Vijay Prakash is an Indian playback singer and film composer. He was born in Mysore and moved to Mumbai in 1996. He worked in so many Hindi films including Blue, Yuvraaj, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam,
Cheeni Kum, Raavan, and Force.
He has sung in Kannada, Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam movies. He has also hosted the renowned reality TV show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada and has also performed in shows with the great Indian percussionist Ustad Zakir Hussain. Prakash is one of the four singers of the song ‘
Jai Ho’, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The song also won a Grammy Award in the category ‘Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media’. He contributed to the high pitch portion of the song. Prakash has owned the very prestigious ‘Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer-Kannada’ for the song ‘Gatiya Lidu’ from the Kannada film ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’. In search for a career in the film industry, he shifted to Mumbai and became a student of prominent singer
Suresh Wadkar. Prakash was a participant in the program ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ on Zee TV, hosted by the widely popular Indian playback singer
Sonu Nigam in 1999.
He made it to the Mega finals of the contest. He got his first break in Hindi Cinema with Karishma Kapoor starrer Baaz in 2002, and his first song for A.R. Rahman was in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades followed by the same composer’s Tamil title track for the movie ‘New.' His song ‘Kavite’ in the Kannada movie Gaalipata became very popular. He has done backing vocals for 25 foreign films including in Chinese.
He has worked for the BBC world also. Prakash became a regular singer for world-famous music composer A.R Rahman in 2010. He debuted as a music composer for the 2013 Kannada film ‘Andar Bahar’.