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Devan Ekambaram (born 25 December in Freehold Borough, New Jersey) or Devan is an Indian playback singer, actor and a Film composer. He began his career as a playback singer in Tamil films and later branched out to many other south Indian languages as well like Telugu, Kannada and has so far sung over 150 songs.

Devan began his singing career in the year 1999, when he received an unexpected call from one of the musician A. R. Rahman's assistants for a voice audition. He then, went on to record his maiden song "O Mariah" for the film Kadhalar Dhinam along with Yugendran. The song proved to be a hit among all sections and thereafter he received several offers from many other Southern music directors.

Devan's second huge hit came in his short piece mellifluous rendition in "Ore Nyabagam" from Minnale (2001) composed by Harris Jayaraj. Thereafter he sang many popular tracks in Tamil and Telugu films under the compositions of Ilayaraja, Vidhyasagar, Deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and others. His most recent popular song is for the A. R. Rahman composed song Anbil Avan from the super-hit movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010).

Devan debuted as a music director in the 2010 film Bale Pandiya. The music album was received with a mixed response and eventually faded away with the film bombing at the box-office. Besides this film, Devan has composed for several short Tamil album songs and has also sung for them. Devan has also acted in few Tamil films as a character artist. The prominent ones being Parthiban Kanavu (debut film), Unnale Unnale and Jayam Kondaan.

 
Educational Qualification & Sports

Devan pursued his higher school studies at the Freehold Township High School, New Jersey. He has graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

 
Awards & Titles

Films include:

Kadhalar Dhinam- OH MARIA

Kandukondain Kandukondain- SMIYAI

Kushi- MACARENA

Minnale- ORE GNYABAGAM

Majunu- MERCURY MELAE

Run- ICHU THAA

Pudhiya Geethai- VASEEYAKAAREE

Winner- EYE

Punnagai Poove- VENUS PENNE

Kurumbu- ADICHU PUDICHU

Parthiban Kanavu- THEERAADHA DHAM

Ullam Kollai Pogudhe- ANJALA ANJALA

Thiruda Thirudee- AZHAGAA IRIKAANGA

Azhageeya Theeye- ULLAALE

Giri- DAI KAIYA VECHIKATU

Bose- ENNE ENNE

M.Kumaran- YAARO YAARO