Unnikrishnan

Date of Birth: July 09, 1966
Occupation:
Singer
Years Active:
1992 – present
Unnikrishnan
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P. Unnikrishnan (born on 09 July 1966) (Malayalam: പി ഉണ്ണികൃഷ്ണന്‍, Tamil:பி.உண்ணிகிருஷ்ணன், Telugu: పి.ఉణ్ణికృష్ణన్, Kannada: ಪಿ.ಉಣ್ಣಿಕೃಷ್ಣನ್) is a Carnatic vocalist and a national award winning playback singer.

Unnikrishnan was born to K.Radhakrishnan and Dr.Harini Radhakrishnan, in Palakkad, Kerala.The family home, Kesari Kuteeram, was a well known landmark of Madras city, with great grandfather Dr KN Kesari being an eminent Ayurvedic physician and the promoter of the popular Telugu women's magazine Gruhalakshmi .

He went to Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai, in 1983. He graduated from Vivekananda College, Chennai, and received his B.Com degree from the Madras University. He earned a General Law and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

He worked as an executive in Parrys Confectionery Ltd. from 1987 to 1992 and quit his job to become a professional singer.

Unnikrishnan was initiated into Carnatic Music at age of 12 by Seshadri, Unnikrishnan. He was inspired by Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan. He attended a special workshop for six months on "Veena Dhanammal Bhani" under Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.T.Vishwanathan.

He is a national award winning playback singer for his debut film song Ennavale Adi Ennavale. He is one of the permanent judges in the reality television show AIRTEL Super Singer on Vijay TV in both the seasons (2006, 2008 & 2010-2011) and 2008 Idea Star Singer on Asianet.

Unnikrishnan is also becoming known for his experimental work. In 2008, he presented a novel jazz concert in Trivandrum with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet and pianist Anil Srinivasan.

He prefers singing classical songs to movies.

“Carnatic music has grown to a great extent. The taste of the audience has changed with time. Youngsters have developed a taste for the music form and the number of people flocking to these concerts has increased by leaps and bounds. There is novelty in the genre.”

“The nuances of Carnatic music may be difficult for a layman to understand but music lovers today are willing to put in the effort to enjoy the music. I have seen youngsters talking about this form of music with enthusiasm. People take time off their busy schedules to come and listen to us artistes. So, it’s our responsibility to ensure that they enjoy the music. Even in reality shows, we ask the contestants to develop a taste for Carnatic music so that they can perform better in light music.”

Unni Krishnan is married to Priya, a Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer. They were married on November 1994 and have a son named Vasudev Krishna and a daughter named Uthra. Vasudev Krishna was born in 27 May 1997 and Uthra was born in 11 june 2004. He is passionate about cricket and is a member of the Madras Cricket Club and Life Member of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.