Velmurugan (born on 5th March 1980) is a South Indian film playback singer and composer. He works mostly for the Tamil entertainment industry. He made his music debut with the folk song Madura Kulunga Kulunga which he sang for the film Subramaniapuram in 2008. He was called by the Indian Music Composer James Vasanthan to record a song. He considers this as the turning point of his life. Velmurugan has worked in various South Indian films like Rendavathupudam, Drauoathi and, Naane Varuven. He made his television debut with the reality TV show Bigg Boss Tamil season 4 in 2020. He has given his voice to other songs like Otha Sollala, Aadungada, Maya Bazaar, and many more.
|Debut||Madura Kulunga Kulunga (2008)|
|Height||5’6” or 1.70 m or 170 cm|
|Weight||70 kg or 154 lbs|
|Body Measurements||Chest- 40 inchWaist- 32 inchBiceps- 12 inch|
|Date of Birth||5th March, 1980 (40 years old in 2020)|
|Birthplace||Viruthachalam, Tamil Nadu|
|Hometown||Viruthachalam, Tamil Nadu|
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|School||Jayapriya Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu|
|College/University||University of Tamil Nadu|
|Educational Qualifications||D. E. E. Diploma in Music & DMT (Diploma in Music Teacher Training)|
|Net Worth||₹1 crore (approx.)|
Early life and Background
Velmurugan was born to a middle-class family from Viruthachalam, Tamil Nadu. His parents were Dhanasekaran and Amirthambal who passed away when he was still in his teens. He revealed that his family was not well financially due to which they could not afford a treatment for his mother who passed away due to her illness. He had to perform at various local functions to earn a living since he was little. Velmurugan has an elder brother named Periyasamy.
He finished his early education from Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Mudhunai and Jayapriya Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu. He went on to pursue his graduation from the University of Tamil Nadu. He got D. E. E. Diploma in Music & DMT (Diploma in Music Teacher Training) from Govt. Polytechnic Coimbatore.
Velmurugan got married to a Chennai-based girl named Kala in 2015 in a private function held in Chennai. They were blessed with a baby girl in 2017 whom they named as Pradakshana. They are a happily married couple. Velmurugan and Kala were blessed with another baby girl recently whose name is yet to be disclosed by them to the public.
|Singer||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Shankar Mahadevan, Chithra, and S.Janak|
Velmurugan used to perform at various local functions since he was little to support his family financially. His love for music made his into a playback singer for the South Indian Industry. He made his debut with the Tamil song Madura Kulunga Kulunga from the 2008 movie Subramaniapuram. He sang various other songs like Sangili Bungili, Aadungada Nachaan, Aaravalli, Local Boys, Atha Ponny, Sandalee and many more. He became immensely popular with folk songs like Madura and Aadungada. Velmurugan judged a Television show as well. In 2020, he was introduced by the legendary veteran actor Kamal Haasan as one of the sixteen contestants of the reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil 4.
- Bigg Boss Tamil 4 in 2020 as Contestant
- Madura Kulunga Kulunga in 2008
- Aadungada Machaan in 2009
- Oru Nimisham in 2009
- Bale Pandiya in 2010
- Otha Sollaala in 2011
- Vaa Pulla in 2011
- Kaalayile Kan Vilichu in 2011
- Sangili Bungili in 2011
- Madhura Madhura in 2011
- Hey Karuppa in 2011
- Vedi Pottu in 2011
- Aaravalli in 2011
- Naadu Summa Kidandhalum in 2011
- Aambalaikum Pombalaikum in 2012
- Venaam Machan in 2012
- Pottadu Pathalai Maapillai in 2012
- Mayyal Kuyyal in 2012
- Unnaithan Nenaikaile in 2012
- Local Boys in 2013
- Konjam Kili in 2013
- Nee Rangikkari in 2013
- Chinna Kuzhanthai in 2013
- Chandran Suriyan in 2013
- Unnai Vanangaatha in 2013
- Yennai Yenda in 2013
- Ramaiya Osthavaiya in 2013
- Petromax Light in 2014
- Palapalakkudhu in 2014
- Maya Bazaar in 2014
- Thennattu Seemayilae in 2015
- Munthaanai Selakulle in 2015
- Karuppu Nerathazhagi in 2015
- Uppu Karuvaadu in 2015
- Onnam Glassile in 2015
- Pala Pona Ulagathula in 2016
- Pangali in 2016
- Atha Ponnu in 2017
- Kalyanamam Kalyanam in 2017
- Krishna Muguntha in 2018
- Athamaga Pudikkavilla in 2018
- Thanjavur Melathukku in 2018
- Sandalee in 2019
- Kathari Poovazhagi in 2019
Lesser known Facts
- He received a doctorate from the American University.
- Velmurugan is also called Velu and Gnana Velu by his fans
- He used to participate in many music competitions in his school and college days.
- He is well versed in playing instruments such as, Violin, Tappu and, Miruthangam.
- He revealed that he had to face many hardships as a child because he was poor. His parents died early and he had to perform at various local functions to earn a living.
- Velmurugan told the media that the biggest turning point of his life was when he was called to record a song by the Indian music composer James Vasanthan.
- He has a Guinness World Record under his name.