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Vijay Prakash
Origin Mysore, Karnataka, India
Genres Playback singer
Occupations Music composer, singer
Years active 1999–present

Vijay Prakash (Kannada: ವಿಜಯ್ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್) is a playback singer from Mysore who moved to Mumbai in 1996.[1] He has sung in Hindi films such as Blue, Yuvvraaj, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, and Cheeni Kum. He has also performed in Kannada,Tamil, and Telugu movies. He has also hosted the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada and does fusion 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.[2] Specifically, he sang the the portion with the words "Jai Ho" that takes an extended high pitch at numerous junctures of the song.[3] .The Song also won the 52nd "Grammy Awards" in the category "Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. .[4]


Early life

Prakash was born in Mysore, India to Carnatic singers L. Ramashesha and Lopa Mudra Prakash, and is himself trained in carnatic music. He attended Sri Jayachamarajendra (SJC) Engineering College in Mysore.[2]


After moving to Mumbai in 1996, he became a student of Suresh Wadkar.[5] Prakash was a participant in the program Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV, hosted by Sonu Nigam. He made it to the mega-finals in 1999. Later he compered Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada. He got his first break in Hindi cinema with Karisma Kapoor starrer Baaz in 2002, and his first song for A R Rahman was in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades followed by the same composer's tamil title track for the movie New [6].His song in Kannada movie Gaalipata too became famous.

He has sung for about 25 foreign films including a Chinese film with music by Surender Sodhi. He has recorded for ads like "Kabhi chatpataa" for Knorr Soups and "Na sar jhuka hain kabhi" for HDFC Life Insurance. In 2008 he sang the "Condom a capella" ringtone composed by Rupert Fernandes and produced by the BBC World Service Trust for an Indian safe sex campaign.[7] In 2009, his song, "Jai Ho", won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2]

He is presently one of the Judges in Confident Star Singer 2 (Kannada), airing on Asianet Suvarna from 7-8 PM on weekdays.

Vijay's recent huge chartbuster song is his Tamil "Hosanna" set to tunes by maestro A.R.Rahman from the film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya.

Personal life

Vijay's brother, Paneender Prakash, is an artist. Vijay is married to Mahati,[2] a Malayalam playback singer.

Films as a singer

Year Movie Language Song
2004 Swades Hindi "Pal Pal hai Bhaari"
2004 New Tamil "New New"
2004 Lakshya Hindi "Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe"
2008 Yuvvraj Hindi "Manamohini"
2008 Gaalipata Kannada "Kavithe"
2008 Slumdog Crorepati Hindi "Jai Ho"
2008 Slumdog Millionaire English "Jai Ho"
2008 Chintakayala Ravi Telugu "Bagunde"
2009 Blue Hindi "Fiqrana"
2009 Manasaare Kannada "Sahanabhavatu"
2009 Naan Kadavul Tamil "Om Siva Om Om"
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya Tamil "Hosanna"
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Telugu "Ee Hridayam"


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