Gangai Amaran is an Indian singer. He has mainly done his work in the field of Tamil cinema. He has been a music director, lyricist, director, producer-scriptwriter and actor. This multi-talented personality has been active in the industry for around 50 years of span. He is one of the most respected and honored people in the industry. He was born in a small village in Tamil Nadu. He is the father of director and actor
Venkat Prabhu. His elder brother Ilayaraaja is also one of the most noted personalities in the music industry. Like his brother even he was interested in music and the both used to take training together. He was very inspired by his brother and considers him as a big inspiration and idol for him. He made his entry in the industry with Kozhi Koovuthu in 1982. He started as a director. In all his movies which he has directed, he has assigned his brother Ilayaraaja as the music director. The two have worked efficiently and were very much liked by the audience. His directorial movies include movies like Kokkarokko, Devi Sridevi, Enga Ooru Pattukaran, Shenbagamae Shenbagamae, Karagattakaran, Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu and many more.
He did his first music directorial project with the movie Koil Mani Osai in 1982, Vikram movie in 1986 and Neethana Andha Kuyil. His later projects include Aagaya Thamaraigal, Chellakutti, En Priyame, Irumbu Kaigai, Mannukkeetha Ponnu and the list goes on. The two brothers have also come together for various projects like Hello Yaar Pesurathu in 1985. He worked as a dubbing artist in Puthiya Vaarpugal for K. Bhagyaraj. He has worked as a singer in movies like Paradesi, Thimiru, Neethana Andha Kuyil. He has won many awards for his great work in the industry. He won the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has even hosted many shows along with many other singers. In his whole span of the career, he has mainly collaborated with
Yuvan Shankar Raja,
Karthik Raja. He has two sons Venkat Prabhu and Premji Amaran. The two are also a part of the Tamil industry. Venkat is a successful actor-singer and director. Premji also like his brother and father is in the film industry.