This Malayali playback singer sings in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada besides in his mother tongue. Madhu Balakrishnan is from Tripunithura, Cochin. He use to air on All India Radio and Doordarshan before he got into play back singing. He holds a degree in music from the “Academy of Indian Music and Arts”, Chennai.
He performs regularly in the “Swaralaya Dance & Music Festival” held at Palakkad and “Chembai Sangeethootsavam” at Guruvayur and also appears in popular T.V programs in the south. He started training in carnatic music from his childhood. Madhu has a stunning base and is excellent at giving appropriate sangathis/variations to a song. He shot to fame with the song “Amme Amme” from the film “Vaalkannadi” in 2002. This song got him a Kerala State Award. After that he has not turned back. He has sung around 88 Malayalam film songs, 63 Kannada film songs, 45 Telugu film songs, & 65 Tamil film songs. He believed to have rendered almost 10,000 songs for albums including devotionals. Some of his hits include “Kuttanadan Kaayalile” from “Kazhcha” in Malayalam, “Konchaneram Konchaneram” a duet with Asha Bhosle from movie “Chandramukhi” and “Kanakandenadi Sharade” from “Aptamitra” in Kannada. Most of his Tamil songs have been under Ilaiyaraja and Vidyasagar who wonderfully tapped his potential of singing melodies/semi-classical songs.
Recently he sung the title song for the Malayalam Serial “Swamy Ayyappan“, which became a great hit in almost all Hindu house holds. The song “Sabarimaamala vazhum Ayyappa” is one of the best devotional songs about Lord Ayyappa released recently.
Madhu Balakrishnan has a classical mould, good expression, and diction. His mature voice resembles that of K.J.Yesudas. He is probably the best among the current singers. He has won over twelve awards and is a life member of the MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association).