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Hemachandra Vedala (Devanāgarī: ःएमाचन्द्रा वेद्दल्ल Telugu: హేమచంద్ర)(born 1988) is an Indian playback singer for Tollywood and Bollywood films.


[edit] Biography

Hemachandra was born on 2nd June, 1988 and brought up in Hyderabad. He has been learning Carnatic music since the age of 13 under supervision of his mother V. Sasikala Swamy who is a singer by profession. Later in the age of 18 he started learning music in Hindustani Style under Sri. Jangaiah, retired Hindustani Lecturer in Government Music College. He competed in Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, where he was complimented for having such a unique, strong voice. From the time he was young, Hemachandra has performed many stage performances in the presence of eminent singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, and A.R. Rehman. IN the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 competition, Hemachandra was a member of Aadesh Shrivastav's "JAI HO" Gharana (House), and was a favorite of not only Aadesh himself but many fans of the show. Since finshing third place in the competition, Hemachandra has recorded a few playback songs in Hindi, such as "Sabse Alag" from the Bollywood film Alag along with SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestant Nihira Joshi, and Chalo Dil Daar Chalo from Himesh Reshamiya's Dil Diya Hai along with fellow SRGMP Challenge 2005 contestants, Vinit Singh and Himani Kapoor. He has also been offered a singing job from famous director Subhash Ghai to sing for his banner, Mukta Arts. Hemachandra, being from a telugu background, has also performed several telugu songs, including two songs from the movie Vamsham, and a song from Akkineni Nagarjuna's new movie, "Boss" He is also the first cousin of Karunya, who was the runner up for Indian Idol 2.

[edit] Background

  • Full Name: Hemachandra Vedala
  • Age : 19 Location : Hyderabad
  • Religion : Hindu
  • Spoken Lanuguages : Telugu, Hindi
  • Occupation : Student, 1st year B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia
  • Hobbies : Loves Chatting
  • Achievements: Was a state skating and a swimming champion
  • School: All Saints' High School, Hyderabad

[edit] Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005

Right form the start of the competition, Hemachandra proved he had the right qualities to become a successful playback singer. For his audition into the show, he sang "Albela Sajan Aaye Re" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He was selected without any hesitations from the judges. Throughout the first rounds of the show he received green cards, the highest card available which allows the singer to move on to the next round, and was repeatedly given positive feedback for his strong vocal quality. Hemachandra easily made it into the final 12. From this point on in the competition the singers were eliminated by popular public vote, not by the scores of the judges. Hemachandra gave several excellent performances and eventually made it into the top 3. After giving a beautiful performance of the song "Nahin Samne" from Taal, a performance which the judges said was the best yet on the show, Hemachandra was eliminated from the show due to an overwhelming number of votes for the other two contestants, Vinit Singh and Debojit Saha from their respective hometowns.

[edit] Memorable Quotes From Guest Judges

  • Diya Mirza: "Meeru Chaala Sexy"- literally translated "you are very sexy" in telugu
  • Diya Mirza: "Do your friends call you Hemu?" Hemachandra:"No, Chandu"
  • Subhash Ghai (On Hemu's performance of Sukhwinder Singh's Ramta Jogi)- "There are 23 ways Sukhwinder sings jogi in ramta jogi song from taal. You have got at least 20 of them right"
  • Shaan: "There is so much originality in your voice, its hard to know who sang the original [after you have sung a song]"

[edit] Notable Performances on SRGMP Challenge 2005

In no particular order, some outstanding performances of Hemachandra's were:

  • Ae Ajanabee, from Dil Se
  • Woh Lamhe, from Zeher
  • Hai Rama, from Rangeela
  • Mitwa, from Lagaan
  • Saathiya, from Saathiya
  • Ishq Vishq Pyaar Vyaar, from Ishq Vishk
  • Nahin Samne, from Taal
  • Right Here Right Now (with Himani Kapoor), from Bluffmaster
  • Maa Tujhe Salaam
  • Yeh Kya Hua
  • Pehla Pehla Pyaar, from Hum Aapke Hain Koun
  • Haa Yehi Raastha Hai Mera, from Lakshya
  • Tanahyee, from Dil Chahta Hai
  • My Dil Goes MmmmM, from Salaam Namaste
  • Tumse Milke, from Main Hoon Na

[edit] See Also

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