Vidhu Prathap
Vidhu Prathap - Profiles of Cine Play Back Singers

Vidhu Prathap, one of the most talented young male singers from South India, hails from Kaithamukku in Trivandrum, Kerala. He did his early education from Holy Angels and then completed his schooling at Christ Nagar. During his school days in Christ Nagar, he used to participate in mono-acts, mimicry and had a real penchant for singing. Vidhu was the Arts Club Secretary in Mar Ivanios college where he did his graduation.

In 1997-98, at the age of 17, he won the 'Voice of the Year Award' in a music competition conducted by Asianet, a leading private channel. It was after that, he seriously thought about becoming a singer. Vidhu started taking music lessons when he was three years old and has won many competitions in several musical categories.

He first sang for a movie called 'Paadamudra', when he was in class IV. But his real break was in 1999 in a movie 'Devadasi' rendering 'Pon Vasantham', a difficult song with a classical touch. His rendering of the fast number 'Sukriya' in Niram (1999) made him a favourite with the masses, especially the youth. Besides, with a generation shift in Malayalam films, younger actors like Dileep, Kunchakko Boban and Prithviraj needed a young voice to suit their style. That was where Vidhu fitted in.

His depth and range were once again evident in 'Sayahnam', directed by R. Sarath, which won Vidhu the Kerala State Film award in 2001 for the song 'Kalame Kaikolluka nee'. His sensitive rendition of Mohan Sithara's 'Sukhamani Nilavu' a romantic song in the movie 'Nammal' won him the Lux-Asianet best male singer award in 2002.The credit for his 'mood rendition' should go to Devarajan, the famous music director, with whom he trained for four years.

He has also trained under Music director Perumbavoor G Ravindranath. Vidhu renders his songs especially emotional ones with a pathos and feeling that only he can. Ilayaraja introduced him in Tamil in a movie 'Solla Marantha Kathai' (2002). Later he sang many Tamil songs, most of them became hits. In 2003, he got another hit song 'Valeduthal Angakali' in 'Meesa Madhavan'. Some movies that featured songs by him are 'Meesa Madhavan', 'Nammal', 'Swapnakoodu', 'Pattalam', 'Runway', 'Pandippada', 'Ravanan', 'Vargam', 'Out of Syllabus', 'Chathikatha Chanthu', 'Thanmatra', 'Vasthavam', 'Kadha', 'Kangaroo', 'In Ghosthouse Inn', 'Lollipop', 'Pazhassi raja','Orunal Varum','Violin', '180' etc.

He has sung the most number of songs for music director Alex Paul. He has completed songs in over 150 movies, and hundreds of music albums. Vidhu is also an active performer in many stage shows in India as well as abroad. He married Deepthi Prasad, a TV anchor and a professional classical dancer in Aug 2008.

His latest adventure is in the field of acting. He stars in a serial directed by the yester-years musician-lyricist-director Srikumaran Thampy. Its called 'Paattukalude Paattu', and the story revolves around a struggling but upcoming stage singer.

He has several awards to his credit, most important being the first Asianet Voice of the Year Award (1997), Kerala State Best Male Playback Singer Award for the song 'Kalame Kaikolluka nee' (Sayahnam, year 2001), Lux-Asianet Best Male Singer Award for 'Sukhamani Nilavu'( Nammal, year 2002), Sathyan Foundations Award, GMMA Award, Krystal Symphony Young Achiever's Award , Film Critics Award (2012) etc