MLR Karthikeyan is no longer a budding singer in South Indian movies. He started his journey at the age of 14 by singing in school competitions and went on to become a part of many inter-school competitions. He also completed his BSC degree in Mathematics and Masters of Computer Application from Madras University.
He is the discovery of music composer
Devi Sri Prasad (DSP) who gave him first break in the film ‘
Aaru’ for the peppy number ‘Freeya Vudu’ which was a group song sung by other singers too - Mukesh, Karthikeyan, Vadivelu,
Jassie Gift, Grace Karunas.
After this song, he had no looking back. He started off pretty early as a singer in his life and he is still going so strong. To be able to do that retaining his individuality as singers and ensuring that he is still working in the industry is very difficult. For this simple reasons, he is really an amazing singer for the industry.
Later, he had sung in many languages such as Telugu, Kannada too. With Devi Sri Prasad, he also lent his voice for "Yenna Solla Pore' from the movie 'Venghai' which had Dhanush as lead star and the music in the movie was composed by Devi Sri Prasad.
This singer has sung maximum solo numbers in Tamil and Telugu movies which were either dubbed or remade in other languages even. This singer also sang for music directors like D. Imman and Deva too. Karthikeyan also sang maximum solo songs for D Imman.
Most notable duet numbers of Karthikeyan include the number ‘Vaada Vaada’ from 'Kaccheri Aarambam' (2010) which he sang along with Anitha Karthikeyan and composed by D. Imman. ’Dol Dol Dol Bhaje’ sung by Anitha Karthikeyan, M. L. R. Karthikeyan on Prabhas and Kajal from the movie “Mr. Perfect” in 2011, ‘Gadilo Badilo Madilo’ sung by K. S. Chithra, M. L. R. Karthikeyan on Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde. Ranina Reddy, M. L. R. Karthikeyan sang 'Veera Veera' from the movie 'Veera' and 'Unna Kolla Poren' was sung by M. L. R. Karthikeyan, Bhavatharini from the movie 'Aravaan'.
So far, he had sung nearly 75-77 songs. M. L. R. Karthikeyan received Filmfare best male vocal for "Pora Srimanthuda" from “
Srimanthudu” in 2016. Recently, ‘Tasakku Tasakku’ by Mukesh, MLR Karthikeyan and Guna for composer
Sam CS from Album '
Vikram Vedha' is creating the real buzz in Chennai.