Remember ‘Thenisaithendral’ Deva, who is still considered the pioneer of ‘gaana songs’ in Tamil films? The 64-year old Deva, who debuted as music director in Kollywood 26 years back in 1989 with the Ramarajan-Seetha starrer Manasukketha Maharasa, has scored music for more than 400 films in all the four South Indian languages.
Deva’s ‘gaana’ songs, mostly sung by himself, were a huge hit with the masses in the nineties. To his credit, Deva has also composed music for superstar Rajinikanth’s box-office hits such as Baashha, Annamalai and Arunachalam.
Though he hasn’t been as busy as music director nowadays, Deva has started lending his voice more frequently to sing in other music directors’ films.
After singing the chart-busting ‘Open the Tasmac’ song along with music director Anirudh Ravichander in last year’s Maan Karate, Deva is said to have recorded another song in his voice for Vijay’s upcoming untitled film to be directed by Atlee of Raja Rani fame. G.V. Prakash Kumar is the film’s music director.
This would be G.V. Prakash Kumar’s second film with Vijay after the not-so-memorable Thalaivaa which released in 2013. Atlee’s film would be Vijay’s 59th and the landmark 50th film as music composer for G.V. Prakash Kumar.
Though he has been concentrating more in his acting career of late, G.V. Prakash Kumar is said to be keen to make it count and has recorded a song sung by Deva recently for the film.