Unni Menon is an Indian film playback artist. He has sung more than 4000 tunes in Indian dialects like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. In the early piece of his profession, he spent numerous years as a position of safety playback vocalist. The defining moment in his vocation came when he sang the melody “Pudhu Vellai Mazhai” from Mani Ratnam’s honor winning 1992 Tamil film Roja, made by A. R. Rahman. He has as often as possible related with A. R. Rahman, loaning his voice to almost 27 famous melodies from films like Karuththamma (1994) and Minsaara Kanavu (1997).
Unni Menon was brought into the world in Valanchery in the Malappuram region of Kerala. His dad was V. K. S. Menon, an official in Tamil Nadu police and a local of Valanchery in Malappuram region and Malathy. He did his tutoring at Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School, Palakkad. Afterward, he went to the Government Victoria College, Palakkad, from where he graduated with a degree in Physics. Unni Menon displayed extraordinary ability and excitement for music in youth, winning many awards in contests all through his tutoring and school life.
Unni Menon is fundamentally a Malayalam film playback performer. Kunjunni, a violin player for music manager Ilaiyaraaja comfortable him with B. A. Chidambaranath, a music chief, and Unni’s melodic work was delivered off in 1981-82. His lady tune “Amudhum Thenum” was only occasionally conveyed, yet with “Pon maane kobam eno” he changed into a perceptible entertainer in 1984. He was a track performer and straightforwardly following zeroing in following after him for the film, Kadathu, KJ Yesudas asked to the music chief, Shyam, to make it straight. Besides, after the enormous consequence of the Kadathu tunes (“Olangal Thaalam Thullumbol”, “Punnaare Poonthinkale, and so on), Unni changed into a standard entertainer for the hit music chief, Shyam. Shyam has provided him with a lot of famous melodies like “Maanathe Hoori Pole” (Ee Naadu), “Valakilukkam Oru Valakilukkam” (Munnettam), “Kaayampoo Korthu Tharum” (Aarorumariyaathe) and “Thozhuthu Madangum Sandhyayumetho” (Aksharangal). After Shyam’s loss from the film music field, Unni’s bringing in Malayalam film musicdom moreover went into stows away. During that period, he has given two or three strike private collections like Raagageethi and Raaga Lahari, with his contemporary playback vocalist, Ashalatha.Paanchajanyam a Hindu reflection sound grouping on Lord Guruvayurappan got him a great deal of noticeable quality the Malayalam sound world. Unni Menon moved to Chennai (then, at that point, Madras) where he had some work in the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi. An impressive part of the obvious recording studios of South India were arranged in Chennai. His benefit in music drove him to visit these studios regularly and formed partners with various observable experts like the singer K. J. Yesudas and essayist Ilayaraaja. In a little while he had continued on from singing tracks for obvious performers and was transforming into a craftsman sought after by various music bosses.
In 1980s he had not many solitary hits, “Pon maane kobam eno” in Tamil film ‘Oru kaidhiyin dairy’, with a moniker Vijay, singing for Ilayaraja. His profession got a significant lift in 1992 when A. R. Rahman offered him the melody “Puthu Vellai Mazhai”. That melody proceeded to turn into an enormous hit, similar to the wide range of various tunes from the film. From that point forward he has sung numerous melodies which have become successes. In 2003, Unni Menon added another aspect to his profession when he acted and made music for the Malayalam film Sthithi other than singing the tunes in the film. Unni menon is the main Singer in 2009 Malayalam Devotional Album Saranamanthram coordinated by Kamalan.
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:
- 2002 – Best Male Playback Singer – Varushamellam Vasantham (Song: “Enge Antha Vennila”) and Unnai Ninaithu (Songs: “Ennai Thalatum” and “Yaarindha Devathai”)
- 1996 – Best Male Playback Singer – Minsara Kanavu (Song: “Ooh lalala”)
Film Guidance Society of Kerala Film Awards:
- 2011 – Best Male Playback Singer – Beautiful (Song: “Mazhaneer Thullikal”)
North American Film Awards
- 2017 – Best Male Playback Singer – Jacobinte Swargarajyam
Kalaimamani Honour by Tamil Nadu Government
- 2018 – Contribution to Playback singing