Want to start listening to Tamil music? Here are my top 5 Tamil musicians
If you are looking to listen to some Tamil music and don't know where to start - this is the list for you!
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There are many parts of the culture that Tamils are known for, and Tamil music is one of them! Like western styles of music, Tamil cinematic music too, has many different styles and genres. From melodies from kuthu (a music genre in which importance is given to fast percussion beats) Tamil music is versatile and unique in its way. Music has always been a crucial part of my life. I have always turned to music during tough times, use music as a form of relaxation, and overall just grew up with it. That being said, growing up in a Tamil household, I was brought up with Tamil music!  It has always been fascinating to me how musicians weave intricate beats and rhythms into beautiful compositions. If you are looking to listen to some Tamil music, here are my topic 5 Tamil musicians!

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1. Anirudh Ravichander

Anirudh Ravichander is a very well known Indian music composer, who also sings playback songs. He is liked by many for his versatility when it comes to the styles of his music. Personally, I love his Tamil pop songs because they lighten up my mood. My favourites are two of his songs from the movie Remo (Senjitaley and Tamilselvi). Anirudh is also known for his background music melodies. He does a great job at crafting background music that evokes certain emotions in the listeners. If you know me, you already know my favourite BGM is Un Paarvayil from Ethir Neechal!  Fun fact, I even played it on the morning announcements at my high school one day. Playing this soundtrack will instantly put a smile on my face :) 

2. A.R. Rahman 

A.R. Rahman (Allahrakka Rahman) is an Indian music composer, record producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, known for his ability to mix a variety of genres to create unique pieces. In fact, his ability to fuse world music, Indian classical music (carnatic music) and other genres in his pieces are what make him unique. Time Magazine called him the ‘Mozart of Madras!’ As someone that has grown up going to Carnatic music classes, but also grew up listening to western styles of music, I love how A.R. Rahman fuses these styles to create his pieces. In fact, I’ve been listening to his pieces since I was a child, and I love his melodious pieces. Out of all his pieces, my all time favourite song is Moongil Thottam from the movie Kadal. Overall, this song is so calming and is my go-to when I need to wind down after a hectic day. Last year, I watched Ponniyin Selvan, and I also really loved some of the pieces from there such as Sol and Aga Naga. These songs weren't sung by him, but rather composed and produced by him. 

3.Sahi Siva

Sahi Siva, an independent artist who is a Tamil singer, songwriter and musician has released a lot of well-known songs over the last few years. In fact, a lot of Tamil youth listen to his songs due to the unique beats and lyrics. I started listening to Sahi Siva’s songs after Ammamma came out, but my personal favourite is Unaale! I also love the background music he produces and I use these soundtracks often for my Instagram stories!

4. Sid Sriram

Sid Sriram has evolved into a very well known singer over the past few years. The Indian music producer, composer, and playback singer, has sung many Tamil songs that have gained global attention. His specialty lays with R&B songs. However, he fuses other styles of music including Carnatic music into his pieces as well. In fact, his unique voice that is built from a Carnatic base is what he is best known for. Over the years, I have undoubtedly become a Sid Sriram fan, and have almost all of his Tamil songs memorised, but my all time favourite will be Kaddhaippoma from Oh My Kadavule. One thing to note is that a lot of Sid Sriram’s songs are written and composed by another person, but that he composes his own songs too! 

5. Shreya Ghoshal
Last but not the least, Shreya Ghosal. Shreya Ghoshal is a very well known female singer in India. In fact, she is best known for her versatile vocal range. Shreya Ghoshal has always been one of my favourite Indian singers since time! I’ve grown up listening to her songs, and even won tickets to her concert last fall! I have many favourites when it comes to Shreya Ghoshal’s songs, but my absolute favourite is Nanare. It got  8 year old me, feeling like the main character! I listened to Nanare live at her concert and it was so nostalgic!

Shaaranki Kulenthirarasa
Student | Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto,  Canada
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