Shabareesh Varma is an Indian Lyricist, Sound Engineer, Actor and Playback Singer. He primarily appears in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. Varma is popular for his rendition of Pistah song in the movie Neram (2013). He also acted in Blockbuster movie Premam (2015). His lyrics in Premam are also famous. Varma was born on 23 August 1985 in North Paravur in Kochi, Kerala. His father P.K.
Nandana Varma is a writer and mother Sulekha Varma is a Carnatic singer. That is why he grew up in a cultural environment in his childhood. He completed his 12th from Samooham High School.
After that, Varma joined M.E.S College in Marampally to study B. Com in Accounts. He was very active in extra-curricular activities in his school and college days. His passion about films driven his talent to the full potential. He participated in poetry recitation and poetry writing in his school. Varma also acted in many plays during childhood. In M.E.S, he met with senior Alphonse Putharen, who since then formed a brotherly relation. Varma attended the prestigious SAE Institute in Chennai for studying Sound Engineer whereas Alphonse read Filmmaking from the same College. He graduated with dual degrees in Audio Engineering and Music Production.
After that, he worked as a mixing and sound engineer in various Tamil and Malayalam films including
Ye Maaya Chesave, Soodhu Kavvam, Pizza,
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Nadunisi Naaygi and Jigarthanda. Then Varma and Alphonse started collaborating on various short films. Varma started his acting with a short film named ‘Cling-Cling.’ After that, he appeared in short film version of Neram. Varma’s first feature film was Neram (2013). In the Tamil version, he played the role of Johny. However, the thing that made him famous throughout the Kerala was the promotional song Pistah: The Run Anthem.
The apparently meaningless lyrics with catchy tune became a runaway hit. IPL 2016 used the song as their theme throughout the tournament. Varma’s next project was Premam (2015). The coming-of-age film became a huge blockbuster, and the songs topped many radio charts. Varma’s writing in Scene Contra and Malare received widespread critical acclaim. Nevertheless, the biggest surprise of the film was Varma’s acting as Shambhu, which earned critical acclaim. He won Best Lyricist for ‘Malare’ in IIFA Utsavam Awards and SIIMA.
Varma also received prizes for Best Debutant (Male) in Vayalar Samskarika Vedhi Fim Awards and Vanitha Film Awards. Varma has worked in three more films as a lyricist after Premam, including
Double Barrel, Rock Star, and
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam. Varma currently resides in Ernakulam, with his family. In a recent interview, he told that acting and writing are his main passion, not singing.