Gana Bala, a famous singer and lyricist of Kollywood, was born as Bala Murugan, but he adopted the name Gana Bala himself as a stage name. Sometimes, he is also known as Anathai Bala, 'Gana Kuyil King' Bala. He was born to V. S. Mani and M. Punniyam. Bala studied law at Presidency College in Chennai after studying Botany. After being graduated, his chance at fame began when he participated in a reality TV show called
Gana Kuyil Pattu. The show was aired on Kalaignar TV, and he won it. In the singing field, he has specific expertise in the Gaana genre in the Tamil industry. In fact, he is given a lot of credit for reviving the genre back in the industry. He gained a lot of success and fame after Aadi Pona Aavani, and Nadukadalula Kappala came out as a part of the soundtrack of Attakathi. He also received several nominations and won the Vikatan Award for playback singing in that movie. It was his big break and after that he has done innumerable songs in movies, albums under famous composers like G. V. Prakash Kumar.
Also, he has written down some of his songs. In fact, one of the albums that he made independently called Vaanavil was released under the guidance of composers Dhina and Deva. Bala’s talent isn’t just related to singing and writing songs. He also made his first debut in the film Piragu in which he played the role of a mechanic. He has also danced in the second movie by Dinesh whose first movie was Attakathi. Since 2007, he has appeared in several movies, including the one that is to be released in 2016, which is
Nanaiyatha Mazhaiye. Bala is also reported saying at an audio launch that he has a lot of interest in becoming a hero and wants to pursue acting in the future. He is also in a lot of activities involving benefits of the society. He says he would’ve become a politician, had he not become a singer. He has been involved in several local municipal elections independently but lost, although by a small margin.