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All in the family

He is a chip off the old block. Meet Vignesh Ramanan, a budding musician.


SOME PEOPLE are born with a flair for music. Vignesh Ramanan is one such, being born to parents who are musicians. The son of A.V. Ramanan and Uma Ramanan, who plays the keyboard for Sun TV's "Sapthaswarangal", says, "I was born and brought up in a musical environment and it was natural that I developed an interest in music."

A student of the Krishnamurthy Foundation's The School, it is hard to believe that Vignesh never took part in any competition in school, as he felt more inclined towards academics. He then went on to study Computer Engineering at the Anna University.

How is it to work with his father, who is such a well-known musician? Says he, "My father is a taskmaster as far as work is concerned. But it is a great learning experience being with him." He adds that his mother is in the `centre' of his universe and his parents are his best friends and mentors.

Are there advantages to being the son of a popular artiste? Vignesh answers, "To some extent. One can rise to the top quite easily but to remain there is very difficult. As long as you deliver the goods and come up with innovative ideas, you have a good chance of remaining popular."Vignesh, whose favourite number is Michael Jackson's "Earth Song", believes that in days gone by, more emphasis was laid on lyrics while today, the stress is more on rhythm. The youngster has scored the title music for "Sapthaswarangal", "Valarpirai" on DD, Madras Talkies' "Ganesh Vasanth" and several jingles.

The influence of music on his life? "Of course, it has its monetary benefits. But, most importantly, it has helped me understand and appreciate harmony and improved my concentration." The youngster was recently given the Rotary Club of Madras Uptown Award for talent and excellence in the field of music.

Quiz him on the secret of "Sapthaswarangal's success and Vignesh replies, "I personally think it is my father's way of presentation, be it his style of speaking Tamil or his lively presence, the efforts put in by the production team, skilled orchestration and the enthusiasm of the participants. Entertainment apart, this programme has helped many people understand better the technical side of music." On his future plans, the Cancerian does not want to pursue a career in music as he is keen on other non-musical pursuits. Meanwhile, he is into astronomy and even has a telescope. His wish is to be remembered as a good human being.

THARA MOHAN RAO

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