(15 June 1944 – 20 February 2011), known as Malaysia Vasudevan
was a Tamil playback singer
in the Tamil film industry
. He was known for singing songs for Indian actor Rajnikanth
and many more.
Malaysia Vasudevan's parents were from Palakkad
. In the early years of the last century Chattu Nair of Ottappalam
, Ammalu of Polpulli along with their respective families migrated to Malaysia
in search of livelihood. They became labourers in the rubber estates of Klang Valley. After a few years Chattu Nair and Ammalu became husband and wife in an arranged marriage. Vasudevan was born on June 15, 1944 as their eighth child. Even though he was a Malayalee, his surroundings in Malaysia were predominantly Tamil and his life was lived in Tamil, at school and at home.
Chattu Nair was musically inclined and all his children grew with a natural ability to sing and appreciate music. Malaysia Vasudevan had once said that all his family members, except his mother Ammalu, were singers. He first started learning music from his father and later on, his brother taught him. Vasudevan started singing on stage when he was eight. And yes he was interested in acting too.
When Vasudevan grew up he got attached to Tamil drama troupes in Malaysia as an actor and singer. The producers of one of his plays Ratha Paei
wanted to make it as a film.... Read More