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India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI - Con­tact: sikkil­gu­rucha­

Be­long­ing to the fam­ily of the fa­mous flautists Sikkil sis­ters Kun­ju­mani and Neela, he was coaxed into singing a film song when he was five. Cha­ran, as he’s called at home, shocked his fam­ily with a near per­fect per­for­mance and his grand­mother de­cided to en­roll the child for mu­sic lessons. Since, he has won sev­eral awards such as the Sangeetha Bhaskara ti­tle (Gnanaskan­dan Trust,1994), Spe­cial Tal­ent Award (Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha, 1997), Best Vo­cal­ist Award (Sri Kr­ishna Gana Sabha, 2000) and many more.

‘SUC­CESS STORY Cha­ran says the year 2005 cat­a­pulted him to the po­si­tion he is at to­day. That was when he made his first trip abroad to the Cleve­land Fes­ti­val in Ohio, USA. He also won many prom­i­nent awards that year in­clud­ing Yuva Kala Bharati, Isai Chu­dar and Kalki me­mo­rial. His Fall' 2011 tour in­cluded more than 17 con­certs across the United States per­formed at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, from tem­ples in Mi­ami to high schools in Los An­ge­les.

HK Rajashekhar/­di­a­to­day­im­

SIKKIL GU­RUCHA­RAN, 29, Mu­si­cian

“Each con­cert teaches you so much that it feels like an achieve­ment once you fin­ish.”

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