New Singing sensation in “Uttama Villain”
It was a dream comes true for the new singer Rukmini Ashok Kumar who has sung a song with Ulaganayagan, Padma Bhushan Dr.Kamal Haasan in his latest film “Uttama Villain”.
When she shared her experiences about how she got the chance to sing in Ghibran’ Music for Kamal Haasan’s Uttama Villain, “It all began when I met music director Ghibran at an audio function and told him that I am a singer and wanted to sing in his composition. He told me to send my demo CD to him. After some days I got a call from his office to come to the recording theatre in Valasaravakkam. He asked me whether I know Carnatic music and I told him I have learned it and also learning Hindustani Music. He told me to sing the lines and everything was over in no time only with his able guidance. He said that the director of the movie must approve it and I was waiting for the green signal from his office. Every now and then I used to call his office and ask whether my voice is accepted and before the release of the audio on March 1, I came to know that it was for the film “Uthama Villain” and I was excited to know it. I thanked music director Ghibran for giving me the biggest song in my career” she said.
She also added, “Singing for a music director like Ghibran who knows music, singing the lines written and sung by the legend Kamal Haasan, who is a master in all departments of film making is something more than an Oscar award for a new singer like me. One can see in the music album of “Uthama Villain” Kamal sir has written nearly all the songs and has sung it with some singers. In ‘Iraniyan Naadagam’ he has sung it only with me. In all other songs more than one singer has sung with him. Music director Ghibran told me that Kamal sir’s favourite number in the album is “Iraniyan Naadagam”, which has Bulgarian Symphony orchestra. I did not know how to thank both Kamal sir and music director Ghibran for giving this opportunity”.
Just few days before the Audio Release of Uttama Villain, Rukmini Ashok Kumar got the news that her song was approved by Kamal Haasan. She met Kamal Haasan and got his blessings & wrote “Isaiyum Vazhkaiyum Sirakka Vazhthukkal” (let music and my life must always prosper) and signed it and took a photograph with him. Blessing letter from Kamal Haasan is a treasure for her she added.
This is her first released film song in Tamil. She has sung for music director Deva sir for a Sai Baba album and also sung for SS.Kumaran sir for his Malayalam movie “Kerala.Com” and a Tulu number too. She has lent her voice for music directors V.Thashi, Faisal, Prem, Manikanth Kadhri and L.V Ganesan. She learnt Carnatic music from Hemalatha Narismhan and Padma Chandilyan and currently pursuing Hindustani vocal training from Pandit Ballesh master and his son’s Krishna and Prakash.