody, Illaiyaraja and other good composers like Vidyasagar, Karthik Raja and sometimes even Ramesh Vinayagam! He has also sung for others like Harris Jeyraj, D.Iman, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Praveen Mani, SA Rajkumar,Sabesh Murali etc
Here are some of my absolute favorites(in this order) sung by MB. If you love a good melody, please do take some time to listen to these songs. I assure you, its worth it.
(Song: Movie: Composer: Singer)
Piraiye Piraiye: Pithamagan : Illaiyaraja : MB solo
Pillai Thaamarai : Album : Karthik Raja : MB solo
Kanaa Kanden : Parthiban Kanavu : Vidyasagar: MB solo
Yen Swasathil : Jerry : Ramesh Vinayagam : MB and Kalyani
Ding Dong : Ji : Vidyasagar : MB and Madhushree
Konja neram : Chandramukhi : Vidyasagar : MB and Asha Bhosle
Vizhiyum Vizhiyum : Sadhurangam : Vidyasagar : MB and Harini
Atrai Thingal : Sivappathigaaram : Vidyasagar : MB and Sujatha
Maatram Ondre (Manmeedhudhaan) : Em Magan : Vidyasagar : MB solo
Oru Kili : Paramasivan : Vidyasagar : MB and Sujatha
Pesa Madandhaiye : Mozhi : Vidyasagar : MB solo
Some of his Malayalam masterpieces, My favorites in this order,
Ponnavanippaadam : Rasathanthram : Illaiyaraja : MB and Manjari
Ariyathe : Kanmashi : M.Jayachandran : MB solo
Pottu Thottu : Nammal Thammil : Vidyasagar : MB solo
Chembakame : Kakkakurumban : M. Jayachandran : MB solo
Chentharmizhi : Perumazhakaalam : M.Jayachandran : MB and Chitra
Kanakassabathalam : Udayapuram Sulthan : Kaithaparam Viswanathan
Guruvayoor : Aanachandam : Jaison J Nair : MB solo
All the above listed songs are my personal favorites, straight out of my Ipod ! If you know of any other good ones please do share them. I am always waiting to expand my music database.
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